December 2016
Remember that all funds raised in L.A. stay in L.A. at ASLA . . .
On #GivingTuesday please consider donating to Autism Society of Los Angeles...
 
ASLA programs and services help families and individuals across all developmental disabilities develop advocacy skills and become educated on how to navigate the multiple support systems in California to improve their quality of life.

ASLA is THE resource in the Los Angeles disability community responsible training thousands of family members, individuals with disabilities, and professionals. Most importantly, we are a lead organization advocating for changes in California laws that will have a profound positive impact on the thousands of individuals with disabilities. Learn more about Self-Determination HERE
 
Day by day, we are engaged in community activities in the Los Angeles area - as an example, this week an ASLA team  facilitated  a training event for UCLA medical professionals through Project AutTrain, and an ASLA team facilitated a training event for law enforcement at LAPD. Our initiatives help to improve the outcomes for our community members!
 
Please consider becoming a member of the Autism Society of Los Angeles. Membership is very reasonable and we are mostly a volunteer-run organization so our funding goes to planning events, trainings, and our advocacy efforts in Los Angeles and Sacramento. JOIN  HERE
 
Events in December!
 
This month please join us for these events:
 
Wednesday, December 7, 2016  
ASLA proudly launches the Self-Advocate's Speakers Bureau for adults of all disabilities over 18 years old.If you are an adult with a disability who likes to speak in front of audiences to create acceptance of differences, please see the flyer below. San Fernando Valley will be coming soon!
 
Friday, December 9, 2016
ASLA launches the 1st in a series of Community Town Halls. December 9 will focus on Special Education - Please note this is across all disabilities.  Representatives from a range of school districts will attend to hear your concerns.  Future Community Town Halls will include Regional Centers and Medical & IHSS. (see flyer below for RSVP details)
 
In addition, we launched the Campaign to Protect Californians with Disabilities - see details below from Judy Mark, Government and Community Relations, Autism Society of Los Angeles.
 
If you use Facebook, please be sure to "LIKE" us at AutismLA to see our initiatives in the community.
   
Hope to see you next week at our community events!
 
Kim Sinclair
Executive Director
Autism Society of Los Angeles



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Join a Campaign
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Campaign to Protect Californians with Disabilities  (details below) .   We will be developing a committee to help roll out this campaign and will keep you all posted on our activities.   JOIN the Campaign HERE

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MESSAGE ON PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION 
From Judy Mark, 
Government and Community Relations
Autism Society of Los Angeles


November, 2016
 
Dear Friends in the California Disability Community,
 
For many in our community, last week's presidential election brought incredible fear and anxiety.   The language and tone of the campaign, particularly as it pertained to the mocking of an individual with a disability, left many people worried about their futures.  Will their services, supports, and health care be cut?  Will they be bullied?  Will they be discriminated against?
 
I have received many emails, phone calls, and messages expressing these concerns.  I even received a request from a friend with autism to borrow money so that he can move to Germany where he feels he will be safe and treated with respect.  (I know, the irony of this did occur to me.)
 
After some thought and a week of perspective - which most definitely is not enough time, but at least it moved me from severe depression to action - I decided that I needed to put my energies into areas where I believe I can make a difference.  Thus, I am helping to focus the efforts of the Autism Society of Los Angeles in the following ways and hope that you or your organization will join us in these actions:
 
  1. Show individuals with disabilities and their families that we have their backs.
  • Offer special counseling, support groups, and meetings in which people can express their feelings.
  • Ensure them that we will protect them, no matter what happens. 
  • Be mindful of signs of depression, isolation, and anxiety.   
  • Pay special attention to individuals and their families who are immigrant, Latino, Muslim, African-American, gay, or other targeted groups who may face additional fears.  Focus on female consumers, who may also feel vulnerable.  
 
  1. Combat bullying and discrimination at the individual, local and national levels.
  • Monitor dialogue, social media, and other communications in our communities.
  • Work with other organizations, both within and outside the disability community.
  • Connect individuals facing discrimination with appropriate legal organizations.
 
