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.)
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!
Hi everyone & welcome to 2020! We hope that the year is off to a good start for you. ❤
We have a lot going on this month! Come check out some of our events this month, including:
Hope to see you there! (Flyers are below.)
-Jade & Danny
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 from the bottom of my heart, it means the world to me. I’ve been a BIG Slayer fan, since I was 14! 💙💚🧡 Major props to Gary Holt!!! Much Love, Danny 🤘❤💀☠❤🤘