Autism Speaks U October Q&A Transcript

Thursday, October 31, 2013 View Comments Autism Speaks U

 

On Tuesday, October 29 the Autism Speaks U team hosted a LIVE Facebook Q&A for college students across the country. We discussed on how to increase chapter membership and educate students about autism. Read the full transcript below! 
 

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  Hi everyone, this month’s Facebook Q&A will cover ways to recruit and retain Autism Speaks U chapter members. We'll get started in a few minutes!
  This Q&A is text only – when submitting a question/comment there will be a delay from when it appears on the chat client.
  Let’s do a roll call! Submit the following:
• Name of college/university 
• Your name and position in chapter
• Note if Autism Speaks U chapter is Official, Provisional or Getting Started
o Official = approved by Autism Speaks U & your school
o Provisional = granted provisional status for one semester by Autism Speaks U 
o Getting Started = beginning the process of creating a chapter
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Comment From Nathaniel Schwartz

Binghamton University

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Comment From Guest

Manhattan College

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Comment From Guest

Liberty University

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Comment From Michelle

Elon University

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Comment From Guest

Marywood University

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Comment From Guest

SUNY ALBANY

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Comment From Guest

Illinois State Univsersity

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Comment From Guest

Marquette University

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Comment From Guest

Towson University

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Comment From Guest

University of Connecticut

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Comment From Guest

St.Joseph's University

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Comment From Guest

Bloomsburg University

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Comment From Guest

Wilkes University

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Comment From Guest

Boston University, Anna Knox VP, Official Chapter

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Comment From Guest

University of Delaware

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Comment From Bea Van Hook Kaplan Online

Kaplan Universit. Bea Van Hook - Chapter President of Kaplan Online

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Comment From Guest

SUNY New Paltz

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Comment From Jen Schwartz

Binghamton University

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Comment From Guest

Towson University, Julianna Mootz; President

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Comment From Michelle Todd

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, President. We are an official chapter.

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Comment From Taylir L

The College at Brockport

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Comment From Kevin Liu

University of Southern California

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Comment From Carrington

Kaplan University

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Comment From Guest

Arcadia University, getting started.

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Comment From Patricia Maged

Marywood University Patricia Maged, VP Official

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Comment From Michelle Landahl

Elon University, Michelle Landahl, fundraising chair, official :)

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Comment From Guest

St. Joseph's University

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Comment From Guest

Illinois State University

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Comment From Colleen Hogan

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Fundraising Chair, Official chapter

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Comment From Guest

Ohio State University

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Comment From Taylor Levicki, Marquette University

Marquette University, Taylor Levicki, President, Official

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Comment From SUNY New Paltz

Danielle Roma vice president SUNY New Paltz

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Comment From Julianna Mootz

Autism Speaks U chapter, official, - Towson University

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Comment From Carrington

Kaplan University,

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Comment From Alex Cohen

Northwestern University/Alex Cohen - President/Official

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Comment From Manoj Kanagaraj

Duke University

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Comment From Guest

University of Connecticut Jamie Erickson-Sponsorship Chair. We are an official chapter

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Comment From Guest

Wilkes University, Jennifer Wood, Marketing and Advertising chair, official chapter

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Comment From Guest

Bloomsburg University. Kelly McNamara- President. Official chapter.

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Comment From SUNY Albany

Najua-Secretar and Kristen-Recruitment, Advertising Chair, Official

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Comment From Amber Sebastian

Appalachian State University, Amber Sebastian Secretary, Official chapter

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Comment From Jamie Vanderbleek

Liberty University, Jamie Vanderbleek, Co-VP, official

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Comment From Guest

St. Joseph's University, Autism Speaks U official chapter, Olivia Correll Recruitment Chair

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Comment From Guest

University of Minnesota, Kelsey Cook - Fundraising and Walk Chair

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Comment From Jennifer McNulty - President

