BACK TO SCHOOL SALE ON PARACORD BRACELETS!

Get your paracord medical bracelet just in time for back to school. All paracord medical bracelets are on sale now through Sept 15th, 2014. Enjoy 15% off your custom engraved medical ID paracord bracelet. These tough sturdy bracelets are a perfect way to display your medical information while in school. The medical plate is woven into the fabric of the bracelet. They are water resistant and have a sturdy plastic clasp. Great for all the rigors of the playground.

Use code backtoschool when checking out to receive this offer. Hurray, offer ends Sept 15th!

Medical Identification Luggage Tags

The busy travel season is upon us, so why leave home without your essential medical information at your side. These laminated luggage tags come in a variety of styles and are customized with your specific medical information. The tags are about the size of a standard business card and come with a hang tag. The versatile tags can be used in a variety of ways including, luggage, backpacks, diaper bags, sports bags, purse, the possibilities are endless. Don’t let summer slip away without the security of one of these tags.

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Heart of Autism: Teacher on the Spectrum Inspires Students with Autism

Thursday, February 20, 2014
This Heart of Autism post is written by Ann Kagarise, the Assistant Director at IDEA House Educational Services, a published author, a journalist, an amazing photographer, a counselor, a volunteer in her community. She also happens to be on the autism spectrum! Below is a beautiful poem written by Ann about her experiences as a woman on the spectrum teaching students with autism: “There is no other place I would rather be than at a school that ‘gets’ me.”
Pull up a blade of grass, sit down and get to know me
Sit quietly with me. I love your company, but I love the silence.
Look at life, with me, as if you are looking at it for the first time.
Watch my eyes dance as I think of something fun.
Look at the world as a toy.
Play.
Enjoy.
Love.
Connect.
When I hear others speak of Autism, they miss the best parts.
“People on the spectrum do not connect.”
Funny.
When I look into the eyes of a child with Autism, I feel a connection that goes to my soul.
I feel what they are feeling. I hurt when they are hurting. I feel joy when they feel joy.
I empathize. I love them deeply.
There is no place I would rather be.
I would have done anything to have a school like IDEA House when I was a kid.
I would have done anything for someone to ‘get’ me.’
“She doesn’t make eye contact.”
“She doesn’t make friends.”
“She likes to be by herself.”
“She’s different.”
You think we don’t hear that?
Yes. We do. While thinking, if they knew how much we feel, they would understand why I have to get a break from life at times.
If they knew just how much connection I feel with the people around me they would understand why my skin hurts at times and why I just cannot look at them.
There is no other place I would rather be than at a school that ‘gets’ me.
A place that offers more for kids on the spectrum than I ever had as a kid.
To come alongside a kid on the spectrum and show them that they can do it, gives me purpose.
It makes my life of struggles all worth it.
IDEA House is a place that took me in. They allowed me to grow and to be who I was at first.
We meet kids on the spectrum where they are. I have a degree in counseling and there is no other place I would want to work than beside a child with Autism.
“I have Autism, too.”
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