Tuesday • May 5, 2020
Tomorrow is #GivingTuesdayNow, a national day of giving to support community rebuilding and healing. ASGA is raising funds for our program that provides families with a child with autism respite and food support. “Take-A-Break on ASGA” has helped almost 200 families in the one month we have offered it, and many more need us!
We have almost exhausted our budgeted funds, and now we need your help to continue.
Our goal is $2,500 and ASGA's Board of Directors will MATCH every dollar raised. If we reach $5,000, that is 50 more families helped.
Join us in continuing the “Take-A-Break” program in our community and making a difference!
BITESIZE DISCUSSION #5: Social Security Disability and SSI
Top 10 Things You Need to Know
Thursday, May 7 • 8:00 PM • Zoom Webinar • Registration Required
COVID or not, many of us continue to deal with disability issues. Tune in on Thursday as Attorney Debra Shifrin provides eligibility requirements and tips for filing for benefits. Shifrin will also answer, "Will I get my stimulus money?" Register HERE
Take away from Bite #4: Make sure to stay connected socially with friends and family! Take time to call someone or ZOOM with friends! Check out more ways to stay connected HERE...
Step Into Autism is ON and VIRTUAL!
Saturday, June 13th – Saturday, June 27
Walk on your time, at your desired location!
ASGA's Step Into Autism - Virtual is critical this year as individuals and families living with autism saw their entire support system collapse due to COVID-19. Like many of us, families are feeling stressed, overwhelmed and anxious. ASGA had to quickly switch our programming to meet the needs of our community. Now, we need your help!
Creating a team and fundraising will provide:
So, create a fundraising team, set a goal, get your friends and family involved, and let's make a difference together!
Find unique fundraising ideas HERE!
And remember, every little bit helps support individuals and families living with autism in our community!
SOCIAL CLUBS for Teens & Adults with ASD
We have received GREAT feedback with interest in a social club designed strictly to individuals with autism, their needs and their interests!
Are you an individual that does NOT want to be on camera in a zoom meeting? That's OK! This social club is still for YOU! Simply turn your camera off. You can still enjoy, participate and just have fun!
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.
YOU ARE WORTH IT – Build your Resilience!
As we enter week 8 and we begin to "re-open Ohio," we may experience additional anxiety, fatigue and fear of the unknown. ASGA wants to make sure you know WE care about 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
Join ASGA’s Coffee, Tea and Autism closed Facebook support group! We have over 90 group members and great tips and tricks to help us all survive the quarantine life!
Take a Break on ASGA has helped over 130 families in the last 6 weeks in all 5 of our counties (Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit and Wayne)! 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! Over 75 cards have been delivered to four group homes!
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on ASGA’s activities!
What's Going on in the Community?
Create a Time Capsule to tell the story of COVID-19! Check out the activity book HERE!
Milestones National Autism Conference went virtual! June 11-16. HERE for more information!
Wearing a Mask: Social Story for encouraging kids to wear them in the upcoming weeks! Thank you, State Support Team Region 8!
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!