Manhattan College - Jennifer McNulty President - Official Chapter

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  Thanks everyone for participating!
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  Tomorrow, we will post a link to the Q&A transcript on the Autism Speaks U Facebook page (facebook.com/AutismSpeaksU).
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  We will now cover these 5 topics and ask for your feedback. 
1. How to increase meeting attendance.
2. How to keep members engaged year-round.
3. How to best start meetings.
4. How to educate members.
5. How to set and meet goals.
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  Remember, your question might be another chapter’s question, or your best idea might work on another campus.
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  When entering in a response, include the name of your college/university, so other chapters can reach out if they have questions.
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  Let’s begin!
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  Topic #1: HOW TO INCREASE MEETING ATTENDANCE
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  Below are 6 ways to increase meeting attendance:
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  1. Be 5 steps ahead. Have the e-board and general meetings planned, so students can mark their calendars. Pick a reoccurring date and time to host meetings, so it is easier for students to remember.
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  2. Send out a group text. Some students don’t have access to email all day. A few hours before each meeting, send a mass text to remind students. In each text, ask everyone to forward the message on to 5 friends.
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  Remember students don’t open every email, but they open every text!
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  3. Offer incentives. What do college students love? Free food, t-shirts and drinks. Offer pizza, snacks or baked goods at your first chapter meeting to get students in the door.
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  Apply for funding through the school to pay for meeting and chapter supplies (such as printing, food, wristbands, etc.).
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  Also, reach out to local businesses to ask them to donate items. Download the Media & Sponsorship Guide at http://bit.ly/SjzZJA and use the sample sponsorship packet.
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  4. Contact academic departments. Go beyond the club fair and reach out to the department heads in Psychology, Speech & Hearing, Special Education and Communication Disorders. Ask them to send an email to their list serv announcing the time, date and location of the chapter’s meetings.
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  TIP: Get sample email copy to provide to the department heads athttp://bit.ly/19Zvk5m.
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  5. Get the word out. Flyer around campus and in campus stores, restaurants and libraries. Include “tear-offs” at the bottom of each flyer with a contact number, email address and Facebook page for the chapter.
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  6. Table on campus! Set up a table in the school’s student center or a high traffic area and pass out information about the chapter. Attract people over to your table by handing out blue candy or treat! attached to chapter fact cards.
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  Aside from Facebook and flyering, how has your chapter successfully promoted meetings?

When entering in a response, include the name of your college/university

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Comment From Bea

A group text is a great idea. - Kaplan Chapter

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Comment From Guest

Boston University- we are using the set meeting time every other week in the same location, as well as sending out emails the morning of. members have asked us to use email over any other mode of communication but the texting is a great method we will ask about.

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Comment From Colleen Hogan

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign: We held a bake-sale on the Quad, while handing out info flyers!

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Comment From Jennifer McNulty - President

Manhattan College - Official. We increase meeting attendance by having meetings twice a month, and emailing everyone advance, we also build community in our meetings, making it a comfortable environment for students to interact with each other. In the meetings I always food as well. We also talk about future events that are exciting where everyone can participate in them! I also try to get all majors involved and I am trying to create a support group for the students with autism so at our school we support those students and let people know that there is autism about in our schools and we should provide a caring environment for them so they don't have to feel indifferent.

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Comment From Danielle Roma

we team up with other campus clubs and join forces to increase our club membership

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Comment From Guest

Using facebook and social media to promote meetings/ events is a good way to get the word out to members of your respective schools student body - SUNY Binghamton University

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Comment From Guest

University of Connecticut-We participated in an involvement fair on a central part of campus. We had a big tripod board, but it seemed to be a little more approachable than just handing out flyers because people came up and talked with us. It was nice for them to have a club member to talk to and ask questions. It worked better than just handing out sheets of paper.

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Comment From Taylor Levicki, Marquette University

We took advantage of our school's Orientation Fest and Freshmen Move-In to generate interest and had around 200 people sign up. Additionally, we've put slides on Axis TV's that run all over campus and emailed departments and University News Brief's to share information.

