Autism Speaks Chicagoland

Autism Speaks Chicagoland Visit us on the web at www.autismspeaks.org/chicago. Follow us on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/AutismSpeaksCHI Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

We do this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. We empower people with autism and their families with resources, online tools and information covering the life span. To find resources, join a fundraising walk or make a donation, go to www.AutismSpeaks.org.

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Interested in autism advocacy? Want to get more involved in our policy initiatives? Join us in making meaningful change ...
09/12/2021

Interested in autism advocacy? Want to get more involved in our policy initiatives? Join us in making meaningful change for people with autism, and apply to be an Autism Speaks Volunteer Advocacy Ambassador Program. Learn more here: https://www.autismspeaks.org/volunteer-advocacy-ambassador-program

Interested in autism advocacy? Want to get more involved in our policy initiatives? Join us in making meaningful change for people with autism, and apply to be an Autism Speaks Volunteer Advocacy Ambassador Program. Learn more here: https://www.autismspeaks.org/volunteer-advocacy-ambassador-program

Today is #GrandparentsDay and we'd like to thank all the amazing grandparents in the autism community for their love and...
09/12/2021
A Grandparent's Guide to Autism | Autism Speaks

Today is #GrandparentsDay and we'd like to thank all the amazing grandparents in the autism community for their love and support. 💙 Shout out a special grandparent in your life in the comments!

This guide will help provide you with a better understanding of autism, and arm you with tips, tools and real life stories to guide you as you support your family immediately after the diagnosis and beyond.

Sensory issues often accompany autism. In fact, the American Psychiatric Association officially added sensory sensitivit...
09/11/2021

Sensory issues often accompany autism. In fact, the American Psychiatric Association officially added sensory sensitivities to the symptoms that help diagnose autism in 2013.

Autism’s sensory issues can involve both hyper-sensitivities (over-responsiveness) and hypo-sensitivities (under-responsiveness) to a wide range of stimuli.

These can involve:
Sights
Sounds
Smells
Tastes
Touch
Balance
Body awareness (proprioception)

To learn more about sensory issues and autism, head to https://www.autismspeaks.org/sensory-issues

Sensory issues often accompany autism. In fact, the American Psychiatric Association officially added sensory sensitivities to the symptoms that help diagnose autism in 2013.

Autism’s sensory issues can involve both hyper-sensitivities (over-responsiveness) and hypo-sensitivities (under-responsiveness) to a wide range of stimuli.

These can involve:
Sights
Sounds
Smells
Tastes
Touch
Balance
Body awareness (proprioception)

To learn more about sensory issues and autism, head to https://www.autismspeaks.org/sensory-issues

Masking, sometimes also referred to as camouflaging, can be exhausting for people with autism and can prevent them from ...
09/10/2021

Masking, sometimes also referred to as camouflaging, can be exhausting for people with autism and can prevent them from being their true selves. Masking is more common in girls and women on the spectrum and can even lead to delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis of certain rigid or inflexible thinking as another condition more prevalent in women, such as depression or disordered eating. #AutismDefined

Masking can look like...
🔵 Hiding feelings
🔵 Trying to act ‘neurotypical’
🔵 Imitating facial expressions
🔵 Bottling up anxiety
🔵 Holding in non-harmful stims

Let the autistics in your life know they can be their true selves around you, without feeling the need to mask.
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To learn more about masking through the eyes of blogger and self-advocate, Sarah Hutchins, head to https://www.autismspeaks.org/life-spectrum/spreading-my-wings-workplace. Sarah shares her experience feeling the need to mask to fit in at previous workplaces and the harm that can come from feeling the need to mask. She goes on to share how her new employer accepts her for who she is and the benefits of not having to mask at work.

Masking, sometimes also referred to as camouflaging, can be exhausting for people with autism and can prevent them from being their true selves. Masking is more common in girls and women on the spectrum and can even lead to delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis of certain rigid or inflexible thinking as another condition more prevalent in women, such as depression or disordered eating. #AutismDefined

Masking can look like...
🔵 Hiding feelings
🔵 Trying to act ‘neurotypical’
🔵 Imitating facial expressions
🔵 Bottling up anxiety
🔵 Holding in non-harmful stims

Let the autistics in your life know they can be their true selves around you, without feeling the need to mask.
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To learn more about masking through the eyes of blogger and self-advocate, Sarah Hutchins, head to https://www.autismspeaks.org/life-spectrum/spreading-my-wings-workplace. Sarah shares her experience feeling the need to mask to fit in at previous workplaces and the harm that can come from feeling the need to mask. She goes on to share how her new employer accepts her for who she is and the benefits of not having to mask at work.

