aha! –an Autism awareness moment

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‘aha!–an Autism awareness moment’

As we reflect on the past year, we would like to repost this national event that shined a hopeful light on families living on the Autism Spectrum.

“aha moment – VOTE for ‘Just the way he is.’ by Jimmie Smith, Jr. of BatonRouge, LA”

Let’s continue to support families experiencing Autism.

Thinking about submitting your ‘aha moment’ video that raises awareness about Autism?  View this Top 10 Winner’s ‘aha moment’ video!

Jimmie Smith ‘aha moment’ (as seen on tv) http://www.ahamoment.com/moments/11 

[This is our original social networking event to campaign for Jimmie and his 2 kids.  Although the VOTING for 2010/2011 has ended, you can still share this Autism-related Event and tv video.  You can still acknowledge this Autism achievement by selecting ‘Going’ on its corresponding Facebook page:  http://www.facebook.com/events/163744426982446/]

‘aha moment – VOTE for ‘Just the way he is.’ Jimmie Smith,Jr. BatonRouge, LA’  Public Event · By “Enjoying the Hi-5s of Autism – A Family Experience”  Events   Going

When –Saturday, October 30, 2010 at 2:30am until Monday, January 31, 2011 at 11:30pm

Where – ONLINE VOTING AT- http://www.ahamoment.com/pg/voting?…

 11.10.10 Hi5! aha moment – real people, real stories Top 10 Commercial Winner! – Jimmie Smith, Jr. Dad of a little girl and a little, who is on the Autism Spectrum … Baton Rouge, LA – Jimmie Smith ‘Just the way he is.’ an excerpt clip of the original ‘Not hopeless.’ …(in Jimmie’s aha moment words) “Two years ago, my son was diagnosed with Autism. I felt like I had nowhere to turn. I felt totally helpless. It seemed like all the things I wanted for my son went out the window. I connected with an organization that helps parents of kids with Autism. I also found a community of people who were there to help me through this difficult time. I had to totally reevaluate my life, but I finally accepted my son as he was.” “After his son was diagnosed with Autism, Jimmie realized that while society may view his child differently, his son is fine just the way he is.” (aha moment Summary) NOVEMBER 8, 2010 aha moment Press Release – MUTUAL OF OMAHA ANNOUNCES STARS OF NEXT YEAR’S TV AD CAMPAIGN Social Media Platforms Drive More Than 80,000 Votes In Aha Moment Survey OMAHA, Neb. — November 8, 2010 — “Mutual of Omaha, proud sponsor of life’s aha momentsSM, has announced the 10 aha moments that will be featured in its 2011 nationwide TV ad campaign that will begin next spring. Voters across the country have selected the featured moments during a month-long survey that relied heavily on social media.” “Similar to the success of last year’s tour, many of the individuals featured in the aha moment spots strategically used social networking sites, to encourage others to vote for them. As a result, the campaign received a significant amount of its exposure via social media, with more than five million impressions on Facebook and Twitter alone.” (admin.) “You shouted, posted, Tweeted and shared to the tune of more than 80,000 votes cast last month.” “The road to commercial stardom started in Fresno, Calif., last May when Mutual of Omaha launched its second 25-city Aha Moment Tour. At every stop, people lined up to share their personal aha moments in an Airstream trailer that was custom designed as a mobile television studio. All of the moments recorded on the tour can be viewed on the aha moment website.” “Mutual of Omaha launched its sponsorship of life’s aha moments in February 2009. For more information about the aha moment campaign, and to view all of the recorded moments, visit http://www.mutualofomaha.com/aha .” [John Hildenbiddle, senior vice president of brand management and public relations at Mutual of Omaha – http://blog.ahamoment.com/?p=5286]
ENJOY! The Cosse’ Family
(Google) EnjoyHi5Autism (Twitter) Enjoying the Hi5s of Autism (Facebook) babymiracle2005 (Twitter) babymiracle05@yahoo.com
 October 30, 2010 Hi5! aha moment – VOTE for ‘Just the way he is.’  Jimmie_BatonRouge, LA inspiring father of 2 school-age kids CAST YOUR VOTE FOR JIMMIE at http://www.ahamoment.com/pg/voting?momentSeed=1288371749
