Autism Matters - News And Views From The Austim Society

Day on the Hill Recap and a Look Ahead

01Capitol1-300x200Two weeks ago, volunteers and staff from throughout the country came to Washington, DC to participate in our annual Day on the Hill. This year, we advocated for specific legislation related to eliminating unnecessary restraints and seclusion and also supported legislation to advance the well being and support for caregivers. While this is certainly an interesting year in Washington, DC and the jury is still out as to what can or cannot occur during this years Congressional Sessions, we remain committed each day to advocating to address the needs of all impacted by autism in an effective manner that will allow individuals to maximize their quality of life. Read more

Ask the Advocate

?Meet Jesse Lennox and his mother Dee – As we prepare for new incidence rates from the Center of Disease Control, The Autism Society wanted to hear their thoughts on the announcement and its impact on the ASD community.

Jesses Perspective
Knowing that the number of people diagnosed with autism is at 1:68 is something I wish we didn’t have to learn. It is something I don’t believe should be necessary, but I understand that it is. Until children no longer need a diagnosis to receive individualized support, we can use statistics like these to gain access to what should be available to everyone.Read more…

Advocacy Update

03department of educationThe Department of Education (DOE) has published a rather useful document for education advocates and stakeholders around the country  frequently asked questions (FAQs) document that will be housed on their ESSA webpage. DOE has prepared these FAQs to support states and Local Education Agencies in understanding expectations during the transition to full implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and will continue to update and add to these FAQs over the coming months. The Department also held a hearing with the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), ESSA Implementation in States and School Districts: Perspectives from Education Leaders. It was the Senate Committees first hearing on the implementation of ESSA. There were seven witnesses, all presenting unique perspectives on education implementation at the local, state, and federal level. The hearing focused on the role that the Department of Education will have to play in ensuring that states have the flexibility and control they need to educate their students within federal guardrails are to make sure the lowest-performing and often marginalized groups do not get ignored. The hearing ended with Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) noting that the passage of ESSA is a textbook example of how to resolve lots of points of view and still arrive at a reasonable place.

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04AS-ConfBanner2016_2(1)Registration is now open for the Autism Society National Conference and Exposition. Take advantage of our special early-bird rate and join us in New Orleans for the 47th Annual Autism Society National Conference and Exposition, July 13-16, 2016! Our conference will convene world-renowned speakers, individuals on the spectrum, educators, families, service providers and autism thought leaders from communities across the country and around the world. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and stay tuned to our website for updates. Register today! For questions, please contact:conference@autism-society.org.

05naamThere are ONLY 28 days LEFT until we kick off our annual National Autism Awareness Month celebration in April 2016! Launched in the 1970s, National Autism Awareness Month represents the time of year when we raise awareness about autism and spotlight the millions living with an autism diagnosis in the United States and around the world. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for announcements leading up to our NAAM 16 festivities!

06SesameStreetSASesame Street will be hosting two upcoming webinars on the Sesame Street and Autism project. The first webinar will be held for providers working with children and families, and the second will be geared toward early childhood educators working with children. Each discussion will offer valuable takeaways about using project resources, so we encourage individuals to join either (or both!) presentation(s). Read more…

Show your Support for Autism During National Autism Awareness Month

07autism_awareness_package (1)The Autism Society has specially prepared autism awareness items all in one package to help you show your support for autism this April. Receive an autism awareness T-shirt, Lapel Pin, Car Magnet, License Plate Frame, and Silicone Wristband. Click here to order your autism awareness package and show your support for autism during April.

Spotlight on Services

09mendabilityMendability is a scientifically driven autism therapy organization that uses simple activities and programs that you can do to enrich the child’s environment by the use of scents, touch, etc. This online program is made specifically for each child with worksheets you can administer at home for 10-15 minutes daily. They also provide trained occupational therapists to coach and provide support.

Enjoy a Sensory Friendly Film Showing in Your Neighborhood

10ssfCome out and join us for a sensory friendly showings! We’re proud to partner with AMC Theatres to bring you even more sensory friendly films. Now, join us for these special movie showings on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in addition to our regular Saturday showings at 10:00 a.m. Find out about our upcoming viewings at a participating AMC location near you!

Business Supporters

11pure vida braceletsPure Vida – Pura Vida is Spanish for pure life, a Costa Rican philosophy that encourages the appreciation of lifes simple treasures. Slowing things down, celebrating good fortune, and refusing to take anything for granted embodies this laidback lifestyle. Pura Vida means choosing to live life to the fullest. Its more than just a saying… its a lifestyle.

Bradford Online Exchange

12bradford exchangeThe Bradford Exchange – At Bradford Online Exchange, you will find everything from exclusive, limited-edition collectibles and fine jewelry, to artistic apparel, home decor, and so much more! Looking for music boxes your daughter will treasure forever? Wishing you could give personalized gifts to all your loved ones? Cruising for that one special tribute to your favorite NASCAR® driver, searching for rare coins for Dad, or a unique train set for your best friend? You’ve come to the right place.
Model Me Kids, LLC – is dedicated to producing high quality teaching tools for children with Autism, Asperger Syndrome, PDD-NOS, and developmental delays. We strive to make our products affordable so that they are accessible to both families and educators.

13model me kidsModel Me Kids, LLC – is dedicated to producing high quality teaching tools for children with Autism, Asperger Syndrome, PDD-NOS, and developmental delays. We strive to make our products affordable so that they are accessible to both families and educators.