October 2021 Newsletter
DID YOU MISS OUR 22ND ANNUAL AUTISM CONFERENCE?

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SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR TITLE SPONSOR: MedOne
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Join the Autism Society of Greater Phoenix Team as we partner with other organizations for the
YES DAY! for Autism!

TEMPE BEACH PARK: Oct 24th, 8 AM - 12 PM 
This free, family-friendly event will be held on Sunday, Oct. 24 at Tempe Beach Park: 80 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, AZ, 85281
Starting at 8 a.m., YES Day teams who fundraised, can check-in, claim their prizes and drop off any donations!
There is no cost to attend.

OVERVIEW OF YES DAY HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Opening Ceremonies: Kick your morning off with our first-ever YES Day for Autism Pledge starting at 9 a.m. at the main stage!
  • Resource Fair: No matter where you are in your journey, visit with nearly (40) diverse autism providers from around the state
  • Sprouts Pumpkin Patch: Pick your free pumpkin and put your creativity to the test at one of our no-carve decorating stations!
  • Carnival Zone: An array of arts and crafts, face painting stations, play games and win prizes, visit with the famous balloon twister, and more!
  • Special Appearances and Live Entertainment: Get up close and personal with the likes of Spiderman, Elsa, Fiesta Bowl Spirit, watch the ASU Men’s Gymnastics Team in action, and more!
  • Eats and Treats: Local food trucks dishing up delicious eats from around the Valley.

SEE YOU ON OCTOBER 24TH AT THE YES DAY! FOR AUTISM!
A HUGE THANK YOU to
Stacy Strombeck-Goodrich
for all she has done over the last four years as the Executive Director
of the Autism Society of Greater Phoenix.

We are extremely thankful for all of the time, energy, and dedication she gave
to our organization in countless ways.

We are sad to see her step down as our Executive Director, but excited for the new opportunities she now enjoys as owner of Atypical Blooms, a social enterprise florist delivering beautiful bouquets to the metro Phoenix area. We have used Stacy's new business multiple times now and appreciate the gorgeous bouquets she creates
and hand delivers across the valley.

We wish her all the best and encourage everyone to check out Atypical Blooms for your next floral arrangement delivery!



Join us for our
11th Annual AZ ASSIST Halloween Bash
(For ages 14+)
Saturday, November 6th
5:30 - 7 PM
Civitan Foundation

Dinner & Dancing Only ~ Wear Costumes
Socially distanced, Masks Encouraged
$15 online per person
$20 at the door

Parents may also attend or drop off

Due to Covid, this will be a much smaller event than in the past, however, this will be in person, spaced out, and everyone will leave with a treat bag.

This event is for teens & young adults, no children

DID YOU KNOW?

The Autism Society of Greater Phoenix began in 1973. We are a non-profit, 501c3 organization that was started by parents and continually led by a Board of Directors that has included parents and family members since it began. We are a small organization with only a few part-time employees and several amazing, dedicated volunteers who help provide the information, resources, and support to families through meetings and events. We rely upon the generous donations of our supporters who believe in the opportunities we provide individuals, families, and the community. To learn more about the Autism Society of Greater Phoenix, visit www.PHXautism.org
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 Night * Parent 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.

Donations made the rest of this year will go towards your
2021 tax credit!

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 and 4TH FRIDAY

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 OR in person this month!

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

WHEN: Friday, October 8th
TIME: 9:30 - 11 AM
LOCATION: Barnes & Noble at Desert Ridge Marketplace
21001 N. Tatum Blvd. Suite 42, Phoenix, AZ 85050
Meet Up Led by Cynthia Cypher
THIS MEET UP IS IN PERSON

WHEN: Friday, October 22nd
TIME: 9:30 - 11 AM
Meet Up Led by Cynthia Cypher
THIS AUTISM PARENT MEET UP WILL BE HELD ONLINE
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)

Led By: Sue Golubock & Tara Marshall

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

WHEN: Saturday, October 23rd
TIME: 1 - 3 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, October 12th
TIME: 6:30 - 8 PM


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 16+! 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, October 13th
TIME: 6:30 - 8 PM

ONLINE SUPPORT FOR
THOSE NEW TO AUTISM OR NEW TO AZ

ASGP AUTISM 101 CLASS:

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

WHEN: Tuesday, October 19th
TIME: 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
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, October 23rd
TIME: 11 - 12:30 PM 

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 (4th Thursday this month)

JUST ADDED: For the hour before the meeting, come and get your questions answered on ANY topic and get support from Cynthia Macluskie, VP of Autism Society of Greater Phoenix from 6 - 7 PM!

WHEN: Thursday, October 21st
TIME: 7 - 8 PM Guest Speaker
SPEAKER: TBD
TOPIC: Come and learn about girls and women on the spectrum and how to support them. Bring your questions, ideas, and insights!
Don't miss it!

ONLINE SUPPORT FOR TEENS & YOUNG ADULTS

ASGP VIRTUAL GAME NIGHT:

We will have one Virtual Game Night each month on the 4th Monday of every month from 6 - 7:30 PM. Be sure to mark your calendars!

We will be playing Super Smash Brothers Ultimate on the Switch and Minecraft on the computer each month.

DATE: Monday, October 25th
TIME: 6 - 7:30 PM

ONLINE SUPPORT
FOR YOUNG ADULTS

ASGP AZ ASSIST VIRTUAL HANG OUT FOR AGES 18+:

Join other individuals on the spectrum for our AZ ASSIST Virtual Hang Out for ages 18+. During these uncertain times, our young adults need a place to connect too! Let's check in with each other online. RSVP here & you will be sent a link to join the Zoom meeting. FREE!

WHEN: Wednesday, October 27th
TIME: 6:30 - 8 PM
Led by Teri Beardsley

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.
You will be emailed a receipt for your donation.


THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!