The finalists! You’ve cast your votes and picked your favorites. Congratulations to the 25 top vote-getters who are one step closer to being included in Mutual of Omaha’s 2011 TV campaign! Until October 31, you can select the 10 aha moments that will be featured in our TV campaign. Vote now for your favorites! Our friend Jimmie is a loving father of 2 school-age sweetie pies! In Jimmie’s  aha moment, he shares his desire to raise his children with wisdom, understanding and mostly love. Aha Moment (Mutual of Omaha)        VOTE FOR Jimmie_Baton Rouge,LA ‘ Just the way he is.’ http://www.ahamoment.com/pg/voting?momentSeed=1288371749 ENJOY!
Below is our story of Jimmie.  It is always a good thing to show appreciation.   October 29, 2010 Re:  Aha Moment (Mutual of Omaha)        VOTE FOR Jimmie_Baton Rouge,LA       ‘Just the way he is.’ http://www.ahamoment.com/pg/voting?momentSeed=1288371749
Greetings, We are the Cosse’ Family and we encourage you to vote for the Smith family.  Both families are raising a child on the Autism Spectrum.  Autism is considered a developmental disability and a neurological condition which affects communication, socialization and behavior in the lives of those touched by this diagnostic group. (CDC.gov) Please vote for my friend – Jimmie Smith,Jr. for the Mutual of Omaha Aha Moment! Cast your vote  Jimmie_BatonRouge,/LA ‘Just the way he is’  (about loving his son diagnosed with autism) at: http://www.ahamoment.com/pg/voting?momentSeed=1288371749
This is the link to Jimmie’s original aha moment:    Jimmie_Baton Rouge ‘Not hopeless.’ at  http://www.ahamoment.com/pg/moments/view/12387
Let us share about why you should VOTE for  Jimmie_Baton Rouge,LA-  AHA MOMENT. “Jimmie is a great dad of 2 wonderful kids.  Jimmie is a good friend, as well.   Jimmie is a committed advocate.  Jimmie’s dedication to independence, integration, inclusion, self-determination.  Sharing a moment with Jimmie is life changing as I have seen him across Louisiana attending Parent and Special Needs workshops, disabilities trainings, advocacy rallies, nonprofit open houses and fellowships! Although Jimmie and I have only been acquainted for 10 months, it seems that we have known each other for at least 5 years. Jimmie is 1 of 2 males in our 6 months leadership training with Partners in Policymaking 2010 Class.  PIP is an initiative of the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council.  During our 6 months of leadership training, 23 women ‘actually listened’ -in silence- as our ‘E.F.Hutton’ of disabilities Dad’, shared insightful tips, humor and challenges of being a Parent raising 2 wonderful school age kids.  Comparatively, Jimmie was not modest about asking for our advice and revealing his passion for educating and recreating with his family and ours.  We were especially appreciative that Jimmie considered a component of his graduation project would be to personally speak with each of hour husbands(male-factors) in an effort to offer a males-perspective of understanding, compassion and hopes of caring for a loved one with a developmental disability.   True to his word, Jimmie implemented his promise during our June Graduation from Partners in Policymaking(PIP-LADDC).  The leader that he is, Jimmie volunteered to give a presentation during our ceremonies.  We were amazed, yet again, as the lights were dimmed and the dvd began to play!  Jimmie had made a personal dvd with soothing background music!  Just the mood we need as we welcomed self-advocate Craig Blackburn, our Speaker – also a PIP Graduate. Likewise, having not met or talked on the phone to some of our mates, he boldly approached them with extended hand and a welcoming smile. With the same smile Jimmie is displaying in his aha moment video – that graduation day, Jimmie imparted home, understanding and compassion as he confidentially shared with as many as time would permit. {Tears of hope are flowing…} A few weeks later, we met up with Jimmie at Families Helping Families of Acadiana!  Unknowingly, we had both come to share with our fellow Partners Grad Dr. Kathy Allen, Executive Director.  There must be a rainbow in the sky – 2 treats in 1 – Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act; and fellowshipping with Jimmie!  Our family had traveled for hours, stuck in bridge repair traffic, sweltering heat… But all that enduring was worth the bonus of sharing a moment with Jimmie.  What do you know, Jimmie is sitting there sharing, listening, giving, receiving and just enjoying life, as usual.  We anxiously waited our turn, as we enjoyed the beautiful hospitality Dr. Kathy and her Staff.  This comfortable atmosphere was just the relieve we needed as we viewed the client’s art walk, snacked, and watched ‘I Am Sam’ autism video.  Finally, it was our turn.  Jimmie approached with A WELCOMING SMILE AND EXTENDED HAND. More tears of joy are flowing as we ask you to VOTE for Jimmie_BatonRouge,/lA- Aha Moment.  Go to Jimmie_BatonRouge ‘Just the way he is’  (about loving his son diagnosed with autism) at: http://www.ahamoment.com/pg/voting?momentSeed=1288371749
