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Arts n Crafts Rock The Ranch
September 29th 12-4:00
Join Zuma’s for our First Annual Arts n Crafts Fair
Booths for Artists, Photographers, Crafters, Antiques
Register By Email
We are expecting more than 50 vendors
Support Zuma’s Rescue Ranch
501c3 Animal and Child Welfare Agency
As you open your pocketbooks… please keep these facts in mind:
The American Red Cross President and CEO Gail J. McGovern Received
$995,718 in compensation.
- The United Way President Brian Gallagher receives a $675,000 base salary along with numerous expense benefits.
- UNICEF CEO Caryl M. Stern receives $1,900,000 per year (158K) per month,
- plus all expenses including a ROLLS ROYCE. Less than 5 cents
- (4.4 cents) per donated dollar goes to the cause.
Compensation of some Charity Leaders
Compensation Charity Paid to Title $406,345 CARE Helene D. Gayle President, CEO $380,609 World Vision Richard E. Stearns President $391,194 Save the Children Charles MacCormack CEO $482,632 Nature Conservancy Mark R Tercek Director and President $417,171 Susan G. Komen Nancy Brinker Founder / CEO $426,350 World Wildlife Fund Carter S. Roberts President CEO
- Zuma’s Rescue Ranch Executive director Jodi Messenich
- receives a salary of 0 for 70-hour week service since 2004.
- 99% of funding goes toward programs for children/families and horses.
- The Salvation Army’s Commissioner Todd Bassett receives a salary of only
- $13,000 per year (plus housing) for managing this
- $2 billion dollar organization. 96 percent of donated dollars go to the cause.
- The American Legion National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary.
- Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!
- The Veterans of Foreign Wars National Commander receives
- a $0.00 zero salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!
- The Disabled American Veterans National Commander receives
- a $0.00 zero salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their
- families and youth!
- The Military Order of Purple Hearts National Commander receives
- a $0.00 zero salary. Your donations go to help
- Veterans and their families and youth!
- The Vietnam Veterans Association National Commander
- receives a $0.00 zero salary. Your donations go to help
- Veterans and their families and youth!
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All that is necessary for evil to triumph,
is for good men to do nothing!
Just a thought as you consider helping others. This is why I look up all charities and determine the CEO salary before I donate. The below is where I check them out.
Zunma’s Rescue Ranch is here
as well as on
I am an animal rescuer.
I have bought animal food with my last dime,
I have patted a mangy head with a bare hand.
I have hugged those that are vicious and afraid.
I have fallen in love a thousand times,
and I have cried into the fur of a lifeless body too
many times to count.
I am an animal rescuer.
My work is never done, my home is never quiet, my
wallet is always empty,
but my heart is always full.
Are you wondering if Special Education Services are a good fit for your child this next school year? Are you confused about the process? This article is aimed at answering these basic questions:
What is an IEP? Does my child need an IEP? How do I get my child an IEP? What are the differences between an IEP and a 504 plan? What are my rights as a parent? Who can help me with this process?
What is an IEP?
An IEP is an Individualized Education Program. This is a written document that states a child’s current education performance level and an individualized plan focused on meeting the child’s needs within the school environment. This document should include instruction, goals, specific services to be received, a list of staff members who will carry out these services, the standards and timelines for evaluating progress, and the amount and degree to which the child will participate with typically developing peers
in a “mainstream” classroom setting. An IEP is required for all children eligible for special education by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which is federal law. An IEP should be developed by the child’s parent and the professionals who evaluated the child and/or will be providing services to the child.
Does my child need an IEP?
If your child is academically behind in his/her classes, has trouble with content comprehension, is easily distracted, acts out in class, learns differently than other students and/or requires classroom accommodations, your child may benefit from special education services.
How do I get my child an IEP?
In order for students to receive special education services they must be found eligible under special education law. Eligibility is determined by an evaluation process. Before the school district can evaluate a child, the district must obtain the parent’s written informed consent. This means that if you want to have your child evaluated for special education services, you must put the request in writing! A school district does not have to act on a verbal request. Once a written request is made, the school district must complete the special education evaluation/testing within 60 days, according to federal IDEA law. Once the evaluation is complete, the school will contact you to set a meeting to go over the results of the evaluation. The school must provide parents with a copy of the evaluation report and a written documentation of eligibility. If your child is eligible for special education services, the next step is the creation of the IEP. It is important for parents to understand the evaluation results before beginning to develop the IEP. Parents should request a copy of the evaluation report summary before the initial IEP meeting and ask to have the results explained to them in plain language by a professional from the school. An IEP should be developed through collaboration between the school and the parent. Beware of school districts that have an IEP drafted before the initial meeting and simply ask the parent to sign the document at the meeting! The parent should be involved in the creation of this document! Once this initial meeting takes place, there should be an annual review staffing for the first two years and a triennial staffing the third year. There may also be additional review meetings as needed. As a parent you have a right to attend all meetings and request additional review meetings if you feel they are needed.
