Autism Society San Diego serves individuals and families living with autism by providing support groups, resources, information, education, social activities, scholarships, camps & recreational activities.
APRIL 2019 E-NEWSLETTER
A Message From Our President

Welcome to April! We have several special events this month as we celebrate Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month, and we hope to see you at some of them! For those of you in North County, stop by and say hi to me at the Pistachio Salon Autism Cut-A- Thon on Tuesday, April 2nd, at their beautiful salon in Carlsbad. 

April also means it is time for the Splash for Cash!! Join us at our biggest pool party and fundraiser of the year on Sunday, April 14th, at the Aqua Pros Swim School at the Boys and Girls Club in San Diego, and help us raise money for our aquatics programs such as Surf Camp and swim lesson scholarships, and our family recreational programs like Pool Parties and Gym Nights. We will feature a large silent auction, breakfast and lunch prepared by our favorite San Diego firefighters, special guests, and much more! You won't want to miss it!

As we approach summer, I'm sure you are all trying to plan out your family schedule. If summer camps are something you are interested in for your child, we have two great programs available! Registration is already underway for Camp I CAN, our summer camp for autistic children ages 6-17, that we offer in conjunction with two local YMCAs, Toby Wells YMCA in central San Diego, and Magdalena Ecke YMCA in northern San Diego county. We still have some spots remaining but we do recommend registering soon in order to ensure you get the week you want!

Surf Camp registration also begins this month! For those who have fundraised $250 or more for Splash for Cash, you will be eligible for Priority Registration the day of the event. All other registrations will be accepted after April 15th. Surf Camp is open to all individuals on the autism spectrum ages 5 and up, including adults. Stay tuned for announcements about our other adult summer program, AWARE, when registration begins next month!

Finally, I am sad to announce the sudden passing of a long time supporter of our organization, Bob Lee, the husband of Tammy Anderson of Aqua Pros. Tammy and Bob have been so important in the development of all of our wonderful aquatic programs in San Diego and donated thousands of hours of volunteer time over the past 18 years. You are all invited to a celebration of Bob's life. He was bigger than life and a huge Nascar fan. On Sunday, April 7th, from 11 AM - 3 PM, come join us as we take a "last lap" for Bob at Fast Times, 3065 Clairemont Drive in San Diego, and help us celebrate the life of an amazing man.

Happy Autism Acceptance Month,

Amy  Munera
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VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: APRIL 2019

The Autism Society San Diego is proud to roll out a new initiative for 2019 highlighting some of our amazing volunteers and honoring the work they do for our organization

 
THIS MONTH...MEET LINDSEY!

Lindsey is approaching the end of her second year serving on the board of the Autism Society and has recently stepped into the role of Secretary!

What's your connection to the autism community?
My younger brother was diagnosed with ASD when he was two and since then I have developed a passion for working with kids with developmental disabilities. I've been working in the clinical field since interning in UCSD's autism research lab and have been an ABA technician for over 6 years. I'm currently a Board Certified Behavior Analyst supervising other technicians and a I oversee a varied caseload of kids and adults with behavior support needs.

How do you support the Autism Society San Diego?
I have served on the Board of Directors since June 2017 and currently chair the Enews and Autism-Friendly Library Outreach committees. You can also usually find me smiling behind many a resource table!

What is your favorite program the Autism Society San Diego is a part of?
I might be biased, but I absolutely love being a part of creating autism-friendly spaces in our community, especially our local libraries. It's so rewarding to provide safe, judgment-free spaces where families can access resources, ask questions, and get to watch their kids be kids!

The simplest way to get involved in supporting our community is...
Always be up on the latest research and find ways to explore how your favorite community spaces can be more accessible and accommodating to people with autism! We are always here to help if you have any big ideas :)

Interested in making a difference yourself? Join our wonderful Board of Directors to be a part of all we do in 
San Diego County! 
Contact us with inquiries or join us at our next Board Meeting on March 28th at 6:30pm.

UPCOMING EVENTS FOR APRIL

Splash for Cash 2019 is just around the corner! 

There's still time to start a team and get your fundraising on - teams (that are members of the Autism Society San Diego) that raise $250 will get priority registration for SURF CAMP at the event! And what an event it is: pancake breakfast, chili dog lunch, special guests, and a world-class silent auction! 

We can't wait to see you on Sunday April 14th!


Registration for our annual Surf Camp at La Jolla Shores, beginning July 8 for 6 consecutive weeks opens on April 15 for members. Find information on Surf camp here.

To request registration forms, click here.
 
There is still time to qualify for priority Surf Camp registration by fundraising for our Aquatics Programs via Splash for Cash. More info here.   Come join us for a wet and fun day with tons of food and prizes, or be a virtual swimmer and support our efforts from afar.  

For our list of agencies who will be in attendance, click here.

San Diego's own  Surf Dog Ricochet
 is one of the stars of the IMAX film, Superpower Dogs! Ricochet will be at the Fleet Science Center on April 20th, and is inviting the special needs community to a FREE sensory friendly showing!  

Seating is limited, so please RSVP to pawinspired@aol.com.

Starting at 9am, adults and families with children with special needs can enjoy the Fleet's exhibit galleries in a quieter setting, an hour before they open to the general public. The film will start at 10am with the house lights on, and a lower soundtrack volume. 

There is also access to a special cool-off space, and you are welcome enjoy the museum all day if you arrive before 10am. Hope to see you there!

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SAVE THE DATE!
We have a few openings left as we  are looking forward to our 17th year of Camp I CAN! 