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Comment From Guest

We send out texts before meetings to remind people, we also do emails, but I think the texts work better. We also meet at the same time and place every week so everyone always knows where it is -Wilkes University

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  These are all great ideas!
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Comment From Ludmila Battista, co-advisor

Since we are online, we promote our meetings by asking instructors to post our flyers/announcements in their classes. We have a lot of support from our Ed. Studies Dept. Chair and Office of Student Life. We promote on our FB pages and our main log in pages, as well. -Kaplan University

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Comment From Guest

Group text really works for our e-board members, along with sending out emails of telling our chapter members what they should be promoting. A lot of students are able to share the posts from facebook to family and friends along with telling friends around campus about activities -Slippery Rock University

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Comment From SUNY Albany

Sending out emails, we have meeting every week at the same time, and using social media

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Comment From Sarah

Illinois State University: We advertise in classrooms as well as on the quad through flyers. Education Departments in our university also send out emails to attract students for us.

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Comment From Guest

Bloomsburg University- We just finished today, holding a bake sale, which was very successful. We also had a table at the Freshman Activity Fair, we hang flyers, and have "brother and sister" clubs, who come to our meetings.

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Comment From Patricia Maged

Marywood U- We team up with other clubs and participate in the early activities fair

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Comment From Guest

University of Minnesota - we meet at the same day and time for the entire semester. we also use food incentives - can be cheap even if they are not donated by doing things like $5 Little Ceasars pizza. Emails are sent the day before the meeting

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Comment From Olivia Correll

St. Joseph's University- Official. We conducted a "Piecing It Together" Autism Awareness scavenger hunt around the city of Philadelphia. Great for any city school.

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Comment From Taylor Levicki, Marquette University

Additionally, we've worked with AXiD Marquette and Active Minds and NSSHLA. We think it's important to build relationships with these other organizations. We also make classroom visits in the beginning of the year to big lecture halls. --Marquette University

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Comment From Julianna Mootz

We meet bi-weekly and send out an email in the morning. Sometimes we have bake sales to advertise the day of

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Comment From Guest

University of Connecticut- We also have had a bake sale and different fundraisers at local restaurants close to campus! That was a good way for people to hear about autism speaks and college students love food! We have meetings every other week, so it is a little more time manageable and flexible for more students to attend. I think it makes it easier, so they do not feel overwhelmed with a weekly meeting commitment-biweekly meetings have been a success!

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  ALL wonderful ways to help promote chapter meetings! Okay on to the next topic

HOW TO KEEP MEMBERS ENGAGED YEAR-ROUND

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  It is very important to stay in constant contact with chapter members throughout the year. Here are 4 tips on how to do so.
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  1. At each meeting, take down everyone’s contact information (both their cell number AND email address, as some prefer texts instead of emails). Compile all of the information into a Google spreadsheet that the Secretary constantly updates.
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  2. Have the Secretary email meetings minutes after the meeting. Then, compile the meeting minutes into a Google Word doc. and post the link on the chapter’s Facebook page.
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  3. Have the Recruitment Chair call new members who attend each meeting to thank them for coming and invite them to the next meeting. Ask for their input on what they would like to see at future meetings and events. A phone call can go a long way!
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  4. Have your members get to know each other! Plan team building exercises, like a group bowling trip, barbecue/potluck, group hike, paintball outing, etc. Discuss chapter logistics at the beginning and then relax and have fun!
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  What are ways your chapter keeps members involved year round?

When entering in a response, please include the name of your college/university.

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Comment From Olivia Correll

St. Joseph's University- We need to remind members why they are in this organization. Sharing stories about those living Autism has been an important part of inspiring new members.

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Comment From Jennifer McNulty - President

Manhattan College - We create community in our clubs by sharing stories about autism and we provide opportunties for all members to be a part of the board. We also have group gatherings outside general meetings to get to know each other.

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Comment From Carrington

Kaplan Chapter- Since we are an online chapter we have fundraisers online and those that can be done within their community with the proper flyers and tools sent to them.

