Impact Autism is hosting a TEAxUF Conference at the University of Florida on Saturday, April 6th.
The goal for this "Technology and Education in Autism" conference is to inform and inspire, starting a conversation that will have an impact on future technology and education in autism. The audience will be able to hear from entertaining speakers who range from a teen on the autism spectrum to a neurobiologist, parent, and clinician.
Each speaker will have 15 minutes to convey information they feel passionate about with goal of informing and inspiring the future of the field. This free conference will be held at the University of Florida, Health Professions Nursing and Pharmacy (HPNP) Building (1225 Center Drive, Gainesville FL 32611) beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 6th.
This is the second annual autism conference the Impact Autism has hosted at the University of Florida.
On Saturday, February 9th, over 600 people STOMPed the SWAMP for AUTISM at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. UF Students, Faculty, professionals, parents, children and local businesses joined in on the fun and helped make this event the largest Stomp the Swamp ever! UF First Lady, Chris Machen was the Honorary Chairperson for the 5th Annual Stomp the Swamp for Autism. Children ages 12 and under participated for free in games and special obstacle course activities on Florida Field, while being cheered on by many volunteers UF football players. This was the first year that Impact Autism officers took the lead in planning Stomp the Swamp for Autism. Over 55 teams of family and friends, coworkers, student organizations and businesses joined in on the fun and showed their support for those with autism spectrum disorders! All proceeds went towards the UF Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UF CARD). UF CARD provides free services for over 2,500 individuals from 14 Florida counties, and is the only Center of it's kind in North Central Florida. For more pictures and updates about the event, visit Stomp the Swamp Facebook.
Stay tuned for updates on how much Stomp the Swamp for Autism was able to raise for the UF Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, and thank you, Gator Nation, for your support! Hope to see you at next year's Stomp the Swamp!
Pictured (from left to right): Dr. Ann-Marie Orlando, Cierra Quigley, Jillian Roberts, Dr. Greg Valcante, Emily Roberts, Ashley Giddings, Hallie Kritsas, and Kathy Robinson.
We are happy to announce that IMPACT Autism is now a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization under UF's Center for Autism and Related Disabilities and the UF Foundation. We are very grateful for UF CARD's support and eager to continue our mission of making an IMPACT in our community.
General Meeting dates for Spring 2013
Thursday January 24th, 2013 @ 7 pm in HPNP G-301
Thursday February 21th, 2013 @ 7 pm in HPNP G-301
Guest Speaker-Dr. Jennifer Elder
Thursday March 14th, 2013 @ 7 pm in HPNP G-301
Stay tuned for our Guest Speaker!
Thursday April 11th, 2013 @ 7 pm in HPNP G-301
Officer Elections for the 2013-2014 School Year
Kid’s Day Out respite care dates for Spring 2013!
Saturday February 2nd, 2013, 1-4 pm at Westside Park, Gainesville, FL
Sunday February 17th, 2013, 1-4 pm at Westside Park, Gainesville, FL
Sunday March 17th, 2013 – 1-4 pm *** at Kanapaha Park in Gainesville, FL
Sunday April 7th, 2013, 1-4 pm at Westside Park, Gainesville, FL
Stomp the Swamp for Autism, February 9, 2013
Thank you to everyone who made this event the LARGEST and most SUCCESSFUL Stomp the Swamp for Autism yet! Over 600 students, parents, faculty members, and business owners Stomped the Swamp for those with autism on Saturday, February 9th. Over 55 "teams" of family members, friends, student organizations and local businesses were formed. Find out more about this important event at STS Facebook Page.
TEAxUF Talk, April 6, 2013
Impact Autism is planning a TEAxUF Conference (Technology and Education in Autism) at the University of Florida on April 6, 2013. Our goal for this conference is to inform and inspire, starting a conversation that will have an impact on the future of the field of autism. This is the second annual autism conference that Impact Autism has hosted at the University of Florida, and we want to hear from everyone--individuals with autism, parents, researchers, clinicians, and more!
Speakers will be allotted 15 minutes to speak on a topic of their choosing. You may nominate a speaker or self-nominate. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for the nomination form.
IMPACT Autism was honored to receive the 2012 Student Involvement award for being the University of Florida's Most Outstanding New Student Organization. Along with a trophy, IMPACT Autism received a $1,000 grant to continue to make an IMPACT and fulfill our mission in the community.
IMPACT Autism's 2011-2012 Officers accept the award on behalf of the organization.
Pictured: Hallie Kritsas (Publicist), Meagan Urruela (Vice-President), Ashley Giddings (President), Stephanie Hernandez (Publicist), Emily Roberts (Secretary). Not Pictured: Ana Mejia (Treasurer)
IMPACT Autism has been featured in the April edition of the UF Health Science Center's Publication, The Post. Make sure you pick up a copy to read about our organization, or read the online version by clicking on the picture, below:
The Post's article, "Making an IMPACT on Autism," by Molly Larmie can be found at: IMPACT Autism Article
IMPACT Autism seeks to utilize the volunteerism, passion, and leadership of University of Florida students to directly IMPACT the lives of those with autism spectrum disorders and related disabilities in the Gainesville community, and beyond. We are a student run, non-profit organization founded in 2009, by four UF students. We operate under the UF Foundation and UF Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UF CARD). Our passion is providing opportunities for UF's student community to learn and serve individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), and giving support to families affected by ASD. To learn more about our history as a student group and nonprofit organization, visit Our History.
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