January 2021 Newsletter

FREE
BE SAFE
EVENT 
Tues & Thurs.,
January 26th & 28th
7 - 8:30 PM

LIVE, BUT VIRTUAL SESSIONS
FROM HOME

MUST BE ABLE TO ATTEND BOTH DAYS IN ORDER TO RSVP

There are spots for law enforcement & for community members & their families, but they will fill fast! Learn how to safely interact with the police!

For more information on the BE SAFE Program, click HERE

Limited number of spots available, so be sure to RSVP today!
ANNOUNCING A NEW ASGP SPANISH SUPPORT GROUP ONLINE FOR CAREGIVERS!

ASGP COMUNIDAD DE AUTISMO

Únase a nosotros para nuestra nueva reunión del grupo de apoyo en español de la Sociedad de Autismo del Gran Phoenix que se lleva a cabo el segundo martes de cada mes de 6: 30-8 pm y está dirigida por Catherine Valdivia Moore.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 12th, 6:30-8 PM

Times are challenging. We are here for you.

With 12 FREE monthly online meetings,
ASGP offers something for everyone, including:

LEGO Club & Show & Tell * Parent Support Groups *
Teen & Adult Support Groups * Women’s Support Group *
Virtual Game Nights * Parent Coffee Meet Ups * Autism 101 Class *

If you need help: Visit our website for information, resources, and our calendar of online meetings. Please email us with any questions.

If you can help: $10, $20 or any donation amount you can give directly benefits kids, teens, adults, & families with autism in ArizonaDonations of any amount qualify for the Charitable Organization Tax Credit. (See below.) Additionally, we can arrange monthly giving for you.

If you need a tax credit: ASGP qualifies for the Charitable Organization Tax Credit. Maximum credits are $400 for individuals, and $800 for married couples filing jointly. The Charitable Organization Tax Credit does not conflict with public or private school or foster care tax credits -- you can donate to all of them according to the tax laws.

Our Qualifying Charitable Organization (QCO) Code is 20728.
Please consult your tax advisor with questions.
Does your employer have a payroll deduction program through your work where they match your donation to our organization through United Way?

Consider making a tax deductible donation of any amount through the United Way program at work by using the Autism Society of Greater Phoenix number: #0281 
DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, THE AUTISM SOCIETY OF GREATER PHOENIX WILL NOT BE HOLDING ANY OF OUR REGULAR IN-PERSON MEETINGS THIS MONTH.

HOWEVER, WE ARE EXCITED TO CONTINUE SEVERAL ONLINE MEETINGS THROUGH ZOOM BELOW. WE HOPE YOU WILL JOIN US ONLINE!
ASGP AUTISM PARENT
MEET UPS

HELD THE 2ND & 4TH FRIDAY
OF EACH MONTH

Come and chat with others on the same journey! Share your laughs, struggles, triumphs, & more. No speaker, but there will be someone to lead the discussion each week. Must sign up using the link and will be emailed the Zoom link for the meeting. Join us online!

Limit of 20 people per meeting to keep these meetings small.

WHEN: Friday, January 8th, 9:30 - 11 AM
Meet Up Led by Rachel Lack

WHEN: Friday, January 22nd, 9:30 - 11 AM
Meet Up Led by Cynthia Cypher
ONLINE SUPPORT FOR
AUTISTIC ADULTS

HELD THE 2ND & 4TH SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH

ASGP Asperger's/Autistic Adult Support Group:
Monthly support group for autistic adults ages 18+. (Normally held at the Pyle Center in Tempe)

WHEN: Saturday, January 9th
TIME: 1 - 3 PM

WHEN: Saturday, January 23rd
TIME: 1 - 3 PM
ONLINE SUPPORT FOR TEENS &
YOUNG ADULTS

ASGP VIRTUAL
GAME NIGHTS:
We host two Virtual Game Nights each month. Must RSVP below to receive the link to the instructions for each night.

WHEN: Monday, January 11th, 6:30 - 8 PM
This Game Night will include Minecraft (must own full version to play), Super Smash Brothers Ultimate (must have a Switch, the game, & an online Nintendo account to play), & some free games as well. We will be playing in our Discord room.


Questions about Discord?
CLICK HERE to watch a 1 minute video on how to join our Discord room.

Questions about playing Super Smash Brothers at our Game Night?
CLICK HERE for instructions

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JackBox & Minecraft Virtual Game Night

WHEN: Monday, January 28th, 6:30 - 8 PM
This Game Night will just be games through JackBox on Zoom and Minecraft on Discord.

Questions about JackBox?
CLICK HERE for instructions on how to join us on Zoom using JackBox

ONLINE SUPPORT
FOR WOMEN ON THE SPECTRUM

ASGP GIRL TALK: VIRTUAL MEET UP FOR WOMEN ON THE SPECTRUM

Fun meet up for women on the spectrum ages 14+! Join other women on the spectrum to share challenges unique to women.

