This is one of those dreams come true for me! For those of you who follow this blog you know my hope is that I make these book as examples for other people to create books for their own communities. I know I can only create so many books and so I dream of other people stepping up.
Today I am sharing our newest Ability Guidebook. This one is special because it is a Spanish translation of I Am Going to the Getty Villa! The Getty Villa book is special. I created it to go along with a video lesson put out by The Teaching Channel and the Getty Museum.
A student in California, who was working on a play about a young autistic man heard about the Getty Guidebook and translated the book into Spanish. Erik Arrazola knew that there were many people in the Los Angeles area who are Spanish speakers, and he knew that there are autistic people who could use the Guidebook if it was in Spanish.
I often say these books are to help open doors for autistic people. They provide that support for those who have anxiety about going to new places. For Erik to step up and translate just opened a door for Spanish speakers with an interest in the Getty Villa. Thank you Erik, not just from me, but from the entire community who will benefit from your work!
Ability Guidebook_ SP I Am Going To The J Paul Getty Museum SPANISH
There is nothing worse than taking your class to an assembly only to have to leave because one of your kids is having a melt-down. I love the outreach programs the National Park Services provide, including school visits by Woodsy Owl and Smokey the Bear.
If your children are about to meet Woodsy, here is a guide to show them the rules and help them not be scared!
And remember….give a hoot, don’t pollute!
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The incredible Lençóis Maranhenses National park is the first Ability Guidebook for Brazil! Every person should get to visit these amazing dune lakes!
Ability Guidebook_ I Am Going to Lençóis Maranhenses!
This was Christmas in November for me! I am so excited to share that an amazing teacher from Greece, Kiriaki Mellow, has translated “I Am Going To The Parthenon!” into Greek!!!! This Ability Guidebook now becomes a tool so support local teachers and families to help people with autism get out into the community more.
I am so grateful to Kiriaki for her help in this. I know these books can help people with autism, and I am proud and happy every time I make a new one, but they are limited if they are only in English. Kiriaki just opened doors that I cannot open by myself.
If you know any teachers in Greece, please share this out. Not only are they awesome for people with autism, but they can alleviate stress for people who have anxiety about going to unknown places. And, believe me, every elementary school teacher who takes a class to the Parthenon can benefit by using this as a field trip guide!
Again, thanks to Kiriaki and to the staff at the Acropolis.
Έχετε μια καταπληκτική μέρα!
Greek Ability Guidebook_ I Am Going To The Parthenon!
If you would like to make an Ability Guidebook for your own community–Let’s do it together! Drop me a message on twitter @2014ortoy (I get spammed on here way too much to filter out the real messages!). If you take the pictures, I’ll help with the text and formatting! Until then, here is an Ability Guidebook on how to make an Ability Guidebook!
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Thank you Mike for surprising me with a French version of I Am Going To St Paul’s Cathedral! I love it when he does that!
French Ability Guidebook_ I Am Going To St Paul’s Cathedral!
The Agora Museum is a very easy place to visit. Much of the museum is outdoors, the rooms follow a straight line so it is not overwhelming with twist and turns and, best of all, if anyone is feeling stressed out, they can go sit in the Agora and take a break.
Ability Guidebook_ I Am Going To The Museumof the Ancient Agora of Athens!
One of my favorite things to do in Havana was walk along the Malicón. This is the promenade that runs along five miles of Havana’s waterfront. Some parts are lovely, some are shabby, all are beautiful.
Ability Guidebook_ I Am Going To Walk The Malecón!
I spent a wonderful summer in San Sebastian (or Donostia) during my younger days. The Playa de la Concha is one of the most lovely beaches you could ever hope to visit. I hope this book helps some people get down to the water and put in their toes!
Ability Guidebook_ I Am Going To La Concha!