President’s Message #2

Posted By: LarryLam on June 22, 12:03 PM

Hello, Visitor!

I'm excited!  Why?  Because after years of dreaming about a vital, community-interactive Post 21 Club website, I think we're really making progress in making the dream come true!

If you're clicking through the site, hopefully you'll be noticing some of the interesting videos we've collected; articles about Autism and how things are massively changing (for the better!); marveling at some of the works of art created by "our guys on the Spectrum"; and other features-in-the-making.

On the downside, perhaps you'll come across some aspects of the website that still need a lot of development and refinement.  I would  personally like to see so many aspects of the website developed further, but of course things take time.

I invite you to join in and participate (there are multiple ways).  Hopefully, you'll become a subscribing member and join us in this adventure.  At the very least, I hope you'll write to info@post21club.org and give us your thoughts about what you like or don't like about this site, and your positive suggestions, as well!  We want to be your "go-to" Adult Autsim community resources website!  Feedback, input, and suggestions are always welcome.

On June 27, 2018, we're holding a Focus/Community Group meeting, and interested parties are welcome to attend and share their views about our website.  Invites have already been sent, but we may have room to accommodate more people.  Again, if you are interested, email us at info@post21club.org and we'll try to make room for your.  There will be some refreshments served!

 

Sincerely,

Larry Lam

President, Post 21 Club

President’s Message

Posted By: LarryLam on June 4, 6:54 PM

A brief introduction: My wife Natalie and I live in Bergen County, New Jersey, are proud parents of our son Jonathan. When he was first born, we knew very little if anything about "Autism". Over the 29 years of Jonathan’s life, we’ve gotten more involved with Autism than we could have ever foreseen or imagined.

Natalie and I are also co-founders and Trustees of Post 21 Club, the same group of parents that have continuously helped bring about positive change in Bergen County since our founding in 2004, and also helped raise awareness- not only with regard to Autism, but the amazing potentials that lie under the surface. Each day, all of us benefit from the contributions of Adults with Autism. Like everyone, their successes grow out of the efforts of individuals as well as their families and communities. In order to optimize their chances for success, we need a vibrant flow of information, conversation and communication throughout the Autism community, and also raise the awareness of our elected representatives in government. (To help accomplish that, we've created and continue to develop this first interactive Autism Community website.)

We also need increasingly relevant programs that better meet our population's true needs.

What are these "true needs?" What we have learned is that every affected individual is a complete person inside, with fascinating goals and aspirations. It's important and exciting to reach in, discover, and liberate these "inner people"! Then they can fully become who they were meant to be.

It is important that those of us who care for those of us around people with Autism reject preconceptions and misconceptions about people with Autism, and make a decision to uncover their real inner potentials, desires, needs, aspirations, and goals.

If you think it's not possible that they have these attributes, think again.

Today, there are many people on the Autism Spectrum who have emerged as vibrant and unusual thinkers, scientists, artists, technicians, writers, and speakers, who owe some or most of their emergence to the assistance of those around them who love, support, and assist them. There are so many more who want and need to emerge, enjoy the richness of life, and contribute their unique views and talents to our communities and our planet. (Note that some of these very notable and accomplished individuals remain nonverbal!)

We invite you to explore this website, and if you like what you see and the potential for what the website itself can become, please step forward and let us know how you might like to participate in our evolution.

Please join us in our Final and Greatest Frontier...

Sincerely,

Larry Lam
Post 21 Club

Spring 2017

Posted By: LarryLam on June 14, 8:50 PM

Post 21 Club is committing to a revamp of its own website, beginning with the update of content, to an eventual total makeover. Stay tuned and visit often!

January 2017

Posted By: LarryLam on June 14, 8:49 PM

Post 21 Club bids a fond fairwell to Trustee Robert Prine, moving to sunny Florida, and welcomes newcomer Trustee Jacki Saltzman!

Informative Seminar with Joydew, LLC

Posted By: LarryLam on June 8, 2:55 PM

On May 31, Post 21 Club Hosted an informative Seminar given by Joydew, LLC. Topics included
o the proprietary Joydew Strengths Assessment
o the achievement of age-appropriate communications for a high percentage of our population
o a new approach to high-level training and employment for Individuals with Autism

Talk With Margaret Gilbride

Posted By: LarryLam on May 25, 1:55 PM

On April 19th, 2017, from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm, Margaret Gilbride, JD, CT, Instructor of Pediatrics, is Director of Transition, Employment, and Aging & Disability at The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, spoke on the employment of individuals on the Spectrum.

Ms. Gilbride graduated from Indiana University School of Law and is a certified Thanatologist through the Association of Death Education and Counseling. She has been an Interfaith Chaplin Intern at Overlook Medical Center and is now a member of its bioethics committee representing the interests of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Additionally, Ms. Gilbride serves on a national committee, Educating Hospital and Hospice Providers on Healthcare Decision-making for People with Disabilities, the national board of directors for APSE: The Association of Persons Supporting Employment First, and the New Jersey board of directors for the state’s chapter. Prior to joining The Boggs Center, Ms. Gilbride worked as an Administrator, Research Associate, and Project Coordinator at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community (IIDC) where she provided direct technical assistance on topics such as program evaluation, strategic planning, staff development, and issue-specific workshops and group facilitation to schools, provider organizations, governmental agencies, businesses, family groups, and advocacy organizations.
In addition to her responsibilities at IIDC, Ms. Gilbride has held positions as Job Coach, Program Manager, Director, Chief Operating Officer, and Executive Director. She is also a regular presenter at national conferences.
Work Address:
The Boggs Center
Liberty Plaza, 335 George Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone: 732-235-2109
FAX: 732-235-9330
Email: margaret.gilbride@rutgers.edu