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New and Events

2011 Events

August 2011

ACON would like to thank Chris Johnson, Operations Specialist of the Minden-Tahoe Airport for providing a private air show for ACON families on Friday, August 26, 2011.    
We would like to share the following note and pictures received from the Hagblom family…


Tierstan, myself and my wife would like to thank My News 4 and the Autism Coalition of Nevada for your partnership with the Minden Tahoe Airport and the Round Up Air Show. Tierstan had an awesome day at the air show. She became especially fond of a L 39 Firecat Jet plane and has been talking about how much fun she had since we left. Chris Johnson and the volunteers and the pilots at the airshow gave us the VIP treatment. It was an awesome day and such wonderful day for our daughter. We can't thank ACON and My News 4 enough for all the wonderful things they do for the Autism Community. If you ever need anything, just let us know.

Thanks again,

Jeremy, Melissa and Tierstan Hagblom



For 2010 events click on the "Calendar of Events"

 May 28, 2010

The Autism Coalition of Nevada Participates in Free Autism Book Give Away 

The Autism Coalition of Nevada, is a participating partner in an historic book give away program for parents who have children with autism. Autism Tomorrow, The Complete Guide To Help Your Child Thrive In The Real World is free (for just s/h) at

The book is intended to help kids with autism navigate the real world and grow up radiating their full potential.


One in 110 kids have autism, and parents have hundreds of questions about what their children will do when they grow up. "Can my child marry and have children, go to college, work, live independently? Is my child's autism treatable to the point my child can function well on his own? How do I handle puberty, sexuality, bullying and create a sound financial future for my child?" Autism Tomorrow answers all these questions and more.

Autism numbers have increased exponentially since the mid-eighties. Until now, thousands of kids with autism were reaching adulthood without a comprehensive resource to help them make that transition.

Sixteen of the world's top autism experts, including Temple Grandin, Dr. Stephen Shore, Karen Simmons, Bill Davis, Keri Bowers, Eric Chessen and Pat Wyman stepped in to give parents the help they need. They wrote an extensive 21-chapter resource book to provide a practical road map to guide the direction and intention for their child's future.

Autism Today and The Center For AAC & Autism collaborated to bring you this much-need resource and you can get your free copy (for just s/h) at



April 23, 2010 "The Doctors" national TV Show on Autism

ACON Founders, Ralph and Meredith Toddre appear on a special episode of "The Doctors" as part of Autism Awareness month. Also on the show are Rodney and Holly Robinson-Peete, Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh, and other advocates and authors. The show discusses autim treatments, and signs, as well as parent advocacy.

April 19, 2009 Spring Forward for Autism event a big Success

More than 259 people came to UNR's Mackay Stadium on Sunday, April 19th to run and walk to benefit Nevadans with Autism at the annual Spring Forward for Autism event.

Runners and walkers navigated a 5K course throughout the campus of the University of Nevada on a beautiful spring morning. Andrew Harris, Dean Fore and Jessica Thompson finished the run in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place respectively.  

News 4's Tad Dunbar and Alice 96.5’s Bill Schultz were the honorary MCs for the event. 

ACON would like to give a special thanks to all of the volunteers and committee members who worked on this event, the UNR athletic department and department of psychology along with the following sponsors and vendors.

SPONSORS:  KRNV News 4, Reno Radio Reps (Alice 96.5), The Sierra Speech & Language Group, Sparks Centennial Sunrise Rotary Club, Creative Educational Approaches, LLC 

GIFTS & DONORS:  Rosie Cevasco of Grumpfish Web Services, Starbucks, Stampin Up, NAI Alliance Commercial Real Estate & Airport Square Electronic Billboard, Trader Joe’s, Costco, Fine Vines Cheese &  Wines, WalMart 

Informational/Provider VENDORS: Advanced Speech & Language, Asperger Support Group of No. NV., Autism Self-Advocacy Network of NV, Autism Training & technical Assistance Center, The Bridge Center, Center for Advanced Learning, Consumer Direct Personal Care, The Continuum, Early Childhood Autism Program, High Seirra Industries Autism Services, Juice Plus + Whole food Nutrition, Lili Claire Foundation, NV Center for Excellence in Disabilities, The Newton Learning Center, No. NV RAVE, ODS Autism, Positive Behavior Support, Sierra Autism Services. Sierra Rehab & Wellness, Sierra Speech & Language Group.

