Autism Workshop on Emotional Regulation Helps Children Identify What Zone Their Feelings Are In

Tzirel L. Soloff speaking at the “Understanding, Teaching, and Fostering the Development of Emotional Regulation,” workshop

Tzirel L. Soloff speaking at the “Understanding, Teaching, and Fostering the Development of Emotional Regulation,” workshop

The workshop, titled “Understanding, Teaching, and Fostering the Development of Emotional Regulation,” was conducted by behavior analyst Tzirel L. Soloff.

To be an educator you need to focus on the E.Q. (emotional quotient) as well as the I.Q.,”

— Tzirel L. Soloff

BROOKLYN, NY, UNITED STATES, January 31, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — On Thursday, Jan 30, Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices (SKHOV) hosted a free workshop at Touro College, focusing on emotional regulation in children with autism. The workshop, titled “Understanding, Teaching, and Fostering the Development of Emotional Regulation,” was conducted by Tzirel L. Soloff, a behavior analyst working with students at SKHOV.

The presentation focused on the importance of self-regulation and emotional control for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and related diagnoses, as well as valuable teaching strategies, self-monitoring tools, and data tracking systems. The presentation defined education as not only providing academic knowledge but offering the social and emotional tools children require in order to thrive and succeed.

In her presentation, Ms. Soloff explained that some children self-regulate naturally, others don’t need to, because they don’t feel their emotions as strongly, and some don’t regulate at all. Ms. Soloff emphasized that self-regulation is vital for social communication and understanding, and academic success, and that students with autism are capable of learning to understand and label their feelings and make conscious choices about their behavior.

With regard to teaching self-regulation, Ms. Soloff explained that just labeling emotions is not sufficient, and that coping strategies and specific instructions for all emotional states must be included.

Ms. Soloff’s presentation outlined “zones of regulation,” with different colors corresponding to different emotional states. The presentation also outlined a “toolbox” of strategies to facilitate emotional regulation.

In conclusion, Ms. Soloff explained that the end goal is for students to identify what zone their feelings are in, and to use the toolbox system to make good choices about their behavior before the behavior escalates.

“To be an educator you need to focus on the E.Q. (emotional quotient) as well as the I.Q.,” Ms. Soloff said, “the emotional success as much as you focus on the academic success.”

Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices founded by Dr. Joshua Weinstein, offers a broad spectrum of evidence-based education and therapeutic programs to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, (ASD) and related disabilities in a warm and nurturing environment. A nonpublic, nonprofit, multi-cultural school, we provide quality treatment, education, professional training and mentoring.

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MOLAA’s Celebrating Diversity Exhibition at the LA Art Show

Chiachio & Giannone with Pride Flag at MOLAA

Chiachio & Giannone with Pride Flag at MOLAA

Chiachio & Giannone with MOLAA's Chief Curator, Gabriela Urtiaga

Chiachio & Giannone with MOLAA’s Chief Curator, Gabriela Urtiaga

Chiachio & Giannone. Californian Family in Six Colors #1, 2019. Textile mosaic on fabric. 72 3/4 in x 58 2/3 in.

Chiachio & Giannone. Californian Family in Six Colors #1, 2019. Textile mosaic on fabric. 72 3/4 in x 58 2/3 in. Museum purchase from the Lynne Okon Scholnick Acquisitions Fund, M.2019.028.

LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, January 31, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) is pleased to announce their participation in the 2020 LA Art Show, February 5-9. In order to commemorate local and international LGBTQI+ communities around the world, MOLAA is presenting an installation about diversity and pride, curated by MOLAA’s Chief Curator, Gabriela Urtiaga, in collaboration with world-renowned Argentinian artistic duo, Leo Chiachio & Daniel Giannone.

“We are honored to be invited, once again, to participate in the prestigious LA Art Show. Our Chief Curator and the artists have created an exemplary installation of diversity that strengthens our Institution's vision,” said Lourdes I. Ramos-Rivas, Ph.D., President & CEO of MOLAA.

The installation includes the 120 ft. long textile flag that was created by the artists at MOLAA during their residency from March to June in 2019, along with over 3,000 community members from Long Beach and Los Angeles. The showcase will also present MOLAA's newest acquisition, Californian Family in Six Colors #1, by the artistic duo, as well as a recorded interview that addresses their creative process.

“To present a new version of the artwork by the artistic duo, Chiachio & Giannone is a great opportunity to continue the mission of the museum, which is to expand the knowledge and appreciation of Latin American and Latino artists in the United States, and build a community through art,” said Urtiaga.

MOLAA’s showcase will be featured in the DIVERSEartLA section of the LA Art Show, alongside several prestigious museums and institutions including LACMA, UCLA and The Broad. This section of the is dedicated to bringing together some of the most important local and international art institutions, museums and non-profit organizations for an elevated and thoughtful dialogue.

