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2020
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BE 
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HERO

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ABOUT

The Autism Hero Project (AHP)

OUR VISION

Prepare kids with autism for the world and prepare the world for them.

OUR Mission

Promote autism acceptance, change public policy and the way the world does business by being intentional about inclusion.  We sponsor medical insurance for autistic children to gain access all therapeutic services that include Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy to attain the life skills they need to reach their full potential.

 

 

why we do what we do

UPCOMING EVENTS

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This #GivingTuesday we have two missions this season.

1. Changing the life of an autistic child by giving them access to life-changing therapy.

2. Changing the life of an autistic adult by giving them access to higher education?

Autistics are the FUTURE and the FUTURE is NOW. Together we can change the world. And thanks to an anonymous HERO the first $2,500 will be MATCHED! So, we need you HEROES in order to take advantage of this generous donation!

Ways to be a HERO for CHANGE:

1. Create a Giving Tuesday Fundraiser on social media and select “The Autism Hero Project.” Then invite all of your friends to like, donate and share.

2. Don’t want to create a social media fundraiser but want to make a difference, donate at www.autismheroproject.org/donate-1 or on PayPal at info@autismheroproject.org

And as our way of saying THANKS, we want to show some LOVE too with our gift card giveaways! 3 lucky HEROES will WIN a gift card to Target, Costco or Jewel Osco!

-Most money raised on social media - The fundraiser creator WINS!

-Highest donation made on social media - The donor WINS!

-Highest donation made on our website or Paypal - The donor WINS!

#GivingTuesday #AutismHeroProject #ChangeLivesChangeTheWorld #TheFutureIsNow

past events

Have you ALWAYS wanted to take your child to a basketball game!? Well here is an opportunity for the whole family to enjoy! The Autism Hero Project has partnered up with the Windy City Bulls to bring you Windy City Bulls Marvel Super Hero™ Night with PRIME SEATING for just $15! Saturday, November 26th at 7 pm come hang out with us in your favorite Marvel Super Hero™ Gear. And we will have Sensory Suites available if your child needs a break to run around and still enjoy the game! We will also have a table and some cool raffle giveaways! See you there! Scan the QR Code or purchase tickets here: https://fevo.me/autismheroproject1

See you there!

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Children's Theater of Elgin and The Autism Hero Project proudly bring you SEUSSICAL JR. SENSORY-FRIENDLY PREVIEW!

Have you ever wanted your child to experience theater but not sure if they could handle being in their seats for 90 minutes. Well here is your chance to find out!!!! We are super PROUD & EXCITED to be sponsoring the Sensory-Friendly experience of Children's Theatre of Elgin (CTE) & Fox Valley Theatre Co. Alumni Seussical Jr. Preview Show on November 17th at Hemmens Cultural Center at 6:30 pm! And the best part is since we are sponsoring it the cost is FREE for the whole family!!!!! We are also EXCITED to share that there will be a calming corner provided by My Recess Therapy!

 

Registration for the show is Required so click on the link and register.

https://forms.gle/5BwHRwSWo35ZjGJ17

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MEDICAL INSURNCE GRANT APPLICATION Q & A ON FACEBOOK LIVE
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2ND AT 7:30 P
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Learn about our Medical Insurance Application, ABA Therapy and health insurance options that may best suit your child's autism needs.
 

Our Facebook LIVE Q & A will answer all of your questions regarding our medical insurance application for the 2023 calendar year.
 

We have partnered with ABC Health Therapy to speak about what is ABA Therapy and how can it serve your child.
 

We have also invited LT Family Financial and Special Needs Mom Squad who will share the different insurance coverage plans that will help you select the correct and appropriate plan based on your child's individual needs. In-clinic vs. In-Home Therapy may also determine the plan you select.
 

All applications can be accessed at www.autismheroproject.org/application 

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HALLOWEEN & DIA DE LOS MUERTOS CELEBRATION

We are EXCITED to announce that we are participating in another great event this Saturday! Join The Autism Hero Project at the Geneva Commons for the ultimate celebration of Halloween and Día De Los Muertos. Activities include:

  • Ballet Folklorico

  • Face Painting

  • Snack Bars

  • Corn Maze

  • Petting Zoo

  • Photo Opps

  • And an appearance from some special guests! I wonder who will it be ???!!! Only one way to find out!!!!!!!!! Be There! Halloween & Dia De Los Muertos Celebration from 11 am-3 pm.

