Celebration of Hope
For the future of children with learning differences

ASK 15th Anniversary Celebration and Fundraising Event!!

I am only one but still I am one.
I cannot do everything, but still I can do something.
And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.

– Edward Everett Hale

15 Years of Helping Kids and their families

It has been 15 years since we embarked on our adventure of building ASK – All Special Kids to what it is today. Why are we celebrating? This milestone of 15 years marks the beginning of our transition to the next level, and we embark on this journey as always, hand in hand with all the like-minded parents, specialists and educators who have supported ASK in our vision of supporting children with learning differences and special educational needs to thrive.

Though it’s hard to imagine now, in 2001 when Joy arrived in to Geneva, there were very few English-speaking specialists and no specialist network existed. Schools were offering very limited learning support to children with learning differences and few teacher training or educational conferences were available to educators in schools of less than 200 students.

The education landscape in Geneva has undergone great changes over the 15 years that ASK has been advocating for children with learning differences and special educational needs, whilst also empowering their parents and educators. After 15 years of visiting numerous schools offering services such as; teacher training through the Annual ASK Seminar Series, independent assessments and parents workshops, many schools have adopted the training model in their schools. They employ psychologists as staff members and some are taking important steps towards developing “Special Education Needs” policy to be able to meet the needs of ALL students. These developments that we are so happy to see today are a sign of the huge impact of the persistent efforts of ASK, our dedicated parents and collaborators, not only on the lives of the special needs children we advocate for but also the lives of their families as well.

Why donate to ASK?

Because we are stronger together

Like the children who have found a home at ASK, our growth depends on the support of people who care. While it may be hard to quantify the value of the specialised support and care that ASK provides, know that EVERY donation, large or small, counts. Your donations are vital to the existence of ASK and its ability to provide the much needed programs and support to the special needs children and their families. Your donations are more than mere transactions:  they create real growth, improved confidence, and smiles that last, in children and families that without this support, would have felt so alone.

Will you step into the domain of positive change and become part of our ASK family?

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Saturday, 21 April 2018
from 09:00 to 15:30
at Institute International de Lancy
24 ave Eugene-Lance, 1212, Grand-Lancy, Geneva

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Event Programme

09:00 Welcome – families and children

Bouncy castle, clowns, bubble-makers, face painting, organized

group games, games from local Ludotech.  (Kermeses style)

09:30 – 10:30 Chil>dren’s choir, band and solo musicians playing in the background
11:00 – 12:30 Family Brunch – buffet style (Children fashion show)
12:30 – 15:30 Main Event/Kids’ Corner – organized activities and creative art
12h30 Welcome Speech – School Director
12h40 Opening Speech – Alan and Joy (with David and Allegra)
12h50 ASK then and now – Elaine Curry and Jane Howard
13h00 ASK Core Values – by ASK summer camp team leaders and the children Steve and Dimitri to say a few words on ASK summer camp
13h10 1st performance – Heartbeat led by Katherine and the camp team
13h20 Motivational Guest Speakers – Rosie King and mom Sharon King
13h50 2nd performance – group of dancers with Down’s Syndrome
14h00 3rd performance – Who we are, children with learning differences speak
14h10 Auction of paintings – Silent auction
14h40 Raffle draw
15h10 4th performance – Children’s choir
15h20 End of event
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Motivational Speaker Rosie King and her mom Sharon

Rosie King
Rosie King
When she was nine years old, doctors confirmed Rosie King’s self-diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome. With two younger siblings severely affected by autism, Rosie had a burning desire to help make the world a more tolerant place for people with autism ever since she was a young girl. She found the opportunity to do so when her family was invited to do a local news segment on her mother’s children’s books that featured Rosie’s illustrations. Her lack of inhibition made her a natural presenter, and she was asked to host BBC Newsround’s special programme “My Autism and Me”, bringing her a much wider audience and an Emmy Kid’s Award. Rosie continues to raise awareness about autism, and is working towards her goal of becoming a professional actress and storyteller.
Rosie King challenges stereotypes of people with autism and contextualizes the issue by asking us, “Why be normal?”

“Some people might call my obsession with facts boring. I call it FOCUS.” – Rosie King

See Rosie’s TED Talk “How autism freed me to be myself

Sharon King
Sharon KingRosie's Mom
Sharon King is an advocate, speaker, writer, but most importantly mum to three fantastically diverse children and wife to a very patient man. Her latest book is “How to Best Help an Autism Mum.”
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