Autism Consortium Symposium & Resource Fair: October 21, 2014, Boston. Meet local autism programs and research teams with current research projects of interest to families. Presentations include:
• Genetics of Autism and other Neurodevelopmental Disorders
• iPS Cell Technology and Autism Research
• Autism and epilepsy
• Enhancing Clinical Care with Critical Resources
• Challenges /Rewards of Translational Research in Neurodevelopmental Disorders.
For more information visit us www.autismconsortium.org or call 617-432-7511
Asperger Syndrome Connections Conference “Practical Perspectives, Positive Lives”: October 25, 2014. Boston. The Asperger Autism Network (formerly the Asperger’s Association of New England) conference for those interested in or involved with individuals with AS/ASD and related social communication differences. There will also be a book store & exhibitors tables.
• Dr. Simon Baron-Cohen - "Why Is Autism More Common in Males?" Dr. Baron-Cohen is director of the Autism Research Centre (ARC) at Cambridge University., and author of "Zero Degrees of Empathy"
• Dr. Winnie Dunn - "Focus on Strength" and "Sensory Processing". Dr. Dunn is Professor and Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy Education at the University of Kansas, and author of "Living Sensationally: Understanding Your Senses."
• Michael Forbes Wilcox - "Growing Old Disgracefully: Adventures of an Activist Aspergian"
Registration Deadline is October 15 or until seats sell out. Fees apply. For more information call 617- 393-3824, ext. 10, or visit the Conference Page.
Free Autism Workshops for Families at Spaulding Hospital: September 17, 2014, Charlestown. Topics:
• iPad APPs for Language and Learning.
• Long Term Legal Planning - Guardianship, Conservatorship and Supplemental Needs Trusts.
• Special Needs Planning: How to Prepare for Every Stage of Your Child’s Life.
Free on-site child care from Care.com or disability-related accommodations can be requested. Registration is required to email@example.com or visit www.spauldingrehab.org
Bullying & Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders: August 16, 2014, 11: 00 a.m., Watertown. This Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) meeting will cover strategies to help the student with ASD interrupt and prevent incidents of bullying, may help them feel more socially confident and improve their relationships with their typically developing peers. Learn about the bullying triangle, identifying signs that a child is a victim of bullying and teasing, and hear how to address the problem of victimization and bullying. RSVP to Mary.Romaniec@tacanow.org or visit the Taca Massachusetts FaceBook page
Understanding Asperger Syndrome: Interventions & Strategies for Parents: July 14, 2014, Watertown. Designed for families of newly diagnosed children or teens, describes in detail and through real-life examples some of the most common characteristics of AS. It also includes basic information about behavioral issues, parenting strategies, disclosure, and school concerns. It offers "first step" help for parents as they begin their journey of children with AS. For more information visit www.aane.org or contact 617-393-3824
Preventing/Responding To Wandering And Bolting Behaviors: July 16, 2014, Attleboro. Free parent and caregiver workshop will provide information about methods of preventing wandering and bolting behavior in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Participants will work together on developing prevention plans for use at home, action plans to provide to first responders during an emergency, and ways for working with schools to extend child safety plans into educational settings. To register contact 844-TALK-ABA or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Insight Into Autism: July 16th, 2014, Holyoke. Discuss the strengths and challenges that are often experienced by individuals with autism. Areas covered include:
• Diagnostic criteria
• Communication, sensory challenges
• Positive behavioral supports
• Practical strategies to facilitate growth and development and social competencies.
Friends, family members, and support persons are encouraged to attend.
this valuable workshop. For more information visit the Insight Into Autism event page or contact www.theassociationinc.org
Autism Parent Education Series - 2014. Free & Open to the Public.
• How to Make Good Decisions About the Use of Psychotropic Medication: June 12th, 2014
• iPads: Organization & Communication: May 15, 2014
• Challenging Behaviors: March 22, 2014
• Understanding & Addressing Sleep Problems of Children with Autism: February 27, 2014,
• Potty Power! Toilet Training Young Children with Autism & Other Disabilities: January 30th, 2014.
