Autism Awareness

April Message From Dennis


We hope that all of our families are managing the current situation with being somewhat, if not totally, quarantined as best you can! We know this must be a difficult time for all of you and our thoughts and prayers are for a quick resolution to this crisis and that you all remain healthy through it all.

April is National Autism Awareness Month, and along with affiliates across the country with similar events and celebrations, we were scheduled to hold our annual “Hele for Autism and Resource Fair on April 11th. Regrettably, we made the difficult decision to postpone our event until Saturday, May 30th. As we all navigate through the challenging days ahead, and as we learn together how to care for our families, it’s even more important that we continue to work together to enhance understanding, promote acceptance, and inspire transformation.

We will continue to keep you updated by social media and on our website. As well, we encourage you to visit for additional resources and information or call the National Helpline at 1(800)3-AUTISM.

On behalf of the entire Autism Society of Hawaii family, we wish you well and thank you for your compassion, commitment and support of our community and our mission to serve children and adults on the autism disorder spectrum and work to develop opportunities for those affected so that they can reach their highest potential.

Take care,

Dennis Maher
President – Board of Directors
Autism Society of Hawaii

Department of Health update on persons that have(Individual Service Plans) ISP’s or their Caregivers during this period of shutdown

CDC Estimate on Autism Prevalence Increases by Nearly 10%

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 increase in the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the United States.  – Read More

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Federal Coronavirus Website and Guide to State Lockdowns

Federal Coronavirus Website:

Website includes specific resources and information for:

  • Travelers
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A Guide to State Coronavirus Lockdowns: (best using Chrome or Edge)
State lockdown measures imposed across the U.S. vary in the scope and severity of the limits on where people may travel, work and shop away from their homes. Here are highlights of the orders in the largest states.
(Source: The Wall Street Journal)

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COVID-19 Resources: Specific for Individuals with I/DD and ASD and their families

Below you will find some resources that are specific for individuals with I/DD and ASD and their families. This information/message was distributed to the subscribers of the University of Colorado Denver “JFKPARTNERS” list.

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2020 Census Information

Once every 10 years the Census Bureau fulfills a constitutionally mandated count of every person living in the United States. The data collected from the Census help provide federal funding and key programs that support and protect the rights of people with disabilities. Please download and review the two accompanying documents to learn more.

Special Olympics Hawaii - Important Update on COVID-19

A Message from Nancy Bottelo – President & CEO Special Olympics Hawaii

To our Special Olympics Hawaii Ohana,

I hope that this message finds you safe and healthy. As the situation with COVID-19 continues to develop, Special Olympics Hawaii has made the decision to cancel or postpone all Special Olympics Hawaii events (including practices, competitions and fundraisers, and Summer Games) through May 31, 2020. With guidance from Special Olympics International, CDC, State, and County Officials and input from stakeholders, we felt that these actions are necessary to keep all participants safe and do our part to contain the spread of this fast-moving virus.

These actions include the cancellation of the following:
• All practices and sports competition activities through the end of May, including ALL Area, Regional competitions and Summer Games
• Holoholo Walking Club and Toastmasters meetings through the end of May
• Preschool Play Days through the end of May

Additionally, please note that:
• Unified Champion School activities will be determined by the Department of Education and/or their respective school(s). Please check with that school directly for information on activities.
• All Torch Runs will be a postponed to dates later in the year.
• The Polar Plunge and Cheer for Champions fundraising events have been postponed.
• Participants in all postponed events will be notified as events are re-scheduled.

We know that canceling events is truly disappointing for the athletes who work so hard for the chance to compete – as well as for the coaches, volunteers, family, and our staff and board who support them and look forward to cheering them on. But we also know that our love of sport doesn’t compare to the importance of protecting the health and safety of all involved.

With no practice and competition in the coming weeks and months, we worry about both the physical and mental the health of our athletes and stakeholders. For many of our athletes, Special Olympics is a lifeline for both physical activity and social activity. Therefore, SOHI is introducing home fitness and health programs, with a social component this week, available to all SOHI stakeholders. Please go to our website for more information.