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Comment From Julianna Mootz

Towson University: we have brainstorming sessions at the beginning of each meeting. This allows the general members to also have an opinion and idea about different fundraisers and such

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Comment From Danielle Roma

SUNY New Paltz we use responsibilities as a way to keep them involved. giving member jobs outside of meeting times is important. When we table all members are involved in advertising and attending.

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Comment From SUNY Albany

We ask them for their input for fundraising ideas, what they would like to see us do, share stories ask the for their stories

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Comment From Guest

Wilkes Univeristy- incentives like free pizza or snacks at meetings keep people coming. we also have a halloween party planned for thursday to raise awareness and also just have fun with the club, so everyone can get to know each other. making the club fun keeps members coming when they are stressed from school. all of the members in out club have an input. being a smaller school and a smaller club, everyone gets to have a big part in the club

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Comment From Guest

university of minnesota- we collect member contact info through an sign-in sheet at our meeting each week, and also send out meeting minutes as well as any powerpoint slides used to all members. each semester, we host a karaoke night in place of one of our meetings to not only fundraise for the group, but allow some team building among committee members

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Comment From Patricia Maged

Marywood U.- We keep a contact sheet of everyone's information and provide meeting minutes for everyone. We brainstorm ideas as a group and share any opportunities for the chapter to engage in.

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Comment From Guest

University of Connecticut- It is definitely important to make sure everyone is getting the emails. We make sure to have everyone sign in each meeting and we always ask to double check they are getting the emails. We try to do different things at the meetings to keep them entertained. We have talked about chalking around campus (writing facts about autism or letting people know when meetings are)..people write with the chalk on sidewalks so students can see the info as they walk to class. We also did a drawing activity answering the question "what does autism mean to us or why did we choose to get involved in autism speaks?" This is was nice because it helped members connect and it was nice for the students to take a break from studying and color!

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Comment From Guest

Slippery Rock University- We have activities planned that bring out chapter together while also raising awareness for Autism Speaks. Such as a walk/run and awareness football game.

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Comment From Colleen Hogan

University of Illiois at Urbana-Champaign: We have awareness events each semester in which everyone is invited to come. Some things we have done are barbeques and restaurant fundraisers. We also try reaching out and invited general embers to be part of a committee so they really feel involved.

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Comment From Guest

Boston University- We are currently planning many bonding trips/events instead of general meetings such as dinners out, or club trips to on campus sporting events. We also spent our first meeting asking what members were interested in to keep those themes in mind when planning events and topics to discuss. We also plan on sharing responsibilities for particular events with the members as well as having volunteer opportunities multiple times a month either fundraising or getting hands on experience in boston.

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Comment From Guest

Bloomsburg University-We share our stories about how Autism has touched our lives, that usually bonds people together at the first meeting. We then ask what THEY want to do. What fundraisers, what should be on the flyers, etc. to make them feel like we are all one group, not just the president doing everything. We also keep a contact sheet updated.

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3:21 
  Thanks so much for sharing these ideas! Now on to topic 3: HOW TO BEST START MEETINGS
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  Before going into the “laundry list” of to-do items, take a few minutes for members to get to know each other.
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  Begin each meeting by asking members (new and returning) to share their personal connection to autism (i.e. family member or friend on the autism spectrum, volunteered or worked with individuals on the autism spectrum, want to pursue a career in the field, etc.).
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3:23 
  This allows everyone to open up and tell their story. Having members know each other’s personal connection, allows them to stay connected and invested in the chapter.
3:23 
  How does your chapter start meetings, or do you have tips for how members can get to know each other?

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Comment From Michelle Todd

University of Minnesota- We usually try to open with icebreakers or a guest speaker to come in and talk about volunteer opportunities.