February 23, 2009 KRNV: Reno Mother teaches daughter with autism to read 

February 20, 2009 KRNV: Bill could mandate autism insurance coverage 

February 16, 2009 KRNV: Nevada lawmakers consider autism insurance requirements

February 16, 2009 KVBC: Autism advocates hope for legislative funding  

February 15, 2006 KVBC: Art bringing awareness to autism

February 13, 2009 KVBC: Pivotal autism legislation receives support in Carson City

February 12, 2009 KRNV: Doctors praise ruling against vaccine link to autism

February 6, 2009 KRNV: Nevada lawmakers hear emotional pleas for autism funding

February 5, 2009 KRNV: "Evening of Hope" provides autism success stories

January 16, 2009 KVBC: DVD teaches children with autism what a smile means

December 1, 2008 KVBC: Study shows families' financial strain from autism

November 20, 2008 KVBC: Teen basketball player advocates for autism awareness

November 19, 2008 KRNV: Gibbons creates commission on Autism Spectrum Disorder

November 12, 2008 KRNV: Accomplished author with autism shares story at UNR

November 6, 2008 KRNV: Historic art project to benefit children with autism 

November 5, 2008 KRNV: ACON Director: Bills could bring an end to autism discrimination  

October 21, 2008 KRNV: Palin advocates for children with autism, no plan specifics

October 15, 2008 KVBC: Walk for autism raises over $100,000 

October 7, 2008 KVBC: Gym class has children with autism flipping

September 17, 2008 KRNV: Legislation hopes to mandate health coverage for autism

August 27, 2008 KRNV: Autism task force disbanded but all hope not lost

July 7, 2007 KVBC: Local center provides hope to parents of children with autism 

June 26, 2008 KRNV: Lili Claire opens its free clinic to families with autism

June 19, 2008 KRNV: Summer blues festival to benefit families affected by autism

May 30, 2008 KRNV: Two men walk for autism awareness

May 28, 2008 KRNV: Nevada Governors pose for painting to fund autism treatment 

May 13, 2008 KRNV: Court hears from families who believe child's autism caused by mercury-based vaccines

April 2, 2008 KRNV: Organizations work toward greater awareness on World Autism Awareness Day

March 7, 2008 KRNV: Feds say vaccine determined to have contributed to autism in isolated case 

February 1, 2008 KRNV: Reno residents Ralph and Meredith Toddre win Points of Light award for work with autism

November 17th, 2007 (Saturday ONLY)
'Bowl 4 Autism Charity Tournament'. (From Past Release) Join us on Saturday November 17th at The Grand Sierra Resort Bowling Center, 2500 E. 2nd Street Reno at 11am for the chance to support your local community and family's affect by Autism, and have yourself a 'Ball' at the same time. Prizes include: Cash, Trophies, Door Prizes, Raffle Prizes and more. Please click on the attached Flyer for more information. Click on the attached Brochure, Registration and other information documents attached to this section of the ACON website.

YOU MUST CLICK HERE http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6528600550020213218&q=Autism%2C+alone&total=35&start=0&num=10&so=0&type=search&plindex=1 to instantly view a POWERFUL documentary about Autism, by Planet Grande Films, Malibu CA. Thank YOU Planet Grande Films! And a special Thank YOU to 'Stride for Autism' (Gary and Lori Kuhre) as they have pledged to donate the sponsorship monies raised to the 'ACON/Lili Claire Center Project'.

