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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

  9:00 am -  5K run  (8:00 registration)
10:30 am -  Autism Puzzle Walk (9:00 registration)

9:00 am - 12:00pm  Join us for a free continental breakfast, boucne houses, carnival games, face painting and fun for the whole family!

Register now!  Early Bird Registration ends April 15th!
$30 - 5K run 
$40 - Walk: Household Registration
     ($65 after April 15th)
$15 - Walk: Individual Registration
     ($25 after April 15th)

Top Indivdiual Fundraisers will win a $500 apple gift card, $300 apple gift card, digital camera, a stay at CoCo Keys waterpark in Omaha, a week at Easter Seals camp, birthday party packages at local businesses and even the chance to throw out a first pitch for the Omaha Storm Chasers! 


5K

  • Packet pickup and late registration is available on Friday, April 27th from 10am - 6pm at Peak Performance (519 N 78th St) in Omaha.  Packets may also be picked up at Chalco beginning at 8am on race day.
  • Top three male and female finishers in each age group will receive medals.  Overall male and female will receive a medal and prize.
  • All participants registered prior to April 15th will receive technical shirts.  After April 15th, runners will receive an event T shirt based on size availability.
  • All participants receive a free continental breakfast.
  • All particicipants registered prior to April 15th will be eligible to receive awesome early bird door prizes!
  • All participants and their fans should come out and enjoy the family focused carnival with bounce houses, face painting and lots of carnival games!

Walk participants

  • All participants receive a free continental breakfast.
  • All participants registered prior to April 15th will be eligible to receive awesome early bird door prizes!
  • All participants and their FANS should come out and enjoy the family focused carnival with bounce houses, face painting and lots of carnival games!

It is time to vote for the 2012 Autism Puzzle Walk Shirt Design!

Click here to vote for your choice for the 2012 Autism Puzzle Walk! 
Voting closes on March 15th.



Choice A:  Hand Prints

Choice B: Autism is in our Hearts

Choice C:  Missing Piece is U

Choice D:  Starting Line

Choice E:  Following the Rainbow

Choice F:  Hi Five for Autism


 

UPCOMING EVENTS


March 3, 2012  

LINCOLN: CHIP (Child Identification) Program

There are over 800,000 children reported missing in the United States each year. The Nebraska Freemasons Child Identification Program (CHIP) program is holding and event in cooperation with the Autism Family Network & Autism Society of Nebraska.  Attendees will create a digital video interview, digital fingerprints, digital photography, toothprint bite impression and DNA Cheek swab.  Download a flyer HERE for more information.


March 5, 2012  
OMAHA: ASD Family Support Group / Autism Bounce Night at Pump It Up

Come join your friends with the Autism Society at Pump It Up for a night of bouncing, jumping and climbing! This will be a private event for families with children on the autism spectrum. Learn more about this monthly event at our web site!


March 5, 2012  

LINCOLN:  Community Autism/ADHD Resource Event

Learning Rx invites you to attend the Community Autism Resources Forum with special guests Phil and Amy Parham, stars of “The Biggest Loser” TV show and parents of an autistic child.  Come meet Phil and Amy and hear their story of hope, plus meet representatives from nine organizations and companies in Lincoln that provide help and resources for families impacted by autism.  Download a flyer HERE.

Monday, March 5th at 6:30 pm

Wilderness Ridge
1800 Wilderness Woods Place
Lincoln, NE 68512


March 6, 2012  
LINCOLN:  Autism Family Network Parent Information Night 

Join the Autism Family Network for their Parent Information Meeting and be sure and invite SLPs, OTs, resource teachers, paras, and classroom teachers that work with a student with an AAC device. AFN will sponsor Ashli Florang from Dynavox Technologies at Southgate Methodist Church at 6:30pm - 7:30pm. She will answer questions about programming and also demonstrate some of their models. We will also discuss more upcoming events at AFN and what parents have for ideas for AFN to sponsor. CHILDCARE WILL BE PROVIDED.

