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General Meeting Minutes

Interested in keeping up to date with current IMPACT General Body Meetings but can't make the meetings? Email [email protected] and request to join our ListServ for monthly meeting minutes. 

Check here to see meeting minutes from past monthly General Body Meetings!

Fall 2016 Meeting Minutes

September 15, 2016 

IMPACT Autism First Fall General Body Meeting Minutes 

 

Important Dates:

 

      Meetings:

      Thursday, October 13--6:30-7:30 HPNP G-301

      Thursday, November 3--6:30-7:30 HPNP G-301

 

      Kids Day Outs:

      Sunday, September 25-- 1:00-4:00 at Westside Park

      Sunday, October 23-- 1:00-4:00 at Westside Park

      Sunday, November 20-- 1:00-4:00 at Westside Park

 

 


1. 2016-2017 Officer Team

IMPACT Autism's 2016-2017 Officer Team:

President: Lily Parrish ([email protected]

Vice President: Meghan Gaitens ([email protected])

Treasurer: Susana Becerra ([email protected])

Secretary: Mandy Marcinko ([email protected])

Co-Publicists: Amanda Colas ([email protected]) and Chris Rapp ([email protected])

Faculty Advisors:

Dr. Joanne Foss

Clinical Assistant Professor


Director of Professional Programs
Associate Chair


Masters in Occupational Therapy – Director

 

Dr. Ann-Marie Orlando

Coordinator for Education/Training programs at CARD

Assistant Scholar, UF School of Special Education, School of Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, concerns, comments or ideas!


2. About Autism


Autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder. The CDC estimates the prevalence of Autism to be 1 in every 68 individuals. Boys are four times most likely to be diagnosed. More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes, and cancer combined. There appears to be a strong genetic component to autism; in identical twins, if one twin has it the other has a 75% chance of having it as well.

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) diagnostic criteria- In the DSM-5 Autism Spectrum Disorder is characterized primarily by impaired communication and social interactions, and restricted and repetitive behaviors or interests.  For a diagnosis, problems in these areas need to be seen before age 3. 

Children with autism may have difficulty using language effectively. They may exhibit echolalia, in which they repeat back a question or phrase rather than answering to the person, or they may start the conversation by saying their name even when talking to family or friends. Some children with autism are nonverbal and use devices to communicate. Social interactions may also be impaired. Sometimes it is difficult for people with autism to filter out irrelevant stimuli. They may not have eye-to-eye contact or understand social cues of norms. Sometimes they do not have a desire to form friendships and lack reciprocity. In addition, they exhibit restrictive and repetitive behaviors. They adhere to specific, nonfunctional routines or rituals, and may show repetitive motor mannerisms.


3. History of IMPACT Autism:

Founded in 2009 by four UF students, IMPACT Autism has grown to include 500 UF studentsand has served more than 50 local families through our Kid's Day Out Events. —Our MISSION is simple: to utilize the VOLUNTEERISMPASSION and LEADERSHIP of UF students to IMPACT  the lives of individuals with autism in our community. In May 2012, we obtained nonprofit, 501(c)3 status as we were adopted under the UF Foundation and became a part of UF's Center for Autism and Related Disabilities.  

Some of the projects we have worked on include Project Communicate, Stomp the Swamp for Autism, the Autism Symposium in the Swamp and the Technology and Education in Autism conference at UF. We have won many awards and recognitions such as being featured in Health Science Center’s Magazine THE POST, 2012 Best New Student Organization, and 2013 Most Outstanding Service Program (Stomp the Swamp).

Visit www.ImpactAutismUF.org for more information about our history or find us on Facebook at "Impact Autism at UF"!


4. What Will YOUR Impact Be?

You can get involved with Impact Autism in a number of ways.


Kid’s Day Outs

Kid's Day Outs are our once a month respite care event where you and one other volunteer will be paired with a child on the autism spectrum or his/her sibling. You will spend a lovely afternoon in the park making crafts, playing games, and having fun with the child you are paired with! This is a great way to get experience working with children with autism!


The dates for Kid's Day Outs for the Fall Semester are listed below:

Sunday, September 25th 1-4 at Westside Park

Sunday, October 23rd 1-4 at Westside Park

Sunday, November 20th 1-4 at Westside Park


 

 

Tutoring

 

Tutoring students with ASD serves two purposes: helps with social skills and academics!  If you are interested in tutoring a student with ASD we can potentially pair you with someone looking for help!  E-mail us at [email protected] to sign up for our tutoring listserv!


MyFriends


MyFriends is a social group for older teenagers and young adults on the autism spectrum. Sign up for our MyFriends Listserv to recieve more information about our events as they come up. 


Volunteering at CARD


Sign up for our CARD Volunteering Listserv to receive more information about helping out at CARD. 


Job Opportunities


Looking for a job working with someone with disabilities? IMPACT can put you in touch with families looking for help! Sign up for our listserv or email [email protected] to receive information about how you can get a job helping local Gainesville families. 


5. How to Volunteer with IMPACT

There are 3 steps you need to complete before you can volunteer with IMPACT:

1. Pay your $15 club dues at any event or meeting. This includes a T-shirt!

2. HIPAA Certification and Confidentiality Statement: Go to http://privacy.ufl.edu/ for instructions on how to complete these trainings. You will need to search for  "HIPAA & Privacy-General Awareness". Click "Begin" at the bottom of the page. You will read through a brief powerpoint on UF's privacy policies and then will be asked to take a short quiz about what you just read. Once you complete this, return to http://privacy.health.ufl.edu. Click on "Confidentiality Statement". Read and electronically sign the confidentiality statement. When you have completed both of these, please e-mail us at [email protected] with your UFID.

3. Background Check with Alachua County’s Sheriff’s Office: They are located at 2621 SE Hawthorne Rd, Gainesville, FL 32641. In order for this background check to be free you must bring a background check form (e-mail us and we will send you a copy)

 

6. Autism Interdisciplinary Meeting


Each month, a group of UF faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students across multiple disciplines interested in autism research meet to discuss their work.  Each meeting features a guest speaker who shares a project that they are working on.  This meeting is open to anyone who is interested in autism research across all disciplines!  


Thursday October 6th, 2016, 12pm-1pm MBI Room LG 11A/B


Jennifer H. Elder, PhD, RN, FAAN

Professor and PhD Program Director


Susan N. Brasher, PhD, CPNP

PCORI Program Director


UF College of Nursing


"Building Capacity and Forging Collaborations in Autism Research in Underserved Families: a Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Project"



If interested, e-mail us at [email protected] to sign up for the listserv

 

7. Guest Speaker, Dr. Ann-Marie Orlando, PhD

 

Our guest speaker was Dr. Ann-Marie Orlando, director education and training programs at UF CARD. She discussed information about the services CARD provides and how you can help.

For more information about UF CARD, please visit http://card.ufl.edu/


8.Contact Us:

If you have any questions, comments, or ideas for our club, please do not hesitate to reach us at:

-Email [email protected]

-Website: www.impactautismuf.org

            - Facebook Page "IMPACT Autism at UF"

            - Facebook Group for Student Members: "IMPACT Autism at UF Student Members"

            - Instagram: uf_impactautism

            - Snapchat: uf_impactautism

Spring 2014 Meeting Minutes
 
March 19, 2014 Meeting Minutes

If you are interested in running for an officer position but could not make it to the meeting last night it is especially important that you read the final part of these minutes as they explain how to run!  Also be sure to check out the attached document!

1. 2013-2014 Officer Team & Faculty Advisors

2. IMPACTer of the Month
3. February Kid's Day Out Recap
4. Kid's Day Out Saturday, March 30th
5. How to Volunteer
6. Volunteer Opportunities

7. Job Opportunities
8. Current Job Opportunities
9.  Wall Painting Social
10.  Exceptional People Volunteers
11. Elections
12. Guest Speaker: Catherine Simms, M.S. BCBA


1.  Who We Are:
IMPACT Autism's 2013-2014 Officer Team:
President: Cierra Quigley ([email protected])

Vice President: Jillian Roberts ([email protected])

Treasurer: Hallie Kritsas ([email protected])

Secretary: Michael Lattanzi ([email protected])

Co-Publicists: Haley Moss ([email protected]) & Vanina Zack ([email protected])

Faculty Advisors:

 

Dr. Joanne Foss

Clinical Assistant Professor


Director of Professional Programs
Associate Chair


Masters in Occupational Therapy – Director

 

 

Dr. Ann-Marie Orlando

Coordinator for Education/Training programs at CARD

Assistant Scholar, UF School of Special Education, School of Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies


Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, concerns, comments or ideas!

2. IMPACTer of the Month

Congratulations to Abigail Remsburg, our IMPACTer of the month! She has been tutoring at CARD several times a week and was a great volunteer at our last KDO and we wanted to say thanks!

3. February KDO Recap
Our second Kid's Day Out was successful as usual!  The kids enjoyed Valentine's Day themed crafts as well as several other activities.  They had a great time!  Thanks to all of our volunteers who came out and made it such a success!  If you are interested in volunteering at our next KDO see below!

4.  March KDO
Our final KDO of this semester will be NEXT Sunday, March 30 from 1-4 PM at Westside Park.

This will be the final KDO for two of our officers who are graduating so it is going to be a special one!
—Sign up by THURSDAY, March 27th at 5:00 PM through this link:

https://docs.google.com/form /d/1IFlgrZ1mINvdTWeERsECcn_8_ZNHQel2lJhfpi4baDY/viewform


5. How to Volunteer 

To Volunteer at a KDO, you must complete the following three requirements:
1. Pay your $15 club dues (includes a t-shirt) 

2. Complete the HIPAA compliance and confidentiality statement at http://privacy.health.ufl.edu/training/hipaaPrivacy/instructions.shtml

3.Complete your background check with Alachua County Sheriff's Office (located at 2621 SE Hawthorne Rd Gainesville, FL 32641)


You can pay your dues and give us your paperwork at the KDO!


