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Jeanne Beard, Founder of the National Autism Academy, Forecasts a Shift From Autism Awareness to Autism Appreciation by the End of 2021

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April was Autism Awareness month. This year, a group sought to shift it from Awareness to Acceptance. But some think that’s not enough. Jeanne Beard, Founder of the National Autism Academy, forecasts a shift to Autism Appreciation by the end of 2021.

April has been heralded as Autism Awareness month since its inception back in the early 1970’s.  Nearly 50 years later, some think it’s time for a change.  Among them is Jeanne Beard, Founder of the National Autism Academy and an expert on parenting children with autism.  

Jeanne Beard believes that society needs to move past Autism Awareness for there to be the kind of positive change that people with autism and their families deserve.  She advocates for more appreciation – meaning a full understanding – of what individuals with autism and their family members experience.  And she forecasts that this shift towards Autism Appreciation will take a more prominent place by the end of 2021. 

“It’s been fifty years,” said Ms. Beard. “And we are starting to see a need and a demand to move past basic awareness into a deeper understanding of what people with autism and their families experience.  While some progress over the past five decades has been made, there still is little room for neuro-diversity.” 

Jeanne Beard isn’t the only one recognizing that there needs to be a change away from simple awareness.  This year, the Autism Society of America, one of the oldest autism groups around, used social media to try to shift the focus for April from awareness to acceptance.  Yet another autism advocacy group, the Autistic Self Advocacy Group, has been calling for a change since 2011. 

But both the Autism Society of America and the Autistic Self Advocacy Group stopped at calling for a shift past awareness to acceptance.  And Jeanne Beard believes stopping at acceptance is stopping too soon. 

“As parents looking to give our children a positive future, we have to prepare our kids not only to be independent but also to navigate a world that has a long way to go to understand how their brains operate.” she said.  And too few parents are taught how to do either part of that.  To Jeanne Beard, that’s a problem.   

That’s because Jeanne Beard isn’t familiar with what it takes to prepare a child with autism to be more independent only as the founder of the National Autism Academy or as an expert on the impact of autism on the family.  She’s also a parent of two sons with autism. 

Her personal experience led her to start the National Autism Academy. The website is https://nationalautismacademy.com.  Through her work, she has interviewed hundreds of parents, teachers and health care professionals.  She knows what works and what doesn’t.  From those interviews, hours of research and her own experience, she has developed online trainings, workshops and programs to better equip those who help people with autism live a more positive, independent, fulfilling life. 

Ms. Beard believes a change towards Autism Appreciation is not only needed but imminent given the growing number of people with autism.  Just last year, the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) disclosed that 1 in 54 children under the age of 8 were diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum in the United States based on data from 2016.  That’s about a 10% increase in just two years.  

But the number doesn’t include children who are diagnosed later or are undiagnosed.  It also doesn’t include adults.  And based on the data, the CDC revealed last year that there are approximately 5,437,988 adults with autism in the US. 

“We have a growing population with autism.  And the call for more autism appreciation – or understanding – is rising.  By the end of 2021, it will be an important focus.” she shared.  Looking at the growing number of Ted talks on autism, characters on television depicted with autism and the presence of the Netflix program, Atypical, it’s clear that a bigger conversation is picking up steam. 

But Jeanne Beard is not looking to just change the words used each April.  “Right now the world pays attention to autism one month a year,” she said. ‘But for the child and their family, it’s something that’s with them for life.  That’s why Autism Appreciation is a shift that families need now.” 

That’s just one of the reasons why Jeanne Beard and the National Autism Academy have been developing new programs to show parents, teachers, counselors and others how to help the child with autism get ready for what happens when they age out of school.  It, like Autism Appreciation, simply can’t wait.    

Jeanne Beard can be reached at Jeanne (at) nationalautismacademy (dot) com 

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Ben Trygstad, Business Insurance Advisor with Trailstone Insurance Group Interviewed on Influential Entrepreneurs Podcast

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Ben Trygstad, Business Insurance Advisor with Trailstone Insurance Group Interviewed on Influential Entrepreneurs Podcast

Published on January 18, 2022

Ben Trygstad discusses his approach to bringing his business customers options for their insurance. Insurance is an essential part of protecting their employees and livelihood.

