Tag Archives: FASD

Binge drinking numbers are higher than most people think. ‘Skol’ Binge drinking creates more inhibition with unplanned sexual encounters. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that drinking too much at one time has become a bigger problem than previously thought and binge drinking causes 80,000 deaths in the US each year. According to the […]

Positive language provides children with clarity Children (especially tweens and teens) pay attention to positive language quicker than they listen (or even hear) negativity. Negative breeds negative and children can more easily understand words they can picture in their head (visualize). The day I tried to remove the word “not” when I talked to the […]

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You don’t have to sit around and hope your buddies aren’t going to the dive bar to watch the game. Be proactive and start organizing your own action. You can invite your friends to come along, or you can meet people there. Check out the website of your local park district and city’s adult learning […]

Live Abilities Strategy – This is our path. We believe in taking the ‘DIS’ out of ability. We value challenges and we face them with integrity. We learn to understand our differences and not let them hold us back. We cannot change the reality of our challenges. Knowing is our beginning! We nurture our spirits […]

What is Joy? For me Joy is an attitude—it is not happiness though it may feel like it. Happiness is fleeting, like sadness or silliness or worry. Joy is a gladness inside you that exists regardless of the good or bad things that happen during your day. Like Love, it is a Verb. It can […]

When I was young I met an old woman who was working under a car with a wrench. She heard my steps and slid out on her dolly to greet. I was surprised by how she looked, she was a joyfully aged person in overalls and a bit of car grease. Her wrinkles shouted happy. […]

Tips from the trenches for parents living with the challenges of a child diagnosed with FASD –  PART ONE By Jodee Kulp After thirty years of living, loving and laughing with persons living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) the most sound advice I can give to foster, kinship and adoptive parents is “FIND TIME […]

Change is how we grow – it is hard and anytime change is required it can be confusing, frustrating and overwhelming especially for individuals who live with multiple challenges. Consider how you feel when you have too much on your plate and are overwhelmed. Remember, be appreciative and grateful. It is impossible to be both […]

“Let’s change how people think. Let’s figure out why jobs are so hard to keep. Let’s figure out how to train employees. Let’s go for a grant,” he said. “Let’s make LiveAbilities, happen.” Five sentences later, I agreed. As with most grants they take time to write. I made sure the pilot would be a success […]