IMPORTANT BACKGROUND CHECK INFORMATION: If you have not gotten your background check yet, PLEASE READ THIS INFORMATION. In order to get your background check, the Alachua County Sheriff's Office is now requiring proof that you are a member of Impact Autism. If you could not make it to the meeting, but would still like to volunteer at the January 26th KDO, please e-mail [email protected] so we can send you a form that will serve as proof of your membership. In order to receive your free background check, please fill out this form, sign it, and bring it with you to the Alachua County Sheriff's office when you go get your background check.  Remember, you must have your background check completed to volunteer at the KDO! Bring the form they give you to the KDO!

6.  Volunteer Opportunities

MyFriends:

We are partnering with FLC again this year for a dance/fashion show!  We partnered with FLC last year for a very similar event an it was a lot of fun, and this should be even better!

It will be on Saturday, April 5th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. 


E-mail [email protected] for more information or to join the listserv!


SibShops:  

Sibshops are a series of free workshops that include games and fun activities, allowing kids (7 to 12 years old who have a sibling with Autism Spectrum Disorder) to meet others who experience some of the same sibling issues. They also offer a chance for siblings to communicate their experiences and feelings in a supportive environment.

Our last SibShop of the semester is coming up on Sunday, April 27th from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Skate Station and there are a lot of kids registered so we could really use your help!

E-mail Michael at [email protected] for more information on how to get involved or to join the listserv!

 

 

7. Job Opportunities 

 

 

Looking for a job working with someone with disabilities? IMPACT can put you in touch with families looking for help! 

E-mail us at [email protected] to sign up for our job opportunity listserv!


8. Current Job Opportunities 
After school caregiver needed for 16 year old young man with ASD.  The job will be Monday through Friday at their home after school (3-6 PM); no weekend duties, but occasional school holidays.  The salary is $10-12 per hour, depending on experience and qualifications, plus $50 extra per week for gas/

—Must have:
—Experience working with individuals with ASD desired, but not required—
Reliable transportation and an excellent driving record
—Must be willing to transport to therapy appointments (3 days per week)
—Patience and understanding a must!
—References

E-mail [email protected] if interested! 

9. Wall Painting Social
On Tuesday, April 1st we will be painting the 34th Street Wall at 8:00 p.m. in honor of World Autism Awareness Day!  World Autism Day falls on April 2nd, so we want our message to be on the wall the night before so that everyone can see it as they drive by and know what day it is.  


10. Exceptional People Volunteers

If you have missed one or 2 events and need more hours, please e-mail Cierra at[email protected] ASAP with your name and the amount of hours you need 

CARD is looking for tutors and help with transcribing training videos, but they need to know when you will be going to their office to volunteer.  Also, please give Cierra your evaluations at any meeting or event.

11. Elections


Elections meeting will be on Wednesday, April 16 from 6:00-7:00 PM, HPNP Room G307. There are 6 Officer positions that you may run for: President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, and two Co-Publicists.  Please contact the corresponding current officer if you have any questions!

Candidates must inform Cierra of their intent to run for office prior to the April meeting and MUST have attended at least 2 KDOs this school year (2013-2014) in order to run. At the meeting candidates will have two minutes to say a prepared “speech” before voting.

Please make every effort for make it to this meeting because it is so important to the future of our club!  ALL members are able to vote candidates into office.  If you are a candidate running for office and are unable to make it to the meeting, please email Cierra as soon as possible.  

Note that you may only run for one office. 

For information about each position's role please see the attached document.  If you have specific questions, please contact the appropriate officer:

President: Cierra Quigley ([email protected])

Vice President: Jillian Roberts ([email protected])

Treasurer: Hallie Kritsas ([email protected])

Secretary: Michael Lattanzi ([email protected])

Co-Publicists: Haley Moss ([email protected]) & Vanina Zack ([email protected])

 


12. Guest Speaker: Catherine Simms, M.S. BCBA

Catherine gave us a great presentation last night about her research about teaching children with autism spectrum disorder how to use technology, pictures, and sign language for mands.  Thank you to Catherine for coming out!

 

February 12, 2014 Meeting Minutes

1. 2013-2014 Officer Team & Faculty Advisors

2. IMPACTers of the Month
3. Stomp the Swamp Recap
4. January Kid's Day Out Recap
5. Kid's Day Out Saturday, February 15th (this Saturday!)
6. How to Volunteer
7. Volunteer Opportunities

8. Job Opportunities
9. Current Job Opportunities
10. Elections
11. Guest Speaker: Dr. Mark Lewis


1.  Who We Are:
IMPACT Autism's 2013-2014 Officer Team:
President: Cierra Quigley ([email protected])

Vice President: Jillian Roberts ([email protected])

Treasurer: Hallie Kritsas ([email protected])

Secretary: Michael Lattanzi ([email protected])

Co-Publicists: Haley Moss ([email protected]) & Vanina Zack ([email protected])


Faculty Advisors:

 

Dr. Joanne Foss

Clinical Assistant Professor


Director of Professional Programs
Associate Chair


Masters in Occupational Therapy – Director

 

 

Dr. Ann-Marie Orlando

Coordinator for Education/Training programs at CARD

Assistant Scholar, UF School of Special Education, School of Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies


Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, concerns, comments or ideas!

2. IMPACTers of the Month

Congratulations to Sara Plotkin and Jordanne Lamothe, our IMPACTers of the month! They were both great volunteers at our January KDO, so we just wanted to say thanks!

3.  Stomp the Swamp
Last Saturday, February 1st we had a largely successful 6th Annual Stomp the Swamp for Autism!  Whether you came out to volunteer or to 'stomp the swamp,' we really appreciate it.  Pictures are online at our Stomp the Swamp facebook page, which can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/UfStompTheSwampForAutism.  

Again, thank you to everyone who came out and we hope to see you again next year!

4. January KDO Recap
Several weeks ago, we had a great first Kid's Day Out of the semester!  The kids enjoyed some winter themed crafts and activities and had a great time.  Thanks to all of our volunteers who came out and made it such a success!  If you are interested in volunteering at our next KDO see below!

5.  February KDO
Our Second KDO of this semester will be THIS SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15 from 1-4 PM at Westside Park and It will be Valentines Day themed!—Sign up by THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13 (today) at 5:00 PM through this link:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/18I7G4TAjDWvolf7J9QSRzzL35w6a0-Csh318qgMqXzQ/viewform


6. How to Volunteer 

To Volunteer at a KDO, you must complete the following three requirements:
1. Pay your $15 club dues (includes a t-shirt)

2. Complete the HIPAA compliance and confidentiality statement at http://privacy.health.ufl.edu/training/hipaaPrivacy/instructions.shtml

3.Complete your background check with Alachua County Sheriff's Office (located at 2621 SE Hawthorne Rd Gainesville, FL 32641)


You can pay your dues and give us your paperwork at the February 12th KDO!


IMPORTANT BACKGROUND CHECK INFORMATION: If you have not gotten your background check yet, PLEASE READ THIS INFORMATION. In order to get your background check, the Alachua County Sheriff's Office is now requiring proof that you are a member of Impact Autism. If you could not make it to the meeting, but would still like to volunteer at the February 12th KDO, please e-mail [email protected] so we can send you a form that will serve as proof of your membership. In order to receive your free background check, please fill out this form, sign it, and bring it with you to the Alachua County Sheriff's office when you go get your background check.  Remember, you must have your background check completed to volunteer at the KDO! Bring the form they give you to the KDO!

7.  Volunteer Opportunities

MyFriends:

Karaoke Night - Friday, February 14 at 7:00 PM at CARD - This Friday (tomorrow), it will be a lot of fun!
Dance - Saturday, March 15 (Time and Location TBA)
Hike - Sunday, April 13 (Time and Location TBA)

E-mail [email protected] for more information or to join the listserv!


SibShops:  

Sibshops are a series of free workshops that include games and fun activities, allowing kids (7 to 12 years old who have a sibling with Autism Spectrum Disorder) to meet others who experience some of the same sibling issues. They also offer a chance for siblings to communicate their experiences and feelings in a supportive environment.

Dates for the Spring Semester:—
Sunday, March 2nd from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Millhopper Library—
Sunday, April 27th from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Skate Station 

E-mail Michael at [email protected] for more information on how to get involved or to join the listserv!

8. Job Opportunities 

 

Looking for a job working with someone with disabilities? IMPACT can put you in touch with families looking for help! 

E-mail us at [email protected] to sign up for our job opportunity listserv!

9. Current Job Opportunities 
After school caregiver needed for 16 year old young man with ASD.  The job will be Monday through Friday at their home after school (3-6 PM); no weekend duties, but occasional school holidays.  The salary is $10-12 per hour, depending on experience and qualifications, plus $50 extra per week for gas/

—Must have:
—Experience working with individuals with ASD desired, but not required—
Reliable transportation and an excellent driving record
—Must be willing to transport to therapy appointments (3 days per week)
—Patience and understanding a must!
—References

E-mail [email protected] if interested! 


10. Elections
Elections are coming up at our April Meeting (Date TBA)!  There are 6 Officer positions that you may run for: President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, and two Co-Publicists.  Please contact the corresponding current officer if you have any questions!

