Life Animated – Review of a Documentary About a Young Man with Autism

In the post below Lonnie Pacelli talks about his son Trevor. I thought you might find it interesting that Trevor does his own movie reviews and gives them a “lesson about Autism” twist. He covers most of the popular, current films but here’s one on a less well know documentary about a young with autism, Life Animated,

Interesting Webinar on Taking Care of Yourself as a Caregiver

Taking Care of Yourself as Caregiver of a Family Member with a Developmental Disability

Thursday, July 28, 1:00-2:00 pm ET
Hosted by the USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

This webinar will discuss research on mental and physical health of caregivers, including that of Latinos and African Americans; recognizing the importance of caring for yourself as a caregiver; recognizing signs of stress and depression; including others in caregiving; and setting health goals for yourself. The webinar will include a presentation and Q & A session. Although it is designed for family members, people with developmental disabilities, and advocates, professionals are welcome to attend; however, questions from people with disabilities and family members will be given priority. Download the webinar flyer (PDF) and register.

Parents of Autistic Children Sought for Doctoral Dissertation Research Survey on Family Quality of Life

A PhD student, Jenna Jones, at the University of Windsor in Ontario Canada is working on a dissertation entitled, Family Quality of Life for Parents of Children with Autism.  She is looking for parents or caregivers of children with autism, aged 4 to 11, to take part in a survey.  The survey will take about 30 minutes to complete and there is an option to take part in a 20 minute phone interview.  If you have questions or are interested in participating contact Jenna at

Parents of Children with Autism Study Ad


New Facebook Group for Dads of Special Kids

FYI, through a joint effort of the Fathers Network, D.A.D.S., Dads Move, WA Dads, The Arc of King County and Parent to Parent a new closed Facebook group has been created for dads whose children have intellectual or developmental disabilities.  It’s a place where dads can share information, resources and discuss issues of common interest.

Since it is a closed group you need to ask permission to join.  You can find it on Facebook by searching for P2P Dads of Special Kids.



Old Fashioned Fish Fry and BBQ For the Family – This will be a joint effort of the Fathers Network and the Arc of King County

  • Saturday, August 6th
  • 3:00 -6:00 pm
  • Judkins Park in Seattle
  • The Arc and the Fathers Network will provide the fish, burgers, hot dogs buns and condiments.
  • Bring a dish to share.
  • Special Olympics of WA will be on hand to lead us in games.
  • The grills in the park are very small so we’ll need a couple of good sized grills to be brought to the park.  If you can bring a grill let me know (
  • If we get a large crowd it might be helpful to have a few extra chairs.  So, if you have camping chairs you might consider bringing them.

Fathers Network Conference

  • Saturday, October 8th
  • Tyee Middle School in Bellevue
  • 8:15 am – 4:30 pm: Registration will open at 8:15,  Opening remarks at 9:00
  • Key Activities:  Keynote speaker (TBA),  8 Breakout sessions (topics TBA), Dads panel,  Open Mic time, Presentation of the Big Daddy Award,
  • Registration will open in July