Click the link below to RSVP and you will be sent the Zoom meeting information.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 13th, 6:30-8 PM

NEW: SPANISH ONLINE SUPPORT
FOR CAREGIVERS

ASGP COMUNIDAD DE AUTISMO

Únase a nosotros para nuestra nueva reunión del grupo de apoyo en español de la Sociedad de Autismo del Gran Phoenix que se lleva a cabo el segundo martes de cada mes de 6: 30-8 pm y está dirigida por Catherine Valdivia Moore.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 12th, 6:30-8 PM

ONLINE SUPPORT FOR
YOUNG ADULTS

ASGP North Valley Young Adult Asperger's/ASD Support Group:

Used to meet at Paradise Valley Community College when we could still meet in person.
Currently meeting online during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Led by Dawn Oliver

Attendees: Many hold a diagnosis of non-verbal learning disorder, ASD, ADHD or a learning disability. Build connections and friendships, expand support network, social involvement and interests. Diagnosis is not necessary.

Engage in activities and small group discussions geared toward advancing social skills and building friendships. The group may also plan additional social activities. Ages 17--35.

WHEN: Saturday, January 16th 
TIME: 12 - 1 PM
ASGP AUTISM 101 CLASS:

FREE Class for those new to autism or new to Arizona.

WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 19th, 6:30-8:30 PM


*Be sure to visit www.phxautism.org and click on Autism in Arizona for more information on how to access services and even watch an Autism 101 online.*
ASGP ONLINE MONTHLY SUPPORT GROUP MEETING FOR PARENTS

Our online support group will have guest speakers and will allow time for questions. It will also be recorded and uploaded on our website if you are not able to make it to the meeting or we reach our limit.

*We will also raffle off an Amazon gift card at the end of the meeting!*

ASGP Online Monthly Support Group Meeting (3rd Thursday of each month)

WHEN: Thursday, January 21st, 6:30 - 8 PM
SPEAKER: Dr. David Bank, SPG Virtual Care
TOPIC: Come and learn about the new medical at home services for autism. This new program called the Pediatric Complex Care Program includes telehealth with physicians and nurses, full physical exams and vital signs, mobile blood draws, and much more! Come and learn about this new program for children and adults that is contracted with all of the AHCCCS plans! Don't miss it!

ONLINE SUPPORT
FOR YOUNG ADULTS

ASGP AZ ASSIST VIRTUAL HANG OUT FOR AGES 18+:

Fun for youth of ALL ages! Join us and share your artwork, pets, books, Lego creations and more! Parents sign up & share this fun event with your youth. Just one hour.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 27th
TIME: 6:30 - 8 PM
Led by Cynthia Cypher

THANK YOU TO OUR SENSITIVE SANTA SPONSORS:

Jim Adams Family
&
THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR MANY VOLUNTEERS AND CCV CHURCH FOR MAKING THESE 3 SENSITIVE SANTA DRIVE THRU EVENTS POSSIBLE!

We had hundreds of families that were able to enjoy these amazing events safely!
Thank you for all you do. You make a difference, every day!
Ways to Give Back
Support Autism Society of Greater Phoenix * Helping families for over 45 years! 

Awareness * Trainings and Social Events * Lego Clubs * Picnics * Conferences * Advocacy * Outreach * Autism 101 Classes * Rural Advocacy Trainings *Be Safe Trainings for Law Enforcement and the Community *Legislation * Workshops and Classes * Family Events * Mom's Meet Ups * Support Groups for Parents and Adults on the Spectrum * Government Relations * 
 
Almost everything we do for families is free. 91% of all donations go right back out to the local community. All donations are tax deductible. You can give in several ways: 
 
1. Sign up for a payroll deduction program through your employer or consider making a $25 or more tax deductible restricted contribution today to Autism Society of Greater Phoenix through United Way: #0281 

2. Donate online at www.phxautism.org 

3. Donate through Amazon Smiles and a percentage
will come back to us.

4.Donate goods, services or volunteer for our events. Contact Katie for more information on volunteering or donating items.

5. Sign up through Fry's Community Rewards Program for those that use a Fry's card, click the link above, then search for Autism Society of Greater Phoenix either by name or use FE489 and then click Enroll and donations will be sent to ASGP.

6.Mail a donation: 
    Autism Society of Greater Phoenix 
    PO Box 10543 
    Phoenix, AZ 85064 

**REMINDER: the Autism Society of Greater Phoenix is now a Qualified Charitable Organization for the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit. The maximum credits are $400 for individuals, and $800 for married couples filing jointly and you are welcome to donate any amount, and can make payments too.

Our Qualified Charitable Organization (QCO) number is: 20728
Contact a tax professional for more information on this tax credit.


THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Did you miss our Global Autism Conference in September?

You can still watch the recorded sessions,
visit all of the sponsors and exhibitors, and see the handouts too,
by purchasing a Recorded Sessions Only Ticket below!

For only $50 you can see all of this amazing content and watch it
all at your own pace for the next few months!
Recordings on the Whova App can be viewed until March 2021.