Candidates must inform Cierra of their intent to run for office prior to the April meeting and MUST have attended at least 2 KDOs this school year (2013-2014) in order to run. At the meeting candidates will have two minutes to say a prepared “speech” before voting.

Note that you may only run for one office. 

11. Guest Speaker: Dr. Mark Lewis
Dr. Mark Lewis, PhD gave us a great presentation about his research on the neurobiological basis of restrictive, repetitive behaviors in individuals with Autism.  A big thanks to Dr. Lewis for coming out to talk to us!

 

January 22, 2014 Meeting Minutes

1. 2013-2014 Officer Team & Faculty Advisors

2. IMPACTer of the Month
3. Kid's Day Outs
4. How to Volunteer
5. January 26th Kid's Day Out

6. Volunteer Opportunities

7. Job Opportunities
8. Stomp the Swamp
9. Guest Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Elder


1.  Who We Are:
IMPACT Autism's 2013-2014 Officer Team:
President: Cierra Quigley ([email protected])

Vice President: Jillian Roberts ([email protected])

Treasurer: Hallie Kritsas ([email protected])

Secretary: Michael Lattanzi ([email protected])

Co-Publicists: Haley Moss ([email protected]) & Vanina Zack ([email protected])


Faculty Advisors:

Dr. Joanne Foss

Clinical Assistant Professor


Director of Professional Programs
Associate Chair


Masters in Occupational Therapy – Director

 

 

Dr. Ann-Marie Orlando

Coordinator for Education/Training programs at CARD

Assistant Scholar, UF School of Special Education, School of Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies


Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, concerns, comments or ideas!

2. IMPACTer of the Month

Congratulations to Rebecca Abraham, our IMPACTer of the month! She has been an awesome KDO volunteer and has helped the officers with planning Stomp the Swamp, so we just wanted to say thanks!

3.  Kid's Days Out
KDO Dates for the Spring 2014 Semester:

Sunday, January 26th, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Westside Park

Saturday, February 15th, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Westside Park

Sunday, March 30th, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Westside Park


4. How to Volunteer 

To Volunteer at a KDO, you must complete the following three requirements:
1. Pay your $15 club dues (includes a t-shirt) 2. Complete the HIPAA compliance and confidentiality statement at http://privacy.health.ufl.edu/training/hipaaPrivacy/instructions.shtml3.Complete your background check with Alachua County Sheriff's Office (located at 2621 SE Hawthorne Rd Gainesville, FL 32641)
You can pay your dues and give us your paperwork at the January 26th KDO!


IMPORTANT BACKGROUND CHECK INFORMATION: If you have not gotten your background check yet, PLEASE READ THIS INFORMATION. In order to get your background check, the Alachua County Sheriff's Office is now requiring proof that you are a member of Impact Autism. If you could not make it to the meeting, but would still like to volunteer at the January 26th KDO, please e-mail [email protected] so we can send you a form that will serve as proof of your membership. In order to receive your free background check, please fill out this form, sign it, and bring it with you to the Alachua County Sheriff's office when you go get your background check.  Remember, you must have your background check completed to volunteer at the KDO! Bring the form they give you to the KDO!


***Note about volunteering for the Exceptional People class: If you need your 20 hours for Exceptional People, you can get all of them by attending all KDOs, MyFriends events, and by volunteering at Stomp the Swamp. If you miss one or two of these events, we can help you get your hours through volunteering at SibShops or at the UF CARD office. If you miss more than two events, however, you may want to consider finding another way to get the 20 hours, since we may not be able to accommodate for you.

5. January 26th KDO
Our first KDO of this semester will be this Sunday, January 26th from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Westside Park and it will be winter themed!  Sign up by Friday, January 24th through this link: 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1F4qiJohMZ9kedOgaaoUy-PNtYLSJwpTYVW-SbOM3u4w/viewform 


6.  Volunteer Opportunities

MyFriends:

Karaoke Night - Friday, February 14 at 7:00 PM at CARD
Dance - Saturday, March 15 (Time and Location TBA)
Hike - Sunday, April 13 (Time and Location TBA)

E-mail [email protected] for more information or to join the listserv!


SibShops:  

Sibshops are a series of free workshops that include games and fun activities, allowing kids (7 to 12 years old who have a sibling with Autism Spectrum Disorder) to meet others who experience some of the same sibling issues. They also offer a chance for siblings to communicate their experiences and feelings in a supportive environment.

E-mail Michael at [email protected] for more information on how to get involved or to join the listserv!

Tutor Needed:

A mother is looking for a member of IMPACT to tutor her son one to two hours a week at the CARD office. He is a high-school student with autism. Please note that this is a VOLUNTEER position and you will not be compensated.  This is, however, an excellent opportunity to gain experience working with a student with autism! 

E-mail [email protected] if interested!

 

7. Job Opportunities 

 

Looking for a job working with someone with disabilities? IMPACT can put you in touch with families looking for help! 


E-mail us at [email protected] to sign up for our job opportunity listserv!

8.  Stomp the Swamp

UF's Stomp the Swamp for Autism is an annual fitness event held at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium to benefit UF's Center for Autism and Related Disabilities.  Participants are able to run or walk "stadiums" at UF's Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, or run or walk the inner track of the stadium. Prizes will be awarded to the top participants in each category.

All kids 12 and under participate for free in a specialized obstacle course just for them. It's great fun for all fitness levels and abilities!  You can register as an individual, or as a "Team" of friends, or with your student organization. All teams will be recognized for their support of those with autism in our community.

Last year, we raised over $12,000 for UF CARD and had over 600 participants! 

This year, the Sixth Annual Stomp the Swamp for Autism will be held on Saturday, February, 1, 2014 from 10 AM- 12 PM.

The event will feature LIVE entertainment from KISS 105.3 and various UF organizations, and student athletes from the UF gymnastics team will be in attendance! You'll also get a free breakfast, the chance to win many raffle and race prizes including gym memberships, gift cards, a basketball signed by Billy Donovan, and an awesome t-shirt to everyone who registers by January 23rd.

You can register as a member of the “Impact Autism” team, with another student organization’s team, with a team or friends, or by yourself!

Pre-register online at http://uffuflevents.imodules.com/stomptheswamp2014

Pre-registration is $15, Registration the day of is $20 (Onsite registration begins at 9:00 AM, the event begins at 10:00 AM).

Pre-register by JANUARY 23RD to receive a free event t-shirt the day of the event!

We also need VOLUNTEERS!

If you want to volunteer, register for the event, and on the day of the event, arrive to the stadium at 8:30 AM. Tell the person at the registration table that you’d like to volunteer, and they will give you a wristband to indicate that you are a volunteer. We will then assign you where we need you!

QUESTIONS? E-mail us at [email protected] or visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/UfStompTheSwampForAutism!  We can’t wait to see you all on February 1!!!

 

9. Guest Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Elder
Dr. Jennifer Elder, PhD, RN, FAAN, gave us a great talk last night about her research on children with autism and their families.  A big thanks to Dr. Elder for coming out!

Fall 2013 Meeting Minutes
 
November 6, 2013 Meeting Minutes

1. 2013-2014 Officer Team & Faculty Advisors
2. Halloween KDO Recap
3. IMPACTers of the Month
4. November 16th Kid's Day Out
5. Volunteer Requirements
6. Volunteer Opportunities
7. Job Opportunities
8. Stomp the Swamp
9. Guest Speaker: Dr. Christine Stopka


1. 2013-2014 Officer Team & Faculty Advisors
IMPACT Autism's 2013-2014 Officer Team:

President: Cierra Quigley ([email protected])
Vice President: Jillian Roberts ([email protected])
Treasurer: Hallie Kritsas ([email protected])
Secretary: Michael Lattanzi ([email protected])
Co-Publicists: Haley Moss ([email protected]) & Vanina Zack ([email protected])

Faculty Advisors:

Dr. Joanne Foss

Clinical Assistant Professor


Director of Professional Programs
Associate Chair


Masters in Occupational Therapy – Director


Dr. Ann-Marie Orlando

Coordinator for Education/Training programs at CARD

Assistant Scholar, UF School of Special Education, School of Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies


Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, concerns, comments or ideas!

2. Halloween KDO Recap

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped out at our Halloween themed Kid's Day Out on October 20th! The kids had an awesome time playing on the playground, making arts and crafts, and decorating pumpkins! To see pictures from the event, visit our Facebook!

3. IMPACTers of the Month
Congratulations to Christina Yannette and Jenny Main, our IMPACTers of the month! These two were awesome volunteers at our October 20th KDO, so we just wanted to say thanks!

4. November 16th Kid's Day Out
Our final Kid's Day Out of the Fall semester is next Saturday, November 16th at Westside Park from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. This Kid's Day Out will be Thanksgiving themed, and the kids will be making fun Thanksgiving themed crafts! It's going to be our last KDO of the semester... you do not want to miss out!  

We already have quite a few kids on out waiting list and we don't want these families to miss out on a great day so please sign up to volunteer if you can!

If you have completed the 3 requirements to volunteer with IMPACT, sign up at this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1K8qRE_2bFqRiM_ejw8D6pAEePtE34jTcIMY4-XSuPSk/viewform by 5 PM on Thursday, November 14!

