Two best friends, Timothy John Balser and Lauren Julia MacDonald, will be offering this interactive presentation which will combine:
- personal stories of love, hope, triumph over adversity;
- songs and skits;
- valuable information; and
- most importantly, encouragement that people diagnosed with co-occurring autism and mental health disorders can do great things in the world.
Join us for an inspirational and empowering presentation!
Timothy John Balser, also known as “Tim” “The Awesome Asperger’s Aruba Ambassador” or ‘TimmyB”, is the original founder of what was formerly Balser Asperger’s Syndrome Services. His organization has been renamed Phoenix Warriors, and he and his best friend, Lauren Julia MacDonald, are co-heads of the organization. They believe that people with lived experience are the best qualified to talk about what it is like to live with co-occurring autism and mental health disorders. He has Asperger’s and bipolar 2. Tim served on the Quality Improvement Team at Marrakech Inc as the Young Adult client in recovery and completed a year-long pilot project which will empower clients to make more decisions for themselves. Tim has a passion for music, and he is studying to become a secondary school educator at Gateway Community College. He resides in Wethersfield.
Lauren Julia MacDonald, also known as LMac, is a Gateway Community College student and will also matriculate at SCSU to study early childhood education. She has Asperger’s and Bipolar II. She has worked at The Village. She is a big reader and a junior black belt in karate. Also, she often sings and performs in theater productions. She loves spending time with her friends, her boyfriend, and her adorable fur baby kitty Loki. She is known to speak her mind. She is currently living in Hamden. At Toivo, she will be telling her story for the first time publicly and she is excited about this opportunity.
Free parking on Franklin Avenue and in back and front of the Toivo building.