As of Friday, March 13, the Autism Society of Greater New Orleans has decided to postpone our 16th Annual Autism Festival that was to be held on April 4 at the First Baptist Church of New Orleans. Due to the decree by Governor Edwards cancelling events with more than 250 participants, ASGNO has made the decision to postpone the 16th Annual Autism Festival to help protect our members, attendees, staff, and volunteers during the COVID-19 outbreak. In the current environment, it’s important for all of us to travel smarter and more consciously, as we work together as a community to decrease the transmission and lower the impact of COVID-19.
We are exploring options to reschedule the event and possibly offer a virtual experience for 2020 attendees to participate in our National Autism Awareness Month efforts. For updates, please sign up for our email subscription and FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK. We understand the gravity of the situation for all of the attendees, sponsors, and local businesses, traveling from near and far to participate. We will continue to work hard to bring you meaningful events that create more opportunities to advocate for a better quality of life for those affected by autism.
For additional resources on COVID-19 and how it affects the disability community, CLICK HERE. We appreciate your patience, and will continue to be transparent throughout this process.
The Festival is the biggest annual fundraiser and outreach event that we host to raise funds that we use to offer services to help empower, educate and support individuals affected by autism in the Greater New Orleans area. This event is a success year after year because of the support from people just like you! There are so many ways you can be involved and help us put on this wonderful event! We are seeking individuals and businesses to Sponsor the festival, Donate food, drinks, paper products, advertisement and promotional consideration, silent auction times, and anything else you think may be of use to us; Vendors and Agencies to host tables, and individuals and groups interested in Volunteering their time.
Thank you to our 2020 Sponsors!
Zuheily Lemoine- 504-621-5916
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About Our Fest
Our Annual Autism Awareness Festival is an opportunity to meet new friends, network, learn about all the resources available in the greater New Orleans area, and have a fun-filled family day! But most of all, it is a time to celebrate the individuality and many gifts and contributions our friends and family with autism bring to our community. So come on out and celebrate with us and join in supporting and improving the lives of all who are affected by autism.
Some of what our 15th Annual Autism Awareness Festival featured last year includes:
- Live Entertainment by Prism Project
- Disco Amigos
- NOLA Games on Wheels Video Game Truck
- NOLA Artbus
- Microsoft Digital Art
- Bounce Houses
- Silent Auction
- Autism Store
- Resource Agencies
- Merchandise Vendors
- Food, Drinks, Music, and more!!!
With your participation as well as your generous donations, we are able to continue to provide information and referral services through our Autism Help Line, eNewsletters, website, and social media; community and parent training events such as our Brushes, Buddies, and Beyond for Autism, Family Game Night, as well as our Mini Grant Program that provides grants to families and teachers for purchasing materials and equipment that help students with autism in their classrooms and children and adults with autism in their community. And because we are primarily an all-volunteer organization, nearly 100% of the money raised through your participation and generous donations will go towards providing these services to families living in the Greater New Orleans area and continuing our mission of improving the lives of all affected by autism.
Each year, 1 in 54 children are diagnosed with Autism. So our annual Festival not only helps raise awareness about and acceptance of autism, but it is our main fundraiser to support all who are living with autism in the Greater New Orleans area as part of our mission of improving the lives of all affected by autism. So all funds raised by the Autism Society of Greater New Orleans are spent in the Greater New Orleans area. For instance, each year we offer our mini-grant program to families and teachers to purchase materials and resources they need to support their child or student with Autism. We also started an Art Club in Chalmette and Metairie and a Family Game Night in Slidell and New Orleans. Additionally, we provide information and referral to over 1,300 families and professionals who contact us for support, subscribe to our Email list, use our local resource directory, and visit our Facebook page and website.