August 29, 2012:  Autism Society of Nebraska Newsgram

Supporting Our Community
Classroom Grants

How has your back to school transition gone?  Is there anything your teacher is needing to help them better serve your student with autism?  
Sensory fidgets?  Classroom materials?  Educational toys?

We are here to improve the lives of ALL affected by autism.  

We want to help our teachers help their students.   We know that students with autism sometimes require specialized motivators or even additional classroom materials.    We also know that sometimes budgets are tight.

Therefore we are announcing the...                                                                     
Autism Society of Nebraska's Classroom Grants! 

Thanks to the Nebraska community rallying around the Autism Puzzle Walk we are able to reinvest those dollars into our Supporting Our Community Grant Program.  This week we are specficially spotlighting our new Classroom Grants.  We are thrilled to be able to make an impact directly on the front lines of our schools! an application and send it in today!
Parents...please forward this information with your teachers!

Download an application form HERE!

September 3, 2012    
Yes!  It is being held on Labor Day!

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.

6:00 PM - 7:45 PM  Private bounce rooms for autism families
6:15 PM - 7:45 PM  Parent Support Group meeting
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM  ASD Teen Club meeting
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM  ASD Adult Meeting

September 9, 2012
OMAHA: ASD Family Skating Event

Join the Autism Society - Omaha Support Network for an ASD Family Skating Spectacular!  Fun for all ages!

Skate City
1220 South Fort Crook Rd
Bellevue, NE

Sunday, September 9
5pm - 7pm

Cost: $4 per skater (price covers traditional skate rental; inline skates extra)

Additonal $3 for those 10 and under wanting to also do the bounce house/play structure

September 20, 2012
OMAHA: Biomedical Discussion Group 

The Autism Society’s Biomedical Parents Support Group is an informal discussion of biomedical interventions into autism spectrum disorders. All biomedical questions and topics are welcome. No medical advice here: Just parents sharing experiences in the hope they are useful to other families.
The group usually meets the 3rd Thursday of the month at Whole Foods in their Lifestyle Center. Whole Foods is located just south of the Westroads mall at Regency and Dodge.  The next meeting will the Thursday, September 20th.

If you have any questions regarding the group you can contact Karen Falconer Al-Hindi

September 20, 2012
OMAHA:  PRISM Workshop - Helping your child with Anger Strategies

Sailing through Storm Seas:  Helping your child cope with Angry Feelings

Presented by Laura Fischer, LMHP
Director of Behavioral Health Servcies
Children’s Respite Care Center

Thursday, September 20th

Participants will learn:

to help their child express feelings in an appropriate manner
how to help their child calm down when angry
effective strategies for responding to anger

Download flyer HERE for more information.

October 25, 2012
OMAHA: PTC hosts a Halloween Party

Thursday, October 25th 4pm - 6pm

PTC - Pediatric Therapy Center
10791 S 72nd Street
Papillion, NE  68046

Download a flyer HERE.

November 4, 2012
LINCOLN: Husker Heroes

Save the Date!  More information coming later,

November 15, 2012
Autism Action Partnership's Autism Summit

This year the keynote speaker will be Eustacia Cutler, mother of Temple Grandin.  Eustacia will speak about raising Temple, her fight to keep Temple in the mainstream of family, community, and school life.  Ms. Cutler will also explore the nature of autism disorder as doctors understand it today.

Date: November 15, 2012
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Ramada Convention Center, 3321 South 72nd Street, Omaha NE 68124

Register online HERE.   Click HERE for more details and a mail in registration form.

Contact Sara Taylor at for more information or visit their web site at


BELLEVUE:  Special Needs Dance Classes

KIDZ In Motion Dance Company is offering a dance class specifically for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. No dance experience necessary. More information can be found at
Where: 3503 Samson Way, Bellevue NE 68123 (northeast corner of 370 & S 36th St)
When: Fridays 5:30-6:15 pm (1st class-September 7th 2012, runs through May 2013)
Class enrollment begins Aug 11th and ends Sep 1st
Cost: $140 per trimester (3 month duration) with a $25 registration fee
Scholarships also available
Contact: phone-(402) 292-2131or email at

ASD Dance Classes with Broadway at The Rose


2329 N. 90th St.

Sundays noon-1pm.   (Begin the first Sunday after Labor Day, Sun. Sept. 9)

Tuition:   $35 per month

If you’d like to register, please contact BROADWAY AT THE ROSE Coordinator, Carla Podraza, 402-502-4626 or email:

ASD Drama Classes at The Rose

The Rose Theater, in partnership with the Autism Society of Nebraska, is offering two Saturday classes for children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Students will socialize while learning about acting and character development. A special performance will be offered at the end of the session.

To register for these classes, please contact Deprecia Wright (402) 502-4617 or

Grades K - 2  Dr. Seuss - The Zany World of Sneetches, Grinches, and the Lorax
September 15 - November 3   9 am - 10 am
Cost - $30

Grades 8 - 12  Bringing Favorite Movies to Life
September 15 - November 3  10:30 am - 11:30 am
Cost = $30

Nebraska Appleseed: Public Hearings on Healthcare

From the Nebraska Appleseeed organization:  (

As Nebraska moves forward in implementing the Affordable Care Act, a crucial part is in the creation of an Exchange, and it is imperative that your voice is heard!

The Exchange will serve thousands of Nebraskans, and will be the place many access health insurance and get premium tax credits. As a result, it is critical that the exchange focus on consumers and work for all Nebraskans.  But for that to happen the Department of Insurance needs to know what Nebraskans want.  Please consider attending one of the following meetings in your area to learn about the exchange and tell the Governor and Department of Insurance how to make health care more accessible to you.

Governor Heineman has specifically invited many groups to give testimony at two meetings which are also open to the public.  Those meetings will be held at the Holiday Inn in downtown Lincoln on:

  • September 4: 9:00 am (for consumer advocacy groups) and 1:00 pm (for providers)
  • September 6: 1:00 pm (for insurers)

In addition, the Department of Insurance has announced that they will be holding a series of informal public meetings throughout Nebraska to get input on the creation of the new health insurance exchange in Nebraska.

  • August 27 - Gering (Gering Civic Center, 1050 M Street) 6-9 PM
  • August 28 - Kearney (Ramada Inn, 301 2nd Ave) 6-9 PM
  • August 30 - Nebraska City (Lied Lodge, 2700 Sylvan Rd) 6-9 PM
  • September 10 - Omaha (Omaha Ramada Plaza, 3321 S 72nd St) 6-9 PM
  • September 12 - South Sioux City (Marina Inn Conference Center, 385 E 4th St) 6-9 PM

Please attend the meeting in your area.  Your voice is needed to make sure the exchanges are focused on consumers and work for all Nebraskans.  There aren’t many opportunities for consumers to give feedback. Don’t pass up this opportunity!

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