5. Volunteer Requirements
Here's a reminder of the 3 requirements you need to complete before you can volunteer at a KDO:
1. Pay your $15 club dues (includes a t-shirt) 2. Complete the HIPAA compliance and confidentiality statement at http://privacy.health.ufl.edu/training/hipaaPrivacy/instructions.shtml 3.Complete your background check with Alachua County Sheriff's Office (2621 SE Hawthorne Rd Gainesville, FL 32641)
You can pay your dues and give us your paperwork at the November 16 KDO!
IMPORTANT BACKGROUND CHECK INFORMATION: If you have not gotten your background check yet, PLEASE READ THIS INFORMATION. In order to get your background check, the Alachua County Sheriff's Office is now requiring proof that you are a member of Impact Autism. If you could not make it to the meeting, but would still like to volunteer at the November 16 KDO, please e-mail [email protected] so we can send you a form that will serve as proof of your membership. In order to receive your free background check, please fill out this form, sign it, and bring it with you to the Alachua County Sheriff's office when you go get your background check.  Remember, you must have your background check completed to volunteer at the KDO! Bring the form they give you to the KDO! 

6. Volunteer Opportunities

MyFriends Field Day: On Saturday, November 24, MyFriends will be having a Field Day. The time and location are TBA, but we’ll be sending an e-mail out to the MyFriends listserv with all the information, so make sure you’re on it!  Last year it was a beautiful, fun day outdoors!  E-mail [email protected] with questions or to join the MyFriends listserv.

SibShops: SibShops are a series of workshops that include games and other fun activities, allowing kids to meet others who experience some of the same sibling issues. The final SibShop this semester will be on November 13th from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Westside Park. For more information or if interested in volunteering, e-mail Michael at [email protected].

Alachua Harvest Festival:  This Sunday, November 10, from 11 to 5 PM CARD will have a booth at the Alachua Country Harvest Festival and would love to have some members from Impact there!  There will be arts and crafts, food, and music for all ages as well as representatives from various agencies around.  For more information visit http://visitalachua.org/visitors/alachua-harvest-festival-2/ and if interested in volunteering e-mail [email protected] by Friday (11/8) night!

Other Volunteer Opportunities:  
Volunteering at Sidney Lanier, CARD Volunteering, and OASN’s Christmas Gift Basket and Present Donation Day (located in Ocala).  E-mail [email protected] to sign up for these listservs or to get more information!

7. Job Opportunities
Teaching Job with Art Wallen: Art Wallen, Associate Director of CARD, is looking for students interested in teaching young adults with autism, ages 21-30. The focus of the job is on teaching employment related skills, mobility skills, and daily living skills. The job is starting in January, and you can receive $10-12 an hour, 20-25 hours a week. This is a fantastic opportunity to get great experience and help out CARD constituents! E-mail [email protected] and we will give your information to Art!

Other Job Opportunities: E-mail [email protected] to join our job listserv and learn more about how you can get a job helping out local Gainesville families.

8. Stomp the Swamp
The date for Stomp the Swamp has been set for February 1st, 2014!  Our first student member committee meeting will be Thursday, November 14 from 6:30- 7:30 PM (location TBA).  We will be sending out info about how you can help as well as more information about this meeting through the Stomp the Swamp listserv, so sign up for it by e-mailing us [email protected]!

9. Guest Speaker: Dr. Christine Stopka
Our guest speaker, Dr. Christine Stopka PhD, ATC, LAT, CSCS, CAPE, MTAA, gave a very exciting talking entitled, “Let’s Play! Affordable, Easy to Make, Adapted Physical Activity Ideas to Facilitate Participation, Safety, and Success!”  A big thanks to her for coming out and speaking to us!

If you have any questions about any of the information above, please feel free to contact us at [email protected].  Also, be sure to check out our 
website impactautismuf.org, and "like" our Facebook page Impact Autism at UF: https://www.facebook.com/ImpactAutismUF for more info!

Thank you all for a great semester and we hope to see you all at our meetings and events in the Spring!

Best,

Impact Officers

October 16, 2013 Meeting Minutes

1. 2013-2014 Officer Team & Faculty Advisors
2. Dues and T-shirts
3. Rescheduled KDO Recap
4. IMPACTers of the Month
5. October 20th Kid's Day Out
6. Volunteer Requirements
7. KDO News and Reminders
8. CARD Meet and Greet
9. Volunteer Opportunities
10. Job Opportunities
11. Guest Speaker: Haley Moss
12. Next meeting Info

1. 2013-2014 Officer Team & Faculty Advisors
IMPACT Autism's 2013-2014 Officer Team:

President: Cierra Quigley ([email protected])
Vice President: Jillian Roberts ([email protected])
Treasurer: Hallie Kritsas ([email protected])
Secretary: Michael Lattanzi ([email protected])
Co-Publicists: Haley Moss ([email protected]) & Vanina Zack ([email protected])

Faculty Advisors:

Dr. Joanne Foss

Clinical Assistant Professor


Director of Professional Programs
Associate Chair


Masters in Occupational Therapy – Director

Dr. Ann-Marie Orlando

Coordinator for Education/Training programs at CARD

Assistant Scholar, UF School of Special Education, School of Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies


Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, concerns, comments or ideas!

2. Dues and T-Shirts

Dues are $15 a year! With dues, you get a t-shirt and the opportunity to volunteer at KDOs. Please bring your dues to the next KDO or next meeting! If you would like to pay them (which you need to do to be a volunteer), but can't make it to the next meeting or KDO, please contact Hallie, our Treasurer! 

3. Rescheduled KDO Recap

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped out at our rescheduled Kid's Day Out on October 6! This was the first time ever that IMPACT has had to cancel and reschedule a KDO, so we really appreciated your patience and flexibility! The kids had an awesome time playing on the playground and making arts and crafts! To see pictures from the event, visit our Facebook!

4. IMPACTers of the Month
Congratulations to Sarah Gaies and Meghan Gaitens, our IMPACTers of the month! These two were awesome volunteers at the rescheduled KDO and have been very involved with IMPACT so far this semester!

5. October 20 Kid's Day Out
Our second Kid's Day Out is this Sunday, October 20th at Westside Park from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. This Kid's Day Out will be Halloween-themed, and the kids will be decorating pumpkins and making other fun Halloween crafts! It's going to be so much fun...you do not want to miss out!

We have quite a few kids on the wait list, so we really need your help! Our Halloween Kid's Day Out is always a really fun one, so we don't want these families to miss out on a great day!

If you have completed the 3 requirements to volunteer, sign up at this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1d043Mtua49uRB0F_gPogdiIU_qtSKgRBc7C4Xkpb-Nc/viewform by 5 PM TODAY, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17!

6. Volunteer Requirements
Here's a reminder of the 3 requirements you need to complete before you can volunteer at a KDO:
1. Pay your $15 club dues (includes a t-shirt) 2. Complete the HIPAA compliance and confidentiality statement at http://privacy.health.ufl.edu/training/hipaaPrivacy/instructions.shtml 3.Complete your background check with Alachua County Sheriff's Office (2621 SE Hawthorne Rd Gainesville, FL 32641)

You can pay your dues and give us your paperwork at the October 20 KDO!

IMPORTANT BACKGROUND CHECK INFORMATION: If you have not gotten your background check yet, PLEASE READ THIS INFORMATION. In order to get your background check, the Alachua County Sheriff's Office is now requiring proof that you are a member of Impact Autism. If you could not make it to the meeting, but would still like to volunteer at the October 20 KDO, please e-mail [email protected] so we can send you a form that will serve as proof of your membership. In order to receive your free background check, please fill out this form, sign it, and bring it with you to the Alachua County Sheriff's office when you go get your background check.  Remember, you must have your background check completed to volunteer at the KDO! Bring the form they give you to the KDO! 

7. KDO News and Reminders
If you sign up and the cannot attend  a KDO, we need a 48 hour notice in advance of the KDO. We pair you with a child and if you do not show up, we will have to turn that child away. Please understand that you are making a commitment to be there when you sign up and we are counting on you!

This year, we have a new requirement for running for an officer position. You must attend at least 2 KDOs during the school year (Fall or Spring) if you would like to run for an officer position in April.

8. CARD Meet and Greet
CARD is hosting a meet and greet on Monday, October 21 at 9 AM with the officers and members of Impact! —Everyone is invited! Food will be provided! This is a great opportunity to meet our faculty advisor, Dr. Anne-Marie Orlando, along with other hardworking staff members! CARD is located on the East Campus at 2046 NE Waldo Road, Suite 3200 Gainesville, FL 32609. E-mail [email protected] if interested in attending!

9. Volunteer Opportunities
MyFriends Halloween Party: On Thursday, October 31, MyFriends will be having a Halloween party. The time and location are TBA, but we’ll be sending an e-mail out to the MyFriends listserv so make sure you’re on it! There will be games, food, and fun! Be sure to wear a costume! E-mail [email protected] with questions or to join the MyFriends listserv.

Sidney Lanier's Fall Festival: Sidney Lanier is hosting a fall festival for their students on Tuesday, October 29, and they really need volunteers! —There are two sessions you can sign up for. The morning session is from 9:30AM-12:30PM and will involve the Pre-K students. During this time, they need help with set up of the game booths and interacting with the students (assisting them through the games and getting them back to class).—The afternoon session is from 12:00PM-3:00PM and will involve the remaining classes of students. During this time, they need help with booth set up (since some booths that are used for Pre-K may not be used for the older students), interacting the the children, assisting with the games, and clean up.
—E-mail [email protected] ASAP and tell us which shift you’re interested in! So far, we haven't received many responses, so please consider helping out if you can!
 
SibShops: SibShops are a series of workshops that include games and other fun activities, allowing kids to meet others who experience some of the same sibling issues. The dates for this semester are —October 27th 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Westside Park and November 13th 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Westside Park. —For more information or if interested in volunteering, e-mail Michael at [email protected].
 
