Wednesday, April 9, 2014

National Autism Awareness Month

This April we will be celebrating National Autism Awareness Month alongside hundreds of Autism Society affiliates and their communities! Learn more about what's in store for our area by visiting the NAAM website

Do you want to make a better world for autism? That’s what the Autism Society strives to do along with their many partners across the country and this April they will be celebrating the work being done by people with autism and autism advocates to improve the lives of all impacted by autism.

To learn more about the events happening in your state, please click the links below:

Here are some interesting facts regarding those who have or who care for those with autism:

  • The lifetime cost of autism, for an individual who does not have an intellectual disability is $1.4 million and $2.3 million for an individual with autism and an intellectual disability. Most parents lack the financial resources to provide for the lifetime care and support of their son or daughter with autism. Federal and state assistance is needed, but there are severe gaps in this safety net. Individuals with autism need the ability to support themselves in their living environments. How do we make this happen? Learn more during National Autism Awareness Month.

  • On average, mothers of children with ASD earn 35% less than mothers of children with another health limitation and 56% ($14,755) less than those mothers of children with no health impairments. This is likely due to the tendency of mothers to work less than full-time when caring for a child with a disability, due to a lack of community and home supports available. More has to be done to support families with autism. How can we make this better? Learn more during NationalAutism Awareness Month.

  • Over 16% percent of people of disabilities are unemployed, almost double the rate of unemployment among people without disabilities. Some estimates put the number as high as 43%. How do we make this better? Learn more about how we are making the world better for autism by visiting our web page on National Autism Awareness Month.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Prepare for When Disaster Strikes

This is severe weather awareness month in Georgia and the Carolinas. Families and individuals are urged to use the information provided this month to devise their own severe weather safety plans.

The National Weather Service issues warnings 15 to 20 minutes prior so you should already have a plan in place and be ready to act on it immediately when a warning is issued.

The most important part of your plan is to identify a safe room. Your goal should be to place as many walls and floors between you and the outside as possible.

Another important step is assembling an emergency supplies kit. This kit should be stored in or easily accessible from your safe room and should contain essential items that you may need during extended periods of utility outages.

For more information on an emergency plan or assembling an emergency supplies kit... visit

Monday, March 10, 2014


Young children really want to please their parents - these 2 sentences should help keep your children honest. Click HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Understanding Parental Rights: Michael Farris Interview [Podcast]

Discussion about the importance of your parental rights with WRAF's Trace Embry of LICENSE TO PARENT and special guest Michael Farris president of and Chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association. Michael Farris is also the Founding President and current Chancellor of Patrick Henry College. Essentially, in today’s culture, the government seems to be restricting the rights of parents. To listen to the podcast - click here.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Why Social Media Is Making Us Broke!

Experts say social media can cost us money, so find out how to keep Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest from busting your budget. Read the rest of the story - click here

Thursday, February 27, 2014


For me, the worst thing about makeup has always been taking it off. It's always that one last thing you have to do before you go to bed, and if you don't, you instantly regret it when you wake up. When you're tired, makeup removing wipes are a godsend because they're so quick. That convenience comes with a big price tag, but you can make your own wipes a lot cheaper, with the added benefit of using products you already love. They're super easy to make and customize for your skin type, and only require a few materials. To read the rest CLICK HERE

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Tetris - helps food cravings...really?

Want a brownie? Try playing Tetris and see if the craving goes away. Interesting study done - read the details here.

Monday, February 10, 2014


One in three children who died in crashes in 2011 was not buckled up, according to a new CDC Vital Signs report. CDC analyzed 2002–2011 data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, to determine the number and rate of motor-vehicle occupant deaths, and the percentage of child deaths among children age 12 and younger who were not buckled up. Motor vehicle crash deaths among children age 12 and younger decreased by 43 percent in the past decade (2002-2011), however, more than 9,000 children died in crashes during that period. Research has shown that using age- and size-appropriate child restraints (car seats, booster seats, and seat belts) is the best way to save lives and reduce injuries in a crash, yet only 2 out of every 100 children live in states that require car seat or booster seat use for children age 8 and under. Almost half of all black (45 percent) and Hispanic (46 percent) children who died in crashes were not buckled up, compared to 26 percent of white children (2009-2010). To help keep children safe on the road, parents and caregivers can: • Buckle children in car seats, booster seats, and seat belts in the back seat—on every trip, no matter how short. ◦Rear-facing car seat from birth up to age 2. Buckle children in a rear-facing seat until age 2 or when they reach the upper weight or height limit of that seat. ◦Forward-facing car seat from age 2 up to at least age 5. When children outgrow their rear-facing seat, they should be buckled in a forward-facing car seat until at least age 5 or when they reach the upper weight or height limit of that seat. ◦Booster seat from age 5 up until seat belt fits properly. Once children outgrow their forward-facing seat, they should be buckled in a booster seat until seat belts fit properly. The recommended height for proper seat belt fit is 57 inches tall. ◦Seat belt once it fits properly without a booster seat. Children no longer need to use a booster seat once seat belts fit them properly. Seat belts fit properly when the lap belt lays across the upper thighs (not the stomach) and the shoulder belt lays across the chest (not the neck). • Install and use car seats according to the owner’s manual or get help installing them from a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. • Buckle children age 12 and under in the back seat. CDC's Injury Center works to protect the safety of everyone on the roads, every day. For more information, please visit

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

On bad days we spend money to feel better and on really good days we spend money to celebrate. If you tend to spend too much either way - this article is for you. Click here to read

Friday, January 31, 2014

Negotiate Medical Bills

Medical bills can be staggeringly expensive, even for relatively minor procedures. If you find yourself owing more than you afford on a hospital stay or even a visit to your doctor, you may be able to negotiate a lower price. Read more - click here