“To present the flag at the LA Art Show together with MOLAA is very important for us since more people will see the message and read what the community has written about Diversity and as Latin American artists from the LGBTQI+ community it is also important to receive this fundamental support from institutions, such as museums, that promote these type of projects. To live in Diversity, celebrating Diversity,” said Chiachio & Giannone.

The Museum highlights underrepresented voices of Latin Americans and Latinos in the US and around the world. This installation represents the commitment of MOLAA towards the values of diversity and inclusion for all through the arts.

The LA Art Show will be held at the LA Convention Center from February 5-9. For tickets and information, visit MOLAA’s website at www.molaa.org or call (562) 437-1689.

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About the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)

The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) is the only Museum in the United States fully dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American and Latino art. Founded in 1996 by Robert Gumbiner, MOLAA houses a collection of more than 1,600 works of art including paintings, sculptures, drawings, mixed-media, photographs, and video art. The Museum is a multidisciplinary institution committed to providing a platform for cross-cultural dialogue through the arts, educational programs and events for the community.

About Chiachio & Giannone

Leo Chiachio and Daniel Giannone have worked together as Chiachio & Giannone since 2003. Since this time, they have shown their work in many solo and group exhibitions, been invited to participate in international art fairs and have received numerous awards including the Cité internationale de la tapisserie d’Aubusson, France. They have worked in Argentina and abroad with many institutions, including San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles (USA), Boston Center for the Arts (USA), Victoria & Albert Museum (United Kingdom), MAD Museum and Leslie-Lohman Museum (New York, USA), Rijswijk Museum (Netherlands), Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (Argentina), and CCK. They live and work in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

About the LA Art Show

The LA Art Show creates one of the largest international art fairs in the United States providing an exciting, immersive, insider art experience to sponsors, their select guests and VIP clients. The show attracts an elite roster of national and international galleries, acclaimed artists, highly regarded curators, architects, and design professionals, along with discerning collectors. This innovative, exceptional cultural environment attracts executives and board members of Southern California businesses, state, county, and municipal government representatives, as well as leaders of the region’s cultural institutions. Attendees are trend setters, influencers and alpha consumers, who seek and demand the newest and the best in all areas of their lives—art, design, food, technology and travel being specific passion points.

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Weblinx Launches New Website for Southside Center of Hope

Southside Center of Hope Website

Southside Center of Hope Website

Weblinx, Inc. has announced the launch of a new website for the newly named Southside Center of Hope, formally St. Martin de Porres House of Hope in Chicago.

We are very pleased with the site and look forward to having an on-going relationship with Weblinx.”

— Yaisa Hagood

OSWEGO, IL, USA, January 31, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Internet marketing firm Weblinx, Inc. has announced the launch of a new website for the newly named Southside Center of Hope, formally St. Martin de Porres House of Hope in Chicago. Southside Center of Hope provides a 12-step, evidence-based residential recovery program at no cost.

The new website features information about the Center’s services, news and events, their programs, and success stories. It encourages visitors to get involved through donations and volunteerism.

The custom designed website features more than 60 pages of site content, and applies mobile-first design and development techniques that begin with the smallest viewing screen as the most vital and challenging for presenting content and establishing the user interface. From there, the design can adjust to larger formats and screens. The approach is considered optimal for creating responsive and adaptive websites.

"After talking to and researching several web design companies we chose Weblinx because they are a local company and because of the work they had done in the past for other nonprofits" said the Center’s Executive Director, Yaisa Hagood. "The company exceeded our expectations with their high level of customer service and attention to detail. We are very pleased with the site and look forward to having an on-going relationship with Weblinx."

The latest launch expands the numerous Weblinx portfolio of nonprofit websites across the state of Illinois and the country, including The National Association of State Foresters, The National Association of Conservation Districts, and The National Association of Federally Impacted Schools. Weblinx also selects one in-kind website redesign per year for community betterment. "We like to give back to the agencies in our own backyard who are helping to make a difference" said Andy Clements, Weblinx CEO.

“The Southside Center of Hope website was a collective approach between Weblinx and the Center’s staff” said Clements. "We believe the audiences they serve will find the usability of the site to be superior and the information helpful."

Weblinx, Inc. provides distinctive designs for compelling brand and internet identities. Through Weblinx, clients connect with their target customers in a singular voice refined by award-winning creativity and digital-marketing consultation. Weblinx operates more than 1,000 websites and digital-marketing programs for business, non-profit and government initiatives. The company is also a pillar of community support throughout Chicagoland. For more information, please call (630) 551-0334 or visit https://www.weblinxinc.com.

