Letter from Past President

On this day … Thankful Tuesday there is much to be shared about the Autism Society of Alaska and the time I have served as the President of the Board of Directors.

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Thankful! On this day … Thankful Tuesday there is much to be shared about the Autism Society of Alaska and the time I have served as the President of the Board of Directors. There are two tenses of the word … past and present that are most commonly contemplated when defining thankful. For myself … I first am Thankful that ASA has a past and a vibrant future. I am thankful for those who served before me … for those who paved the way … for those like the founder Heidi Haas. She had a vision and a plan and set it in motion. When I first volunteered for ASA … I was a newer parent with a new diagnosis and was so thankful for a place of common knowledge and non-judgement, where my family and myself could join and not be so different … but surrounded by others who understood and knew much of the same.

As I gained my footing and momentum, I eventually had the opportunity to serve as the President. In my time in this position I am beyond thankful for the opportunities to host the first two Autism Society of Alaska conferences with the likes of Temple Grandin and Michelle Garcia Winner! To hear what they shared alongside other local experts in our State was thrilling. Launching Community Enrichments, where we can offer educational, social and sensory sensitive events like my favorite, Sensory Santa, extended the vibe set by the conferences. I’m thankful for the networking and sharing of ideas these types of settings make possible. I’ve so appreciated the partnerships concerning safety with the State Troopers through Project Life Saver and CTC with classroom time for training with the cadets.

There are so many memories and moments that I will carry with me for some time. With that … I am thankful for the opportunity to move into the Past President position. I can be a part of the past and that’s only possible because of those who have been willing to carry the torch towards the future. Being part of this amazing non-profit organization has been a team effort. I’ve worked alongside many brilliant individuals with amazing skills and heart. Now I can support them and smile as they successfully navigate what’s next. What programs will they make flourish, what impacts will they have in the lives of those we serve and our communities.

I am so excited to announce that ASA’s new Board of Director’s President is Leah Kovall. Her enthusiasm and positive outlook and vision will be so effective in her leading. Moving into the Vice President position is Briana Brooks. Joining us as the new treasurer is Bonita Brees. Denys Collins will continue as our secretary and Alana Frazier and Joshua Kamerick have also volunteered more of their time, energy and resources to the ASA Board. Paige Talvi has accepted our position of Honorary Board member which we are so pleased to share. Every one of these individuals have made it possible for our organization to not only exists, but thrive. I am so grateful and thankful for their willingness, eagerness, thoughtfulness and compassion in their service as well as the time they commit to their positions. All of those characteristics are why they are champions of advocacy, education, awareness, acceptance and change for so many … not only locally but across our great State!

I am so thankful to all of our organization’s supporters and volunteers. All of your time, skills, and financial gifts have allowed us to do what we do. Thank you for both your past and future generosity! When there are so many amazing non-profits doing so many great things, it’s humbling to receive all we do. Our deep gratitude in recognizing this makes us proud to let you know that every dollar stays in Alaska and every dollar matters and is helpful. As we wrap up 2018, I am excited to see what 2019 holds for the Autism Society of Alaska. Thankful!

Brandy Raby, Past Autism Society of Alaska Board of Director’s President

Brandy Raby and her family at 10th Annul Alaska 5k for Autism

If you’d like to donate your time, email autism907@gmail.com

If you’d like to donate to our organization, visit asagoldenheart.org/donate

2018 Rewind

What Did ASA Do in 2018?

January

Kicked off the new year by welcoming the Autism Society of America President and CEO,Scott Badesch to Alaska. He ran our Vision Forward Strategic Planning Session and helped map out goals for the next two years.

Announced Regal Cinemas would be continuing My Way Matinee, Sensory Friendly Films

February

Selected as a non-profit for  McHenry Ball tournament at North Pole Middle school and funds were raised on our behalf from the students’ North Pole Champions for Charity bingo, dinner, and auction.

Received Golden Heart Meeting Ambassador Award from Explore Fairbanks Alaska. Our 2nd Autism Conference brought the community of Fairbanks over $25,000 from direct attendee spending.