Masking, sometimes also referred to as camouflaging, can be exhausting for people with autism and can prevent them from ...
09/10/2021

Masking, sometimes also referred to as camouflaging, can be exhausting for people with autism and can prevent them from being their true selves. Masking is more common in girls and women on the spectrum and can even lead to delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis of certain rigid or inflexible thinking as another condition more prevalent in women, such as depression or disordered eating. #AutismDefined

Masking can look like...
🔵 Hiding feelings
🔵 Trying to act ‘neurotypical’
🔵 Imitating facial expressions
🔵 Bottling up anxiety
🔵 Holding in non-harmful stims

Let the autistics in your life know they can be their true selves around you, without feeling the need to mask.

To learn more about masking through the eyes of blogger and self-advocate, Sarah Hutchins, head to https://www.autismspeaks.org/life-spectrum/spreading-my-wings-workplace. Sarah shares her experience feeling the need to mask to fit in at previous workplaces and the harm that can come from feeling the need to mask. She goes on to share how her new employer accepts her for who she is and the benefits of not having to mask at work.

Masking, sometimes also referred to as camouflaging, can be exhausting for people with autism and can prevent them from being their true selves. Masking is more common in girls and women on the spectrum and can even lead to delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis of certain rigid or inflexible thinking as another condition more prevalent in women, such as depression or disordered eating. #AutismDefined

Masking can look like...
🔵 Hiding feelings
🔵 Trying to act ‘neurotypical’
🔵 Imitating facial expressions
🔵 Bottling up anxiety
🔵 Holding in non-harmful stims

Let the autistics in your life know they can be their true selves around you, without feeling the need to mask.

To learn more about masking through the eyes of blogger and self-advocate, Sarah Hutchins, head to https://www.autismspeaks.org/life-spectrum/spreading-my-wings-workplace. Sarah shares her experience feeling the need to mask to fit in at previous workplaces and the harm that can come from feeling the need to mask. She goes on to share how her new employer accepts her for who she is and the benefits of not having to mask at work.

Earning swag is one of the fun aspects of participating in Walk each year, and we’ve got some exciting items for 2021! F...
09/09/2021

Earning swag is one of the fun aspects of participating in Walk each year, and we’ve got some exciting items for 2021! From a JBL speaker to a decked-out North Face backpack. Earn these exciting prizes and more through meeting different fundraising milestones for your Autism Speaks Walk. Login to your fundraising page now to check on your progress!

Chicagoland Walk Page:
https://act.autismspeaks.org/site/TR/Walk/Chicagoland?fr_id=6171&pg=entry

North Shore Walk Page:
https://act.autismspeaks.org/site/TR/Walk/Chicagoland?fr_id=6176&pg=entry

Earning swag is one of the fun aspects of participating in Walk each year, and we’ve got some exciting items for 2021! From a JBL speaker to a decked-out North Face backpack. Earn these exciting prizes and more through meeting different fundraising milestones for your Autism Speaks Walk. Login to your fundraising page now to check on your progress!

Chicagoland Walk Page:
https://act.autismspeaks.org/site/TR/Walk/Chicagoland?fr_id=6171&pg=entry

North Shore Walk Page:
https://act.autismspeaks.org/site/TR/Walk/Chicagoland?fr_id=6176&pg=entry

Fundraising Tip: Did you know you can start a Facebook Fundraiser directly from your personal Walk fundraising page? You...
09/08/2021

Fundraising Tip: Did you know you can start a Facebook Fundraiser directly from your personal Walk fundraising page? Your friends can donate to you directly through Facebook and those donations will show up on your personal fundraising page and go towards your fundraising goal — easy and effective!

Register for the Chicagoland Walk:
https://act.autismspeaks.org/site/TR/Walk/Chicagoland?fr_id=6171&pg=entry

Register for the North Shore Walk:
https://act.autismspeaks.org/site/TR/Walk/Chicagoland?fr_id=6176&pg=entry

Fundraising Tip: Did you know you can start a Facebook Fundraiser directly from your personal Walk fundraising page? Your friends can donate to you directly through Facebook and those donations will show up on your personal fundraising page and go towards your fundraising goal — easy and effective!

