June 8, 2021


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URGENT!! ADVOCACY ALERT!! OhioRise is the new proposed Medicaid program to support children in crisis with autism who need behavioral health treatment services. The OhioRise Medicaid program is a part of the state budget working through the Statehouse that helps cover the costs of these services. Please call or write your state Senator today and ask them to delete the 333.250 amendment in the Senate Version of state budget in the Sub HB110 and to vote in the entire OhioRise Medicaid program without any deletions or changes. 

Stakeholders and the Department of Medicaid have been working together to build this program to support these children and their families. This amendment could completely put us back to the drawing board and leave families that have been exhaustedly advocating and in desperate need of these services, without the help they need. 
Find my State Senator HERE! 

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In the United States, 6.5% of autistic adolescents and 11.4% of autistic adults said they wished to be the opposite gender of what they had been assigned at birth, compared with just 3% to 5% of the general population. #PrideMonth


                                     ASGA PROGRAMS

Thursday, June 24   7:00 PM –    8:30 PM  |  Zoom 

Is mealtime a battle of wills? Can you identify only a handful of foods your child will eat? Hear Dr. Cara Cuddy explain some causes of food aversions/restrictions, identify conditions that may accompany a feeding disorder, provide problem-solving skills to address picky eating habits, and help parents/caregivers understand when to call a specialist


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LEGO Club (AGES 7-12)
- STARTING THIS SATURDAY!! June 12, 10 - 11 AM - This 6 week online club is open to any child with a developmental disability, must have good verbal skills and building capabilities. Cost is $30 with limited scholarships available. Space is limited, RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE

HELP LINE Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM - Call the Help Line (330.940.1441 x1) for health providers, autism resources, education recommendations and more! LEARN MORE HERE



Saturday, June 19, 10 AM - 1 PM
Lock 3 Park, 200 S Main St, Akron, OH 44308

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Come rain or shine, there is fun for the whole family! The event will feature Spiderman and his Superhero friends, Elsa, the Star Wars crew, and local mascots! There will be food for purchase at concessions, fun yard games, a DJ dance party, the Challenge team parade, and over 20 disability resource vendors. 

Interested in volunteering? We need volunteers to assist in set up/clean up and various tasks throughout the event. Learn more and BECOME A VOLUNTEER HERE! 


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Visit the ASGA booth to purchase these Autism Acceptance yard signs for only $10!

You DO NOT have to participate in the Challenge to come to the Resource Fair! Learn more about the event logistics HERE!


                        STEP INTO AUTISM 54-DAY CHALLENGE

ONLY 12 DAYS LEFT OF THE 54-DAY CHALLENGE! You can still take the Challenge and finish strong! Registration ends June 17 and meet us at Lock 3 for prizes and awards! We are ready to see your faces again!

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Thank you to those who have participated in the Challenge so far, because of YOU we have raised over $68,000 to support ASGA's programs and services! 

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                      OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT ASGA

 - ENDING THIS SATURDAY!! June 12 - The Rusted Iron Motorcycle Club Medina $500, $300 and $200 raffle winners will be announced June 12, proceeds benefitting ASGA! Contact
rustediron19@gmail.com to purchase tickets for $10. THANK YOU Rusted Iron Motorcycle Club for your support! SEE FLYER.

AMAZON PRIME DAY - JUNE 21 & 22 - Add ASGA as your charity of choice for Amazon Smile. A portion of your purchase, benefits ASGA! ADD ASGA HERE!

5K ON THE RUNWAY - July 10 - Run on the Akron-Canton Airport runway Saturday, July 10 
at either 7:30 or 9:30 AM to benefit ASGA!  THANK YOU Akron-Canton Airport for your support! REGISTER HERE! 

                                                          COMMUNITY EVENTS

- Akron Zoo’s Zoothing Hours are back! The zoo will open an hour early for guests with different abilities who do not like loud noises and/or crowds!

SPECIAL ED LEGAL CLINIC - Open every second Saturday of the month from 8:30 AM - 12 PM at the offices of Albeit Weiker, LLP, 262 South 3rd Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215.

COMPENSATED AUTISM STUDY - Case Western is conducting a study for individuals with children diagnosed with ASD, ages 6-18. 


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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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