APRIL IS AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

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The Autism Society of Northwest Ohio is excited to celebrate National Autism Awareness Month.  PARTICIPATE in an event, ADVOCATE or DONATE to help us provide support, education, and advocacy to individuals, parents, family members, and professionals affected by autism across the lifespan and the entire autism spectrum in 12 counties in Northwest Ohio.

Sunday, April 8 – at 2:00 pm – 2nd Annual Autism Awareness Hockey Game     TOLEDO JEEP HOCKEY CLUB vs TOLEDO POLICE – $5 DONATION – ALL proceeds benefit Autism Society – Tam-O-Shanter, Rink 1, 7060 West Sylvania Ave. THANK YOU Toledo Jeep Hockey Club and Toledo Police. Over $700 was raised at the 2nd annual Autism Awareness game.  We truly appreciate your support!

Thursday, April 19 – from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm – S.A.L.S.A. Presents Pathways through Autism – North Central Ohio ECS – 928 W. Market Street, Tiffin. Keynote Speaker: Tyler Aldrich.  Sessions include: Understanding and Writing an IEPKeeping Everyone Safe in the CommunityHow Public Schools Develop Systems to Support ALL Learners with Autism; and Visual Suppors.  For more information contact Sandy Hallet (S.A.L.S.A/Parent Mentor) at 419-618-0687 or shallet@ncoesc.org

Saturday, April 21 – from 10 am – 1 pm – Ottawa County Family Fun Fair – Bataan Memorial Elementary in Port Clinton – Event is free and includes activities for children, a photo cube booth, information on services for families and free food (designed for children 0 – 8 years old).

Saturday, April 28 – from 10 am – 1 pm – 5th Annual Hench Autism Studies Program Community Outreach Event – Defiance College, Serrick Campus Center  Event is FREE.

Saturday, April 28 – noon – 3:00 p.m. – iDANCE-A-THON fundraiser. iDance Adaptive Performing Arts and Fitness Center – 151 N. Michigan Ave., Toledo.

Sunday, April 8 & April 22 – from 11 am – 12 pm – Special Friends Jump at Sky Zone  $8 per jumper – one free chaperone – music is turned off  and less distractions.

Tuesday, May 1 – from 4 pm – 8 pm Autism Society Spirit Night at Sky Zone       Special Pricing includes 120 minutes for $15 – pizza meals $5.  Proceeds benefit Autism Society of Northwest Ohio (please note this is NOT a Special Friends Jump).  See flyer for more details.

Sunday, October 7, 2018 – 6th Annual AUTISM WALK of Northwest Ohio at the Franklin Park Mall. Register today for the premier Autism Awareness event in Northwest Ohio.  ALL proceeds from the event will help us continue to provide support, education, and advocacy within the 12 counties in Northwest Ohio.  Click HERE to register online and/or start a fundraising page today.  Print forms online and send to the office: Registration Form and Donation Form. For Sponsorship Opportunities click HERE.

Creating a Compassionate Community

What does it mean to “create a compassionate community”?  Do we have a compassionate community? How can we create one?

This topic was addressed on March 22, 2017 at the University of Toledo Carlson Library as part of a month-long series held to create awareness of autism in our community.  This particular topic was addressed by three speakers, and the presentation is separated by speaker.  Please take a moment to watch the presentation at the three links below.

http://www.knowledgestream.org/presentations/creating-a-compassionate-community

http://www.knowledgestream.org/presentations/creating-a-compassionate-community-1604

http://www.knowledgestream.org/presentations/creating-a-compassionate-community-1605

 About us:  

The Autism Society of Northwest Ohio is an affiliate of the Autism Society of America, the oldest and largest autism advocacy organization in the country. We provide support, education, and advocacy to individuals, parents, family members, and professionals affected by autism across the lifespan and the entire autism spectrum in 12 counties in Northwest Ohio.

Our counties: Lucas, Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Henry, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, Williams, and Wood.

Our mission: To improve the lives of all affected by autism.

Our Vision: We envision a world in which individuals living with autism are able to maximize their quality of life, are treated with the highest level of dignity, and live in a society in which their talents and skills are appreciated and valued.

Our services:

  • Information about autism and related topics
  • Referrals to autism specific community resources and “autism friendly” resources
  • Sibshop and Adult Social Group NOTE: Sibshop info coming soon.
  • Education and training for parents and professionals including our Practical Solutions workshops or Special Needs Planning series
  • Family Fun events: such as Family Day at Skyzone Jump, etc.
  • Parent Resource library with the use of Boardmaker (appointment needed)
  • Presentations to professional and community groups
  • Activities to promote autism concern and awareness
  • Community and legislative advocacy
  • Email newsletter
  • Autism Walk – Sunday, October 7, 2018 at Franklin Park Mall

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