Understanding the Puzzling Pieces of Autism


8th Annual Autism Advocacy & Acceptance “Day on the Hill” @ Iowa State Capitol
Jan 31 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join us at the 8th Annual Autism Advocacy & Acceptance “Day on the Hill” event at the Iowa State Capitol on Wednesday, January 31 in the West Wing.

8:00am – Registration
9:00am – Rally – Remarks from Family Members, Legislators, Autism Society of Iowa, Iowa Autism Council Members, Agencies, and those with Autism.
10:15am – Advocacy Training in Small Groups and Visit with Individual Legislators

To register, click here.

19th Annual Autism Bake Sale – Elgin, IA @ North Fayette Valley Jr. High
Mar 31 @ 7:00 am

The 19th annual Autism bake sale will be held on Saturday, March 31st at the North Fayette Valley Jr. High building. We will let you start buying at 7:00 that morning-and we will sell until sold out! We will have all your favorites there – angel food cakes, cinnamon rolls, bars, cookies, lefse, pies of every kind, breads and quick breads, and all kinds of salads! We hope to see you once again to help support our bake sale that helps children and families in the state of Iowa!

Swim Team Film Screening – Creston, IA @ Creston High School Auditorium
Apr 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

This award-winning documentary film profiles the rise of a competitive swim team made up of a diverse group of teens on the autism spectrum. Following three teammates on the cusp of adulthood, Swim Team is a portrait of families grappling with the problem of “aging out.” Over the course of a year, the film explores the struggles they face and the triumphs they achieve as they strive for independence, inclusion, and a life that feels winning.


To view a flyer, click here.

Tour de Falls Bike Ride, 5K, and Walk for Autism – Cedar Falls, IA @ Pfeiffer Springs Park
Apr 20 @ 6:00 pm – Apr 21 @ 12:00 pm

Tour de Falls Evening Social – Friday, April 20 6-8:30pm
SingleSpeed Brewing Bike Lounge, 325 Commercial Street, Waterloo, IA
Please join us for a fun evening to kick off the Tour de Falls with raffles for prizes, 50/50 raffle, t-shirt pick-up, and route maps will be available for the bike ride and 5K. The drawing for the 50/50 raffle will take place at 8pm along with the closing of the silent auction.

Tour de Falls – Saturday, April 21 8am
Pfeiffer Springs Park, 900 Grand Blvd., Cedar Falls, Iowa
This event will be held rain or shine and no refunds will be given, so please dress for the weather
8am – Registration Begins – Pfeiffer Springs Park Shelter
9am – 8 Mile Bike Ride Starts – Maps will be available at registration
9:15am – 5K Fun Run – Maps will be available at registration
9:30am – 1 Mile Fun Walk

To register online, click here.

To register by mail, click here.

Buena Vista University Softball Team Autism Awareness Game @ Storm Lake Public High School
Apr 25 @ 3:00 pm

In honor of National Autism Awareness Month, the BVU softball team is hosting Dubuque for this year’s Autism Awareness game. Come join them at the Storm Lake Public High School to support the Autism Society of Iowa and everyone affected by autism across the nation. This day will be filled with fun activities during our doubleheader along with a silent auction! The auction will hold some limited-edition jerseys worn by your Beavers softball team and BVU apparel that can only be found during our Autism Awareness game! We can’t wait to see you all there!

For more information, click here to view their Facebook Page.

AUTISM 2018 – Innovations In Research & Care @ University of Iowa Center for Disabilities & Development
Apr 27 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Registration Now Open!

The prevalence of autism spectrum disorders has continued to increase. Fortunately, significant advances in research have been made in the past decade in understanding the underlying causes of autism. This progress has translated into new options for individuals with autism across the lifespan. This conference is intended to provide attendees with information about several cutting edge research projects that are currently being conducted at The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. It will also inform practitioners about research-supported treatment options for children and adults with autism in Iowa.

For conference details or to register by mail, click here to download brochure.

To register online, click here.

Conference Provided By:
The University of Iowa Roy J. & Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
The University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital
Autism Society of Iowa

6th Annual Autism Awareness 5K Run, Walk, Barefoot Challenge & Resource Fair @ Creston High School
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am

Join us for our 6th Annual Autism Awareness 5K Run, Walk, Barefoot Challenge & Resource Fair in Creston, Iowa!



Schedule Of Events:

10am – Registration, T-shirt pickup, Autism Resource Fair, Barefoot Challenge, and Miss Iowa Introduction.
11am – Welcome, Autism Awareness Lap and Balloon Release, with 5K run and walk to follow.

Adults – $25, Child (12 and under) – $15. Together we can solve the puzzle!

5K Participants: No awards. Unofficial 5K times will be available.

Online registration is now closed. Walk-in registration will begin starting at 10:00 a.m. on event day.

Click here to download a brochure to register by mail.

Click here to check out our Facebook Page for more information and updates!

Click here to download a poster.

Shinrin Yoku Japanese Forest Bathing @ Jester Park, Shelter #5
May 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Explore the ancient healing path of Shinrin Yoku, or Japanese forest bathing, with Dr. Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller, Integrative Medicine physician. This mindful walk will invite you to use your senses to enhance your well-being. Pre-registration required; deadline is May 18. Minimum age 12. Fee: $15.

To register, click here.