April is Autism Awareness month. We as a company are compassionate about giving back to our community and this is a cause is near and dear to our hearts.
We would like to introduce you to Rayna Graham, my middle daughter and Sarah’s younger sister. Rayna is a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, advocate, survivor, entrepreneur, artist, yoga instructor…and so much more. Rayna is going to share a little about her journey.
I am Rayna, I’m a mom of 2 boys. Mason and Brody. Brody is my youngest, he is Autistic. Brody will be 5 in May, and we have been through so much on our short journey together. Brody is loving, funny, bright, sweet energetic boy. April is Autism Awareness month, a really important time to speak up & raise awareness about Autism. (All times are important to share, really) but in April we have a spotlight. We are a family of 4 - a #neurodiversefamily - and I’m proud to say that.
After two separate Queries with the team at the Glenrose - Brody was diagnosed as: “Autism Spectrum Disorder accompanied by language impairment requiring very substantial support (severe) for social communication and very substantial support (severe) for restrictive repetitive behaviours. “ A diagnosis for us meant SUPPORT.
Through this journey I honestly didn’t care what the diagnosis was - my goal as a mother was truly just to gain access to the resources & tools our family needs to help Brody improve his quality of life, ability to communicate & to ease his frustrations (and ours) - not to “fix” anything. He is NOT broken. Through this journey, one of the most invaluable resources that I found, was the Robinhood Association in Sherwood Park, my consultant, Lyn Waldron, has been an absolute GIFT, to my family, and to me personally. She came into our home (for multiple lengthily appointments) to help us navigate the process of trying to get the support we need. She helped me navigate the PUF programs & provided me all the information I needed to get him into early education at 3 years old. Not only that, Lyn assisted me in filling out forms that seemed to be in another language- answered ALL my questions, shed tears with me, held space, and even came with us to our debriefing with the team at the Glenrose after our first query to support us.
Not only that, Robinhood has recently provided us with respite services (pre- Covid-19) once we were finally approved through FSCD - the services they provide to vulnerable families within our direct community are priceless. I 100% know that we wouldn’t have been able to get the support that we’ve been able to put in place, (although it’s on hold now during this time) without the help & support from Robin Hood & it’s caring staff who go above & beyond- we will definitely be continuing to require their valuable services and support ongoing. For these reasons we would are honoured to partner up with Anchored Collective with these beautifully designed shirts to raise funds for the Robin Hood Association.
Anchored is excited to give back to an association so near and dear to our community. The Robin Hood Association is committed to excellence in assisting individuals with disabilities to achieve their personal best and experience quality lifestyle. Giving them opportunity to experience a satisfying and fulfilling lifestyle based on personal choice, dignity and respect. The Robin Hood Association has been providing much needed programs and assistance to Sherwood Park, Ft Saskatchewan and surrounding areas since 1963. For Children and their families, they have early intervention programs, early childhood development, family support and training. For Adults they have Day programs, residential services, community access, employment services, transportation and resource services.
We see the amazing impact the Robin Hood Association has on the individuals it supports personally every day in Brody. We are forever grateful.
Sarah has designed a beautiful blue t-shirt that says “Act justly, Love mercy, Walk humbly” In simple terms this t-shirt means – Do what is right, show compassion and put others first. Perfect for this. We pray each of us can embrace this message regarding each and every person we meet. 25% of each T-shirt will be going to the Robin Hood Association.
Thank you for your continued support making purchases with a purpose. We are forever grateful.
Love, Kathie and Sarah