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NFL Hall-of-Famer Marshall Faulk Joins Miami Jackson High & NFL Alum to Unveil Super Bowl 2020 Anti-Drug Mural

Former NFL safety Nick Ferguson unveils Super Bowl 2020 anti-drug mural at his alma mater, Miami's Jackson Senior High School

Former NFL safety Nick Ferguson unveils Super Bowl 2020 anti-drug mural at his alma mater, Miami’s Jackson Senior High School

Miamian Nick Ferguson and Foundation for a Drug-Free World spokesperson Marshall Faulk speak to students in Miami’s Jackson Senior High gymnasium before the unveiling of the school’s new mural with its drug-free message

Miamian Nick Ferguson and Foundation for a Drug-Free World spokesperson Marshall Faulk speak to students in Miami’s Jackson Senior High gymnasium before the unveiling of the school’s new mural with its drug-free message

Artist Ju Reams (left) unveils the mural he created at the high school where former NFL safety Nick Ferguson (center) went to school and got his start in football.

Artist Ju Reams (left) unveils the mural he created at the high school where former NFL safety Nick Ferguson (center) went to school and got his start in football.

Drug-Free World volunteers at the ceremony launching the new mural at Miami's Jackson High School

Drug-Free World volunteers at the ceremony launching the new mural at Miami’s Jackson High School

Nick Ferguson, who graduated from Miami's Jackson High School encourages kids to live drug-free.

Nick Ferguson, who graduated from Miami’s Jackson High School encourages kids to live drug-free.

Drugs are not cool. You’re going to have to make a lot of big decisions. You have the opportunity to take control of your life.”

— NFL Hall-of-Famer Marshall Faulk

MIAMI, FLORIDA, USA, January 30, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — On January 30, 2020, NFL Hall-of-Famer and Foundation for a Drug-Free World national spokesperson Marshall Faulk joined Miamian and former NFL safety Nick Ferguson to unveil a two-story mural at Miami Jackson Senior High, the school where Ferguson got his start in the sport.

Renowned Miami muralist and firefighter Julian Reams wants to give the youth of his city a better future. According to a new study from researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 8.6 percent of black male students in Miami-Dade County have used heroin at least once.

“My purpose is to inspire the youth to stay focused, stay the course and not be distracted,” said Reams, 32. “The Message is say ‘no’ to drugs, because they are a deadly distraction. If our youth can focus on establishing a stable foundation for a bright future, the world is theirs.”

Reams’ mural—featuring a member of the Jackson High Giants team running with the ball and the words “drug-free world”—was a collaboration between Reams, Foundation for a Drug-Free World, and NFL alums Marshall Faulk and Nick Ferguson.

For five years, Foundation for a Drug-Free World, which supports the world’s largest nongovernmental drug education program, the Truth About Drugs, has brought volunteers from across the country to the Super Bowl to distribute hundreds of thousands of educational booklets sharing the truth about drugs—straight facts that inspire youth to come to their own decision to live their lives drug-free. The team is in the process of distributing 750,000 The Truth About Drugs booklets to contribute to a safe and drug-free Super Bowl.

The truth about drugs is a message—and reality—that Marshall Faulk wants students and parents to come to grips with as early as possible.

“Understand this,” said Faulk, who delivered a presentation to some 1,600 students gathered in Miami's Jackson Senior High gymnasium before the unveiling, “every person you see in your neighborhood that’s on drugs—at some point, they were your age, and they made a decision. It was not the right decision. We want you to know there’s an option out there to be drug-free.”

“As you watch videos,” he continued, “you see the celebrities, you see the hip-hop—they make drugs look cool. It’s not cool once you’re addicted. It’s not cool when you’re homeless. Drugs are not cool. You’re going to have to make a lot of big decisions. You have the opportunity to take control of your life.”

Former Denver Broncos safety Nick Ferguson also spoke at his alma mater: “A kid came up to me afterward and told me he understood what I said because he too found himself in situations where family members and friends were trying to pull him down with drugs.”

“These kids grew up in the same environment that I grew up in. I love my area and I love my school and I’ve always wanted to come back and bring something that was needed, so to do it as a professional athlete, at Super Bowl weekend, in my city, was awesome, it was impactful, it was emotional and it was really big for me.”

Ferguson spoke to a student athlete who approached him after the unveiling. Gesturing to a ladder at the side of the school, he said: “This ladder symbolizes everyone’s climb to get better in life. Imagine trying to climb up that ladder with someone grabbing at your pants, trying to pull you down. That’s what life is like on drugs. It’s already hard to get up the ladder anyway, and if you do drugs, you can’t get up at all.”

Julieta Santagostino, director of the Florida chapter of Foundation for a Drug-Free World, echoed Ferguson’s sentiment. “Down here in South Florida, I see how heavily drugs weigh on the area, especially with kids—how young they are when they start. It’s so common, so normalized. That’s why it’s so important for people like Marshall and Nick to be voices and models for living drug-free.”

