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

Happy March! This month is one of my favorite times of the year, because it is time to register for Camp I CAN! My children look forward to this program every summer, and this year will be bittersweet since it is the last time my oldest son will be able to attend. For those of you with children ages 6-17, be sure to check out this summer camp program we offer in conjunction with Toby Wells YMCA and Magdalena Ecke YMCA - I can personally attest to the joy it brings to my boys' lives!

If you haven't joined us yet for a Family Camp Weekend at YMCA Camp Marston, we still have a few spots left for our Spring Family Camp, happening the weekend of March 15th through the 17th. Located in the beautiful hills of Julian, Family Camp is a great way to get out of town for a relaxing weekend with your family in a supportive and non judgmental atmosphere. All activities, food and lodging are included, and cabins are modernized with all the necessities such as indoor plumbing, electricity and WIFI! 

We are also looking forward to our 17th Annual Splash for Cash, happening Sunday, April 14th. This event is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and it also is a blast for everyone who attends! Join us and go for a swim, or stay dry and just enjoy the delicious pancake breakfast and chili cheese dog lunch our favorite San Diego firefighters will be preparing. Get some great deals on wonderful items in our silent auction, and if you have fundraised $250 or more, you will qualify for priority registration for our very popular Surf Camp on the day of the event! All funds raised help us continue to offer our aquatics programs including Surf Camp and Pool PALS swim lesson scholarships, as well as family events like our monthly Pizza and Pool Parties, and Family Gym Night. We are thankful for everyone who comes and helps us to make this a successful event, and we hope to see you there!
Amy  Munera
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VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: MARCH 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 ANNETTE!

Annette Jones has served on our board for about 5 months now and we are honored to have her! Her positive energy and experience our an invaluable addition to our team. We asked Annette a few questions about her role at the AS-SD and in her community.

What's your connection to the autism community?
My career as a special education teacher and now school psychologist has brought me into a support position for families and their children. I enjoy working for and with the families. 

How do you support the Autism Society San Diego?
I am a new board member, as of September, and have helped with the grant writing committee. 

Editor's note - the Grant Writing committee is crucial to our success as grants fund the vast majority of our programs and activities! This is an easy and much appreciated way to help support us, so thanks Annette!
 
What is your favorite program the Autism Society San Diego is a part of?
I'm impressed with all of the programs! I became teary after reading the parents' comments about their child's experience during Camp I Can. It has a huge impact on the lives of children and their families.

The simplest way to get involved in supporting our community is...
Over the years, parents have shared that they appreciate kindness during frustrating situations. Grace and patience from the community are always appreciated. 

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 MARCH
THERE ARE STILL A FEW SPOTS LEFT!  


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SAVE THE DATE!
We are looking forward to our 17th year of Camp I CAN! 

Camp I CAN 2014
Registration for Camp I CAN opens March 18 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.


We need you to help us with donations of items and services for our silent auction! Please bring to our office or call to make arrangements to pick up. Thank you!

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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!
                                     
THANK YOU, GEICO as our Family Pizza and Pool Party sponsor.



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!

Several Chuck-E-Cheese locations are offering
Sensory Sensitive Sundays
 on the first Sunday of each month 2 hours before opening to the public. This event will feature "reduced lighting and noise, trained and caring staff, and food and games". 



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: 
NOT YET POSTED

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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PLEASE NOTE...This month, our North County Support Group will be Meeting at the Carlsbad SENIOR CENTER! Dennis Spiegelman will be speaking about special needs planning and we pushed the time out to 6:30pm so that EVERYONE can make it!

Carlsbad Senior Center
799 Pine Avenue, Carlsbad, CA

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Autistic Adult Social Group

Every first Saturday of the month
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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

Topic: A Mother & Daughter's Shared Journey
Megan and Maleia Christian are a mother and daughter who will share about their experiences, from early life on, as well as their growth and change throughout their journey. They will share what supports have been helpful, as well as some that were not. They will share insights and experiences of Megan's transition into adulthood, as well as how humor is a key ingredient to keeping joy in their ongoing growth.
Tuesday, March 12
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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

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Wednesday, January 16th
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 third Thursday of the month
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

March 14th meeting: "An Overview of Applied Behavior Analysis"

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

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FIND LOCAL EVENTS & RESOURCES ON OUR WEBSITE

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