News and Happenings - August 19, 2022


News and Happenings

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You did it!  Our generous sponsors and fundraising teams raised $20,000 towards a 2023 Stark County iCan Bike Camp and other programs! Thank you! 

We welcomed 400 attendees to the McKinley Museum this past Saturday for the Stark County Walk, Resource Fair, and Family Fun Day! 

Attendees connected with local providers to learn about programs and services available to them. Kids received back-to-school supplies with shot blockers and COVID-19 vaccine information for parents.  Everyone enjoyed yard games, photos with characters and princesses and tunes by Hearts for Music Special Needs Orchestra. It was a beautiful day for the Team Rally and one-mile walk through beautiful McKinley Monument Park.

A BIG Thank You to:

  • Our volunteers who helped behind the scenes to make the day possible.  We cannot do it without you!
  • Sponsors, team captains, and donors who contributed to ASGA's fundraising goal. You allow us to continue to make connections for everyone in our Autism community!
  • McKinley Presidential Library and Museum for hosting this first Stark County walk! 

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Six week Session  |  Saturdays Starting Sept 10  |  10:00-11:00 AM
Christ Community Chapel
Registration is OPEN for LEGO Club for individuals with developmental disabilities, ages 7-12. Attendees build projects based on a theme, present/describe their construction to the group, use listening/commenting skills while others present their creations, all while having fun! Space limited.  LEARN MORE & REGISTER

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In this issue of Capitol Connection, learn about the Senate-passed Inflation Reduction Act and see how the House and Senate funding bills impact programs that support individuals with Autism. In addition, find updates on health, dental, and transportation policies.

Please continue to use the Autism Society’s online Action Center for voting information, disability-related legislation, and sample letters to educate Members of Congress.


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


SUMMIT COUNTY: Meets Friday, September 2 from 7-8 PM 
Stow Panera, Kent Road
 LEARN MOREPORTAGE COUNTY: Meets August 23 from 10-11 AM
Reed Memorial Library

GRANDPARENTS:  Meet on Monday, Sept 12 from 7-8 PM via Zoom
Topic: Overprotecting Your Grandchild—What’s a Grandparent to Do?

Facebook Support Group for parents and caregivers JOIN HERE!


Read the August Issue - Special Needs Living Akron/Canton Magazine

FREE Admission to the Akron Zoo for Summit County Residents. Sept. 1 - 30.  Reserve tickets here.

US Autism Association’s Worldwide Watch Party, September 9-10, 2022. Free 36 hour access to the world's largest autism-focused streaming library with world-renowned experts. Something for everyone: self-advocates, individuals on the autism spectrum, parents, educators, and professionals. Registration required here.

ReelAbilities Film Festival 2022 | Aug. 26- Oct. 26
RAFF promotes awareness of the lives, stories, and artistic expressions of people with different abilities. Free and open to the public! Screenings have open captions and ASL interpretation. Visit here for more info

Enrollment is now open for the Center for Applied Drama and Autism's Fall Classes- Fall drama classes starting in September. Visit CADA's classes page for more information and to view upcoming classes. 




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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