Began a logo contest to celebrate our 10th Annual Alaska 5k for Autism

March

Hands-on workshop on strengthening communication between them and their adolescent or teen presented by Matthew Sena and Kylie Gore-Hall with Hope Counseling

Partnered with Fly Trampoline for a sensory friendly event

April

Annual Human Ribbon at UAF

Partnered with 2018 Alaska LEND Fellows for a Parent Cafe Tea Time Workshop on Strengthening and Supporting Families

Chosen as Papa John’s Charity of the Month

KTVF covered our sensory friendly events and partnerships

Board members attended Fairbanks Children Museum’s Sensory Friendly Day

May

Partnered with Stone Soup Cafe for a Cooking Life Skills Course for adults with autism

June

10th Annual Alaska 5k for Autism

Benefited from the Fairbanks Visitor Industry Walk for Charity

July

Sponsored one camper to attend Camp Yes in the Woods

Said goodbye to our first hired Executive Director of 4 years

Joined FRA for Disability Awareness at Golden Days Parade

August

Had a booth at the Tanana Valley State Fair

September

Presented to the CTC Law Enforcement Academy on safety with suggestions for positive and effective interactions with those who experience autism and their support systems

October

Partnered with Arctic Harvest for our first ever Sensory Friendly Fall Event

November

We welcomed in our new board president, Leah Kovall

New  treasurer welcomed to the board, Bonita Brees

December

We will host our 5th Annual Sensory Santa event sponsored by Greer Tank and Welding

We can’t wait to share with you our plans for 2019! If you’d like to donate your time, email autism907@gmail.com

If you’d like to donate to our organization, visit asagoldenheart.org/donate

Thankful Tuesday

2017 Achievements

2017 is coming to an end, and we are excited to share with you all that we were able to achieve this year because of your generosity. 

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January

Kicked off the new year with our first Community Enrichment presentation by hosting the Neuro Development Clinic event of Social Thinking delivered by Betsey Jacobs in Fairbanks at ACCA.

Danielle attended our first All Alaska Pediatric Partnership meeting in Fairbanks with an invite by Tamar, the executive director.

Fairbanks Community Mental Health Clinic received a 101 presentation on ASA and Autism from the Autism Society of Alaska.

Alaska State Trooper Captain Ron Wall and Danielle Tessen presented on Project Lifesaver at the Fairbanks Chamber meeting and received sponsorship of bracelets after presentation.

February

Community Enrichment: ASA Board member Theresa Sabens and presentation partner Traci Roon spoke at Fairbanks Community Mental Health on Sensory Processing.

Myway Matinee 3 month trial began in Fairbanks at Regal Cinemas for Sensory Friendly Movie Showings after a year of asking.

Began the process for submitting an Alaska Autism License Plate Bill with National’s advice as a fundraising method, unfortunately the bill did not pass.

Our board member Joshua kicked off his Community Outreach with a table at a UAF Hockey Night.

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We were selected as a non-profit in the McHenry Ball tournament at North Pole Middle school and funds were raised on our behalf from the student’s North Pole Champions for Charity also held a bingo night and auction.

March

Community Enrichment: Brandy, Danielle and Denys presented at TVC to the medical professionals on Autism and how to better partner with ASA.

ASA helped get the Wrights Law Training streamed to Fairbanks at UAF thanks to Stone Soup Group.

We hosted a fundraising paint nite at Pioneer Park.

Myway Matinee 3 month trial in Fairbanks at Regal Cinemas for Sensory Friendly Movie Showings.

Dance 2 fit hosted a wonderful third party event fundraiser.

ASA partnered with AARC to host autism self advocate Dani Bowman at Pioneer Park.

Joshua joined the FASD Sensory Swim as the ASA representative.

April

April was Autism Awareness Month!

Community Enrichment: Bio medical approach to Autism with Suzette Mailloux at the Public Library.

The annual Human Ribbon at UAF Theresa and Danielle presented at the Fairbanks Children’s Museum.

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ASA held two more Paint Nite fundraisers at Gambardella’s and Salcha.

UAF School of Education Hosted a third party fundraiser with a silent auction and donated the money raised to help fund our 2nd Annual Alaska Autism Conference keynote speaker.

Fairbanks Children’s Museum held a sensory friendly version of their interactive performance play.

Myway Matinee PASSED the month trial and began year round in Fairbanks at Regal Cinemas for Sensory Friendly Movie Showings.

Soldotna hosted an Extravaganza event.

May

We were selected as Papa John’s Charity of the month.

June

9th Annual Alaska 5k for Autism.

