Nebraska Autism News coming your way!

Thank you to everyone who came out for this past weekend's Autism Puzzle Walk & 5K in Omaha.  We had an amazing time and a fabulous turnout!  We are still compiling our results and collecting photos so look for a special edition Newsgram soon!  

But as of today we can say that not only did we surpass our previous fundraising in dollars but we blew attendance records to bits!  Approximately 1,800 friends, families, and autism supporters came out to rally behind the Autism Community and so far we have already raised more than $60,000!

We'd truly like to thank each and every one of you!


Do you have a few treasured photos from this weekend?  
We'd love to add them to our walk album!  
Please email your .jpg file to!



We hope you'll join us for



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

2:00 pm - Registration begins

3:00 pm - Autism Puzzle Walk begins  (1 mile)

Registration:  $15 Adult; $5 Child

Join us for refreshments, bounce houses, carnival games, face painting and fun for the whole family!

Top 3 Fundraisers will be awarded prizes!

Top fundraiser - Kindle Fire

2nd Place fundraiser - Kindle

3rd Place fundraiser - iPod Shuffle

Get signed up at


And thank you to all of the North Platte Sponsors!



As April comes to a close, our virtual walkers have now also crossed the finish line and it is time to award the leaders with their medals!

     First Place:              Shawn Shea                      iPad2

     Second Place:         Stephanie Lichtenberg      CoCo Keys Water Resort passes

     Third Place:             Renee Alfaro                     $50 gift card

Thank you to everyone who participated in the virtual walk.  Please know that it is because of the support of wonderful people like you that we can work to improve the lives of ALL affected by autism!


So what does the Autism Society do with this money?

Here are a few things that your support will help us accomplish in 2012! 

With $100 the Autism Society of Nebraska is able to... one family or self advocate attend the two day annual State Autism Conference in April an educator attend an autism specific workshop to help them better serve their students

...provide a scholarship to help a family cover a therapy, medication, respite or conference fee a teacher support their student with autism through an Autism Society Classroom Grant


With $250 the Autism Society of Nebraska is able to...

...cover lodging and registration for an individual who has to travel to attend the state autism conference a local support group provide an autism friendly event for their community (some examples include pool parties, barbecues, Easter Egg hunts, Holiday parties etc)


With $500 the Autism Society of Nebraska is able to... provide a start up kit to launch a new support group in a Nebraska community

...allow the Autism Society of Nebraska to partner with other advocacy organizations on community building events such as bully prevention or disability awareness


With $1000 the Autism Society of Nebraska is able to...

...enable the Autism Society of Nebraska to continue to expand their advocacy and outreach through online community listservs, web site, and their Newsgram email that spotlights programs and services that will enhance the lives of their community

...allow the Autism Society to continue to expand their advocacy and outreach by developing program grants that assist local businesses in creating autism specific programming to better serve the autism community



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.

Sleepover at the Henry Doorly Zoo Rescheduled!

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, June 23rd.   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.

This event was rescheduled from April due to weather.  If you registered for April we still have you on the list.   We will refund your payment if this new date does not work.  There is still plenty of room and we hope this date will entice more of you to join us!

Download a registration form HERE.

Autism Society - Omaha Support Group

The Autism Society would like to thank our partner Pump It Up for helping us create a spectacular venue for our support group.  Our group meets the first monday of the month during an Open Bounce time that is set aside for autism families.    Please visit to learn more about this great party zone!   Learn more about our support group/bounce night here.

WHO:    All Autism Families
WHEN:   Monday, May 7, 2012
6:00pm - 7:45pm  Bounce Time
7:45pm— Join us for popcorn and water.
WHERE:   Pump It Up  960 S 72nd   (72nd and Pacific)
COST:     $5 per child  ($10 maximum charge per family)

Sensory Friendly Movie - Pirates! Band of Misfits

Saturday, May 5th 10am
Omaha's Oakview AMC  and Council Bluffs Star 17 Cinema

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.

Learn more about AMC’s Sensory Friendly movies here.

Future showings to include:

June 16 - Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

June 30 - Brave

July 21 - Ice Age: Continental Drift

August 11 - Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

OMAHA:  Breakfast Club changes location and day

Since last fall, the Breakfast Club, a support group for adults with an autism spectrum disorder, has been meeting on the first Saturday morning of the month at the Autism Center of Nebraska.  There has been a lot of feedback on the group, most of which has been a request to move it to an evening time.  Through the generous and continued support of the Autism Society of Nebraska’s Omaha support group, we are pooling our resources and moving the breakfast club to a new place, date, time and with a name change…

The Adults on the Spectrum support group (formerly the Breakfast Club) will now be meeting on the first Monday of each month from 6:30-8:00 pm at Pump It Up, 960 S. 72nd.  We will be meeting in one of their party rooms.  The ASN Omaha support group for children and families meets at the same time, in a different room.

The group format will stay the same, with facilitated discussions on relevant topics and sharing of resources and support.  In May the topic for discussion will be managing anxiety.

Questions or comments should be directed to Carol Salber at 402-658-9962 or at

Download a flyer HERE.

Autism Puzzle Walk & 5K Race Results

Thank you for the amazing turnout for the Autism Society’s first ever 5K event!  Here is a quick update for all of the amazing runners who showed their support for the autism community!  We hope to see you all again next year!

The Autism Puzzle Walk & 5K Race results are posted by Omaha Run Club at

You can download the OVERALL times HERE and the RANK BY AGE GROUPS times HERE.

Grand Island Walk

Congratulations to the Grand Island Support Group who also hosted an autism awareness walk this past weekend.  They had 200 supporters attend and raised over $3000!
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