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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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Amelia Island Microgreens Teen Connor Hiebel Awarded FedEx Entrepreneur Fund Grant For Empowering People

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Amelia Island Microgreens Teen Connor Hiebel Awarded FedEx Entrepreneur Fund Grant For Empowering People

Published on December 7, 2022

Amelia Island Microgreens was selected as one of 30 entrepreneurs to receive a $10,000 grant through the 2022 FedEx® Entrepreneur Fund, presented by FedEx and HelloAlice.com in collaboration with GenHQ.

“We believe everyone should have access to clean, nutrient-rich, and economical food,” says teen entrepreneur, Connor Hiebel.

Amelia Island Microgreens was selected as one of 30 entrepreneurs to receive a $10,000 grant through the 2022 FedEx® Entrepreneur Fund, presented by FedEx and HelloAlice.com in collaboration with GenHQ.

The program provides grants to small businesses owned by military-connected entrepreneurs or small business owners with disabilities.

“Covid made 2020 a challenging year, changing how we look at many things, said Christine Heibel, Connor Heibel’s business partner, and mother.

“For many of us, food security became an issue,” said Christina Hiebel.

“To meet this and his own personal health challenges, Connor started Amelia Island Microgreens and developed a selection of ‘Ready, Set, Grow!’ kits for people to grow microgreens for themselves and their pets.”

Connor and his business partner/mother Christine are currently on a media tour educating the public about microgreens. Listen to their recent appearance on Optimal Health Radio with Dr. Tami Patzer.

Amelia Island Microgreens is a mother/son-owned business born out of necessity to address Connor’s complex health challenges.

“Connor was born as a failure-to-thrive child, yet has created a thriving life (although challenging) through good nutritional and mental practices,” explained Christine.

Due to his health, Connor has not been able to attend public school for more than 50% of his school years. He has fluctuated between being medical homebound and homeschooled to fulfill his educational requirements.

“Growing a business has been an amazing educational experience with real-world lessons,” he said.

Having grown microgreens for more than a decade, Connor considers microgreens part of his medicine.

“Microgreens are the most nutritious stage in the life-cycle of a plant, delivering up to 40% more nutritional density than the mature plant,” said Connor.

“Microgreens are eaten live, not weeks or months after they have been harvested, providing enzymes not present in ‘dead’ food.”

Connor has always had an entrepreneurial spirit. At age four he sold a rock to a man (with lessons of supply and demand from his embarrassed mother). He purchased his first lizard at age 6 with money he made from making and selling soy candles.

At the peak of Covid, people around the world all experienced ‘less than desirable’ produce. To help people gain food security, Connor decided to take action to educate and empower people to grow nutrient-rich microgreens. In less than two years, Amelia Island Microgreens has a distribution of more than 4,000 ‘Ready, Set, Grow!’ trays in circulation.

The FedEx Fund will help Amelia Island Microgreens remove single-use plastic from their kits, aligning with their mission to empower people to achieve a healthier lifestyle. The Fund had more than 12,500 applicants. Amelia Island Microgreens was one of 30 applicants chosen.

“We believe every person deserves the opportunity to grow their own food, no matter their physical capabilities, age, or economical situation,” said Connor.

“We believe every family deserves food they can trust. We believe every child deserves to have the confidence to grow their own food and understand food does not come from a store.”

Amelia Island Microgreens kits are available online and local Florida retail stores: Coastal Cottage, Nassau Health Foods, and Redbones Dog Bakery. See Amelia Island Microgreens on Facebook, too.

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Heidi Sharman announces upcoming book, “Intuitive Goddess”

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Heidi Sharman announces upcoming book, “Intuitive Goddess”

Published on December 7, 2022

Heidi Sharman, owner of Heidi Sharman Holistic Health & Wellness releases book to help women to manifest great health and harness their feminine energy to build their dream lives.

Intuitive Goddess is the 2nd in the Goddess series by The London Publishing House. It features inspirational women who are sharing their real-life stories of how they listened to their call into greatness and wrote their own realities; manifesting their love, health and success, and harnessing their feminine power to build lives far beyond their dreams. 

Having experienced the loss of her health, mobility and independence due to a devastating injury,  Heidi found a way of healing and recovering physically and emotionally and now she helps other women take charge of their health, lose weight, restore balance,  and reconnect with their unique identities.

In 2017, Heidi was bouldering when she fell and broke her heel requiring surgery, a lengthy recovery and rehabilitation. Previous to this, when not working as a Card Brand Specialist she was incredibly active, spending most of her time running, climbing, taking part in outdoor activities and coordinating the busy lives of her 2 children. 

Suddenly unable to walk, do physical activities or manage her household,  she struggled, not only physically, but emotionally and the Consequences of her injury extended beyond the home when she missed a critical transition time at work, preventing her from taking on a new role within the organization. 

When damage from the injury persisted, Heidi was offered a 2nd operation that would help with the immense pain she was suffering from but the downside was that she would further lose mobility. She turned down the operation and switched her focus to her own nutrition. 

She made changes that included cutting gluten, sugar and dairy and within one month had stopped taking pain medication and she could walk, do outdoor activities and be active with her family once again. Today, Heidi has resumed hiking, enjoys long walks at the beach and has even gone back to climbing,

Heidi says:  “Our bodies, are a reflection of our physical and emotional well-being.  

Taking the time to listen and honor what they are asking for, creates the space for healing that you didn’t realize was possible.”

Intuitive Goddess will be released on 11th January 2023 and will be available on Amazon KDP and the Lulu bookstore.

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Spiritual Seekers Invited to Download Free Uplifting App, The Awakened Way™

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Spiritual Seekers Invited to Download Free Uplifting App, The Awakened Way™

Published on December 7, 2022

Internationally recognized spiritual teacher and author Suzanne Giesemann gifts those in spiritual need with new App sharing channeled messages of hope and inspiration.

Suzanne Giesemann is a Messenger of Hope and the founder and teacher of The Awakened Way™ – a path to knowing Who you are and why you’re here. Loved and respected for her contributions for uplifting those in need, Suzanne was honored by being included on the Watkins’ 2022 list of “100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People.”

Suzanne’s love and generosity serve as a bridge to many. A former U.S. Navy Commander who served as a commanding officer and aide to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, today she provides stunning evidence of the existence of Universal Consciousness and our interconnectedness. She teaches proven methods that anyone can use to connect with all levels of Consciousness. Her books, classes, free videos, and keynotes answer the tough spiritual questions of our time.

Suzanne’s free App guides the user to resources for personal growth, self-empowerment, and reassurance during these times of massive change. Once The Awakened Way App is loaded on smartphones, users receive a new daily inspirational message added to the treasury of over 4500 messages and inspirations from Sanaya, the spirit Team that supports Suzanne from the celestial realms. A special feature allows users to randomly receive the perfect message they need at the push of a button. The App is available free at the Apple App store or on Google Play. https://suzannegiesemann.com/awakenedwayapp/

One grateful user remarked about The Awakened Way™ app: “So powerful it should come pre-loaded on smartphones.”

If you are ready to receive daily messages of comfort and inspiration from Suzanne Giesemann’s The Awakened Way™ mobile application, go to https://suzannegiesemann.com/awakenedwayapp/ .

For more information about Suzanne’s work, visit www.SuzanneGiesemann.com.

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