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ABOUT THE AUTISM SOCIETY OF INDIANA

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					ABOUT THE AUTISM SOCIETY OF AMERICA – INDIANA CHAPTER

The mission of the Autism Society of America - Indiana (ASI) is simple. To provide
support, services, information to all people affected by Autism around the state of
Indiana. ASI collaborates with dozens of organizations across the state to raise
awareness about autism, to lobby for the rights of families affected by autism, and to
disseminate information about autism to whoever may need it.

FACTS:
   One in 150 children are diagnosed with autism, annually, nationwide
   One in 113 children are diagnosed with autism, annually, in Indiana
   Autism does not discriminate against gender, ethnicity, or socio-economic status
   Autism is more prevalent in today’s society than any other developmental
     disability
   Autism is not curable, but it is treatable. The Autism Society of America -
     Indiana is here to help.

The Autism Society of Indiana has collaborated and partnered with many organizations
around Indiana to raise awareness, develop conferences and programs, and to ensure that
the rights of anyone affected by autism in Indiana are represented. Some of our partners
include:
     Christian Sarkine Autism Center (Indianapolis)
     Logan Center (South Bend)
     Indiana Resource Center for Autism (Bloomington)
     Easter Seals Crossroads (Indianapolis)
     Indiana Autism Commission
     ARC of Indiana
     Noble of Indiana
     AMC Movie Theatres (Sensory Friendly movie screenings)
     Pump-it-up Party (Bounce for Autism)
     Emmis Communications (Bike for Autism)
     Angie’s List
     Indiana Minority Health Council


Our annual operating budget is primarily funded by contributions and donations. Our
current budget is approximately $106,000. By 2010, our goal is to increase that amount
to $150,000 by collaborating with organizations around the state to aid in the fundraising
efforts needed to sustain the mission of ASI.


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PROGRAMS
Over the past year, ASI has developed many new programs in addition to continuing
programs that have been run in the past. Some of these include:
    Autism Expo (March 2008) – exposition showing agencies, programs, therapies,
       and medical help for families affected by autism. This program is scheduled
       again for March 2009.
    National Autism Awareness Month (April 2007, 2008) – several events for
       families around the state to provide them a place to learn and enjoy with the
       comfort of families who appreciate their situation. Many of the programs were
       provided at no cost:
           o Movie Night – Cinema Grill
           o Open Gym – DeVeau’s School of Gymnastics
           o Parent Panel – various locations
           o Free Kid’s ID Cards with information about autism on the back
       National Autism Awareness Month (April 2009)
           o Bounce for Autism
           o Events like those of previous years
    Advocacy (began January 2008 – ongoing)
           o Provide one-on-one advocacy for families going through the IEP
               (Individualized Education Plan) and Case Conference process.
                    No cost to the family, regardless of the number of hours spent by
                       the Advocate
                    Autism Specific training developed by ASI for each Advocate.
                    Advocates receive an hourly stipend, paid for by ASI (via grants)
    Spanish-Speaking Support Group (January 2009)
           o Open to any Latino family, free of charge
           o Goal: have at least one support group per school district
           o In the process of translating materials about autism into Spanish.




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