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The winner of the FREE DVD of Loving Lampposts: Living Autistic is Heather from http://livingwithautism-brian.blogspot.com/! Congratulations, Heather: Just send me your mailing address to AmandaBroadfoot@gmail.com, and I'll get a copy of this award-winning documentary to you pronto!

And for those of you in the Tallahassee area, you can come out and see this inspiring film on the big screen FREE this weekend at the Florida State University Student Life Center Cinema. The screening takes place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 17. Admission is free, but voluntary donations will be accepted for the FSU Card Center's Autism Project. Anyone donating $25 or more will receive a copy of the DVD to take home as well.

If you're not in the area, but you'd still like to see Loving Lampposts: Living Autistic, if you click on the banner at the top of this page, you can order one.

We're only halfway through Autism Awareness Month, and next week will bring more fun stuff: the winner of the Scentsy Piece by Piece Giveaway (there's still time to enter!), announcement of a special blogger giveaway, display of the winners of the autism awareness poster contest at Billy's elementary school (SO adorable!!) and much much more! (Actually, "much, much" is probably pushing it, but I'm kind of in a hurry at the moment and my mental thesaurus isn't working at top speed.)

Have a great weekend!

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Hmmmmm

Are you sure? Cause I usually win everything I compete in. Maybe I should have entered.

Wow! I won!! I'm so excited :) Thanks Amanda- I'll get that email out to you!! I can NOT wait to watch this!

WOnderful

SOunds like a wonderful book

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Can the month of May be Massage and Lounge Chair Awareness Month please? Because A: I'm turning 40 next month, and B: We're not even two weeks into Autism Awareness Month and my feet hurt. That may have something to do with those cute shoes I'm wearing in the clip below.

Also, Dave chose this week to go out of town to his annual Nerd Conference. He's tried to explain to me what he's doing in Washington D.C. this week and how he's learning all kinds of interesting computer programming things, but I just quietly seethed about the fact that he was eating a meal from room service while I had just noticed I had a Spiderman toothbrush stuck in my hair. (Still don't know how long I walked around like that.)

But I have been working. Below is a clip from the local ABC Good News Show, where they kindly allowed me to go on and plug our FREE screening of Loving Lampposts, coming up this Sunday at 3 p.m. at the FSU Student Life Center. Please come out and join us! If you'd like to make a donation to the FSU Autism Project, all donations over $25 score a free copy of the Loving Lampposts DVD. And you can still enter to win a free copy -- no matter where you live -- by clicking HERE.

UPDATE: Hilarious technical glitch...

I keep trying to embed the clip of my interview here, and it keeps showing a bank robbery in Honolulu instead -- which might have given some of you the wrong impression of what I consider "fundraising" for autism. So instead of an embedded video, here's a link ... until my lovable nerd is back home and can fix it up pretty for me :-)

AMANDA'S INTERVIEW (I HOPE)

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Wow...a Spiderman toothbrush? How come you get all the cool stuff stuck in your hair? The most exciting things I collect are lint and little pieces of Kleenex!

Hope next month is more relaxing for you, Amanda...will have to watch the video when I get home...my Internet connection here at the store doesn't do well with video...

Hugs,
Wendy

Hey Amanda! I saw the clip through Facebook and as I said there - you were amazing!! I was so impressed with how articulate and confident and intelligent you were. (Not that I didn't think that already)
And Spiderman toothbrush in the hair? Well, at least I know you're human... :)

Awesome

Awesome. Awesome. Awesome!!! Great job Amanda.

I can't wait to watch your video clip, Amanda! So excited for you, and the great strides you're making on behalf of Autism Awareness. Proud of you, friend!

Great Job!

Really great job, Amanda. Honestly, you can be doing this for a living. You're representing the film so beautifully.

What a waste of time!

I just realized that there was no point in embedding the video, since it's already there at the top of the page in that little Facebook doo-hickey that Dave installed. Sigh. My favorite nerd can't get home fast enough.

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“What a difference a year makes.”

I've said those words a lot lately. Mostly, of course, I've been referring to Billy's phenomenal progress. Since this time last year we've had the following breakthroughs: total potty training, asking all kinds of questions, reading (sight words and sounding out), riding a tricycle, awesome holidays (his birthday, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas – all thumbs up!) ... the list goes on an on.

But I've changed too.

About a year ago, I called myself The Grinch Who Stole Autism Awareness. Because that's how I felt. You can read the words of cranky, Grinchy 2010 me, if you want. I'm still cranky and Grinchy about a lot of things. But this year I'm on board with Autism Awareness.

Why? Let me count the reasons ...

Reasons I am on board with Autism Awareness Month 2011 (also known as "April")

Because autism in our house looks different than autism in other people's homes and as reflected in the brains of other children and adults, and if I don't share our perspective, I can blame the people in the world who think autism just looks like this:

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Also, with budgets getting slashed left and right, the most vocal group – the one of which the most politicians are “aware” (aware=scared will show up at their office with an army of autistic protesters) -- is least likely to be forgotten when funding is being doled out.

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There are plenty of parents still unable to afford therapy for their children, and there are autistic adults unable to find the supports in their community that they need to live as independently as possible. Awareness helps connect people with the services, supports and programs that exist and helps identify the gaps in he community that we still need to fill.

So with that in mind, we have quite a few plans for Autism Awareness Month this year. In fact, there's so much going on in the Broadfeet household that you'd think this Grinch had discovered a whole new holiday season.

We're planning a local screening of the wonderful pro-neurodiversity film Loving Lampposts scheduled here in Tallahassee, a screening that will raise money for the Autism Foundation of the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities. This foundation directly serves families in our region dealing with autism, from childhood through adulthood. I'll have more on the filmmaker and this remarkable film at the end of March.

I'm sponsoring a "Life Is A Spectrum" art competition at Billy's elementary school, from which we'll be creating a special autism awareness postcard. The winner will also receive a cash prize and four tickets to Disney. It's our way of turning a bullying experience into a positive message about autism!

We also have some special autism-awareness-themed giveaways planned, including some designed for parents, some for kids and one special prize for other bloggers out there who will help us spread the word. And from now through the end of April, I'm going to highlight awareness events in the sidebar of the blog here, so if your community or organization has one planned, send me a message, because I'd love to share your hard work with everyone here.

More information on our stuff is coming very soon, I promise, but I would like to go ahead and encourage you to get involved with your autism community this April. If you can join a walk, make a financial contribution to a cause, share information or, best yet, donate your babysitting time to the parents of an autistic child, your “donation” will be appreciated by all of us.

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Wow! I am soooooo impressed with the Disney tix giveaway. We r on our way back from Disney now and I was just telling my family your story. Good karma is coming to you someday my friend.

Proud of you

So proud of you
you and I are on the same journey

Brava!

Brava, Amanda. I'm very proud of you. I'd love to feature you on 36x37 in April for Autism Awareness if you have time and think you'd be interested. Let me know...

I think "the cause" is lucky to have you as such a vocal supporter, Amanda! I'm pleased that you've chosen to share your family's story with us...I've learned a lot from you!

Hugs,
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How Wonderful!

Billy's progress this past year is really wonderful! You're involvement in getting the word out is also really great! That's been a struggle for me. Other than my blog, I don't really do much publicly. I don't participate in walks or fundraising. I think when the time comes to come clean with my daughter is when my public involvement will take off!

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