World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), on April 2nd each year shines a bright light on a growing global health crisis.
According to the National Autism Association, Autism affects 1 in 59 children. The bio-neurological developmental disability usually presents itself by the age of three, and it’s more prevalent in boys than girls.
As children with autism grow older, they face all sorts of obstacles. Because many don’t speak or use social cues as you or I do, they become targets for bullies or are excluded altogether. Children with autism are also vulnerable to drowning because they wander from their homes and schools. Due to their inability to communicate, they cannot tell someone their name or where they live, either.
Additionally, as adults, they are more likely to unemployed or underemployed.
However, resources are available for families and schools to help keep children safe and to support them lead happy and healthy lives.
Visit the National Autism Association website for resources, guides and tips for families and schools.
The day also focuses on the growing need for programs designed to support those with autism now and in the future.
HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldAutismAwarenessDay or #WAAD
National Autism Association website accepts donations, provides information and training.
Due to health concerns this this year will be recognized through more online avenues than in person. Throughout the day, organizations hold events supporting autism awareness. Attend an event and show your support for someone you know. Share your story and make your voice heard.
While the day also celebrates the stories and lives of those with autism, it’s also important to remember that autism is a life long condition with varying degrees of severity. It’s important to continue to support research for treatment and therapies that will improve the lives of those with autism. Speak out about autism to help eliminate the stigma associated with it.
Use #WorldAutismDay to share on social media.
WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY HISTORY
The United Nations General Assembly declared April 2nd as World Autism Awareness day in 2008 to draw attention to the growing need for innovative programs designed to support those with autism.
Know How it Spreads
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Take steps to protect yourself
Clean your hands often
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Take steps to protect others
Stay home if you’re sick
Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
Cover coughs and sneezes
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
Throw used tissues in the trash.
Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Wear a facemask if you are sick
If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
Clean and disinfect
Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.
Diluting your household bleach.
To make a bleach solution, mix:
5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.
Ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol.
Other common EPA-registered household disinfectants.
Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens pdf icon[7 pages]external icon claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses.
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).
Quarantines, job cuts, empty store shelves, no school for kids, it’s really unsettling to turn on the news. While this outlook is bleak there are ways to minimize the risks to you and your loved ones.
There are lots of resources available for everything from government guidelines, economic and political matters, health precautions, and how you entertain you and if your kids are home.
The CDC has recommendations to help cut down your risk of exposure, and getting the virus. All age groups are susceptible to contracting the virus. While some younger adults and children may get a more minor case, you can carry it to others. Please think about the risks to other adults, parents, grandparents and others who if contract it could lead to very serious complications and even death.
Please follow direction from your local, state and Federal Government including the CDC.
Anyone with underlying health issues need to be extremely careful to minimize your risks. Those with things like heart conditions, Diabetes, respiratory ailments like COPD, asthma, and other like symptoms are very vulnerable.
Social Distancing is a frequently used term. Keeping people separated, and almost everywhere there should be no more than 10 people gathered. Cancellations of community events, school closures, remote work from home if possible is the current normal.
Just going to the grocery store under these conditions looks like Venezuela does. As we are in a higher risk group the last thing we want to be near is a store full of people. Take advantage of delivery or online ordering if possible. We know from experience the last few weeks, to replenish essentials before you run out. Panic buying has caused shortages in many stores.
We know when ordering there is a good chance we will not get everything. So if we don’t get it we move it back to the list. We have expanded our store selections to broaden our chances of receiving regular supplies. Publix, Walmart, Winn Dixie, Whole Foods and others offer online ordering. Be patient, our local Walmarts have no order times for the next 7 days. Publix with Instacart and Winn Dixie with Shipt have only been able to fulfill half the items in an order. Keep this in mind, we are only venturing to a store if absolutely necessary. As this continues please be kind to those who brave the stores for you. Some have senior shopping hours available.
Are your children home from school and need something to do? There are a huge variety of online resources and other methods of learning to keep them entertained. Have them help with things like baking. Here we have not been able to buy bread, do we are making our own. Everything from a Crockpot recipe to traditional white and wheat. My mom’s Pioneer Bread
is one not to miss. I can tell you coming home from school when we were little, nothing beat a slice warm out of the oven.
If you have time on your hands a great way to prolong your groceries is freezer meals. Not only do they save you some time if suffering from crazy scheduling, but are a great way to preserve your supplies. Check out some of these great recipes here.
Check out some of the most prestigious museums around the world. Google has teamed up with these great places to bring the experience to your couch. Some are VR (virtual reality) ready. So by all means take a virtual trip to the see the worlds most famous art. Click here.
Cooking and baking will add things like maths and science they don’t know they are getting. Have them help you plan a road trip for a future vacation. They can learn about the individual states, their history, culture, famous figures. Have them plan on sites to see, museums, parks, landmarks… You get the idea. It will not only occupy, but kindles a learning experience that will also give them hope for the future. Check out some of these for States as each is inducted into the USA.
For older students, you can easily expand to world history, countries, and nations. Things like cultures, languages, music, art can all be added to keep it interesting. Our parents used these same techniques both in and outside of school. It also helped us learn real-world skills. Best of all we only really noticed as we left home and ventured out on our own.