** For more information about these workshops contact the New England Center For Children's Autism Workshop page or email email@example.com
Parents Have the Power to Make Special Education Work: May 10, 2014: Watertown. Local Authors Judith Canty Graves & Carson Graves will discuss the insights into special education that they wrote about in their new book, Parents Have the Power to Make Special Education Work. The book is written from a parent's point of view to give other parents a better understanding of how to help their children receive the services they need. Registration and fees apply. For more information visit the Aspergers Association of New England or call 617- 393-3824
A Campfire Discussion About GI Issues in Autism: January 9th, 2014, 7 p.m., Lurie Center’s Lexington, MA office location. Drs. Timothy Buie and Sarah Kadzielski, pediatric Gastroenterologists at MGH’s Lurie Center for Autism, a multidisciplinary program that treats children, adolescents and adults with autism spectrum and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Their free formal talk will cover about up to date findings regarding Gastroenterology problems in Autism. Families are welcome to bring related:
• Problems • Questions • Scary Stories to Discuss
To RSVP visit www.luriecenter.org or email LurieCenter@parnters.org or call 781-860-1700
Asperger Syndrome & Adult Life - Navigating the Massachusetts Public, Private Supports, Service Systems: January 11, 2014, Lasell College, Newton, MA. For adults with AS/related conditions and parents of adults and older teens with AS/related conditions. Experts will explain the many public and private supports that may be appropriate for adults with Asperger Syndrome and related conditions living in Massachusetts. Topics include:
• Federal Income Subsidy Programs
• Public Housing Options, Healthcare
• Public Vocational Supports
• Legal and Financial Planning
• Private Housing Options
• Private Vocational Supports
Fees apply to attend. For more information visit www.aane.org or call 617-393-3824
Interventions For School Children That May Have Learning Or Social Differences: November 20th, 2013, Wellesley. The Advice For Parents Panel will feature an expert panel answering questions regarding interventions and therapies that work for children with Attention and Sensory Integration Difficulties, Social Interaction Vulnerabilities, and Executive Functioning Difficulties. Co-Hosted by: Dr. Silvana Spinelli, Neuropsychological Evaluation specialist from The New England Center for Mental Health. Reservations required to 305-781-7160 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Wellesley Public Library
The Independent Woman’s Handbook to Super Safe Living on the Autistic Spectrum: Robyn Steward, author of The Independent Woman’s Handbook to Super Safe Living on the Autistic Spectrum was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome at age 11, and has nine other disabilities. Robyn is now 27 and provides training, consulting and mentoring to professionals, families, and people on the autistic spectrum.
Wednesday, November 6th, 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Boston Conservatory. Topic: What Teachers Should Know About Students on the Autism Spectrum. Held on the 2nd floor of 31 Hemenway Street. No RSVPS needed.
Thursday, November 7th, Higashi School, Boston/Randolph. Ms. Steward will discuss her book and life experience.s RSVP required to this event, 781-961-0800 x117, or email@example.com
"It Takes A Village” - Including & Supporting Children with Autism - Free: October 30th, 2013, 7 - 9 pm, Quincy, MA. First Presbyterian Church's presentation is for those who work, volunteer with or encounter children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (A.S.D.) in their community to learn strategies to better include them and provide them with a more accepting environment. Speaker is Kelly Kelm, a Behavior Specialist who worked at the Perkins School for the Blind, Braintree Public Schools and the South Shore Educational Collaborative. RSVP to 781.848.8963 or firstname.lastname@example.org by October 27.
2013 Autism Consortium Research Symposium & Resource Fair: November 5th, 2013, Martin Conference Center, Harvard Medical School: For families, scientists, clinicians, and advocates to hear about new innovations and collaborations in autism research and clinical care, and discover local autism support organizations, resources on the transition to adulthood, and information on enrolling in the latest research studies. Speakers & Workshops:
• Deirdre Phillips - Executive Director, Autism Consortium
• "Connectivity and the Rise of Autism Research", Dennis Wall, Harvard Medical School
• "Difficult-to-treat autism: from genes to population studies in Rhode Island", Eric Morrow, Molecular Biology and Psychiatry Institute for Brain and Science, Brown University
• "In Their Own Words", Meet Teens Navigating the Transition to Adulthood
• "Psychiatric Genetics: Thinking Outside the Box", Jordan Smoller, MGH Department of Psychiatry and Director of Psychiatric Genetics
• "Medical and Behavioral Conditions seen in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder", Jean A. Frazier, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, UMass Medical School.
