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January 28, 2014 

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ASI is preparing for our Annual Autism Expos. This year our Central Expo will be on March 22, 2014 at the Fountains in Carmel; our Southern Expo will be on April 19, 2014 at the Herritage Ballroom of the Huleman Center at ISU in Terre Haute; and our Northern Expo will be in October in South Bend.


We hope everyone will join us for one or more of our Expos as either an attendee or an exhibitor.  We will have numerous exhibitors with information, resources, handouts, and things to purchase.  There will also be various professionals there to answer questions and tell you more about the services that they have to offer.


You can find more information about our Expos and register to attend or be an exhibitor HERE.  Please help us spread the word to others, if you know of anyone that may want to attend or be an exhibitor, please share this info with them.


Thanks, we look forward to seeing everyone at the Expos!


Your Friends at ASI 

News From the Autism Community

Project Lifesaver Indy Fundraiser!
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Join ASI and Project Lifesaver Indy for our Annual Reverse Raffle Fundraiser.  On Saturday, February 8th, 
6 - 10pm at the Local 416 Union Hall (748 Mass Ave.) ASI & PLS will be hosting a fundraiser which includes dinner, drinks and prizes.  Tickets are $25 per couple and can be purchased HERE.  Sponsorships are also available.  If you have any questions,please contact John Fultz. Please join us for this fun filled evening in support of Project Lifesaver and help us to improve the safety of our wandering loved ones.

Waiver Program Adjustments Announcement
FSSA announced on January 15, 2014 that the Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) is taking immediate action to compress the length of time it takes for a family who has accepted a Medicaid Home and Community Based Waiver to begin to receive case management services. The full announcement can be read here: Waiver Program Adjustments

Resources are being directed toward tracking where in the system people are getting hung up, correcting problem areas, and streamlining the process to get people the help they need as soon as possible. This is a very welcome approach. We have offered our full support to help in any way we can to assist in this process.

In order to resolve this issue and get the process fixed, FSSA has temporarily suspended targeting new people for the Family Supports Waiver. We know FSSA shares our desire to reinstate the targeting process as soon as possible. The good news is that while people may not be targeted as soon as they had hoped, once they are targeted improvements in the system will help them move more quickly into services.

To keep up-to-date on this issue, please stay in touch via www.arcind.org

Order your FREE awareness materials for Disability Awareness Month

March is approaching fast. Order your free posters, bookmarks and other materials in time for Disability Awareness Month. Whether you're looking to inspire, educate or simply decorate, these pieces are a great way to show your support for a community that includes us all.  Order your materials HERE.

Little Star Center is Coming to Bloomington!

 Download flyer HERE.

Upcoming Events
Fun, helpful and informative.

Feb. 1st -  
PowerKids Open Gym (Noblesville)

POWERKIDS TRAMPOLINE and TUMBLING INSTRUCTION Presents an: OPEN GYM FUN!! Trampolines, Foam Pits and more!  Saturday, February 1, 2014, 6:00-7:30 pm. Indiana Elite Cheer and Dance, 14888 Merriman Blvd., Noblesville, In. 46060 [masked]

$10.00 Members (currently enrolled), $15.00 non-members, Parents FREE!  Join us and bring the whole family! www.powerkids.org.in

Feb. 5th - Social Skills Workshop (Fishers) 

Carlabeth Mathias, former elementary school counselor and now a private children's therapist, shares practical and exciting ideas for you to use in the school setting on two important topics --- Social Skills (K-6) and Bullying Prevention (K-8). Learn more HERE.


Feb. 8th - Project Lifesaver Fundraiser (Indianapolis)

2nd Annual Project Lifesaver Fundraiser,  6 - 10pm, Local 416 Union Hall, 748 Mass Ave., Indianapolis.  $25 per ticket includes dinner and drinks for two and a chance to win $1,000 in the reverse raffle.  For more information or to purchase tickets, contact John Fultz[masked] ext. 511 or [address removed].


For more upcoming events in your area, please check out our entire list of events onARNI
Autism Resource Network of Indiana

The Autism Resource Network of Indiana (ARNI) is constantly updated with new information to keep you abreast of what is going on in the autism world, including waivers, legislation, etc. For example, there was an announcement in January from DDRS explaining how they are working on reducing the amount of time between getting a waiver and receiving case management services. This and all such information is available on ARNI here: Medicaid Waiver Resources. In addition, a new list of legislative actions recently came out, and is listed here: 2014 Indiana Bills.


As always, if you have any questions, you can call your Autism Society of Indiana Ally at [masked] to get help.

National / Global News
News From the Autism Community Around the Globe.