For Marshall Faulk’s message about the Truth About Drugs visit drugfreeworld.org

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Australia’s Loss is All of Our Loss

Eha Urbsalu, Founder of Viking Beauty Secrets

Eha Urbsalu, Founder of Viking Beauty Secrets

Eha Urbsalu, Founder of Viking Beauty Secrets

Eha Urbsalu

Organic Certified Night Cream from Viking Beauty Secrets

Organic Certified Night Cream from Viking Beauty Secrets

A New York-based certified organic Nordic skincare brand Viking Beauty Secrets launched a campaign donating 25% of the proceeds to an Australian Wildfire Rescue

As a no animal cruelty brand, we care about the animals and our environment, so we are eager to help”

— Eha Urbsalu, Founder of Viking Beauty Secrets

NEW YORK, NY, USA, January 30, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Disasters such as wildfires in Australia remind us how interconnected we are as people, and as part of the global community. Businesses, governments, and individuals from around the world step up to assist the victims of floods, fires, hurricanes, and other disasters wherever they occur.

This is why Viking Beauty Secrets, a New York-based certified organic Nordic skincare brand, launched a campaign donating 25% of the sales to an Australian nonprofit wildlife preservation organization WIRES Wildlife Rescue. Ecologists at Sydney University have estimated over 800 million animals have been affected in NSW and over 1 billion animals in Australia since September. Viking Beauty Secrets is glad to support an important cause with historical importance.

In the wake of climate change and “no animal cruelty”, “sustainability” has become the keyword among the new skincare brands around the world. And no place is more sustainable and eco-friendly than Northern Europe, where Viking Beauty Secrets sources their ancient Viking ingredients.

It is a region that stands ahead in using sustainable energy, as well as gender equality and no animal cruelty. Viking Beauty Secrets is a small brand, however, it hopes that their action will awaken the big players of the beauty industry.

“As a no animal cruelty brand, we care about the animals and our environment, so we are eager to help,” said the founder of Viking Beauty Secrets, Eha Urbsalu. In the words of Urbsalu, the company aspires to live by the mission to be kind to people around us and the world that we live in. Every order from Viking Beauty Secrets will increase the overall contribution.

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Girl Scouts Paint for a Cause at the Clearwater Community Volunteers Center

Petrina Sharp, freelance artist, taught Girl Scout Troop 32827 basic principals of painting in an art workshop sponsored by the Clearwater Community Volunteers Center. The Scouts created the paintings to sell them at a charitable art exhibition benefiting a group home.

Girl Scouts Troop 32827 creates paintings at a workshop sponsored by the Clearwater Community Volunteers Center to sell for the benefit of a local group home.

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, January 30, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Making a change with a stroke of the brush, Girl Scout Troop 32827 created one-of-a-kind paintings at an art workshop sponsored by the Clearwater Community Volunteers (CCV) Center on January 26th. The Troop intends to use the paintings for a charitable art exhibit wherein all proceeds will benefit a group home in their community.

The workshop was by freelance artist, Petrina Sharp. Sharp has 15 years of experience working with paint and also assembles custom-made mosaics. She creates art for interior decorators and custom home builders to incorporate into their designs. Several of her art pieces are installed in the Ritz Carlton Hotel of Santa Barbara as well as Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard’s former residence in Phoenix Arizona, a nationally registered landmark.

Sharp kicked-off the workshop by introducing the Scouts to basic principles in painting such as the Rule of Thirds to aid in composition as well as the color wheel and shading.

“I believe that art is its own language. It’s a communication from the artist’s work to create the viewer’s emotional experience.” said Sharp

Guided by Sharp along the way, each Scout was given their own supplies and put their newfound knowledge to use, creating their own unique paintings for the ensuing hours.

Nadia Sheikh, adult leader of Troop 32827, said, “This was such a wonderful experience for me and the girls. I couldn’t believe how much fun the girls were having. Thank you [CCV Center] again so much for everything that you do for our troop. It means a lot to all the girls to be able to do something like this!”

The CCV Center provides its facilities and services at no cost to nonprofits as a means of creating a safer community by supporting the growth of groups like the Girl Scouts.

To find out more information about the Clearwater Community Volunteers Center please call Michael Soltero at (727) 316-5309 or email ccvcenter@ccvfl.org.

About the Clearwater Community Volunteers:

The Clearwater Community Volunteers have over 27 years of community service under their belt with over 150,000 families and children helped since their founding in 1992. Sponsored by the Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization, they stay true to their reputation of helping others with their center located on the corner of Fort Harrison Avenue and Drew Street in downtown Clearwater.

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Anti-Human Trafficking Proffessionals Come Together to Train Community Leaders at a Panel Discussion

United for Human Rights Florida

Community Leaders, concerned individuals and parents gather to learn how to protect children from human trafficking.

ORLANDO, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, January 30, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — On Friday, January 31st, starting at 5:30pm, United for Human Rights (UHR) Florida Chapter is holding a Human Trafficking Panel Discussion in honor of Human Trafficking Prevention Month. The event will feature professionals in the field of anti-human trafficking. It’s being held at the Church of Scientology of Orlando; the address is 6770 Lake Ellenor Drive, Orlando, FL 32809.