For more information visit the website the Consortium's Event Page or contact email@example.com 617-432-6961
Temple Grandin - Asperger Syndrome Connections Conference: October 4 & 5, 2013, Boston University.
Keynote Speakers - October 4th: Helping People with Asperger's and High Functioning Autism to Succeed, with Dr. Temple Grandin.
Keynote Speakers – October 5th: Thinking Smarter About People Who Think Differently, Steve Silberman, author of NeuroTribes: Thinking Smarter About People Who Think Differently.
• What Two Presidents Taught Me About Love, Guilt and Fatherhood, with Ron Furnier, Editorial Director of National Journal
• Opening Doors to Employment Success for Teens and Adults with Asperger’s. With Dr. Stephen M. Shore.
• Smart but Scattered: Helping Children with Executive Dysfunction at Home and at School. With Peg Dawson, Psychologist.
Fees apply to attend the conference. For more information visit the AANE's Conference Event Page.
Boston Children’s Hospital study on ASD Children: Looking for 12-year-old children who have been diagnosed with high functioning autism spectrum disorder or Asperger’s disorder. For more information, please contact Rhiannon Luyster, PhD at 857-218-5209 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Massachusetts General Hospital Autism Study: If you think your child ages 6 - 17 may have an Autism Spectrum Disorder, Struggles to Communicate, or Acts Out and Seems Moody, they can take part in an Autism Study on Fish Oil Supplements: For more information contact Ashley at 617.503.1008
Other MGH Studies include:
- For in children between the ages of 6 and 17 with Autism Spectrum Disorder to see if a medication has any effect on anxiety symptoms. For more information call Rachel at 617.503.1061
- A medication study for Autism Spectrum adults ages 18 - 50 to address communication, making decisions and remembering things. For more information call Rachel at 617.503.1061
Autism Events Massachusetts
Thinking Outside The Box - Helping Kids with Autism Add to our Community: October 29th, 2014, First Presbyterian Church, Quincy. Free presentation from Kelly Kelm. Please RSVP to Michele Owens, 781-848-8963 or email@example.com by October 19, 2014 or visit the First Presbyterian Church website.
Autism Insurance Questions & Information Sessions: October & November 2014, Autism Insurance Resource Center, 1000 Washington Street, Boston. Open to the public. The Division of Insurance is holding these sessions to get feedback about the issues listed below and learn about whether future guidance may be helpful about how to address them. You can remotely access any session by calling in to 424- 203-8075 and use access code 116040#
All are held in Room 1-E, 10 a.m. - 12 Noon:
• Oct. 8, Neuropsychological Testing
• Oct. 20, Behavioral Health Utilizations
• Oct. 22, Neuropsychological Testing
• Oct. 31, Behavioral Health Utilizations
• Nov. 12, Access to Autism Treatment
• Nov. 17, Access to Children’s Behavioral Health Services
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-521-7323 or email@example.com or 617-521-7323.
GAPS Healing Protocol to Improve Health: September 18, 2014, Westborough. Free presentation with Dr. Judy Tsafrir, a Harvard affiliated adult and child psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, and a Certified GAPS Practitioner.
The GAPS protocol is from the book The Gut and Psychology Syndrome, which focuses on the idea that health and degenerative diseases are based upon digestive disorders due to an imbalance of intestinal flora. RSVPS are required to Mary.Romaniec@tacanow.org or visit the Talk About Curing Autism Massachusetts page.
Sensory Friendly Day at the Connecticut Science Center: September 21, 2014, Hartford, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. The Science Center will create a sensory-friendly atmosphere designed specifically for families with children on the autism spectrum or with other developmental disabilities. Come and enjoy an environment that is comfortable and judgment-free that includes lowering the volume/turning off loud exhibits, dimming of harsh lights, fun hands-on activities, and an understanding staff. A special discounted rate of $10 will be available for tickets purchased online in advance. Tickets are also available on the day of the event for $14 each. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-520-2112 or visit the Connecticut Science Center.
