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My Brothers

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Published Spring 2002, Worcester Area Arc, Inc., “Our Journey” Newsletter

Anthony, Aaron and Eric, all 8 years old,  playing in their living room.
Anthony, Aaron and Eric, all 8 years old,
playing in their living room.

I like my brothers.
My brother Eric is a good brother, but he screams when he is mad.
I play games with my brothers; they are in a club with me.
I sometimes pretend to be the teacher.
I teach them math.
Anthony is very, very nice and does not scream.
He is my new brother and I am glad he lives with us.

by Aaron Bissell

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A “Cinderella Pool”

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Eric’s Wish

When the twins were 4 years old, we took them to StoryLand, NH for their birthday. Eric was nervous about staying in a hotel for the first time, so we told him he would be staying at Cinderella’s House! Eric loves Cinderella, and so he was happy about that. It was this family trip when Eric first relaxed in a hotel hot tub. He called the tub —appropriately enough— a “Cinderella Pool.” After a dip in the hot tub, we were amazed at how relaxed Eric’s muscles were and how well he slept that night.

Eric has never stopped talking about the Cinderella Pool and so for his 5th birthday we took him to a local hotel just to use the hot tub. Again we noticed the positive effects of the water therapy. Eric has been to a hotel several times over the years, but of course going to a hotel can become expensive therapy!

This year, Eric was granted a wish from the StarLight Children’s Foundation. When he was interviewed by Starlight, Eric said without hesitation “I want a Cinderella Pool, please.” In the spirit of Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother and with the help of the Starlight Foundation and a generous donation from ThermoSpas, Eric wish has come true! On Friday May 3rd, Eric’s very own Cinderella Pool was delivered to his back yard.

Eric meets Rich from StarLight
Eric meets Rich from StarLight
Jack Sales Representative from ThermoSpas
Jack Sales Representative from ThermoSpas
Eric Picks the Marble Teal for his Cinderella Pool
Eric Picks the Marble Teal for his Cinderella Pool

icon1Delivery of Cinderella Pool May 3, 2002 Photo Gallery

Priority Electric
Priority Electric
Electrician Mike donated his time to install Eric's Cinderella Pool
Electrician Mike donated his time to install Eric’s Cinderella Pool
Eric's First dip in his Cinderella Pool with Aaron and Dad
Eric’s First dip in his Cinderella Pool with Aaron and Dad
Bedtime relaxation therapy with Mom
Bedtime relaxation therapy with Mom

Media Coverage

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New England Cable News

WB56 News

Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Grafton News

Bubbling Over ThermoSpa’s Newsletter

Bubbling Over ThermoSpa’s Newsletter

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Canadian Bear

By Eric Bissell
By Eric Bissell
My Uncle Bear lives in Canada.
My Uncle Bear lives in Canada.
Uncle Bear isn’t a real bear!
Uncle Bear isn’t a real bear!
Canada is a country that is north of the United States.
Canada is a country that is north of the United States.
It is very cold in Canada.
It is very cold in Canada.
The people who live in Canada do not mind the cold. They are called "hardy people."
The people who live in Canada do not mind the cold.
They are called “hardy people.”
This is because their blood is thicker than ours, so it does not freeze in the cold.
This is because their blood is thicker than ours, so it does not freeze in the cold.
My Uncle Bear likes the cold.
My Uncle Bear likes the cold.
I don’t like to be cold. I wait for Uncle Bear to travel south to visit me!
I don’t like to be cold.
I wait for Uncle Bear to travel south to visit me!

THE END

 Published by
The Children’s Publishing Center
South Grafton Elementary School
South Grafton, MA
2001-2002

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Bissell’s Receive MR/DD Award At Statehouse

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BOSTON: Richard and Cindy Bissell of Grafton received recognition at the 2001 Department of Mental Retardation Statehouse Recognition Ceremony on March 30. The ceremony, entitled “In Partnership with Communities” and hosted by WBZ-TV’s Bob Lobel, honored fifteen individuals and/or groups throughout the state for their progress and accomplish-merits that have been achieved through inter-personal, interagency and collaborative efforts.

The Bissell’s are parents of twin boys with disabilities who determined a need in the Central Region of Massachusetts for information about disability-related resources. Working in partnership with the Central Region of the Department of Mental Retardation and central region resources, they created and maintain the www.communitygateway.org website. Families, provider agencies, staff, individuals with disabilities and community members are now able to access disability information for local, state, and national resources. The Bissell’s work with large and small groups to provide links to their website and keep online resource information current and accurate.

The Mental Retardation community held numerous events throughout the state in March to commemorate the month as Mental Retardation/Developmental Disabilities month. Regional, facilities and area offices working in concert with families and boards hosted a series of local events conferences, legislative receptions and recognition ceremonies to honor the accomplishments of people with developmental disabilities.

Cindy and Rich with Bob Lobel, WBZ TV
Cindy and Rich with Bob Lobel, WBZ TV
Department of Mental Retardation Executive Office of Health & Human Services Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Department of Mental Retardation Executive Office of Health & Human Services Commonwealth of Massachusetts
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Governor Cellucci - Richard and Cindy Bissell In recognition of your diligent efforts and support of people with disabilities in establishing and fostering community partnerships that brought new opportunities, acceptance and self-esteem to Massachusetts citizens with mental retardation.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Governor Cellucci – Richard and Cindy Bissell In recognition of your diligent efforts and support of people with disabilities in establishing and fostering community partnerships that brought new opportunities, acceptance and self-esteem to Massachusetts citizens with mental retardation.
The Massachusetts House of Representatives - Richard & Cindy Bissell in Recognition of your extraordinary and exemplary efforts on behalf of people with mental retardation.
The Massachusetts House of Representatives – Richard & Cindy Bissell in Recognition of your extraordinary and exemplary efforts on behalf of people with mental retardation.
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