  1. Fight any proposed cuts or policy changes by the Congress or the administration that could adversely affect individuals with disabilities or their families.
  • Focus on cuts and changes to Medicaid and Social Security, which could have dire consequences on funding for regional center services, SSI and IHSS.
  • Oppose changes that might water down the Americans with Disabilities Act or the Affordable Care Act.
  • Monitor changes to special education, affordable housing, or access to employment that might harm our community.
 
  1. Advocate making California a safe haven for individuals with disabilities regardless of federal actions.
  • Push for California's legislature and the Governor to pledge to protect Californians with disabilities if significant federal cuts or policy changes occur. 
  • Advocate for continued funding at current levels regardless of federal matching levels.  
  • Ensure that the entitlement provided by the Lanterman Act remains intact.
  • Accelerate efforts to implement the Self-Determination Program.
 
What are the next steps?  
Join the Campaign to Protect Californians with Disabilities
 
The Autism Society of Los Angeles plans multiple efforts over the coming months (and years) to convene groups around our common goals.  We will also empower individuals and families to advocate against any changes or cuts through trainings and publications.
 
If you or your organization wants to join us in our efforts, please sign up for our  Campaign to Protect Californians with Disabilities.   We will be developing a committee to help roll out this campaign and will keep you all posted on our activities.   JOIN the Campaign HERE
 
And please consider becoming a member of the Autism Society of Los Angeles, if you have the means.  Membership is very reasonable and we are mostly a volunteer-run organization so our funding goes to planning events, trainings, and our advocacy efforts in Los Angeles and Sacramento.    JOIN the Campaign and ASLA HERE
 
Two of those events are happening soon and I wanted to invite you (please see flyers below for more information):
 
  • First, we are holding a Community Town Hall on Special Education on Friday, December 9th to allow families the opportunity to speak about their experiences with special education in various school districts in Los Angeles County.  Special education leaders from various school districts will be in attendance. 
  • Second, we have established a Self-Advocates Speakers Bureau in which individuals with disabilities will be trained in presentation skills and then booked for paid speeches in the community to raise awareness about disabilities.  We are having our first meeting for interested self-advocates on December 7.
 
Please feel free to share this email and the flyers to your friends and colleagues.
 
More than ever before in our lifetimes, we need to come together as a community.  Please join us in our efforts.  Thanks for all you do.
 
Best,

Judy Mark
Government and Community Relations
Autism Society of Los Angeles




 
 
 

 
 
 

Recreation/Social

Sensory Friendly Event 
December 19 only
Bolshoi Ballet's The  Nutcracker

Date:  Monday, December 19

Time:  6:00 p.m. (local time)
 
Run Time:  2 hours 15 minutes (approximate)
 
Ticketing:  Click here to buy tickets . If online ticketing is not available for your location, you can purchase your tickets by visiting the box office at your local participating cinema.
 
Special Fathom Features: A special  sensory friendly event featuring the Bolshoi Ballet's 2014 production of 
The Nutcracker captured from the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russia.
 
Fathom Events and the Autism Society are delighted to bring a first-of-its-kind  sensory friendly cinema event featuring the Bolshoi Ballet's timeless holiday classic, 
The Nutcracker, to 
select cinemas on 
Monday. December 19For tickets and list of cinema locations, please  click here.  
 
In this special cinema presentation consumers are encouraged to be themselves. 
We'll turn the lights up, and turn down the sound, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing!
 
On Christmas Eve, Marie's wooden  nutcracker doll transforms into a beautiful prince who takes her on a magical journey. Before they leave, they must confront the Mouse King whose army is threatening Marie...
 
Christmas would not be complete without the enchanting tale of young Marie and her  Nutcracker prince! Danced by the Bolshoi's principals, E.T.A. Hoffmann's fairytale staged by Russian ballet master Yuri Grigorovich will transport children and adults alike to a world of magic and wonder for the holiday season.
 

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