A Letter From Danny & The Leadership Team

Dear Autistics United Family and Friends,

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy through these challenging times. Last month’s social gathering and support groups were fantastic. Everyone showed great social distancing and wearing their masks appropriately. It felt so good that we were able to have that much fun and be able to support each other during these times when COVID-19 is still very relevant. We showed a little creativity and we were still able to hold groups!

In Phase 2, Safer At Home, gatherings of more than 10 people in a single indoor space remains prohibited. In outdoor spaces, gatherings of more than 25 people are prohibited. This is outlined in Executive Order 151. Masks are also required.

We have been delaying having groups in person because the Asheville area had a little spike in COVID-19 cases, and we wanted to see if we were going to move into phase 3 or not. We also have not met on ZOOM because of computer issues, but I will be getting a new computer soon.

We will be a little more strict with mask-wearing due to the new mask mandate executive order. Please bring your own mask and hand sanitizer. We may have extra masks or hand sanitizer, but it is better to be prepared with your own.

Thank you all from Danny, Executive Director, and the Leadership Team!

A Very Autistics United Thank You To ASNC & Western Regional Director Michael LePage

Dear Michael,

We really wanted to thank you for going above & beyond in your support for AU & of us as well. Your love, passion & enthusiasm for the group & for us is so radiant, beautiful, genuine and selfless. You love shines bright across the community. The impact of what you do will forever be appreciated by us and has forever instilled confidence to last a lifetime.

We know that you do so much to lift up autistics but we didn’t know that behind the scenes just how much you are actually doing to make this stuff happen. And how very deeply you care and observe the accomplishments of  us & the whole community. You are walking the walk & talking the talk- everything comes from the heart. We are completely and absolutely blown away.

Me (Jade) & Danny are forever grateful for how you have helped us both over the years individually. It’s blown our minds because you support all these individuals in our community in following their dreams no matter what those dreams are. You stand by us autistic folks & we appreciate all you do.

Danny also wanted to thank you personally for the special video. He says, “It brings tears to my eyes & makes me feel absolutely loved & accepted. You totally understand & get me. Your ability to understand feels effortless, I will forever feel grateful. And I truly know that I am loved. You have really made me feel legit & gave my the opportunity to have a voice & sing my song. Last but not least the Slayer shout-out is another thing that you did that was a triple billion times above & beyond. I’m so happy!!!! Thank you for always standing by my side. Love, Danny”

Jade also wanted to say, “I’ve always been moved by what a great advocate you are & by the awesomeness that you bring to ASNC. But now you have really gone beyond that by supporting AU so deeply. We see & also feel how committed you are to reaching out & supporting autistic lead community. And the depth of your commitment is staggering, it goes way beyond what I imagined possible. We all still have a lot of work to do but the burden is made lighter by all of us working together for a better future for autistic people. So thank you. Love, -Jade”

Thank You For Supporting Our Launch Party!

A big shout out to everyone Oowee Products for their generous support at our AU Intro Launch 2.0 Party & Winter Craft Fair! We greatly appreciate you helping us raise money for our new non-profit! We are very impressed with your generosity & your willingness to help us with your beautiful leather goods. You guys are some incredibly talented artists & we thank you for all you do for our community. Much love, Autistics United Hey friends please give a shout out & a big thank you to this incredible business for not only supporting our launch party but also the amazing employment opportunities for autistics & people with I/DD. https://www.ooweeproducts.com/

A big thank you to everyone @GalacticPizza for helping support our organization & celebrating our non-profit status and our new website at our Intro Launch 2.0 Party. Thank you for the very generous donation, the pizzas were super delicious!!! We’ll come stop by for lunch sometime soon, we’re looking forward to meeting y’all in person & supporting you guys too! 🙂 Much love, Autistics United https://www.autistics-united.com/ Hi everyone please make a little effort to give a shout out to Galactic Pizza! Thank them for donating & supporting our launch party! https://www.galacticavl.com/

AU Introduction Launch Party! & Craft Fair!

We are proud to announce that AU is partnering with ASNC (Autism Society of NC), to help give us a platform for our first big promotional event! They will be hosting our AU 2.0 launch party on November 13, we hope to see you there!

All are invited! All autistics, family, friends, support people & allies. We also want to reach out to & include other organizations & service providers or representatives to help get the word out about what AU has to offer the community.

ASNC is also hosting a craft fair as part of this event. They are looking for autistic artists, crafters, makers & creators! So if you are interested you can find out more by contacting Lauren Powell at lpowell@autismsociety-nc.org.

Danny & Jade will be giving a brief presentation about AU at 4:30pm & 6:30pm. And we’ll have pizza, music and dancing. See you there!

The Next Stage is HERE!

Hi AU Friends & Family,

We have some great news to share about our next step moving forward! As many of you know we have been pushing really hard to be our own powerful entity within the community for the last 7 years. We have been pursuing the idea of becoming an all autistic run non-profit for a long time- with helping & influencing to make lasting change in our community.

That day has come!!!!!

We are proud to announce that AU is now a federally recognized 501(c)(3)  Non-Profit Organization.

This will allow us to really help empower individual autistics & this allows us to really help step up our game & make our efforts more sustainable.

Stay tuned for more updates about our Halloween & Non-Profit Celebration Party.

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