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Autism Family Network (AFN) is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization located in Lincoln, Nebraska, which was founded in 2006 with a passion, love, and desire to help families who have children with autism. read more
Calendar Highlights
<<< April 21st 2014 >>> Nebraska becomes 36th state to pass autism insurance coverage.

<<< Events For 2016>>>
February 9 - Hearing at the State Capitol, Lincoln
February 12 - Valentine’s Day Dance, Lincoln
February 23 - Temple Grandin Conference, Fremont
February 24 - "The Individual and the Individual Support Plan (ISP)"
March 23 - Temple Grandin Conference, Omaha
April 2 - World Autism Awareness Day Run
April 2 - Light It Up Blue Run For Autism 5K
April 7 & 8 - Nebraska ASD Network’s Annual Conference - LaVista
April 29 - Campout at Henry Doorly Zoo

Please see current Newsletter for more information...
<<< February 9th, Tuesday >>>Please Support Passage of LB 706! LB 706 defines the Essential Health Benefit (EHB) category of “habilitative services” to include Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). There is a hearing in Banking, Commerce, and Insurance Committee on Tuesday, February 9th at 1:30 pm, Room 1507. All are encouraged to attend wearing blue and support this effort. Please see our current newsletter for details on the bill and getting in touch with senators on the Banking, Commerce, and Insurance Committee.
<<< February 12th, Friday >>>The many members of the O.N.E. Coalition are sponsoring a Sensory Friendly Valentine's Dance. A time for teens and young adults with disabilities to enjoy going to a dance, and to practice social skills in a sensory friendly environment. 7:00p - 9:00p St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 8550 Pioneers Blvd, Lincoln. Enter at the Family Life Center entrance on the South side. Participants and volunteers register here by Wednesday February 10th.
<<< February 24th, Wednesday >>>Please join Autism Family Network at the Lincoln Public School District Office, 5905 O Street, Conference Room, for a presentation about "The Individual and the Individual Support Plan (ISP)" and "The Family/Guardian and the Individual Support Plan (ISP)". Meeting time is 6:30p - 8:30p. Please RSVP us autismfamilynetworklincoln@gmail.com
<<< April 2nd, Saturday >>>Please join Autism Family Network for a "Light It Up Blue Run For Autism 5K". 5K starts at 9:00a with kids fun run at 10:00a, all proceeds going to benefit families affected by autism. Please Click here for more details
<<< April 2nd, Saturday >>>Light It Up Blue 2016! Lighting of Nebraska State Capitol. We are meeting on the west side of the Capitol building by the statue of Lincoln. More details to come when they become available.
<<< April 7th - 8th, Thursday - Friday >>>Nebraska Autism Spectrum Disorder Network's 13th Annual Autism Conference, Embassy Suites, La Vista. See our current newsletter for more details and how to register.
<<< April 29, Friday >>>The Autism Family Network and Autism Action Partnership is offering families a chance to stay overnight in the aquarium and have a night tour of the Henry Doorly Zoo. The cost of the overnight stay is $30 per person. Join us for an exciting look at the zoo after hours. Through guided tours in the evening and early morning, you will get the inside scoop on our animals from the amazing education staff members from the Henry Doorly Zoo. Please see our current newsletter for more details and registration form.


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Autism Family Network
5730 R Street, Suite C2
Lincoln, NE 68505

402-421-0874

 

Donations to the Autism Family Network are greatly appreciated and tax deductible. 
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View our February 2016 Newsletter

 

Autism Family Network sponsoring a 'Light It Up Blue Run For Autism 5K" on Saturday April 2nd. The 5K starts at 9:00a with kids fun run at 10:00a Click here for online registration and more information.

 

Special Needs Santa Visits Lincoln Children's Museum.Lincoln Children's Museum, Autism Action Partnership, Autism Family Network and ARC of Lincoln sponsored a sensory friendly Santa. See photo album.

 

Special Needs Santa Visits Lincoln Children's Museum. Lincoln Children's Museum, Autism Action Partnership, Autism Family Network and ARC of Lincoln sponsored a sensory friendly Santa. See video news report.


If you need help finding a resource, or would like to be added to our Email list, please email us at autismfamilynetworklincoln@gmail.com.

 

Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman signs LB 254, introduced bill by Colby Coash, to have Nebraska become 36th state to pass autism insurance coverage law.View photos of the passing of LB 254.

 

Need more information about LB 254? Here is a link for more information about what LB 254 provides for Nebraskans. Note that there are links to documents as well as a streaming webinar. Depending on your computer system the streaming webinar may or may not work, the documents are all viewable/downloadable.LB 254 information.

 

 

Be sure to check out our current Newsletter for upcoming activities.

 

*** AFN Support Meeting: We will meet along with Families Inspiring Families at Behaven Kids, 1145 High Street 6:00p - 7:00p, December 8th. We will be talking about autism and behavior issues.


Natural Therapy Pediatric Autism Group: We recently opened our Outpatient Clinic in downtown Omaha, where we offer traditional SLP, OT and PT therapies, along with a variety of specialized scopes of practice. One of which is centered around children on the Autistic Spectrum. Our focus is early intervention with therapy options around social play groups, Augmentative-Assistive Technology Communication Evaluation and Treats as well as direct Speech and Occupational Therapy.Visit the Natural Therapy web site.

 

 

P.E.E.R.S.® Social Skills Groups
Jennifer Schrage is a local provider for P.E.E.R.S.® (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills) Social Skills Groups. Ms. Schrage specializes in working with children, adolescents, and young adults on the autism spectrum. Ms. Schrage, as the mother of a child on the autism spectrum, understands the unique issues that families impacted by autism spectrum disorders often face. Ms. Schrage has been the Principal Investigator for a grant that received training at UCLA to provide social skills groups for elementary aged, adolescents and young adults on the Autism Spectrum. As a result of this training, Ms. Schrage is the only certified P.E.E.R.S.® provider in the state of Nebraska. Additionally, Ms. Schrage sees children, adolescents, young adults, and adults who are also struggling with mental health needs.
Contact information:
Jennifer Schrage, MS LIMHP
A Reason to Hope Counseling
4701 Van Dorn St.
Lincoln, NE 68506
402-416-5037
, or jennifer.schrageareasontohopecounseling@hotmail.com

 

 

 

 

AFN joins up with Urban Legands Art Studio to create a autism themed door for this wonderful collaboration between artists and the community with Hildegard Art Project: Doorways of Hope View photos of creating the Autism Doorway to Hope.

 

CNN Explains: Asperger's

 

View KOLN/KGIN Autism Awareness Reports

 

View KLKN Autism Report

 

List of Resources

Wonderfully Made Friendship Club

Eagle Project: Autism Awareness

 

 


 



If you need help finding a resource, or would like to be added to our Email list, please email us at autismfamilynetworklincoln@gmail.com.


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