Archived | FEAT-FMC Newsletter Message | Circa March 28, 2008

FEAT-FMC Newsletter Message

FEAT-FMC Newsletter via
Fri, Mar 28, 2008, 10:46 AM
to me



Families For Effective Autism Treatment-Fresno/Madera Counties

The autism community in the Central Valley is going to get the opportunity to help itself this Saturday, March 29, 2008. ASA (Autism Society of America) and FEAT-FMC (Families For Effective Autism Treatment-Fresno/Madera Counties) have invited Dr. Barbara Firestone to the Barnes & Noble book store on the corner of Blackstone and Nees to present her new book “autism heroes”. Dr. Firestone will be at Barnes & Noble from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. to sign copies of her book and to give a presentation on autism and how it affects families.

 "Intimate, Bold, and inspiring, Dr. Barbara Firestone's Autism Heroes" provides a compelling and sensitive account of the experiences of 38 families from different walks of life confronting the challenges of autism spectrum disorders with courage, tenacity and love. With empathy and expertise gained from her three decades of leadership of The Help Group and commitment to children with special needs, Dr. Firestone engages the families in powerful and deeply affecting conversations about their lives. The family narratives are set against the backdrops of her insightful essays about the dignity, hope, opportunity and love that are so fundamentally important to all families living with autism.

 The Families offer their experiences openly and honestly, sharing their challenges, triumphs, and hopes. Their candor helps demystify and destigmatize autism and embraces other parents just beginning or already on the journey.

Their reflections chart the course through the many stages of coping with autism and seeking solutions for their children, and they offer a lifeline of support, insight and encouragement and hope.

 Fully illustrated with stunning and evocative photographs by Joe Bussink, "autism heroes" is an invaluable resource for families as well as educators, clinicians, researchers and policy makers." (this information was taken from the book cover)

All author royalties are being donated to The Help Group and local autism support groups hosting the book signings. ASA and FEAT-FMC will be receiving a percent of the sales. Be sure to pick up a voucher as you enter the store. The voucher is good for all purchases. Invite a friend and enjoy a cruise through the land of books.

 One last note. It takes a lot of time and energy to run a successful autism support group such as FEAT-FMC. Our subscription to this News Letter is sent throughout the United States as well as many countries to almost 4000 subscribers. Understand autism knows no socio-economic, ethnic or geographic boundaries. If you have a desire to advocate for our precious children with autism we would invite you to attend our open Board Meetings held on the second Tuesday of each month at the Children's Hospital Central California room G155 Madera California. You can check out for yourself the dedication and effort the Board Members have to invest in making a positive difference in the quality of life for our precious children with autism.

 Don't forget to check out our web site at If you have a question or need some information you can e-mail us at If you have the time get involved, you can't imagine the self satisfaction when you have helped a distraught parent open a door to help their child with autism.

The following information is a reminder of your current mailing list subscription:

You are subscribed to the following list:

FEAT-FMC Newsletter

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.