Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The 2013 Year in Review

As 2013 draws to a close, the Autism Spectrum Resource Center takes a look back at the year in review.
February 23, 2013, was the second anniversary of ASRC. Families attended a picnic at a city park, while the children played.
March brought the second book fair benefitting the ASRC parents resource library.
April was Autism Awareness Month, and the month was chock full of events bringing awareness. A month long art exhibit, a House Resolution successfully passed and proclaimed by Texas State Representative Abel Herrero, the Autism Rocks! Concert, the 7th Annual Walk for Autism Awareness at Cole Park. This was the first year the Autism Spectrum Resource Center held the event, which was organized by Sandra Lynch.
South Texas Underground Films showed self made films by individuals with autism.
The Centers for Disease Control released new numbers from their study, showing the prevalence of autism spectrum diagnoses at 1/50.
May brought a farewell to Doreen Lund, and her family, as they left Corpus Christi, to move to another state. Doreen Lund was the co founder of the Autism Spectrum Resource Center, and the organizer for the Meetup/CCASTEAM social events.
June brought a hello to Monica Jimenez-Brown, Program Director. Monica is also organizing the Meetup social events. If you haven't joined Meetup, please visit www.meetup.com/CCASTEAM, and sign up for free. We look forward to meeting you and your family.
June also brought new changes to the DSM-5. One of the changes was the elimination of the diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome. For more on the new changes, please read the blog about the new DSM-5 changes on this site.
The summer months were cooler with Splash Days at area pools. Parents and their children kept chill during the dog days of summer.
The second annual Kids Talent Show was held on August 3, and was a huge success. Lots of talented individuals!
There were also 2 Life Skills Classes on Street Safety. The first class was at a private home, and the second class was held elsewhere, and included Corpus Christi Representative Brenda Rodriguez, with special guest, McGruff the Crime Dog.
October was Fire Prevention Month. Monica Jimenez-Brown organized two events; a presentation by Fire Captain James Brown, and the second one being a tour of Fire Station # 1.
The 22nd Annual Texas Autism Conference was held in Corpus Christi this year. Organized by the Texas Education Agency, and the Education Service Center, Region 2, it featured Keynote Speaker, Dr. Patrick Schwarz.
Rounding out the year, there were not one, but two Christmas parties for the children of the Autism Spectrum Resource Center. The first was the annual Christmas party, held at a private home. The second was held at a local company, X2Zero, in Corpus Christi. What a treat for the kiddos!
December also brought two new board members, Lisa McGrew, and Keri Brock. Welcome to ASRC, Lisa, and Keri!
The Autism Spectrum Resource Center thanks you and your families for being a huge part of ASRC. As the new year approaches, we continue looking forward to being the hub of resources for everyone in the autism community.
Happy New Year's!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Local company hosts Christmas party

X2Zero, a local company, hosted a Christmas party and Family Activity Day for individuals with autism. Benefitting the Autism Spectrum Resource Center, the event was a success for the children, with a moon jump, and gifts from Santa. Thank you, X2Zero, for a wonderful event!


Sunday, December 22, 2013

Autism Spectrum Resource Center Welcomes new board member

The Autism Spectrum Resource Center welcomes Keri Brock to its board of directors. Keri has worked over 10 years with individuals with autism, and has taught special education for 6 years. She is the autism specialist at a local school district, and is in the process of taking the exam for board certification in behavior analysis, while pursuing her Ph. D in Educational Psychology.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Autism Spectrum Resource Center December Book Fair

The Autism Spectrum Resource Center had a book fair on December 14, 2013, at Barnes & Noble. Being the holiday season, ASRC staff gift wrapped presents, and volunteers did arts and crafts with the children. One of the children read a story during story time. Several cast members of 'A Christmas Carol', sang Christmas carols, to the delight and participation of children and adults.

Monday, December 9, 2013

ASRC welcomes new board member

The Autism Spectrum Resource Center welcomes Lisa McGrew to its board of directors. Lisa has been very active volunteering for ASRC, and we are very happy she is joining the board. Lisa McGrew graduated with a BA in English/Reading, and has taught for 20 years. She is working on her Masters degree in Educational Psychology. She is a parent of a child with Asperger's Syndrome.

ASRC Third Annual Christmas Celebration

This past Saturday, the Autism Spectrum Resource Center held its third annual Christmas party, for children on the autism spectrum, and their families. Organized by ASRC Program Director Monica Jimenez-Brown, the celebration was a delight for the children. There were arts and crafts, a bouncy house, food, and a surprise visit from Santa Claus himself, who handed out presents to each child and their siblings. The party was held at the home of one of our families. One of the children read a story to everyone, just before Santa arrived. Lots of wonderful memories were created that afternoon.