Parents will meet afterwards to network, ask any questions, or get information about upcoming events.Parents will meet afterwards to network, ask any questions, or get information about upcoming events.


March 10, 2012  
OMAHA: AMC Theater Sensory Friendly The Lorax

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


March 10th, 2012  
OMAHA:  Rose Theater hosts Autism Friendly Performance of NO DOGS ALLOWED

The March 10th autism-friendly performance of “No Dogs Allowed” will feature an integrated audience of families with and without children on the Autism Spectrum. Families attending with children on the Autism Spectrum are invited to take advantage of the following accommodations: - a private room for congregating before the show (optional) - a special reserved seating area (optional) - a post show question and answer period (optional) - greatly reduced ticket prices - an informed and supporting staff and audience.  Tickets for ASD families have been reduced from $15 to $5.   To purchase tickets, call The Rose Box Office at 402-345-4849 . Download a flyer HERE.


March 12, 2012
OMAHA:  Wretches & Jabberers Free Screening

The Autism Society of Nebraska is a proud sponsor of this weeks installment in the More Alike than Different films series 
hosted at Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater.  A different film is shown each Monday in March.  All shows free, with post-show panel discussions.  We hope that you will join us on March 12th for a special showing of Wretches & Jabberers.  From beginning to end, Tracy Thresher and Larry Bissonnette inspire parents and young men and women with autism with a poignant narrative of personal struggle that always rings with intelligence, humor, hope and courage.  You can learn more about Larry and Tracy HERE.

Click here to learn more about the month long event recognizing Developmental Disability Awareness Month.


March 30, 2012  

OMAHA: Together We Dance 

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.


April 1, 2012

LINCOLN: World Autism Awareness Day - Join us at the Lincoln Children's Museum


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.

 

OTHER NEWSWORTHY ITEMS

HASTINGS: Autism Parent Trainings

The Hastings Autism Resource Team will be starting a 6-session autism parent training.  They first organization meeting will be held  March 8th from 6:30-8:00pm at Lincoln Elementary School.  Childcare will be provided.

This series will give parents background information and strategies to assist with children who have been diagnosed with Autism.(More info)

Disabilities Awareness Month: Come watch four amazing films!

Join us at Film Streams for a four part film series presented in conjunction with Disabilities Awareness Month. All shows are free with post-show panel discussions.  Download a flyer HERE.

Reserve your tickets now by emailing Maggie at Maggie@filmstreams.org.  Any audience requests for sign language interpreters, translators, or wheelchair seating can be made in advance as well.

The web page for the series is at http://filmstreams.org/filmstreams_calendar.aspx?SeriesID=61.


A Facebook event page for the series is athttp://www.facebook.com/events/187437908024173/.

Autism Speaks iPad Grant

Through the generosity of Wyndham Worldwide, the Pickle Foundation, and Heather Nix of Washington, Autism Speaks will select 160 individuals with autism to receive an Apple iPad 2!   (Visit their web page for more information)

Eligible applicants are individuals who:
- Have been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder by a licensed professional, 
- Reside in the United States,
- Have limited income and cannot afford to purchase an iPad.

February 29: Online Application Opens
March 7: Application Closes
March 8-29: Review Committee Selects Recipients 
March 30: Recipients Announced!!

How to Apply 
Applications must be submitted by the person with autism or an immediate family member of the person with autism. The Technology Grant Review Committee will review eligible applications based on established criteria and select the iPad grant recipients. Some applicants will be contacted by staff for follow up information. All applicants selected to receive an iPad 2 will be contacted on March 30. Others will receive an email informing them of their status. 

Click here to apply! You must create a login and select AutismCares iPad 2 Grant.

Community Autism/ADHD Resource Event

Learning Rx invites you to attend the Community Autism Resources Forum with special guests Phil and Amy Parham, stars of “The Biggest Loser” TV show and parents of an autistic child.  Come meet Phil and Amy and hear their story of hope, plus meet representatives from nine organizations and companies in Lincoln that provide help and resources for families impacted by autism.

