March 31, 2021

Celebrate Differences AAM
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       REGISTRATION FOR STEP INTO AUTISM 54-DAY                                  CHALLENGE IS NOW OPEN!
      Challenge: April 24 - June 17 | Family Day: June 19 

Registration for the 54-Day Challenge is now open! ASGA's 11th annual walk, now Challenge, will start April 24th and end on June 17. On June 19, ASGA will hold an in-person Family Day & Resource Fair at Lock 3 Park. We challenge you to walk, run, or cycle, 1.54 miles or your choose your own Challenge activity to do for 54 days or as many days as you can. Register today! Early Bird registration, ending April 10, is $25 and comes with a t-shirt and magnet. Learn more about our signature fundraiser and invite your family and friends to join your fundraising team and take the challenge with you!                                                                                                                                                                      Register HERE Black


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On April 2, ASGA will kick-off its “#IAmMe” series as part of ASGA’s Autism Acceptance Month celebration. #IAmMe will be short vignettes about autism spectrum disorder for people who want to learn more about autism. The series will continue throughout the year, with different speakers and subjects, about life with autism. Want to be a part of the series? We’ll share as many as we can! You can also find other ways to participate in Autism Acceptance Month.

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Sleep AutismFAMILY FUN NIGHT
Friday, April 23 | 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm | Zoom

A night of fun for the entire family. Join us to celebrate April as Autism Acceptance Month. We'll send you the party and the link - just sign in and have fun! Space is limited to 25 families, so reserve your spot by April 13! 

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Sleep AutismHOW TO SURVIVE PUBERTY: THIS TIME AS A PARENT!
Monday, April 26 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm | Zoom Webinar

Puberty can be a difficult life stage for any teen. However, the challenges of facing puberty with developmental delays only compounds the hardship parents face when helping their child navigate adolescence. Join us to learn how to learn to prepare yourself and your child! 

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AUTISM & SLEEP WEBINAR RECAP - Thank you Dr. Carrie Cuffman from Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital for shedding some light on the causes of sleep challenges for individuals with developmental disabilities along with some interventions. Dr. Cuffman reviewed the various behavioral, medical, and biological causes for sleep trouble. She encouraged parents to analyze their child’s sleeping habits for consistency in the timing of events, a bedtime routine, and comfortable sleep environment.  Parents could actually be putting kids to bed too early and may need to push back bedtimes for teens going through puberty. Dr. Cuffman introduced the use of the "bedtime pass" to help with bedtime "curtain calls" and reminded folks that melatonin helps kids fall asleep but doesn't help them stay asleep. VIEW THE WEBINAR


TONIGHT! FORMING A POSITIVE RELATIONSHIP YOUR SPECIAL NEEDS GRANDCHILD - Wednesday, March 31 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm | Zoom 

Grandparents, are you having a difficult time connecting with your special needs grandchild? Join facilitator, Jocelyn Eskenazi, BCaBA, and other grandparents TONIGHT to discuss ways to form a positive relationship with your grandchild so that the entire family unit benefits. REGISTER


COFFEE, TEA & AUTISM 

Join our Facebook group or come to one of the online or in-person Coffee, Tea & Autism meetings!

Ravenna – 10AM with Facilitator: Trina Bullard
APR 27, MAY 25 - ZOOM - REGISTER

Kent/Stow – 7PM with Facilitator: Mary Richards - RESUMING IN-PERSON MEETINGS!
APR 2, 16  - Location: Panera Bread · 4338 Kent Road, Stow OH 44224

Facebook Group - JOIN

IN OTHER NEWS

COVID SURVEY - University of Akron Student looking for people to answer questions on their experiences before and during COVID-19. 

WAIVER MEETING - The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) is hosting a webinar to make changes to the Level 1 and Self Empowered Life Funding (SELF) Waivers Tuesday, April 6, 2021 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm.

PAC MEETING - Gary Tonks and The Arc of Ohio are hosting a PC meeting on April 14, 2021 from 9:30 - 11:30 AM to cover various topics surrounding disabilities. 

LEVEL 1 & SELF WAIVERS MEETING - The Arc of Ohio is looking for your suggestions on how to improve the Level 1 & SELF Waiver at their Town Hall Meeting Monday, April 5, 2021 at 6 PM via ZOOM.

RESEARCH STUDY FOR ADULTS WITH ASD La Salle University is conducting a study on adults living with autism, focusing on quality of life and social behavior.

SUMMIT COUNTY RENT HELP - Summit County Cares is NOW accepting applications for rent, mortgage, and utility assistance. APPLY NOW!

 

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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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