This April, the Autism Society #CelebratesDifferences for Autism Acceptance Month. Everyday, we work to create connections, empowering everyone in the Autism community to live fully. Be the connection this April to spreading awareness for early diagnosis, promoting inclusion in the greater community, and practicing acceptance in everyday life.
One in 36 children are diagnosed with Autism. As the fastest-growing developmental disability in the US, you or someone you know and love is a part of the Autism community. Be the connection this April by supporting the Autism Society of Maine in our quest to educate, advocate, and support the Autism community
Please Note: We are just getting started! This page will be updated frequently during the Month of April so keep coming back!
NEW! Q & A monthly webinars month with the Autism Society of Maine
Mar 29, 2023 - Webinar Recording
In our first Q&A with ASM webinar we will look at the Basics of an IEP. Who needs one and how can one qualify? What are the "ins and out" of an IEP?
ASM Online Calendar Check out what is happening in April and all year long.
Support Groups ASM's youth, adult and parent / caregiver meet monthly.
April 2 World Autism Day The United Nations will observe World Autism Awareness Day (2 April) with a global virtual event on the theme “Transformation: Toward a Neuro-Inclusive World for All”. The event will take place virtually, on Sunday 2 April, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST.
April 8 - Sensory Friendly Movie Event - Flagship Cinema, Auburn. Super Mario Bros. 10:00am Sponsored by the Lewiston Auburn Rotary Club & JFM Homes
April 8 - Sensory Friendly Movie Event - Super Mario Bros. Ticket price and more information in link.
April 23 - Walk for Autism - Westbrook
April 29 - Sea of Blue Autism Awareness Walk / 5K Northeast Harbor Registration is open!
April 30 - Walk for Autism - Bangor
April 30 - United Bikers of Maine "For the Love of Lemonade Autism Awareness Ride" Flyer
April 22 - 1:00pm Saco Eagles Club Event Dinner to Benefit ASM, 9 Spring St., Saco $8 Adults and $6 for 12yrs and under.
My Day to Play
Portland Sea Dogs
Sign up to ASM's parent email listing for a chance to win free Sea Dogs tickets for your family! If you are already on the email list, or just signing up, be on the look-out for a special email that will have "Sea Dogs Tickets" in the title.
There will be two separate email announcements and drawings for:
- Game on Saturday, April 22nd game at 1:00pm - Sponsored by NautilusSolar
- Game on May 27th at 1:00pm - Sponsored by Mast Construction
Walk for Autism - Two Locations!
Westbrook, April 23rd and Bangor, April 30th
Each location will be a unique, energizing and supportive environment. Plans are in the works for games, entertainment, prizes, and much more! Learn more and register (before April 3rd to get your t-shirt!)
Sensory Friendly Movie Event! Super Mario Bros.
April 8, 2023 - 730 Center Street, Auburn
RSVP by April 4, 2023
Sponsored by the Lewiston-Auburn Rotory Club & JFM Homes for families and children / adult with Autism that live in the Lewiston / Auburn area. Call ASM to reserve your seat: 1-800-273-5200.
How You Can Help Support ASM
Do you want to create a facebook fundraiser for ASM? It’s easy! Just go to the ASM fundraiser link or to the tab or your own facebook page to get started!
This is a fun way to host an online fundraiser and share your friends and family!
Have a Heart
Businesses or Agencies - sell puzzle piece paper hearts for $1 each to your customers or clients.
They would put their name on the heart and your agency could display them.
Call ASM if you would like to participate at 1-800-273-5200. We will provide you with the hearts and a shout out Facebook to
all businesses or agencies that participate.
Resources Explaining Autism:
For Kids and Caregivers:
Autism Informational Printables
Kits for Kids
Educators, would you like to have a presentation done in your classroom around autism? Teaching kids about autism will help them better understand their classmates who might appear odd, or different. The Autism Society of Maine is offering to send an Autism Information Specialist to your school and present to your class, second grade through eighth grade.
Depending on the grade level the presentation can be anywhere from 20 minutes to 30 minutes. ASM will provide materials. Reach out to ASM firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested.
Understanding Autism can Begin with Books!
The ASM Lending Library is a free collection of books, cd's,dvd's for children and adults about autism.
We can send to you at no cost, library material and even give you return postage to send back to us! Need help picking out a title? Let us know what you are looking for and we can suggest a title for you!