Today’s tip is a great one, isn’t it? It can be easy to focus on the negative and forget the small or big successes that do happen.
What does the Looking After Each Other project have to say?
The public understands that people with FASD have challenges. A continual focus on this creates a belief that these challenges are the main attributes of people with FASD.
I get this. We want people to hear us, how difficult it is to parent a child with FASD, but what will that accomplish? If we want to stop the stigma. I can’t really speak for the maiden, or the FASD community, I am only one mom who writes about her experience, and I’m no means an expert, but I hear we have to share the good stories. Focus on the positive. Accept was is, plan and move on.
Speakng of moving on, today’s tip seems to be a great time to introduce a movement.
The Red Shoes Rock movement.
The main goal of Red Shoes Rock is to discover ways to have fun while building awareness leading up to FASDay celebrated on 9.9 and founded by Bonnie Buxton, Brian Philcox and Teresa Kellerman in 1999.
According to the Real Families Real Mindz website:
R.J. Formanek began the movement n 2013 to bring visibility to the in visible (preventable) lifetime disability of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
In 2014 Better Endings New Beginnings (Jodee Kulp) and LiveAbilities Good Fruit Camp Productions (Sam Guerrido) joined RJ to help build awareness leading up to International FASDay on September 9 – we gave it a go for 30 days having fun gaining almost 1000 followers. We continued it in 2015 for 60 days.
Last year we joined forces with the Tiny Titan Team and Ann Yurcek, Sasha with Savanna Pietrantonio and Mark and Johan Wiklander of RealMindz plus loads of friends from over 40 countries — Over a 90 day campaign to create awareness with 90 Real People. Real Lives we reached 150,000 views.
In 2017 the campaign Red Shoes Rock continues to promote local FASD awareness initiatives all around the world, linking them together at an international level. The hashtags are #RedShoesRock, #RealFamilies, #FASD, #FASDay, and #TogetherUnstoppable
So why not join the Red Shoes Rock movement: follow along on the Real Families Real Mindz website (link above) or on Lighter Side of FASD to read about 90 real families, wear some red shoes to raise awareness or get involved and share your success story by clicking on the Real Families Real Mindz link above.