May 10, 2012:  Autism Awarenes Month comes to a close and the Autism Puzzle Walks wrap up!

Autism Awareness Month closes by bringing together record crowds in support of the Nebraska Autism community

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Omaha Autism Puzzle Walk & 5K

North Platte Autism Puzzle Walk

Thank you to everyone who came out for the Autism walks across the state and thank you especially to our new runner friends who came out in support of our first ever Autism Society 5K Run in Omaha!

The Autism Puzzle Walk is one day of the year but because of the community support that you helped rally around the Nebraska autism community we are better equipped to provide a lifeline for so many individuals and families throughout the ENTIRE year!  

This year we had over 1800 participants in Omaha and 200 in North Platte come together to raise over $60,000 for the Nebraska Autism Community!

Congratulations to our top fundraisers who not only helped rally the community behind our cause but they earned themselves some great prizes!

Virtual Walk Winners:

Shawn Shea - iPad2
Stephanie Lichtenberg - 4 Passes to CoCo Key Water Resort in Omaha 
Renee Alfaro - $50 Visa Gift Card

North Platte Autism Puzzle Walk Winners:
Shannon Hudson - Kindle Fire
Jennifer Melvin - Kindle
Faith Killham - iPod Shuffle

Omaha Autism Puzzle Walk & 5K Winners:
Melissa Schop - $500 Apple Gift Card
Cooper Long - $300 Apple Gift Card
Vivian Schmieding - CoCo Key Water Resort Stay and 4 passes to the waterpark
Logan Hamilton - 4 tickets / Throw first pitch at Omaha Storm Chasers Game
Patty Romshek - The Barn week of summer camp
Jason Gregory - Easter Seals week of summer camp 
Nathan Roberts -  PE 101 Birthday Party
Jack Halpenny - FujiFilm JX310 Camera, case and 4GB card
Sara Hanna - Pump It Up Birthday party

Rachelle Jones - Swimtastic Birthday party


TD Ameritrade


Davis Chiropractic
Gunn Photography
Lorrie E. Bryant, Ph. D. PC
Snyder Charleston Therapy Services



May 22, 2012

Game starts at 6:35pm
Werner Park, 12356 Ballpark Way, Papillion, NE

As one of the top fundraisers for the Autism Puzzle Walk, Logan won the opportunity to take the field!  Come cheer him on as he throws one of the first pitches to start the game!   Good luck Logan!

Pre-Registration for our group discount rate has closed but email us at if you would still like to join the fun.  We'll see if we can still get you tickets in our section so that you can still help us rally for Logan!

June 11, 2012
PARENT TRAINING:  Supporting your Child's Social Self Esteem with Jill Kuzma 

June 11, 2012 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free but must register by June 4th.  
A light snack will be provided.
This event is sponsored by the ASD Network and the Autism Society of Nebraska.

This workshop gives parents tools to help their child with positive thinking patterns, tools to help a child progress social misunderstandings, helping kids handle teasing and so much more!

Please take a moment to register with the ASD Network at 
the following link:

June 23, 2012

due to storms this event was moved from April to June 23rd.  We will stay overnight in the NEW aquarium conference center and have a short night tour of the zoo.  You will be able to enjoy the zoo teh following day after donuts and juice. The cost of the overnight stay is $30 per person.  Space is limited so register today.  

Download a registration form HERE.


Bully:  Special screening in Lincoln

Susan Swearer, professor of psychology and co-director of the Bullying Research Network, will lead a panel discussion following a free showing of the documentary “Bully.” The event is Saturday, May 12 at 9am at Lincoln’s Grand Theatre, 1101 O St.

A limited number of free tickets will be available at the theater box office. Doors open at 8:15 a.m.

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AXTELL:  Nature's Mosaic Community Day

May 30th, 2012
10am to 3pm
Nature’s Mosaic
Axtell, NE

Join Nature’s Mosaic for their First Annual Community Day. Enjoy a full day of outdoor nature activities and crafts for all ages and ability levels. There is no charge for lunch and the day’s events. Nature’s Mosaic is completely wheelchair accessible with nature trails, a fishing dock, picnic area and restrooms.

For more information contact: Debbie Herbel 308-743-2401

PARENT NIGHT:  Supporting your child's social self esteem with Jill Kuzma

June 11, 2012
6:00pm - 8:00 pm
Free but must register by June 4th
A light snack will be provided

This event is co-sponsored by the ASD Network and the Autism Society of Nebraska

Target audience:  Parents and caregivers of children who may have difficulties navigating the social world. Parents of children with and without disabilities are welcome!

This workshop gives parents tools to help their child with positive thinking patterns, tools to help a child progress social misunderstandings, helping kids handling teasing and so much more!

Jill Kuzma is a speech language pathologist / social skills trainer / ASD Staff trainer  who works with students with Asperger Syndrome, PDD-NOS, and high functioning autism and other related social needs. She works with children K-5th grade in a suburban area in Minnesota.

You can visit her web site to learn more about here at

Please take a few moments to register with the ASD Network at the following link

UNO hosts an ASD Birthday party

The University of Nebraska at Omaha  has a graduate level class that educates tomorrows professionals on Autism Spectrum Disorders.  This amazing class of students finalizes their semester with a service learning project where they put everything they learned into practice.  The Autism Society of Nebraska has been thrilled to partner with them and as you will see this is a mutually rewarding experience!

Their instructor, Dr. Mitzi Ritzman, is a well known face at our many autism events.  One particular experience that virtually all of our families face has really touched her.  Birthday parties!  These social gatherings are so incredibly difficult and as our children grow up the birthday inviation becomes virtual non-existant.  This is where our friends at UNO come into the picture!  Dr. Ritzman feels that every child should have memories of childhood birthday parties!

We had over 20 families join us this year for a spectacular Birthday celebration!  The Autism Society would like to thank the UNO students and Dr. Ritzman for helping us build memories to cherish for a lifetime!

Click here to watch a birthday video the class put together.
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