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Comment From Taylor Levicki, Marquette University

We start every meeting with a video clip. Whether it be the latest viral video promoting disability awareness to just a classic throwback music video that seems to work as an ice breaker. We've also started meetings by asking people to share what awareness means to them and why they're involved with Autism Speaks -- Marquette University

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Comment From Alex Cohen

Northwestern University - we always start each meeting with an ice breaker/fun game/activity. It really seems to work and helps get people more connected!

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Comment From Guest

Bloomsburg University- We start our meetings off by showing a youtube video that one of the members have found, that has an inspiring story line about Autism.

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Comment From Guest

boston university- we like to do an ice breaker, especially going around the room either asking their connection to autism, words they would use to define autism, if there is anything they would like to share, if they have any questions, or how volunteering went the past week

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Comment From Colleen Hogan

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: We try to start off our meetings with a powerpoint about Autism and/or an inspirational video to remind everyone why we are meeting.

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Comment From Guest

Slippery Rock University- Our chapter has in the past spent time decorating puzzle pieces and explaining with a few words what Autism means to them. Afterwards we took a group photo of everyone with their puzzle piece

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Comment From Sarah

Illinois State University: We bring in speakers to most of our meetings that deal with certain courses or have certain experiences about helping those with Autism. After the speaker is finished we will go through our normal meeting activities.

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Comment From Jennifer McNulty - President

Manhattan College- We start with getting to know each other by doing a team bonding activity. We start with usually a funny game and then we move into more serious business and talk about how autism affects our lives with either a news story or personal experiences.

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Comment From Olivia Correll

St.Joseph's University- At the start of each meeting it is important to remind students to BE at the meeting. College life is very hectic and stressful, as all of you know. Allowing your members a few moments to breath and join the group mentally will give them the opportunity to use the meeting as an outlet for fun and stress relief while helping others.

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Comment From Guest

Wilkes- we usually just open by asking how everyone is doing, then going rinto the agenda. ice breakers and bonding exercises are a good idea.

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  Thanks to everyone that shared! Onto topic 4: HOW TO EDUCATE MEMBERS
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  The million dollar question….How do you get everyone in the chapter to REALLY CARE about what you are working so hard to accomplish?
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  Most importantly, students need to understand what autism is and the organization they are supporting.
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  We don’t expect you to be an autism expert, but we ask that you pass out information and start a discussion!
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  Here are 5 ways to educate members:
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  1. At the beginning of the meeting, pass out Autism Speaks U fact sheets (download at http://bit.ly/xfmwGf).
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  2. Play this short video (http://bit.ly/Pskpr5) as it serves an overview and introduction to Autism Speaks
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  3. Play this 60 second clip (http://bit.ly/NWocO4). It shows a challenge that some individuals on the autism spectrum face every day.
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  Then discuss the members’ reactions to the clip, and brainstorm ways to raise autism awareness.
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  4. Reach out to your Autism Speaks contact to have him/her or a Committee Member, speak or Skype into a meeting to answer questions and put a “face” to the organization.
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  5. Throughout the year, use the chapter’s Facebook page to keep members informed about what is happening with the chapter and the larger autism community.
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  Topic 5: HOW TO SET & MEET GOALS
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  Every summer, chapters set membership and fundraising goals for the upcoming school year.
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  If the chapter is aiming to secure 25 new members in fall and raise $5,000 let members know how they can help the chapter hit its goals.
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  At meetings, inform members how close the chapter is to hitting its goals and how their hard work has paid off.
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  One chapter made a thermometer “cut out” and brought it to each meeting to show their progress.
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  Here are a few more ideas:
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  1. Ask all current members to bring one new person to the next meeting. These new faces can become potential members.
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  2. Have members ask their professors if they can make an announcement at the beginning of class to let students know about the next chapter meeting/event. Have interested students raise their hands and give them a meeting/event flyer.
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  3. Ask members in other clubs to speak with that club’s president to see how your groups can co-host an event together.
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  A few great clubs to start with include Best Buddies, Psychology/Education/Speech & Hearing Clubs, NSSLHA (National Student Speech Language Hearing Association) and service fraternities like Alpha Chi Omega and Phi Delta Kappa. 

