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April 2021

Autism, Gender and Sexual Identity Conference

April 9, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Autism, Gender and Sexual Identity Conference Friday, April 9, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. To register for this conference, click here. For a printable event flyer, click here.   Agenda 9:00 a.m. - Welcome 9:05 a.m. -  Autism and Identity: Making Sense of Gender, Presented by Peter Daniolos, M.D. Learning Objectives: Participants will leave this seminar with heightened appreciation of the importance of not foreclosing on gendered options when working with all youth, including those who present as gender nonconforming (GNC), gender…

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Poor Sleep in Autism: Where Are You on the Map? Lunch and Learn – Presented by – Dr. Jacob Michaelson

April 15, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

To register for this lunch and learn, click here.   Most people with autism complain of poor sleep. Unfortunately, previous research had a hard time understanding exactly what kinds of poor sleep were most prevalent in autism. With the support of over 5,000 families with autism from the SPARK study, we were able to identify eight distinct patterns that describe most kinds of poor sleep experienced in autism. We were able to identify genetic factors underlying these sleep patterns, and…

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“Swim Team” Virtual Viewing Party

April 15, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Register today for a virtual watch party of the documentary, “Swim Team”, on April 15, at 7:00 p.m. Following the screening, join the live conversation with filmmaker, Lara Stolman. Brought to you by ASK Resource Center, Iowa DD Council and Autism Society of Iowa. Click here to register.

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2021 Billiards Tournament- Windsor Heights

April 18, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Ridgement, 7460 Hickman Road
Windsor Heights, IA 50324 United States
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To register, click here. For a printable event flyer, click here. Pool Tournament to Benefit the Autism Society of Iowa At     9 Ball Singles Tournament, Race to 3 Date:  April 18, 2021 1:00 – Registration and Rules Meeting 2:00 – Play Begins $10.00 Registration Fee Winner receives ½ of Registration Fee Questions?  Please call or text Jeremy Davis at 712-269-8889 Come and Enjoy the Taco Bar! $1.00 from every blue signature drink sold benefits:   

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Autism and Depression – How to Recognize Depression, Anxiety and the Risk for Suicide Lunch and Learn – Presented by – Mikle South

April 22, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

To register for this lunch and learn, click here.   This lunch and learn will focus on recognizing depression and anxiety in individuals with autism spectrum disorder and will also highlight the experience(s) of women with autistic traits who were interviewed about their depression and shared their personal stories. Mikle South is Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Brigham Young University. He received a BA from Yale University followed by a PhD in Child Clinical Psychology at the University of Utah,…

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Higher IQ Influences One’s Experience with Autism and Not Always for the Better Lunch and Learn – Presented by – Dr. Jake Michaelson

April 29, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

To register for this lunch and learn, click here.   Although intellectual disability is common among people with autism, some have a very high IQ. Individuals with autism and a very high IQ are sometimes called "twice-exceptional" or 2e. For some symptoms, a higher IQ is associated with fewer problems.  In other areas, the opposite is true. By partnering with the Belin-Blank Center at the University of Iowa and reviewing the records of over 1,000 gifted individuals, we were able…

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July 2021

Autism Society of Iowa Virtual Statewide Walk

July 5, 2021 - August 28, 2021

Join the Au-Some 54 Day Challenge! This is a virtual event. We challenge you to walk, ride, swim or run for 54 days beginning on July 5! Or pick your own activity and track your miles! Participate alone or create a team with family and friends, taking the Challenge from ANYWHERE! Log your miles and see how far you can go! 1 in 54 children are diagnosed with autism, so please join us this summer to walk, ride or run…

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September 2021

2021 Autism Society of Iowa Employment Conference

September 10, 2021

To register for this conference, click here.   The Autism Society of Iowa and Iowa DD Council are sponsoring a virtual conference via Zoom on Autism & Employment for those on the autism spectrum who are interested in employment, family members, employers, human resource managers, case managers, social workers and anyone interested in helping those with ASD in the work place. This conference is free to those on the autism spectrum.   Agenda 9:00 – Welcome 9:05 – 10:05 –…

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November 2021

2021 Fall Online Benefit Auction

November 4, 2021 - November 5, 2021

To view auction items and register to bid, click here. The 33rd annual Autism Society of Iowa Online Benefit Auction will be held Thursday, November 4, through Friday, November 5, 2021, via CharityAuctionsToday.com.   

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2021 Autism Society of Iowa Fall Conference

November 5, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

2021 Autism Society of Iowa Fall Educational Conference Virtual via Zoom  Featuring Keynote Speaker Mikle South, Ph.D To register, click here.   Autism Society of Iowa 2021 Fall Conference 9:00 a.m. – Introductions 9:00 – 10:15 a.m. –"New things, new people, new places: looking for the origins of anxiety in autism." presented by Mikle South, Ph.D. 10:15 a.m. – Break 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. – Autism Panel – Panel of Adults with Autism Share Their Stories 11:45 – 12:30 a.m.…

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