The Panel Discussion being held on January 31st will feature several professionals: Ms. Rainey Nave, International Vice President & Co-Founder of Bikers Against Trafficking. Mr. Christopher King, Founder of The Gentleman's Course and President of United for Human Rights Florida Chapter. Ms. Niki Rowe Cross, survivor of human trafficking and Founder of S.T.A.A.R. Ministry. And Ms. Christy Gillis, Open Doors Outreach Network Regional Advocate.

Cristian Vargas, the Executive Director of UHR Florida and organizer of the panel commented: “We’re honored to be able to call these amazing individuals our partners and friends, and we’re very grateful that they are volunteering their time to be on our panel.”

UHR Florida has held a series of events this month to bring light to the ever-growing issue of human trafficking. From a human trafficking documentary showing, to a semi-annual Masquerade Ball against human trafficking, to a letter writing campaign for survivors, and all of it culminating with this panel discussion which is also a day before National Freedom Day, on February 1st.

With the Super Bowl game scheduled for just 2 days after the panel at the Miami Gardens, state and national officials predict there will be a rise in human trafficking. To combat this, community organizations, law enforcement and even the Florida Attorney General’s office have been tenaciously working to prepare the local hotel and food industries, and even Uber, to know what to look for and what to do if they see human trafficking.

The event is free to attend, there will be refreshments and a chance to submit your own questions to the panelists, as well as network with them after the event.

Please RSVP for this event on their Facebook: www.facebook.com/HumanRightsFl. For more information please contact Cristian at (727) 467-6960, or email him at Cristian@humanrights.com.

About United for Human Rights:

United for Human Rights is an international non-profit, non-religious educational program based off of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Its purpose is to teach youth their human rights to create valuable advocates for tolerance and peace. United for Human Rights is one of eight humanitarian programs the Church of Scientology supports. It was Scientology Founder, L. Ron Hubbard who said, “Human rights must be made a fact, not an idealistic dream.” This is why the Church sponsors UHR, although UHR remains non-religious in nature and content.

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Mrs. Monika Kryemadhi and Socialist Movement for Integration Party delegation visit Ashraf-3

Ashraf-3, Albania, January 29, 2020 - Mrs. Monika Kryemadhi, Chairwoman of the Socialist Movement for Integration Party (Left), and Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, NCRI’s President-elect, with thousands of members of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK)

Ashraf-3, Albania, January 29, 2020 – Mrs. Monika Kryemadhi, Chairwoman of the Socialist Movement for Integration Party (Left), and Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, NCRI’s President-elect, with thousands of members of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK).

Ashraf-3, Albania, January 29, 2020 - Mrs. Monika Kryemadhi, Chairwoman of the Socialist Movement for Integration Party (Left), heading a delegation of the party in her visit to Ashraf-3 and meeting with Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the NCRI President-elect

Ashraf-3, Albania, January 29, 2020 – Mrs. Monika Kryemadhi, Chairwoman of the Socialist Movement for Integration Party (Left), heading a delegation of the party in her visit to Ashraf-3 and meeting with Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the NCRI President-elect.

Ashraf-3, Albania, January 29, 2020 - Mrs. Monika Kryemadhi, Chairwoman of the Socialist Movement for Integration Party, and Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the NCRI, visiting the Museum of 120 Years of Struggle for Freedom in Iran

Ashraf-3, Albania, January 29, 2020 – Mrs. Monika Kryemadhi, Chairwoman of the Socialist Movement for Integration Party, and Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the NCRI, visiting the Museum of 120 Years of Struggle for Freedom in Iran.

Ashraf-3, Albania, January 29, 2020 - Mrs. Monika Kryemadhi, Chairwoman of the Socialist Movement for Integration Party, and Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the NCRI President-elect, holding the recently published book by the Iranian Resistance, entitled, “Crime Against Humanity”

Ashraf-3, Albania, January 29, 2020 – Mrs. Monika Kryemadhi, Chairwoman of the Socialist Movement for Integration Party, and Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the NCRI President-elect, holding the recently published book by the Iranian Resistance, entitled, “Crime Against Humanity” .

Ashraf-3, Albania, January 29, 2020 - Mrs. Monika Kryemadhi, Chairwoman of the Socialist Movement for Integration Party, and Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the NCRI, visiting the Museum of 120 Years of Struggle for Freedom in Iran

Ashraf-3, Albania, January 29, 2020 – Mrs. Monika Kryemadhi, Chairwoman of the Socialist Movement for Integration Party, and Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the NCRI, visiting the Museum of 120 Years of Struggle for Freedom in Iran.

