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#52tuesdays: Tech Talent South & Florence Crittenton Services

Written by Addie Rising    on October 31, 2017    in
#GivingTuesdayCLT provides a platform for Charlotte businesses to get involved and give back to the community.

Tech Talent South aims to teach adults and children the basics of coding and web development through in-person classes, in a condensed time period.

Last year, Tech Talent South partnered with Florence Crittenton Services and donated a $7,500 code-immersion course to Charlotte resident Teasha Hemingway.

“I was so surprised,” Hemingway said, reflecting on last year’s announcement. “I thought [Florence Crittenton] was calling to tell me I was getting groceries!” 

GoodRoad CiderWorks Mead Maker's Abilities Worth Celebrating

Written by Addie Rising    on October 27, 2017    in
For anyone, having the opportunity to make a living doing what you love is the highest career goal. Kevin Martin is no exception.

But for Martin, who has multiple sclerosis and uses a wheelchair, working in an environment he loves has removed a layer of stress which helps him function better and even slows the progression of his disease

“I’m not zen,” Martin said. “But I have to make myself measure reactions.”

Martin’s passion? Mead. Mead is a wine made from honey and one of the draws at GoodRoad CiderWorks. 

As GoodRoad CiderWorks mead maker, Martin has been honing his craft since 1994 and has won several awards for his meads.

#52tuesdays: Brave Step

Written by Addie Rising    on October 24, 2017    in
Last week you may have seen “me too” posts throughout your social media channels. Women -- and some men -- used the words to share personal stories of sexual harassment and assault. One in four women and one in six men are reported survivors of sexual abuse, but a staggering 60 percent of sexual assaults are not reported to police.  

Brave Step was established in 2014 by Crystal Emerick, a survivor of sexual abuse, who found hope and healing through her own experience in therapy. She made a commitment to provide such service to those who do not have access to such services or cannot afford them.  

#52tuesdays: Autism After 18

Written by Addie Rising    on October 17, 2017    in
When your child is diagnosed with autism, there are services to assist parents and there are resources through the schools.

But what happens when your autistic child is about to graduate high school? That's when services and resources begin to dwindle and 35 percent of young adults (ages 19-23) with autism have not had a job or received post-secondary education.

Autism After 18Margaret and Erik Neelsen cofounded  Autism After 18 in May 2016 to help young adults with autism progress toward independent lives. Their son Ryan was in high school and they begin to look at what his next steps would be.

#52tuesdays: Ace & TJ Grin Kids

Written by Addie Rising    on October 10, 2017    in
Charlotte morning radio hosts Ace & TJ provide entertainment each morning to multitudes of listeners. But once a year, they shift their focus and put smiles on the faces of terminally ill or chronically disabled children and their families.

Since 2000, Ace & TJ's Grin Kids has taken more than 400 terminally ill or chronically disabled children and their families on an all-expense paid trip to Disney World. An experience that otherwise could not have happened for these deserving families.

Each year the organization charters an airplane fly Grin Kids and families to Orlando so everyone can travel together.

Nonprofits Celebrating Abilities

Written by Addie Rising    on October 5, 2017
In 2016, Mecklenburg County reported 66,454 people with disabilities. In October SHARE Charlotte’s Spotlight Series focuses on local organizations providing support, care, education and advocacy for our neighbors living with disabilities. See who they are and find ways to help. #CelebrateAbilities

Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids
Dedicated to enriching the lives of terminally ill or chronically disabled children. 

Allegro Foundation
Combines movement instruction with educational and medical expertise, creating new techniques to teach children with disabilities and enhance their quality of life.

Best Buddies International - North Carolina