News and Happenings - August 2, 2022


News and Happenings

Care in Your Home, Transportation, or a Waiver?

Please urge your U.S. Senators to fund disability services!  It will only take one minute of your time! 
In Ohio, call or email U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman and ask them to offer an amendment to the "Inflation Reduction Bill" that may be voted on this week. Urge them to offer an amendment to add $150 Billion to fund Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS), which would improve pay for direct care staff, transportation, and fund more waivers. Come on advocates! We need your voice!!
Contact Sherrod Brown HERE.                                                    
Contact Rob Portman HERE.
Stark Walk BANNER

We are less than 2 weeks away! Stark County Step Into Autism Walk, Resource Fair, and Family Fun Day is going to be a great time!

Register, donate, and raise funds to help support a new iCan Bike Camp for Stark County in 2023! 

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What's happening on August 13? 

Event time: 10 am-12 pm

  • Resource Fair
  • Princesses and Princes, Ghostbusters, Star Wars Characters, and more!
  • Inflatable Slide
  • Autism Acceptance merchandise sales
  • Hearts for Music Special Needs Orchestra performance
  • Dance Party with the characters after the walk
  • Concessions will be open for lunch

Discounted tickets to the McKinley Museum will be available at box office for Step Into Autism participants after the walk!

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IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN!  ASGA wants to help you get a jump-start on the upcoming school year.  REGISTER TODAY for the Stark County Step Into Autism Walk and pick up your FREE BAG of school supplies and COVID Vaccine information at the ASGA booth when you arrive.

Raising Neurotypical Children with Siblings with a Disability
Thursday, August 4 | 7:00-8:00 PM | WEBINAR
Join Natalie Hale, author of the book, Oh, Brother!: Growing Up With a Special Needs Sibling for a presentation and Q&A about the joys and challenges of raising neurotypical children with a sibling with disabilities.  READ MORE & REGISTER

Ride the Rails with ASGA!
Sunday, August 21  |  12:00-4:00 PM  |  Medina Park

Back by popular demand! Train lovers of all ages can enjoy a unique train riding experience with the Northeastern Ohio Live Steamers at the Lester Rail Trail in Medina. Have lunch and make train-related crafts! Space is limited - reserve your time slot today!  READ MORE & REGISTER

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Stark County| August 13 | McKinley Museum

Volunteers are still needed for next week's walk! Great opportunity for students needing volunteer hours! Sign up today! 

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Informal support groups provide time for discussion and information sharing for anyone impacted by autism.


SUMMIT COUNTY: Meets Friday, August 5 from 7-8 PM 
Stow Panera, Kent Road
 LEARN MOREPORTAGE COUNTY: Meets August 23 from 10-11 AM
Reed Memorial Library

Facebook Support Group for parents and caregivers JOIN HERE!


Ohio’s tax-free weekend returns | August 5 - August 7 
Clothing items costing less than $75 per item and school supplies and instructional material costing less than $20 per item will be tax-free.  The discount applies to purchases made in stores and online.  More info HERE

GPD Employee Foundation presents Inclusion Day! - August 6
Giving kids and their families an opportunity to ride down the famous Derby Downs track, enjoy lunch, and participate in various fun activities.  Event is open for kids ages 5 and up. 

Story Trail & Nature Play Open House at Dix Park (Portage) - August 6  Visitors can walk along a new mowed loop trail to read the story and enjoy the fresh air. Park volunteers have worked hard to prepare and install a Nature Play Space for learning, adventure, creativity, and observation.

Vanderbilt University Special Education Dept. Survey - Seeking caregivers of children ages 2-22 with disabilities who also present with special health-care needs.  Survey is to learn about caregivers' experiences with the transition from hospital to school for children with special health care needs. This anonymous, web-based survey, should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.  Visit survey link HERE




If you are purchasing school supplies and back-to-school clothes from Amazon, be sure you are signed up for AmazonSmile and have the Autism Society of Greater Akron selected for your charity! 


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August is National Make-A-Will Month. To help you begin future planning for your loved ones, the Autism Society of America has partnered with FreeWill: a free online resource that guides you through the process of creating your legal will in 20 minutes.
Click here to get started:
If you would like to remember your local affiliate in your will, please designate Autism Society Greater Akron in your planning.


About the Autism Society of Greater Akron

The Autism Society of Greater Akron's (ASGA) mission is to create connections, empowering everyone in the Autism community with the resources needed to live fully. ASGA serves Summit, Medina, Portage, Wayne, and Stark county communities.

ASGA is also a proud member of the Ohio Family Network (OFN), connecting people with disabilities and their families to local information and resources within their communities. We believe OFN provides opportunities to share ideas, find solutions to common challenges and inspire and strengthen each other.

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