Ashraf-3, Albania, January 29, 2020 - Mrs. Monika Kryemadhi, Chairwoman of the Socialist Movement for Integration Party, heading a delegation of the party meeting with Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the NCRI President-elect. To her left are Mr. Petrit Vasili, Deputy

Ashraf-3, Albania, January 29, 2020 – Mrs. Monika Kryemadhi, Chairwoman of the Socialist Movement for Integration Party, heading a delegation of the party meeting with Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the NCRI President-elect. To her left are Mr. Petrit Vasili, Deputy

Ashraf-3, Albania, January 29, 2020 - Mrs. Monika Kryemadhi, Chairwoman of the Socialist Movement for Integration Party, and Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the NCRI, visiting the Museum of 120 Years of Struggle for Freedom in Iran.

Ashraf-3, Albania, January 29, 2020 – Mrs. Monika Kryemadhi, Chairwoman of the Socialist Movement for Integration Party, and Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the NCRI, visiting the Museum of 120 Years of Struggle for Freedom in Iran.

I felt privileged to have been given the opportunity to visit the Ashraf-3 museum and sense the strength of women and men in your movement in the way they fought for democracy in Iran”

— Monika Kryemadhi

PARIS, FRANCE, January 30, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — On Wednesday, January 29, 2020, Mrs. Monika Kryemadhi, heading a delegation from the Socialist Movement for Integration Party, visited Ashraf-3 and met with Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).

In addition to Chairwoman, other members of the delegation included Mr. Petrit Vasili, Deputy Chair, and Mr. Eriol Braimllari, her Chief of Staff.

Chairwoman Kryemadhi and the accompanying delegation toured the Museum of 120 Years of Struggle for Freedom in Iran at Ashraf-3.

The delegation also visited thousands of members of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK) in Ashraf-3, which Mrs. Kryemadhi described as “a beautiful city.”

Expressing her pleasure in meeting the combatants of Iran’s freedom, Mrs. Kryemadhi said that she had been quite moved during her visit to the museum. “What I saw, was shocking. But I felt privileged to have been given the opportunity to visit the museum and sensed the strength of women and men in your movement in the way they fought for democracy in Iran. I learned a lot from my visit,” Mrs. Kryemadhi noted.

Noting that “Albania and Albanian people are known for their hospitality toward people driven from their home,” Chairwoman Kryemadhi added, “In your museum and in the book of martyrs, I found the force and motivation of the Iranian Resistance to fight for freedom and democracy. This is the same force that enabled the people of Albania to achieve freedom and democracy.” She said, “I now understand why the regime in Iran is so afraid of you because you have the mindset and the mentality to bring democracy to your country, something which is reflected in your Ten-point Plan.”

Mrs. Rajavi welcomed Chairwoman Kryemadhi and her delegation. Expressing her gratitude over the hospitality of the people of Albania, she said we are delighted to enjoy cross-party support in Albania. Today, the Iranian people are at a watershed moment in their history. The uprisings in November 2019 and January 2020 again demonstrated that the people of Iran, especially the youth and the Resistance Units, are determined to end the religious dictatorship with all its factions. To achieve freedom, they are willing to pay whatever price. I have no doubt that Iran will be free very soon.

Mrs. Rajavi added that the expulsion of the Iranian regime’s ambassador and three other so-called diplomats from Albania reflected the vigilance and decisiveness exercised by Albania and a sign of that country’s commitment to humanitarian values. It also made it abundantly clear that the religious, terrorist dictatorship ruling our nation can neither change its nature nor its behavior.

The NCRI’s President-elect said Albania’s actions vis-à-vis the Iranian regime must serve as an example for all countries, especially in Europe. The policy of appeasing the regime, which paved the way for terrorism, must be abandoned. It is time to adopt a decisive policy towards the godfather of terrorism and fundamentalism. Any investment in this moribund regime is doomed to failure.

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January 30, 2020

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Purple Heart Homes Enters 2020 With Successful End to 2019

Charitable Veterans Organization Ends Its’ First Full Decade Having Experienced Numerous Accomplishments

STATESVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA, UNITED STATES, January 29, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Purple Heart Homes (PHHUSA – www.PHHUSA.org) is pleased to announce that it has ended 2019 – and the 2010-2019 decade – having experienced substantial growth.

In 2019 PHHUSA entered several new markets, helping Veterans in regions including Fairbanks and Anchorage, Alaska and Boston, Massachusetts. It established four new Purple Heart Homes Chapters: the PHH Pine Belt, Mississippi Chapter, based in Hattiesburg, Mississippi; the PHH East Texas Chapter, based in Tyler, Texas; the PHH Pensacola, Florida; and the Cook Inlet Chapter out of Anchorage, Alaska,
with additional new PHH Chapters in the process of being created. PHHUSA held its’ third annual Veterans Aging Summit in October 2019 in Denver, Colorado, maintained its’ annual sporting events including the Dale Beatty Memorial Golf Tournament and the Patriot Sporting Clays Classic, and hosted its inaugural “Purple Camo Ball” in November 2019. PHHUSA has continued to grow its work with its partners, which include the Home Depot Foundation, National League of Cities, and several national banks and local credit unions, and as a result of growth into new regions and states, obtained a multitude of new PHHUSA volunteers and friends.

