Ocean Organics Cafe in NJ Receives Sensory Inclusive Certification

Ocean Organics (with locations in Toms River, Seaside Park and Jackson, NJ) is Certified Sensory Inclusive

“Today, our business launched a partnership with KultureCity. This endeavor has trained our staff how to recognize potential sensory ‘meltdowns’ and offer families support with a sensory bag and a quiet place for the person to regain themselves. If you’ve ever been in a situation where your child or someone else was in a sensory meltdown, it is no fun. Often they are met with lots of stares, whispers and all around discomfort. Not in our space. We are a place for everyone. I’m so overwhelmed with emotion to be able to support this ever growing population,” stated Ocean Organics Cafe owner Lisa Wacha.

As the parents of a non verbal son with autism, owners Jason and Lisa Wacha are very passionate about inclusion for all. Lisa is also the daughter of a parent with early onset dementia so this program is near and dear to their family in many ways. They are not only local business owners, but also strong activists for families affected by autism. They truly, on a personal level, understand the need for sensory inclusion.

KultureCity has partnered with Ocean Organics Cafe and Juice Bar to make their Restaurants and all of the programs and events that they host to be sensory inclusive. This new initiative will promote an accommodating and positive experience for all guests and fans with a sensory issue that visits the restaurants.

The certification process entailed the staff at all Ocean Organics locations being trained by leading medical professionals on how to recognize those guests with sensory needs and how to handle a sensory overload situation. Sensory bags, equipped with noise canceling headphones, fidget tools and verbal cue cards will also be available to all guests at the restaurants who may feel overwhelmed by the environment. They will also  have use of a dedicated sensory room designed by medical professionals for those who may need a quieter and more secure environment.

Sensory sensitivities or challenges with sensory regulation are often experienced by individuals with autism, dementia, PTSD and other similar conditions. One of the major barriers for these individuals is sensitivity to over stimulation and noise, which can sometimes be a  part of the environment an eatery  like Ocean Organics Cafe and Juice Bar. With its new certification, Ocean Organics Cafe and Juice Bar is now better prepared to assist guests with sensory sensitivities in having the most comfortable and accommodating experience possible.

You can check out the great offerings at Ocean Organics Cafe online before you go at their Website or Facebook page.

Prior to attending Ocean Organics Cafe and Juice Bars, families can download the free KultureCity App where one can view what sensory features are available and where they can access them. Also, on the App is the Social Story which will provide a preview of what to expect while enjoying eating at Ocean Organics.

“Our communities are what shapes our lives and to know that Ocean Organics Cafe and Juice Bar is willing to go the extra mile to ensure that everyone, no matter their ability, is included in their community is amazing.” Dr. Julian Maha, Co-Founder, KultureCity.

KultureCity is a leading non-profit recognized nationwide for using their resources to revolutionize and effect change in the community for those with sensory needs; not just those with Autism. Since the program’s inception, KultureCity has created over 200 sensory inclusive venues in three countries; this includes special events such as: NFL Pro-Bowl, NFL Super Bowl, MLB All Star Weekend. KultureCity has won many awards for its efforts: NASCAR Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award in 2017, Cleveland Cavaliers’ Quiet Space Sensory Room at Quicken Loans Arena was a finalist for the 2018 Stadium Business Award, and the 2018 Clio Sports Silver for social good in partnership with Cleveland Cavaliers/Quicken Loans Arena. Recently, KultureCity was awarded one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2019 by FastCompany.

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Robert DeNiro Just Might Be the Advocate Parents Need, Even If He Doesn’t Know It Yet.

I watched the interview with Robert DeNiro on the Today Show as it aired LIVE. Within about 2 minutes, they asked him about Vaxxed, the documentary that he originally allowed into the Tribeca Film Festival and defended, then subsequently pulled from the festival line-up. Those who are advocates for the film and the right to safe vaccines all suspected that DeNiro was pressured by the CDC to do so.