Camp I CAN 2014
Registration for Camp I CAN is OPEN to members of Autism Society San Diego.  

Camp  I  CAN  was created and developed by the Autism Society San Diego in partnership with the YMCA to provide a fun, safe and nurturing  camp  experience. 
More information on Camp I CAN can be found here.

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Autism Society San Diego is beyond thankful to have been the beneficiary of the 2nd Annual Onesie Beach Volleyball Tournament held on March 9th in Carlsbad! Chad "Fun Chad" Martin was all smiles dropping off this lovely gift at our March Board Meeting and so was our board! Thank you so much!
Facebook Fundraisers
Give the gift of your support!

This year we have seen more and more members of our wonderful community support us by creating fundraising initiatives on Facebook as a way for their friends and family to give the gift of support to Autism Society San Diego. These fundraisers are easy to create and can provide so much for our organization. Thank you to all those who are thinking of us when choosing a charitable cause!



Looking for other easy ways to help?

Create an account and select Autism Society SD  as your charity to round up your purchases and support the Autism Society. It's the easiest way to give!

Also don't forget to find us on  AMAZON SMILE!
AUTISM SOCIETY COLLABORATIONS

Family Gym Night  - Carlsbad

Every third Saturday of the month
4:00-6:00 PM
Magdalena Ecke YMCA Gymnastics Center
6100 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92011

Join other families at a Family Fun Gymnastics Night in North County. The YMCA will provide the gym equipment. Together we will be the fun AND PIZZA! Bring the entire family for an enjoyable relaxing night of family recreation.   Donations of (minimum) $5 per family GREATLY APPRECIATED!

*Please remember there is NO childcare provided at this event.  For safety reasons, ATTENDEES are expected to SUPERVISE their children at ALL times.  The YMCA staff will be enforcing this rule.

THANK YOU to Pistachio's Cut and Color Bar in Carlsbad for your support .
Family Pizza & Pool Party -
Central San Diego

Every second Friday of the month
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Boys and Girls Club
4635 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA 92117

Bring the entire family to enjoy a swim in an indoor heated pool with free pizza and drinks. Lifeguards are provided. For safety purposes, no flotation devices or "floaties" are permitted.

*Please remember there is NO childcare provided at this event.  For safety reasons, ATTENDEES are expected to supervise their children at ALL times. Additionally: If your child cannot swim independently enough to pass the swim test, regardless of whether they will be in the deep or shallow end, you must be in the water with them at all times.

A special thank you to Aqua Pros for making this event possible. Donations of (minimum) $5 per family GREATLY APPRECIATED!

Autism-Friendly Sensory Playtime! - La Mesa Library

The first Sunday of the month!
11:00-12:00 PM
8074 Allison Avenue, La Mesa, CA 91942

The La Mesa Library is proud to present an Autism-Friendly playtime event every first Sunday of the month. The library staff provide a friendly, judgement-free experience in their lovely space with a variety of sensory and educational activities. All families are welcome to enjoy and explore the library an hour before it opens to the public every month - we hope you can join us!
Eager to learn more? The County of San Diego put together a beautiful intro video you can find here!

*Please note this is a family event best suited for children ages 3-10. Individuals without children will not be granted entry until the library opens for its public hours. We appreciate your understanding!
AMC & AUTISM SOCIETY PRESENT:
SENSORY FRIENDLY FILMS 

AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to offer Sensory Friendly Films, available on the second and fourth Saturday (family-friendly) and Tuesday evenings (mature audiences) of every month. The San Diego theaters participating in Sensory Friendly Films include:

AMC MISSION VALLEY 20
AMC PALM PROMENADE 24
AMC POWAY 10

PLEASE VERIFY SHOWING WITH THE AMC THEATER VIA THEIR WEBSITE OR BY PHONE BEFORE GOING AS THESE FILMS ARE SUBJECT TO CANCELLATION WITHOUT NOTICE.
 
This month's movies: 
SHAZAM! (PG-13)
DUMBO (PG)
HELLBOY (R)
MISSING LINK (PG)

To confirm dates and showtimes

SUPPORT AND INFORMATIONAL GROUP MEETINGS
All our meetings are FREE 
All Autism Society San Diego Meetings and Events
are regularly updated on Meetup.com
Stay informed and register at 

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This month, three local advocates will give a presentation on IHSS benefits, including eligibility, functional rankings, hourly task guidelines, and protective supervision.

Every first Monday of the month
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Carlsbad Senior Center
799 Pine Avenue, Carlsbad, CA

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Autistic Adult Social Group

ON HIATUS FOR APRIL
We will meet again on Saturday, May 4th

United Way Building
4699 Murphy Canyon Road, San Diego, CA 

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Spanish Support Group
Grupo de Apoyo en Espanol 

Cada segundo lunes del mes
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

St. Rose of Lima Church Library
Esquina de 3rd and H St. en Chula Vista, en la biblioteca

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East County Autism Support Group

Every second Monday of the month
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

NEW LOCATION!
Excelsior Academy
7200 Parkway Drive  La Mesa, CA  91942

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Adult Information and Support Group

Resource Fair!
Tuesday, April 9th
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
We are having our largest resource event of the year to support adults with autism.
For more information, click here

United Way Building
4699 Murphy Canyon Road, San Diego, CA 92123

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Wednesday, April 17th
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Locations vary, please check on Meetup!

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    Autism Through the Lifespan
Parent information and support meeting

Every second Thursday of the month
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

April 11th meeting: "Supporting Picky Eaters"

4007 Camino Del Rio South. 4th Floor, San Diego, CA

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