Autism Awareness Association

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Facebook Page
[WWW]https://www.facebook.com/groups/6428835843/
Contact Email
<ucdautismawarenessassociation@gmail.com>
Established
2007
Club Office Location
One Shields Avenue, Davis
Meeting Times
Every other Tuesday at 7pm, See below
Meeting Location
Davis Campus Buildings

The Autism Awareness Association, founded in 2007, is a student organization at UC Davis that is dedicated to spreading knowledge about autism spectrum disorders. We are the first college student organization to promote education and awareness about autism spectrum disorders, and we accomplish this by working closely with the prestigious M.I.N.D. Institute in Sacramento and other organizations associated through the University of California, Davis and the surrounding community. Experts in the autism field often give short presentations at our general meetings to debunk some of the misconceptions of autism and other developmental disorders, such as researchers, teachers, and social workers. The Autism Awareness Association also offers connections to internships at the MIND Institute and participates in community service events, such as volunteering for the Special Olympics, which are just some of the opportunities for members to see how autism effects people in everyday life.

Officers

2014/2015

Co-President: Alex Bischak <anbischak@ucdavis.edu>
Co-President: Kacey Osato <kaosato@ucdavis.edu>
Co-Treasurer: Katie Quinn <kequinn@ucdavis.edu>
Co-Treasurer: Brianda Rivas <bcrivas@ucdavis.edu>
Secretary: Gina Drell <ginamaile@gmail.com>
Publicity: Amy Leong <aeleong@ucdavis.edu>

Co-Founders: Jay Lytton <jslytton@ucdavis.edu>, Tanya Shtutman <tshtutman@ucdavis.edu>

Upcoming Events

TBA

Past Events

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3rd Annual Fun Run
Saturday April 26th was our third annual run! Thank you all who came out and supported two amazing organizations, CARE and Team Davis. If you came to the event we are working on getting all the t-shirts to you! We hope to see you next year.

Second Spring 2014 Meeting
Tuesday April 22nd we will be meeting at 7pm in Olson 151 to make posters for the Fun Run and go over final preparations before the big day! Look for an email that has a google doc where you can sign up to volunteer at the Fun Run. Also share the event with your friends so we can make this event a success!

First Spring Quarter Meeting
Tuesday April 8th in Olson 141 at 7pm, we will have Mark Shen as our guest speaker. He is working on his PhD and specializes in cognitive neuroscience at the UCD MIND Institute. He recently just published an article based on the significant finding of extra axial fluid and its relation to autism.

Spread the Word to End the Word Campaign
We are teaming up with Team Davis and Best Buddies on Wednesday March 5th to table to spread the word to end the use of the R-word. We will be tabling at the Silo and MU all day so individuals can take the pledge to stop the harmful use of the R-word. There will also be stickers and games, so make sure to stop by!

Brain Awareness Week
The association will be supporting Brain Awareness Week by helping table at the Farmers Market on March 8th from 7am-1pm with the help of other devoted organizations. This is a great experience for those interested in research to talk to community members about their interest in autism and the technical side behind it.

Winter 2014 Meeting
Tuesday January 21st we watched and discussed a couple videos about Autism and society.

Autism Awareness at the MIND Thank You Party
At the end of the year, the MIND Institute holds a party for all of the families that participated in research throughout the year. This year the party was Space-themed and volunteers helped out with the decorations as well as monitored the bounce-houses. There were games and treats and volunteers socialized with children of all ages and their siblings or parents.

Fall 2013 Meeting
Tuesday October 8th at 7pm in Olson 146. Dr. David Amaral, a distinguished professor and Director of Research at the UC Davis MIND Institute will be coming to speak about Autism and his research.

Volunteering

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To volunteer for the special olympics, please contact Jules Walton at <jkwalton@ucdavis.edu>.

Swimming practices will start March 3rd. The competative team practices Sundays from 5-6pm at Arroyo Pool in West Davis and the beginners practice Sundays from 6-7:30pm at Swim America. Track practices will begin March 14th and will be Thursday evenings from 5-6pm at the Davis High School Track. Bocceball will begin March 16th and will practice Saturdays from 9:30-11am at El Marcero Country Club.

More information can be found at the Team Davis website: [WWW]http://www.dcn.davis.ca.us/go/olympics

Storytime Through the Seasons: Under the Persian Oak
Autism Awareness members are encouraged to join the UC Davis Arboretum in reading stories and leading activities for local children, specifically children with special needs. This would be a great opportunity to work with children and their parents in a fun, low key setting. For more information, email Erin at mclachlanerin@yahoo.com.


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2014-01-28 16:05:11   This club sounds really interesting! I just wish I had heard about it before! When/where is the next meeting? —chandru

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