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“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 – JULY, 2021


Aloha!

July – 4th of July, BBQs, Picnics, Vacations . . . Gatherings with family and friends. What a difference a year makes! How wonderful it is to be able to be together with others. We’re thankful that you are all safe, and we’re looking forward to the days ahead and seeing you all soon.

This Saturday, July 3rd, we’ll be hosting our bi-monthly DAD TO DAD, an informal virtual conversation hosted for our community of fathers. To register, simply send an email to autismhi@gmail.com and you’ll receive the Zoom link. Our second SENSORY FRIENDLY FILM will be held on July 31st, and we invite you to join us to view JUNGLE CRUISE. And THE ASH GAMER GROUP will be meeting on July 21st at 4:30 pm. For information on these and future events, visit our website at www.autismsocietyofhawaii.org.

Please save the date for ASH’s first golf tournament – SWING FOR THE SPECTRUM on September 17 at Pearl Country Club. We’re looking forward to a special day of fun, food, games, and joining together in support of our mission on behalf of our community of families living with autism. For more information on the tournament, go to www.swingforthespectrumash.com.

As I look back over the course of the past year and think about the importance of independence, I encourage and invite you to join us to work together to continue to support and empower our families and everyone living with Autism. We are a resilient and compassionate community, and one I’m proud to be a part of.

We continue to evolve with the pandemic and learned how to adapt to distance learning and work.  We’ve discovered new ways to be together even though we’ve been physically apart.  And in the process, we see how resilient we are, how flexible we can be, and how compassionate we are as a community.

If you have any suggestions or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly at autismhi@gmail.com.

Have a safe and wonderful summer! We look forward to seeing you soon. As always, we’re in this together!

Sincerely,


Dennis Maher
President, Board of Directors

Priming for Vaccination

By: Jessica Militich After a year in lockdown, COVID19 vaccines are finally out! Each person who gets the vaccine slows the spread of COVID19 and all its variants. So, please get the vaccine. No worries! This article isn’t another encouragement to get the vaccine! This article is written about priming people on the autism spectrum

Ignite! June Newsletter

This month’s Ignite! Autism Society Policy Newsletter includes a summary and table of the President’s Budget released on May 28. There are also brief updates on legislation related to home and community-based services, child abuse prevention, Social Security, and state advocacy in education. Please visit the Autism Society’s Action Center with new sample letters to

Upcoming Events

Autism 101

AUTISM 101 – an introduction to the autism spectrum. Participants will learn about the defining characteristics of autism, variability and presentation of behaviors associated with autism, prevalence and etiology, therapies and behavioral interventions, and additional resources for more information. Wednesday, July 28, 2021 6:30 – 8:00pm HST Presenter:  Sarah Doyle, PhD Program & Outreach Director

ASH Gamer Group – 7/21/21

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 Wednesday, July 21, 2021, at 4:30 PM HST. Pre-registration is required. After completing the registration form

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Summer Resources

Summertime Socialization and Skill Building 21 Interesting and Fun Activities for Teenagers with Autism 10 Hobbies and Activities to Enjoy with Your Autistic Child

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Dad to Dad Coffee Hour Dates

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 normally meets from 9:00 – 10:00 AM HST on the first Saturday, every other month.

We are preparing the final details for the following upcoming events.

More information and the opportunity to register will be available soon.

“Swing for the Spectrum” – September 17 (annual golf tournament). Find more information and register for this event here.

For more information send an email to autismhi@gmail.com.

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 autismhi@gmail.com.


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