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INCLUSIVE SENSORY-FRIENDLY TRUNK-OR-TREAT

We are SPOOKTACULARLY EXCITED to participate once again in an inclusive sensory Trunk or Treat with My Recess Therapy and Rising Lights Project on Saturday, October 29th from 11am-1pm at Dupage Airport Parking lot... 31W775 North Avenue, West Chicago. Rt 64 just past Pheasant Run!
 

WHAT TO EXPECT at our annual SENSORY AND ALLERGY FRIENDLY EVENT?
 

SENSORY FRIENDLY: This event will be kept smaller and focused on OUR community of kids. A sensory retreat tent will be provided by My Recess Therapy and St. Charles Park District for kids to take a break and chill as needed

ALLERGY FRIENDLY: Instead of CANDY each trunk will have a fidget, toy, or non-edible FUN item for your child. Avoid the sugar rush, dyes, and concern of allergies.

INCLUSIVE: Squeals, Running, Big Feels, Laughs, are all SOOOOO welcome. This is place to make memories even if things get tricky. Wear your costume or don't (if its itchy).

COMMUNITY LED: Stay tuned for our shares of our P.I.C's and community partners! This event is led by the most amazing group of care providers in our community.

Get ready for some fun! We can't wait to see you there!

The Autism Hero Project Quinquennial Gala 

"And she loved a little boy very, very much even more than she loved herself!" -The Giving Tree

The Autism Hero Project just turned FIVE this year and their Quinquennial Gala is pulling out all the stops!

Gorgeous Venue, Gorgeous Guests, Delicious Dinner, Open bar all night, the Deja Vu Band back by popular demand, and all for an Amazing Cause with a few surprises that we can't wait to unveil! Plenty of raffles and silent auctions up for grabs!
 

5:00 - 6:30 PM Cocktails and networking

6:30 - Program Starts

7:00 - 8:30 Dinner, Drinks, Desserts, and Awards

8:30 - Live Music by Deja Vu Band & Dancing

10:00 - Raffles and Silent Auction closes while music and dancing continue

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact us at autismheroproject@gmail.com
 

*$150 Early Bird Special Pricing until June 30th. July 1st - Aug.15th price increases to $175. Aug.16th -Sept. 15th prince increases to $200.


Tickets are now on sale on Eventbrite: Click here to get your tickets today! 
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ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!

Attention ALL Super Bowl Lovers! This one is for you! Super Bowl Squares for A Cause is in full effect! Not a Football Lover then let's have some FUN FOR A CAUSE and maybe win BIG!

How to play:

1st go to www.autismheroprpject.org/donate-1
Please submit a donation of $20 per square. Use code "SQUARE" in the donation comments section and the quantity of squares you wish to purchase.

We will then send you a password so that you can claim your squares. YOU MUST USE YOUR FIRST AND LAST NAME ON EACH SQUARE THAT YOU SELECT.

PRIZES:
This is like a 50/50 raffle for charity. 50% of the proceeds benefit The Autism Hero Project. The other 50% will be awarded to the WINNERS. The split is as follows:

First Quarter: $150
Halftime: $250
Third Quarter: $150
Final Score: $450


Winners will be announced during the game LIVE on Social Media. Winners will also be notified and a check will be mailed out immediately after the Super Bowl.


https://superbowlpoolsite.com/contest/407382 

#HEROESLoveSuperBowls
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merry mambo holiday celebration

Celebrating Christmas con CLAVE!

Sunday, December 19th 
1pm - 7pm
Joe's Live in Rosemont

Price - $20 Donation 

Please email autismheroproject@gmail.com to purchase tickets.

 
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Virtual Workshop and Q & A
We are so EXCITED about this AHP & P.U.N.S (Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services) Virtual Workshop set for Monday, Dec. 6th at 7pm! We will be learning about all of the resources and benefits that being on the P.U.N.S. list can get you access too... But that's not all we will also have a Respite Coordinator who will explain all things Respite!!!
Register today! HERE
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"COOKIES FOR A CAUSE"

Just in time for the HOLIDAYS! Are you a cookie lover! Do you have a Holiday Party coming up? Do you need a XMAS idea for your child's teacher? Do you need to gift your employees something and want to still contribute to a worthy charity! THEN PLACE YOUR COOKIE ORDER HERE! We have teamed up with the AMAZING Kneads and Wants Artisan Bakery

$25 gets you 1 pound of assorted cookies, brownies and fudge!!! And 50% of your order helps our autistic community.