Looking for something for yourself? If you are forced to be home and have some downtime, maybe you tackle a couple of books from your “To be read” pile. Or binge-watch a new tv show, catch up on one you missed or rewatch some of those movie series in order. Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, Outlander, Marvel Movies Universe, Star Trek, Star Trek reboots, Star Trek Discovery series, Star Wars, The Mandalorian, The Mummy Movies, Bosch series, If you have a favorite please let me know and why you love it.
National Common Courtesy Day on March 21st serves a reminder of the behavior that keeps society from melting into a sea of madness. The day brings awareness to how important common courtesy is in our lives.
In the Merriam-Webster dictionary, courtesy is described as a: behavior marked by polished manners or respect for others: courteous behavior b: a courteous and respectful act or expression.
Common courtesy can be as simple as saying “please” and “thank you” when asking for and receiving a service, gift or assistance. Kindness and courtesy do go a long way and are noticed by others even if you do not realize it.
Letting someone in front of you in traffic is easy. Hold open a door for someone or give a person a hand with his groceries. Give up your seat on the bus to someone who might need it. Introduce yourself to the new employee or kid at school and take the time to introduce her to the rest of the crew.
These are just a few examples of small things that make a difference to someone else. They are momentary deeds of being courteous.
As we face the threat of Coronavirus it is important to remember things like this. As we all prepare for the unknown these little acts of kindness will be appreciated even more. As we all feel the stresses this brings it is important to know that everyone is trying their best to meet needs. At the end of the day you will feel better about yourself.
Check on family, friends, and neighbors. Take precations to help stop the spread. If you have anyone age 50 and up be cautious so you are not a carrier. Do they have what they need to avoid going into crowded stores? Do they order their groceries? If someone is in a younger group please be aware it can be just as dangerous.
People with breathing issues, underlying health problems and compromised immune systems are just as vulnerable. Myself included. Having had respiratory issues before I am in the extremely dangerous to my health category. Even though my age is not an issue. So please remember people with asthma, COPD, respiratory failure, and others are extremely vulnerable. While you may only get mild flu like symptoms it can mean ICU or worse for us.
HOW TO OBSERVE #CommonCourtesyDay
If common courtesy is not a part of your daily routine, then this is the day to start implementing courtesy into your life. Try it; not only will the other person appreciate it, but you will feel good about it also. Use #CommonCourtesyDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL COMMON COURTESY DAY HISTORY
National Common Courtesy Day has been observed since at least 2003.
On March 8, National Oregon Day recognizes the 33rd state to join the union.
Also known as The Beaver State, Oregon’s climate enjoys the warm Pacific air west of the Cascade Mountains and in the lush Willamette Valley. More extreme temperature ranges are experienced in Oregon’s high desert.
Populations of Nez Perce, Chinook, Mollalla, and others settled along the Columbia River Gorge, Klamath Basin, and points east. Many of the first European explorers to arrive sought the elusive Northwest Passage
The Corps of Discovery Expedition followed the Colombia River Gorge, reaching the Pacific Ocean in November of 1805. They would winter at Ft. Clatsop. Soon, pioneers would follow along what would become the Oregon Trail.
The gorge was created from volcanic lava flows and glacial floods.
Windsurfers flock to the Columbia due to the powerful, steady winds off of the Cascade Mountains. Kayaking, biking, hiking, skiing and many other outdoor adventures can be found up and down the Gorge, but its icy crown is Mt. Hood. The Stratovolcano’s last eruption occurred in 1865 and was named after Lord Samuel Hood.
South along the Cascade Range, a sleeping volcano forms the mysterious Crater Lake. A well-planned hike along the trails to the remote brilliant, blue waters of the deepest lake in the U.S. is worth the effort. The pristine volcano is a wonder to see. Eastern Oregon takes on the color of a sunset in the undulating Painted Hills near Mitchell.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalOregonDay
Explore all the wonders of Oregon! Join National Day Calendar in celebrating the 33rd state’s history, people and culture. Uncover hidden treasures and explore Oregon’ diverse landscapes!
Use #NationalOregonDay to share on social media.
Chief Comcomly – Tribal Leader – (1765 – 1830)
An expertly skilled navigator and negotiated, Chief Comcomly overcame the loss of an eye. The leader of the Chinook Indians, Comcomly traded with many different companies over his lifetime. During the Corp of Discovery Expedition, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark recorded in their journals their impressions of Comcomly, the village and the surrounding area.
Tsin-is-tum (Jennie Michel) – Folklorist – (1814 – 1905)
George Dantzig – Mathematician – (November 8, 1914 – May 13, 2005)
Minoru Yasui – Attorney – (October 19, 1916 – November 12, 1986)
Linus Pauling – Chemist – (February 28, 1901 – August 19, 1994)
James Beard – Cook – (May 5, 1903 – January 21, 1985)
Bill Bowerman – Coach – (February 19, 1911 – December 24, 1999)
Beverly Cleary – Author (April12, 1916)
Douglas Engelbart- Engineer – (January 30, 1925 – July 2, 2013)
Steve Prefontaine – Athlete – (January 25, 1951 – May 30, 1975)
International Women’s Day on March 8th each year celebrates the social, economic, and political achievements of women around the world. The day also brings international awareness to gender parity. According to the World Economic Forum, global gender equality is estimated to be achieved by 2133.
