June 2021 Newsletter

Upcoming Fundraisers

July 10: 1st-Annual 4-Man Scramble Golf Tournament

August 28: 3rd Annual Aces 4 Autism Volleyball Tournament

Join Autism Society – The Heartland for our 1st Annual 4-Man Scramble Golf Tournament at Sycamore Ridge Golf Club! Event registration will include drinks, food, golf towel, green fees, and cart rental! There will also be mulligans and mini-events. This tournament is limited to the first 36 teams, so register today! 

Join Autism Society - The Heartland for our 3rd Annual Aces 4 Autism volleyball tournament at Volleyball Beach! There will be a competitive bracket for teams who have done this before, and a recreational bracket for teams new to the tournament scene. All registered players will receive an event t-shirt! Register NOW!

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T(w)een Social Group

On June 5 from 10-11am the group will meet to complete five creative writing exercises. T(w)eens can choose to share their writing with the group or keep it private. Parents are invited! Sign up here on Eventbrite for the Zoom link and password. This a social group for tweens and teens with autism, ages 11-16, who are able to participate in social events with some supervision.


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.

Nelson-Atkins art classes will resume this fall!

Support Group

Creative Writing

Join us June 1, 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 second Tuesday of every month. This month's topic of discussion will be "Workplace Environments with ASD." 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: 077874.

We are so excited to continue our A.W.A.R.E. (Adults With Autism Recreational Events) social group virtually on June 16 from 6:30-8:30pm. Please register here on Eventbrite for the June Zoom link and password! We will be doing some creative writing exercises and hear from some authors from AAPC Publishing! You can choose to share your writing with the group or keep it private. You can write science fiction, fantasy, horror, romance; anything creative to express yourself and your interests!

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Join us June 9 or June 17 for either of our TWO virtual Support Group Meetings! These will be held through Zoom. Please find more information by clicking the date you want to attend!


Autism Society - The Heartland continues our Saturday Seminar series with this month's VIRTUAL workshop Canine Companions for Independence: Services Dogs 101 with Sherri Bryant! Follow this link to register and for more information!


Summer 2021 is here! There will be many, local summer camp options this year, both in-person and online. Please see our 2021 summer camp resource list here for more information. Need financial assistance to pay for camp? Check out our scholarship program here.


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 here for more information and apply here.


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 edean2@ku.edu.

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 suswaram_suma@ku.edu.

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 brainlab@ku.edu.

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June 2021

Due to continued COVID-19 concerns in KS and MO, Autism Society - The Heartland has made the decision to cancel, reschedule, or move to a virtual format for our previously scheduled in-person events. We will continue to explore options to provide additional virtual options and supports. Our physical office at the KU Edwards Campus will remain closed until further notice, as well.


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