July 2020 Newsletter

Sunday Sales

Are you a parent/caregiver in our private Facebook group?

Do you own your own business?

On Sundays only, members of our private Facebook group are invited to share their family business information. Please post your family business information on SUNDAYS ONLY as that is the only day sales posts are allowed in the group. Posts can stand alone; they do not need to be a comment on the Sunday Sales thread. Please tag the post with  #sundaysales  

If you are a Individual with Autism/Parent/Caregiver and you are not yet a member of our private Facebook group, please click HERE and ask to join.

Must agree to follow group rules, must be an individual with autism/parent/caregiver, and can be removed at anytime for violating the rules.

We hope you will consider joining the community of support in this group with over 2,000 members and growing of fellow autism families in the valley!
Announcements
We will still be holding our conference on
September 11th & 12th!

This will be a VIRTUAL ONLY event with live options, recorded sessions, meet and greets, and exhibitor marketplace available all from the comfort of your home!

Instead of attending one track each hour, you can watch all the sessions each day.

You don't want to miss it!
Early Bird Registration Opens July 13th!
Did you know the Autism Society of Greater Phoenix hosts
several private Facebook groups, including:





If you are interested in joining any of these groups, click the link above and ask to join. Must answer questions to join, follow group rules, and be eligible for the group.
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!
ONLINE SUPPORT
FOR WOMEN ON THE SPECTRUM

GIRL TALK: VIRTUAL HANG OUT 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, July 8th, 6:30-8 PM

AUTISM PARENT MEET UPS 2ND & 4TH FRIDAYS!

Come and chat with other parents/caregivers 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, July 10th, 9:30 - 11 AM
Meet Up Led Rachel Lack

WHEN:  Friday, July 24th, 9:30 - 11 AM
Meet Up Led by Cynthia Cypher
ONLINE SUPPORT FOR
AUTISTIC ADULTS

Asperger's/Autistic Adult Support Group:
Monthly support group for autistic adults ages 18+. (Normally held at the Pyle Center in Tempe) Now held the 2nd & 4th Saturday each month to provide additional support.

WHEN:  Saturday, July 11th 
TIME:  1 - 3 PM

WHEN: Saturday, July 25th
TIME: 1 - 3 PM
ONLINE SUPPORT GROUP MEETING FOR PARENTS

Our online support group will have a guest speaker 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.



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

WHEN: Thursday, July 16, 6:30 - 8 PM
SPEAKER: Speakers from Mercy Care & United Health Care
TOPIC: How to Access Health Care from the Health Plans
Come and learn about AAC being moved to the health plans as well as lot of other questions you may have!

ONLINE SUPPORT FOR
YOUNG ADULTS

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, July 18 th 
TIME:  12 - 1 PM

AUTISM 101 CLASS:

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

WHEN: Tuesday, July 21st, 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.*
ONLINE SUPPORT
FOR KIDS

ONLINE SHOW & TELL/
LEGO CLUB NIGHT:
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, July 22nd
TIME: 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Led by Cynthia Cypher

ONLINE SUPPORT FOR TEENS &
YOUNG ADULTS

AZ ASSIST VIRTUAL
GAME NIGHTS:
We had so much fun last month, we decided to do 2 Virtual Game Nights again this month! Must RSVP below to receive the link to the instructions for each night.

WHEN:  Wednesday, July 15th, 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 Only Virtual Game Night

WHEN: Thursday, July 30th, 6:30 - 8 PM
This Game Night will just be games through JackBox on Zoom.

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

AZ ASSIST VIRTUAL HANG OUT:

Come and hang out with your AZ ASSIST friends ages 18+. Share what you have been up to and check in with those hanging at home too!

WHEN: Tuesday, July 28th, 6:30 - 8 PM

Early Bird Registration Opens July 13th!

We will still be holding our conference on
September 11th & 12th!

This will be a VIRTUAL ONLY event with live options, recorded sessions, meet and greet, and exhibitor marketplace available all from the comfort of your home!

Instead of attending one track each hour, you can watch all the sessions each day.

You don't want to miss it!


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 * Parent Mentors * 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 . This means that if you have already donated in 2019, you will receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for your donation to us. 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!