Sunday, August 5, 2012

2013 disAbility Awareness Challenge

Today, we wanted to give you a preview of our next installment of Autism and Scouting Radio which will be on Wednesday, August 8th from 10:00 to 10:30 am PST . Our special guest interview will be with Tony Mei, who we are happy to have as a returning guest.

In this conversation, we will be looking ahead to 2013 and the disabilities Awareness Challenge for the 2012 BSA scout Jamboree. We will look back at the very first disabilities Awareness Challenge and how the one coming up in the summer of 2013 will include Autism Awareness.

Tony started out in Boy Scouts in 1959 in New York State where he made First Class in 1961, from 1961 to 1964 he was in the BSA Troop that was in Saudi Arabia where he made Eagle in 1963. Tony was the first US scout to ever earn a Merit Badge from a Saudi Merit Badge counselor.

In 1965, he founded an Explorer post in Rome, Italy and served as the first Post President. After a few years away, from 1972 - 1975 helped support both the pack in Missouri as well as the Ozark Council wherever he was needed.

When his son Andrew was old enough to join scouting in 1984 that was when Tony went into Scouting full force and has never looked back.

From 1984 - present, he has filled the following roles within scouting:

Tiger Cub Adult, Tiger Den Leader, Assistant Den Leader,  Den Leader, Assistant Webelos, Den Leader, Webelos Den Leader, Cubmaster, Committee Member (Cub Scouts), Committee Chair (Cub Scouts), Assistant Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster, Merit Badge Counselor, Council Training Committee,  Council Advancement Chair, Council Recognition Chair, Unit Commissioner, BS Roundtable Commissioner, Philmont Conference Trainer, Council Vice President of Programs, Council Executive Board, Wood Badge Staff Instructor, Wood Badge Staff Troop Guide, Wood Badge Course Director, NCAC Commissioner College Instructor, Member of National Council, Special Needs Specialist, Youth Development Team, Special Needs Scouting Task Force, Scouts with Special Needs (Chair), Webmaster for Working With Scouts with disAbilities and Chair of the Jamboree disAbilities Awareness Challenge.

Here is a list of scouting awards.
Eagle Scout (1963), Ad Altare Dei (1963), Cub Scouter Training (1988), Boy Scouter Training (1990), Webelos Leader Training (1993), OA Ordeal (1993), Scoutmaster Award of Merit (1994), Scoutmaster Key (1996), OA Brotherhood (1996), Community Organization Award (1996), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Award (1996), Award of Merit (1997), James E. West Fellow (2005), Commissioner Arrowhead (2006), Commissioner Key (2007), Distinguished Commissioner (2007), Silver Beaver (2008), Doctor of Commissioner Science (2009).

Tony over the years has developed and taught scores of classes for the Boy Scouts of America in regards to working with Special Needs kids and he is currently putting the final touches on a training on National College of Commissioners “Special Needs Scouting - Autism Spectrum” which takes information from a number of sources including Autism Empowerment’s Autism and Scouting program.

Tony has also served in the US Army as an Army Reserve Officer for eight years and he dedicated 32 years to the US Army Corps of Engineers. In his spare time he has served on the Board of Directors of the ARC of Marin County (Northern California) since 1982, has worked with a number of special needs groups and is a coach for the Special Olympics.

Show day will be Wednesday, August 8th, 2012 from 10:00 - 10:30 p.m. PST / 1:00 - 1:30 p.m. EST.
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If you miss the initial broadcast, it will still be available on demand at the above link. We are also developing an expanded Autism and Scouting page where we will list all our broadcasts future and past.

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So far, the response has been wonderful for both stations. We are glad so many people like us and are interested in tuning in to see what we have in store for the future. If you missed our first broadcast or any of our other shows you can always listen to us on demand in our archive section. Here is a link directly to our Welcome to Autism Scouting Radio broadcast.

We also wanted to provide a link to our Welcome to Autism Empowerment Radio broadcast because this is a really great show that explains who Autism Empowerment is (we’re a 501(c) non-profit public charity), what our mission is and what our four foundational pillars of Accept, Enrich, Inspire and Empower mean in terms of the programs and services we offer and develop. It’s a 30 minute show that gives a great overall at look at where we’ve been in the past year, what we’re doing and where we’re going.

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