What are the differences between and IEP and a 504 plan?
A 504 Plan comes from Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This is a civil rights law rather than a special education law. This act protects the rights of all persons with disabilities from discrimination. The definition of a “handicapping condition” under Section 504 is much broader than the definition of a disability under IDEA. Therefore, a student could qualify for services under Section 504 and not qualify under IDEA. To qualify under Section 504 a person must have a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more life activities; have record of such impairment; or is regarded as having such impairment. Under Section 504, a person’s physical or mental impairment must have a substantial limitation on one or more major life activities. These activities include caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, working and learning. If a student is found to be eligible under Section 504, a written plan called a Section 504 Accommodation Plan will be developed. This plan must outline the services, accommodations, and modifications required by the school to afford the
student learning opportunities equal to those of students who do not have a disability. Every school has a 504 coordinator and a 504 team that is separate from the special education team.
What are my rights as a parent?
· You have the right to free and appropriate public education for your child in the school setting that allows the most contact with typically developing children while still meeting the unique needs of your child.
· You have the right to be fully informed of your rights by the school.
· You have the right to request an evaluation for special education services if you feel your child needs and could benefit from these services.
· You have the right to have your child tested in his/her primary language.
· You have the right to an independent evaluation if you disagree with the results of the school’s evaluation.
· You have the right to be notified any time the school wishes to evaluate your child or change your child’s placement according to the IEP. You also have a right to be notified any time the school denies your request for an evaluation or change in your child’s placement.
· You have the right to participate in the development of your child’s IEP. You have a right to attend all IEP review meetings. The school must make every effort to notify you of meetings and to schedule these meetings at a time and place that is convenient for you.
· The school must re-evaluate your child every three years, but you have the right to request a re-evaluation at any time.
You have the right to review and have a copy of all of your child’s records. You have the right to request that information about your child in his/her school records be changed or information be
added that you feel is important to the education of your child.
Who can help me with this process?
· The Arcs in Colorado: 1-800-333-7690 http://www.thearccofco.org
The Arc provides advocates who will attend IEP meetings with you. The Arc of Colorado has a list of statewide Arcs on their website
· EMPOWER Colorado: 1-800-881-8272 http://www.empowercolorado.com
Support, education and advocacy for parents
· Family Voices: 303-733-3000 http://www.familyvoices.org
Advocacy , parent assistance in navigating health care systems for children with special needs
· Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health: coloradofederation.org
Promotes mental health for all children, youth and families
· Parent to Parent of Colorado: 1-877-472-7201 http://www.p2p-co.org
One to one parent matching. Up-to-date information and referral
· PEAK- Colorado’s Parent Training and Information Center: 1-800-284-0251 http://www.peakparent.org
Parent advisors who provide information about the special education process and parents’ rights
· PEP- Parents Encouraging Parents: 303-866-6846 http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdesped/PEP.asp
Brings together parents and professionals for education on supporting your child in the school and the community
Article by: Gina Shuster, LSW
By Jae Rauhut:
Equine therapy involves the use of horses in a treatment plan for various mental, emotional and physical health issues for children, adults and seniors. Licensed professionals oversee equine therapy programs. Equine therapy encompasses a broad category of treatments including equine-assisted activity and therapy (EAAT), equine-facilitated psychotherapy (EFP) and hippotherapy. Equine therapy has the potential to improve certain conditions that the elderly often face, such as cognitive dysfunctions, mental illness, depression, anxiety and impaired motor function.
People have recognized the therapeutic benefits of the horse since 460 B.C. when Hippocrates shared his thoughts on the healthy pace of the horse. There are references throughout history about the physical and emotional benefits of riding. In 1875, the French neurologist, Chassaignac, studied the therapeutic effect of riding a horse and found that the riding action helped his patients’ balance, muscle tone and emotional condition. From this, he concluded that riding a horse would benefit paraplegics and patients with other neurological orders.
Modern Equine Therapy
In 1918, physiotherapist Olive Sands allowed Oxford Hospital in Great Britain to use her horses in an experiment involving animal therapy with war veterans. The results were considered successful. During the 1952 Olympic games, Liz Hartel, a paralyzed dressage rider, won a Silver Medal and inspired the world to take notice of therapeutic riding and to establish therapeutic riding programs.
