As you plan year-end giving, please consider a gift to the Eric 'RicStar' Winter Music Therapy Camp, aka RicStar's Camp. This yearly, award-winning music-therapy camp, now in its 14th year, welcomes individuals of all ages and disabilities into a summer-camp setting focused on nurturing and celebrating individual abilities. Everyone is equal there. No one is turned away from RicStar's Camp because of disability or financial need. Many campers could not attend this amazing event were it not for the scholarships we provide because of your generous support. Many campers return year after year, calling it the highlight of their year. RicStar's Camp and music therapy change lives. Please help us do that again for this too-often underserved and undervalued population in 2016. From the bottom of our music-loving, ability focused hearts, thank you. Find out more here.Watch the great camp videos, too.
School is coming and I'd love to see more schools with therapy dogs in the hallways. So I'm again featuring my TEDx talk about this subject, hoping more schools will take on this canine adventure this school year. Pure educational therapy dog magic that costs the districts nothing. Will your school be next?
As an author, consultant, speaker, and award-winning journalist on special needs, I have the honor of creating greater awareness of the value and potential of millions of children and young adults with special needs worldwide. It’s work about which I am passionate. My book, 'Breakthrough Parenting for Children with Special Needs: Raising the Bar of Expectations' (Jossey-Bass/Wiley, March 2006), is dedicated to my terrific son, Eric Richard Winter, who had cerebral palsy and passed away in 2003 at age 12. Eric was much more than just a disabled child, and now I'm sharing his lessons about ability with the world. I help adults see children with special needs through new eyes and challenge them to work harder to help this population reach their full potential. You can find out more about 'Breakthrough Parenting,' and my amazing son, by visiting my website: www.JudyWinter.com. There, you will learn how you can help me raise the bar of expectations for millions of children with special needs— one child at a time. It’s one deserving— and very cool cause!