TBT: 2012 OC Self-Advocacy Conference
On July 20, 2012, Get Safe and Area Board 11 hosted the 2012 Self-Advocacy Conference for persons with developmental disabilities in Orange County. This event was similar to the conference at IRC in June, but we also had a community fair beforehand where attendees had the opportunity to mingle with Anaheim PD, OC Sheriff’s Dept., and several local community organizations.
Theme of the Day? “Summer of Self-Advocacy.”
Throughout the day the participants showed a great interest and enthusiasm in becoming self-advocates, being strong leaders in their community, and creating the OC Self-Advocacy Group!
Sip & Shop Benefit
Who’s coming in today for a little Sip & Shop fun? Remember to mention “PROJECT GET SAFE” when you shop today through Saturday and a percentage of sales will benefit our violence prevention, intervention and recovery programs!
GET SAFE This Halloween!
Make sure you and your kids GET SAFE, be safe, and stay safe this Halloween with these fun safety tips from Safety Stu and the gang! Happy Halloween… and be safe out there!
Safety Stu inspires at 2014 Supported Life Conference
On Oct. 9, GET SAFE founder & executive director Stuart Haskin traveled to Sacramento to present the opening keynote address for the 28th annual Supported Life Conference. This year’s theme was “Proactive… Progressive… Productive,” and Safety Stu took to the stage to open the two-day conference and speak to attendees about self-advocacy, leadership and how to communicate for change.
In his keynote address, Stuart encouraged conference attendees to recognize their gifts and abilities so they may begin to communicate for a happier, healthier life. His motivating talk culminated with a board breaking demonstration to show attendees that you can break through any barrier if you’re willing to try.
Stuart also presented two breakout sessions later that day. The first highly interactive workshop gave persons with developmental disabilities and those who care for them the tools they need to help prevent victimization and intervene when unsafe situations occur. Participants
GET SAFE’s Bully-Busting Basics
October is National Bullying Prevention Month and awareness of this harmful behavior is on the rise; parents are beginning to realize that it’s not just child’s play, but a serious problem with serious effects. Not to say that the numbers are down, but campaigns against bullying are up, raising awareness for the 1 in 4 students who report being victims of bullying behavior. At GET SAFE, we empower students (victims and bullies,) parents and faculty by providing education and tools, such as the following basic prevention and response tips, to help create a safer, more inclusive school culture.
Bullies often target those who are perceived as “different.” By its very definition, bullying is a form of intimidation, behavior designed to threaten, frighten, or to exert power and control over another person, who is often perceived as “weak,” “different,” or “other.” Bullying may