Perhaps most importantly, at the end of 2019, PHHUSA had served more than 530 Veterans with their homes; from its inception in 2008 through November 2017, it had completed 300. The organization is delighted that its’ capability to serve significantly more Service Connected Disabled Veterans has grown exponentially.

“Without the many volunteers and donors stepping up the work we do just would not be possible.” said John Gallina, Co-Founder and CEO of Purple Heart Homes. “Thank you doesn’t ever say enough, but our volunteers and donors knowing they have changed the lives of over 530 veterans and their families forever is gratification enough for them. Something I hope more and more people will seek out. When we help others in their time of need, not seeking anything in return, we change our perspective of life. With your eyes wide open to others’ needs and your ability to help, suddenly life isn’t so bad. Get involved somewhere, make a difference and contribute to making America a better place. After all that’s what so many generations of men and women have fought and died for, so you could make our county and the world a better place.”

PHHUSA has two programs: Veterans Aging in Place and The Veterans Home Ownership Program. From building a ramp to providing home ownership opportunities to veterans with physical as well as invisible injuries, PHHUSA’s programs are designed to fit the specific needs of veterans of all ages and from all eras. Please join PHHUSA and its partners in thinking about the value that a safe and accessible home brings to our Veterans, who have sacrificed so much for each of us. Consider donating to Purple Heart Homes, joining its’ Hearts of Honor Club, volunteering for a project, or starting a Chapter in your
community. Visit www.phhusa.org to learn more about how you can help PHHUSA in its mission to provide housing solutions for Service-Connected Disabled and Aging Veterans.

About Purple Heart Homes
Purple Heart Homes is a 501(c)3 national non-profit founded by John Gallina and the late Dale Beatty, two Iraq combat-wounded Veterans who started a mission to provide housing solutions for Service-Connected Disabled Veterans and their families. Driven by the belief that no Veteran should be left behind, Purple Heart Homes, together with the community, is committed to ensuring quality of life solutions for Disabled American Veterans from all conflicts.

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School Seclusion & Restraint Ban Should Extend to Psychiatric Facilities

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Legislators are calling for a ban on seclusion rooms and restraint use on schoolchildren, but CCHR says it must extend to all physical and chemical restraint use in psychiatric facilities, as children are assaulted and dying

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Citizens Commission on Human Rights International

Legislators call for ban on seclusion rooms/restraint use on schoolchildren, but CCHR says it must extend to physical/chemical restraint use in psych facilities

State legislatures and Congress need to enact effective and accountable state- and federal-oversight systems, ban the use of physical and chemical restraints and those violating this made accountable.”

— Jan Eastgate, President CCHR International

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, January 28, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — U.S. senators and 10 members of the House of Representatives, all but one from Illinois, have called for a nationwide ban on the use of seclusion and physical restraints on students. They’ve asked Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to issue federal guidance to prohibit physical restraints for dealing with challenging behavior. This followed a Chicago Tribune-ProPublica Illinois investigation that found most of the children who were secluded had intellectual or behavioral disabilities. Reporters also found children being physically restrained, sometimes face down on the floor.[1]

The situation is grave and the ban necessary, but the mental health industry watchdog, Citizens Commission on Human Rights International (CCHR), says this should not be limited to schools, when teens across the country are being restrained in behavioral facilities, assaulted and killed from restraints. “Add to this, the chemical restraints using psychotropic drugs and there is a need for a nationwide investigation into behavioral ‘care’ for children and teens,” says Jan Eastgate, president of CCHR International.

In 2002, Charles G. Curie, former administrator of the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration called for the elimination of both restraints and seclusion in psychiatric hospitals and stated: “Seclusion and restraint – with their inherent physical force, chemical or physical bodily immobilization and isolation – do not alleviate human suffering. They do not change behavior…They can serve to re-traumatize people who already have had far too much trauma in their lives.”

This followed a series of articles by The Hartford Courant that found up to 150 restraint deaths occurred each year in the U.S, of which nearly 10% were children, some as young as six.[2] In 1999, a Federal Hearing was held into the “alarming number of deaths resulting from physical restraints in psychiatric facilities,” pointing out there was no requirement for reporting deaths from physical restraints.[3]

A US government report “found conclusively that children are especially targeted by facility staff for this unsafe practice (restraints), and are at greater risk of injury and death.”[4] The potential for adverse effects during restraint can also increase for patients receiving psychotropic or other drugs.[5]

Federal regulations were passed restricting the use of physical and chemical restraints in hospitals receiving federal funding. These also ordered a “national reporting system” to be implemented and for government funding to be cut to any facility that did not comply.[6]

In 2010, restraint use still was not being effectively monitored.[7] The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services database does not include restraint with sedatives and is limited to psychiatric patients in general hospitals and freestanding psychiatric hospitals.[8]

“With the lack of effective oversight of psychiatric facilities—especially in the for-profit/private area—violent restraints continue, with children injured and some dying. While there is a call for a ban on school use only of restraints, it should be universal. Any patient death from restraints should be investigated and potentially prosecuted,” Eastgate recommends.