Trailstone Insurance Group is an independent insurance agent that represents multiple insurance companies. They are not locked into just one insurance company, which allows them to find the best options for coverage and the best pricing available. There is no charge to use their service; the insurance carriers pay them.   

Listen to the interview on the Business Innovators Radio Network

https://businessinnovatorsradio.com/interview-with-ben-trygstad-business-insurance-advisor-with-trailstone-insurance-group/

Trygstad commented, ” I want to take the heart of a teacher and will always guide you to make the best decisions to protect the business you have spent so many years building!”

Business owners strive to make decisions that are right for their business & employees. This includes decisions about business insurance. They know they need excellent coverage; they don’t, however, have time to become an expert in business insurance. That’s where Trailstone Insurance Group can help with a business owner’s insurance policy.

A Business Owners Policy (BOP) combines property, liability, and business interruption coverage for small to medium-sized businesses. This packaged coverage is generally less expensive than when purchasing coverage separately. With a BOP, they have the ability to customize the policy to meet their individual business needs.

Dave Ramsey has endorsed Trailstone Insurance Group. Trygstad commented, “It took us years to pass Dave’s vetting process. We had to prove to Dave’s team that we have the “Heart of a Teacher” in our selling approach with our clients. This means we put your needs first before ours or the insurance carriers. Insurance agencies cannot purchase Dave’s endorsement, and it must be earned. Also, if our customers are not happy with our service, we will lose “The Dave Ramsey Trusted” endorsement. To make sure we are continually improving, Dave’s team does monthly training with the leadership here at Trailstone Insurance and asks for feedback directly from our customers.”

About Ben Trygstad

Ben specializes in business insurance. Helping clients with their worker’s compensation, general liability, business owner’s policy, commercial auto, E&O, D&O, and much, much more! He was lucky enough to grow up in the construction field, doing everything from daycare maintenance contracts to building a new visitor center for the Colorado Division of Wildlife. This helps me relate with his clients much more as he knows the issues business owners face every single day. Inside business insurance, he has worked with many non-profit insurance and portfolio management.

Learn More: https://trailstoneinsurancegroup.com/ben-trygstad

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California Attorney Cheryl Deptowicz-Diaz Reveals Her Philosophy and Core Values for Standing Up for the Underdog on Influencers Radio

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California Attorney Cheryl Deptowicz-Diaz Reveals Her Philosophy and Core Values for Standing Up for the Underdog on Influencers Radio

Published on January 18, 2022


Award-winning attorney Cheryl Deptowicz-Diaz was the featured guest on Influencers Radio with Jack Mize.

On a recent episode of Influencers Radio with Jack Mize, award-winning, Los Angeles-based attorney Cheryl Deptowicz-Diaz discussed the philosophy and core values behind her compassionate approach to representing the underdog in the areas of family law, immigration, and litigation defense.

Legal problems can be one of the toughest and most confusing times in a person’s life. Whether someone is in the position of defending themselves as the accused or standing up for themselves when they’ve been wronged, the experience can be overwhelming with possible life-changing outcomes.

Cheryl Deptowicz-Diaz is a zealous advocate for the underdog, dedicated to giving voice and the ability to fight hard but fair for what her clients deserve. She prioritizes communication, hard work, and respect for each client so that they always know their options, risks, and plans of action.

During the interview, Cheryl shared the four core values that she uses as the foundation for her law practice, saying, “I spent a lot of time really figuring out who I am as a person and therefore as an attorney, and I was told that I should have core values so that people can really know who I am and what I stand for. And I’m proud to say that I came up with four, and they’re on our website.  I believe in Equality, Partnership with Justice, Peace, and Self Criticism. And for me, these are not just passive items, but really active items, meaning that we have to participate in all of these things. So, in terms of Equality, I believe all people deserve to be recognized and treated as equal. But for us to achieve that equality, we have to see eye to eye fully, completely, and honestly.  And for us to see eye to eye, we have to look at each other. That means we have to spend time with each other. We have to occupy the same space and get that opportunity to hear from one another. In terms of Partnership with Justice, I really believe in my core in the concept that attorneys are officers of the court. And as such, we are partners in the pursuit of justice. Of our 55 founding fathers, 35 were lawyers. And so, as our society developed, the whole idea of lawyering is built-in, it’s in the very fiber of our social fabric. And yes, lawyers have a bad rap, but I personally believe that as partners of justice, we have that duty to lawyer in a noble profession. And because of that, we have the power to transform our society and move it towards true equality. Then I believe in Peace.  And for me, peace is not just something that is guaranteed, but peace is something that we have to fight for.  We have to create it. But peace is not just something that can exist in the theoretical realm, it has to exist in our hearts, in our pocketbooks, in our homes, in our communities. So we have to seek peace, but we also have to create peace and protect peace. And then finally, Self-Criticism.  How can we do all of these things if we are not constantly evaluating ourselves?  I’m a human being and I have my own story, and I have my own experience, but I constantly have to look in the mirror and ask myself to be brave, so that I can change to meet the call of the moment. Whether it’s fighting for my client’s team, or defending them against an attack from some outrageous claims. I can only do that if I’m at my best, but I’m only at my best if I’m constantly evaluating myself.”

