Guest Blogging From Soeren and Timbo- PALS Board Members and Spread the Word to End the Word Co-Founders
”Timbo and I started Spread the Word to End the Word six years ago with what we thought was a crazy idea: that, somewhere, there were young people and self-advocates with ability and desire to lead a movement changing the way society views intellectual disability. We thought that, maybe, we could find enough young people and self-advocates willing to stand against the mistreatment of their classmates and friends with intellectual disabilities.
And then we came to PALS. And we realized that this wasn’t such a crazy idea after all. Through something as simple as being a counselor, being a camper, being a friend, all of us in the PALS community have already taken a stand against the stigma and prejudice that continues to follow those with intellectual disabilities. And we’ve taken a stand for acceptance, for friendship, for respect. Whether it happened at Camp Olympics, a PALS Spread the Word event, in a Camper Speech, or an authentic conversation over lunch, we’ve all taken a stand.
Today, we hope that you’ll take a stand with us to end one part of this stigma and prejudice: the word “retard(ed).” Take the pledge to end the R-word atwww.r-word.org and then asks your friends to do the same. Together, we can make a world where acceptance and dignity for people with intellectual disabilities isn’t such a crazy idea. Together, we can make the world a bit more like Our Place.
We hope you’ll take a minute to read the op-ed that Timbo and I wrote today for Spread the Word to End the Word. And, as a bonus, you can watch Timbo and I fidget in our interview with Huffington Post Live (also at the link).
Peace, Love, PALS,
Soeren and Timbo
Co-Founders, Spread the Word to End the Word
2010 Camp PALS Cabrini Olympics Champions (Go Sharks)”
PALS Adventures Takes On Wisconsin Dells
Smiles, dancing, and speeding down the slopes of Wisconsin were just some of the highlights from the first-ever overnight PALS Adventure Feb 21st-23rd. Twenty two PALS alumni from near and far boarded a bus en route to Wisconsin Dells, WI to enjoy a weekend with some friends both old and new.
Everyone bundled up for the frigid Wisconsin air for a morning of snow tubing at Christmas Mountain Village. Shouts of joy were heard as both campers and counselors flew down the mountain on their snow tubes.
After making lunch at the lodge,the afternoon called for a 180 degree turn as participants headed to the Indoor Wilderness water parks. The afternoon was filled with daring rides like the Hurricane and body slides, relaxing in the the lazy river and hot tub, and braving the waves in the wave pool.
After an eventful day, dinner was a team effort with everyone pitching in to make and enjoy an Italian feast. Then, in true PALS fashion, this exciting day was capped off with karaoke and a PALS dance party.
Learn More about The Gala and How to Win a Ticket!
Haven’t bought your ticket to the 10 Year Anniversary Gala yet? Not quite sure what all the fuss is about? Here’s some more of the awesome details:
What is this event?
The Gala is a fancy dance party and celebration, celebrating 10 years of the all the amazing things that make PALS so unique. We’ll be honoring those that have been involved since the very beginning and sharing some of the best photos and videos from throughout the years. Plus a few speeches and a lot of fun music, dancing and a delicious dinner!
When and Where?
The Gala is March 8th 2014 from 6-10 pm at the Hall of Flags at Perelman Quadrangle at the University of Pennsylvania!
How do I get a ticket?
With the support of a generous donor and some awesome table purchases, we are able to provide tickets at a discounted rate for PALS families, volunteers and community members at $50 a ticket.
What’s this about winning a ticket?
Between now and February 28th we’ll be accepting submissions of videos, pictures, and other media about why you love PALS! We will donate a pair of tickets to the Gala to the winning submission and every other submission will win an additional $3 discount on their tickets!Post your submission (video, vine, photo, art piece, or other media) to the PALS Facebook wall or submit to email@example.com
Our First PALS Adventure on the West Coast is March 21st!
We are very excited to be announcing our first PALS Adventure on the West Coast!
This Adventure will take place Friday, March 21st, 2014 at the Google campus in sunny Mountain View, California! We will start with lunch paired with our Google partners and then move on to our Google technology sessions where we work on developing independent skills for going to work and school. We will be wrapping the day up in the Google bowling alley to dance, sing, bowl and have a blast with all of our friends at Google!
Interested in this PALS Adventure?
Sign up here: PALS Google Adventure Application
We are looking forward to continuing the wonderful relationship PALS has built with Google and cannot wait to see you all in March!
Guest Blogging from PALS Counselor Molly Carey
Molly and Rachel were paired up for the first time this summer at Camp PALS. They keep the PALS love alive all year long and stay in touch! Check out what Molly has to say about her friend Rachel and what Rachel has been up to lately:
"Last summer, I met the very talented Rachel Danielsen. Rachel and I connected immediately over our aggressive oral hygiene regimens, our love of history and our dated taste in music. We love The Beatles. At camp, we would wake up by singing along with our friends John, Paul, George and Ringo. I thought our morning performances were pretty great, but I didn’t realize Rachel had bigger plans.
This fall, Rachel participated in the LIVE ART program at the School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community. LIVE ART is an innovative performing arts program for students of all abilities. On December 22, Rachel performed in the program’s culminating concert, LIVE ART: Tree of Life. My fearless friend shared the stage with Jason Mraz, k.d. lang, René Marie, Christina Perri and actor Richard Jenkins. Unfortunately, my holiday plans took me to Chicago the day before the performance. From what I hear, the sold out concert was entertaining, fun and impressive. Rachel’s family and fellow PALS camper, Patrick Lanzi (pictured with Rachel below), were all on hand to support Rachel at this remarkable event. I am so grateful for Rachel and the perfect PALS counselor/camper match. She boldly shares her talents and knowledge and inspires me to do the same.
For more information about LIVE ART: (http://www.sparconline.org/liveart/)”
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