FRIDAYS ARE FOR DRIFTWOOD in Marathon, Florida. Driftwood Pizza and Pasta is donating a portion of the proceeds to the Autism Society of Florida every Friday in November! Eat In, Take Out and Delivery! This donation will go towards swim lesson vouchers, hurricane kits and more!
THANK YOU to Hippocrates Health Institute for partnering with the Autism Society of Florida. Your support will help us reach more families across Florida by fulfilling our mission to advocate for better outcomes for people with autism. HHI focusses on health and wellness for their guests in their beautiful West Palm Beach, FL setting.
THANK YOU to the 100 Chili's Locations for participating in the ASF Give Back Event on October 29th! And THANK YOU to everyone all across the state for dining out to support the Autism Society of Florida. We appreciate you! Your participation will help us to achieve our mission to empower the lives of people with autism and their families through our initiatives. Thank you for all the photos and messages about how much fun you had with friends and family!
Autism License Plate
Autism Services Grant
THANK YOU to the Autism Services Grant Council (Autism License Plate) for honoring us this year with a grant to provide water safety instruction and training on autism to water instructors throughout our state! We are excited to be making a difference in the drowning prevention of children and adults on the spectrum and GREATLY appreciate the support of the Council and from ALL of those who have autism license plates. If you don't have one, get one :)
This Broward County Parent Support Group offers a chance for parents of people on the autism spectrum to come together to discuss their challenges. Come and talk with other parents to get great advice from people who have traveled down the same road and share your experience with others.
REACH for knowledge
Live Stream on FB
ON OCTOBER 15th We talked with Dr. Jim Ball is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) who has been working in the field of autism for 25+ years.If you’re a parent, you have had behavior challenges with your children. Dr. Ball will join REACH to discuss the application of the whole-person perspective toward behavior management that connects across home, school, and community. We’ll talk about some tried and true behavior strategies that really work!
President Trump signed #AutismCARES Act H.R. 1058 into law. In the last year, you have sent over 3,000 letters to Congress through our online Action Center specifically supporting Autism Cares, congratulations! This bill reauthorizes and improves the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, and Supports (CARES) Act for another five years. This law helps millions of children, youth, and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities by providing important basic and applied research, interdisciplinary training of professionals, public education, and critical services and supports.
Tour de Force 4 Autism
For Adults with Autism
A HUGE WIN FOR EVERYONE!
#TourdeForce4Autism is an Autism Society of Florida event providing adults with autism the opportunity to tour a police station and learn about law enforcement. This program gives officers a better understanding of people with autism by having up close and personal interactions and receive first hand knowledge.
Special thanks to Broward Sheriff's Office
and Executive Captain Martin Hedelund
CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION
Cameras in Classrooms
LET CAMERAS BE OUR VOICE
Florida has struggled with being able to guarantee the safety of our students. From the Panhandle to South Florida, evidence has surfaced this year as to just how vulnerable our children truly are.
The Autism Society of Florida has joined with other activists and organizations across the state to advocate for legislation requiring cameras in classrooms designated as “ESE classrooms” – separate classrooms for children with disabilities.
Visit our website for the latest information and please sign our petition. Click the hashtag below.
of House Bill 79. Student Elopement; Requires public schools to create School Staff Assistance for Emergencies (SAFE) Team & school elopement plan; provides requirements for team & plan; requires & provides requirements for elopement quick reference guides for certain students; requires public schools to annually submit their plans to district school board. Engage with your legislators to encourage them to support this bill. Share with them how this effects your family and drive home the importance of this legislation.
Restraint and Seclusion
TAKE A STAND
Students in Florida are being restrained and secluded at alarming rates. ASF is working with legislators to implement mandatory guidelines for restraint and ban seclusion in the state of Florida.
When we send our children to school we assume they will be sage from abuse and neglect and treated with respect. Serious risks associated with the use of Restraint and Seclusion: Injury, Increased Aggression, Post Traumatic Stress.
At the recent Resource Fair at Oriole Elementary School the Autism Society of Florida was on hand to offer support and guidance to families of students on the autism spectrum. ASF reaches out into the community to provide information to assist people to be the best advocated they can for their loved ones and for themselves.