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Non-Profit start-up Center for Adults with Autism, in Central Maryland. Please vote for me

A friend of mine (who will be the director) and I have applied for part of this grant award. 

Our idea is to establish a Center for adults with Autism, in Central Maryland.  Currently, a kind friend drives me an hour north (sometimes 1.5 to 2 hours in Beltway traffic) to Baltimore for any Autism resources I may use.  There are few resources for Autistic adults in Central (Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Bowie, Prince George’s County, etc)., Maryland, and many for children.  My goal is to provide resources for when the autistic children in this area transition into adulthood.

The favor I am asking from you is for one free click and vote.  You get a vote Per day for our idea for October.  Please vote daily or as often as possible. 

The more votes we receive, the more likely we are to get the grant award.    Please share this information with your contacts, your family, friends, co-workers, and acquaintances.  We have to be in the top two to receive funding.

4 Clicks  (I highly recommend you sign in with your Facebook account,  it is easier that way).

1.        Please go to http://www.refresheverything.com/autismadultsmd

 

2.       Click the Browse Ideas and Vote button on the right-hand side.

3.       Next, please log in on the bottom left-hand corner of the screen.  You can either use your Facebook account or your email address to create an account with a password.

4.      Please do this every day or as often as possible!  Please forward this to as many people as you can.

Hey, as long as your checking your email or Facebook, why not click on over?
Thank you for voting for my endeavor.  If you have any questions, please feel free to respond to this email.  Voting starts on October 1st and ends on September 31st.

Have a blessed day. 
Bridget

PS.  If you or someone you know is affected by Autism, your vote every day truly helps.  Thank you.

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  • kacieka

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Hi fellow impaired drivers. Decided to check up on this community. At least it's still some what active! =]

What is your most recent problem that has came up because you can't drive?

Just wondering. I'm 21, still don't have a license, not really going to go for it anytime soon... although the thought occurs to me once in awhile. The pressure from family to suddenly be able to drive is absolutely mind numbing.

I have a bunch of health issues and dentist related issues that I need to get worked out, but no one will give me a ride... so I'm kind of screwed, heh. My husband drives, but on top of the fact our car is dead he's using my fathers truck to go to work... so its even more difficult to really get anywhere. That, and it's extremely frustrating because I rarely get to the grocery so I end up eating mostly fast food which in turn, is making this whole, "lose weight" thing even more difficult. Oh well. Maybe it'll work itself out... eventually. =|
Night Elf

Hello everyone...

Finally, people who understand!  I am 36 years old and hate to drive. It simply terrifies me. I have lost many friends in my life due to the fact that I am terrified of driving.
I did get my license. I really don't know how. I had failed about three times before. I am able to drive locally. I drive to the pharmacy to get meds or to the grocery store, but that is about it. But on highways, forget it! I don't know how long it has been since I drove on a highway. And no one ever understands this. I hate to go out.  The whole conversation turns into me and how I am going to get there and home, and it is simply embarrassing. I did have a few friends who did not mind driving me, but most found it to be an inconvenience. When I tell people that I am afraid of driving, they simply can't understand how I don't love driving.
I am currently looking for a job, but I am very limited as to where I can work because of my lack of driving skills. I can't work anywhere that would involve driving on a highway to get there.
Anyway, it is so nice to find people who understand what I am going through.
hi

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Hey again everyone! ♥

Just wanted to say that I had another lesson after my disastrous one last week, and it was fine!! It wasn't enjoyable, and I was glad when it was over, but still, it didn't end in tears like the last one. I wasn't perfect, but I didn't make any major mistakes either. So I was very happy with myself afterwards! At one point during the lesson I remember thinking "this is what I've been stressing about all along? but this is easy!" :)

I have 3 more lessons, and then my test is one week from today. I'm really nervous about it, but I'm just going to have to force myself to do it! Tomorrow morning I have a lesson on parking, which is scary because I don't think that I'm very good at parking at all. But I guess I will just do my best and trust my instructor. And once I have my license, I'll just park far away where there are no other cars around. LOL

Learning to drive is really really difficult. It's not the type of thing where you can just sit at the back of the classroom and figure it out for yourself. You're in the front seat of a moving vehicle, and it requires you to be active at all times. Which is difficult for someone like me who learns passively. But I know that I can do it because I'm responsible and practicing as much as I can. And you can too! I never thought I'd be this close to getting my license, but I'm nearly there!

