Jerrie Williams is a blogger on the Beauregard Daily News website. The name of her blog is C.O.P.E. Community Organized Parents in Education. This blog is syndicated statewide to all GateHouse websites. She will not only be blogging about local ...
Jerrie Williams is a blogger on the Beauregard Daily News website. The name of her blog is C.O.P.E. Community Organized Parents in Education. This blog is syndicated statewide to all GateHouse websites. She will not only be blogging about local education concerns, but information about resources for parental research on different subjects concerning children and their well being. Jerrie Williams is the mother of three autistic children. Her journey began in 1999, when she discovered that her children were not developing according to the national mind stone charts. This was after they had received immunizations and developed reactions to them. She later learned the immunizations contained an agent that her children were allergic to, which led to their developmental delays. She moved her children to Georgia to be treated by a specialist in autism and brain injury in 2000. Since then she has been searching and discovering several research-based interventions and resources to educate, support and assist in the recovery of autism. She moved to Louisiana in August, 2011, and has been involved in educating the community about autism and the resources available to parents of autistic children as well as adults with autism. She has been instrumental in helping the Beauregard Parish school system to design an individualized curriculum that was suited for the educational needs of her children as well as other special needs children. Her children have since blossomed with this curriculum and continue to thrive. She will continue in her journey as a mother and an advocate for others.
The Kerkovich way is about to get a lot more twisted tonight when Christopher McDonald and Julie Hagerty pay a visit to Happy Endings as Alex and Jane's parents. The episode illuminates "how Alex became Alex, through her mother, and why Jane is the way she is, via her relationship with her father," says executive producer Jonathan Groff.
Centered on the 20th anniversary of Papa Kerkovich's mattress store, the half hour features a laugh-out-loud moment of physical comedy from Eliza Coupe, as well as a twist in the frequently mentioned role Alex (Elisha Cuthbert) has played within her family. "You get the idea that she is no longer perfect little princess" to her folks, hints Groff's fellow EP David Caspe. Maybe that's because she's yet to actually tell them that she's gotten back together with Dave (Zach Knighton), the ex-fiancé she left at the alter in the show's pilot. "Well, no parent of a bride is really too happy about a wedding that didn't happen."
One thing that has happened: The series slowly developed a loyal fanbase. So much, in fact, that the comedy was a runner up in TV Guide Magazine's Fan Favorites cover contest. "Through Season 1, I met people who liked the show a lot," recalls Caspe. "And then we heard that people were tweeting about us during the episodes, so I started watching Twitter as the show would air to see what jokes people liked the most. I still do, because I am a crazy person."
And it's not just tweets they're paying attention to. Caspe and Groff also offer thanks to the TV journalists who have found and fallen in love with the show over its often-interrupted run. "Honestly, critics and hardcore fans are the only reason we're still on the air," offers Caspe. We're Happy to help.
Happy Endings airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on ABC.
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