How can you help during this difficult time? While volunteer and coaching opportunities are suspended for the moment, we need our community now more than ever! Here are a few ways you can help:

  • Make a donation! As a result of the COVID-19 situation we have had to cancel/postpone three of our largest annual fundraisers, Tip a Cop, Polar Plunge and Cheer for Champions, which provide vital funding for our work. Please considering giving.
  • Reach out to an athlete. Many of our athletes are socially isolated and have lost critical social connections due to COVID-19. Let them know they are not forgotten. You can post your message on the Special Olympics Hawaii Facebook page at
  • Support One Another. We know our Special Olympics Hawaii ohana is the most caring and generous. During this difficult time don’t forget to care for yourself as you care for others. Your health and well-being are extremely important.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this constantly changing environment and strive to make the best possible decisions with the safety and well-being of our athletes and all constituents at the forefront. Please visit our website ( for the latest information and updates.

With much aloha,

Nancy Bottelo
President & CEO
Special Olympics Hawaii

Hele for Autism Walk & Resource Fair

Autism Society of Hawaii Postpones “HELE for Autism and Resource Fair 2020”


March 16, 2020

Autism Society of Hawaii Postpones “HELE for Autism and Resource Fair 2020”

Amid COVID-19 Concerns

HONOLULU – The Autism Society of Hawaii announced today the postponement of the nonprofit organization’s annual “HELE for Autism and Resource Fair 2020” scheduled for April 11 at Ala Moana Beach Park’s Magic Island.

The Autism Society of Hawaii’s President Dennis Maher said, “We are greatly disappointed that we must postpone our walk. However, with the current escalation of COVID-19 cases in Hawaii and the Hawaii Department of Health’s recommendation to cancel any public event with more than 100 attendees, we feel that it is in the best interests of our families, sponsors, exhibitors, entertainers and volunteers that we postpone this event.”

We have been monitoring this situation in our community very closely, and have been in very close contact with the City and County Parks Department.  With them, we have been able to coordinate a later date of May 30, 2020, for our event at Ala Moana Beach Park’s Magic Island.

We want to thank all of our walkers, families and friends, sponsors, and exhibitors for their commitment to a successful event and look forward to seeing all of you on May 30th.

Our sponsors for this year’s event include Honolulu Star Advertiser, Beachside Roofing, Hawaiiana Management, In Control, Island Flooring, Zelinsky Painting, Orbit Sales, Innovated Installers, Aloha Behavioral Practices, Anuenue Behavioral Analysts and Autism Behavioral Consulting Group.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Autism Society of Hawaii at (808)342-0364 or Updates can also be found on our website at

About The Autism Society of Hawaii

The Autism Society of Hawaii is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to “Improve the Lives of those affected by Autism and Their Families”

March Message from Dennis

As we begin the Spring Season, we look forward to celebrating love, hope and growth.  And it’s a time when we look forward to seeing our families at our “3rd Annual HELE for Autism & Resource Fair” at Magic Island on Saturday, April 11th.  This is a wonderful opportunity for us to gather as a family, make new friends, and join with others for a day of fun, games, and networking!  As well, the walk provides us with an opportunity to create greater awareness in our community about Autism and our organization’s mission, events and programs.

For more information about participation as a walker, sponsor or volunteer, go to the link on the homepage of our website.

2020 promises to be an exciting year for us as we welcome Sandy Schuffler from the Big island to our Board of Directors, and an enhanced schedule of events is being designed by another member of our Board, Ember Freitas.  We are so grateful for each of our volunteers!

We invite you to join with us and experience the love and support of everyone in our community of friends and family.  If you would like to learn more about ASH, or if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at: or (808) 342-0364.


Dennis Maher
President, Board of Directors

Sensory Friendly Film Disney's ONWARD!!!

Sensory Friendly Film Disney’s ONWARD!!!

Come join us for the first Sensory Friendly Film of 2020 – Disney’s ONWARD!!!!

Sat, March 14, 2020 from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM HST

Disney’s ONWARD!!! will be at Consolidated Theatres Ward with TITAN LUXE | 1044 Auahi Street, Honolulu, HI 96814

Purchase your tickets now for the March 14th showing at Consolidated Ward Theaters.

The doors will open at 8:30 am and the movie will begin at 9:30 am sharp!!

Visit Eventbrite to purchase your tickets today!