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.)
WNC AU Autistics United Memberships
for a small financial contribution! 😁
$3 per event or $25 paid in full (yearly, not in increments).
Thanks again for your support! Your contributions help us greatly.
The money we raise from memberships is funneled right back into AU. We are truly a grassroots organization & we’re all volunteers. Memberships help us to maintain & pay for things like our programs, group supplies, our website, venue costs & additional costs for putting on our events. 😁
Remember all our events are put on by & for autistic people and supported by families & allies.
Note: We can sign you up at the meeting too!
You can pay online with PayPal or pay in person with cash.
If you’re going to pay with cash, please make sure to give it to the Executive Director (Daniel Landry), Board Chair (Jade McWilliams), the Treasurer (Evelyn Chiang) or the Administrator (Susan Ross).
❤❤❤ Thanks again for your support! Your contributions help us greatly. ❤❤❤
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 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.
Yay! We have a new website, stay tuned for more changes & improvements.