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The Autism Society of Greater New Orleans is a pretty amazing group! Learn more about what the offer to the New Orleans community below:
a) a comprehensive resource database (found here) with information to help families and individuals with autism fill their needs.
b) an annual mini-grant program where individuals and families with autism as well was educators who work with autism can apply for up to $300. We accept applications for the grants every October and award the money in mid-November (just in time for Black Friday specials)!
c) The Autism Society of Greater New Orleans (ASGNO) publishes a quarterly newsletter. Each newsletter features various articles related to autism as well as local, state, and national events. Events include many workshops sponsored by ASGNO, in collaboration with other agencies, or sponsored solely by other agencies. We also have articles dedicated to current research, learning more about the ASGNO leadership, positive experiences of our membership, and more! Subscribe now to begin receiving our monthly and quarterly newsletters.
1. What products and services do you offer?
The Autism Society of Greater New Orleans is an affiliate of the national Autism Society. The Autism Society of Greater New Orleans exists to empower, educate and support individuals affected by autism. Through educational opportunities, information and referral services, and support services, we are building communities that are accepting, understanding, supportive, and inclusive of individuals affected by autism, and that value the skills, employment and contributions of all individuals throughout their lives.
2. How long have you been in business?
The national affiliate of the Autism Society is the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization and exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. We do this by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy.
Founded in 1965 by Dr. Bernard Rimland, Dr. Ruth Sullivan and many other parents of children with autism, the Autism Society is the leading source of trusted and reliable information about autism. Through its strong national network of affiliates, the Autism Society has spearheaded numerous pieces of state and local legislation, including the 2006 Combating Autism Act, the first federal autism-specific law.
The local affiliate has been around for 17 years.
3. How do people find you online?
4. What is lesser known about your business that you wish more people knew?
I think a lot of people don’t even know we exist! So just knowing that we are here and ready to help match people with the resources they need to help them. The annual mini-grants are also something really cool that I don’t think a lot of people know about.
I think a big deal that people need to be aware of is that we are the only non-profit organization in the Autism Community of New Orleans that keeps 100% of money raised in this community. Other organizations send their money directly to the national affiliate but all of our money stays here helping the families right here in Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, St Bernard, and St Tammany parishes.
5. Lagniappe Info.
Our 15th Annual Autism Awareness Festival is coming up on Saturday, April 6 from 10am – 1pm. It will be held at First Baptist Church of New Orleans (5290 Canal Blvd). Pre-registration is open now. Individuals are $10 and a family of 4 (up to 2 adults and their children/dependents) is $25. Registration the day of the event is $15/person and $35/family. Registration includes admission the fest with access to local resources tables, a craft fair, our Autism Store, entertainment, games, and food.
We have t-shirts for sale (you are HIGHLY encouraged to pre-order) for $12 (larger sizes have an additional cost). Some of our entertainment includes: STOMP! Troopers, Disco Amigos, The Fightin 788th, Spidey Team, and much more!
Be sure to get your tickets for the Autism Awareness Festival on their website!