Tagged with: Autism Madison School PE physical education
Think of all the ways today so many of us are “staying connected” using emails, texting, cell phones, twitting, and yes even, blogs. These tools are great time savers and allow us to broadly communicate more efficiently, but they can also drive powerful collaboration and help people “rally” around some of today’s most profound issues.
I received an email January 19, 2011 with the subject line “Your Madison Connection” from Mr. Micah Seifert, a physical education teacher at the Madison School in Davenport Iowa. Mr. Seifert had just attended the Iowa Physical Education Conference where he sat in on our breakout session, “Raise the Bar: Fitness and Recreational Activities for Youth with Autistic Spectrum Disorders”. Coming from a school where 25 children have been diagnosed with autism, Micah is committed to do whatever it takes to make a positive difference in their lives. He shared some key take aways from our seminar with his Principal, Sheri Womack, and he wanted to schedule Right Fit for an In-Service Day at Madison School before the end of their school year.
Three months later we are “staying connected” and continue to email each other fairly often. In just a short time, I have learned so much more about this very special physical educator and the Madison School’s dedicated school teachers and support staff. Thanks almost entirely to Mr. Seifert’s efforts, Right Fit customized and scheduled a three hour In-Service Day at the Madison School on April 22nd. As my trainers and I prepared, we were more concerned as to whether Kim and I could put together a program that this school so richly deserved, but at the same time, could measurably help its children.
Following the Conference, I am now convinced more than ever that Micah is an awesome teacher, coach, and Dad. Mr. Seifert will not only lead more football teams on to victory but he will play a major role in discovering new and better ways to service our youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Kim and I drove home so happy after the In-Service Day at the Madison School. We were really excited to see such a hard working team of professionals commit themselves to helping these children become better “connected” to their environment and more comfortable with themselves and those around them.
I learned another important lesson from my “Madison Connection” as well. Driving home on the holiest of Christian holiday’s (Easter), I was reminded of the power of “staying connected” and the “rising” hopes of improving these children’s lives. There is an estimated 1 to 1.5 million people in the United States living with ASD and it is the vision of educators, like the teachers at Madison School and leaders like Sheri Womack, who are responsible for offering improved services and dedicating additional resources
to these special populations.
You know for a moment, Micah, I think we were truly “connected” (or on the same brain wave as I like to say) and the more we can keep moving the ball down the field, the more I’m certain we’ll score a winning TOUCHDOWN for these kids.
View some videos below from the training: