ECIAS Swim School Grant Application (2018 Candidates were chosen in May. Registration currently CLOSED.)

The East Central Iowa Autism Society (ECIAS) has teamed up with the Eastern Iowa Swimming Federation to offer a pilot program for teaching basic safety swimming skills to children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This program will cover a series of swimming lessons, to help teach the child beginning level swimming skills, taught by a qualified swimming instructor on a 1:1 basis.

The skills taught to the swimmer will be bobbing, floating, jumping from the side of the pool, treading water, and other basic level instruction. Children that are beyond basic level swimming skills would not benefit from this program. Due to regulations, the child must be toilet trained and cannot wear swim diapers during the lesson.

Lessons: This program will GRANT up to a maximum of twenty-four (24), 30-minute lessons, Monday-Thursday, from 3:00pm – 3:30 pm, to be completed as follows:
 Session 1: June 18th - June 21st, and June 25th – June 28th (8 lessons)
 Session 2: July 9th – July 12th, and July 16th – July 19th (8 lessons)
 Session 3: July 23rd – July 26th, and July 30th – August 2nd (8 lessons)

Registration will be open from April 15th-May 1st. Recipients of the grant will be emailed/called within 2 weeks after May 1st for confirmation of acceptance.

Autism Society National Conference

49th Annual Autism Society National Conference
July 12-15, 2017 in Milwaukee Wisconsin
Your Quality of Life Conference


The Autism Society’s vision since our founding in 1965 is to increase the quality of life of everyone living with autism. Our 49th Annual Conference is the best way for individuals, families, educators, care givers, service providers and all concerned with ensuring basic human rights to gain insights and learn concrete strategies that allow people to interact with one another and the world in their own terms.

The Autism Society’s Quality of Life goals are essential aspects of the human experience and we promote treatments, accommodations and acceptance with them in mind.

Please plan on joining us in Milwaukee for this one-of-a-kind opportunity to change lives! We are planning many wonderful sessions, exciting keynotes and optional social events to make your experience both educational and fun!

Registration is open. The conference will take place at The Wisconsin Center and our conference hotel is the Hilton Milwaukee City Center.

General Conference Attendees:
Early Bird (Before May 1) $300
Advance (May 1 – June 19) $350
Regular/Onsite(After June 20) $375
Individual with Autism** $150

Check out the photos from Jump with Me for ASD!

Jump with Me for ASD was held on February 20th, 2017 at AirFX Trampoline Park. More than $5,000 in donations were brought in! Huge prizes including iPads and sensory swings were awarded to individuals with autism! We also had a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, refreshments, face painting, and balloon animals! Photography by Teresa Nicole Photography.


Check out the photos from the New Year, New Us Party!

The party was held at TCR on January 9, 2016. Everyone had a great time! Attendees enjoyed sensory stations, balloon animals, the new Sesame Street books, tattoos, face painting, therapy dogs, and food! We introduced our new board and discussed initiatives for the 2016 year. Photography by Teresa Nicole Photography.


Hello Everyone! I would like to introduce myself, as I am the new President of The East Central Iowa Autism Society! My name is Shelly Zeimet. I have a 7 year old son named William and he has classic autism. We live in Marion. My husband Dustin, will be doing all the IT/website management. I can't wait to start helping individuals and families affected by autism right here in the Corridor!

We are getting closer to our NEW YEAR, NEW US! party. Please come for a great time! We will have sensory stations, face painting, balloon animals, the chance to win an Ipad Air, and refreshments. Learn about our future initiatives. This January 9th from 11-2 @ Theatre Cedar Rapids. RSVP to


Shelly Zeimet
The East Central Iowa Autism Society