Summer Newsletter 2012

The Board of Directors and I welcome our new members in cities across America.   GAN is now serving grandparents everywhere by means of our 2 websites, www.ganinfo.org and www.faninfo.org, and e-newsletters. GAN encourages grandparents to help their children and grandchildren and shares information from well-recognized autism experts, evidence based research and, of course, from other grandparents.We had intended to feature Grandparents Can Help Teach Life Skills to Their Grandchildren in GAN’s inaugural e-newsletter this fall, however, grandparents typically have more time to spend with their grandchildren during summer months. Therefore, I am sending this information to you now so that you may begin to teach and reinforce the essential lifetime skills necessary for your grandchildren to live as independently as possible as adults.   Even if you do not have the opportunity to work with your grandchild, click this link to the Life Skills document  which explains how some children with autism learn differently and suggests ways to help you communicate better with your grandchildren. You are welcome to share this with other family members and friends.

We had intended to feature Grandparents Can Help Teach Life Skills to Their Grandchildren in GAN’s inaugural e-newsletter this fall, however, grandparents typically have more time to spend with their grandchildren during summer months. Therefore, I am sending this information to you now so that you may begin to teach and reinforce the essential lifetime skills necessary for your grandchildren to live as independently as possible as adults. Even if you do not have the opportunity to do this, the Life Skills document explains how some children with autism learn differently and suggests some ways to help you communicate better with your grandchildren.

This information was prepared for grandparents by Alexandra J. Rogers, Ph.D., a member of GAN. Grandma Sandy is a licensed clinical psychologist in Orange County, California. In addition to professionally helping grandparents and parents understand how their children with autism think and how to motivate them, she devotes her time to her 9 year old grandson with ASD. You can find other helpful articles on her website: http://www.sandyrogersphd.com/

Enjoy the summer in good health and do visit our GAN websites often for new information. I encourage you to submit your personal tips and suggestions so we can continue to be … a vital resource for autism … and each other!

Warm regards,
Bonnie Gillman, Executive Director

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Summer 2012 Newsletter

Categories: Newsletters

GAN Becomes a National Organization

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Grandparent Autism Network, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization,  extends cost-free membership to grandparents nation-wide

Tustin, California, March 27, 2012 – The Grandparent Autism Network announced today that grandparents residing outside of Orange County,California may now apply for membership online on the GAN website, www.ganinfo,org.  GAN was initially established in 2006 to serve members from the 34 cities that comprise Orange County, CA.

“GAN’s mission has changed from informing grandparents about autism,” stated Bonnie Gillman, Executive Director, “to promoting awareness and understanding of autism and enhancing the resources essential to community responsiveness.”  GAN has sponsored events, programs and projects that can be replicated in other communities.  Expanding outreach to grandparents will encourage the development of more support for families throughout the country.

A new e-Newsletter will be sent to all GAN members.  It will focus on universal grandparent issues and what grandparents can do to improve the quality of life for families affected by autism.

Categories: Announcements, General

Awards for GAN Founder and Executive Director: Bonnie Gillman

Bonnie Gillman was named one of three national winners of the 2011 Lindt Unsung Heroes of Autism  -This award honors outstanding efforts in bettering the lives of those affected by autism.  She received a $5,000 award  which she designated to GAN for additional website development.

In addition, Ms. Gillman has received the following recognition:

2009-2010 Regional Center of Orange County Volunteer Spotlight Award – This award is given to an individual with the demonstrated willingness and commitment to voluntarily act on behalf of people with developmental disabilities, and whose volunteer activities bring about a quality of life that is characterized by enhanced community acceptance, participation and personal self-sufficiency.

2010 California State Senator Louis Correa’s Women Making a Difference Award  – This award honors distinguished women who have shown extraordinary dedication and who have made contributions to the Orange County community.

Ms. Gillman was appointed to the Orange County Autism Regional Task Force  which advises the California Senate Select Committee on Autism and Related Disorders about current and future supports needed for the autism community.

Categories: Announcements, Awards