“I think the movie is something people should see…But definitely there is something to that movie…I as a parent of a child who has Autism, I am concerned. I am not anti-vaccine, I want safe vaccines… The thing is to shut it down, there’s no reason to. If you’re scientists, let’s see, let’s hear. Everybody doesn’t want to hear much about it, it’s shut down…There’s more to this than meets the eye, believe me…There’s something there that people aren’t addressing and for me to get so upset here today, on The Today Show with you guys, means there is something there. That’s all I wanted was for the movie to be seen, you can make your own judgment, but you must see it… There is a link [between vaccines and autism] and they are saying there isn’t and there are… other things there. I don’t know, I’m not a scientist but I know because I’ve seen so much reaction about just ‘let’s find out the truth.’ … Everyone should have the choice to take vaccines, some places it’s becoming mandatory but it does benefit the big drug companies…”  ~ Robert DeNiro

Today, he proved that the pressure was weighing heavily on his conscience when it comes to the questions of vaccine safety and the possible link to Autism. DeNiro took a huge step on the Today Show. He stepped out from behind the heavy hand of the CDC and into the light of advocacy. He may very well be the advocate that every parent in this country needs, even those who don’t know it yet. He may very well be the voice that speaks for those who have been silenced in their fight or worse, who’s lives have been cut short due to vaccine injury and death.

From all the parents of children who have been injured or lost their lives from vaccines, thank you Robert DeNiro. Thank you for helping them be heard. Thank you for giving them a voice. From all the parents who feel the weight of guilt for this, thank you. For all the parents who live with Autism in their families and lives, thank you. Thank you for sharing your personal experience with having an Autistic child and letting us know we are not alone.

Robert DeNiro took a huge step today for all parents and used his opportunity to do so with conviction. Almost immediately, the mainstream media scrambled to discredit his stance, but he opened an important door today and I hope he fights to keep it open.

If you would like to learn more from someone who has become an advocate for all parents after watching her baby daughter suffer from vaccine injuries, then years later passing away as a result, please visit my friend Karen Kain’s website here. You may not know it, but she’s fighting for all parents and their children’s rights to safe vaccines. Even yours.

 

Karen-and-Lorrin
Karen Kain and her daughter Lorrin, who was vaccine injured as an infant and passed away at age 15. Photo courtesy of karenkain.com

 

Here’s a trailer of Vaxxed. You can visit their website to learn about screenings in your area or request one.

**It is important to note that the medical community and media are working overtime to make Robert DeNiro sound like he is clueless (yet he is a father of a child with Autism). That is how they treat parents who question the safety of vaccines. Belittling and bullying are part of the tactics that force vaccines on us without any real guarantees or answers. I know people who have lost children to vaccine injuries. Before you are willing to believe everything the mainstream media tells you, I ask that you do some research, learn about “Hot Lots,” The Vaccine Injury Fund (why does the government have a fund to pay out if they are safe?) and check out this documentary for yourself. Be willing to do research before you assume and be open minded to the possibility that vaccines that once were intended to prevent disease have become much more than that. We all have a right to know what is in the needles going into our children. IF a government can cover up poisoning thousands through the water supply, why would you assume they’d never do it through mandatory shots? I know this is a heated subject with people on both sides but it would not even be in question if there weren’t so many reasons to question it.

These are not anti-vaccine advocates. These are pro-safe vaccine advocates. There is a huge difference.

There are many medical professionals who have come forward and refuse to bow down to big pharmaceuticals. K Paul Stoller, MD is one of them and his latest blog post on the Bolen Report here also has a link to his website.

 

Why One Million Moms Does Not Include This One

I was in the middle of a post of a different topic when I saw a news story today that made me so angry, I had to put it on hold. A conservative group, “One Million Moms,” has called for a boycott of American Girl Dolls and its publication because of who is pictured in their recent issue.

This article is meant to be for me today. You see, my daughter has asked again for one of those dolls. The past few years, she has asked, but I can not afford to pay that much for a doll. However, the past few days, since she’s asked again, I’ve been trying to think of ways to make it happen. After reading about this, I plan to find a way, even if I have to accept donations.

American Girl Dolls Magazine
American Girl Dolls Magazine

The American Girl magazine features an actual family from Maryland. So why would “One Million Moms” be so outraged by a real family? Well, this family is comprised of two gay dads, Rob and Reece Scheer and their four adopted African-American children. These are children that were previously in foster care.

The Scheer Family as pictured in
The Scheer Family as pictured in “American Girl” Magazine.

What is their issue with this family’s feature? “Scripture says multiple times that homosexuality is wrong and God will not tolerate this sinful nature,” the group wrote. “American Girl doesn’t highlight other sins in their magazine.”

Ok, I get it. There are still going to be people who can not understand and accept gay relationships. Kim Davis is a fine example of complete hypocracy, hiding behind the excuse of religious freedom. Religion. That’s a whole different issue that we won’t dive too deep into. But, on that front, this group is claiming to stand for “Christian values.” Well, I’m pretty sure a good Christian would value the lives of children.

