“When we move, Providence moves too.” ~ John Varney

Friday, February 4, 2011. Today I am grateful for people who organize themselves and don’t wait for government to step in. Such a one is Penny Gill, who started a cooking school in her own home for adults and adolescents with autism. Penny founded Autism/PDD* Family Alliance to encourage such services by volunteers. [*PDD = Pervasive Developmental Disorder]

Image/text below from: http://www.cookingwithautism.com/about-us/


Autism/PDD Family Alliance began serving the needs of teenagers and adults with Aspergers and other forms of autism through innovative services in 2001 – offering specially designed programs for these individuals and their unique learning styles.

As a registered charity, AFA operates through a dedicated group of volunteers, who pride themselves on the fact that all of the charity’s funds go directly to services, not to overhead or administration.

Image/text above from: http://www.cookingwithautism.com/about-us/ …………………………………………………………………………………..

Thank you, Penny Gill and John Varney, for teaching us to be inclusive and to learn from each other!

Doc Meek, Friday, February 4, 2011, Sherwood Park, Alberta, CANADA

P.S. I learned of Penny Gill from an article entitled “Making it Matter: A Recipe for HOPE,” in the Reader’s Digest, February 2011, page 31.

I learned of John Varney from the internet:

Northern Leadership Academy: http://www.logovisual.com/articles/understanding_leadership_with_LVT.pdf

4 Responses to ““When we move, Providence moves too.” ~ John Varney”

  • Dear Doc Meek,

    Thank you so very much for the kind tribute in your blog of February 4th 2011. I just happened upon it last night and confess that I have visited the blog again today simply to read your generous words once more.

    You have made a sunny afternoon in the little Town of Dundas even brighter for me.

    My sincere best wishes and thanks,

    Penny Gill

  • Hi Penny, So glad you came across our blog.
    I am glad we could inspire your day. 😮
    You are entirely welcome. – Doc

  • Dear Doc Meek,

    I thought you and your readers might be interested to learn that on Thursday, September 8th 2011 I will be presenting a 2-hour talk for Autism Calgary entitled “Overcoming the Challenges: Teaching People with Autism Spectrum Disorder How to Cook Really Well”. The location, time and person to contact for registration and more information is noted on the homepage of our website http://www.cookingwithautism.com.

    This instructional talk is based on the knowledge I have garnered running the cooking school you read about last winter in Reader’s Digest.

    Penny Gill, President, Autism/PDD Family Alliance

  • Hi Penny, I am so delighted to see you on THE LEARNING CLINIC WORLDWIDE blog, and to receive your invitation to your Calgary presentation, Thursday, Sept 8, 2011. Thank you for letting us know about this excellent opportunity. We’ll pass this on to anyone who has an interest.
    Blessings and Gratitudes,
    Doc Meek

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