Place your orders by Dec. 4th at
https://www.toasttab.com/kneadsandwants/v3/ then scroll down and select The Autism Hero Project and the location you want to pick up from.
Cookies will be available for pick up Saturday, Dec 11th from
-Kneads & Wants Bakery in Skokie from 2 - 4pm!
or you can arrange pick up from the following locations and we will call you with times for pick up if you are close enough ...we may even deliver. Other locations available:
-Lincolnwood
-Logan Square
-St. Charles
-Elgin
-Algonquin

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LINCOLNWOOD TRUNK-OR-TREAT

 

Sunday, October 31st

3 PM - 5 PM

Proesel Park Family Aquatic Center

Parking Lot

7055 N. Kostner Avenue

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INCLUSIVE TRUNK-OR-TREAT

 

Join us in the Geneva Commons for a Sensory cool experience for the whole family. Over 25 exhibitors will be participating, including The Autism hero project!

Saturday, October 30th

11AM - 1PM

For more information, click here. 

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HALLOWEEN PARTY AT 
bRAZIL EXPRESS GRILL

1046 S. ROSELLE RD, SCHAUMBURG

REGISTER HERE


Join us for our Halloween Party Event to raise money for The Autism Hero Project (AHP)! You will enjoy great quality, delicious Brazilian food while helping kids in our community. It's a win-win!

 

Tickets include: All-You-Can-Eat Brazilian Dinner, Soft Drink With Refills, House Dessert & TIP. No Tax Charged. We've created an affordable package just for the cause!

 

$39 Vegetarian All-You-Can-Eat excludes Meat.

$53 All-You-Can-Eat including Meat.

 

Wearing a costume is NOT mandatory, but if you want to wear a Halloween costume and impress us, the person with the most interesting costume will win a FREE DINNER for their next visit to Brazil Express Grill!

REGISTER HERE

AHP Medical insurance Grants are LIVE!


Have questions on how to complete our Medical Insurance Grant Application?

This is an opportunity to learn more about our Medical Insurance Grants to access Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy (ABA) and other therapies for a child on the autism spectrum who needs access to ABA therapy.

Are you uninsured, have Medicaid or an employer sponsored health insurance plan but still don't have access to ABA Therapy or financially just can't afford the health insurance premiums even with medical insurance that can access ABA? 

AHP is here to the rescue!

We will also have a private insurance broker available to answer your medical insurance questions as well.

We will be live from our Facebook page! 

Don't have Facebook register HERE and join us on Zoom.

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This year we are EXCITED to kick off our annual gala at The Hawk Country Club in St. Charles.

We have delicious menu options and a premium open bar. Cigars will be available for purchase. We will also have fantastic raffles and many silent auction items. We will get to enjoy a live band and dancing while we raise money for kids on spectrum.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT A GOLFING EVENT! THIS IS A PARTY :)

Every attendee will receive a customized AHP golf ball and golf cap!

We can't wait to see you there!

Purchase your tickets on Eventbrite HERE

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Our inaugural ride for a cause and picnic in partnership with the northern illinois charity riders

Thank you to the Northern Illinois Charity Riders for kicking off our Inaugural #RideForACause followed by a Family Picnic for the whole family! All Activities take place on Saturday, July 10th at the Loyal Order of Moose, 3535 N Richmond Rd, Johnsburg, IL 60051

  • Registration for the Ride from 9-10:30 AM, Kick Stands Up at 11:00AM

  • Fee for the Ride is: $15/$25 for 2UP *Includes Picnic

Picnic will commence at 3:00 PM with an option to bring your own food or purchase food at $5 for kids and $10 for Adults. Food includes ALL YOU CAN EAT hamburgers & hotdogs. Water and kid juices will be provided.

We will have plenty of activities, games, music and raffles.

We look forward to seeing you there!

