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August Executive Director’s Message

The Lesson I Learned from the Incomparable Ms. Debbie Allen By Felita Jones, EdD, MPA Most of us have a defining moment in our lives—a moment that, years later, continues to resonate and inspire. Mine happened during middle school. I was captain of the drill team and was asked to lead my team in a parade that wound through the streets adjacent to the University of California (USC). As I marched through the streets to adoring shouts of praise and…
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Watching Myself On Screen, or The Current State of Autism in the Media

By Zoey Giesberg, MSW When I was young and was unaware of my autism diagnosis, I only knew about autism through a Baby-sitters Club book. The book, entitled Kristy and the Secret of Susan, was about one of the titular “baby-sitters” taking on a non-verbal autistic charge and I honestly don’t remember much about it, except that the main character Kristy decides to leave her autistic charge Susan alone after unsuccessfully trying to force her to integrate with other kids. I…
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July Executive Director’s Message

Dear FACT Family, It is both an honor and a privilege to join FACT as your new Executive Director.  I am humbled at the opportunity to serve in this position and to work with and alongside each of you to provide the very best of service to our clients. For more than 17 years, FACT has provided help and hope to individuals with disabling conditions while nourishing the traditional values of community integration, self-advocacy, and tailored solutions for our clients,…
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The Curious Case of Autistic Impostor Syndrome

By Zoey Giesberg, MSW When I first learned I have autism, it felt like a simultaneous blessing and a curse. As I have previously written, I spent most of my childhood feeling like an outsider due to things I couldn’t control and figured I was slowly going mad because no one would give me a straight answer of why I was the way I was. So it’s easy to imagine that the news of my diagnosis was a huge relief…
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Advocacy Opportunity – Respond to Senate Health Care Bill

On June 22nd, 2017, the United States Senate unveiled its plan to revamp healthcare in America. The controversial American Health Care Act, as discussed in the past, narrowly passed in the House of Representatives in early June and moved into the Senate for revisions. After two weeks in committee, where committees controversially dismissed public hearings, the Senate’s revised bill debuted with the new name Better Care Reconciliation Act. The Better Care Reconciliation Act comes with huge revisions to the House version…
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Advocacy Opportunity – Restore Respite Services in California!

California’s state budget has been a hot topic for the disability community for the past decade. In 2009, disability services were dealt a huge blow when the state cut funding for regional centers to cover social and recreational services and put caps on respite services. In almost a decade of economic recovery, these services have not been restored despite hard lobbying by the disability community. However, this year’s budget has made some progress in allowing respite services to be restored…
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FACT Hires New Executive Director

Lania Glaude, Esq., CPA, Board President of FACT – Family Adult and Child Therapies today announced that the agency has hired its next Executive Director.  She is Felita Jones, MPA, EdD, who comes to FACT with a wealth of experience and educational credentials, including significant experience and study in autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities. Dr. Jones is passionate about the field of autism services and about the individuals and families affected by the range of developmental disabilities. On receiving…
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Presidential Budgets and the Future of Disability Assistance

At the end of May 2017, the White House released its proposed budget for the federal government. While this budget is not likely to be implemented because Congress writes the final budget regardless what the White House wants, the White House proposed budget has historically been seen as highlighting what programs and policies President Donald Trump will prioritize while in office. The current proposal has come under fire from many sources from public bureaucracies to advocacy organizations, but FACT would like to share…
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June Executive Director Message

Exciting and Challenging Times at FACT….. The summer is setting in, the days are longer and hotter, and there is so much news to share and respond to. First, I just returned from Washington DC, and I can confirm that the atmosphere there is as uncertain and unpredictable as it is back home.  But the good news I took away is the huge body of very well intentioned, well-schooled and good hearted people that work within the massive federal bureaucracy.…
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The Curious Case of “Autism Camouflaging” – Via The British Psychologial Society

Despite the rising rates of childhood diagnoses of autism, many autistic people are often not identified as being on the spectrum until adulthood. While there is a growing amount of research dedicated to autistic adults, some are speculating that many autistic adults have learned coping strategies in order to fit in and thus making it harder for professionals to detect their condition. The British Psychological Society examines this phenomenon in reviewing the first major study addressing adult autistic behavior. Let us…
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