Aloha, As a person with autism, my sensory issues are a facet of life most people aren’t aware of. The most sensitive sensory region is my face. The threat of corona virus and state regulations are mandating I face my sensory issues by wearing a mask, pun intended. Yet my greatest mask problem loomed outside
August Message from the President – Dennis Maher
How different things are going to be this year as schools open in our community and across the country. After months of “learning at home,” our children will now be joining their classmates, navigating the excitement and anxiety of a new school year, which will include mask wearing, class bubbles, social distancing, and more. How will our children do? What can we do to prepare them? How can we help them get ready?
The wearing of masks is a challenge for all of us. It can be uncomfortable and sometimes it’s difficult to make out what people wearing masks are saying. This month we feature an article authored by ASH board member Jessica Militich entitled, “Sensory Friendly Mask Wearing.” A recent graduate of the University of Hawaii with a degree in psychology, Jessica lives with Autism.
Our website features a COVID19 tab that provides updated information from a diversity of resources. We encourage you to check it out and follow us on our social media platforms for frequent announcements.
We also encourage you to stay in touch with us, to join ASH in the days ahead, and to reach out with any questions or ideas. We look forward to being with you and our community of families in the days ahead.
“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.
The Star Advertiser posted a great article today on the new PBS Kids’ Series “Hero Elementary”. The setting of this animated series is inside a grade school where four superhero students are learning to master their special powers. Read the story by Mark Kennedy, Associated Press here: https://www.staradvertiser.com/2020/06/14/features/a-superhero-kid-with-autism-shines-in-new-pbs-kids-series/. OR visit the PBS Kids Website here:
––Dear Colleague: We are writing to ask your help to find out how families and caregivers with children, youth or adults with disabilities are doing during this unprecedented crisis with COVID-19, and what issues they are facing. The survey is online and anonymous, and is being sent to identify gaps in the current communication and
PLEASE SHARE WITH YOUR NETWORKS!! Remember: your stimulus checks will come automatically. No one is needed to get your check to you, it will come directly to you via mail or direct deposit. ________________________________________ Dear DD Council Network, We have received a few calls from self-advocates informing us that “National Disability” is calling them to
Department of Health update on persons that have (Individual Service Plans) ISP’s or their Caregivers during this period of shutdown
Download the Full Department of Health Update Here.
Estimate on autism prevalence increases to 1 in 54 children in the U.S. In a report issued by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate autism prevalence has increased by nearly 10%. The number of autism prevalence has increased from 1 in 59 to 1 in 54 children. This report reflects a continued