Register for the Chicagoland Walk:
https://act.autismspeaks.org/site/TR/Walk/Chicagoland?fr_id=6171&pg=entry

Register for the North Shore Walk:
https://act.autismspeaks.org/site/TR/Walk/Chicagoland?fr_id=6176&pg=entry

Meet Nathan, 52, and Daylen, 9. Both have different strengths and challenges and need varying levels of support. One com...
09/07/2021
Autism Speaks Tool Kits designed to provide crucial resources | Autism Speaks

Meet Nathan, 52, and Daylen, 9. Both have different strengths and challenges and need varying levels of support. One commonality they share is that they and their families have relied on Autism Speaks for resources along the way.

Meet Nathan, 52, and Daylen, 9. Both have different strengths and challenges, need varying levels of support and have navigated different autism journeys to this point in their lives. One commonality they share is that they and their families have relied on Autism Speaks for resources along the way.

Interested in public policy? Looking to make a difference in the autism community? Learn more about the Autism Speaks Vo...
09/06/2021

Interested in public policy? Looking to make a difference in the autism community? Learn more about the Autism Speaks Volunteer Advocacy Ambassador and apply for the 2022 program at https://www.autismspeaks.org/volunteer-advocacy-ambassador-program

Interested in public policy? Looking to make a difference in the autism community? Learn more about the Autism Speaks Volunteer Advocacy Ambassador and apply for the 2022 program at https://www.autismspeaks.org/volunteer-advocacy-ambassador-program

A recent study published in July in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders reveals a new primary care clinic ...
09/05/2021
Study offers a new model for primary care clinics serving adults with autism | Autism Speaks

A recent study published in July in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders reveals a new primary care clinic model that can help improve healthcare services among adults with autism spectrum disorder. Learn more about the study:

Learn about The Center for Autism Services and Transition (CAST), a new primary care clinic model that helps improve healthcare services for adults with ASD

In this episode of #AdultingOnTheSpectrum! Hosts Andrew Planning Across the Spectrum  and Eileen The Autism Cafe , speak...
09/04/2021
Adulting on the Spectrum: Ignoring haters, not masking anymore and skydiving | Autism Speaks

In this episode of #AdultingOnTheSpectrum! Hosts Andrew Planning Across the Spectrum and Eileen The Autism Cafe , speak with Ryan Lee. Ryan is a blogger and autistic advocate who writes about and his social challenges the need for acceptance and understanding. Subscribe to #AdultingOnTheSpectrum wherever you listen to podcasts.

In this episode, hosts Andrew Komarow and Eileen Lamb speak with Ryan Lee. Ryan is blogger and autistic advocate who writes about and his social challenges the need for acceptance and understanding.

Join hundreds of advocates from across the country in a mission to build relationships with members of Congress and supp...
09/02/2021

Join hundreds of advocates from across the country in a mission to build relationships with members of Congress and support policy solutions for the autism community. Apply to be an Autism Speaks Volunteer Advocacy Ambassador at https://www.autismspeaks.org/volunteer-advocacy-ambassador-program

Join hundreds of advocates from across the country in a mission to build relationships with members of Congress and support policy solutions for the autism community. Apply to be an Autism Speaks Volunteer Advocacy Ambassador at https://www.autismspeaks.org/volunteer-advocacy-ambassador-program

Being inclusive of communication styles is KEY! 🔑 What are some communication styles that you wish society would embrace...
09/02/2021

Being inclusive of communication styles is KEY! 🔑 What are some communication styles that you wish society would embrace more?

Being inclusive of communication styles is KEY! 🔑 What are some communication styles that you wish society would embrace more?

"I was shocked: it usually took a direct question from my supervisors or a considerable amount of prompting to get me to...
08/30/2021
How Zoom helped the neurotypical world hear my autistic voice

"I was shocked: it usually took a direct question from my supervisors or a considerable amount of prompting to get me to speak in meetings. Yet here I was, speaking, quite naturally, by myself."

Anya Lawrence says pandemic videoconferencing has brought her closer to her colleagues and others in the world of science.

Our Vaccine Experience Tool Kit was designed to help vaccination sites create an inclusive experience for people with au...
08/29/2021
Vaccine Experience Tool Kit | Autism Speaks

Our Vaccine Experience Tool Kit was designed to help vaccination sites create an inclusive experience for people with autism and other related conditions and is available in English or Spanish.

