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March 2021 Toolkit-Developmental Disabilities Month, Women and Autism

This month our focus will be on Developmental Disabilities Month, and highlights women and autism for National Women’s History Month; additionally, we’ll continue emphasizing COVID-19 Vaccine education and general COVID-19 support. Our policy resources review upcoming Disability Policy Seminar details and information about our COVID-19 action alert – additional information will be shared accordingly.

Autism and Gender & National Women’s History Month

Developmental Disability Month

COVID-19 Resources

Policy Resources

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December 2020-Holiday Support

As we endure the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, this December our main focus will be to continue providing urgent COVID-19 resources, as well as holiday support. We have also included relevant policy information for the upcoming legislative goals and transition.

This holiday season will be different due to social distancing guidelines, which may leave some feeling lonely or anxious. These resources are to help you find ways to celebrate safely while still connecting with loved ones.

HOLIDAY RESOURCES

COVID-19 SUPPORT

POLICY RESOURCES

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January 2021-New Year, New Beginnings

New Year, New Beginnings! This January will mark the start of a new chapter for our country after a year filled with extreme challenges. Of course, COVID is still a harsh reality, but with a new vaccine on the horizon, we want to focus on the positives while still providing resources and support. Our January Toolkit also aims to provide ways to create healthy habits at home and winter activities that are still available during COVID.

COVID-19 VACCINE

  • The Autism Society of America released an official statement on the COVID-19 Vaccine.
  • The Autism Society has enlisted the support of other national disability organizations to unite and urge the autism community to be vaccinated as distribution becomes possible. Individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities are at a greater risk for severe complications and death from COVID-19, especially if they have underlying health conditions or are living in congregate settings.

COVID-19 RESOURCES

CREATING HEALTHY HABITS:

COVID FRIENDLY WINTER ACTIVITIES

POLICY RESOURCES

  • The Autism Society of America participated in the drafting of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) policy recommendations for the incoming 117th Congress and the Biden-Harris Administration outlining the needs of people with disabilities and their families. These recommendations have been shared with the Biden transition team and the congressional leadership of the House and Senate.
  • CCD recommendations for the incoming Congress
  • CCD recommendations for the Administration
  • CCD is the largest coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for federal public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration, and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.
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February 2021-Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, the top focus for our February Toolkit is on Autism and Race. There are significant disparities that exist in education, healthcare and support services for autistic individuals of color. Our aim is to shine a spotlight on these inequities, and provide more information and resources related to autism and race.

The toolkit also provides resources for Relationship Building & Socialization, COVID-19 Vaccine education and continued COVID-19 support.

Autism & Race

Relationship Building & Socialization

COVID-19 Support Resources

Policy Resources

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November 2020-National Caregivers Month

The Autism Society of America will be proudly celebrating, supporting and empowering caregivers across the country in honor of National Caregivers Month. This month will also shine a spotlight on several other topics including Giving Tuesday, continued COVID-19 support and tips to stay healthy throughout flu season.

National Caregivers Month Related Resources: Future Planning & Respite

Staying Healthy during Flu Season

Affiliate Highlights

  • The Autism Society of Southern Arizona has partnered up with PLAYFORMANCE to host virtual meet-ups for teens with Autism for a fun and interactive experience from the comfort of home.
  • The Autism Society of Central Virginia is hosting a conference series of weekly presentations featuring topics for self-advocates, caregivers, and professionals, providing valuable information and resources for the autism community.
  • The Autism Society of San Diego successfully hosted their first ever online talent competition and fundraiser to showcase the talents of children and adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Check out this year’s winner, DJ Jonah “J The King” Parks from Carlsbad.
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October 2020-National Disability Employment Awareness Month

The Autism Society of America and the Autism Society of Greater New Orleans are proud to recognize October 2020 as the 75th-anniversary celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, as well as the final push toward voting registration and election information before the November 3 Election.

Our October 2020 Toolkit focuses on the continuation of our voter registration campaign, as well as providing relevant, practical resources for professionals and advocates to assist in finding employment opportunities for individuals on the autism spectrum. This month, we hope to provide the autism community with the resources necessary to navigate both employment and the 2020 Election in the wake of COVID-19.