{Remember, the VOTING for 2010/2011 has ended.  But, you can still share this Autism-related Event and video:.http://www.ahamoment.com/moments/11 }
“Thank you Jimmie Smith, Jr. for opening up your life to me, for not judging me, for sharing with my husband, for being so sacrificially unselfish.  Mostly, I appreciate your bold stand for children with special needs, your pursuit of knowledge and your wisdom that bolsters our efforts! “ Voting for Jimmie Smith, Jr. helps raise awareness for individuals with disabilities, especially our kids. Voting closes on Sunday, October 31st! Some of us may have already voted for Jimmie’s Aha Moment a few months ago.  Now, Jimmie needs our VOTES again and others’ VOTES to make it to the top 10!! CAST YOUR VOTE FOR JIMMIE TODAY!  Copy this link into your browser: : http://www.ahamoment.com/pg/voting?momentSeed=1288371749.
If this link is inoperable, simply go to Aha Moment (Mutual of Omaha) at http://www.ahamoment.com/.  Jimmie Smith Jr. has his family story listed as “Just the way he is.” which is an except for his original ‘Not hopeless.”  There you will see his engaging smile with his name as ‘Jimmie_Baton Rouge’.  Don’t hold back your tears of feeling inspired as you view Jimmie’s video. This is the Jimmie we want you to VOTE for – a selfless friend who opens his heart – a proud Dad who always has kind words to share about his 2 kids – someone so insightful, he created a digital biopic THAT EVERYONE WANTED FOR THEIR OWN MEMORIES!  Hey! Think we are next in line to get our dvd made?! Thus, in honor of making it this far in the Aha Moment – and being an awesome friend – we are dedicating our family blog to the remaining 3 voting days to Jimmie and his wonderful family.  ‘Enjoying the Hi-5s of Autism – A Family Experience’ is honored to share Jimmie Smith, Jr.’s Aha Moment.  We will post announcements to VOTE FOR JIMMIE’S AHA MOMENT on Google, Facebook and Twitter. Please join us in spreading the word in your special way and remember to VOTE FOR Jimmie_BatonRouge ‘Just the way he is.’ aha moment!
In appreciation,
(Google) EnjoyHi5Autism (Twitter) Enjoying the Hi5s of Autism (Facebook) babymiracle2005 (Twitter) babymiracle05@yahoo.com
Related articles      * Autism Speaks(TM) Launches Puzzlebuilder, the First-of-Its-Kind Social Network Driven Fundraiser to Help the One in 110 Children Struggling With Autism Spectrum Disorders (marketwire.com)      * How Regressive Autism is Different from Classic Autism (brighthub.com)      * Jon Stewart Hosts Comedy Central Charity Special ‘Night Of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Concert For Autism Education’ Thursday, October 21 At 9:00p ET (tvbythenumbers.com)      * Overcoming Time Perception Difficulties in Autism Spectrum Disorders (brighthub.com)      * Ciliopathies and Autism (brighthub.com)
{Remember, the VOTING for 2010/2011 has ended.  But, you can still share this Autism-related Event and  ‘aha moment’ tv video.}

Jimmie Smith’s ‘aha moment’ (as seen on tv) – http://www.ahamoment.com/moments/11

MyAHAMoment avatar of the ‘aha moment’ national tv campaign by Mutual of Omaha.          See the 2011 Winners!


Have a Happy New Year!
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About EnjoyHi5!Autism Babymiracle2005

Wife 15 years, Moomie 5 years, community leader, disability advocate, events planner, strategic trainer, FUNdraiser, blogger, social networker
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1 Response to aha! –an Autism awareness moment

  1. So excited! ‘Enjoying the Hi-5s of Autism’ earned a WordPress STAR for achieving the “Goal of 190 Posts Completed.” Thanks Jimmie Smith & Kids for sharing your inspirational life! Read more at: ‘aha! –an Autism awarenss moment’ – http://wp.me/p1b3aT-S

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