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Positively Autistic: Yadira in the Happy Kingdom with Janet Burrows – WRTS Clearwater

Today we present a successful example of an Autism Entrepeneur.

Janet Burrows is the owner of We Rock The Spectrum in Largo, Florida.

This business is one that welcomes ALL kids and their motto is:
“Finally a Place Where You Never Have to Say I’m Sorry”™

Janet shares the rewards and challenges of starting a business from scratch – first one ever.

Particularly, a business that benefits her family and their long term plan to provide employment for their daughter with autism.

NOTES:

  • What is an Autism Entrepeneur?

I recently attended a training organized by Rising Tide U and UM-NSU-CARD promoting the idea of

starting a business based on the needs of your son/daughter with special needs – and ideally, employing others with special needs.

 

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Full Inclusion Back to School Bash – WFLA Tampa

Simply Events will be throwing the first Full Inclusion Back To School Bash at the Westfield Malls in Tampa this July. Our official non-profit partner We Rock The Spectrum Gym as well as the My Brother Rocks the Spectrum (non-profit foundation) will be joined by the Tampa Bay Mom’s Group and Fun4KidsTampa to make this the biggest back to school event in Tampa yet! They will be taking place July 23rd inside the Westfield Citrus Park Mall and July 24th inside the Westfield Countryside Mall with over 35,000 shoppers in attendance each day,  We’ll be including a scavenger hunt (the prize will be a backpack full of school supplies for the first 300 children at each event), Whole Food’s Children Food items demos, meet and greets with local Tampa Mascots, a sports activity zone, a children’s technology and activities zone, a fashion show, and more!

Read more here.

Janet Burrows on ABC Actions News Discussing Sesame Street’s New Character, Julia

After news spread that Sesame Street announced the creation of Julia — a new character with autism — ABC Action News reached out to Janet Burrows to discuss how the local autism community felt about the new campaign. Janet spoke to the importance of having a character with autism and about “The Amazing Song,” which was filmed at the flagship We Rock the Spectrum in Tarzana, CA.

ABC Action News Reports – New Gym In Clearwater Caters to Kids with Special Needs

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Parents are always looking for a place for their kids to play and feel comfortable. It’s especially challenging for families with children who have autism or some sort of learning disability. One in 50 kids in our community has some form of autism. In our area, there’s never been a place where kids could go without parents having to worry about their behavior. See the entire story here.

My Brother Rocks The Spectrum Foundation

My Brother Rocks The Spectrum Foundation is our 501(c)3 (tax id #46-4393642) non-profit organization that helps families receive the funding they need to participate in our social skills/activity groups, classes, camps and more. This allows children to be able to use the specialized sensory swings and activities WRTS offers. We offer these groups to children and young adults from 2 to 18yrs of age.

Our mission is to provide all children with any ability or disability a place they can build friendships, keep active and learn to use their energy in their bodies in a productive environment. WRTS uses its equipment and activities to integrate children in this environment also through their Open Play program. We also receive funding from other state programs like the Regional Center, that provide one to one attendant care and other specialized services required to ensure all children can find the benefits of healthy play.

All funds donated to MBRTS are distributed to all of the WRTS locations Nationwide to complete our mission of giving families a community and,  “finally a place where you never have to say I’m sorry.”

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WRTS 2014 Walk Now For Autism Speaks Los Angeles

“Being the Grand Club Sponsors for Walk Now for Autism Speaks Los Angeles was one of the most incredible days of my life!” says founder Dina Kimmel.We stood in front of over 60 thousand people and know now more than ever that when a WRTS is opening, we are making a difference in the world and giving a home to so many families. “Finally a place where you never have to say I’m sorry” is a need in all communities says Kimmel. A big thank you to Kathleen Lantos Photography as we now get to relive one of the most incredible days in WRTS history! Check out this amazing video above, and see what WRTS and Autism Awareness is all about…