News Week of April 13




ASGA Offers HOPE through its Programming 
#AutismStrong • #InThisTogetherOhio • #NAAM2020

This past weekend, our Program Director, Lisa Thompson, hosted 30 families with a virtual Easter Bunny visit. Over 70 families have applied for “Take A Break on ASGA” assistance. We’ve mailed cards out to the group homes that you’ve made for Operation Cheer. And last Thursday, we held our first “Bite-Size” discussion.

I say all of these things because being a local organization really matters. We are your neighbors, we know our local needs, and I’m so proud that during all of the uncertainty, we’ve been able to offer some certainty with our programs and supports.

You have also been there for us. We love your notes that fuel our work, like this one: "Thank you so much. As a household with two healthcare workers we could not be more appreciative for the help. You are the only agency that has assisted and we have needed it so much. Thank you and God Bless you and your families and keep you safe."

I’m passing on the sentiment to please stay healthy and safe and let us know if you need us.

“See” you soon!

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Laurie Cramer and Team!


Can a parent/guardian or provider stay with a person diagnosed with Coronavirus who has an intellectual/ developmental disability? Or what happens if a person has to enter a hospital/emergency room? Download a helpful information form and find answers in the “Disability Section” of our COVID-19 Resource Page.

BITESIZE DISCUSSION #2:  COVID-19 & Disabilities - Reducing Anxiety with Facts!
Dr. Nevada Need, Pediatric Neurologist, KidsLink Behavioral Center
Thursday, April 16 • 8:00 PM • Zoom Webinar • Registration Required

ASGA recognizes that every day we live with COVID-19 brings new challenges resulting in a higher level of anxiety! We have launched a series of “Bitesize Discussions” (20-Minute + Q&A) to share ideas, coping skills, and support. Our second bite is with Dr. Nevada Reed, who will discuss tips for living with a person with a disability, how to be prepared for an emergency trip to the hospital, how treatment is prioritized and tips for staying healthy. All which heighten anxiety during this time. Registration for this webinar is required. LEARN MORE

Missed Bite #1:  Navigating Challenges Daily – I Think I Can?  VIEW IT HERE  

YOU ARE WORTH IT – Build your Resilience!

During these uncertain times, it is no surprise that we are feeling tired, overwhelmed, inadequate, guilty, scared and a whole host of other emotions. ASGA wants to make sure that you are remembering to take care of you!

Sarah Buffie at Songbird Consulting will provide two-minute tips daily in our Closed Facebook Group on how to regulate our emotions and to help us return to a calm and balanced state.  Join the group here … 


Have you downloaded your door sign or sent us your best heart picture? Come on! NAAM2020 is ticking down and we want people to know we are #AutismStrong and #InThisTogetherOhio with your photos on Facebook.

Make sure to use the hashtag #AutismStrong and make the hand heart sign OR Email Kristen your photo so ASGA can share your love and support! 

Download this picture and put it on your front door or window for Autism Awareness Month!


Join ASGA’s Coffee, Tea and Autism closed Facebook support group!

Take a Break on ASGA if you need respite or food/supplies support!

Create a card or color a picture for Operation Cheer to send words of encouragement to adults with disabilities who can’t leave their homes!

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on ASGA’s activities! 

What's Going on in the Community? 

MINI MED TUNE-UPS:Is your child having more difficulty with anxiety, aggression or self-injurious behaviors during the COVID stay-at-home orders? Are you having difficulty with getting an appointment with your specialist during this busy time? KidsLink Neurobehavioral Center is happy to help! Dr. Nevada Reed and Nurse Practitioner Amanda Bettis are available for consultative “Mini Med Tune-Ups” to support you and your child.  LEARN MORE …

DIY Face Coverings: The NEW Trend? We found this great tutorial on how to make your own! Be CREATIVE and send us a pic! We would love to see how yours turned out! 

ASGA’s mission is as critical as ever, and even more so, as we face unprecedented challenges in unprecedented times. If you can help us continue to deliver essential support, services, and advocacy, please consider a donation to ASGA.


With the current Stay Home order by Gov. DeWine, many people are ordering from Amazon.  You can help ASGA at the same time by logging in to Amazon Smile and choosing Autism Society Greater Akron as your charity. It’s the same products, but ASGA receives a percentage back for your order.  Please consider supporting ASGA!


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About the Autism Society of Greater Akron

The Autism Society of Greater Akron (ASGA) is one of more than 80 affiliates nationwide that are part of the Autism Society of America, the nation’s largest and oldest grassroots autism organization. ASGA serves Summit, Stark, Wayne, Portage, and Medina counties. ASGA works locally to achieve its mission to improve the lives of all affected by autism.

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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