Christmas Gift Basket and Present Donation Day: Help Ocala Autism Support Network meet their goal of providing gifts to 150 children and young adults with ASD for their 3rd Annual OASN Christmas Party! They need help with filling gift baskets on November 9th from 11 AM to 2 PM and they need help with the Christmas Party on December 7th. The address is College Road Baptist Church 5010 College Road, Ocala, FL 34474. E-mail [email protected]ocalaautismsupportnetwork.org for more information!

10. Job Opportunities
Teaching Job with Art Wallen: Art Wallen, Associate Director of CARD, is looking for students interested in teaching young adults with autism, ages 21-30. The focus of the job is on teaching employment related skills, mobility skills, and daily living skills. The job is starting in January, and you can receive $10-12 an hour, 20-25 hours a week. This is a fantastic opportunity to get great experience and help out CARD constituents! E-mail [email protected] and we will give your information to Art!

Other Job Opportunities: E-mail [email protected] to join our job listserv and learn more about how you can get a job helping out local Gainesville families.

11. Guest Speaker: Haley Moss
IMPACT's very own Co-Publicist, Haley Moss, gave an amazing talk about her experiences as a college student with HFA. To learn more about Haley, visit her website at http://haleymossart.com/ or e-mail her at [email protected].

12. Next Meeting Info
Our next and final general body meeting of the Fall semester will be on Wednesday, November 6, from 6:00-7:00 PM in HPNP Room G301. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Christine Stopka, PhD, ATC, LAT, CSCS, CAPE, MTAA. Her talk will be titled, “Let’s Play!  Affordable, Easy to Make, Adapted Physical Activity Ideas to Facilitate Participation, Safety, and Success!” It's going to be very interactive, and TONS of fun, so you don't want to miss out on this meeting!!!

September 11, 2013 Meeting Minutes

1. 2013-2014 Officer Team & History of IMPACT Autism
2. How to Volunteer with IMPACT
3. Kid's Day Out Volunteering
4. MyFriends Volunteering
5. Other Volunteer Opportunities
6. Job Opportunities
7. Guest Speaker (Dr. Greg Valcante, Director of UF CARD)

1. 2013-2014 Officer Team & History of IMPACT Autism

IMPACT Autism's 2013-2014 Officer Team:

President: Cierra Quigley ([email protected])
Vice President: Jillian Roberts ([email protected])
Treasurer: Hallie Kritsas ([email protected])
Secretary: Michael Lattanzi ([email protected])
Co-Publicists: Haley Moss ([email protected]) & Vanina Zack ([email protected])

Faculty Advisors:

Dr. Joanne Foss

Clinical Assistant Professor


Director of Professional Programs
Associate Chair


Masters in Occupational Therapy – Director

Dr. Ann-Marie Orlando

Coordinator for Education/Training programs at CARD

Assistant Scholar, UF School of Special Education, School of Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies


Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, concerns, comments or ideas!

History of IMPACT Autism:

Founded in 2009 by four UF students, IMPACT Autism has grown to include 500 UF studentsand has served more than 50 local families through our Kid's Day Out Events. —Our MISSION is simple: to utilize the VOLUNTEERISMPASSION and LEADERSHIP of UF students to IMPACT  the lives of individuals with autism in our community. In May 2012, we obtained nonprofit, 501(c)3 status as we were adopted under the UF Foundation and became a part of UF's Center for Autism and Related Disabilities.  

Some of the projects we have worked on include Project Communicate, the Autism Symposium in the Swamp, the Technology and Education in Autism conference at UF, and "Stomp the Swamp for Autism", a fundraiser for UF's Center for Autism and Related DIsabilities. Last year was our most successful Stomp the Swamp yet! We had over 600 participants and raised over $12,500 for UF CARD!!

Visit www.ImpactAutismUF.org for more information about our history or find us on Facebook at "Impact Autism at UF"!

2. How to Volunteer with IMPACT

There are 3 steps you need to complete before you can volunteer with IMPACT:

1. Pay your $15 club dues at any event or meeting. This includes a T-shirt and your name on our website!

2. HIPAA Certification and Confidentiality Statement: Go to http://privacy.health.ufl.edu and click on "HIPAA & Privacy-General Awareness". Click "Begin" at the bottom of the page. You will read through a brief powerpoint on UF's privacy policies and then will be asked to take a short quiz about what you just read. Once you complete this, return to http://privacy.health.ufl.edu. Click on "Confidentiality Statement". Read and electronically sign the confidentiality statement. When you have completed both of these, please e-mail us at [email protected] with your UFID.

3. Background Check with
 Alachua County’s Sheriff’s Office: They are located at 2621 SE Hawthorne Rd, Gainesville, FL 32641. Tell them you are with IMPACT Autism and that you need a background check to volunteer with us. This is FREE since we are a nonprofit organization. Bring the paper they give you to any Kid's Day Out or meeting.

3. Kids Days Out Volunteering

Kid's Day Outs are our once a month respite care event where you and one other volunteer will be paired with a child on the autism spectrum or his/her sibling. You will spend a lovely afternoon in the park making crafts, playing games, and having fun with the child you are paired with! This is a great way to get experience working with children with autism!

The dates for Kid's Day Outs for the Fall Semester are listed below:
Saturday, September 28 1-4 at Westside Park

Sunday, October 20 1-4 at Westside Park

Saturday, November 16 1-4 at Westside Park**

**Please note date change!!!


Please keep the requirements to volunteer our Kids Days Outs in mind:


-Paid your $15 club dues (can be done at the event)

-Completed the HIPAA compliance and confidentiality statement online (http://privacy.health.ufl.edu)

-Completed your official background check with Alachua County Sheriff’s office (2621 SE Hawthrone Rd, Gainesville, FL 32641).  It's free, just tell them you are with Impact Autism!

We will be sending out an e-mail in the next week with a google doc to sign up to volunteer for the September 28th Kid's Day Out!

4. MyFriends Volunteering
MyFriends is a social group for older children and teens with autism and related disabilities. Each month, we plan and attend fun events like holiday parties, movie nights, field days, etc.

Dates for MyFriends events for the Fall semester are as follows:

Day at the Zoo- Sunday, September 15 10:00 AM at Santa Fe Zoo 
Halloween Party- Thursday, October 31 (Time & Location TBA)
Field Day- Sunday, November 24 (Time & Location TBA)
 


Email us at [email protected] to join our MyFriends listserv or if you have any questions!

5. Other Volunteer Opportunities
Balance 180 Young Athletes Program - An innovative and adaptive sports program for children with intellectual disabilities and their peers who are between the ages of 2 and 7. If you are interested in volunteering, please e-mail [email protected].

Volunteering with UF CARD (Center for Autism and Related Disabilities) - UF CARD is the best resource for local families with children with autism! They need help making visual supports, managing their constituent database, preparing for parent orientations, etc. If you are interested in volunteering at UF CARD, please e-mail us at [email protected] to join the CARD volunteering listserv!


SibShops - A series of free workshops that include games and fun activities, allowing kids (7 to 12 years old who have a sibling with Autism Spectrum Disorder) to meet others who experience some of the same sibling issues. They also offer a chance for siblings to communicate their experiences and feelings in a supportive environment.


Dates and times to be announced.  If you would like more information or to be added to the listserv, please contact Michael at [email protected].


Stomp the Swamp for Autism - We are looking for members who would like to help us plan Stomp the Swamp this year! Planning meetings bi-weekly, dates TBA.  If you are interested in getting more information, please e-mail us at [email protected].


Sidney Lanier Volunteering - Sidney Lanier is looking for volunteers to hep plan their Fall Festival, dances, proms, etc. E-mail i[email protected] to be put on the Sidney Lanier Volunteering listserv and to receive information about how you can volunteer with them.

Research Opportunity: Dr. Krestin Radonovich is looking for volunteer clinic/research assistants for the year. Students must be available at least 8 hours a week. Activities will vary, including helping on clinic days and with research data. Students should email [email protected] if interested.

6. Job Opportunities:

If you are looking for a job working with someone who has a disability e-mail us and we can add you to our Job Opportunity listserv.  PLEASE E-MAIL US IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE PUT ON THE JOB OPPORTUNITY LISTSERV, EVEN IF YOU SIGNED UP FOR IT AT THE MEETING. 

Current Job Opportunities:

- A FEMALE assistant is needed to go with a student to school at Santa Fe College for this coming year. The assistant would need to accompany the student Monday through Friday from 9 AM to about 2 PM. College experience is preferred and basic computer skills are needed. The assistant needs to have their own transportation. The assistant must be a CNA or have some experience with persons with disabilities.

- Behavioral Analysis Support Services just opened an early intervention clinic for children with Autism, and they are looking for techs and volunteers for the school year. Both paid and volunteer positions are available. They will work around your class schedule and it's a great opportunity to get experience or class credit. If you are interested or have any questions, please e-mail  [email protected]

Life Coach for Autistic Woman- A mother is looking to hire people interested in being a companion for her 27 year old mildly autistic daughter.  Must be female, sophomore, junior, or graduate student, have a car, and be available on Wednesdays. 

- Blind graduate student looking for part time assistance with daily living needs. Must provide own transportation.

  *DISCLAIMER: These are only notifications of opportunities. The employing parties are in no way affiliated with IMPACT Autism. IMPACT is not responsible for ANY aspect of these jobs or interactions with the employers who have contacted us with information about the job postings. We are merely notifying you of the opportunities. You and the employer are responsible for any and all aspects of your agreements, interactions, behaviors, etc regarding this notice of job or volunteer opportunity.  


