I read an interesting story in the Miami Herald the other day. It was about Matt Cottle.

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By: Lester LangerHead shot of lester. He is wearing a kids crusaders tee-shirt

Matt has autism. He was bagging groceries and pushing carts for the past 6 years before he started Stuttering King Bakery.

He is now an entrepreneur turning out cookies, brownies and scones for cafes, businesses, and groups that need catering.

Matt’s old boss told him he could do nothing but bag groceries and push carts for the rest of his life.

Matt said “No, I am destined to do something greater than that”

And he has. According to the article, he nets $1,200.00 per month from the bakery, and his business is growing.

If given a chance many autistic people can run their own businesses, work, and be productive.

The moral of the story for me is one should not be limited by what other people think you can do or not do because you have a disability. Go for your dreams.

I recommend this article for your consideration. It is very inspiring with another example of entrepreneurship.

In Memory of Dr. Robin Parker

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By: Lester Langer

Dr. Robin Parker recently passed away at age 50 from pancreatic cancer. She was a leader in unlocking the mysteries of autism.

I did not know Dr. Parker, but I wish that I had met her. Her work in designing apps that allow children and young adults to merge into mainstream society will live long after her. It is her legacy to us all.

I explored her website, PRAACTICAL AAC. It is filled with articles and apps that can assist parents, children, and young adults in developing a better way to process and use information. Her universal design will help all people with and without disabilities to function and interact better with others. The site is easy to navigate, and it contains useful, everyday advice. There are many apps on the site, like “Every Move Counts,” which is about empowerment, and “PRAACTICAL Tips,” which is about building communication and literacy skills. There is so much more to see and learn.

In honor of Dr. Parker, I encourage all of our readers to take a spin on PRAACTICAL AAC, and share with us your thoughts and experiences. You will be glad you did.

BROWARD CHILDREN’S CENTER, Inc.

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For over 43 years, Broward Children’s Center, Inc. has been a haven for children and young adults with disabilities in Pompano Beach, Florida. Founded in 1971, the program serves children with varied disabilities from all walks of life, which include autism, disabilities from birth, accidents, shaken baby syndrome, lightning strikes and other traumatic events which may have occurred in their lives. Programs and services include three developmental preschools, a Children’s Comprehensive Care Center, two Group Homes, a Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care Center, Home Health, a Center for Innovative Technology, Nutrition Program and Respite Services for families.

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Members of Broward Children's Center visit a museum and observe a dinosaur skeleton. Kids and caretakers participate in a luau at Broward Children's Center.