Autism Society—Greater Baton Rouge, Inc.

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Hi! We have a new fundraiser coming up! On Tuesday, February 18th, we will participate in a Give Back evening at the Bistro Byronz Willow Grove location from 5:00 - 9:00 PM. We will have an information table set up, and will receive a percentage of food ordered during this time period. This also includes take out orders! To participate, you must tell your server you are Bistro-ing for the Autism Society and fill out a comment card. Please join us and spread the word!

** Specialty License Plate Auction Extended through December 15, 2019! **


We have more exciting news! The Office of Motor Vehicles is currently in the final testing phase of a specialty license plate for Autism Society Louisiana State Chapter, Inc.! This plate will be available in the near future for production and sale to the general public, probably by mid-January, 2020.

Prior to this, we have the opportunity to auction off the numbers of the first 100 license plates as a fundraiser for our nonprofit organization. 
We held the first phase of this auction in August 2019. Forty-one (41) out of the initial one hundred (100) plate numbers were bid on and that information was supplied to OMV. These plate numbers are not displayed on this current auction.
Before the plates become available to the general public, a second phase of the auction is being held to auction off the remaining 59 plates.

Please take careful note of the specifics of this exciting auction:

Beginning date/time: 9:00 A.M. Friday, November 1, 2019
Ending date/time: 11:59 PM Sunday, December 15, 2019

Auction link/ Vendor: Charity Auctions Today

This auction is specific to the remaining numbers of the first 100 license plates. Once the auction has closed, information on the winner of the bid for each plate number in this second phase will be supplied to the OMV.

The bidding is for reserving a desired number and does not include the price of the specialty license plate itself. The price of specialty plates can vary slightly at local OMV offices.

Winning bidders will be notified regarding when to contact OMV to order their license plate. Please do not contact the OMV prior to receiving this information.

Bidding for each plate number begins at $50. Bidding will continue from 9:00 A.M. Friday, November 1st through 11:59 PM Sunday, December 15th, so there will be multiple opportunities to submit a bid!

Once the license plates are released for sale to the general public around mid-January 2020, Autism Society Louisiana State Chapter, Inc. will receive $50 per quarter for each plate sold during that quarter. This is on going, and will also continue when the license is renewed.

This is a wonderful fundraising opportunity and will support the mission and vision of the Autism Society. It will go to support advocacy, education, information and referral, support, and community awareness at the state and local affiliate levels.

Our Mission: Improving the lives of all affected by autism.

Our Vision: The Autism Society envisions a world in which individuals and families living with autism are able to maximize their quality of life, are treated with the highest level of dignity, and live in a society in which their talents and skills are appreciated and valued.


The Head of music education at LSU is excited about a new project they have going at LSU this coming Spring 2019 semester. It is called The Sunshine Project formally The Prism Project. It is a performing arts program for Baton Rouge-area students age 6-14 with special needs (“Cast Members”). The Prism Project provides Cast Members with opportunities to learn appropriate social and performing arts skills and directly engage with their peers.

Second, it is a training ground for LSU students who wish to work with children who have exceptionalities.

The original Prism Project was at Ball State University. (you can check out the Ball State Prism project here:

At LSU, on Sunday afternoons in the Spring 2019 semester, we have space for about 12-15 children to come to LSU for two hour sessions to learn theatre and musical skills alongside their College-age Buddies. Will probably meet 3:30-5:30 pm each Sunday beginning in late January. A performance for friends, family, and public will be held in early April in the School of Music! There is no tuition for this, thanks to the generous support of LSU CMDA and our dean Todd Queen.

If you know families who might benefit from this program, please share this and the application for Cast members is here:

Assistance needed for study on wandering in children with ASD

Why This Study is Important:
As you are likely aware, many families struggle with the safety concerns associated with wandering -- adding to the stress that parents and guardians face in raising a child with ASD and other developmental disorders.  Unfortunately, a bill in Congress to address this issue and help prevent wandering – Kevin and Avonte’s Law – was delayed indefinitely this past December.  One of our goals for this study is to bolster arguments for expanded government support by documenting the profound impact that wandering has on children and families. 

What You Can Do to Help

We very much would like your assistance in reaching out to as many families as possible.  Please tell any and all families that have a child with ASD  or other developmental disorders.

If you have any questions about this study, please feel free to contact me either by e-mail at [email protected] or by telephone, if more convenient: 516 321-5311.

We once again thank you for your cooperation.

Laura McLaughlin

Research Assistant

On behalf of:


Andrew Adesman, MD

Chief, Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics

Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York


Professor of Pediatrics

Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine


Northwell Health

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