News and Happenings - July 26, 2022


News and Happenings


There is still time to sign up! Stark County Step Into Autism Walk, Resource Fair, and Family Fun Day is just around the corner!

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

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

Tomorrow! Stop by and say HI! 

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Overprotecting Your Grandchild—What’s a Grandparent to Do?
Thursday, July 28 | 7:00-8:00 PM | Zoom MeetUp

Don’t we all just want our grandchildren to feel loved and accepted when they are with us? Of course, we do, but are there long-term effects?   Join Jocelyn Eskanazi, BCaBA(Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst) and other grandparents for this discussion.  READ MORE & REGISTER

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



Attended a webinar, called the ASGA Help Line, attended a social club, support group or family inclusive event then you have experienced ASGA's work on behalf of the Ohio Family Network. Please give the Department of Developmental Disabilities your feedback on your experience! 

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Stark County| August 13 | McKinley Museum

Volunteers still needed for this NEW 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!


We know protecting your loved one with a disability is one of your highest priorities. We also know it’s not always easy to decide what is best. That is why ASGA is providing information to help you make informed decisions.

COVID-19 Vaccines Approved for Ages 6 Months+


Dr. Jayne Morgan and Claire Tibbetts, Administrative Manager at the Autism Society of Greater New Orleans discussed the importance of Covid-19 vaccine approval for ages 6 months and older.


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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.



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

Tackling Disparities in Transitioning to Adulthood | July 21
Conversation centering around voices of families of color, who face unique challenges with transition. Hear triumphs and lessons learned from a panel of families. Learn More and Register

Charting the LifeCourse 3 Part Series | August 3,10,17
Find out how you can use the resources and tools to plan and advocate across the lifespan. Learn More and Register 

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 the hospital to the 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! 



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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