Autism-Friendly Performance of Disney's The Lion King: October 11, 2014, Boston Opera House. Autism Speaks has partnered with Broadway In Boston and Disney Theatrical Productions to provide an autism-friendly performance of Disney’s The Lion King. This supportive, judgment-free environment will theater adjustments including:
• Reduction of any jarring sounds or strobe lights focused on the audience
• Accommodations such as a quiet area if individuals and families need a break
• Trained staff and volunteers to assist with patrons’ needs.
Fees apply for all tickets. For more information visit the Autism Speaks Lion King Page.
Helping Your Child Build & Sustain Friendships: July 30, 2014, Attleboro. This workshop will provide information on how to support children with ASD in developing and strengthening meaningful peer relationships. Parents and caregivers will focus on identifying sources of personal and community social support for their child, basic techniques for preparing children for play dates and group activities, plus methods of intervening to support children’s success in social situations. To register contact 844-TALK-ABA or email email@example.com
The Jody Acford Spirit Aspergers & Autism Conference: July 12th, 2014, Lasell College, Newton. Asperger Association of New England’s Creativity - Great Minds Don't Think Alike conference welcomes those post-high school and older with Asperger Syndrome and related challenges, plus their family and friends. Keynote speaker is Steve Silberman presenting The History of Autistic Creativity, plus there will be workshops, networking, and social connection. Sample workshops include:
• Zentangles® Meditative Doodling
• Unlocking Creativity Through Making
• Asperger's at the Movies
• A Poetry Workshop
• and more.
For more information visit the AANE's event page, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-393-3824 x10
Cultivating Social Emotional Intelligence to Support Resiliency: June 10th, 2014, Concord. Topic relates to those with autism and related disabilities. Workshop covers:
• The social and emotional learning processes through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions
• Setting and achieving positive goals
• Feelings and showing empathy for others
• Establishing and maintaining positive relationships
• Making responsible decisions.
Speaker is Gail Okerman, co-author of "Developing Minds: Essential Brain Based Strategies to Support Success"
R.S.V.P. by Friday, June 6th to MKlein@minutemanarc.org or 978-287-7910
International Autism Forum & Primary Care Conference: May 25th, 2014, Boston. This American Chinese Medical Exchange Society Conference will feature American and Chinese physicians and experts discussing:
• Medical Advances/Common Issues in Primary care
• Invokana: Changes in type 2 diabetes
• Autism: Child & Adolescent psychiatric disorder intervention in China
• Irritable bowel syndrome
• Whole body approach for autism and their families
• Hepatitis C: the hope of cure
• Arrhythmia, COPD
• International Autism Forum
• Clinical Treatment & Alternative Pathways panel discussions
Fees apply. Please RSVP to email@example.com or visit the American Chinese Medical Exchange Society.