As the daughter of Filipino immigrants and an immigrant herself, having arrived in Southern California at the age of eight, Cheryl understands what it means to be a stranger in a strange land. She is also married to a Mexican immigrant and mother to a Mexican-Filipino son. This unique perspective allows her to approach each case with an unmatched level of compassion and empathy for her clients, who are often new to the legal system or intimidated by the complexity and desperately need her help navigating their way through the process.

Listening to this episode, it’s easy to hear the passion Cheryl has for the law and to understand why she believes that lawyering is a noble profession as she continuously and consistently brings more dignity to the profession one case at a time.

To listen to the full episode, visit https://influencersradio.com/cheryl-deptowicz-diaz

To learn more about Cheryl Deptowicz-Diaz, visit https://DiazLawFirm.net

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Interview with Michael Wright, Insurance Agent with Trailstone Insurance Group About Bringing Customers the Best Options for Insurance

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Michael Wright discusses his approach to bringing his customers options for their insurance. Insurance is an essential part of protecting families; Asset and Liability Protection is the surest way to preserve wealth.

Trailstone Insurance Group is an independent insurance agent that represents multiple insurance companies. They are not locked into just one insurance company, which allows them to find the best options for coverage and the best pricing available. There is no charge to use their service; the insurance carriers pay them. 

Listen to the interview on the Business Innovators Radio Network

https://businessinnovatorsradio.com/interview-with-michael-wright-insurance-agent-with-trailstone-insurance-group/

Wright commented, “With a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado Denver where I studied Risk Management and Insurance and an insurance claims handling background, I bring a unique perspective to my clients. I can guide them in making decisions to protect them from mistakes I have seen firsthand from past claims. Having this ability saves my clients money and worry, allowing me to be their Personal Trusted Advisor.”

Having access to over 25 insurance companies means when rates go up with one company, Trailstone has the ability to move their clients’ insurance to a better option…in fact, they have an entire department in their agency focused on just renewals and finding the best coverages!

Dave Ramsey has endorsed Trailstone Insurance Group. Wright commented, “It took us years to pass Dave’s vetting process. We had to prove to Dave’s team that we have the “Heart of a Teach” in our selling approach with our clients. This means we put your needs first before ours or the insurance carriers. Insurance agencies cannot purchase Dave’s endorsement, and it must be earned. Also, if our customers are not happy with our service, we will lose “The Dave Ramsey Trusted” endorsement. To make sure we are continually improving, Dave’s team does monthly training with the leadership here at Trailstone Insurance and asks for feedback directly from our customers.”

About Michael Wright

Michael likes to refer to himself as a Colorado Native, but technically he is not. He was born in the Midwest and relocated to the Denver Metro Area shortly thereafter, where he met his wife, Kelsey. Colorado has a lot to offer, and it was truly a blessing to grow up on the Front Range.

The move to Colorado led to many great life experiences. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Colorado Denver, where he studied Risk Management and Insurance. The opportunity in the aging industry is what led him to the decision for his academic studies. From there, he found an opportunity for a Claims Handling position with a national insurance carrier here in Denver. From auto to property to business claims, he is versed in the intricacies of what can be seen as a complex process. He is passionate about helping my clients protect their assets through insurance and helping them navigate any hurdles that may arise.

Learn More: https://www.trailstoneinsurancegroup.com/michael-wright/

Cell: 720-441-0488  

 

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Phone: 1-888-467-6374
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Website: https://www.AuthorityPositioningCoach.com

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