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Services & Programs

Our Services and Programs: What do we do? The Autism Society of Alaska provides services and programs in the community to support those who are affected by autism. We envision a community where individuals and families living with autism are able to maximize their quality of life, are treated with the highest level of dignity, and live in a society in which their talents and skills are appreciated and valued. The Autism Society of Alaska provides such services and programs for trainings and education to create the community we believe our families deserve.


Services

Information and Referral

 The Autism Society of Alaska supports all who are affected by autism through individual information and referrals online, on the phone or face to face. We also centralize this support through our community enrichment program to provide an opportunity for parents and professionals to network and discuss navigating resources.

Community Connections

Autism Friendly Community Connections:  We value building autism friendly and inclusive communities. It's not always easy to find fun activities for individuals with autism. The Autism Society partners with local agencies, holds outings and activities for children and adults on the spectrum and offers several recreational opportunities, ranging from all ages, for families to meet one another in an informal setting.

Raising Awareness, Acceptance and Appreciation

Raising Awareness, Acceptance and Appreciation: Through online information, events and trainings to educate the community about autism.


Trainings

The Autism Society is committed to educating people about autism and various interventions. In addition to families who live with autism every day, we also work to help members of the community understand autism.  We can send written material on a wide variety of autism-related topics and, with enough lead time, provide speakers.  We also make a point to inform our constituents about trainings, workshops, and presentations around the region.  As resources allow, we sponsor educational programs and offer scholarships so that parents can attend conferences.  We are always looking for ways to collaborate on educational initiatives.

Autism 101

Introduction to autism

We offer an introduction to autism training tailored to your family, organization or unique requests. Prefer to take it online? Click here to take an online introduction course.

First Responders

Autism Safety & Education

“This training is part of the Law Enforcement Academy’s ongoing effort to provide cultural awareness training with the goal that students will be able to assess a situation and perform a reasonable and appropriate response.”

Community and Technical College


The Autism Society of Alaska’s partnership with UAF CTC Law Enforcement is to inform the academy on what autism is, statistics about autism, identifying autism, and providing them with a variety of suggested responses when interacting with an individual on the spectrum. Through a training such as this, we at ASA can better equip the officers with de-escalation techniques for when they encounter an individual on the spectrum.


“Our goal of inclusive participation in all areas of life is being realized. As a result it is our responsibility to make as many education opportunities available to help ensure that these moments of interaction are positive, appropriate and as safe as possible for everyone.”

Brandy Raby, ASA Board President

Businesses 

Welcoming autism in your business

Interested in learning ways to make your business more welcoming to families who experience autism? Interested in hiring an individual who experiences autism? We are excited to partner with you to implement a training to make your business more successful and welcoming to the autism community. 
 

Programs

We have developed the following programs that align with our services and mission.

Our Story

Community Enrichment

Our community enrichment program consists of community presentations and activities that are centralized on networking, leisure, education, and support for the family unit. We focus on events and presentations that seek to improve the lives of individuals who experience autism across the lifespan and their families. The types of events we host include play groups, presentations, and workshops geared towards individuals who experience autism and their families, as well as informational sessions for professionals in the community who interact with individuals who experience autism. Read more here.

Alaska Autism Conference

Alaska, a large state  faced with unique challenges and needs, makes it overwhelming to try to locate services, resources, and information related to autism. This conference offers a platform for people to discover local resources in Alaska and offers a community for support and networking. The Autism Society of Alaska is filled with gratitude to be able to offer this event across Alaska.

Alaska 5K for Autism

The Alaska 5k for autism has been held annually since 2009 and is a family friendly event held on flat ground to support the Autism Society of Alaska. The event benefits the Autism Society of Alaska, which provides information and referrals, support, education and advocacy for people in our community living with autism.

Sensory Friendly Santa

Sensory Santa is an event for families with children on all spectrums of special needs, providing a more controlled and welcoming environment to visit The Santa Photo Experience. Simple adjustments are made to reduce sensory stimuli (muted lights, music and waiting to visit Santa at activities) to create a calming environment.

Project Lifesaver & Safety

Project Lifesaver provides timely response to saving lives and reducing injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer’s, autism, and other related conditions or disorders. Without the effective equipment of project lifesaver, searches typically take hours or days to find the missing person. According to Project Lifesaver when a person is wearing a bracelet with a small personal transmitter our trained Alaska State Troopers are able to provide a recovery time 95% faster than the current standard operations. Read more here.

Sensory Friendly Movies

My Way Matinee and the Autism Society have teamed up to offer the “Sensory Friendly Films” program as a special opportunity for individuals living with autism and others to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment on a monthly basis. In order to provide a more accepting and comfortable setting for individuals on the autism spectrum, the movie auditorium keeps their lights turned slightly up (dim lights will remain on) and the sound turned slightly down. Because some have strict, special dietary needs, families are permitted to bring their own gluten-free, casein-free snacks from home. Find a show near you here.