An Autism Conference: Awareness, Education and Action: May 16, 2014, Franklin. Presented by the Kennedy-Donovan Family Support Center In Collaboration with HMEA’s Autism Resource Center.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Martha Herbert, author of The Autism Revolution. Dr. Hebert is Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, Pediatric Neurologist at Mass General, and is director of TRANSCEND (Treatment Research and Neuroscience Evaluation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders)
Workshop Topics include:
• Accessing Public Supports
• Transition Planning
• Augmentative Communication APPs
• Dietary Interventions
• Housing, Friendship
• Stress, Creating a Vision
For questions, please call Marty Schneier 508-473-5700, Ext. 204or via email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Kennedy Donovan Center
Autism Speaks Day at Fenway Park: May 3rd, Fenway Park, Boston, 1:30 p.m. Fenway Park , the Red Sox and Major League Baseball show their support for Autism Speaks. Watch the Red Sox and Oakland A’s go to bat while raising autism awareness. A portion of the cost of each ticket will be donated to Autism Speaks. All tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. For more information visit www.redsox.com/autismspeaks. For Groups of 20 or more contact Matt Labossiere at 617-226-6834 or email@example.com
The Autism Puzzle - Putting the Pieces Together Parent Conference: April 26th, 2014, Institute for Behavioral Studies Endicott College, Beverly. Keynote Speaker: Howard Shane, PhD., Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, Institute Health Professionals Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Parent Workshops to Include:
• Teaching Self Help Skills
• Identifying elements of an effective classroom
• Managing Challenging Behavior
• Increasing Communication Skills
Conference Co-Sponsors • Autism Speaks, • Amego Inc, • The Flutie Foundation, • Melmark New England, • Crossroads School for Children
• Futures Behavior Therapy, • Road to Responsibility, • Integrated Center for Child Development
For more information visit the Autism Conference Page, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 978.998-7714
“Fathers and Autism”: April 9th, 2014, Higashi School, Boston. Author Dr. Robert Naseef, author of Autism in the Family: Caring and Coping Together covers how families are resilient, and with support and effective intervention, some sense of order can be restored to their lives, and the overpowering sense of helplessness alleviated. His “Autism in the Family” presentation is especially for fathers of autistic children. RSVP by April 2nd to email@example.com, or 781-961-0800 x109 or visit www.higashi.org
John Elder Robison - Growing Up with Aspegers: April 14, 2014, Easthampton, at the Northeast Center for Youth and Families and Tri-County Schools. John built sound equipment and guitars for rock bands such as Pink Floyd and KISS, runs a luxury car restoration companie, is the Neurodiversity Scholar in Residence at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, and serves in the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee for the US Dept. of Health and Human Services. John speaks about his experience as a person on the autism spectrum; and is the author of Look Me in the Eye, My Life with Asperger's, Be Different, Adventures of a Free-Range Aspergian, and Raising Cubby. For more information call 413-529-7700 or visit www.ncyf.org
Temple Grandin - All Kinds of Minds Help the World: March 26th, 2014, Free and open to the public, 5:30 – 7 p.m., Longfellow Hall, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge. With renowned autistic adult, Professor of Animal Science, Colorado State University, author and speaker Temple Grandin. Grandin believes that the world needs all kinds of thinkers – visual thinkers, mathematical thinkers, and language-based thinkers –to solve problems and complete projects successfully. She will discuss how autism and visual thinking has revolutionized farm-animal welfare, as well as countless other areas. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-384-9968. Sponsoring Organization or Department is the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Athletes-4-Autism: 2014 Registration Now Open, at Boston University. Open to kids with any disability, Athletes-4-Autism offers individualized attention and expert sport instruction from young athletes, facilities, non-personal equipment, fundamental skills and the rules of the game. Kids are matched with trained athlete mentors based on their sport interest and ability, and can choose if they want to work with one or more athlete individually, or learn in a group. Fees apply and scholarships are available. For more information visit the Athletes-4-Autism
Dr. Barry Prizant at Autism Spectrum Disorder ASD Symposium: March 13 & 14th, 2014, Cranston, RI. Speakers and topics include:
• Dr Barry Prizant, Amy Laurent - Preventing Problem Behaviors In Children with Autism and Related Developmental Challenges
• Dr Karen Levine - Individualizing Treatment Planning for Children with ASD; What’s Really Involved.
For more information visit Community Autism Resrouces Event Page
A Conversation about Asperger Syndrome & Depression: March 14, 2014, 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Chestnut Hill, MA. The Aspergers Association of New England, MGH Aspire and Families for Depression Awareness present a conference featuring Dr. Jean Frazier, Dr. Mitch Abblett & Jessica Minahan, M.Ed., BCBA, all with expertise in AS and depression. Topics include:
• How to recognize signs of depression in those with AS
• How AS and depression interact and influence one another
• Approaches to intervention and treatment.
• Individuals will be sharing their personal experiences.
