December 2021 Newsletter

Sensory Friendly Santa Photos


We are thrilled to host this annual MEMBERS ONLY event! Sign up here for 15-20 minutes to meet with Santa on December 5, 2021. 


A.W.A.R.E. Activities

A.W.A.R.E. is a group for adults with autism (ages 18+) who are able to participate in group settings without supervision. This group meets monthly, and currently only through a virtual setting.


AWARE Support Group

Virtual Art Class

Join us December 7, 2021 from 6:30-8:30pm for our virtual A.W.A.R.E. Support Group! This group will be lead by two adult peers with ASD on the first Tuesday of every month. This month's topic of discussion will be: Family. Come ready to discuss your own experiences and find support from others in the group. To join this virtual group, please use this Zoom link and the password: 343527.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art invites you to join us for an Adult ART Class on December 9 from 6-8pm. This is an activity for adults ages 18+ on the autism spectrum. Registration is required. Want to attend? Sign up by emailing We have limited room for these classes, so get your RSVP in early to reserve your spot! The Zoom link for each class will be emailed to you on the morning of the class.

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December and January T(w)een Social Events are canceled for the holidays.  See you again in February! 



Join us December 16th for our next virtual Support Group Meeting! This will be held through Zoom. Please find more information by clicking the date!


Community Event - Film Screening!

This film discusses the issues of disability equity and inclusion. It includes a discussion group at the end. Check it out!


COVID-19 Relief Fund still available!

Autism Society - The Heartland's COVID-19 Relief Fund will provide direct financial assistance to individuals and families for groceries, essential household supplies, activities, and/or caregiver self-care opportunities with a paid, active 2020 or 2021 ASH membership. Please visit our website for more information.


Research Opportunities

Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities

University of Kansas Research Opportunity

Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training (KCART)

Are you an adult with an intellectual disability who wants a career? The Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities (KUCDD) is conducting a study to understand the effectiveness of implementing a career development intervention using telehealth for adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). The intervention uses the Self-Determined Career Design Model (SDCDM), an evidence-based intervention designed for people with IDD. If you are interested in learning more about this study or have questions please contact Evan Dean at

Suma Suswaram is recruiting parents, guardians, and adult caregivers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) for a study that examines the relationship between caregivers’ stress and child communication skills. To participate, the parents must be the primary caregiver of children between the age of 4-10 years, with a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of ASD, speak less than 30 functional words. If you or anyone you know might be interested in participating, please contact

The BRAIN Lab team is seeking individuals 8-35 years old for our studies of brain and behavioral development in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Individuals with ASD and individuals without ASD may participate. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently conducting remote assessments only. If you are interested in participating in our studies*, follow the link above and click on ENROLL IN A STUDY. For more information about study participation, or to learn about the safety procedures being implemented by our research team, contacting us at (785) 864-4461 or

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Autism Society - The Heartland continues to consult with local health departments to safely facilitate events. Our physical office is open in December (M,T,Th -10:00-1:00, W - 3:30 -6:30). We will continue to host a mixture of virtual and in-person events. Additional safety information and guidelines will be provided as we move towards hosting in-person events. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please let us know.

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