If the fraternity, Theta Delta Chi, or sorority Alpha Xi Delta, are on your campus contact them as their national philanthropy is Autism Speaks!

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  How has your chapter asked members to help reach its goals?

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Comment From Jennifer McNulty - President

Manhattan College- Currently we are trying to create a support group for students who have autism on our campus, and we also ask that students involved in the club come with a fact about autism. We are planning on having an autism awareness event during finals week where we are going to pass out blue candy canes with facts about autism. To get students who aren't in the club at least aware of what is going on. Besides our awareness events we set up a change jar that says: can you spare some change for autism and we carry it at all events and meetings, to fundraise. More importantly all of our events are listed in our groups syllabus and then we make a scrap book of the past events.

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Comment From Guest

Wilkes- we keep all our members updated on our goals and how closeare to reaching them. We are always inviting friends to join in on the meetings and encourage all our members to do the same. Everyone has a part in our fundraisers and we encourage everyone to help out in whatever way they can. We hold awareness events to keep people informed about autism and how it affectas people.

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Comment From SUNY Albany

We gave them the box to help collect money for Autism Speaks, we ask them to make bake good so we could sell. We are having a event with a local business to fundraise

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Comment From Virginia Nemath

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee: We had our $88 in 88 hours this past week and having the fundraiser be completely online helped with raising money. Our members were able to contact as many people as they could and they were simply able to give them a link to go to. I almost feel people are more apt to donate since most of the time they have a credit card on them rather than money.

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Comment From Michelle Landahl

Elon University: We have brainstorming sessions during each meeting about fundraising (our biggest challenge) activities we can do together and different resources we have available. It's been super-productive!

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Comment From Guest

University of Connecticut- We work with the fraternity TKE who's philanthropy is autism speaks! In the spring we have a 5k walk/run, which is our biggest event. This event definitely is the biggest help in raising money for autism research. We also sell bracelets (like the livestrong ones) that say Autism Speaks U Uconn to raise awareness and money. This is nice because they are only $2 and people are willing to help-they also like the blue! We also are looking into ordering t-shirts to raise more money and to also raise awareness.

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Comment From Michelle Todd

University of Minnesota - We try to do class shout outs and collaborate with other groups on campus. We also have a point system for members where they can earn points for attending meetings and events and also fundraising. At the end of the semester, those with the highest number of points will get prizes!

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Comment From Taylor Levicki, Marquette University

We motivate members for our goals with competitions to win prizes and to promote our Walk Now for Autism Speaks Team, they can see our group progress throughout the year and after experiencing the Walk last year, it was a really great experience for everyone and the families in the community affected by ASD. We show a lot of motivational clips and have people share stories frequently to remind everyone why we're fundraising. -- Marquette

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Comment From Guest

Slippery Rock University- We are having an Autism awareness football game where we will be offering more information about Autism. Along with handing out cookies, having students of the chapter dressed in blue, handing out fact sheets, and having the announcer read some facts about autism. Also we hold a walk/run in an area close to campus, have a spaghetti dinner, and have fundraisers such as selling Yankee candles.

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Comment From Olivia Correll

St.Joseph's University- Education: Invite professionals in the field of Autism to speak to your chapter. Many universities have professors who are very knowledgable. Peer mentoring for college students who have Autism is also a way to educate members in a more interactive and personal way. Tell donors that any little donation means a lot to us. Also, many businesses are willing to donate products as opposed to money.

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Comment From Colleen Hogan

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: we are trying to think outside the box in terms of fundrasing, doing something different than the average restaurant fundraiser or can drive. I am currently working with Nationals to start up a Team-Up team to run the Illinois half marathon in April. This way, we can reach out to the family members, friends, etc. who want to run an support a great cause!

