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AUTISM SOCIETY OF NEBRASKA

         

Autism Puzzle Walk & 5K SPOTLIGHT

Leading the pack is TEAM LOGAN!  Congratulations Logan! Thank you for setting such an amazing fundraising goal and WOW you are already over half way there! Keep up the great work!  

Be sure and check out LOGAN'S Firstgiving page at http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/Logan-Hamilton/Autism5k







OMAHA
AUTISM PUZZLE WALK & 5K

Saturday, April 28th, 2012
Chalco Hills Recreation Area
154th & Giles
Omaha, NE

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
Get signed up at www.firstgiving.com/asn

CLICK HERE FOR OUR OMAHA EVENT DETAILS!
                                                    

NORTH PLATTE'S
AUTISM PUZZLE WALK 

Saturday, May 5th, 2012
Cody Park
North Highway 83
North Platte, NE

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
Get signed up at www.firstgiving.com/asn

CLICK HERE FOR THE NORTH PLATTE EVENT DETAILS!

                                   

VIRTUAL AUTISM PUZZLE WALK
ACROSS NEBRASKA

April 2012

Are you not able to attend the walk in Omaha? Nor the one in North Platte?  No problem!  You can still rally in support of the Autism Society of Nebraska as a VIRTUAL WALKER!

You won’t have to get up early and you won’t even have to break a sweat!  It doesn’t get any better than that…does it?

Yes!  It does!  We are even giving out top prizes for our Virtual walkers and if you lead the charge across Nebraska you can win an Apple iPad2!


Registration is now OPEN!
Get signed up at www.firstgiving.com/asn

Click here to find out how YOU can join the cause!


UPDATE:  2012 Autism Puzzle Walk Design Vote-Off!


Wow! What a close race we have had this year. Two of our designs were so incredibly close in votes that we are having our first ever vote-off for the Tshirt contest. Please vote for one of the top two designs:


Missing Piece is U                           Starting Line


 Vote quickly, the voting ends on Monday, March 19.
 
All of the submissions this year were amazing and it's hard not to use each and every one. We are keeping all of these pictures for the future and want you to be on the lookout--you never know when or where you might see them again.
 
Thank you to all who submitted designs. Your creativity is amazing.
 
Click here to vote for your choice for the 2012 Autism Puzzle Walk! 
Voting closes on Monday March 19th!



 

UPCOMING EVENTS




March 20, 2012  OMAHA: Volunteer Opportunity for Autism Puzzle Walk - Mailing Party 

Are you looking for something fun and exciting to do on Tuesday night? Come help us prepare the Autism Society of Nebraska’s AUTISM PUZZLE WALK & 5K brochures for the mail! If you can peel a sticker and affix a postage stamp than you are PERFECT for the job!  We'll provide the pizza!

Tuesday, March 20th 6pm 
Autism Center of Nebraska
9012 Q Street

Please RSVP so we can have enough pizza!   http://asnmailingparty.eventbrite.com/
 

Please join us for a night of fun with games, activities, and snacks while raising money for the Autism Society of Nebraska.  This event is open to all ages and will be a family friendly evening.

Friday, March 30, 2012  6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Prairie Lane Church
3111 South 119th St
Omaha, NE

Adults: $5
Children 12 and under: $3

Please spread the word to friends, family, co-workers!  Download a flyer HERE.


Come celebrate World Autism Awareness Day with us! In celebration of the 5th annual United Nations World Autism Awareness Day, the Autism Society of Nebraska and the Autism Family Network are hosting an event at the Lincoln Children’s Museum. The museum will open on April 1 offering free admission. We will be a shining blue spotlight on the public health crisis of autism and support everyone affected by autism..  Learn more about this awesome night for our families here.


April 2, 2012
OMAHA: Kick off party for the Omaha Autism Puzzle Walk & 5K during the regular support group/ Autism Bounce Night at Pump It up  

Free admission to everyone who pre-registers for the Autism Puzzle Walk AND creates a personal fundraising page!  Not registered yet? Don’t have a fundraising page? Do computers intimidate you? No problem!  We’ll help you get it done! We will have computers and helpers to walk you through the registration process!   For more information about support group at Pump It up please visit our web site here.
 

April 7, 2012
OMAHA: Easter Egg Hunt 

The Omaha Support Group is once again teaming up with the Parent 2 Parent Program with Ollie Webb to create an accomodating event to get our families out into the community and experiencing what live has to offer!  Have you ever attended an easter egg hunt and had to deal with frustrations when you were not fast enough to collect the eggs?  Or maybe you were slowed down by your willingness to only collect red eggs or eggs with green polka dots or eggs not touching the grass.  If that sounds familiar then come hunt easter eggs with us!
Join us at Camp Brewster in Bellevue on Saturday, April 7th for an Easter Egg Hunt!
For more information visit our web site here.
 

April 7, 2012
OMAHA: AMC Theater Sensory Friendly movie - Mirror Mirror

AMC Entertainment and the Autism Society have teamed up to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities a special opportunity to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment on a monthly basis with the “Sensory Friendly Films” program.

The movie auditoriums will have their lights brought up, the sound turned down, and AMC’s “Silence is Golden®” policy will not be enforced.   There will be no previews before the film so plan to arrive early as the movie will start at 10am.   AMC is also being very generous and letting our families bring in their own GFCF snacks.   Regular concessions are also available to purchase.

Omaha’s AMC Oakview 24 Theater
3555 S 140th Plaza - Omaha
10am

Council Bluffs AMC Star 17 Theater
3220 23rd Avenue - Council Bluffs
10am


April 12-13, 2012

LINCOLN: State Autism Conference

Registration is now open for the 2012 State Autism Conference which will be held April 12-13th in Lincoln.  Download a flyer HERE or Click HERE to register online.
 

