In this issue of Capitol Connection, the Autism Society’s Policy Newsletter, details of the House-passed Build Back Better Act are provided, updates on legislation related to employment, school safety, funding for special education, and an opportunity to comment on civil rights data collection are also included. The Autism Society’s Action Center provides easy steps for
“Improving the Lives of All Affected by Autism”
A community providing education and resources – the Autism Society of Hawaii serves children and adults on the autism disorder spectrum and works to develop opportunities for all those affected so that they can reach their highest potential.
PRESIDENT’S MONTHLY LETTER – December, 2021
Merry Christmas and the Happiest of Holidays!
Even though this has been a year of continuing challenges, 2021 has been rewarding and exciting because we’ve seen what can be accomplished when we connect with one another. As we begin the holiday season, it’s extremely joyful to see that we’re now all able to gather together with our families and friends. On behalf of our Board of Directors, I would like to send a special THANK YOU to all of our volunteers and friends! We are grateful to all of you for your commitment to our mission to create connections, empowering everyone in the Autism community to live fully. We look forward for all that’s to come in 2022.
The compassion and generosity of our community continues to provide us with the opportunity to create and build connections – enabling us to design and implement programs responding to the support our community has identified. Our MEET UPS (informal, social support groups) include – Sib Shops, a Gaming Group, Dad to Dad, Sensory Friendly Films, Advancing Our Futures and special activities and EMPOWER HOURS that focus on topics such as Navigating the Sea of Resources, the Journey to Financial Stability for Your Dependents, Housing, IEPs and more. In the new year we’ll begin focusing on employment and self-advocacy related sessions.
If you’re interested and would like to join us to be the change you wish to see, please consider joining with us as a volunteer. We invite you to reach out to us at email@example.com for more information and to learn about the opportunities to participate.
We wish you and your family a joyous holiday and a safe, healthy and wonderful new year! There’s so much to look forward to together because the connection is you. ™
Happy New Year!
President, Board of Directors
We’re excited to invite fathers with children on the autism spectrum to a bi-monthly Zoom coffee hour hosted by ASH President, Dennis Maher He shares your journey. Dennis’ 18-year-old son, Spencer, is on the spectrum and was non-verbal. The group meets from 9:00 – 10:00 AM HST on the first Saturday, every other month. The
The ASH Gamer Group is a monthly virtual role-playing game campaign open to teens and young adults (ages 15+). It’s hosted by Game Master Jeremy Wilson & the Autism Society of Hawaii. The Next Session will be held on Thursday, December 23, 2021, at 4:30 PM HST. Pre-registration is required. After completing the registration form
ADVANCING OUR FUTURES – An open forum for young adults on the spectrum (ages 22-40) to discuss and share the challenges they face in their daily lives. Tuesday, December 7, 2021 5:30 – 6:30 pm HST via Zoom Hosted by Jessica Militich and Joined by Advisor Jeffrey Krepps. JESSICA MILITICH Jessica is on the autism spectrum and graduated
Tournament Information With the City & County’s August 23, 2021 proclamation, our first golf tournament – Swing for the Spectrum has been rescheduled to Friday, December 3, 2021. We appreciate everyone’s understanding of our concern for the safety and health of all involved – participants, volunteers, vendors, and employees of Pearl Country Club. We look
We are preparing the final details for 2022 Upcoming Events, so please stay tuned.
More information and the opportunity to register will be available soon.
For more information send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure to check our Facebook Page and our Quarterly Newsletter for the latest info on upcoming events.
JOIN OUR BOOK CLUB!
There are all sorts of volunteer opportunities with ASH – from assisting with events, presenting at workshops, participating on a committee, or with our Board.
To learn more, contact us at email@example.com.