Dear AU Community,
We want to let you know about a project that we need your help with.
In April 2021 we are giving a training to paramedics in Buncombe County about how to respond to behavioral emergencies involving autistic folx. The main goal of this training is to give the paramedics resources so that they do not call law enforcement to the scene.
We are looking for community members who are willing to share their experiences and input with us on this topic. We want to do our best to represent the needs and concerns of the community.
If you would like to share your thoughts with us on this project, we’d love to hear from you!
Please contact us and let us know the best way to get in touch with you. We could do a ZOOM call with you or you could email your experiences or suggestions to us.
Danny Landry, AU Executive Director
Jade McWilliams, AU Board Chair/Webmaster
Every March first we gather to keep vigil and remember the lives of people with disabilities who have been murdered by their families and caregivers. If you have the spoons, please consider joining this year’s virtual vigil being put on by UNC Asheville’s Disability Cultural Center and Office of Academic Accessibility. You can find more information here, and you can click on the image below for a PDF version of the flyer.
An article co-authored by Jade, our board chair and webmaster, was recently published in the Winter 2021 issue of ASNC‘s (Autism Society of NC) Spectrum Magazine. The article, co-authored by Lea Crusen (an ASNC clinical professional), is about ways to help teach self-advocacy skills and how to be a better ally in supporting self-advocacy development. You can read the article here.
The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN) has put out a great visual easy-read and plain language set of fact sheets about the COVID-19 vaccine.
If you or someone you care about is in need of straight forward information about the vaccine- maybe one of these resources will be helpful?
Here is a list of our February 2021 Events:
- Autistic Adults United Monthly Support Meet & Greet on ZOOM!
- Autistic Teens and Young Adults United Monthly Zoom Social Group!
- Monthly Special Interest Open Mic Night/Talent Show/Karaoke on Zoom!
- Autistic Girls United Support Group
- Autistics United Zoom monthly Anime Night!
We have a ton of great events packed in this month, we hope you will find something that you like. Feel free to contact us with any questions.
AU and our founder, Danny Landry, were recently featured in an awesome article on the Vaya News website!
Please check it out and share it on your social media!
(What’s Vaya? In case you don’t know: Vaya Health manages publicly funded behavioral health and IDD services in western North Carolina.)