Our July Toolkit focuses on focuses on strengthening family bonds, inclusive summer activities, and back-to-school prep; additionally, we’ll continue emphasizing COVID-19 vaccination information and general COVID-19 support. Our policy resources review schools reopening and rights for students with 504s and IEPs, the Keeping All Students Safe Act, long-term care serving individuals with intellectual disabilities, and the State Advocacy Toolkit to advocate for COVID-19 funding for targeted programs.
Strengthening Family Bonds
- The Warner Family Story
- Autism & The Family Dynamics Facebook Live episode
- Building Sibling Relationship Panel
- 8 Ways to Build a Strong, Loving Bond With Your Autistic Child
Inclusive Summer Activities
- 30 Summer Fun Activities
- Lessons from the Autism Community During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- What to Look for In a Summer Camp During COVID-19
- Back to School: A Global Discussion
- Helping Students with Autism Navigate Back-to-School Time
- Is The Pandemic A Chance To Reimagine Special Education?
- Tips for Transitioning Kids on the Autism Spectrum Back to School During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Returning to Life with Autism in a Post-Pandemic World
- Children With Autism Need a Post-Covid Boost
- Autism Society of America Encourages Autism Community to Vaccinate Eligible Adolescents as the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Receives EUA
- The Office for Civil Rights, under the Department of Education, recently published updated guidance regarding reopening and rights for students with 504s and IEPs.
- The Keeping All Students Safe Act (KASSA) will make it illegal for any school that receives federal funds to seclude a child or use dangerous restraint practices that restrict breathing.
- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a rule that will ensure long-term care serving clients with intellectual disabilities.
- Check out this State Advocacy Toolkit to advocate for COVID-19 funding for target programs.
The Autism Society of Greater New Orleans is here to support you with our Information and Referral Program. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our voicemail system at 504-603-6548 and we will return your inquiry.
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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.
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!
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.
Having the skills and ability to swim is both fun AND important for safety! Many conventional swim lesson programs are not appropriate for individuals on the Autism Spectrum. ASGNO has compiled a list of all of the adaptive swim lesson programs suitable for individuals on the Autism Spectrum in the GNO area. CLICK HERE to see the list! If you have any questions,comments,concerns, or a program to add to this list please email us at email@example.com!
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Use Discount Code ND-095 when booking a cruise with Autism on the Seas (AotS) and they will make a donation on your behalf to the Autism Society of Greater New Orleans (ASGNO)! And each family that uses the Donation Code will receive a $25 Onboard Credit for use during their cruise!
Book a 5 night (or longer) cruise and AotS will donate $100 to ASGNO. Book a 2-4 night cruise and AotS will donate $50 to ASGNO. All you have to do is use Discount Code ND-095 when booking your cruise. Donations will apply only to guests who have not cruised with Autism on the Seas in the past. Visit their website at www.AutismOnTheSeas.com for pricing, availability, and additional information.