BEACON shines a light at Eagles Wings

BEACON shines a light at Eagles Wings

From Andrea Moriarty

Children with autism in China need love and trained teachers

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This July a team of 10 autism professionals and compassionate parents will travel to Eagles Wings foster home in Jiaozuo, China to make a difference. Our mission is to train their teacher/caregivers in the best autism early intervention strategies and properly diagnose the children making them eligible for adoption into a permanent home. Ultimately, these children need to know they are loved so we will intercede for their healing and future while we teach them words, language and self-help skills.

BEACON has a longterm mission to train teachers in autism intervention to reach the nations.  We will go under the umbrella organization of SEAPC. This trip is phase one of several necessary to open a state of the art school accessible to all children with autism in China.

Team leader Kim Bennett is an Educational Consultant to 9 school districts in Pennsylvania. Kim is certified as a speech and language pathologist. She holds a Masters of Education degree as well as a certification in Applied Behavior Analysis from Penn State University. She and her pastor husband, John, sit on the SEAPC board of directors and have traveled internationally with them. Kim is more fondly known as a miracle worker by her colleagues.

Angela Neve, board-certified neurologic music therapist and owner of The Music Therapy Center of California has 11 years experience developing potential in children on the autism spectrum. She understands the power of music to engage and transform a day and a life. Her In Harmony program targeting speech and social skills through music will be translated into Mandarin for this trip. 

Janice Chan has an MA in special education from SDSU and her moderate/severe teaching credential. She currently trains teachers at Rady Children's Hospital in an autism research study. Janice has taught in Coronado Unified and Del Mar Union School Districts previously. Janice is eager to return to China and be able to provide consultative services for teachers who work with children with autism and other special needs.

Joel Anderson is an artist, filmmaker and ambassador with autism.  He has a passion for autism awareness and a lifelong fascination with China. Many know Joel's Vision Arts as his thriving business selling his paintings and children's books. Joel is an International Ambassador for Naturally Autistic People ANCA. Joel is learning Mandarin for the trip and will be a powerful model of what a purposeful life can result even with a disability.

Sandi Anderson is a tireless advocate for her own sons and a passionate encourager of other moms. She was  a lead teacher for Sunday church service for disabled adults and gained approval by San Diego Regional Center for a funded micro-enterprise day program in San Diego. Sandi is a founding member of Jeremiah’s Ranch group home community in Fallbrook and headed the Autism Tree Project Foundation's Football Mentor program 2009-12. In January, she traveled to South Africa to help open Simanyene Centre for special needs adults.

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