Autism Society of Wisconsin Annual Conference
April 24-26
Kalahari Resort
Wisconsin Dells
Bowling
May 18th
Rudy's Lanes
Two Rivers
Rockin' For Autism
April 5th 8pm - 1am
Timeout Bar & Grill
Manitowoc
Announcements
Mailing List
If you are not currently a member of ASL or part of our current mailing list for upcoming events and ASL news but would like to be added, please email us at autismlakeshore@att.net and let us know you would like to be added. (Read More)
Also, if you wish to be added to our volunteer list for any upcoming events, please email and let us know your name, number, age ( if under 18), and address. Thanks!
5K Ugly Sweater Run/Walk
What: a 3.1 mile (5k) Run/Walk featuring the wearing of ugly sweaters and contest for ugliest, goofiest, most creative, etc
Where: Manitowoc, starting at the Best Western and stretching along the Lakeshore and back
When: November 15th 2014
Time: Pre-Register @ 7:30am, Race @ 8am
Who: Anyone and Everyone! Get a team together or go it solo!
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This event is to raise funds for people affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Sponsored by: Phoenix Behavioral Health Services, 115 E. Waldo Blvd, Manitowoc WI.
Keep posted via Facebook and our website!
Ladies Night Out
Next Ladies Night Out coming up on August 5th at 6:30pm. Meet us at La Carretta in Manitowoc for conversation, laughter, dinner and drinks. **Dinner and Drinks optional, conversation and laughter are a must:)** (Read More)
Ladies Night Out is held every first Tuesday of the month all year round for mothers, caregivers, friends and family alike to get together and share stories, get advice from one another, and relax on a much deserved evening out:)
What is the Autism Society of the Lakeshore?
The Autism Society of the Lakeshore (ASL) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization chartered by the Autism Society of America in 1996. The goal of ASL is to assist persons within the autism spectrum, their families and the communities in which they live through providing information, referral, advocacy, public awareness, educations and support.

Getting Involved
Membership
ASL is always seeking new individuals to become involved in our organization. Whether you would like to get more support as a family member or individual with an autism spectrum difference or whether you would like to volunteer in some way with the organization, please contact us.

We have many volunteer opportunities depending on your skill set and the amount of time you would like to devote. An added bonus is getting to know a great group of like-minded individuals in fellow volunteers!
Fundraising
If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to the Autism Society of the Lakeshore, please make checks to ASL, 434 N. 8th St. Manitowoc,WI 54220. Your support is always appreciated!

The Autism Society of the Lakeshore is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization affiliated with the Autism Society of America and the Autism Society of WI. All other funds are raised through our local organization through ASL donations and ASL fundraising efforts aside from a small amount of each membership fee from members within its constituency. All funds stay local to assist Lakeshore families affected by autism. With a part-time director and small office rental at St. James Episcopal Church, ASL keeps overhead costs bare-bones by including only the minimum of what is required by ASA to maintain a chapter.
Socialization Groups
The friendship/socialization groups for children, teens, and young adults with Asperger Syndrome and high functioning autism meet at the same time and location as the Manitowoc meetings. Meeting night participating includes formal and informal activities to promote social and friendship skills and time to hang out with peers. we also offer several outside activities each year such as bowling, mini-golf and movie matinees in which the whole family may participate. All groups have adult supervision and new members are always welcome.

If you are interested in hosting or getting together for some other type of support please let us know and we will see if we can find others that would like to participate.
Who We Are
Tessa Robinson - Executive Director
Tessa has been the Executive Director of the Autism Society of the Lakeshore for a little over 2 years. She also works as a Senior Autism Consultant for an in-home therapy program (Read More)
and has for the past 4 years. Tessa has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Theology from Silver Lake College. Tessa and her husband enjoy being outdoors for camping, fishing, discing, etc. Tessa has a large heart for taking care of others and has had many experiences in her life through in-home therapy, directing at ASL, being a caregiver through Respite Care, and personal family experiences that have helped her become who she is today. She is also shares her heart with and is the proud mother of two loving Siberian Huskies, Onyx and Mika, and a her black cat, Samson.
Lisa Belt-Reveles - President
Lisa has been an active member of the Autism Society of the Lakeshore since she moved here a few years ago from California. She has three children that moved to Wisconsin with her, (Read More)
two of which are on the autism spectrum. Lisa depended on ASL for guidance, support, and reassurance when she first moved, and has grown into a strong leader of the group from being Vice President last year to stepping up and becoming our President this year, she really has come far and continues to shed her love and ideas throughout the Lakeshore area. She works full time at Aurora Hospital and enjoys spending time with her family on her free time. Lisa is very active in the community and hopes to continue to bring ASL into the community while President.
Linda Phillip - Vice President
Linda became an active member of ASL a few years ago and quickly began to share her creative energy and ideas with the board and quickly joined the board herself. She feels strongly (Read More)
about caring for others with open arms and open minds and she encourages everyone to become a part of ASL in their own way with their own talents. She is caring and compassionate and she herself needed ASL when going through difficult times with her son, and now wishes to give back by being that guiding hand or ear to listen wherever you are at, Linda knows how to make you feel welcome.
Brett Marx - Treasurer
Brett has been a member of ASL for a few years. He has a financial background and enjoys maintaining ASL's finances. Brett has a keen sense of reality and is able to help shed light (Read More)
on many situations. He enjoys spending his free time with his wife Janet and son Brandon. His family also has a passion for animals and dog sits as well as takes care of their own dog.
Madeline Rathgaber - Secretary
Madeline has been involved in ASL for a number of years and isn't afraid to tell it how it is. She is bold, confident, and compassionate for those around her and for what she believes (Read More)
in. She has worked with in-home therapy for over 20 years and has never once wished for another career. Madeline has been a member of the board for many years but has recently taken a step forward and has graciously taken the role of Secretary.
Kelly Shariff - Friendship Socialization Group Coordinator
Kelly Shariff has been affiliated with ASL since it began in 1996. Her family has been a donor, support system, members of the board, and true faces of ASL. Kelly is still actively (Read More)
involved in a Sewing/Quilting Club started through ASL as well as being the Coordinator of our Friendship Group for teens and young adults on the spectrum. Kelly also helped maintain and coordinate the business that some of the young adults on the spectrum started to share their creative talents and make a profit for themselves by doing so called AsperGraphics.
Resources
Scholarships
ASL has established a limited number of scholarships for members in the following areas. Complete information is available by contacting the ASL office. Donations are always appreciated.

- Friendship Group - Continuing Education Scholarships
- Summer Camp Scholarships
- Autism Society Conference Stipends
- Special Projects and Needs

We take applications for all sorts of needs. If you think that we may be able to help please contact the office for an application.

All applications are reviewed by the board and approval is based upon need and available funds.
Library
Feel free to visit the office during hours or by appointment if you would like to see our extensive collection of resources. Members are also welcome to check out books from our library. Check out what is on our shelves and feel free to suggest new books that you think others may be interested in!
Newsletter
Our newsletter is published and sent out via email and available by hard copy by request twice a year, for the fall/winter calendar and information, and then the spring/summer calendar and information.

Keep watch for the newest version on the link above. If troubles downloading the PDF file from our website, please email us and we can either email you a copy or send one in the mail upon request!

Contact
Autism Society of the Lakeshore
826A S. 8th Street, Manitowoc, WI 54220

Office Hours:
**By Appointment**
Phone: (920) 652-0964 *Call or Text*
Email: autismlakeshore@att.net http://www.facebook.com/autismlakeshore
Please don't hesitate to find us on Facebook or email us for quickest response!
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