NDEAM Resources

2020 Election Resources

  • Autism Society’s 2020 Election Homepage
  • Autism Society’s Election Center: sample ballot and registration information by simply putting in zip code.
  • AAPD #CriptheVote Presidential Election 101: Information about all Candidates Platform and History related to Disability Policy.
  • #CripTheVote – AARP Blogabout Presidential Candidates and related disability policy information.

Voting Resources

Affiliate Highlights

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September Toolkit-2020 Election: What You Need to Know

This September, the Autism Society knows that the importance of the 2020 U.S. election cannot be understated, no matter which side of the isle you’re on. That’s why our September 2020 Toolkit focuses on the initiation of our voter registration campaign, designed to encourage eligible individuals in the disability community to vote in the upcoming election.

Our goal this month is to provide the autism community with the resources necessary to navigate the 2020 Election year in the wake of COVID-19. Additionally, the September toolkit provides more back-to-school resources for various COVID-19 education models, as well as parent checklists.

2020 Election Resources

  • Autism Society’s 2020 Election Homepage
  • Election Center – view sample ballot and registration information for your region simply by putting in your zip code
  • AAPD #CripTheVote Presidential Election 101: Information about all candidate platforms and history related to disability policy
  • #CripTheVote – AARP Blog about Presidential Candidates and related disability policy information

Voting Information

Back-To School Resources

Affiliate Highlights

Autism Society of Alabama‘s “Take and Make” for parents, supplying teachers with visual aids, hands-on educational and sensory items.
Autism Society Coachella Valley’s “Bring Back the 90s” Music Bing (and Dance Party) Virtual Fundraiser
Autism Society of Northern Virginia’s Presidential Candidate Forum: Biden Campaign, discussing Biden’s disability platform
Collaboration: Autism Society Howard County & Autism Society Baltimore are hosting a joint event, Every Step Counts Autism Walk and 5K Run

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August 2020- Back to School: “The New Normal,” IEP Resources, Public Policy, and Advocacy

Back to School: “The New Normal,” IEP Resources, Public Policy, and Advocacy – August 2020 Toolkit

This August, the Autism Society of America and the Autism Society of Greater New Orleans are dedicated to providing the autism community with the valuable resources necessary for the ever-changing landscape of back to school during COVID-19. Our goal is to provide resources to help autistic individuals and families as they navigate the “New Normal” of education during the COVID-19 crisis this summer.

Below we have compiled a digital toolkit of resources, information, referrals, and support to help autistic individuals and their families navigate Back to School and IEP information, as well as public policy and advocacy highlights to assist in transitions during the pandemic.

Resources for Back to School Adjustments

Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Resources

Public Policy and Advocacy

Affiliate Highlights

Howard County Autism Society’s “Homeschooling Children with Special Education Needs: Important Considerations
Autism Society North Carolina’s “Addressing School Concerns During COVID-19
Post Secondary Transition Assistance by Autism of Society of Iowa

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ASGNO Launches New Programs in Response to COVID-19

The Autism Society of Greater New Orleans is dedicated to improving the lives of all affected by autism. To further this mission during the global crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, ASGNO is offering a variety of virtual programs and resources aimed to decrease feelings of isolation, boredom, and stress for the families in our area. We are working diligently to expand what we are able to offer during this time, so check back frequently!

Click here to see more information about our new programs

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National Autism Awareness Month #CelebrateDifferences

The Autism Society works everyday to measurably improve the quality of life for individuals and families affected by autism. For National Autism Awareness Month, we aim to spread awareness, promote acceptance, and ignite change. Take the Pledge today to raise $50 this month to support our programs!
We need YOUR help to get our message out there!
Spread Awareness
  • Share our posts and infographics on social media as we post them throughout the month
  • Share information about the Autism Society and how our affiliate and others are advocating for and serving our communities
  • Contact your legislators to let them know what issues are important to you and your family
Promote Acceptance
  • Share your family’s story with the hashtag #CelebrateDifferences
  • Promote local businesses with inclusive policies
  • Follow one new self-advocate (or self-advocacy organization) on social media and share their information
Ignite Change
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