November 16-17, 2007
'Families First Conference- Preparing for the Future'. (From Past Release) Nevada's conference for families of children and youth with disabilities or special health care needs and the professionals who support them will be held at; UNLV in the Moyer Student Union Conference Center, 4505 Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas NV. For more information please see the attached flyer.

November 5, 2007
Lili Claire Golf Tournament (From Past Release) with the Las Vegas West Rotary Club. We will update our website with information as it is made available. Please visit the www.liliclairefoundation.org website for further details. October 20, 2007 Danny Gans Run for Children's Chairty at the Boca Park in Summerlin. Please visit www.active.com for more information on the event

October 18-20, 2007
(From Past Release) Nevada Association for Behavior Analysis is holding its annual conference on the 18th thru 20th of October. For information go to www.unr.edu/psych/behavior/naba/html

September 28, 2007
(From Past Release) Sierra Kids Foundation is hosting the 'Wild West Golf Shootout' at Somersett Country Club on 9-28. For information, call Alicia at 775-333-9600

August 2007
(From Past Release) ACON released our 'SAVE THE DATE' card for our upcoming October 20th with Lili Claire, view our COMING UP section to view the actual card

July 2007
(From Past Release) With continuing support from First Lady, Dawn Gibbons, Nevada State Governor declared 9-29 to be Children's Day in the state of Nevada

July 14, 2007
(From Past Release) ABLE Event is held in Las Vegas Nevada, speakers include Ralph Toddre (Founder of ACON), many connections are made within the community and the ABLE Autism Event is a grand success. We personally send our special thanks to Korby Miller for organizing the event and for her dedication and compassion toward our cause.

June 8, 2007
With deepest thanks and pride (From Past Release) On Monday June 4th Nevada Legislation passed Bill AB 629 section 40, a combination of specific aspects of AB 525 and SB 368. The Bill gives Autism the recognition it has so intensely deserved by adding it as a priority to the 'General State Fund'. It allocates $1.6 million dollars be added to the current offices of Disability Services, increasing the number of children being served and the amount of funding for families.

Under provisions in AB 629, the Department of Health and Human Services receives $2 million dollars to establish a new funding program for Autism, allowing 'self-directed' funding be allocated to families for 'Evidence Based' treatments and services.

AB 629 also includes the designation of an Autism Task Force. The task force consists of 14 appointed members to oversee, monitor and make recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature regarding the progress of the Autism Act, how it may be improved and the focus of betterment of services, funding, and the needs of all Nevada families affected by autism.

The passage of the bill and enactment of new public policy is monumentous for all Nevadans, and sends a message to other States and our Nation that Autism must be recognized by government, both public and private sectors and by all individuals alike.

Recent statistics show that 1 out of every 150 children will be diagnosed with Autism. Autism is amongst the fastest growing epidemics in our Nation, and must be agressively addressed. Many of you have heard the notable words of ACON's Founder- "If Autism hasn't touched you yet, odds are it soon will....'Care before you have to'." Ralph Toddre -07

May 31, 2007
(From Past Release) The Legislature is in the final days of this Legislative Session and is due to end next week. There is always a possibility that they may go into 'Special Session' which could prolong the resolution of AB 525 and SB 368. Please continue to check our website and we will update you as information on these issues becomes available to us. You may also choose to visit the Nevada State Legislature's official website at www.leg.state.nv.usfor more information.

May 7, 2007
(From Past Release) AB 525 will be heard in the Ways and Means Committee at 8:00am in room 3137 of the legislature building in Carson City.

April 28, 2007
(From Past Release) Assembly Bill AB 525 has not yet moved to Ways and Means. Senate Bill SB 368 has not yet moved to Senate Finance. We will notify you once this is done. You are more than welcome to attend the hearings for these bills. As soon are set, we will send an e-blast to all of you to pass on to your membership.

April 25, 2007
(From Past Release) Cure Autism Now/Autism Speaks, Las Vegas Chapter joins ACON. See our Supporters & Advisors page for a link to Joan Shaffer, President.