We will be sending out google docs for each of the job opportunities to our job opportunities listserv. The google docs will ask some simple questions (name, e-mail, experience with individuals with disabilities, etc.). once you fill out the google doc, we will provide that information to the person/family. They will then contact you.

7. Guest Speaker, Dr. Greg Valcante, Director of UF CARD

Our guest speaker was Dr. Greg Valcante, Director of UF's Center for Autism and Related Disabilities. He discussed information about the services CARD provides and how you can help.

For more information about UF CARD, please visit http://card.ufl.edu/

Past Meeting Minutes.....

Minutes from our past general body meetings...

November 1st Meeting Minutes

Thanks to our wonderful volunteers who made our October KDO and MyFriend’s Halloween party so special! 

Shout out to our IMPACTers of the Month… Amanda Helms and Michael Lattanzi!

If you haven’t gotten a chance to volunteer at our events yet, be sure to check out the opportunities below!

  • KDO in High Springs THIS SUNDAY! November 4th from 1-4 pm. Registration for this event is already closed. If you are volunteering, you should already have received a confirmation email. Rides from officers will be leaving from the Reitz Union at 11:30 am, please please don’t be late! (and remember its daylights savings, so we’re going to FALL BACK an hour J )
  • Our final KDO of the semester is CHANGED from the original date posted (Nov 18th is no longer happening!) The NEW DATE of the KDO is Saturday, December 1st from  11am- 2 pm at Westside park. The registration link will be going out later this month, so be sure to look out for the link if you plan on volunteering!
  • UF CARD is looking for volunteers to help out at their booth at the Alachua County Harvest Festival! Sunday November 11 from 11 am – 5 pm. Volunteers will work just a two-hour shift, providing info to families and a small activity for children to do! Email us if interested!
  • Our last event with MyFriends, the social group for older kids and teens with autism, was a big success! Their next event is a Thanksgiving Potluck Party on Sunday November 18th, time and place TBA! If you aren't on our MyFriends list serve group, but want to be email us back to let us know!
  • Remember, dues are $15 and we just want to remind you that tshirts are first come first serve, since sizes are running low due to overwhelming demand!
  • Stomp the Swamp for Autism-this fun fitness event will be held on Feb. 9, registration is $15 (pre-reg) and includes a long sleeve t-shirt, breakfast and the chance for the top team of participants to win a cash prize! We just found out KISS 105.3 will be broadcasting live from the event...it will be fun! LIKE STS on FB and click "attending" here: 

"LIKE" page: https://www.facebook.com/UfStompTheSwampForAutism?ref=ts&fref=ts
Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/166154153508912/?fref=ts

 Video links from meeting:

Katy Perry Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QX-xToQI34I&feature=player_embedded

Including Samuel: http://www.includingsamuel.com/media/Video/ExtendedTrailer.aspx

 

We hope to see you at our next (and final!) meeting of the semester,  Thursday November 29th, 7 pm HPNP G-312. Speaker TBA and end-of-the-year holiday party!

 

Questions or comments? Please email us at [email protected]

Check out and “like” Impact Autism at UF https://www.facebook.com/ImpactAutismUF?ref=ts&fref=ts

 

HAVE A GREAT HOMECOMING AND THANKSGIVING if we don’t see you this weekend!

October 11th General Body Meeting!

-Thanks for the amazing attendance and interest at our meeting this week! 

 

-Congratulations to Phebe Albert and Holly Linville, our September IMPACTers of the month! And to the rest of our volunteers – keep up the great work, we are so grateful to have you! :)

 

- Thank you to our Guest Speaker, Ann-Marie Orlando, PHD, CCC-SLP for her presentation about the resources at UF’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UF CARD), and for being an outstanding Faculty Advisor to our organization. We are excited for those of you interested in getting involved volunteering at UF CARD - it's a great place!
If you are interested in volunteering at UF CARD, and were unable to attend the meeting to sign up, please fill out this Google Doc Link, or email us for more information: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHY2cGpicGNob0l1dXMybzVQNFM4ZXc6MA#gid=0

UPCOMING KID's DAY OUT!

Our next KDO is next Sunday October 21 from 1-4 p.m. We have purchased brand new playground equipment...including a big parachute and playground balls! We are also planning a special Halloween Pumpkin Activity, so you won't want to miss out.


Here is the link to sign up--Please register before this THURSDAY!

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dDNiZHBLT0swYVplT2Z5VW52US1DTFE6MA

 

Requirements for volunteering:

See the volunteer page of our website at http://www.impactautismuf.org/volunteer.htm for detailed information


SHIRTS AND DUES

Our awesome new blue shirts are in! 

If you’ve paid but haven’t gotten yours yet, you can pick it up at any of our future meetings or events. All members who have paid their dues will have their name listed on the website, here: http://www.impactautismuf.org/20122013.htm. If your name isnt there or is misspelled, contact Hallie!

 

If you haven’t paid dues yet it’s not too late-- Get them to us as soon as possible in order to ensure you receive a shirt by bringing them to the next KDO, MyFriends Halloween Party, or to our next meeting! 

 

More events and Opportunities:

MyFriends HALLOWEEN PARTY:

 

  • Sunday October 28th 6-8 p.m.
  • MyFriends is a social group for older children with autism, and this is one of their biggest and most fun events of the year, complete with costume contest, apple bobbing, sensory haunted house, toilet paper mummy-ing, and more! 
  • We will be carpooling to the house--it's going to be such a fun event so be sure to come
  • Dressing up in costumes is encouraged!
  • Those of you who signed the sheet at the meeting will be getting a reminder email and more details before the event! If you didn’t make it onto that list we will remind through the facebook group anyway, everyone is encouraged to come out it is going to be....SPOOKtacular!

Job Opportunities

 

  • Thanks to those of you who signed up at the meeting. We get lots of emails from parents and community members looking for child care/tutoring services, and have decided to create a list serve to efficiently allow those interested to get notified about the opportunities we receive. Email us if you did not sign up at the meeting but are interested in getting emailed when job opportunities comes up. Emily will create the list serve soon and send out an email sometime this week!

Email Emily at [email protected] with any questions or concerns. We hope you are excited about the many ways you can make your IMPACT this semester. Also, see the attached newsletter or our Facebook Page for more information and pictures.

 

Hope to see each of you at the Kid's Day Out and HALLOWEEN PARTY!

Our next General Meeting is Thursday, November 1st from 7-8 p.m. 

Meeting Minutes 9/13/12

THANK YOU to the over 80 STUDENTS who attended our General Body meeting yesterday! We are excited to welcome you, or welcome you back to IMPACT Autism!

1. History of IMPACT Autism, Officer introduction

2. UF Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, MyFriends

3. Dues           

4. Kid’s Day Out volunteering

5. Young Athletes Program

6. SET Sail Program

7. Job opportunities

 

1. HISTORY OF IMPACT Autism            

Founded in 2009 by four UF students, IMPACT Autism has raised over $3,000, grown to include 400 UF students, and served more than 50 local families. Last year we received the honor of being UF’s Most Outstanding New Student Organization, and this summer we obtained nonprofit status under the UF Foundation & UF Center for Autism and Related Disabilities.

 

Find us on Facebook! Or our website, www.ImpactAutismUF.org for more information.

 

2012-2013 Officer Team - feel free to contact any one of us with questions and/or concerns!

President: Ashley Giddings ([email protected])

VP: Stephanie Hernandez ([email protected])

Treasurer: Hallie Kritsas ([email protected])

Secretary: Emily Roberts ([email protected])

Co-Publicists: Cierra Quigley ([email protected]), Jillian Roberts ([email protected])

 

 

2. UF CENTER FOR AUTISM AND RELATED DISABILITIES, MYFRIENDS           

UF’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UF CARD) is the largest CARD center in the State of Florida, serving over 14 Florida Counties. They are the best resource for individuals with autism, and a great partner for IMPACT Autism.

CARD has a big need for our amazing volunteers—and there are some great opportunities you can be involved with! If you are looking to a certain number of volunteer hours this semester, we are scheduling volunteers to provide support at the CARD office.

Find UF CARD on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/UFCARD

 

One such opportunity is MyFriends, a social group for high-school aged children. In the past, volunteers have interacted and facilitated with their fun events including Karaoke Nights, Holiday parties and potlucks, and Skate Station events! A MyFriends outdoor Movie Night is scheduled for Sunday, September 23rd at 6 p.m. and we need your help to make it a success!

 

Contact Ashley at [email protected] if you are interested in volunteering at the CARD office or MyFriends events!

 

3. MEMBERSHIP DUES

Student dues for joining IMPACT Autism are $15, and will be due at the next meeting on Thursday October 11thThis includes a newly designed IMPACT Autism T-Shirt! Also, your name will appear on our student members section of the website, http://www.impactautismuf.org/20112012.htm, and you will be eligible for winning our “IMPACTer of the Month” honor, as well as running for a leadership position.  You must pay membership dues to participate in all official IMPACT Autism volunteer events.

 

Email Hallie at [email protected] with any questions about dues!

 

4. KID’S DAY OUT VOLUNTEERING

“Kid’s Day Out” is a respite-care volunteer event that IMPACT Autism created where you will receive special training and be paired with a child with autism or their sibling in a two volunteer per child ratio! You’ll get hands-on volunteer experience, and we always have a waiting list for families interested in their child participating…so we need our amazing volunteers!

 

Our FIRST KID’S DAY OUT event is happening on Sunday September 23 from 1-4 p.m.

Look out for another email soon with the sign-up information, and specific instructions for volunteer requirements.

 

Email Stephanie at [email protected] with questions about our Kids’ Day Out events.

