May 2020 Newsletter
May 5th is Giving Tuesday Now!

Today is the day nonprofits across the country are gathering support during #givingtuesdaynow for the incredible work they do in our communities. As a small nonprofit, the Autism Society of Greater Phoenix has been supporting the autism community in Arizona for over 45 years. We are run on the goodness, generosity, and donations of others. We appreciate your support!

We advocate for families in the systems of care, support and help run legislation affecting our families, and we support individuals and families through our monthly meetings and events that are now being done online.
We need your help to continue to provide these
online meetings and events for our community.

Thank you for your support!
Announcements
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HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!
To all the Autism Moms - we wish you a very special Mother's Day!
We know the work you do often goes unnoticed and you sacrifice so much for the special loved ones in your life. Please know that we see you and all that you do for your families and want to wish you a wonderful Mother's Day this Sunday!
For those of you ordering online, we invite you to use our Amazon Smile account and a portion of your purchases will go to
the Autism Society of Greater Phoenix.
DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, THE AUTISM SOCIETY OF GREATER PHOENIX WILL NOT BE HOLDING ANY OF OUR REGULAR IN-PERSON MEETINGS OR EVENTS THIS MONTH.

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

WEEKLY 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 as we take our meet ups online!
Limit of 20 people per meeting to keep these meetings small.

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

WHEN:  Friday, May 22nd, 9:30 - 11 AM
Meet Up 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 this month! Must RSVP below to receive the link to the instructions for each night.

WHEN: Thursday, May 7th, 6:30 - 8 PM
This Game Night will just be games through JackBox on Zoom.

WHEN:  Thursday, May 14th, 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.

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: Thursday, May 28th, 6:30 - 8 PM

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)

WHEN:  Saturday, May 9th  (Held 2nd Saturday of each month)
TIME:  1 - 3 PM

AUTISM 101 CLASS:

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

WHEN: Tuesday, May 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.*
ONLINE SUPPORT
FOR KIDS

ONLINE SHOW & TELL 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.

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

ONLINE SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS FOR PARENTS

Each of these online support groups will have a guest speaker and will allow time for questions. These 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, May 21st, 6:30 - 8 PM
SPEAKERS: Lori Kirsch-Goodwin & Hope Kirsch
TOPIC: Learn Your IEP Rights even in a Crisis

E.V.A.N. Meeting led by Holly Reycraft & Katie Wride
WHEN: Tuesday, May 26th, 6:30 - 8 PM
We may be able to meet in person for this meeting. Stay tuned to see!
SPEAKERS: Several speakers from different agencies
TOPIC: Come and learn what programs, supports, and therapies are being offered at this time 

**Are you offering therapies/groups/summer programs at this time? Click HERE if you want to present at this meeting.**
Autism Society of Greater Phoenix Private Pool Party!
(May need to be postponed or cancelled, but we hope we can still have it!)

WHEN: Saturday, June 13th, 2020, 6:30-8:30pm
WHERE: Hamilton Aquatic Center in Chandler
3838 S Arizona Ave, Chandler, AZ 85248
(Off of Arizona Ave, between Queen Creek & Ocotillo)
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS LARGER LOCATION!

WHAT: A private pool party with just our families
COST: $4 per person or $15 per family (up to 6)
$2 each additional family member past 6
~Limited number of families can attend!~ 
MUST REGISTER BY JUNE 6TH!

There is a water slide, drop slide, zero-depth entry and play structure with a kid slide, plenty of shade, lap lanes to swim in and plenty of room to relax
and enjoy time with your family!

Families can bring in their own food or purchase pizza, fruit, veggie, chips,
& drinks from us for $4 per person.
(Pre-paid required).
Early Bird Registration Now Open!
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. You have until April 15th, 2020 to donate to receive the credit for your 2019 taxes.

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


THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!