****** RAIN DATE IS SATURDAY, JULY 17TH

To Register for the PICNIC register on Eventbrite HERE

#heroesunite

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the autism hero project (AHP) & The Elgin Police Department
have partnered to celebrate autism acceptance
 
Join us Saturday, April 17th from 1-4 PM
at The Elgin Police Department
151 douglas avenue, elgin
Order your exclusive AHP & EPD #HeroesUnite Apparel at
https://stores.inksoft.com/epdautism/shop/home
Register for your assimilated traffic stop HERE
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During the entire month of March with the EXCLUSIONS of Saturdays,

Brazil Express Grill is partnering with The Autism Hero Project (AHP) to support our mission and to raise awareness for Autism. Dine-in or Take-out you choose... Just use the promo code HERO and Brazil Express Grill will donate 20% to AHP!

But that's NOT ALL! We are EXCITED to share that we've partnered with Brazil Express Grill to make it the FIRST AHP Autism/Sensory Approved Restaurant.  We have worked hard to make dining a pleasant experience for individuals with Autism; Social stories, sensory bins, dim lights, low music, enhanced menu, special training, special room, window seating and more!

This is more than just a fundraiser...This is INCLUSION!  Check out their website to learn more.  https://www.brazilexpressgrill.com/autism-kids-friendly-restaurant

Stay tuned for more exciting news! We will be posting lots of content with important information, interviews, videos, and much more on our social media.

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AHP PRESENTS CARDS FOR CHARITY!

 

HANDCRAFTED GREETING CARDS WITH COORDINATING ENVELOPES IN A BEAUTIFUL KEEPSAKE BOX. SAVE MONEY NOW AND TIME LATER BY HAVING CARDS ON HAND FOR EVERY OCCASION! AFTER ALL, HEROES ARE NEVER CAUGHT OFF GUARD AND KNOW THAT SOMETIMES A SPECIAL CARD CAN GO ALONG WAY!

WE HAVE IN STOCK READY FOR PURCHASE AT THE VERY LOW PRICE OF $32 YOU CAN HAVE A SET OF 30 CARDS OR IF YOU CHOOSE THE HOLIDAY CARDS YOUR BOX SET WILL INCLUDE 50 CARDS! THAT'S LESS THAT A $1 A CARD! #HeroesSaveBigAndDoGood #CardsForACause

Choose from our various selections by clicking directly on this link and place your order: https://forms.gle/zBtyMbnLucdNpES87

Cards can be picked up in the following cities or arrangements can be made in: Algonquin, Elgin, South Elgin, St. Charles and Tinley Park. We will call or email you to make delivery/pick up arrangements once you have placed your order.

All other cities, please call 224-269-1074 or email autismheroproject@gmail.com to make arrangements prior to placing your order. Card Sets can be shipped for an additional fee of $10 per box.

Virtual Workshop Tuesday, March 16 7pm (
Register here for this one of a kind virtual workshop

AHP proudly presents The Center for Siblings of People with Disabilities . The Founder/Executive Director, Jessica Leving Siegel, will lead the discussion.

During this virtual workshop you will learn about parenting skills to help your child cope with a sibling that has a disability, upcoming siblings book club and there will be time for Q & A.

Register Here for Zoom Link 

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eat Pizza for autism
Monday, February 15th
from 4:00 - 7:00pm

We have another fantastic opportunity to EAT & DO GOOD!

 

By being intentional where you eat you can help us serve our vision of "Preparing kids with autism for the world and preparing the world for them."

20% of your total pretax order comes back to AHP to help children on the autism spectrum gain access to medical insurance.

Failure to show or mention fundraiser at time of order may result in lost credit towards our fundraiser so please be sure to check your receipt to verify it says fundraiser on it. Carry Out & Deliveries available.

For online orders you must input the code: FUNDAUH21

This promotion is ONLY available at the following locations:

Lou Malnati's - Elgin
903 S. Randall Rd.
4-10 pm

Lou Malnati's - Carpentersville
2279 Randall Rd
4-10 pm

Lou Malnati's - Geneva
1048 Commons Drive
4-10pm

We Excited About Eating The BEST Pizza Around! We hope you can join us. 

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FOOTBALL FANS & SUPERBOWL LOVERS

As the Super Bowl quickly approaches The Autism Hero Project is hosting a Super Bowl Squares Fundraiser. For a $20 donation, you could be in the running to WIN BIG and help some amazing kids have access to therapy!

For every $20 donation you have access to select ONE square. If you donate more than $20 to increase your chances to WIN BIG, we will keep track in increments of $20. So if you donate $60, then you can claim 3 squares etc.

To play, visit www.autismheroproject.org/donate-1 Use code SQUARE in the donation comments.

