Iowa Autism Services and Supports Survey:
The Iowa Regional Autism Assistance Program Expert Panel and Iowa Autism Council would like to hear from parents, family members, individuals, and providers. We want to know how Iowa can improve services and supports for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families. Please take a few minutes to fill out this quick survey, which will close 10/8/2021. Thank you!
Background: In early 2015, a strategic planning committee was tasked with developing a statewide strategic plan to improve services and supports for individuals with ASD and their families. The committee included family members along with educational, medical, and community service providers. The committee identified five focus areas and 13 strategies for the 5-year strategic plan with a vision to “ensure that all Iowans with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to live independent and interdependent lives within their community and to reach their full potential.” Responses will help with the update of Iowa’s Strategic Plan 2016-2021: To Improve Services and Supports for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their Families.
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN HELPING CONNECT PARENTS/GUARDIANS and AUTISTIC ADULTS TO AUTISM/NEURODIVERGENCE-RELATED RESOURCES? The Corridor Autism Resource Expo (CARE) is in need of a couple new Board Members as we are planning our October 8, 2022 event. We need people who are 1) responsible AND reliable, 2) energetic, 3) motivated to support and advocate for parents/guardians and autistic adults. The kinds of things we need help with are marketing, managing exhibitors, planning and executing the event, etc. Monthly meetings most of the year, becoming more frequent as we get closer to the event. The number of people doing this work (and other advocacy work) is very small- and honestly we are getting burned out and need help. Please consider if you might be able to commit to this work. Comment below or email me with questions: email@example.com
United Action For Youth is resuming their hangout for neurodivergent teens! All members of the neurodivergent community are welcome to attend the Swaim Youth Center’s Low Stim Night on the first Wednesday of each month from 4-7pm. There will be reduced lighting and volumes, weighted blankets, and noise-canceling headphones available. A caregiver should accompany any teen who may need 1:1 support as UAY staff is limited during these events. Snacks provided.
For more information, please contact UAY.
Sue Askeland is currently hosting groups for autistic high schoolers, grandparents of autistic individuals and for autistic self-advocates. Please click the links for more information about how to sign up and for meeting times.
Autism Society of Iowa Support Group for High School Students with Autism
- When: Wednesday Nights at 7:00 PM
- Where: Zoom links will be sent to those registered prior to weekly meetings
- Facilitator: Sue Askeland
- Click here for more information and to register for the group.
Autism Society of Iowa Self- Advocates FB Group
- Click here to register to receive information on upcoming Self- Advocates meetings.
- Click here to join the Self-Advocates FB group.
- Online support for self-advocates to discuss issues with other self-advocates throughout Iowa
Iowa City: Grandparent Support Group
Due to rising COVID numbers in our community, we are still exercising caution when organizing activities. Many of our usual events, such as library browsing hours, continue to be placed on hold for the time being. We hope that you and your family are well during this difficult time and we look forward to seeing everyone again soon.
Because of COVID-19, all in-person ICAC support groups are suspended. However, Sue Askeland is offering both Zoom meet ups for adults on the autism spectrum as well as grandparents.
To sign up for the self-advocate group, please register HERE
For information about the caregiver/grandparent meetings, please email Sue Askeland at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Iowa City Autism Community just donated four $50 Visa gift cards to Access 2 Independence these cards will go directly to the clients that they support in independent living in Cedar Rapids. They are accepting donations at their office.
Staff will be in office Thursday (today) from 10am-2pm and FRIDAY from 10am-4pm. Office is located at 1556 S 1st Ave suite b, Iowa City, IA. That’s near Wendy’s. You need to go to the back of the building. Please help those who are struggling after this disaster.
Things that are needed – tarps, plastic totes, cleaning supplies, VISA gift cards, monetary donations.