By: Steve Webner Staff Writer for World Liberty TV
My Time Inc is a processive group of individuals who have dedicated energy and every resource to create a safe space for parents, grandparents and advocates caring for an individual with autism or development disabilities in an environment free of judgements and prejudice.
My Time Inc intends to empowers parents to be advocates for their children. They should know they are the voices of concern, the voices of care and love.
Parents also learn they are professional as well in helping create and develop services for their loved ones.
The Mission of My Time Inc is to support educate empower enlighten and uplift parents of a child diagnosed with autism and developmental disabilities to live a life they deserve in their community.
Parent Support is not a new Phenomenon but My Time Inc is bringing a new and dynamic Perspective to it.
It is a specific objective of My Time Inc to target parents of children diagnosed with Autism and Developmental Disabilities and other related disabilities or disorders that are often overlooked and not given enough support to deal with the stresses of raising a child with a disability.
The parents are engaged in supportive circles, parent educational training, development of skills in recreational, social and play to enhance and increase their relationship with their children.
My Time Inc provides a haven for the parents to feel accepted and not be judged as a parent of a child with special needs. Parents benefit by communicating about their feelings, insights and questions with other parents.
In July of 2004, Lucina Clarke was frustrated in seeing a disconnect between children, parent and education. She witnessed parents’ frustration in managing their children development and the lack of awareness of the resources that was available. The parents despair and tiredness from their consistent day-in and day-out stresses without a respite. She felt their pain and decided to do what she can to help parents.
So she formed a volunteer group “The Canarsie Parent Support Group for Individuals with Autism and Developmental Disabilities”. The group met on a monthly basis to discuss issues, share and exchange information relating to Autism and other related developmental disabilities.
They provide support and network with other families, conduct workshops on various techniques to assist parents in developing functional and social environment at home and their community but it work! It provided parents with a platform to obtain and give support, the village was present. So Lucina knew she had to build on this success that gave her so much satisfaction. So in 2007 she formed My Time Inc.
My Time Inc. provided and still provides parents with support and a place where they can express themselves, discuss issues relating to themselves and their children and not be judged or criticized for being a parent of a special needs child. A safe refuge from all of the daily activities of their lives.
As My Time Inc. continue to evolve it will stay true to its core providing quality, reliable and trustworthy information to the parents and caregivers of children with disabilities.
Lucina is always advocating and asking these questions to everyone. What about the parents? Doesn’t parents need times for themselves? Who will support them? And Lucina answer is the same, My Time Inc. She tells everyone “I am blessed with the ability to work with parents and provide this service. My Time Inc. is a place for parents to go to and call their own. This is My Time Inc.’s destiny”.
The 15th Annual Gala took place at Russo’s on the Bay, in Howard Beach. Close to 250 people were in attendance to support the cause.
The following were honored: Christina Sparrock , Mental Health Advocate, Arleen Spears, group member of My Time Inc., Roxanne Jordan, Retired teacher, Marielle Schank, Special Eduaction teacher and board member of My Time Inc, Esther Wilson, Parent Advocate for 30 years, Donna Lindo, Parent of a child and part of My Time Inc organization.