This issue of Ignite Autism Society Policy Newsletter summarizes Congress’ work on a package of legislation that represents the biggest expansion of support for people with disabilities in the community in decades. In addition, this edition includes updates on administrative policies and resources for affiliates to use in their state advocacy. Please visit the Autism Society’s Action Center 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 – September, 2021
Summer’s over! Back to school! People are returning to offices. For all of us, the past year has been a challenge – distance learning, adjusting to working at home, isolated from families, friends, and work colleagues. And just as it seemed as if we were turning a corner, we find ourselves facing COVID variants, rising infection numbers, the return of some restrictions and the possibility that we may experience even more.
During the past year and a half, ASH adjusted to engage virtually, and we continue to explore and focus energies on designing and implementing new support and educational programs for our community and network of families. However, even as we’re adapting, we remain cognizant that we must remain vigilant – wear masks, practice social distancing, limit the number of people we gather with, wash our hands, stay home when we’re feeling sick.
Thank you for joining our Support Groups, and as many of you have shared with us – we too would like these groups to be in-person. In the meantime, we invite you to join and share with us: Dad to Dad (September 4), The ASH Gamer Group (September 22), and Just for You (for older teens and young adults). During the coming months, two new groups will be launched: Advancing Our Futures for young adults (ages 25-40) hosted by our Board member Jessica Militich and “Sib Shops” for siblings hosted by Shelby Maher.
With all protocols in place, our Sensory Friendly Film outings at Olino Theatres in Kapolei have been sold out! We invite you to join us at our next film – “Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” on September 11th. A Marvel production, this should be a good one!
We’re all very excited about our first golf tournament – “Swing for the Spectrum”. With the City & County’s August 23, 2021 proclamation, 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 forward to seeing everyone in December and will continue to keep you up-to-date. For more information, please contact our tournament coordinators at email@example.com or by phone at (808) 342-0364. Following all outdoor protocols, this event at Pearl Country Club is going to be a very fun afternoon! We’re very grateful to our title sponsor, Gordon Mechanical, and more than 36 sponsors and businesses and 175 individuals throughout our community for making this event possible.
A special thank you to the Foodland Family for inviting ASH to again participate in their annual Give Aloha program. During the entire month of September, when you shop at Foodland or Sack-N-Save, you have an opportunity to donate to our organization. Any donation to ASH through this program is greatly appreciated. Go to our website (www.autismsocietyofhawaii.org) to learn more.
Stay safe and well. We look forward to seeing and hearing from you!
President, Board of Directors
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Hello, This is Jessica Miletich, a recent graduate from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Colleges are known to be challenging for everyone. But as a student on the autism spectrum, I always had unique challenges with school. Unfortunately, coursework became even more challenging when remote learning was established to protect students from the coronavirus.
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This year, Foodland and the Western Union Foundation will match each donation up to a total of at least $250,000 for all organizations combined! The program will be taking place the entire month of September. All Foodland and Sack N Save stores will accept donations. Continue reading for details on how to donate. Use this code at
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, September 22, 2021, at 4:30 PM HST. Pre-registration is required. After completing the registration form
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’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.
“Swing for the Spectrum” – December 3 (annual golf tournament). Find more information and register for this event here.
We are preparing the final details for the following upcoming events.
More information and the opportunity to register will be available soon.
- Annual Foodland “Give Aloha” program – The month of September.
- September 11 – Sensory Friendly Film – “Shang Chi and the Legend of the 10 Rings”
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.
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There are all sorts of volunteer opportunities with ASH – from assisting with events, presenting at workshops, participating on a committee, or with our Board.
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