Children with Autism may have Trouble Linking Sights with Sounds, Researchers say

"Children with Autism may have Trouble Linking Sights with Sounds, Researchers Say"- According to research at Vanderbilt University, children with autism have difficulty with sight and sound because their brains do a poor job of linking what they see with what they hear.  One of the researchers compared the sensation to watching a badly dubbed foreign movie. For the study, researchers compared 32 typically developing children with 32 high-functioning children with autism. Participants underwent a number of computer tests that displayed audiovisual cues, flashes or beeps with speech and pictures, and then asked the participants to tell them whether the sights and sounds happened at the same time. They discovered the children with autism had a harder time associating the visual and sound cue quickly. On average, the neurotypical children's brains were able to link a sight with its sound in[masked] milliseconds. By contrast, the autistic children sometimes took as long as a half-second to link input from the two senses.   Read more HERE.

Independent Work Environments Could Reduce Autism Symptoms

A new study has found that more independent work environments may lead to reductions in autism symptoms and improve daily living in adults with the disorder.

Researchers at Vanderbilt University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison examined 153 adults with autism and found that greater vocational independence and engagement led to improvements in core features of autism, other problem behaviors and ability to take care of oneself.   Read more HERE.

Want to Lend a Hand?
Opportunities to help ASI.

ASI participates and hosts many events throughout the year, and we can always use extra help. Visit our Volunteer Page to see what you may be interested in. 

While you're there, check out our donation options. All funds given to ASI stay in Indiana and are used to fund programs and events that help families and individuals affected by autism throughout the state. 
ASI would like to THANK the following businesses and individuals for their financial support during 2013!

Our Annual Business Partners

Little Star Center, Sensory Critters, Second Steps, Shelby Bottled Gas Corp, Autism Companion, IPAS, Applied Behavior Center for Autism, Steel Dynamics, Hope Bridge, Brain Balance, Hollingsworth & Zivitz, Noble of Indiana, Lighthouse Autism Center, Interactive Intelligence, Collaborating for Kids, Damar, Behavior Analysis Center for Autism, MetLife and NVS Designs.


End of Year Donors

Kathleen Dugan, Sean Gray -  In honor of his mother Sylvia Gray, Dolores Medlen - In honor of Sam Oberholtzer, Brande Bolinger, Dawn Kerlin, Kress Psychological Services LLC, Cathy Pratt, Marlene Schieferstein, Janice Sipes - In honor of Dylan Keisker, Micheal Watkins - In honor of Christopher Watkins, Myra Baker - In honor of Ryan Bellessis, Lisa Bangert - In honor of Lily Bangert, Karen Horan - In honor of Richard Thomas Horan, Marcia Klipsch, Ronald Riffel - In honor of Giovanni Riffel, Sandra Shreve, Sharon Cesnik, Nancy Conner, Craig Andrews, Carbide, Cutting Tools, Abrasives, Inc., Lucille Hallam - In honor of Austin Hallam, Matthew Mccollom - In honor of Trey, Carin Andrews - In honor of Cooper Joseph Andrews, Stephen Cook, Eskew Enterprises Inc., Hong Pham, Mary Macgregor/rev Trust, Christopher Matie, Charolet Goff -  In honor of Bradley Goff, Edward Leyes, Phyllis Present, Hillary Rudolphi, Paula Schaefer, Rudolph Pyle, Katie Smardo, Douglas Hiday - In honor of Elijah Pierce, TJ McGovern, Alison Davis, Ben Klipsch, Loretta McDermott - In honor of Xavier McDermott, Renda & Gary Tingle - In honor of Maddie Long, Robin Walters - In honor of Keegan James Walters, Ellen Mullins - In honor of Abigail Mullins, David Colclasure, Donald Silver, Adriana Calinescu - In honor of Matthew, Laura Fucio, Edward Price - In honor of grandson Ian Brewer, Chad Pryor, The Brave Heart Foundation, Mr. & Mrs. Griffith, Michael Smollen - In honor of Lia Smollen, Robert Rimstidt - In honor of Todd Rimstidt, Diane Miller, Silver Creek Engineering, Inc., Cynthia Webb - In honor of William and Andrew Roberts of Carmel, IN, Nathalie Miller, Bradley Prather, Richard and Christina Bittles, Stuart Mufson, Patricia Crowder, Debra Rosing, Deborah Schilling, Annette Warmelink, Sam Fattah, Mary Tidd, Mary Shifley, Thomas Plimpton - In honor of grandson Ian, Thomas McGrew, Anna Cousins - In honor of Jane Grimes, Deborah Longworth


Other Donors, Grants and Supporters 

Maximus Foundation, ONB Foundation, AWS Foundation, IPAS, DDRS, Indiana Governor's Council, Braveheart Foundation, and any other donors and supporters that helped to support our efforts during 2013.


Everyone's help and support is greatly appreciated!  We couldn't do as much as we do for Indiana families living with autism without you.  THANKS!!

Thank you to our partners:
      Hollingworth & Zivitz               


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