January 27, 2022

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2022 PROGRAM SURVEY

Last chance for you to let ASGA know what is important to you and your family! Why should you take the survey?

1. Update your contact information to receive future ASGA news and events;
2. Help us create meaningful programs for you!

We need you to voice your opinion! The survey deadline is January 31, it takes less than 5 minutes to complete and should only be done once. Thank you for your assistance! 

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ASGA PROGRAMS

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NEW!! INCLUSIVE VIRTUAL STORYTIME

1st & 3rd Monday fromFeb 21 to Apr 18 | 7-7:30 PM

All ages are welcome to join Jane Fitz, ASGA Program Coordinator for an interactive storytime. Make crafts at home to use while the story is read, sing songs, and move your body while having fun with other families! No cost, space limited to 20 families. Register now for February 21 storytime!

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tweens smallNEW!! BEGINNERS COOKING
CLUB for AGES 14-22

Thursdays | 6:30 – 7:30 PMFeb 24 - Mar 31

Want to learn your way around the kitchen? Join Jane Fitz for ASGA’s Beginners Cooking Club held via zoom. Participants work on this valuable life skill in their own kitchen using familiar tools. Members receive shopping lists, visual recipe cards, and links to practice videos prior to lesson. Recipes paired with cooking skills and kitchen safety. This is a true beginner’s class for individuals to learn basic foundation skills. Intermediate Cooking Club coming soon. Parents participate and assist as needed for safety purposes.

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tweens smallNEW!! FAMILY GAME NIGHT

February 25 to April 22, 2nd and 4th Fridays | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Zoom

Get the family together, gather your snacks and get ready for some fun playing games with other families! All ages are welcome to join Jane Fitz, Program Coordinator for a game of Trivia or BINGO. No cost, space limited to 20 families. Register now for February 25 BINGO!
 

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SWIMMING WITH AUTISM tweens small
Registration OPEN!

Mondays & Wednesdays
March 21 – May 18  |  Kohl Family YMCA

ASGA in partnership with the Kohl Family YMCA is proud to offer a spring session of  “Swimming with Autism,” a 9-week water safety program. Lessons are 30-minutes of one-on-one instruction focusing on water safety, water entry and exit, breath control, balance and floatation, and combined arm and leg action through the water. Cost is $400 ($700 value, with $300 scholarship awarded to every swimmer) for 18 lessons with ages 6 through adult eligible. Space is limited.

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GRANDPARENTS DECIPHER AUTISM BEHAVIORS RECAP

Individuals with autism may exhibit signs and behaviors that can be unnerving or confusing to some. Many behaviors, however, serve a purpose for the individual. For instance, rocking may calm the heightened sensory input in a child with autism, or aggressive behavior from a non-verbal child could signal frustration in his/her inability to communicate a need. Though some behaviors are a form of communication, not all behaviors are meant as a message. Jocelyn Eskanazi, BcCBA, helped us to understand the roots of some of our grandchildren’s behaviors by emphasizing that some behaviors are self-regulatory, others can be sensory-seeking and still others can be simply self-expression.

Next meeting on March 28, 2022. Topic:  Establishing Expectations for Your Grandchild with Autism. REGISTRATION WILL OPEN SOON!

SOCIAL CLUBS & SUPPORT GROUPS
ONLINE SOCIAL CLUBS FOR TEENS & ADULTS 

Teens (Age 13-17) meets Tues, Feb 8 from 7-8 PM REGISTER HERE

Adults (Age 18+) meets Wed, Feb 2 from 7-8 PM REGISTER HERE


COFFEE, TEA & AUTISM SUPPORT GROUPS 

SUMMIT COUNTY CTA:  meets Friday, Feb 4 at 7 PM Panera Bread in Stow, 4338 Kent Road, Stow OH 44224, Facilitator: Mary Richards LEARN MOREPORTAGE COUNTY CTA:  meets Tuesday, Feb 22 at 10 AMReed Memorial Library, Carlin Room, 167 E Main St, Ravenna, OH 44266, Facilitator: Trina Bullard  LEARN MOREJoin the online Facebook Coffee, Tea & Autism Group HERE!

ASGA NEWS

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MEET SHERI MASKOWNEW ASGA BOARD MEMBER

Sheri M Maskow is the Owner of J&M Business Solutions, LLC an Association Management Company where Sheri works in all aspects of Association Management with a focus on event planning. She graduated from Bowling Green State University with a bachelor’s in business administration in 2007 and received her certified meeting certificate from Cuyahoga Community College in 2009. Sheri is the proud mother of three children, two dogs and two cats! Sheri is very active with her church and children’s schools and found a passion for Autism after the diagnosis of her son in 2012. In Sheri’s “free time” she likes to travel, read, play board games, and spend time with her family and friends.

ASGA is thankful to have her support! Check out the rest of our board HERE

COMMUNITY NEWS


ABA TOWN HALL - Throughout the month of February, the Autism Society of America’s ABA Commission will host three virtual Town Halls. Participants will have the opportunity to listen to diverse perspectives and experiences of ABA clients, parents, and professionals within the Autism community. Starting
February 2 from 7 - 8 PM.
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SPECIAL EDUCATION WEBINAR
- Julie Billiart Schools is hosting a 6-part series helping people better understand special education starting February
3 at 12 PM. LEARN MORE

CHARTING THE LIFECOURSE - Join families from across Ohio as they learn about and practice Charting the LifeCourse. This free, three-part series will be presented over Zoom from 6:30-8 PM on February 9, 16, and 23. REGISTER

SPECIAL EDUCATION CLINIC - Join the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities February 14 at 7 PM to discuss
how their organization can assist you. REGISTER HERE

BEHAVIORAL SERVICES & SUPPORTS CHAT - OhioRise and ODM will meet with groups to talk about their use of behavioral health services and supports. These groups will help us to better serve families and children in Ohio. The first 
event will take place February 15 at 6 PM. LEARN MORE

ART SHOW
- LiveSpecial.com is having an art show at Eton Collection which will feature work done by artists of a wide range of ages and abilities. Please submit art by March 2, 2022. LEARN MORE

FREE BOOKS FOR KIDS
 - The Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library is a
program that mails kids one book each month until their 5th birthday. All kids
in Ohio are eligible and this program is available at no cost to families. ENROLL


FREE COVID TESTS - The White House is rolling out an online order form for free at-home COVID tests—families will be able to order up to 4 tests per household. ORDER

WAYS TO SUPPORT ASGA


LOOKING FOR A SUSTAINABLE WAY TO SUPPORT ASGA?


ways to support ASGA

Donate to the Autism Society of Greater Akron Endowment Fund via Akron Community Foundation to help secure the future financial health of ASGA. Learn more HERE.

 

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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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