Monday, March 5th

6:30 pm

Wilderness Ridge
1800 Wilderness Woods Place
Lincoln, NE 68512

Download a flyer HERE.

GRETNA TOPSoccer Registration

Gretna TopSoccer plays a Spring and Fall season at 6pm Thursday nights at the Gretna Sports Complex in Gretna.  Please see the PDF below for instructions on how to be informed of specifc dates of play and other information about Gretna TopSoccer.  Visit their web site HERE.

Spring 2012 Season begins on March 29th…..contact mike@blackcows.comfor more information.

BELLEVUE TOPSoccer Registration

Registration is now open for the Spring 2012 Bellevue TOPSoccer season.

Bellevue TOPSoccer is a co-ed soccer league for children, teens and young adults with special needs. A player does not have to be a resident of Bellevue to play in this league.   They have players from all over the Metro area and surrounding Sarpy County, Cass County and Council Bluffs areas.
Their goal is to enable young athletes with mental and physical disabilities to develop their physical fitness, technical skills, courage and self-esteem, through the joy and excitement of playing soccer.

TOPSoccer groups players by ability (we are proud to offer a unified league for our more advanced and competitive players ) so that the best possible experience is available for our players. Players wear soccer uniforms, play on soccer fields with nets/goals and Soccer Buddies are available for players that need assistance.

This league plays in both the Spring and the Fall.  They meet one time a week on Sunday afternoon, practice 30 minutes followed by a 30 minute game.
Registration fee:  $20   (by 3/05/12)  Games will be played on April 15, 22, 29 & May 6, 13, 20.  Visit their web site for registration information.

AAP T Shirt 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.  The winner will have a chance to be an Omaha Storm Chaser for the day and will receive a variety of very special privileges at the stadium!  Download a flyer HERE for more information.

Theme:  What is baseball to you?  Must incorporate a puzzle piece into a baseball theme.

Must be received by March 21st at their office located at:

Autism Action Partnership
14301 FNB Parkway, Suite 115
Omaha, NE  68154

NORTH PLATTE AUTISM PUZZLE WALK


Registration is now open!

Saturday, May 5, 2012
Cody Park
North Platte, NE

$15 Adult Registration
$  5 Child Registration

2:00 pm Registration
3:00 pm Autism Puzzle Walk (1 mile)

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Join us for refreshments, bounce houses, carnival games, face painting and fun for the whole family!

To help meet the mission of the Autism Society of Nebraska we encourage each indivdiual and/or team to fundraise to help make this event a success.

Top Individual Fundraiser
KINDLE FIRE

2nd place Fundraiser
KINDLE

3rd place Fundraiser
iPod SHUFFLE

VIRTUAL WALK across Nebraska

Do you find yourself saying, "I wish I could be there but we'll be out of town that day?"  Now it's EASY...you can still join the efforts to improve the lives of all affected by autism, even if you can't be there for the walk!

Simply register for the Virtual Walk across Nebraska.  Registration is $15 and you will still be able to sign up with a team or create your own fundraising page and your Autism Puzzle Walk Shirt will be mailed to you!

The top three Virtual Walkers will receive fundraising prizes.  

Top individual Fundraiser
iPad

2nd Place Fundraiser
CoCo Keys passes for 4

3rd Place Fundraiser
$50 Visa Gift card

LB 1120 Autism Insurance Reform

Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to educate Nebraska’s Legislature on the importance of passing insurance coverage for people with autism. We made a great showing during this session, and have a lot to be proud of!

Getting a bill passed this session, we knew, was going to be extremely difficult. Because this session is only 3 months long, and there are hundreds of bills, many still in committee, LB 1129 will not be advancing this session.  But, here’s the good news!

The Nebraska Legislature is primed and ready to hear our issue again next session, and much of the ground work has been laid to get us off to a fantastic start.  Senator Colby Coash remains committed to this issue, and discussions will be in progress with him as soon as this legislative session is over to begin planning for next session. We are VERY optimistic that we will get a bill passed next session, and we are looking forward to working with his office on this.

