As an additional outreach tool for the community we serve, the ICAA weekly radio program on BTR has proven to be a resource for families that we will continue as an organization. Thanks to our supporters and members for the thoughtful feedback and continued participation. Thanks to our guests over the past several months for taking the time to come on.
Today’s ICAA Radio guests were Mike Chiodini and Todd Gentry from the MetLife Center for Special Needs Planning here in the St. Louis area. Many listeners have already expressed that this was one of the most informative episodes yet. Some people who had never thought about special needs planning before are starting to ask some questions and really consider their options for their families.
Our first ICAA Radio episode featured Gene Saunders, CEO and founder of Project Lifesaver International and Melissa Barton, advocate mom and businesswoman from Florida. Since then we have welcomed guests including Senators, Representatives, attorneys, advocates, doctors, self advocates, and other organizations with resources in our community. We always make sure to relay the contact information so that folks listening in can access the special resources they need.
Over the months we have been fortunate to speak with guests such as Senator Eric Schmitt who explained the Missouri Autism insurance bill that recently passed, due in large part to his efforts. One of our most recent, and most listened to, episodes featured infamous Florida mom and advocate, Melissa Barton who announced that since her litigation issues were coming to a close, she is now going to be extremely active in new aspects of advocacy, including her plans to reform education in this country. Some callers and listeners let us know they loved what she had to say and some disagreed. Shortly after her recent appearance on the ICAA Radio, Ms. Barton was featured in several legal, political, media articles, and television news programs. Regardless of the controversy and attention Ms. Barton attracts, she is a mother, advocate and tireless volunteer helping people with Autism and other disabilities in the realm of education and charitable efforts.
One of our most popular episodes was the holiday special with the Marine Corps Toys for Tots and a couple of “elves” from the Autspot. Though it was a fun show, it was also very important for us to get the word out about what these two organizations were doing to serve the community around the holidays so people could volunteer and help or know where to go to get some help during the season.
If you or someone you know would like more information on the resources and providers we have featured, please check out our resource list. Remember, all previous episodes are archived for your convenience.
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