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Community Outreach

Interested in learning more about Autism Speaks resources and initiatives? Seeking to raise awareness about autism within your school or community? Connect with the Community Outreach Team for info, tools, and events! Contact us: outreach@autismspeaks.org

Events in the Community

Town Halls bring together young adults and adults with autism, families, and service providers to examine needs, explore opportunities, and connect with available resources and expertise. This national series of events focuses on adult services, including transition, employment, housing and community living, and financial planning and features a panel discussion, resource fair, and networking opportunities.

Transition Town Hall 
Saturday, September 23, 2017
10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
LaGrange Public Library
10 West Cossitt Avenue, La Grange, Illinois 60525
Online RSVP coming soon!

Research/Science Town Hall
Saturday, October 28, 2017
10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Searle Conference Center
1725 W. Harrison Street, 5th Floor, Chicago, IL 60612
Online RSVP coming soon! 

Autism Speaks Tele-Learning Programs are virtual presentations for families, meant to provide information about Autism Speaks and the free resources available to individuals with autism and their families. These free programs will be held bi-monthly with two rotating topics – navigating an autism diagnosis and preparing for the transition to adulthood. Register for one today!

Our newly launched Community Meetings provide information about Autism Speaks and the resources available to you and your family. Join us to learn more about Autism Speaks’ mission, research, programs and services, and advocacy efforts locally and across the country.

Lincolnwood
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
7:00-8:15 p.m.
Northshore Pediatric Therapy
4433 West Touhy Ave
Lincolnwood, Illinois 60712
RSVP here!

Freeport
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Freeport Public Library
100 E Douglas St
Freeport, IL 61032
RSVP here!

Naperville
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
6:30-8:15 p.m.
Fort Hill Activity Center
20 Fort Hill Dr
Naperville, IL 60540
Online RSVP coming soon! 

Autism Safety Fairs provide an opportunity for people with autism and their families to engage with their local first responders while accessing safety resources in a safe, fun and family-friendly environment. 

The Outreach team has faciliated First Responder Trainings across the country to improve understanding of autism and provide first responders - law enforcement, fire department personnel, EMS, etc. - with practical tips and strategies for use in the field. For more about autism and safety, check out Autism Speaks safety resources here

Stay tuned for upcoming 2017 Events in your community! For more info, email outreach@autismspeaks.org.

Call for Volunteers: Be a Grant Reviewer! 

Each year, Autism Speaks Family Services awards grants to service providers across the country who are working to improve the lives of children, young adults, and adults on the autism spectrum. One of the ways in which we support the grant-making process is working with volunteers to review grant applications and provide recommendations on funding decisions. This is a unique opportunity to share your expertise, and we highly value the time and insight shared by reviewers during this process. If you'd like to get involved for future grant cycles, reach out to us here

Featured Tools & Resources

Autism Response Team

The Autism Response Team (ART) is specially trained to connect people with autism, their families and caregivers to information, tools, and resources.

Call us toll free at 1-888AUTISM2 (288-4762), en Español 1-888-772-9050 or email us at familyservices@autismspeaks.org.