2018 Annual Evening Of Support For Autism

Click to Register We would like to invite YOU to join us for our annual “Evening Of Support For Autism” benefit for Autism Works. Our annual fundraiser helps support the many programs we offer to families with children diagnosed with Autism.

This fun evening includes a dinner, open bar, raffles, stuff the purse and live and silent auctions filled with fantastic items! Our annual dinner and silent auction event is a wonderful way to get your company involved. Consider becoming a table sponsor at our next event!

Who are we? Autism Works is a local non-profit organization located in Liberty MO since 2010.  Our programs allow individuals living with an autism spectrum disorder to recognize and reach their full potential. Once diagnosed, many families do not know where to turn for resources and support. Autism Works helps these families by providing social skill classes, young adult programs, summer camps, art programs, parent workshops and support groups.

You have the option to purchase individual tickets or sponsor a table for your entire family or business.

We are looking forward to seeing you at this year’s event!

Spotlight This Week- STRIVE Program

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Working as a team.

This week the STRIVE program focused on working as a team and having empathy for others. Contrary to what some may believe, individuals with Autism actually do feel empathy for others.

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Making a plan.

They worked as a team to stack cups together in groups of 4 using only strings and a rubber band. The purpose of this activity was to learn how to work as a team followed by a class discussion about how this was not as easy and the difficulties they experienced like- communicating with each other, group leaders or too many leaders, following direction from each other and having a plan to get the task accomplished.

The second round of the same activity was done but with a few added difficulties for some of the group members. The focus of the second round was to work as a group and have empathy for their fellow team mates who had added challenges. We used a few fun tools to make things just a little harder. The group leaders were asked to stuff their mouths with marshmallow so they could no longer verbally lead their team. Some team members were asked to use the opposite hand to show an area of weakness. Others were asked to blow up a balloon during the exercise to add distraction while multi-tasking. Even though the young adults knew what it was going to take to complete the task, with the added challenges, the completion of the task took twice as long.

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A few added challenges were added.

In the end the whole group did great and they learned a little more about each other and how to stop and think about how others may be feeling before reacting. Remember the “Golden Rule” to “Treat others as you would want to be treated” regardless of the difficulties they are facing.

Come see us at the Midwest Ability Summit this Saturday

ability-summit-flyer-8.5x11-copyYou can find us at Booth#105.

The Midwest Ability Summit (formerly the Kansas City Ability Expo) is collaboration between several metro-wide organizations. Our purpose is to create a truly metro-wide ability expo for those with disabilities and older adults, their families, caregivers, healthcare professionals and as an educational opportunity for the entire Greater Kansas City community.

At the Ability Summit, resources will be provided for all of these groups, ranging from educational seminars, to booths for service providers who provide products or services to the disabled community, to booths featuring governmental and not-for-profit agencies. In addition, there will be adaptive sports, exercise and recreational demonstrations. The focus of the expo is to have a “one-stop” opportunity for persons with disabilities, their caregivers/families and/or professionals who serve persons with disabilities to gain information about valuable resources and products.  Attendees will have an opportunity to explore the booths, talk to representatives and trial equipment.  Our goal is to bring together persons with disabilities and the organizations, the products, resources and programs and artists with disabilities to assist with leading full and productive lives.

Ham-Bingo Charity Event for Autism Works September 24th

HamBINGO2EBlastJoin us for a fun-filled night of playing bingo at Hamburger Mary’s on Saturday September 24th at 4 p.m. This event is a fundraiser for Autism Works.
All bingo supplies are provided. Bingo cards are sold for a suggested donation of 10 cards for $10 and you are encouraged to play as many cards per round as you would like to play. All bingo card sales must be collected in cash. Autism Works will be giving away prizes for all bingo winners. Hamburger Mary’s is an operating bar & grill so plan to eat & drink while playing bingo. Tables are first come first serve so make sure to arrive early. We look forward to seeing you there!

Location:3700 Broadway Rd, Ste 110, Kansas City, Missouri 64111

Staples- 2 Million & Change Grant Recipient

staples logoAutism Works Inc Chosen by Staples Associate to Receive $1000 Grant

Autism Works Inc has been awarded $1000 by Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., through a program called 2 Million & Change that allows Staples associates around the globe to direct more than $2 million in donations each year.

Created in 2012, the 2 Million & Change program is a philanthropic initiative which allows Staples associates around the world to direct funding to non-profit organizations focused on academic education or job skills. The program encourages local community engagement by awarding larger grants to organizations where associates are highly engaged in volunteering or fundraising – up to $25,000 per organization.

In 2015, Staples awarded more than $2.5 million in grants to 875 local organizations in support of education and job skills programs, including job readiness for homeless individuals, career exploration for high school students, academic scholarships, mentoring and more.

“For 30 years, Staples associates have been making a difference in their communities around the world,” said John Burke, chief culture officer, Staples, Inc., “We’re thrilled that the 2 Million & Change program lets our associate make an even greater impact on the organizations they are passionate about.”

“We are very grateful for being nominated by Cynthia Jensen and selected as a grant recipient for the Staples 2 Million & Change program. This grant will help support our social skills program for grades K – 12. Social skills play an important role in the classroom and improve academic performance for students with ASD. Appropriate social skill training also prepares students for future employment once they have graduated. The program focuses specifically on helping children understand their own and others’ emotions, developing improved skills to communicate their feelings and recognize others’ feelings, knowing how to start and maintain interactions appropriately and understanding other people’s perspectives. The social skills classes are also helping students to strengthen focusing skills and attention span, increase self-expression, improve language and social skills, decrease in self-stimulating behaviors, and build strong sensory integration skills.”- Dessarey Klarlund, Executive Director

About Staples Community and Giving

Staples contributes to educational and job-related community efforts with a primary focus on disadvantaged youth, from literacy and mentoring to career skills development, through in-kind and monetary donations and grants from Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc. Through its community and giving efforts, Staples has helped thousands of organizations in 26 countries. For more information, visit www.staples.com/community.

The Grainger Foundation Supports Autism Works

The Grainger Foundation Supports Autism Works

The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation located in Lake Forest, Illinois, has donated $5000 to Autism Works in support of its mission to serve individuals and families who are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders.This grant will be used to support the ongoing Social Skill, STRIVE and Summer programs. We are grateful to The Grainger Foundation for its generosity. Autism Works programs currently serve individuals diagnosed with Autism from grades Kindergarten through High School with additional programs supporting individuals from ages18 -29 in the Northland and surrounding areas in the Greater Kansas City area.The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation based in Lake Forest, Illinois, was established in 1949 by William W. Grainger, founder 20160714_152526of W.W. Grainger, Inc.