Although much has been done, there is still so much to do. We will be working very closely with Autism Speaks, a national organization that is helping many states all over the US get legislation passed. Autism Speaks has already provided us with critical financial information, outlining the fiscal impact insurance coverage will have on Nebraskans with autism (which is minimal). Additionally,  Autism Speaks has offered to hold grassroots training sessions and conference calls to educate Nebraskans on how to best advocate for insurance legislation to our Senators, for which we are extremely grateful!   (More info)

OMAHA:  Together We Dance sponsored by UNO NSSLHA

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

Prairie Lane Church
3111 South 119th St
Omaha, NE

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Adults: $5
Children 12 and under: $3

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

**And on behalf of ASN, we want to thank the UNO NSSLHA group for all of their tremendous support!  This is an amazing group that has continually been an amazing support for the Omaha autism community! Let’s come out and show our appreciation on March 30th.  This is a win-win!  They are creating a fun family night AND all proceeds will come back to the ASN Autism Puzzle Walk

ASD Network "Friend of Autism" Award

Each year at the Nebraska State ASD Conference, an educator is recognized and awarded the “Friend of Autism” award.

The Friend of Autism award is given to an educator that exhibits the following qualities:

1. Commitment—has the education of families, children and youth with ASD as a primary focus

2. Vision: sees potential in all individuals with ASD

3. Innovation: is aware of empirically supported practices and uses resources creatively

4. Inspiration: displays positive interactions with students with ASD, parents and peers

For more information, please visit the State ASD webpage—www.unl.edu/asdnetwork.

Deadline for nominations is March 2, 2012

Autism Society's "Autism Advocate Award"

Do you know someone who demonstrates remarkable advocacy for an individual or group of individuals with autism spectrum disorders?   Nominate them for the Autism Society of Nebraska – Autism Advocate Award

A submission should include details of how the nominee exhibits the following qualities as an advocate:

Commitment: Has consistently advocated for an individual or group of individuals on the autism spectrum and is committed to promoting autism awareness and advocacy.

Inspiration: Displays positive interactions with individuals or groups and influences others to advocate and spread awareness and acceptance of individuals with autism.

Vision: Has the ability to see opportunities to help through advocacy and awareness.

Initiative: Learns and takes the steps necessary to use resources and information to advocate for an individual or group of individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

Please also include your contact information.

Nomination Deadline: March 16th, 2012  Nominations can be submitted via email to:
autismsociety@autismnebraska.org  or by mail to:
Autism Society of Nebraska
PO Box 83559
Lincoln, NE 68501-3559

The Autism Advocate Award will be presented during the evening event at the 2012 NE ASD Network State Conference on April 12th at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln.  Winners from prior years will not be eligible.   Please contact us with any questions!

Autism Society's Dan Archwamety Post Secondary Scholarship

The Autism Society of Nebraska is seeking applications for the Dan Archwamety Post Secondary Education Scholarship.  A scholarship of up to $500 is available this year for an individual with a diagnosis of ASD.  The scholarship must be used toward completing an accredited post-secondary course of study (educational or vocational).  Applicant must be currently registered /admitted for the program.

The scholarship will be awarded at the Nebraska State ASD Conference on Thursday, April 12th in Lincoln.  Persons who have already received this scholarship will not be eligible.

Download the scholarship form HERE.

Join the Autism Society for Storm Chaser Baseball!

The Autism Society of Nebraska and Omaha Storm Chasers invite you to join us at the ball park!  Come cheer on one of the Autism Puzzle Walk & 5K Run top fundraisers who will be throwing out a first pitch!  Who will it be?  Will it be you?
 
Tueday, May 22, 2012
Game Time—6:35 PM
Location: Werner Park, 12356 Ballpark Way, Papillion, NE
 
$7.00 Reserved Seat Tickets for families & friends of Autism Society of Nebraska
Add a Hot Dog and Pop for $5
 
Centris Family Fun Zone passes $3.  The Autism Society will provide the first 100 children registered with free passes!  First come, first served so get your registration in today!  Download a flyer HERE.
 
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