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March Newsletter - 03 13 17

Posted by Valerie Lawson on Thursday, March 23, 2017

  March 13, 2017 Vol.3, Issue 69     


Tulsa Zoo Opens New Family Den

With Quiet Space for Autism Families

Tulsa Zoo Opens Quiet Space for Autism Families!


This week, the Tulsa Zoo opened the new St. John Family Den, a nursing and quiet space, where families with children of autism can take a break while visiting the zoo and make their experience even more enjoyable. 




"We had received requests from guests," says Ellen Averill, Director of Marketing of the Tulsa Zoo when asked what inspired this project. "The average zoo stay is three hours," says Averill. "This new space makes our guests' visits as comfortable as possible."

The 900 square-foot climate controlled space is located right next to the Amazon Rainforest exhibit (previously the Amazon Outpost gift shop) and hosts quite a few amenities. There is a private room for nursing mothers, complete with comfy chairs and conveniently located plug-ins for those who need to pump, a quiet room for families affected by autism or sensory processing disorders with wall puzzles and soft pillows, a restroom with an adult changing table and much more. 






The Tulsa Zoo received input on the design aspects from the Autism Center of Tulsa, La Leche League of Tulsa, and from families. "We are grateful to the families who shared their input." This project wouldn't have been possible without the generous donation from St. John. 

This fantastic new space is open during regular zoo hours. Come check it out next time you're at the zoo! Spring break is great time to visit!


AOK Walk for Autism - Corporate Sponsors, We Need You!


Our AOK Walk for Autism fundraising campaign is under way and we are looking for some fantastic sponsors to help make this event successful. Do you own a business? If so, we invite you to consider becoming a corporate sponsor! 

Do you work for a business that is looking for ways to give back to the community? Encourage your employer to become a corporate sponsor! Share your family's story and tell them why ACT is important to you.

Our event will be promoted through various Tulsa area media outlets and we have a limited number of corporate tables available. These tables will be available at ONEOK Field during the game to an expected sold-out crowd of at least 7,500. Sponsorships will help our campaign to spread awareness, understanding, and acceptance to the 1 in 68 living with autism. It will help provide opportunities for our families to prevent isolation and integrate into the community where they can practice the skills learned at school and in therapy in order to improve their quality of life and independence.

For more information, View our Corporate Sponsorship Packet.

Deadline for participation is April 7, 2017. 



Get Your OKC Thunder Tickets for Autism Awareness Game While They Last!


More tickets are available to see the OKC Thunder play on April 2nd during the Autism Awareness game. The tickets are $31 each. Bring your family and bring your friends! 

 

Payment plans are available! 


To purchase tickets, contact Michelle via email at michelle@autismtulsa.org


***WANNA WIN TICKETS? We're looking for the first 10 teams to register for the AOK Walk! All Team Captains will go into a drawing for 2 free tickets to see the OKC Thunder on April 2nd! 


Contact Jennifer at jennifer@autismtulsa.org or Michelle at michelle@autismtulsa.org if you have any questions or want any further information about our AFL program.


February Newsletter - 02 28 17

Posted by Valerie Lawson on Tuesday, February 28, 2017

  February 28, 2017 Vol.3, Issue 68     

AOK Walk Registration Now Open


The AOK Walk for Autism Kickoff held at the Microsoft Store in Woodland Hills Mall was a great success! Thanks to all the families who attended.


 

Online registration is now open! If you missed the kickoff event, you can find all the details about our walk on our website as well as all the downloadable forms. 


VIEW WALK PAGE 


To encourage early enrollment, we are giving away another pair of OKC Thunder tickets!  


***The first ten teams that register THIS WEEK will go into a drawing for 2 free tickets to see the OKC Thunder on April 2nd! 

This is our biggest fundraiser of the year. Over 1,000 supporters will participate in the event this year on Saturday, April 29th, at Guthrie Green and walk to ONEOK Field. 


More OKC Thunder Tickets Available


Good news! More tickets are available to see the OKC Thunder play on April 2nd during the Autism Awareness game. The tickets are $31 each. Bring your family and bring your friends! 

 

Payment plans are available! 


To purchase tickets, contact Michelle via email at michelle@autismtulsa.org


Tulsa Children's Museum Second Sensory-Friendly Family Event in March


The Tulsa Children's Museum is hosting its second Sensory-Friendly Family Fun Time event on Sunday, March 12th, from 9:30-11:30am. The cost is $5 per person for adults and children 2 years and older with pre-registration. (Children under 2 are free.)


Do you have a child that loves science? That loves to build things? Or one that simply loves to climb around on a fantastic structure built from duct tape? If so, this is an excellent opportunity for your family to explore this wonderful space without the crowds and before the doors open to the general public. 


Pre-registration is open now. Walk-ins the day of the event are also welcome. Admission for registration at the door is $6 per person. To learn more about the museum and about current exhibits, visit the website.  


PRE-REGISTER FOR EVENT 


Contact Jennifer at jennifer@autismtulsa.org or Michelle at michelle@autismtulsa.org if you have any questions or want any further information about our AFL program.


2017 AOK Walk for Autism Kickoff

Posted by Valerie Lawson on Friday, February 10, 2017

  February 10, 2017 Vol.3, Issue 66     


AOK Walk Kickoff Sunday, February 19th, at Microsoft Store Sensory Event!


Join us at the Microsoft Store in Woodland Hills Mall on Sunday, February 19th, from 10:00am to 12:00pm as we kick off the opening of online registration for our 11th Annual Autism Walk!

 

Come by for the Kickoff and stay for the excellent Sensory Event put on by the outstanding Microsoft Store staff where you can experience virtual reality, get a free laptop tune-up and virus removal, explore the video wall. 


We will be handing out:

  • Team Captain Packets
  • FREE Tulsa Oilers Hockey Tickets
  • FREE I'M A-OK Safety ID Bracelets 
***Everyone who signs up for a walk Team Captain AT THIS EVENT will go into a drawing for 2 free tickets to see the OKC Thunder on April 2nd! 

This is our biggest fundraiser of the year. Over 1,000 supporters will participate in the event this year on Saturday, April 29th, at Guthrie Green and walk to ONEOK Field. 


VIEW EVENT FLYER 


Contact Jennifer at jennifer@autismtulsa.org or Michelle at michelle@autismtulsa.org if you have any questions or want any further information about our AFL program.




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