Front from right to left: Sandy Usswald - National Director, Paul Pratt - Chairman 2012-2014, Binwell Keshi - Office Administrator, Antoinette Bruce-Alexander - RDO Eastern Cape Back Row from left to right: Selinah Jele - RDO Free State, Rosemary Shezi - RDO Kwa-Zulu Natal, Ronel Smith - RDO Free State, Thando Makapela - RDO North West (orange cap), Ruth Blood - RDO Northern Cape, Mary Moeketsi - RDO Limpopo/Mpumalanga, Hector Kingwill - Financial Officer, Claudia Ceresa - Resource Developer, Claire Allen - National Education Facilitator
Hi Aut2Know Readers,
During my first year with Autism South Africa what has struck me is the sense of allegiance between the A;SA team, the beneficiaries we serve, our amazing loyal benefactors and stakeholders.
When a call-out for support is given, the Autism SA community pull together providing strength, capacity and motivation at lightning speed. This community has amazed me with the strength and resiliance that I see every day.
I would like to share my favourite quotation with you, the community of Autism South Africa:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others”
Marianne Williamson - Spiritual activist, author, lecturer and founder of The Peace Alliance
In closing, I wish to leave you with the message to “Let your light shine” and let us together bring Autism acceptance into every home, on every TV, every radio station, every mall, every beach, every school, ECD centre, government department, street, skyline of South Africa!
I would love to have your comments so please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Love and Light,
Autism South Africa has Regional Development officers (RDO’s) in 8 of the 9 provinces in South Africa. Should you wish to contact an RDO, please call Head Office in Johannesburg.
National Education Facilitator