April 12, 2007
(From Past Release) Autism Speaks introduces a groundbreaking online autism project, IAN, the Interactive Autism Network. Visit the website at www.ianproject.org and join over 1,000 families who have already registered.

April 6, 2007
(From Past Release) AB 525 passes committee unanimously. Bill will now move to the Ways and Means Committee.

April 6, 2007
(From Past Release) Easter Seals of Southern Nevada joins ACON

April 2, 2007
(From Past Release) Assembly woman Sheila Leslie introduced AB 525 to the Health and Human Services committee. The committee heard testimony for approx 1 1/2 hours before deciding to reconvene April 6. They will review amendments and then vote on the bill at that time.


The Hanen Centre

More Than Words


Hanen- More Than Words -Parent Training Program
Previous Parent Training in Reno NV
Includes 1 Mandatory Orientation Date
Includes Classes held 1 Day Per Week from June Thru Aug
Orientation and ALL Classes Are 'Attendance Mandatory' for selected participants

ACON is proud to sponsor Hanen's More Than Words (Parent Training Program). This particular Hanen Trainer will hold the classes at her location in Reno Nevada.
Parents interested in applying for this program/class, need to send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and MUST include the following:
1. Your full name
2. Your Telephone Number or Cell Number
3. How many children you have with Autism or other Neurodevleopmental Disability
4. Your Child's AGE

If you do not have access to e-mail, please feel free to apply via telephone, go to our 'Contact Us' page for all of our contact information.

Note: SPACE is DEPENDENT ON DONATIONS to ACON- Families are Funded on First Come First Serve Basis- Sign UP Now for Future Trainings.

CRITERIA: This program is specially designed for Parents of children who are approximately 2 or 3 Years old and applys to Parents of children with Autism and related Neurodevelopmental Disabilities whose child is in the early intervention time period of development. The book and program that will be used clearly outlines communication techniques and ideas for Preschool age children ONLY.
If your child is older, please research other more suitable Parent training programs or classes for parents with older children.
Still unsure if your child has outgrown the Hanen stages and techniques? Click on the 'Hanen Icon above to read all about the More Than Words Program online'

After you register your name and information as a perspective student...you can expect to be contacted by a 'Hanen' Teacher once a program has been scheduled, and you have been selected. Please note that there are only a select number of spaces available for each training session, but we will have a waiting list available in case you would like to apply for a future session.
Please Note: that these Training sessions are limited in space and material due to the teacher/student ratio needs and also due to the sponsorship availability. We are doing our very best to bring every opportunity for Parent trainings to you.

'Hanen More Than Words'

More Than Words is a family-focused program that gives parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and related social communication difficulties, practical tools to help their children communicate.

More Than Words derives its theoretical basis from the same social interactionist perspective as It Takes Two to Talk, Hanen’s program for parents of pre-school children with language delays. Like this program, More Than Words emphasizes the child’s everyday activities as the context for learning to communicate. In addition, More Than Words incorporates current best practice guidelines, highlighting the importance of affect, predictability, structure and the use of visual supports to enhance learning in children with ASD.

The Program is organized around four major goals:

  • Improved two-way interaction
  • More mature and conventional ways of communicating
  • Better skills in communicating for social purposes

  • An improved understanding of language

Click Here for the Las Vegas Support Group

Parent to Parent

Parent to Parents- Parenting Support Workshop - ALL New Date and Time TBA
'Parent to Parents-Parenting Support Workshop's for parents and caregivers of children with Neurodevelopmental Disabilites. The Program, Materials and Training was designed entirely by a Parent of 2 children who are dx ASD, as well as parent of a typcial child. (Developer of Parent 2 Parents is Independent from ACON, ACON does not specifically endorse any particular program, and believes that each parent MUST decide what particular programs and workshops will align with their family's needs with the strict supervision of their own health and medical care providers and Physicians)






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