October 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. There are only 15 slots available so sign up early to reserve your spot!


Inagural 4-Man Scramble Golf Tournament

Join Autism Society – The Heartland for our 1st Annual 4-Man Scramble Golf Tournament at Sycamore Ridge Golf Club on October 8, 2021 with shotgun at 9:00am!! Event registration will include drinks, food, golf towel, green fees, and cart rental! There will also be mulligans, mini-events, and a silent raffle! This tournament is limited to the first 36 teams, so register today! 


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.

Support Group

Virtual Art Class

Pumpkin Decorating

Join us October 5, 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 open to anything! 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: 819314.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art invites you to join us for an Adult ART Class on October 14 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 Duffymp@umkc.edu. 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.

We are so excited to continue our A.W.A.R.E. (Adults With Autism Recreational Events) social group virtually on October 20 from 6:30-8:30pm. Please register here on Eventbrite for the September Zoom link and password! We will decorate pumpkins together online! Join our Zoom meeting to show us your Jack-O-Lantern or painted pumpkin! You must bring your own supplies to the meeting.

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Join us October 21 for our next virtual Support Group Meeting! This will be held through Zoom. Please find more information by clicking the date!


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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October 2021

Autism Society - The Heartland continues to consult with local health departments to safely facilitate events. Our physical office remains closed again this month, as we will continue to move towards 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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