Monthly Archives: May 2013

Free The Children: Kielburger’s Clarity and Commitment Builds A Powerful Organization.

After reading Free The Children by Craig Kielburger, I realized how clear the then 12 year old Kielburger’s vision was, and how maintaining that clarity made helping people really very simple.

  • Kielburger’s goal?  To continue the work of a freed child-labourer who had been assassinated.
  • His mandate?  For children to work together to right injustices perpetrated against impoverished children without adults being in charge or interfering.

In pursuit of that vision, he enlisted the help of his schoolmates.  They encouraged each other in the assumption that this was possible.

  • Education:  Kielburger and his team educated themselves, learning all they could about the topic.

And when confronted by people who saw the situation from a more sophisticated perspective they admitted only a temporary defeat.  They researched & studied until they were able to return and respond appropriately.  This later served Kielburger well in dealing with governmental agencies and other administrative bodies.

  • Action:  He travelled the world so that he could report the situation accurately from his own knowledge.  In his travels he interviewed many of the child labourers, often surprised by their perspectives.
  • Respect:  He showed respect, even for his opponents, for the impoverished children, government officials and charitable organization administrators.  Thus he won the respect of all.

Free the Children is responsible for building more than 650 schools providing daily education 55,000 children.

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Need Help In BC? ACT: A Resource for Aspies, Parents & Friends.

Where do parents turn when they realize their child needs a diagnosis?  How do they know who offers this type of service?

What programs and supports does the BC school system offer children on the Autism spectrum?  How are these programs accessed?

How do you make sure your child is getting all the support the government says he/she is entitled to?

Is there a registry of autism service providers?  Is there an information database listing online resources?

In British Columbia, Canada, the answer to all of the above can be found in ACT: the Autism Community Training website at

I only discovered the website this week, but find that it a huge resource for people struggling to find resources for children in the Autism spectrum.

News, blogs, videos and educational material relating to the autism spectrum are all included. While the website is geared to assisting parents with children in the spectrum, there are informative segments relating to adults as well.

A wide range of service providers are listed; really, the list is staggering in its comprehension.

If you live in BC and you are looking for an autism related resource, I strongly suggest you try this website.  Let me know what you think of the resources listed there, and if the phone and email responses live up to your expectations.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Yours truly,

Margaret Jean.

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