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May 2021 Toolkit- Mental Health Awareness Month

This May, our focus will be on Mental Health Awareness Month, providing support resources, statistics, and information for inclusive summer activities; additionally, we’ll continue emphasizing COVID-19 education and general COVID-19 support. Our policy resources review President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, provide details about the virtual Disability Policy Seminar held this past April, and information about the Competitive Integrated Employment Act.

Mental Health Awareness Month

Inclusive Summer Activities

COVID-19 Resources

Policy Resources

If you need any assistance with resources, you can call our helpline at 504-603-6548 and leave a message, or send us an email at info@asgno.org and we will assist you.

A donation of $20 provides one hour of personalized information and referral services to up to 5 area individuals and families.  Donate today to support our mission and the families we serve.

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Surge Adventure Park Fundraiser and Sensory Sensitive Jump Times

On April 23rd from 4 pm-8 pm Surge Adventure Park in Metairie will donate $3 of every ticket sold that mentions ASGNO!  Go out and jump to celebrate Autism acceptance Month!

They will also be hosting Sensory Sensitive Jump Times beginning April 18th on the First and Third Sundays of each month from 10 am-12 pm.

They are located at 6930 Veterans Memorial Boulevard in Metairie

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Dinner for a Cause!

Tuesday, April 20, the Reginelli’s in the Greater New Orleans area (and Haagen-Dazs on the Westbank!) are joining forces for a delicious fundraiser for ASGNO! Just mention us when you order and they will share 10% of your purchase with us. Have a no-cook night AND support our mission and programs at the same time!

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Kendra Scott GivesBack to ASGNO!

Kendra Scott in Lakeside mall will be doing a Giveback event for our organization! 20% of proceeds will be donated to us from sales mentioning ASGNO made in-store on April 17th from 1-3pm and online from April 17th-18th using the code GIVEBACK-1ASP.

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JamNOLA supports ASGNO!

JAMNOLA will be donating a portion of all regular priced ticket sales made during April through THIS LINK to our organization!

We also partnered with them to develop a Soft Sensory Experience on April 17th from 9-10 AM which will include accommodations such as:

  • Lower music volume throughout the exhibit
  • Even lighting / no strobe lights
  • Storytellers will prepare you for the next room prior to entering
  • Plus more details to make the tours a softened sensory experience! 

Buy Tickets Now!

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Autism Society of Greater New Orleans continues to #CelebrateDifferences and Advocates for April to be Federally Designated Autism Acceptance Month

HEADLINE: Autism Society of Greater New Orleans continues to #CelebrateDifferences and Advocates for April to be Federally Designated Autism Acceptance Month

SUB-HEADER: Autism Society of Greater New Orleans builds an inclusive society for the autism community to live fully through connection and acceptance.

March 18, Metairie, LA – This April, The Autism Society of Greater New Orleans celebrates differences as it works to build an inclusive society where individuals with autism live fully through connection and acceptance. The Autism Society of Greater New Orleans is advocating for lawmakers to federally and globally designate April as Autism Acceptance Month (AAM), a shift from the commonly used phrase “Autism Awareness Month.” They have successfully advocated alongside the other Autism Society affiliates of Louisiana for Governor Edwards to issue a proclamation declaring April to be Autism Acceptance Month in Louisiana.

“While we will always work to spread awareness, words matter — the need for acceptance is greater than ever, as we strive for autistic individuals to live fully in all areas of life,” states Christopher Banks, President and CEO of the Autism Society of America. “Many individuals and organizations recognize April as “Autism Acceptance Month” and we hope that our advocacy efforts can officially designate April as such, and create language consistency across this community.”

This name change will build momentum around the Autism Society of Greater New Orleans mission for communities to be more aware of autism, promote acceptance, and to become more inclusive in everyday life. Designed to build awareness of the realities of autism, #CelebrateDifferences encourages autistic individuals and their families to live full, quality lives through connection and acceptance. #IAmMe is introduced to empower autistic individuals by highlighting strengths. The Autism Society of Greater New Orleans challenges its audience to share photos of themselves doing a favorite activity, to showcase pride and promote acceptance. 

“Progress towards fostering a culture of acceptance begins with each member of our community accepting autistic individuals for who they are. When we do not practice acceptance, we send the message that the individual is not valued.” Says Dr. Lisa Settles, Psy. D., President of the Autism Society of Greater New Orleans. “Fostering acceptance in our community is critically important to improving opportunities in education, employment, accessible housing, affordable health care and comprehensive long-term services and supports.”

In the United States, the autism prevalence rate has risen from 1 in 125 children in 2010, to 1 in 54 in 2021–recognizing this continued increase, The Autism Society of Greater New Orleans’ goal for AAM is to further increase awareness about autism signs, symptoms and opportunities through: information and referrals, events, printable and digital resources, and community partnerships. Awareness leads to acceptance, which is often one of the biggest barriers to finding and developing a strong support system throughout the lifespan.

As stated by their President Dr. Settles, the Autism Society of Greater New Orleans understands the importance of fostering acceptance to ignite change through improved support and opportunities in education, employment, accessible housing, affordable health care and comprehensive long-term services and supports. 

Throughout the month of April, the Autism Society of Greater New Orleans will share resources designed to inform and encourage communities to celebrate differences, and become more inclusive of individuals with autism. The campaign will overlap with World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd, and continue throughout the month. These resources will be made available on social media for sharing as well as on www.asgno.org for download.

Learn how you can #CelebrateDifferences by visiting www.asgno.org to learn more.

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The Autism Society of Greater New Orleans is dedicated to improving the lives of autistic individuals, their families, and all those who serve them in the Greater New Orleans area.  They provide free information and referral services, free virtual support and social groups, and educational information.  All funds donated to ASGNO stay in the GNO area to support their programs.

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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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