December 23, 2012:  Autism Society of Nebraska Newsgram


 
AUTISM IN THE NEWS
 

December 18th Press Release 
By Autism Society

The Autism Society continues to mourn the lives lost on Friday in Newtown, Connecticut. We join the nation as we keep our collective attention focused on those directly impacted by this tragedy. 

In the nation’s rush to understand the reasoning for such an awful occurrence, the conversation evolved to include the alleged shooter’s possible diagnosis on the autism spectrum. The Autism Society feels it is imperative to remove autism from this tragic story.  Race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation are seldom, if ever, linked to the actions of an individual in a causal relationship.  It is imperative that developmental disorders and disabilities be treated in the same vein.    

Further, the Autism Society is committed to informing, educating and securing appropriate services by providing reliable and unbiased information. To that end, we are compelled to dispel any myths about individuals with autism:

No evidence exists to link autism and premeditated violence. Suggesting otherwise is wrong and harmful to the more than 1.5 million individuals living with autism in the United States.1

Individuals with autism and those with other disabilities are more likely to be victims of violence than the perpetrators.2

Many of individuals with Asperger’s syndrome who have committed crimes had co-existing psychiatric disorders.3

Individuals with autism who act aggressively typically do so because they are reacting to a situation. 

Please do not judge any individual with autism based on the discourse surrounding Friday’s tragic event. Instead, please strive to educate and inform your communities. Help the Autism Society ensure that individuals with autism are not marginalized due to a misunderstanding of a complicated disorder.  

 

 
UPCOMING EVENTS


Monday, December 31st   7:00 pm - 12:30 am (OMAHA)
New Year's Eve Party   
RSVP REQUIRED!!   Get registered today at http://autismsocietynewyears.eventbrite.com/ !
Sponsored by the Autism Society's Omaha Support Network  


Saturday, January 5, 2013  10am   (OMAHA)
AMC Theater's Sensory Friendly Film:  Monsters Inc 2D 
Sponsored by the Autism Society of America and AMC Theaters  

Monday, January 7th 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm  (OMAHA)
ASD Family Bounce Night and Support Group at PUMP IT UP
Sponsored by the Autism Society’s Omaha Support Network

 

Monday, January 7th 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm (OMAHA)
Adults on the Spectrum Support Group
Sponsored by the Autism Society’s Omaha Support Network

 

Monday, January  7th 6:30 – 8:00 pm  (OMAHA)
Teens on the Spectrum Support Group

Sponsored by the Autism Society’s Omaha Support Network

 

Sunday, January 13, 2013 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm  (OMAHA)
ASD Community Bowl-O-Rama     
 RSVP REQUIRED and must be received by Jan 6th!
Sponsored by the Autism Society's Omaha Support Network  


Sunday, January 27, 2012 5:00 pm - 7:00pm  (OMAHA)
ASD Family Skating Spectacular
Sponsored by the Autism Society's Omaha Support Network  

WORKSHOPS, CONFERENCES, EVENTS:

ASD Network Calendar of Statewide Trainings

PTI Nebraska Calendar of Statewide Trainings

 

12/6/12: ONLINE - Why Don't I Have Friends Webinar  (ASD Network)

12/13/12: ONLINE - Why Don't I Have Friends Webinar  (ASD Network)

      You can still access these webinars online! Contact the ASD Network! 

      2/4/13 42nd ARC of Nebraska Senatorial Dinner



OTHER NEWS:

UNMC seeking partipants for a research PROJECT SLEEP WELL

Did you know that the Omaha Children Museum has discounted memberships for families who are eligible for free or reduced lunches?

Local News coverage of the Autism Society - Omaha Support Network's Sensitive Santa Event

OMAHA: ASN Omaha Support Network's Biomedical Discussion Group on haitus and seeking facilitator

OMAHA: Sign up for our Omaha Support Network's Volunteer Network!

 

 

Save The Date:  The State Autism Conference will be April 11-12, 2013 in Kearney.

Adults on the Spectrum Support Group

Teens on the Spectrum Support Group
 

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