Keep trying!
Newsflash

Leaving this community...

Greetings everyone.

I have been very scared of driving for goodness knows how long. However, at the behest of my lovely wife and my increased need to find jobs that are not always close to a bus or train line, I started learning how to drive in January with the purchase of a 2001 Chevy Cavalier.

I was reluctant to call it "driving" at first. It was simply "controlling a motor vehicle and hope like heck that I don't die in a fiery cauldron of steel and gasoline", but that was too wordy to use in normal conversation.

However, slowly but surely, I began to find my bearings in my control of the motour vehicle. By March 15, I finally got my driver's license at the young and tender age of... 28.



Now, I go to the local city garage and my kid's grandparent's house every weekday, and I've careened down the expressway at 70 55 MPH. So... I don't think I can consider myself "driving impaired" anymore. I'm now highly observant, but I'm not entirely comfortable with driving- nor do I want to be, since being comfortable leads to sloppiness. I must remain ever-vigilant.

I would like to thank all of you for your wonderful support since the time I signed up. My first driving education experiences were absolutely abysmal, and I was relieved of the idea that there were others out there who didn't immediately wish to use the family car since their late teens, or didn't yearn to go on cross country road trips in the summer. To all of you who are physically unable to drive, I cannot begin to empathize with your plight, but I wish you all the best. For those of you who are simply frozen with fear but still trying, keep at it. For those of you who simply refuse to drive because of the fear- I feel your pain, but remember this: I used to make page-long LJ messages about my blood-curdling fear, and how it isn't necessary for me to drive. And now, I'm about to pick up my kid in my ol' Cavalier. I hope you can overcome this, but if you don't, I completely understand.

Goodbye.
magick

There are good points to not driving...

I'm guessing the rest of you do a fair bit more walking than our peers who drive, as I do. A couple of days ago, I went to get my permit renewed, and decided to walk the mile or two to the local DMV. The area it in is right by a park and a prairie reconstruction/education project dealie, which is part of the government center that DMV center is in. I couldn't help but notice that most of the people walking to and from their cars didn't even glance up at what was right by the parking lot...

Am I a freak for noticing and appreciating the following pics?Collapse )

Big Fear.....

I'm 24 years old. I have had my license for about 7 years and only been behind the wheel like 5 times in my 24 years of living. I have this very serious fear of driving that is driving me crazy. When I get behind the wheel, I become dizzy, light-headed, and totally upset. I have not been traumatized in the past with accidents or anything else that would change my mind about driving, so I do not understand the reason why I can not get behind the wheel. Not being able to drive has made my life a living hell. When my friends and I go out, the topic is always “How is Valencia going to get home?” or “Who’s picking her up?”. I feel like a helpless child and just pathetic. I hate taking public transportation and and my jobs have always been walking distance from my house, because of this fear. Living in the city is easy to find jobs or to get around. I'm just tired of all the crazy people that take public transportation. Being a female, men often like to pick on you and yell sexual comments. I found this community and I am very surprised that other people are on here expressing the same problem that I am trying to get over. I hope and pray that I can get comfort on here and to get over this fear....HELP!
matsuyama's divine love ken wong

Left turns

I've been driving home from work and there is this one street I have to make a left turn on..Now I have a light and the people on the other side have a light so when I am about to make a left there is all this on coming traffic. And most of the time it is too much to handle at once and I end up nearly in the middle of the road!

Does anyone have any advice for successfully make this left hand turn so I'm not stuck in the middle of the road?

Thank you!