The attached materials were designed to help vaccination sites create an inclusive experience for people with autism and other related conditions.

Join OrangeTheory Fitness on August 30th, from 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM for a donation-based workout class to support autism...
08/29/2021

Join OrangeTheory Fitness on August 30th, from 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM for a donation-based workout class to support autism research.

The class will be held at 3328 North Western Avenue Chicago, IL 60618.

You can register for the class by clicking the link below:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/autism-speaks-fundraising-class-tickets-164378140443

Proceeds benefit Autism Speaks.

Join OrangeTheory Fitness on August 30th, from 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM for a donation-based workout class to support autism research.

The class will be held at 3328 North Western Avenue Chicago, IL 60618.

You can register for the class by clicking the link below:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/autism-speaks-fundraising-class-tickets-164378140443

Proceeds benefit Autism Speaks.

Join OrangeTheory Fitness on August 30th, from 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM for a donation-based workout class to support autism...
08/28/2021

Join OrangeTheory Fitness on August 30th, from 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM for a donation-based workout class to support autism research.

The class will be held at 3328 North Western Avenue Chicago, IL 60618.

You can register for the class by clicking the link below:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/autism-speaks-fundraising-class-tickets-164378140443

Proceeds benefit Autism Speaks.

Join OrangeTheory Fitness on August 30th, from 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM for a donation-based workout class to support autism research.

The class will be held at 3328 North Western Avenue Chicago, IL 60618.

You can register for the class by clicking the link below:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/autism-speaks-fundraising-class-tickets-164378140443

Proceeds benefit Autism Speaks.

Join OrangeTheory Fitness on August 30th, from 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM for a donation-based workout class to support autism...
08/27/2021

Join OrangeTheory Fitness on August 30th, from 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM for a donation-based workout class to support autism research.

The class will be held at 3328 North Western Avenue Chicago, IL 60618.

You can register for the class by clicking the link below:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/autism-speaks-fundraising-class-tickets-164378140443

Proceeds benefit Autism Speaks.

Join OrangeTheory Fitness on August 30th, from 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM for a donation-based workout class to support autism research.

The class will be held at 3328 North Western Avenue Chicago, IL 60618.

You can register for the class by clicking the link below:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/autism-speaks-fundraising-class-tickets-164378140443

Proceeds benefit Autism Speaks.

Join OrangeTheory Fitness on August 30th, from 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM for a donation-based workout class to support autism...
08/27/2021

Join OrangeTheory Fitness on August 30th, from 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM for a donation-based workout class to support autism research.

The class will be held at 3328 North Western Avenue Chicago, IL 60618.

You can register for the class by clicking the link below:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/autism-speaks-fundraising-class-tickets-164378140443

Proceeds benefit Autism Speaks.

Join OrangeTheory Fitness on August 30th, from 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM for a donation-based workout class to support autism research.

The class will be held at 3328 North Western Avenue Chicago, IL 60618.

You can register for the class by clicking the link below:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/autism-speaks-fundraising-class-tickets-164378140443

Proceeds benefit Autism Speaks.

It's #BackToSchool season, which means navigating your child's Individualized Education Program (IEP). Our IEP Guide is ...
08/27/2021
Guide to Individualized Education Programs (IEP) | Autism Speaks

It's #BackToSchool season, which means navigating your child's Individualized Education Program (IEP). Our IEP Guide is here to help with resources and videos by experts sharing advice on how to be the strongest advocate for your child at school.

What advice do you have for parents navigating an IEP for the first time?

This guide includes an overview of IEPs, an IEP timeline and critical information for each stage of the IEP process.

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100 Day Kit
A tool kit to assist families in getting the critical information they need in the first 100 days after an autism diagnosis.
www.autismspeaks.org/community/family_services/100_day_kit.php

Manual Para Los Primeros 100 Días
Un manual para ayudar a las familias a obtener la información crítica que necesitan durante los primeros 100 días luego de un diagnóstico de autismo.
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Autism Video Glossary
An innovative web-based tool designed to help parents and professionals learn more about the early signs and diagnostic features of autism spectrum disorders.
www.autismspeaks.org/video/glossary.php

Family Services Resource Guide
Provides individuals and families with national and local resources that services a variety of needs from early intervention through adult care. www.autismspeaks.org/community/resources/index.php

Resource Library
A library for those who want to learn more about autism, including the latest books, magazine articles, educational manuals, DVDs/CDs, software, educational toys, catalogs, and much more.
www.autismspeaks.org/community/resources/index.php

