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Tips for Teaching Social Skills and Positive Relationships 3/3/16

The Indiana Resource Center for Autism staff will present information to parent support groups across Indiana. Below is information about the Evansville meeting, with information about topic, location, time, and date.  Information will also be updated on the Indiana Resource Center for Autism  website at http://www.iidc.indiana.edu/pages/parent-group-meetings as it is made available.

These parent support group meetings are free and open to the public. However, the content will be geared toward family members of individuals who have a diagnosis along the autism spectrum. The information will not be geared toward professionals. If you are a professional and know of family members in your area that may benefit from such a meeting, you are encouraged to forward the relevant information.

These free parent group meetings are possible because of the kind donations received from individuals and organizations. If you are interested in donating to the work of the Indiana Resource Center for Autism, please contact Pam Anderson at pamander@indiana.edu or mail your check payable to Indiana University to the Indiana Resource Center for Autism, 1905 North Range Road, Bloomington, IN, 47408.

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Prescription Savings Program from AstraZeneca

 

AstraZeneca program will offer free medicines to people who earn $30,000 a year or less, or a family of four making up to $60,000 a year

How to apply to the AZ&Me™ Prescription Savings Program

There are three easy ways to apply. You can:

  1. Enroll by phone > Call 1-800-AZandMe (292-6363)
  2. Enroll by mail > Download and complete the application (PDF 603kb) and

    MAIL TO:
    AZ&Me Prescription Savings Program
    PO Box 898
    Somerville, NJ 08876

  3. Enroll by fax > Download and complete the application (PDF 603kb) and have your doctor’s office

    FAX TO:
    1-800-961-8323
    NOTE: Faxed applications MUST be sent from your doctor’s office in order for your prescription to be processed.

Click here for a full checklist of what you will need to apply.

If you have any questions about the application process, or to learn more about whether or not you or someone you know may qualify for this program, call 1-800-AZandMe (292-6363), Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM-6:00 PM ET.

The above is informational only, and not an endorsement of any product or treatment plan.

Autism Research Opportunity – Ball State University

Sometimes we receive requests for information to be collected from the people we serve.  We would like to give our constituents the opportunity to participate in surveys to help those researching autism to collect their data.  We recently received this request:

Hello, my name is Grace Yoder, and I’m a graduate student at Ball State University. I’m writing a paper on parents of children with autism and your input would be a great help. I’m gathering information on how parents of children with autism cope with stress and how that relates to other aspects of their lives. According to other research that has been done, parents of children with autism have higher levels of stress than parents of children who are neurotypical or have other developmental disabilities. My hope is that research like this can help us to learn how to best help you with that stress. The survey takes around 10-15 minutes to complete. Thank you so much for your assistance, and all you do for your child.

If you are willing to participate, follow the link below:

https://bsu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3HOdewnIzWsfvcF

Erskine Green Training Institute – Informational Meeting 2/16/16

Discover more about the Erskine Green Training Institute, a one-of-a-kind facility located in Muncie, Indiana, offering postsecondary vocational training specifically for people with disabilities. Providing job training and skills development for positions in the hotel, restaurant and healthcare support areas, the Institute is an immersive, hands-on learning environment. The goal of its programs, which range in length between nine and 13 weeks, is to give individuals who are ready, willing and able to work, job skills that they can take back to employers in their home communities.

There will be an informational meeting about EGTI on February 16th from 6-7:30 PM at the Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center, 1901 Lynch Rd., Evansville.

Now enrolling for 2016 classes!  For more information, visit www.erskinegreeninstitute.org

 

New Girl Scouts Achieve Program for Girls on the Autism Spectrum

New Girl Scouts Achieve program, funded by Ronald McDonald Charities of the Ohio Valley, offers Girl Scout programming to area girls on the autism spectrum

After receiving a generous grant from the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ohio Valley, Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana (GSSI) is now funded to offer 15 area girls on the autism spectrum the opportunity to join a specialized troop that will meet their specific needs and engage them in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ohio Valley is able to fulfill its mission through its Grants program, thanks to a restricted gift from local McDonald’s Owner/Operators and matching funds from Ronald McDonald House Charities “Global” office in Chicago. GSSI will begin accepting permission forms for the newly funded Girl Scouts Achieve program, beginning on January 5, 2016.

Girl Scouts Achieve is designed for girls on the autism spectrum currently in grades 3-6 (age range of 8-12 years old) who reside in Dubois, Gibson, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh, and Warrick counties. The program has many of the same leadership development elements as a “traditional” Girl Scout troop, but will have more focus on inclusion and less emphasis on badge achievements during the allotted meeting times. The group will also work towards spreading autism awareness, diversity in social groups, and acceptance in the community by encouraging participants to visit local organizations or schools. During these visits they will discuss better ways to communicate with those on the autism spectrum and educate other students about their steps towards self-advocacy.

Because this is a pilot program, GSSI will only able to accept 15 girls into the program, but hopes to expand the program in the near future. Girl Scouts Achieve troop meetings will take place on Wednesday evenings (times TBD) and will meet twice a month from February to May, and then once a month from June to September. The initial meeting will take place at the University of Southern Indiana and will be facilitated by education majors from the Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education.

Please contact GSSI Program Development Specialist Clay Prindle, cprindle@girlscouts-gssi.org, with any questions or interest. Program permission forms are available upon request via email or may be picked up from the GSSI council office, at 223 NW 2nd Street. Prospective Girl Scouts Achieve members will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis through January 27, 2016.

To learn more about Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ohio Valley, visit www.rmhcohiovalley.org or call (812)402-7642.

IASF Recipient of Evansville Downtown Optimist Grant

On December 16th, IASF was one of many organizations receiving grant money from the Evansville Downtown Optimist Club.  We were given $500 for the 2016 Voucher Program.  Each year, the Optimist Club invites organizations to apply for funding from their foundation.  They give awards specifically to organizations who serve children and families with children.  We are very thankful to the Optimists for their generous support!

If you or someone you know may have a grant opportunity for IASF through an employer you work for, or club you belong to, please email us at iasf4u@gmail.com.

Giving Tuesday

Tuesday, December 1st is Giving Tuesday and people all over the world will be showing their generous support of non-profit organizations like ours.  Please consider a donation of any amount and click on our red “Donate Online” button.  You do not need a PayPal account to make a donation, and do not have to enter a PayPal password on the last page of the form submission.  We thank you for supporting our FREE programs for families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder!

Support IASF by purchasing through Amazon!

If you are an amazon.com shopper, please make your purchases through SMILE.AMAZON.COM or click here  and we will receive .5% of your purchase!  A convenient way to shop for the holidays, and you are  supporting IASF at the same time!

  Thank you for your kind support!

IASF Video

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“Painting with a Twist” Fundraiser

Please join us as we partner with Painting with a Twist to bring an exciting event to gather and have fun while painting! This is a fundraiser and proceeds benefit IASF.

Your cost is $35 for a two hour session, Saturday August 22, from 6-8 PM.

Click here for details and to register!

Please call if you have any questions 812-817-0646 or e-mail at studio136@paintingwithatwist.com