We will THEN send you a password and instructions on how to claim your squares.

 

PRIZES:

This is like a 50/50 raffle for charity. 50% of the proceeds benefit The Autism Hero Project. The other 50% will be awarded to the winners as follows:

 

First Quarter: $150

Halftime: $250

Third Quarter: $150

Final Score: $450

 

Winners will be notified and a check will be mailed out after the Super Bowl.

https://superbowlpoolsite.com/contest/37827

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aUTISM TOWN HALL

We are excited to kick off our

FIRST VITUAL EVENT of 2021

 with

State Representative Barbara Hernandez 

 

Tuesday, January 19th 

7pm CST.

 

This is the opportunity to have a candid conversation about the needs of our autism community and the public policy we long to see!

 

We invite you to express your concerns, raise awareness and ask questions that help us to create the public policies we hope to see in ILLINOIS for our community.

Complete form linked here:  https://forms.gle/kX2iURR43ALTJqDM8

Zoom Registration: https://bit.ly/38temUe

#AutismHeroProject #Autism #ChangeLivesChangeTheWorld #TownHall #AutismTownHall

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ChariTea Event with McAlister's Deli

If there is ever a time to Be Intentional 2021 is it! Just by being intentional where you eat can have positive lasting affects. So we ask that you consider dining at McAlister's Deli of Elgin for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

 

It can be in-Person, a call ahead or through the drive-thru. JUST MAKE SURE YOU ASK THEM TO PLACE YOUR RECEIPT IN THE FUNDRAISER BIN SO THAT 20% OF YOUR ORDER COMES BACK TO AHP!

And you know where that money is going...Straight to fund a child on the autism spectrum gain access to medical insurance and much needed therapy!

This INTENTIONAL Act of Kindness doesn't only make you a HERO but it also is helping to Change Lives and ultimately Change the World!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1355150551498484

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DONUT LOVERS ARE IN FOR A TREAT! 

Especially when they know that 15% of their purchase will help The Autism Hero Project (AHP) serve it's mission of buying medical insurance for children on the spectrum who are uninsured or underinsured. We believe that every child should have access to the therapies they need to thrive, strive and reach their full potential.

 

But AHP also understands the need to raise awareness for important missions so upon finding out that Stan’s teamed up with Cal’s Angels — a non-profit organization working to grant wishes, raise awareness, and fund research to help kids fighting cancer — to create the Pecan Heart Donut, which launched in Stan stores this month, AHP immediately wanted to help raise awareness for pediatric cancer and personally requested the Pecan Heart Donut to be a part of their fundraiser. 

 

For every donut ordered on November 15th, proceeds from Stan’s Van will give back with 15% of your total order benefiting The Autism Hero Project. Additionally, for those who order a half-dozen of the Pecan Heart Donuts, an additional 10% of your order will go to Cal’s Angels. Guests will also have the option to purchase a half-dozen donuts that will be donated to a family impacted by Autism or a Cal’s Angels family. 

 

The Stan Van sells out quickly so although you can order donuts on the spot DONUT LOVERS are encouraged to pre-order their donuts by November 12th The pre-order guarantees your donuts will be there!

 

Click here to pre-order now:   https://forms.gle/1tQh7cLsGaAwKXnUA

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do good with burritos

HEROES please join us on Saturday, October 17th, 2020 from 4 - 8 p.m. at Chipotle Mexican Grill, 348 Randall Rd., South Elgin and 33% of your purchase will help The Autism Hero Project purchase medical insurance for children on the spectrum to gain access to much needed therapies.

Show this flyer or enter the promo code "N82JX8H"  for ONLINE Orders and make a difference in the life of a child today.

Eat well and do good

HEROES need to eat out sometimes and while you do you can join us on Thursday, August 6th, 2020 from 4 - 8 p.m. at Noodles and Company in Elgin.  

Use promo code "GIVING25" and make a difference in the life of a child today.

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Community Garage sale to benefit ahp

 

VIP Heroes Exclusive Shopping Hours:
 Thursday, July 9th from 5-7 p.m.
 
All Heroes can shop:
Friday, July 10th 9-4 p.m.
Saturday, July 11th 9-4 p.m.
Address: 619 Lillie Street, Elgin, IL 60120
#Givingtuesdaynow
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for autism awareness month - let kindness be contagious
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