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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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Autism Prevalence Rate Increase

The CDC has published their Biennial Autism Prevalence Report and has yet again increased the prevalence rate from 1 in 59 to 1 in 54 children diagnosed with ASD each year.  It is still unclear if the increase is due to an increased risk of developing ASD, or if it is due to an increase in awareness and diagnosis.  Learn more in this article by the Autism Society of America.

Regardless of the reasons underlying the consistent increase in autism prevalence in the US, it is vital that we continue our work to create communities that are inclusive, accommodating, and accepting of individuals with autism.  The Autism Society of Greater New Orleans is committed to furthering our mission to improve the lives of all affected by autism.

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Sensory Sensitive Breakfast with Santa

Join us on Sunday, December 15 from 9am – 11am for a Sensory Sensitive Breakfast with Santa experience at the beautiful English Turn Golf Course! There is a limited number of tickets available and the deadline for ticket sales is Sunday, December 8 so buy your tickets now before time (or availability) runs out!

The cost to attend is $20 per person (Under 3 is free). Siblings are also encouraged to attend and will be included in the gift-giving.

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Spirit Nights at Chick-Fil-A Harvey

Join us on the 2nd Thursday of every month at Chick-fil-A Harvey at 1128 Manhattan Blvd. in Harvey, LA between 4:00 PM and 9:00 PM. Let them know when you place your order (in-store or in the drive thru) that you are with the Autism Society and we’ll get a percentage of your sale donated directly to us!

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National Autism Awareness Month #Celebrate Differences

If you believe like we do that celebrating differences is great then help support the Autism Society of Greater New Orleans. When you get involved, you can make a difference in the lives of those living with autism. Here’s how you can get involved:

SHARE

Stay in the Know

  • Sign up to receive the latest information and resources through our e-newsletter.
  • Follow The Autism Society of Greater New Orleans on
  • Talk to your Loved Ones
  • Start a conversation today. Simply by talking about autism and the important steps people can take to help will show support for individuals and families living with autism.
  • Link to downloadable pocket guide

ACT 

  • Use your voice. Take action and stand up for individuals and families living with autism.

LEARN 

Learn about the issues impacting individuals and families living with autism.

  • Check out all of the amazing resources provided by Families Helping Families of Greater New Orleans
  • Contact our Autism Helpline by calling us at 504-464-5733 OR by emailing us at info@asgno.org.  We are here to help you find resources and services in our local area, provide information and education, and offer support to all in the Greater New Orleans area who are living with Autism.

GIVE

  • Donate. Support the work we do. Your support enables us to run our Information and Referral Program, our Annual Mini-Grant Program, and to continue to expand the services that we provide in the GNO area.
  • Volunteer [link to opportunities where people may volunteer their time].

Working together, we can show the world how great different can be.

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Autism Society of Greater New Orleans (ASGNO)
P.O. Box 7028
Metairie, LA 70010

(504) 464-5733

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