November 3, 2020

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 Thursdays-Nov 5 & Nov 12 | 6:30pm - 8:00pm | Zoom 

Join us for this two-part series with Barbara Sapharas as we learn about the Charting the LifeCourse Framework These tools can be used across the lifespan for individuals living with disabilities, their families, educators, professionals and service providers!

Individuals & family members will learn more about themselves and their family, how to organize their thoughts and advocate for wants and needs, problem-solve and plan for taking action, and how to direct their services and supports!

Professionals can assist clients by learning about facilitating planning for now and the future, coordinating integrated services and supports, handling conflict resolution, and promoting advocacy.

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NH polar express 2020ADAPTED POLAR EXPRESS

Night Excursions: Dec 8, 9, 10 and 18  •  7pm - 9pm  
Day Excursion: Dec 12  • 10am - 12pm

The Autism Society of Greater Akron (ASGA) is pleased to partner with the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR) again this year to provide an adapted Polar Express train ride for individuals with all different abilities and their families. This year’s event looks a little different due to COVID, but we welcome pajama clad families to enjoy an adapted experience with ASGA in the Deluxe Table Car.

Tickets for this year's event will be distributed via a lottery system to make the opportunity more accessible. The lottery remains open until Tuesday, Nov 24. Winners will be drawn on Wed, Nov 25 and have until Wednesday, Dec 2 to purchase their tickets. Due to COVID, tickets are sold in blocks of four or six tickets ONLY.  Space is limited on ALL excursions to 26 riders, so ENTER TODAY for your chance to purchase tickets!

We thank the Hussman Foundation, the Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation, the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad and Countertop Solutions for their support of this event.

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It is with great pleasure that the Autism Society of Greater Akron is releasing our first training series in working with and supporting individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities.

After many years of being asked for training by providers in “autism,” we decided to work with area professionals to develop a training based on the questions you have asked over the years. 

Thanks to the Parent Coalition Heritage Fund for Adults with Special Needs, administered through the Akron Community Foundation, this training is being offered at a very affordable price and has been approved for six Continuing Professional Development Units OR a certificate of completion.


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ASGA is partnering with the Blick Center for #GivingTuesday to give holiday gifts to residents who live in group homes. With the shutdowns from COVID, residents in group homes have had a tough year, so from now until December 2, all donations will be used to spread some holiday cheer!

Every $25 donated gives a resident a gift "box" filled with recreational, essential, and entertainment items! There are 78 residents at The Blick Center, and our goal is to raise $2,000 so everyone can receive a special present! GIVE SO WE CAN GIVE! #GivingTuesday

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Peer-to-Peer Support Groups                 COFFEE, TEA & AUTISM 

Are you interested in meeting people who have also been impacted by autism? Join our online Facebook group or come to one of the Coffee, Tea & Autism meetings in your county!

 What parents are saying:

“I came to my first meeting looking for ways to be a better parent to my son with autism. And while I got that, this group became more than a class or just information. The group has helped me become a more confident mother. It is a safe place to share stories that other friends would not understand. We share both the joy of the advances and disappointment and fear of setbacks.  While everyone's experience is different, so much power comes from realizing you are not alone".

Upcoming Meetings: 

Kent/Stow - Facilitated by Mary Richards, Friday, Nov 6 and Nov 20 at 7:00 PM Panera Bread in Stow

Ravenna - Facilitated by Trina Bullard, Tuesday, Nov 24 at 10:00 AM via Zoom
Wendy for link)

Online Facebook Group - JOIN HERE

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PAID RESEARCH STUDY: TCU is conducting research studies for families impacted by ASD.  

COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDE:  Cleveland Clinic's Covid-19 safety guide for your home. 

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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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