April 14, 2012
OMAHA: Sleepover at the Zoo

Come join us for a family sleepover at the Henry Doorly Zoo!  Families from the Autism Society as well as Lincoln’s Autism Family Network will be coming together to spend the night in the NEW aquarium center on Saturday, April 14th.   You don’t have to already be a member of one of our groups to join us!

This is a perfect event for everyone!  Send in your registration and plan a weekend in Omaha!  You’ve got your sleeping arrangements for Saturday already booked!  You get to spend the night at one of the nation’s top zoos!  Your camping fee even covers admission on Sunday so you can spend the entire day exploring!

The cost of the overnight stay is $30 per person.

Last year was a blast so don’t delay!  Register today!

Download a registration form HERE.

April 15, 2012

OMAHA: First United Methodist Church offers Fellowship luncheon to welcome ASD Families

Several months ago we were contacted by First United Methodist Church in Omaha. They were responding to the needs of ASD famillies within their own parish and were looking to create a sensory friendly room in the hopes of helping their families have a more successful church experience. On Sunday, April 15th in honor of Autism Awareness Month they will be hosting a Fellowship Meal in partnership with the Autism Society of Nebraska. Proceeds from this Fellowship meal will help cover the costs of a Sensory Therapy Room they are constructing to assist ASD families attending their church. They are invite ALL families from the Autism Society to join them for this event.

Download an invitation letter from Barret Scroggs their Director of Children’s Programming. April 15, 2012

 

April 20, 2012
OMAHA: Casino Night - A benefit for Autism 
Dinner. Blackjack. Poker. Roulette. Bingo. Mock-tails. Kids’s Casino. Raffles.

Nebraska Methodist College
720 N 87th St
Friday, April 20th  5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
$5 per person or $20 per family.

All proceeds will be given to the the AUTISM SOCIETY OF NEBRASKA whose mission is “to support and advocate for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families.”

Dinner included!  Present a pre-sale ticket for a BONUS!    Join us for a fun family evening!
 

April 21, 2012
OMAHA: ASD Birthday Party Luau

Our friends at the University of Nebraska - Omaha are at it again!  They’ve heard us share that our kids are often left out of birthday parties so they are throwing one in honor of our kids!   They have been working hard to put a fantastic event together for our kids. All you have to do is register and then come have a great time at the birthday party!

When: April 21st, 2012 from 11am-1pm
Where: Central High School

Download a flyer HERE!

Please RSVP prior to April 6th to bdayparty12@gmail.com to get on the birthday invitation list.  Please RSVP ASAP to help them prepare another spectacular event!



OTHER NEWSWORTHY ITEMS

HETRA's Blue Jeans and Dreams Benefit Dinner

The Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy (HETRA) is excited to announce the 12th annual “Blue Jeans and Dreams” Benefit Dinner on Saturday, March 31, 2012.  An evening of entertainment country style with great food and dancing! Doors open at 6:00 pm with a social hour and silent auction.  (More information here)

OMAHA: All Star Basketball

Great Plains Paralyzed Veterans Association and Ollie Webb Center, Inc host a Basketball League for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities.  This 6 week league runs from March 26 - May 3.  

COST:  $35 Arc Member  /  $45 Non-Arc Member

LOCATION: Great Plains PVA at 7612 Maple Street, Omaha, NE

To register please contact person Annie Anderson at the Ollie Webb Center at 346-5220, ext. 23.

Scholarships may be available.

OMAHA: Allplay Miracle Baseball league

Registration is open for the fall season of ALLPLAY’s Miracle League Baseball.  OPENING DAY is May 19th. Games will be played each Saturday morning at 9am; 10:30am; and noon.  For registration information and to learn more visit www.ALLPLAY.org .

Foster Care agencies seeing foster parents for children with special needs

Anyone who wishes to become a foster parent in Nebraska must go through a sponsoring agency, and here in Nebraska those agencies are desperately looking for families or individuals who have the skill set to help children in foster care that have special needs.  For more information about KVC, requirements to become a foster parent visit their web site at www.kvc.org .

The Autism Society received a request from KVC Behavioral Heathcare asking us to specifically share their information with our community.  Please take a moment to read their letter.

 

HETRA's Blue Jeans and Dreams Benefit Dinner

The Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy (HETRA) is excited to announce the 12th annual “Blue Jeans and Dreams” Benefit Dinner on Saturday, March 31, 2012.  An evening of entertainment country style with great food and dancing! Doors open at 6:00 pm with a social hour and silent auction.  (More information here)

OMAHA: Allplay Miracle Baseball league

Registration is open for the fall season of ALLPLAY’s Miracle League Baseball.  OPENING DAY is May 19th. Games will be played each Saturday morning at 9am; 10:30am; and noon.  For registration information and to learn more visit www.ALLPLAY.org .

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Supporting our Community Grants

100% of the funds raised by the Autism Society stays here in Nebraska to help infuse our local community. One way the Autism Society of Nebraska is trying to make a difference is through our Supporting our Community Grants.  Funding has been set aside to help individuals, families, and educators attend conferences as well as for indivdual enrichment.  Our newest addition to our grant program is our Classroom Grant where funds may be used for the purchase of classroom supplies, educational toys, sensory items, and technology for students with autism.  (More information here)

AAP T shirt Design Contest

Autism Action Partnership (AAP) is asking you to design a T shirt to celebrate Autism Awareness Month.  The winning design T shirts will be sold in the Omaha Storm Chasers front gift shop and online.  (More information here)

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