A CHEERFUL CHANGE for Autism SPDs

Why do we need this?

•To start our non-profit organization, A CHEERFUL CHANGE.
:Houses specifically designed for families and individuals with autism and other sensory perception disorders to stay in when traveling.

Money for fees, permits, licensing, website and email, materials such as the internet and printer ink to spread the word

•To pay our bills so we are not homeless on March 14th, 2018 and my husband can continue to get and go to work to catch up on bills.
(Our portion needed totals just over $4,000, covering rent, phone (the phone will be shut off sometime before March 2nd and is my only access to the internet with cell data because the internet is shut off), gas, water, electric, trash, our car payment {a miracle it has not been taken yet.  It went up for repossession over a month ago}, two more grocery store visits and a tank full of gas.)

The rest (close to $3,000) will go to beginning A CHEERFUL CHANGE.


My name is Angelia Rose and I am a stay-at-home mother of three boys four years old and younger, one of which has been diagnosed with autism.   My husband, their father, Stephen Rose, is a Set Electrician but has only had two days of work so far this year.  Once he begins work again, things will get smoother.

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A CHEERFUL CHANGE

•Why A CHEERFUL CHANGE is a necessity that I am creating:
Today, there are 70 million people across the globe who have been diagnosed with autism.  Over 80% of that 70 million are children. There are 3.5 million cases of some form of autism or another in the United States alone. And Autism is reported to be in every racial, ethnic and socio-economic group.
Take a minute.  Just sixty seconds... and try to imagine... traveling with an autistic child. Of ANY age.  Across state lines. Long drives. Bathroom breaks at convenience stores or rest areas full of strangers and odd or bad smells and bad or overbearing lighting.Long lines at the airport. Going through a metal detector.  Lift off. Boarding a train. Stepping onto a boat. Being on a boat that is rocking or bouncing. Finding a place to stay over night. Finding The Right place to stay overnight.

•A CHEERFUL CHANGE will BE that right place to stay overnight.
A home away from power lines and power plants.  A home with no v.o.c. paints on the walls and out of airplane flight paths, out of range of the freeway noise. Detergents in the laundry room and soaps in the kitchen and bathroom that are fragrance free. Most likely (however we shall see) a home without stairs, a fireplace, floor vents or a pool. (The leading cause of death in children with autism is drowning.)
A home with water that gradually gets hot instead of right away. A home with no-slip floors in the bathrooms and no-slip mats in the tubs and showers, thereby making sensory overloads and meltdowns safer when trying to handle wet, slippery children. A home that is already set with child-proofing on the light sockets before your arrival (when requested) If You Need That. A home with child gates already set up on all the doorways That You May Need Gated before your arrival (when requested) with child gates that you don’t have to pack into your car and take with you that may not even fit where you wind up anyway. (Smiling) These are things that we, as caretakers, think about beyond the simple notion of: “Oh good, a hotel with a vacancy! We’ll stay here.”
The average age of a child at the time of diagnosis in the United States is four.
Our family plans to prepare for children of every... Every age. We are factoring in the diagnosis age and the possibilities of siblings, both neurotypical or otherwise. We are factoring in older children who may be at a much younger child’s progression rate. We are factoring in children who are great and simply parents that need something... just One less thing... please... to stress about.

A home with wheelchair access and a pets allowed policy (including service animals).  A house set with dimmer switches so the lights can adjust to the child instead of the child adjusting to the lights.
A house where you walk in and instead of the children taking off to explore while you drop your bags and try to get situated and chase them blindly, not knowing what hazards there are, they are greeted at the entrance by busy boards on the walls and things to capture their interest and attention while things get squared away, while not being too cramped up in the hall. Also, we want to supply a luggage cart to make loading and unloading easier.
A house with a Library (away from the master bedroom to discourage stressing and studying in the habitat for rest and relaxation) that is specifically for the parents. Parents who are new to this. Who are crushed or afraid or angry. The parents who are blind-sided. The parents who always knew. The parents who have adjusted but still need help. The parents who are completely on top of things and want to give their child a vacation somewhere safer and more enjoyable and more like a home than any hotel/motel/house would be. Books by Temple Grandin and Anat Baniel and many others. Books explaining Autism and Sensory Perception Disorders. Books written by those who Have a Sensory Perception Disorder. Books that are great resources and books that are triumphant tales. Pamphlets for organizations that help. Support groups. Waldorf schools and Montessori. Lists of great websites to visit, blogs to follow. Lists of activities that might be therapeutic or at least of interest.

I want to make a house with products that families can try that they may not be able to otherwise. Toys shown to make an impact.  Products shown to calm some autistic people.  
Things our families need. Things our families like. Things our families want. This house should be a respite from what any other hotel or motel would be. A calmer, safer getaway stay that feels like a home we would want to have.
I want to make the first A CHEERFUL CHANGE house as affordable a stay as possible because Sensory Perception Disorders can be a lot to pay for in a lot of aspects of our lives (Autism-related costs average $60,000 a year per family) and getting to a place for diagnosis, therapies such as occupational or speech, treatments and studies so that help can begin... really shouldn’t be.  

And darn it, we deserve to go out to new places and show our children the world and let them have new experiences too.  We need safer, friendlier, More Understanding places to stay.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
please contact me.  Day or night, this is my passion, this is my heart and This Will Come To Pass.  
My family will ensure that A CHEERFUL CHANGE spreads across the globe in your child’s lifetime.







Donations

  • Miguel Bizarre 
    • $50 
    • 36 mos
  • Christina Evola  
    • $50 
    • 37 mos
  • Brian M 
    • $100 
    • 38 mos
  • Bob H 
    • $3,500 (Offline)
    • 38 mos
  • M Kay 
    • $356 (Offline)
    • 38 mos

Organizer and beneficiary

Angelia Rose 
Organizer
Covington, GA
Stephen Rose 
Beneficiary
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