 

5. YOUNG ATHLETES PROGRAM

Our guest speaker Dr. Krista Vandenborne shared information about volunteering with the Special Olympics, Young Athletes Program, a sport/play program for young children with disabilities. The program starts October 2nd and runs through December 1st on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:15-6:30 pm at Balance 180 Gymnastics and Sports Academy. Must attend a training session and be willing to attend at least 5 times for consistency. Info coming soon in a separate email to those who expressed interest at the meeting!

 

Email Cierra at [email protected] with questions about the Young Athletes program. You can also contact the program director Renai Sparrow at [email protected]

 

6. SET SAIL PROGRAM

SET Sail is a program for post-high school aged students with intellectual disability and/or autism. This is the very first year for this program, which allows students to pursue academic interests by taking UF courses, while building social and independent living skills. If you are interested in being a mentor for this program, there is an information session tomorrow, at Norman Hall room 2321 from 10am-2pm.

Find them on Facebook, at https://www.facebook.com/ProjectSetSail or email Jillian at [email protected] for more info

 

7. JOB OPPORTUNITIES

We’ve been contacted with the following job opportunities:

- Looking for a part time PCA/respite worker after school on weekdays, 2:30-6 for a "highly intelligent, articulate, fun, nicely mannered teen with Aspergers"

 

-interested in hiring several girls to spend time with mildly autistic 25 year old. Must have car and be available several hours during afternoons 1 or 2 days a week

 

-Tutoring for 14 year old boy going into high school, specifically with English skills

 

If you are interested, please email Emily at [email protected] to get more info and the contact information for these families.  

 

Email Emily at [email protected] with any additional questions or concerns not addressed above. We hope you are excited about the many great ways you can make your impact this semester! 

We look forward to working with you, and have a great weekend! :) add text, images, and other content

February 2012 Meeting

Thanks to those of you who attended our meeting last week! Dr. Devine’s presentation on the neurobiology of autism and his research with self injurious behavior was incredibly interesting. For a copy of the presentation, please email us at [email protected] We also received a visit from executive director Kristen Shimeall and instruction coordinator Fiona Delfino of HOPE - Horses Helping People.
Congrats to our February IMPACTer of the Month recipient Jodine Castin! :)


Here's how we can support HOPE and the Student Occupational Therapy Association: 

Giddy Up Gator 5K, Saturday March 24th at Flavet field: SOTA's annual 5k to raise money for HOrses helping PEople (HOPE). HOPE is a not-for-profit organization that utilizes equine assistant therapy to help enrich the lives of individuals with disabilities. Walkers and runners of all speeds and abilities are welcome. Register online at the following link: http://www.active.com/running/gainesville-fl/giddy-up-gator-5k-2012 to register!! 


IMPACT has so many exiting events in store for the rest of the semester!!SAVE THE DATE FOR:

 

 

S.T.A.R 5K (students together for autism research): March 3rd at 9:15 am. Registration is $15 and includes a T-Shirt! All proceeds go to UF CARDRegister online at card.ufl.edu. Flyer attached to the bottom of this email!

 

March Kid's Day Out: Saturday March 17th 1-4pm at Westside Park. Online registration will be available the weekend before we return from spring break!

 

Stomp the Swamp for Autism: April 14th, 9 am at the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium 


Autism Symposium in the Swamp: April 20th 7 pm HPNP Building
 - an event where leading researchers and clinicians will come together for a panel discussion for parents, community members, professionals, and students. Will feature an Art show to benefit UF CARD.
Reminder: 

 

When we return from Spring Break, elections for next year's officer board will be right around the corner! Please start thinking about if you would like to make the ultimate impact in this organization and run for a position. If you are considering running, please shoot us an email and let us know, we would love to talk to you or answer any questions you might have. Also, if you would like to take an active role in helping to plan for Stomp the Swamp, please contact Ashley! This is an opportunity to gain valuable experience if you plan on running to become an officer in the future ;)
President: Ashley Giddings - [email protected]

VP: Meagan Urruela - [email protected]

Secretary: Emily Roberts - [email protected]

Treasurer: Ana Mejia - [email protected]

Co publicists: Stephanie Hernandez and Hallie Kritsas - [email protected]halliea[email protected]


------- Additional Opportunities: 

 

  • Job Opportunity: A family needs someone to pick up their child from school and drive them to aftercare. Days needed are Monday-Friday at 1:30, and Wednesday at 12:30 but you please let us know if you can do even some of those days! 
 *DISCLAIMER: This is only a notification of an opportunity. The employing party is in no way affiliated with IMPACT Autism. IMPACT is not responsible for ANY aspect of this job or interactions with the employers who have contacted us with information about the job posting. We are merely notifying you of the opportunity. You and the employer are responsible for any and all aspects of your agreements, interactions, behaviors, etc regarding this notice of job or volunteer opportunity. 

 

11/9/11 3rd General Body Meeting!
  • Thanks to our amazing guest speaker Dr. Elder who spoke passionately on a wide variety of autism issues - from diet to  family therapy, Dr. Elder has truly made her impact in the field with her exciting and innovative autism research and programs.
  • Thanks to all our volunteers who came out to make our October 22 Kid’s Day Out another success! A special shoutout to our newest IMPACTer of the Month – Emily Branscome! Thanks for getting into the Halloween spirit and for being an awesome volunteer :) Photos from our event are up on the website- check them out!
  • Another thanks to all who came out and supported our first TCBY Fundraiser and helped IMPACT raise almost $50 in just an hour!

  • Our next Kid’s Day Out event is THIS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2011! It’s from 1-4 pm at Westside Park.  This is the last KDO of the semester, it’s almost Thanksgiving, and it’s going to be a beautiful day! if you meet all of the volunteering requirements, be sure to fill out the last step and REGISTER AT THIS LINK (or online at our website) by Wednesday Nov 16: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGE0akhzQXpFYUdNQUlycHZxQkg0RlE6MQ 
  • Check out the inspiring story of Carly, a teenage girl with autism who was able to unlock her inner voice through technology: www.carlysvoice.com

 

Which brings us to… PROJECT COMMUNICATE! 

 

  • All of the hard work and fundraising efforts our club has put in the past year and a half are finally paying off because through IMPACT’s new Project Communicate grant, we are providing aide for 3 families!
  • Please come honor these families and come see how you have truly made an IMPACT in the lives of real people in our community at the Project Communicate Ceremony THIS FRIDAY November 18, 2011 in the HPNP Room G301 from 7-8 pm. Please RSVP for this amazing opportunity to see how we have made an IMPACT at this link: ­­­­­­­­­­http://www.punchbowl.com/partypage/aac23848e9b69315
  • Directions to the location (same as our usual meeting room) are attached at the bottom of this email!
  • If you expressed interest in being on a Project Communicate Team to follow up with the families receiving aide through the grant, or to help fundraise to be able to help future families, stay tuned for more info soon!
  • On Wednesday November 16, 2011 from 11am-1pm IMPACT will be tabling at the Disabilities Awareness Fair at Reitz Colonade – come check out our table and everything else there is to see!! UF Student Government is putting on lots of great events all week for Disability Awareness Week – check out the facebook group for more detailshttp://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=196948663713568
  • HEAL (Health Educated Asian Leaders) has a Health Panel event coming up on November 17th in Pugh Hall. Members of various health professional programs will available to answer questions from students who are interested in those programs. Check out the fb group:http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=171983392892639

 

 

 

 

  • Finally, as always, you can pay your dues / tshirt online at our website. You can pick up your tshirt at any of our meetings and events!
10/12/11 2nd General Body Meeting!

 

  • Our October 2nd Kid’s Day Out was a success!
    • We got overwhelming positive parent feedback, so thanks volunteers!
    • Special shout-out to our first 2 IMPACTer of the Month Award recipients-Chase Chambers and Monnica Morales for being great volunteers!

 

  • Thanks to our club faculty adviser Dr. Joanne Foss for coming to speak to us about the occupational therapy profession and how children with autism benefit from OT!

 

-Ask for the $6 background check, and tell them you are with

IMPACT Autism

-All they need is your name and date of birth

-Bring us the paper they give you!

 

Once you have done all of these, email us at [email protected] and you’ll be good to go for the whole year!

 

 

  • Project Communicate
    • We received 16 applicants
    • Ceremony in November
    • We are providing iPads/services for approximately four families
    • We want to follow up with theme families – we think the best way to do this is to create teams to assign to each family to ask them how it’s going with the help that they received and to meet them at some point to see the progress first hand.
    • If you are interested in being on a team for a Project Communicate family, email us! [email protected]
    • We want to continue helping out the rest of the families through fundraising this year.

 

  • TCBY Fundraiser!
    •  on Archer and 34th, Wednesday October 26th, 9-10 pm
    • Say you’re with IMPACT Autism and bring your friends!!
    • Money goes towards Project Communicate!

 

  • Can still pay your $15 dues online and receive one of our awesome new tshirts. If you already ordered a shirt, they are in! Pick up at any future impact meeting or event!

 

  • As always, check out our website and contact us with any questions or concerns!

[email protected]

www.impactautismuf.org

Facebook group: “IMPACT Autism @ UF”

 

9 /14/11 1st General Meeting !

Hey IMPACT Autism!

