Sunday, September 16, 2012

Mother of 3 with autism to speak at Dallas Metrocare luncheon - Dallas Morning News

Metrocare Services, the largest nonprofit provider of behavioral health services in Dallas, will focus on raising children with special needs at its fundraising luncheon Wednesday at the Belo Mansion.

At the 2012 Meal for the Minds, Kim Stagliano will give a keynote address titled “I’m No Mother Teresa: Who Is? A Glimpse into a Life Raising Three Daughters With Autism.” Stagliano is the author of All I Can Handle: I’m No Mother Teresa and the managing editor of ageof, the nation’s first daily Web newspaper about the autism epidemic.

“We are so pleased that Ms. Stagliano will be sharing issues about her daughters and how as a community we can better support families raising children with special needs,’’ said Dr. James Baker, CEO of Metrocare Services. “Like many other families, the Staglianos have learned to navigate a society that is not always kind to those with developmental disabilities.”

Stagliano said: “I want my girls to lead safe, meaningful lives that accommodate and respect their unique needs, just like every parent does. I’m thankful to Metrocare and the venue offered through Meal for the Minds for spreading the word that people with these disabilities can and do participate in the world as equal citizens.”

Some reports now say that one in 88 children has autism or a related spectrum disorder. “One thing the data tells us with certainty â€" there are many children and families who need help,” said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Metrocare Auxiliary will host the luncheon, which includes an Edible Auction featuring cakes from Dallas’ top pastry chefs. The silent auction begins at 11 a.m. The luncheon also features an art sale of work by Art Focus XC, an elite group of juried Dallas artists.

Jean Obert is the event chair.

Major sponsors include:

$5,000: Millet the Printer and Whole Foods Market.

$2,500: BlueCross BlueShield of Texas, Direct Development, Disability Action Center, Julie & Pierce Noble, and Morgan & Weisbrod.

$1,500: Art Focus XC, Green Oaks Hospital, Jean G. Holman, Kamm & Associates, PSAV, Vincent Lopez Serafino Jenevein PC and Society Bakery.

$1,000: Custom Floor Services Inc., FX Direct, Metrocare Medical Directors, Judy Myers, Clara and Oliver Rushing, Gaynell and Bill Watson, Linda Thompson, Martha and Steve Box, Regional Electric Services, Sandy and Mike Stephens and Timberlawn Mental Health Systems.

Tickets are $80 at, and sponsorships begin at $1,000. For more information, call Lindsay Zimmerman at 214-743-1220 or email lindsay.zimmer

Metrocare, formerly known as the Dallas County Mental Health Mental Retardation Center, has provided mental health care for Dallas residents for more than 40 years. In 2011, it helped more than 50,000 people with a mental illness or an intellectual or developmental disability.

For more information, call 214-743-1200 or visit the website.

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