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Upcoming Events and Other Info

Summer is in full swing, and we have several events coming up for you to put on your calendar. See the ACU calendar for more info on these events–we have posted flyers for most of them. http://autismcouncilofutah.org/get-involved/events/

First, “Autism: Coming of Age” film screening, Thursday, June 28, 6:30 pm, Okazaki Community Meeting room, 155A, Goodwin Humanitarian Building (College of Social Work), University of Utah.

Second, this Friday, June 29, is Autism Day at Discovery Gateway. It’s a free event for individuals with autism and their families. The museum will be closed to the general public. The event runs from 9-11 am. Please see our calendar or Facebook page for more info! As a side note, we are excited to be working on an autism, art and science project that will be an interactive exhibit scheduled to launch in April 2014.  It’s gonna be GREAT!

Third, please see http://www.utahparentcenter.org/resources/2012summerprograms/ for information on a TON of summer programs going on for people with special needs and disabillities. It is put out by the Parent Center.  www.utahparentcenter.org.  If you have questions you can contact Michelle Murphey at michellem@utahparentscenter.org. or at 385-646-4190.

Fourth, Let’s Play Awareness Day!  Saturday July 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Lindquist Field (Home of the Ogden Raptors) 2330 Lincoln Ave, Ogden, Utah 84401. Food, games, rides, and more!

Fifth, the golf tournament sponsored by American United, Credit Union One, and Capital Community Bank has selected the ACU again as a recipient of the funds.  It will be on August 22nd at Soldier Hollow.  In addition, the American Fork Bank selected the ACU to receive the funds from their golf tournament on September 28th at Thanksgiving Point.  Everyone pass the word and go golfing!

Lastly, Saturday, September 8 is the Utah Walk Now for Autism Speaks at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy. To register or for more info, go  to www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/utah . The Big MAKs have formed a team and would love for anyone to join them!

Just a few other items of information:

**The Events and Fundraising committee has revised the AWARE (Autism Welcomed and Respected Everywhere) program where anyone can hand out a certificate to a business that is very autism friendly.  An award to the most excellent business will be given at the annual meeting in April.

**We are looking for a group of members who would be willing to set up tables and sit at them during health fairs, autism events, and the like.  It’s very fun to network with attendees.  This would be a list of people willing and we would rotate through the list.  Please email me if you are interested.

**I’ve been attending/participating on several autism committees as a result of recent legislation.  Even though we are spending lots of time on this, we have SO much red tape to wade through and we have to follow the law…darn it, so the Autism Treatment Fund and the Autism Medicaid Waiver will probably not be available until later this summer.  You can follow the three autism programs on the following websites:

http://www.health.utah.gov/cshcn/autism.html – Autism Treatment Fund

http://health.utah.gov/autismwaiver/ – Autism Medicaid Waiver

https://www1.pehp.org/ – This is the insurance for State employees only.  Go to this website, go to “mypehp” and login with your employee login to get info.

There isn’t a lot of info yet, but this is where it will be posted!!

**And the most exciting news is we are giving away money!!  We are receiving grant applications through the website for funds that we have raised for the ACU.   These are funds from the license plates, donations, and other fundraising (YAY Fundraising/Events committee).  The lucky recipients will be posted on the website as soon as the process is complete. For more information or to apply for a grant, go to

http://autismcouncilofutah.org/resources/grants/