May 2021 Newsletter

THANK YOU for celebrating Autism Acceptance Month (AAM)!

THANK YOU from our Board of Directors to all who helped us celebrate Autism Acceptance Month! Throughout April, we were dedicated to sharing resources, events, and support for our community and beyond. Our efforts aimed to spread awareness, promote acceptance, and ignite change. Thank you, again, to all who donated, attended our fundraisers, and helped to spread awareness to better #CelebrateDifferences!

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T(w)een Social Group

Our next virtual event will be on June 5 from 10-11am!

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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!

 Among Us

Support Group

We are so excited to continue our A.W.A.R.E. (Adults With Autism Recreational Events) social group virtually on May 19 from 6:30-8:30pm. Please register here on Eventbrite for the May Zoom link and password! Play the new virtual game Among Us! Play online with us as you attempt to hold your spaceship together and return back to civilization. But beware...as there may be an alien impostor aboard!

Join us May 4, 2021 from 6:30-7:30pm 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 "What Is Your ASD to You?" 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: 361280.

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Join us May 12 or May 20 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!

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Autism Society - The Heartland continues our Saturday Seminar series with this month's VIRTUAL workshop Camp is for EVERYONE - Information & Live Q&A with Kristi Loftus from Camp Encourage! Follow this link to register and for more information!

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Summer 2021 is coming soon! 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!

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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.

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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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 May 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 throughout the entire month of May, as well.

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THANK YOU to our 5K/1K Fun Run Sponsors!

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