Betsey Jacobs and Danielle Tessen presented to Morning Star Ranch on Autism, Zones of Regulation per their request on how to improve their relationships with their adults with autism.

We were able to approve one scholarship for a camper to attend Camp Yes in the Woods.

Danielle and Joshua ran an activity on “your feet are not for kicking” at Camp Yes in the Woods.

August

Executive Director Danielle, Board Secretary Denys and President Brandy present a training to the CTC Law Enforcement Academy on autism and focused on signs and suggestions for positive and effective interactions with those who experience autism and their support systems and care providers.

Joshua attended the Tanana Valley State Fair and took part in the American Disability Act celebration and awareness day activities.20664973_10155101720299585_4219217782893141669_n

Danielle, Denys and Brandy presented to the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital Emergency Room Staff/Nurses on the same curriculum after a parent reached out on an issue her family experienced at the hospital.

Children’s Museum sensory day with Joshua as our representative.

October

In October we hosted Michelle Garcia Winner and 8 State guest speakers at our 2nd Alaska State Autism Conference.

In addition to the conference, Paige Talvi put together an amazing evening event, a silent auction beer and wine tasting fundraiser.DSC_0114

Partnered with Alaska Autism Resource Center and Stone Soup Group to host a presentation for running your own support group.

Fairbanks hosted the first Wings for All program in partnership with The Arch of Anchorage and FRA.

November

Joshua attended a community outreach event on Fort Wainwright.

December

Host our 4th Annual Sensory Santa event.


Thank You!

The Autism Society of Alaska is approaching GivingTuesday a little different this year. Instead of asking for Y-O-U to give to US, we want to take the day to THANK you for all the giving you have done all year long. Without YOU we do not exist.

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We would like to give a ThankfulTuesday shoutout to all of the volunteers who have positively impacted ASA with their generosity. Here are a few we want to take some time to focus on from 2017:

Caitlin Frye, our grant writer
Amanda Lash, our walk director for our  9th Annual 5k
Paige Talvi and her entire team, ran our Beer and Wine Tasting Silent Auction
Gene Lunney, donated the Roundup Steakhouse, food, and alcohol for our auction
George and Amy Viltrakis, our Sensory Santa and his wife
Scott Lonergan, Event Graphic Design Consultant
Mark Christensen, Tech support
We also want to thank all of our board members from the past and all of our current members:
Brandy Raby, President
Denys Collins, Secretary
Dawn Ham, Treasurer
Joshua Kamerick, Board Member who Experiences Autism
Alana Frazier, Board Member in the Professional Field
Heidi Haas, Founding Honorary Board Member
Betsey Jacobs, Honorary Board Member
*If you would like to volunteer your time, talent or treasure to ASA please connect with us. It takes every type of skill to keep an organization running.
http://www.asagoldenheart.org/volunteer

Sponsors

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Building Blocks
Greer Tank and Welding
Kinross Fort Knox
Fairbanks Native Association
Alaska Frontier
Ear Nose and Throat
Madden Real Estate
Fairbanks Behavior
96.9 River 98.1 k-Wolf
Nomadic Stars
DJay Entertainment

2017 2nd Annual Alaska Autism Conference:
Alaska Mental Health Trust Grant
SESA
AARC
UAF School of Ed
Hussman Grant
Governors Council
Building Blocks
Greer Tank
Baker Insurance
Arctic Pathways
Local 375
302 Operators Union
Sourdough Express
Laborers’ Local 942
Mt McKinley Bank
Fairbanks Memorial hospital

2017 4th Annual Sensory Santa:
Greer Tank

Safety Partners

14370121_10154124430879585_6528352622558162308_nSafety is important to the mission of us at ASA. Without our fantastic safety partners we can not achieve our mission! Thank you to both Alaska State Troopers Project Lifesaver and
UAF CTC Law Enforcement Safety Training for reaching out to us to partner.

 

 

 

There are so many more sponsors, partners, and volunteers we would like to thank. Without each and every one of you, nothing we do would be possible.  As a non profit, we rely heavily on those that support us in many different ways. Thank you!


*Donations are tax deductible if you would like to still take part in GivingTuesday.  You can donate online by visiting http://www.asagoldenheart.org/donate OR send donations to: 607 Old Steese Hwy, Suite B #285 Fairbanks, Alaska 99701 & make checks out to: Autism Society of Alaska.