Equine Therapy and Seniors
The medical community considers pet therapy a valid way to improve the mental, emotional and physical health of the elderly. This acceptance, combined with the growing body of knowledge about the positive results of equine therapy, has led to the development of several equine therapy programs at senior care locations. For example, the Equine Activities Program in Deerings Nursing and Rehabilitation in Odessa, Texas reports dramatic results of their program. Administrators say seniors in the program have improved walking and balance, speech function, and mental and emotional states.
Equine Therapy and Mental Health
Equine-assisted psychotherapy is effective in helping the elderly who suffer from depression, feelings of isolation, anxiety and other psychological issues. Society and Animals, a journal of human and animal studies, published the results of an April 2007 study, title “The Effectiveness of Equine-Assisted Experiential Therapy: Results of an Open Clinical Trial” that investigated the effect of equine-assisted psychotherapy on patients with mental health issues. The study found that equine therapy improved the psychological condition of the participants, even in a six-month follow-up. The article documents that the patients in the study were, “(a) more oriented in the present; (b) better able to live more fully in the here-and-now; (c) less burdened by regrets, guilt, and resentments; (d) less focused on fears related to the future; (e) more independent; and (f ) more self supportive.”
Miniature Horses for Equine Therapy
Not all senior care centers have the space or finances to accommodate an equine-therapy program. However, altruistic individuals are finding creative ways to bring the healing power of horses to those in need. A CBC News story reports that miniature horses are being used to visit seniors, care homes for adults and children with special needs in Canada. Mary Gallant, an equine therapist, is behind the program to bring miniature horses to various centers, where they provide residents with physical and mental therapy. The miniature horses appear to have a positive effect on the people they visit and help to elevate their spirits, according to the report.
Zuma’s Rescue Ranch
Zuma’s Rescue Ranch, located in Littleton Colorado provides a place for both the very young and the very old to find a place to get the most out of life. From Equine Assisted Therapy Programs to Old Fashion BBQ and Hay Rides Zuma’s provides a great place to gather and have a good time. If you are interested in a place for the entire family to find something to feel good about, join the family at Zuma’s. Get involved, Have Fun and Give Back~
June 2011 Spotlight
Lindsey Spears ~ Superior Weed Wacking Ability
Amanda Sapir~ Outstanding Organizational Skills
Sally loan~ Camp Counselor Extrodinaire
Nikki Grover~ Mane Event Committee Life Saver
Vickeye Strobel-Theresa Johnson-Shirley Treichel
Gardeners with Green Thumbs
Mike Worcester~ Master of the Mower
None of what we do for Children and Horses would be possible without the selfless efforts of these and all of Zuma’s Volunteers
◆ 2011 Grants Awarded to Zuma’s Rescue Ranch
◆ ASPCA Grant 4/2011 $600.00 Grant to travel to the Animal Care Expo in Orlando Florida
This grant funded a portion of an educational journey into the world of Animal Rescue and Care
◆ Animal Assistance Foundation 5/2011 $2,500.00 Grant funding our work with the Animal/ Human Therapies
This grant will fund programs costs for our Equine Assisted Learning Programs
◆ Phillip S. Miller Award 5/2011 $10,000.00 Grant Funding our Equine Assisted Learning Program
This Grant takes Zuma’s into 2012 with funding for our Children and Families Experiential Learning Programs
◆ Penny Harvest Grant 5/2011 $200.00 from Sagewood Middle School Students to sponsor a child in our program
This grant will sponsor 1/2 of a troubled child’s summer camp
Only $25.00 for Wine, Cheese, Presentation and Meet the Artist Event!
Support the Mission at this exciting fund raiser!
Wow is Zuma’s growing…. this weekend as crazy as it was is becoming more common place for our Rescue Ranch.
Zuma’s was in attendance at Radio Disney’s “All Kids Expo” at the Denver Convention Center Saturday and Sunday
Saturday Jodi and Paul manned the booth and Sunday DU interns Erin, Michelle, Dana and Program Director Gina Manned the booth
18,000 projected visitors for this event, Great Exposure for Zuma’s
Zuma’s was host to Anna Twinney’s Holistic Horse Day Event Sunday March 6th where 25 eager minds were in attendance to learn from the master of the language of Equines. Great event and wonderful opportunity for Zuma’s to host good horse folks
Zuma’s Held the First Sunday Volunteer Training combined with Grooming Training to a packed house of 32 new volunteers eager to learn how to become part of Zuma’s team, AKA “Zumateer” Blessed are we to have so much interest in our mission to help kids and horses.
This Sunday March 6th 10:00am-5:00pm Zuma’s Welcomes
Exciting Holistic Horsemanship Clinic
10:0 am-5:00 pm
An entire day workshop for about the cost of one riding lesson!
20% of preceeds go to help Zuma’s Rescue Herd
Come out learn how to better connect with horse.