Gender equality is the equal access to the same rights and opportunities regardless of gender. These rights and opportunities include:
- employment / economic gain
- protection under the law
- right to vote
- free from violence
Striving for Change
Holding Political Office
Just over 100 years ago, only .2 % of the United States Congress consisted of women. Actually, the 65th Congress was comprised of a single woman. In 1916, Montana elected Republican Jeannette Rankin as the first Congresswoman to hold a federal office. Fast forward to the year 2020 and women hold 23.7% of the U.S. Congressional seats. While that might seem like progress, according to United Nations statistics, the U.S. percentage matches exactly the worldwide average for women in political office.
In many parts of the world, women are less likely to own land, a business, or attend school. Education alone is a powerful tool leading to financial independence for women. Their children reap the rewards, often for generations to come. Additionally, but when the women of a community prosper, so does the community. Educated women and girls are more likely to educate their offspring. They also have a better understanding of healthcare and understand their rights.
According to the United Nations, more than half of the world’s poorest people are women. International Women’s Day strives to bring economic power to women who aren’t allowed to work for pay or work for low wages. And despite strides in industrialized countries, there’s still work to do there, too.
HOW TO OBSERVE #InternationalWomensDay
Around the world, organizations, communities, and individuals organize events focused on the mission of gender parity, celebrating the achievements of women worldwide and education.
- Attend a lecture, seminar or festival
- Organize an event
- Speak or perform at a local fundraiser
- Participate in a march for women’s equal rights
- Learn about the women who paved the way for many of the rights and freedoms we have today
- Become involved in your local, state or national political system
- Invite others to join you, including other women, sons, brothers, sisters, and daughters
- Share your job skills at a local career fair
- Celebrate all month long. It’s also National Women’s History Month.
Use #InternationalWomensDay when posting on Social Media.
Besides tagging your photographs and post with these has tags, you can also do the following:
• Share content or retweet amessage that might be relevant to the theme of International Women’s Day 2020
• You can use thelogo of the international women day on your blog, website or on your Facebook’s cover photo. Alternatively, you can also use the IWD logo in your email signatures
• The official colour of International Women’s Day is purple. You can wear a purple shirt to work, use purple in your websites, blogs or social media. You can also make a video or presentation on the theme of International Women’s Day 2018 and post it on your social media account to raise awareness about the different issues that women from different backgrounds all over the world are forced to fight everyday.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY HISTORY
International Women’s Day origins can be traced back to the early 1900s when women became more politically active and took an invested and vocal role in steering their course toward voting rights, fair pay, working conditions, and representation under the law
National Soup it Forward Day on March 3rd encourages us to deliver love and kindness by the bowlful because a warm cup of kindness comes in many forms.
When I make a pot of soup, it’s nearly always enough to feed an army. Those time-worn recipes grow over time, and love seasons it to perfection. I make it to warm my home, to cure a cold and warm a soul.
Just as the recipes grow and provide a nourishing warmth, so can National Soup it Forward Day. When making one of your favorite soups at home, Soup it Forward. Deliver a healing pot of your delicious chicken noodle or split pea to a family or friend you know is in need. Perhaps they have been ill or down on their luck. Whatever the situation, a little of your home cooking and visit will be a nice change.
Jen’s Chicken Noodle
Slow Cooker French Onion
Loaded Noodle Bowls
My Beef Pho
What soup will you be making on National Soup it Forward Day?
HOW TO OBSERVE #SoupItForwardDay & #HugInABowl
Make up your favorite soup and deliver it to someone you know who could use the warmth of kindness in their life. Use #HugInABowl and #SoupItForwardDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL SOUP IT FORWARD DAY HISTORY
Soup Sisters founded National Soup it Forward Day to encourage everyone to make a difference in each other’s lives through the warm, healing kindness of sharing a bowl of soup.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the National Soup it Forward Day to be observed annually beginning in 2018.
Soup Sisters is an award-winning National non-profit organization Founded March 3, 2009. Since that time more than 1 million servings of nurturing and nourishing soup made by community people has been delivered monthly to 40 emergency shelters in North America for women and children fleeing family violence and domestic abuse. The organization’s Founder, Sharon Hapton launched Soup Sisters by celebrating a milestone birthday with a soup-making birthday party that provided the first delivery of soup to the Calgary Women’s Emergency shelter. That is the simplicity of Sharon’s vision: to give people a way to give back to their community by doing something tangible – getting into the kitchen, spending a night with friends, rolling up their sleeves and creating something heartwarming, heartfelt and with it a message of support to women and kids in crisis. Now operating in over 25 cities Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers deliver the gift of soup by providing a much needed ‘Hug in a Bowl’. Soup it forward with the universal comfort food and for added inspiration, you can find over 300 soup recipes in the Soup Sisters trilogy of cookbooks.