School Community Toolkit
A tool kit to assist members of the school community in understanding and supporting students with autism. www.autismspeaks.org/school

Aging with Autism: Defining the Future
available at no cost to the community. Topics include: Residential Issues for Adolescents and Adults with Autism, Sexuality Education for Person with Autism, etc. http://www.autismspeaks.org/community/family_services/aging_with_autism_dvds.php

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Hi please spread the word about my disability T-Shirt fundraiser?
Hi, Please spread the word about my disability T-Shirt fundraiser!!
I'm in the Southwest Suburbs of Chicago. I'm an ally and advocate for all disabilities. I love to help nonspeakers, minimal speakers and unreliable speakers. I'm here to help you and your family
Autism Speaks Motorcycle Charity Ride 9-19-21
The Purdue Neurodevelopmental Family Lab is recruiting families of children aged 3 to 30 months with an older sibling with autism to participate in a one-time study of early development! All activities are completed from home, including an online survey, phone interview, audio recording of child vocalizations, and a telehealth-based play session. Families are provided with a brief developmental snapshot report and compensation for their time. Contact us today to learn more!
Hi all! The company I work for, VTech Electronics, the maker of beloved electronic learning toys, is dedicated to fostering inclusivity and representation in our marketing practices. To further this mission, VTech is hosting a talent scouting event for children age 6 months through 5 years old with disabilities in the Chicagoland area, to provide an opportunity to potentially be cast in future photo shoots for VTech Brands. This talent scouting event is a preliminary photo session that could be followed by requests for your child to be booked for future photo shoots. Photos from these shoots can be used in the development of packaging or other marketing materials. What: VTech & LeapFrog Talent Scouting Event Dates: • Day 1 – July 28th 2021, In Person, Audition Location: Elk Grove Village, IL • Day 2 – July 29th 2021, Virtual, Audition Location: Via Zoom Who: • Children 6 months - 5 years old with disabilities. • No professional modeling experience required. Compensation: • Children will be compensated for their participation at standard industry hourly rate (travel is not covered) for the talent scout. • Future photo shoots are also compensated at the standard industry hourly rate (travel is not covered). Requirements: • Signature of photo release How to participate: · If you are interested please contact the VTech Casting Team at email [email protected] to for appointment availability or with follow up questions by July 23, 2021. Appointments slots are limited. Thank you, VTech Casting Team (Jill Yanko)
Many people with autism can benefit from captions, including open captions (subtitles) in movie theaters. Here's an article about autism and captions: https://dcmp.org/learn/373-autistic-spectrum-captions-and-audio-description.. Therefore, you may wish to sign and share the petition for open captions in movie theaters that is at https://tinyurl.com/ocmoviesnow. 597 from Illinois have already signed it (out of over 20,500.)
I was wondering if you were aware that autism speaks actively works to silence autistic voices, destroy the self esteem of autistic children, and is rooted in eugenics. If not, now you know better. If you already knew that and continue to support autism speaks, you are a literal N**i. Sincerely, Actually Autistic
Children develop the self-help skills to take care of themselves, and they learn how to monitor their bodies. When children feed themselves, they develop fine motor skills through touching, grasping, spooning, squeezing—and, of course, dropping—food. Self-feeding offers opportunity for sensory skill development, as children explore food's taste, texture, smell, color, and temperature. For more ideas or activities connect with us at +918527597434 or email us [email protected]
Children develop the self-help skills to take care of themselves, and they learn how to monitor their bodies. When children feed themselves, they develop fine motor skills through touching, grasping, spooning, squeezing—and, of course, dropping—food. Self-feeding offers opportunity for sensory skill development, as children explore food's taste, texture, smell, color, and temperature. For more ideas or activities connect with us at +918527597434 or email us [email protected]
Where do people on the autism spectrum, parents and relatives, practitioners, and researchers agree and disagree on supporting or treating autism? Please consider taking and sharing this survey: https://ucdavis.co1.qualtrics.com/.../SV_8227gTZMioA77SZ The survey may take about 30-60 minutes to complete. As long as you accept cookies, you can leave the survey and return up to a week later if you use the same browser. Thank you, Steven Kapp, Ph.D.
An amazing product that my niece uses to dress independently with that difficult jean button is A Better Button. It changes that difficult button into an easy slide on/off closure. You can pick up buttons through their kickstarter.