3:44 
  Great ideas everyone! Now, let’s open this up to Q&A. Please enter any questions you have.
3:46 
  We will do our best to answer as many as possible before time runs out
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Comment From Rebecca Newman

Clemson University- We are trying to get on our feet and get prepared for our first general information meeting. Have any other schools had luck with certain banks for off-campus bank accounts? We are trying to get that established before our first meeting!

3:47 
  When starting a chapter bank account it is always best to use one offered through your student activities office
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  If your school does not offer this option then look into a bank that has a branch on or close to campus that offers a free checking account. Be sure that the chapter's President and Treasurer are both listed on the account.
3:48 
 
Comment From Taylor Levicki, Marquette University

Clemson: We're using US Bank, it is our on campus Bank, which means there are ATMs and Teller help right there when we need it!Do you have an on campus bank?

3:49 
 
Comment From Colleen Hogan

As Official chapters, do we have permission to use the Autism Speaks logos on banners and tshirts, etc.?

3:50 
  We ask that official chapters use their custom chapter logos on all marketing materials, including t-shirts, banners, flyers, etc.
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  When designing marketing materials please submit designs tojaclyn.renner@autismspeaks.org for approval before anything is printed
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Comment From Sian from UMass Amherst

I know that we got sent a list of logos when we became a chapter and those are the ones that Autism Speaks asks us to use. I would contact your ASU advisor to resend them

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Comment From Guest

Slippery Rock University- What are some different ways of having local businesses help out on spreading awareness?

3:52 
  Does anyone have advice for Slippery Rock University?
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Comment From Michelle at Elon U

We do a lot of profit shares with local restaurants and create facebook events for it to get people to come!

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Comment From Taylor Levicki, Marquette University

I think that depends on your mission! For Light It Up Blue! we sent letters and made phonecalls or even dropped into to businesses to show them our plan. We've also gotten STarbucks to donate things like hot chocolate and coffee to us before.

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Comment From Virginia Nemath

Slippery Rock University: What UW-Milwaukee did was we did a puzzle piece campaign with our local fro-yo shop. It helped with awareness and we were able to raise some money while doing it!

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Comment From Guest

Bloomsburg university- we have asked local businesses to hang our flyers up in their windows, we have a letter to ask for donations, and if they donate, we have a banner made for them to hang in their store that says they support Autism Speaks U at BU

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Comment From Guest

University of Connecicut- we have a lot of local restaurants that just got built near our campus (places like Moe's, Froyo, etc). A lot of the businesses are willing to have fundraisers there-part of the proceeds they keep, but then a portion goes to Autism Speaks. The companies are usually very willing because it brings them business but also helps to raise awareness.

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Comment From Colleen Hogan

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Ask businesses to put up puzzle pieces for purchases (similar to what Children's miracle network does with hot air balloons)

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Comment From Sian from UMass Amherst

We noticed that businesses tend to be more willing to help out around April so ask them to help out with things like LIUB or just placing a flyer on their counter around that time

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Comment From Taylor Levicki, Marquette University

But when it comes to just putting up a poster, a lot of businesses are pretty cool. As long as you have a plan and are professional.

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Comment From Guest

University of Minnesota- when we host our karaoke night, we partner with an on campus restaurant/bar. they promoted our event in their store, on facebook, and made shout-outs for us throughout the karaoke part of the night. also "night out" events have been successful which we receive a certain percentage of the proceeds for a day/designated time.

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Comment From Michelle at Elon U

Also, we networked with the local special education PTA. They announce our events to parents and spread the word about services we offer them

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Comment From Patricia Maged

Marywood U- Flyers in their front windows work well. Also, doing an event where a percentage of the profits on a night go to autism speaks has worked as well.

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Comment From Guest

Thanks everyone! There was a lot of good advice and ideas!

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  We’re just about out of time. BIG thanks to all of the Autism Speaks U chapters and potential chapters for your dedication and support. You’re all doing an incredible job!
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  If we didn’t get to your question or you have a few more, emailautismspeaksu@autismspeaks.org.
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  Thanks again for participating! Have a great night!
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