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May 31, 2010
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May 31, 2010
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I continue to be amazed by the director of Sandy Cay Inc. The birth of her son, who was later diagnosed with both autism and tubular sclerosis, has sparked a passion in her to assist other families with challenges. Both Sandy Cay, INC and The Bryan Center (school) have been meeting the needs of families of autistic children for 10 years as a result of her dedication. With the assistance of many competent and creative women (and men) children are gaining language and social skills to grow and be part of their own families and the larger community.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

as I have seen students respond to behavior plans and gain more self control and the ability to respond appropriately in social situations and in conversation

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them a building of their own so rent money could go into programming needs

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the willingness of the staff to work for the benefit of each student or mentee regardless of how long it takes or what creative measures must be used.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind, caring, determined and cooperative

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build a school and provide transitional/or assisted housing to people with an autism label.

Ways to make it better...

if we had our own building and a secretary/organizer

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding &

One thing I'd also say is that...

this organization is committed to working with parents and community to provide the support needed by people with an autism label

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 28, 2010

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May 28, 2010

Through the stories I have heard, the members of Sandy Cay., INC goes above and beyond to empower women as mothers of children with autism. Many of the mothers the charity works to provide services for feel disempowered when faced with the many challenges that can come with raising children wih autism. At times, these women have felt powerless against getting the most appropriate educational services for their children. One service this charity provides is an alternative educational placement for children with autism, through the Bryan Center. This alone has empowered women to say to the public schools, "no I do not have to accept what you offer here for my child" and to know that there are options near by for them. Before Sandy Cay, INC these mothers of children with autism in the counties of Northwest Ohio did not have options. They had to accept the services what were offered by their school district, or move to larger cities where there were more options for children with autism. Other challenges mothers of children with autism face are to feel powerless in their own homes when faced with the challenging behaviors that can often accompany children with autism. Many of the mothers need training on how to handle these challenging behaviors, as well as how to teach their children life skills to gain independence. Through Sandy Cay., INC mothers have access to professionals who have the skills, training, and experience to know how to address these difficult issues. As a mother myself, I know that nothing can compare to the feeling of power a woman has once she learn the skills to regain "control" over her household and her children. This is what Sandy Cay., INC has done been able to do.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing how dedicated the people are through this chairty to provide support for women as mothers of children with autism.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

one-of-a-kind individuals dedicated to serve in the best ways they could

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build a site to function the organization out of and hire support staff for running the organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 28, 2010

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May 28, 2010

Sandy Cay Inc, has been a Godsend to my family. We adopted twins age 4 with fetal alchol and severe behaviors that fall on the autism spectrum. We had an out of control home enviroment Taking the kids in public was a nightmare. The Bryan center gladly accepted my children and from the very first day began teaching them and us how to modify behaviors and to focus on their strengths. My children enjoy going to the Bryan Center and we have peace knowing that while they are there, they are learning how to be safe and to function in our community. The expertise of those who run the Bryan Center is priceless and all those who enter the center will come away with valuable tools to help raise our very challenging children.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My family has learned priceless tools in raising our very challenging children. The center is very supportive and available to help us as different behaviors or situations arise. We can take the children to a public park now with out major behaviors.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their tools, advise, kindness and support to our family

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind, compassionate, experienced, honest and very excited to work with challenging children

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help every family that has special needs children as well as typical familys who need parenting skills to succesfully raise their children.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 28, 2010

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May 28, 2010

Growing up I never imagined myself teaching kids with disabilites. I always pictured myself in an office, working on computers and answering phones but, I got a chance of a lifetime that will forever change my life, teaching children with autism. I am so thankful for having the chance to get to know these kids and their families. Everyday is a new challenge. It's a great feeling knowing at the end of everyday you're helping someone. You grow to love these kids and think of them as one of your own. It's awesome seeing them grow and develope mentally and physically and being apart of their lives. I've worked at "Sandy Cay, Inc." for nearly a year now and over this past year I've not only saw one student improve but several. No matter if the student is 5 or 15, they work hard everyday and has made progress in their work. I wish there was more funding for the children to get them out and about in public. I believe it is very important for these kids to get out and socialize. If there was more funding it would be easier to take them on fieldtrips. For example, this past fall we got to take some of our students to a local fire department and they got to take rides on the fire engines. It was a memory our students will hold with them forever. They still talk about it until this day.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

mentoring and teaching the students each and everyday.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with the children and seeing them progress.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Great, I couldn't ask for better people to work with.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build a larger building for more students, take the children for more fieldtrips out in the public, and buy more books to teach the students.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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May 28, 2010

I volunteered with Sandy Cay, Inc.(SCI)and The Bryan Center over the summer my senior year in high school as a part of my requirement for our TRUST Program. It was a good learning environment for the disabled children because they had a 1:1 ratio much of the time and the teachers were patient with the students. When I worked with a student who had tantrums, the situation was resolved using effective strategies such as a reward system using a token board to earn computer time. I liked working with SCI because I saw improvement in the students. I also enjoyed spending time with the older students closer to my age. I will be studying special education in college after I graduate from high school this Spring.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

that I saw improvement with the students. Some of the improvements I observed was an increase in the students following directions, getting more correct answers, better articulation and more focused attention.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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