Take away that religion thing and this group is comprised of MOMS! These are mothers who should understand the value of children and the need for parents in a system that has left so many without families, homes and most importantly, the parental guidance and love all children deserve. How can they criticize two adults who have opened their home to children who were once abandoned in a broken system, facing a bleak future without them?

So, let’s understand this. You have a group of “One Million Moms” who are wasting their time criticizing a corporation for highlighting a beautiful story and bringing attention to a very serious crisis, the foster care system. These women are outraged at their sexual orientation so much that they would rather these children live in foster care instead of in loving home? Really?

These moms could be using their united voices for so much better. Why aren’t they coming together to offer help to the hundreds of thousands of children in the foster care system? If they care so much about family values, why aren’t they helping these children find loving families to value them?

I’m a mother. My heart breaks to think of children without loving homes and families of their own. I can not fathom the pain they experience. My neighbors nearby have 3 grandchildren to love thanks to foster care adoption. Their son and his wife have given a life long home and family to children who were without both. I don’t care that they are heterosexual, nor would I care if they were homosexual. I admire anyone who has the ability and opportunity to save children from foster care. As a single mom of my own two kids, I am humbled by foster parents.

I am a mother, but I am not one of those “One Million Moms” spewing with bigotry and bias toward parents based on their sexual orientation or preferences. I am what I hope is one of billions of moms who applaud all parents who choose to adopt children from the foster care system and love them as their own. I am a mom who understands that love is blind to boundaries.

So, just know, there are “One Million Moms” out there who are exactly what is wrong with parenting. And while I’m not perfect, I am not one of them.

Children are not born as racists or bigots. It is taught. Sadly, there are “One Million Moms” out there teaching their kids hate under the false guise of family values. I can only hope that there is more love out there to counteract it.

Thankfully there are great parents, like Rob and Reece, who are raising their children to love beyond labels. Their 11 year old daughter, Amaya Sheer, had the perfect a message for One Million Moms: “This is none of your business.” And I couldn’t agree more.

Thank you to American Girl for sharing a this amazing family with the rest of us. I only hope we get to see many more just like them. I also hope I can find a way to get my daughter one of their dolls this holiday season and a copy of this issue of their magazine.

Stop the Hate!

~JerseyGirlBlog

Welcome!

Welcome to my blog! I’m so excited to share it with you! With everything going on around the world today and all of the ideas constantly swirling in my head, I just could not decide what I wanted to tackle first! I thought I would go with something fun and lighthearted, maybe on the topic of relationships or parenting since I have plenty to share on both. But I also spent the past few days digging deep into the current events of my tri-state area and around the world, including a very monumental Papal visit and UN meetings right next door in NY. Both have such a huge significance in world news along with the many happenings in the Middle East.

You will come to learn (if you do not know me already) that I have very strong viewpoints on all of those topics and many more. I do my homework and I share facts along with my opinions. I also encourage others to do the same. I welcome friendly, thought provoking, intelligent dialog and debates! I do not encourage or incite hate. I am passionate at times for sure (more often than not). I will guarantee you that I will use foul language often. I refer to assholes occasionally (sometimes more than occasionally) and I’ll have a lot to say about everything. My favorite curse word is probably Fuck. I’ll just get that out of the way now.

I also advocate a healthy fit lifestyle. I share advice for achieving your wellness goals in a safe and natural way. I work out and create recipes using real delicious and healthy food. I’ll even share those with you too! I love helping people! I’m known for it, it’s what I do.

So this blog is going to be an organized mishmash. An opinionated, fact filled digital set of encyclopedias of sorts. I’ll create topic categories so you can find my writings on whatever interests you. But I will always try to invite you to try something new and give all of my posts a chance. Try a taste of a topic you may never have before. You never know, you might like it!

I am a seasoned people-watcher, writer, poet, speaker, graphic designer, editor, mother, sister, woman, empath, LEO and so much more! So please add my new web presence to your regular internet browsing schedule and we can share some laughs, tears, screams and whatever else emotions the topics may invoke. I’m emotionally driven so that’s a guarantee.

Let’s do this! My first official post is just a little taste of what’s to come while I decide what to focus on first. I hope you’ll come back and find out.

Allow yourself the opportunity to be informed everyday and never stop learning. Read, be well read and give yourself every opportunity to seek the truth, share the truth and live in your truth. Life is a physical presence of opportunities yet to come, opportunities soon to pass and lessons stacked up along the way. ~ #JerseyGirlBlog.

In the age of information, ignorance is a choice.