Thank you to everyone who was able to make it to our First General Meeting on Wednesday night. If you were not able to make it, please pay special attention to these minutes as they include information for how to pay your dues, as well as NEW steps necessary for being a volunteer.*PLEASE pay special attention to the Steps for Volunteering section, and the Volunteer Opportunities section of the minutes

Video from our First Year!  http://gallery.me.com/sabraham1220?fullscreen

 

IMPACT Officers 2011-2012

President: Ashley Giddings

Vice-President: Meagan Urruela

Treasurer: Ana Mejia
Secretary: Emily Roberts
Co-publicists: Hallie Kristas,  Stephanie Hernandez

 


Steps for Volunteering with IMPACT
IMPACT Autism plans and executes community service events called “Kids Day Outs” at least once a month. This is a GREAT way for members to get experience interacting with children with autism or their siblings, and a nice service to offer to parents who need a break!

 

 

The next Kid’s Day Out is October 2nd at 1 PM.

The Kid's Day Out dates for the rest of the semester are: Saturday October 22nd, and Sunday November 20th. 

To volunteer you must: 

1) Be a paid member (http://www.impactautismuf.org/apps/webstore/ --you'll receive and AWESOME T-Shirt too!)

 

2) Complete the HIPAA awareness and UF Confidentiality Statements (http://privacy.health.ufl.edu/

 

*3) Complete a $6 background check with Alachua County Getting your background check is VERY easy, and just $6! Many members have already done this, and have had no problem. Here are the directions: Visit the Alachua County Sheriff's Office (2621 SE Hawthorne Rd Gainesville, FL 32641) Downtown and ask for the $6 background check, and tell them you are with IMPACT Autism. All they need is your name and date of birth, and it takes about 5 minutes!

**Please bring us a copy of the official results they give you**

This will ONLY have to be done once a year, and it is going to help us ensure that our events are the best possible for everyone involved! :) Completing the above will also make you eligible for our Member Awards program throughout the year. 

Please keep in mind that you cannot volunteer without completing a background check, so plan in advance if you hope to volunteer at the October 22nd Kid's Day Out. 

 

ALREADY have a background check? If you have been screened by an employer or other agency within the past 12 months, this may count for your background check with IMPACT Autism as well. Please email us with your specific circumstance before signing up to volunteer.

Please let us know if you have any questions!  

 

Volunteer Opportunities in Gainesville

IMPACT has been contacted with two opportunities for volunteering one-on-one with children with autism in the community:

1)    A 10-year-old elementary school child needs an afterschool helper. A volunteer would be needed to go to the school, located in the Northwest Gainesville area a few times a week at 2 PM.

2)    A teen-aged child needs assistance with studying for the written portion of his driver’s license test

*If you are interested in either of these opportunities email us back with your contact information, so that we can give you more information. 

 

Project Communicate:

We are happy to announce that thanks to your hard work last year we were able to surpass our fundraising goals for Project Communicate. We have written a grant application and are now in the process of identifying families that could use assistance for increasing their child’s communication. For more information, visit our website. 

Please check our website for more information, and many exciting updates!

http://www.impactautismuf.org/

 

April 7th 2011 - General Meeting

2011 ELECTION RESULTS ARE IN...

 

A BIG thanks to everyone who ran for office, we really appreciate your dedication to IMPACT. We are all looking forward to 2011-2012.

 

CONGRATULATIONS...

 

 Ashley Giddings   Meagan Urruela       Ana Mejia           Emily Roberts

    PRESIDENT       VICE-PRESIDENT     TREASURER           SECRETARY

 

               Hallie Kristas                         Stephanie Hernandez

               PUBLICIST                                  PUBLICIST

               

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT WE DO IN 2011-2012!

February 3rd 2011 - General Meeting

Guest Speaker- Thank you to Dr. Penny Cox from UF's College of Education for coming to speak to members about Autism Spectrum Disorders and support services available in the public school setting 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

February 12th will be our Valentine's Kid's Day Out come spend the day with a child with autism or their sibling at Westside Park from 1-4PM. To register to volunteer, go to the Volunteer tab. 

 

S.T.A.R's 5K to support UF's Center for Autism and Related Disabilities 

February 26, 2011at Westside Park from 9-11AM

UF CARD support individuals with autism and related disabilities living in the local community. Please come show your support for all they do! Registration is $15.00 and includes a T-Shirt. To preregister, go to: STAR 5K

 

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! We are pleased to announce...

Autism Awareness Movie Night 

Help us spread autism awareness in the community by telling your friends, roommates, professors, colleagues, neighbors, managers, etc. about this opportunity to spread autism awareness.

WHO: The General Public

WHEN: Friday April 8th 2011

WHERE: Gator Cinemas off Newberry Road

WHAT: A special showing of HBO's Temple Grandin Movie which chronicles the life of a woman with Asperger's who was able to overcome her disability. 

WHY: All proceeds will be split between IMPACT Autism and UF's Center for Autism and Related Disabilities.

Autism Awareness Movie Night - April 8th 2011

  

November 1st, 2010 - General Meeting

 

Hey IMPACT Autism @ UF! 

Thanks to those of you who were able to make it to the General Meeting Monday November 1st. In case you missed it, we had a presentation about autism, a guest speaker from Autism Oasis, and the first of several autism training sessions to come. 

We also finalized the dates for most of our events for the rest of the semester. As always, you can also check out our website calendar for upcoming events. www.impactautismUF.webs.com.

November 4th Coldstone Fundraiser for IMPACT Autism  

Join us TONIGHT at the Archer Road Coldstone from 7-10 PM 10% of the proceeds will go to help children with autism who are nonverbal. BRING YOUR FRIENDS and enjoy delicious ice cream while supporting a great cause.

November 10th Parent's Night Out in High Springs from 6-8pm

Next Wednesday, IMPACT volunteers will be giving parents in the High Springs area a break by providing childcare services while they enjoy a dinner together. This is a great opportunity to interact with children with autism and learn more. If you are interested visit our website www.IMPACTautismUF.webs.com and sign up to be a Kid's Event Volunteer under the Volunteer Tab. ALSO, if you are driving to this event and can provide someone with a ride OR if you need a ride to the event, please let us know as soon as possible.

November 14 Gators March for Babies at 1pm

Join the IMPACT team as we march in support of the March of Dimes and premature babies on November 14, starting at 1pm at Turlington Plaza. Please email us back and let us know if you plan on attending so we can add you to the IMPACT team.

November 20 Thanksgiving Themed Kid's Day Out Event from 1-5pm

Bring in the holiday season with a super fun Thanksgiving themed Kid's Day Out on November 20th. We'll be making arts and crafts with the kids and everyone who attends will get to work one on one with a child with autism or their siblings. If you would like to sign up, please visit our website, www.impactautismUF.webs.com and sign up for "Kid's Events" under the volunteer tab. It's going to be FUN because really, who doesn't miss making those hand turkeys and other Thanksgiving themed crafts?

December 4 Holiday Themed Kid's Day Out Event from 1-5pm 

While parents do some last minute holiday shopping on December 4th, IMPACT volunteers will get to hang out with their children while making Holiday ornaments and other presents for the children to take home to their families. Sign up for "Kid's Events" under the Volunteer Tab of our website, www.impactautismUF.webs.com.

December 6 Last General Meeting of Fall!

December will be here before you know it so don't forget to mark your calendars for our last General Meeting of fall! Bring your friends and enjoy holiday treats, a video recap of IMPACT's semester and a special guest speaker! 

(Please remember that all our fundraising activities this school year will benefit Project: COMMUNICATE which will help children with autism who are nonverbal in Alachua County by providing them with Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) devices. If you have any ideas for fundraising, please contat us as soon as possible...we'd love to hear from you!) 

October 4th, 2010 - General Meeting

 

Hey Impacters,
We are so excited to see all of your interest in getting on-board with the various events Impact will be having this year! For those of you who were not able to view the IMPACT Autism video, you can check it out under Photos on our website... www.impactautismUF.webs.com

Red Mango

Please bring your friends out and support IMPACT Autism's goal of giving nonverbal children a chance to communicate by funding AAC devices for them. When you go get delicious frozen yogurt TOMORROW Wednesday Oct. 6th from 5-9 PM a portion of your purchase will go directly to IMPACT, simply let them know you are supporting IMPACT when you go to pay. Bring your friends and make it a date!!! We'll see you there! 

Dues

Thank you for all who paid their dues, we really appreciate it, and for those who forgot to bring your $15 but would like to get an IMPACT t-shirt before we place our order or for information about where you can pay your dues, please email Treasurer Ana Mejia at [email protected]
For those of you who were not able to see the T-Shirt design, you can check it out on our website www.impactautismUF.webs.com

Volunteer Groups

If you are interested in volunteering or taking a leadership role and helping plan an IMPACT Autism event for children and teens, please respond to this email with your contact information and what event you are interested in helping out with. Other community volunteer sites we will be involved with as a group include: Horses Helping People, Noah's Endeavor, babysitting for children with autism.
***If you have not already done so,  please let us know today if you would like to participate in these groups because we need a head count!
For those who have already indicated their interest, we will be sending out emails this week on details and dates for each group.

August 30th 2010 - General Meeting

 

Our Vice President, Ashley Giddings, first displayed a powerpoint on Autism and all that it entails, and how IMPACT is planning on making a difference in the local community of children who have Autism.

Officers then discussed the specifics of our current project, Project Communicate, in which IMPACT is raising funds in order to purchase an AAC Device for a child in need, so that they can have a chance to finally speak. We are raising funds for this device through hosting Pool and Playground Parties, in which impacters take care of children with Autism for a few hours at the Park or YMCA (getting one to one interaction with the children) while their parents get a chance to have a night to relax. We have had several of these events over the summer (you can check out pictures on are Facebook page) and they have been absolutely wonderful; we already have one planned for next weekend and are hoping to do at least one a month, so get excited!