News Week of April 20




ASGA Adapts to the New Normal with Supportive Programming 
#AutismStrong • #InThisTogetherOhio • #NAAM2020

Is this really six weeks that we’ve been home? And did we really just learn that schools are officially closed for the year? My husband and I used to sometimes complain that our lives seemed like “Groundhog Day,” referencing the Bill Murray movie where his day got stuck on the same track over and over again. Sometimes with autism it feels like yesterday looks like today (for context: we have been working on teaching my son to shower for something like seven years!).

Well, we found ourselves laughing the other day when my husband commented that he wants our other “Groundhog Day” back, the one we had six weeks ago. It’s a good reminder to appreciate the day for what it is and why my father often says, “It’s good to be in a rut.”

So as we try to find our new day, our “new normal” as everyone calls it, let’s appreciate the sunny days and like always, arm ourselves with information and supportive people as we build our new tool kit.

I hope that is where ASGA can help. I am hosting our third Bite-size Discussion” presentation with Gary Tonks, CEO of the Arc of Ohio, to talk about changes happening with waivers. Also, check out a story I did with OFN Logo about local resources, and last but not least, ASGA has a highly engaged board of directors focused on ASGA’s preparedness for the “new normal” ahead.

To more sunny days, friends! Stay well and be safe!

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Laurie Cramer and Team!

SOCIAL CLUBS for Teens & Adults with ASD

ASGA supports and advocates for people of ANY age and level who are living with autism. That includes SOCIAL CLUBS! Would a virtual club designed to fit your needs and interests be something you or your loved one would enjoy? Take a minute or two and complete the following survey: 

Online Social Club for Adults with ASD
Online Social Club for Teens with ASD

If you are interested in joining the group when it is established, please send us an EMAIL and we will add you to the distribution list. 

BITESIZE DISCUSSION #3:  The Wonderful World of Waivers - I don't think we're in Kansas anymore!
Thursday, April 23 • 8:00 PM • Zoom Webinar • Registration Required

Our 3rd Bitesize Discussion will be with Gary Tonks, CEO at The Arc of Ohio.  He will discuss the fundamentals of Ohio Medicaid and the current whirlwind of changes going on with Waivers during this pandemic, with opportunities to ask questions.  These Bitesize Discussions (20-Minute + Q&A) provide ideas, coping skills, and support to families and individuals living with disabilities as we navigate living with COVID-19.  REGISTER HERE (Required to receive ZOOM invitation).

View Bite #1:  Navigating Challenges Daily – I Think I Can! and Bite #2:  COVID-19 & Disabilities – Reduction Anxiety With Facts! on our website 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 … 


NAAM2020 is in its final 10 days and we want people to know we are #AutismStrong and #InThisTogetherOhio! 

Get your art supplies out and PARTICIPATE in ASGA's coloring contest!  Download this coloring page and submit your artwork by posting it on Facebook and tagging us OR Email Kristen your work! Deadline is WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22! Winner will be announced on Thursday morning!

Make sure to use #AutismStrong!


Join ASGA’s Coffee, Tea and Autism closed Facebook support group! We have over 80 group members! Are you one of them?

Take a Break on ASGA  has helped over 120 families in the last 6 weeks! if you need respite or food/supplies support, please let us know!

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? 

Wearing a Mask: Social Story for encouraging kids to wear them in the upcoming weeks! Thank you, State Support Team Region 8!

Research Study: Adults on the Spectrum. Share your experience! Learn More...

Research Study: Single Mothers raising a child with autism. Learn More....

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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