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August 13, 2019

My Journey from Autism Mom to Mrs. USA: Bringing Hope for Healing to Our Community

By SafeMinds Guest Blogger Heidi Scheer, Mrs. USA 2019 The journey to my platform as Mrs. USA began long before I ever knew I would be sharing my story across the globe and advocating for the health of children with autism. I have been competing in pageants for 25 years, however it was not until […]

July 20, 2019

Keep the Momentum Going! Tell Congress to Make the Federal Response to Autism Crisis More Effective, Responsive, and Accountable

Keep the Momentum Going! Tell Congress to Make the Federal Response to Autism Crisis More Effective, Responsive, and Accountable By SafeMinds Executive Director Lisa Wiederlight, M.P.P. The Autism CARES Act will be moving through Congress soon–and it’s so important for us to keep the momentum going on our three proposed amendments. They are: Placement of […]

June 24, 2019

Rachel Barcellona Makes History and Exemplifies “The Ability Beyond Disability”

SafeMinds Honorary Board Member Rachel Barcellona Makes History and Exemplifies Her “Ability Beyond Disability” Platform as the First Contestant in the Miss Florida Pageant with Autism By:  SafeMinds Executive Director Lisa Wiederlight, M.P.P. It’s hard for me to describe my friend and SafeMinds Honorary Board Member Rachel Barcellona, in any one way. Of course, she […]

June 05, 2019

Your Voice Counts–Democracy is Not a Spectator Sport!

SafeMinds Shares Vol. 1 Issue 1 Your Voice Counts–Democracy is Not a Spectator Sport! By:  SafeMinds Executive Director Lisa Wiederlight, M.P.P. This is the first installment of a group of blogs on SafeMinds’ activities. We hope you’ll look forward to reading them and taking some action. As many people know, we’ve been on Capitol Hill […]

May 21, 2019

Co-occurring Mental Health Issues and Autism: Addressing an Urgent Crisis

By SafeMinds Executive Director, Lisa Wiederlight I’m going to start this blog a little differently today. Today I am writing as both an autism mother and as SafeMinds executive director. Monday morning, while at the grocery store, I heard the familiar scream of a young child with autism. An older man with a crooked and […]

April 24, 2019

Autism Advocate and SafeMinds Honorary Board Member Shares Her Experience with CBD Oil

My experience with medical cannabis has been very positive and I’m very glad that I was introduced to it when I was. Although it was a struggle because the legalization of cannabis for medical use has had a tumultuous rise to acceptance, I also had to share in this struggle because my mother and myself […]

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