CCHR suggests the Illinois legislators look at restraint use in behavioral facilities. In April, 2015, Rock River Academy in Illinois closed after the facility was found to have the highest rate of youths manually restrained by staff among the 52 residential treatment centers measured by state authorities—nearly eight times the median for all Illinois facilities.[9]

A sample of recent restraint abuses include:

• 2017: Internal surveillance videos from Shadow Mountain Behavioral Health in Oklahoma showed children being repeatedly physically restrained, including a 9-year-old boy that a mental health technician grabbed by the neck, pushed against a wall and slammed to the ground.[10] The facility has since closed.

• 2019: A 10-year old boy was held in restraints for an hour at the now closed Desert Hills psychiatric facility and then injected with and overdosed on the antipsychotic, Haldol.[11]

• November 2019: Video footage at Sequel Pomegranate in Columbus, Ohio, showed a nurse wrapping her left arm around a patient’s neck, taking the patient to the floor, “kicked,” and “appeared to strike the patient five times with a closed fist in the face/head region.”[12]

• December 2019: The New York Times reported Piney Ridge Treatment Center in Fayetteville, Arizona was using chemical injections to restrain young people in seclusion.[13] In January the facility claimed to have stopped chemical restraint use.[14]

Eastgate says, “State legislatures and Congress need to enact effective and accountable state- and federal-oversight systems, ban the use of physical and chemical restraints and those violating this made accountable both civilly and criminally.”

Read the full article here: https://www.cchrint.org/2020/01/28/school-seclusion-restraint-ban/

References:

1 “Illinois Lawmakers Are Calling for a Nationwide Ban on Isolated Timeouts of Students,” Propublica, 15 Jan 2020, www.propublica.org/article/illinois-lawmakers-letter-nationwide-ban-isolated-timeouts-students
2 “For The Record: 11 Months, 23 Dead,” Hartford Courant, 11 Oct. 1998
3 www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/CHRG-106shrg57118/html/CHRG-106shrg57118.htm
4 journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/070674370304800509
5 Ibid.
6 “Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Hospital Conditions of Participation: Patients’ Rights; Interim Final Rule,” Federal Register, Department of Health and Human Services, 2 July 1999, These bills were incorporated into the enactment of the Children's Health Act of 2000, which was signed by the President on October 17, 2000. www.federalregister.gov/documents/2001/01/22/01-1649/medicaid-program-use-of-restraint-and-seclusion-in-psychiatric-residential-treatment-facilities
7 www.crisisprevention.com/Blog/October-2010/Adverse-Effects-Associated-With-Physical-Restraint
8 “Psych Patients at This Hospital Were Tied Down and Ignored, Records Show,” Vice News, 2 Mar. 2016, www.vice.com/en_us/article/mbn54n/psych-patients-at-this-hospital-were-tied-down-and-ignored-records-show
9 Letter from Dieter Waizenegger, Executive Director of CtW Investments to Mr. John H. Herrell, Lead Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee Universal Health Services, Inc., 8 May 2015, ctwinvestmentgroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/CtW-to-John-Herrell-UHS-5-4-15-final.pdf; “Center for troubled girls will close, cites decision by DCFS,” Chicago Tribune, 28 Jan. 2015,
www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/rtc/chi-youth-treatment-rock-river-20150128-story.html.
10 www.cchrint.org/2018/07/05/drugging-and-restraint-use-on-migrant-children/ citing: Roslind Adams, “Videos Show The Dark Side of Shadow Mountain Youth Psych Facility,” Buzz Feed News, 11 Apr. 2017, www.buzzfeed.com/rosalindadams/shadow-mountain?utm_term=.ynvnN5okY#.kwyRK1wNE.
11 “Desert Hills staff used 'booty juice' to control children,” KOB4 News, 13 Aug. 2019, www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/lawsuit-desert-hills-staff-used-booty-juice-to-control-children/5456440/
12 www.cchrint.org/2019/11/18/sexual-assault-restraint-abuse-deaths-and-children-put-at-risk/#_edn8 citing, “State threatens to revoke Sequel Pomegranate’s license after staff restrains, hits child,” WBNS 10 News, 8 Nov. 2019, www.10tv.com/article/state-threatens-revoke-sequel-pomegranates-license-after-staff-restrains-hits-child-2019-nov
13 www.cchrint.org/2020/01/13/for-profit-psychiatric-hospitals-a-year-of-police-raids-staff-arrests/#_edn2, citing: “Records: Arkansas Youth Treatment Center Broke Federal Rules,” The New York Times, 1 Dec 2019, www.nytimes.com/aponline/2019/12/01/us/ap-us-youth-center-investigation.html
14 www.arkansasonline.com/news/2020/jan/26/repairs-underway-at-treatment-center-20/

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