Connecticut's Leader for Services, Support and Resources to the Autism Community
September 2021
In This Issue:

  • Fall Fitness Challenge
  • Time to Update Your Information
  • Social Recreation Updates
  • Support Groups
  • Resources for Families
  • Trainings
  • Thank you for your support
Happy Fall Y'all! Can you believe we were just saying "Welcome Summer" only a few short months ago? Now we are trading our shorts and flip flops for boots and sweaters; our sunset walks on the beach for the bright Friday night lights on the football field; and our icy popsicles for pumpkin spice everything!!!!

This September and October, ASRC is inviting you to embrace that crisp fresh air and join us in our Fall Fitness Challenge. That's right, we are going to continue the healthy momentum we began at our annual Walk for Autism. We are inviting you to join us as we strive to stay fit during the sweater weather that is upon us.

Check out the information below and get ready for some friendly outdoor, socially distanced, Fall Fitness Fun!

Continue to stay safe and be well!
The Team @ ASRC
Hike @ Sleeping Giant
For ages 16+ who can attend events independently (one group mentor)- Please sign up so we know how many are coming
Saturday 9/18
@ 2:00pm
Golf 9 Holes @ Miner Hill or Lyman Orchards Apple 9 (depends on participation)
Ages 16+ You MUST REGISTER with
no later than Monday 9/13. This round is for those who have experience playing golf and would like to get out and enjoy a round.
Wednesday 9/22
Tee Time TBD
Reppin' For Rylan -CROSSFIT
@District Athletic Club 470 James St #004 in New Haven
This is an ALL AGES event - you do NOT need to know how to do CROSSFIT. **16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Register with
Saturday 10/2
@ 9:30am
Bike & A Bite with Julie
Start at Mikro Lot - 0 Depot Drive Hamden, CT
**Ages 16 + and all participants MUST ride own bike independently. Please sign up by October 1 -
Sunday 10/10
@ 1:00-3:00pm
Four Legged Fitness Saturday
**This is NOT a drop off event for Teens and under.
***All pets must be good around other pets & must be up to date on all vaccines
Saturday 10/16
Time/Location TBD
Virtual Halloween 5K
Join us, set a goal, and earn an ASRC Fitness Magnet for participating. Contact for more details or
Saturday 10/30
Fitness Friend
Fall Fitness Sponsor
Fitness Fanatic
"Title" Sponsorship
Please Update Your Information

It's not too late to help us keep you update to date on the important news ASRC has to share!
We will send a reminder email 9/13 with detailed instruction.
If you have questions before then, please email
Congratulations to Joy, the recipient of a
Big Y gift card for updating her information in the ASRC system.

It takes just a few minutes to ensure we have your correct email address and preferences for types of communication you would like to receive; ie. newsletters, trainings, events, etc.
Little Ways to Make a Big Difference

Call toll free 24/7
1-877-227-7487 for more information
United Way campaigns are underway in your places of employment!

ASRC's designation code is AG0445.

Contact for more info.
Save the Date for
Repping for Rylan!

For the 3rd year, we are honored to partner with Tanya Iacono and DACFit in honor of Rylan.

Join us on October 2nd for a special workout.

Get ready for the workout by pre-ordering your 2021 Repping for Rylan shirt by emailing

Shirts orders are due by September 21st and all proceeds support ASRC.

Fall Groups Starting Again Soon
Teens through Adults
12 & Under
If you are interested in joining our Teens or Adult Social Group,
please contact
for more details
If you are interested in joining the Learning From Our Littles or Elementary Social Group,
please contact
for more details
Virtual Support Groups
for Parents/Caregivers of Individuals with ASD

Monthly Groups are back!

Tuesday 9/21
12 & Under
Together, we will ask the tough questions, search for answers and build networks as we start our journeys with ASD. Facilitated by Rachel Varvatsis, mother and Early Childhood Educator, along with guest speakers.

Begin again in October
Monday 10/18 (6:30-7:30pm)
Young Adults & Adults
A mixture of sharing and speakers this group will be facilitated by Lois Rosenwald and Sheri Taber
both mothers of adult children.

Are you a Parent/Caregiver of a Tween/Teen
Email so we can begin gathering a list of interested families for the coming months
Now Hiring
MENTORS for TEEN & ADULT Social Groups

Are you or someone you know...
  • passionate about working with the ASD population?
  • Have knowledge of the needs and behaviors of individuals with ASD?
  • have the ability to communicate effectively with program participants, parents/caregivers, staff, and community organizations?
  • possess organizational skills, strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in a collaborative manner?
ASRC is seeking energetic, patient and enthusiastic individuals who enjoy working with teens and adults on the Autism Spectrum. Contact Sara Taussik today by emailing for more information
Social Skills Groups
Social Skills Groups
are forming now!
Peer Mentoring
Over the last twenty years, we have made great progress in our understanding of autism and the best ways to help individuals on the Spectrum. Teams have developed effective comprehensive programs to facilitate social development in children and there is exciting research into the genetic and neurological factors underlying autism. A growing body of evidence-based practices work to support individuals as they learn, communicate, interact with others, and develop independence. Yet a formidable obstacle remains that we have yet to overcome, which is the barrier to the social world of peers.

Autism Service & Resources Connecticut, in collaboration with Dr. James Loomis and with the support of a state funded grant, have developed a comprehensive curriculum to develop and implement Peer Mentoring within the school system. Peer mentoring is one of the most effective ways to address the obstacle. It breaks down the barrier by bringing together students with autism and typical peers - training the peers to understand their mentees, giving the students with autism social opportunities, and bridging the gap through enjoyable interactions and activities. This manual is designed to give you the tools to establish peer mentoring programs that will be most effective in this effort.

We are excited to move forward with this project and plan to have the manual published and available for schools implementation in the near future. If you would like to learn more about how peer mentoring can improve the quality of socialization for students in your school, please contact
Resources For you!!!
Who can help my adult family member live more independently of us?”
ASRC is proud to partner with AANE to bring LifeNet to Connecticut - with a small number of slots available today!

ASRC's Professional Resource Guide
ASRC’s has Connecticut's largest and most comprehensive professional resource!
Now better than EVER!
Families shared that our "resource guide is one of the most valuable resource at every stage of their journey". 
Do you have a preferred provider or resource for your child/teen/adult with Autism? Is there someone that has stood out - an incredible dentist, favorite camp, barber, etc.? 

We continually update our resource guide with quality listings. We Would Love to Hear from You!

Send your resource experiences to
ASRC is excited to be part of this fall's CABLE training
CABLE has been a trusted source of training for law enforcement personnel in the State of Connecticut for more than 20 years. Our Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training follows best practices set forth by CIT International and follows the Memphis Model.
CABLE delivers curriculum that is grounded in evidence and incorporates experience and expertise from our multi-disciplinary team of instructors.

We are scheduling trainings into Fall.
Schedule yours today.
Thank you to our 2021 Walk Sponsors!
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