For more information visit the AANE's Conference Page or call 617-393-3824
Sensory-Friendly performance of A Christmas Carol: November 9th, 2013, Providence, RI. Trinity Rep theatre's Sensory-Friendly Performance is welcoming to children and adults with sensory input disorders, autism, or other developmental, cognitive and physical disabilities and their families and caretakers. Accommodations include:
• Patrons are free to talk and leave their seats during the performance
• Lights will be up for the entire show
• Theatrical haze and strobe light effects will be removed
• Volume, abrupt and loud sounds will be lowered
• Designated quiet areas in the lobby
• Trained Trinity Rep staff members who are accommodating of families’ needs
• Trinity Rep will provide a plot synopsis and social story to help prepare for their visit
• “Meet Your Seat” session at 1 p.m.
To find out how to buy tickets contact 401- 351-4242 or visit www.trinityrep.com. Be sure to designate that you would like to attend the sensory-friendly performance or use promo code SF if purchasing online. For additional information, contact the Education Programs Manager at 401-521-1100 ext. 114 or email@example.com
Wings for Autism: November 2, 2013, 9 a.m., Logan Airport, Boston. REGISTRATION is required. Wings for Autism events are designed for families who have children with an autism spectrum disorder to practice a trip to the airport. Every member of the family is issued a boarding pass. They practice going through a fully staffed security checkpoint and then wait at the terminal before boarding their plane. Families can talk with flight attendants and pilots and provide their children with a real-life, air-travel experience. For more information contact Director of Autism Support 508.651.5914 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit The Charles River Center
Boston Community Days for Autism Spectrum Disorder: November 2nd, 2013. Open Houses for individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders, other related developmental disabilities and their families and caregivers. First Responders will be on hand to answer questions on how to best prepare for emergency situations involving your diagnosed loved one. Made possible by The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, Inc., the ALEC Program,of The Arc of South Norfolk, Boston City Council Boston Police Department, Boston Fire Department, Boston EMS Till, Inc.
• Oct. 19, Engine 5360, Saratoga St., 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
• Nov. 2, Engine 2700, East Fourth St., 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
For more information visit the Boston Community Days page
"Preventing Problem Behaviors In Children with Autism and Related Developmental Challenges: An Emotional Regulation Approach", March 13 & 14, 2014, Swansea. With Dr. Barry Prizant and Amy Laurent. Topics:
• An emotional regulatory perspective to understanding problem behaviors
• Assessment strategies, including a “Bio-Psycho-Social” Perspective.
• Preventing and responding to problem behavior.
• Individualizing Treatment Planning:
• Evidence Based Practices
• Comprehensive treatment models for ASD
• Treatments of co-occuring mental health issues
• Areas of expertise needed to treat children with ASD
• Individualized treatments based on Evidence Based Practice
For more information visit Community Autism Resources or call 508-379-0371
ARICA Autism Insurance Workshop: February 5, 2014, Chelmsford. Free. Do you have a child with autism? Are his/her necessary treatments and services being covered by your health insurance? Amy Weinstock, the Director of the Autism Insurance Reform Center, is going to talk about the health insurance reform and autism insurance legislation in Massachusetts,known as ARICA. This workshop is designed to help parents understand the law and how it can help them better access services for their children. For more information visit the LifeLinks Event Page or contact email@example.com
Essential Techniques for Building Independence in Your Teen: January 14th, 2014, 10 a.m. - 12 noon, Watertown. As teens move through middle and high school, they need to become more independent and responsible within the family, at school, and out in the broader community. This class will focus on specific strategies you can begin implementing immediately, to help your teen develop into a more independent, engaged, confident, and responsible adult. Presented by Lynne Mitchell, MSW, School Consultant. Fees apply. No walk-ins. Advance registration with payment is required. For more information visit www.aane.org or call 617-393-3824, ext. 10.
Autism Housing Pathways (AHP) Benefits & Housing Workshop: January 8th, 2014, Nashoba Learning Group, Bedford. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Autism Housing Pathways.
Parenting Girls on the Autism Spectrum: Overcoming the Challenges and Celebrating the Gifts: December 7, 2013, Watertown. Author Eileen Riley-Hall, mother of two girls with ASD diagnoses, will be the speaker. This talk will address the special challenges faced by girls on the spectrum and their families, including finding friends, negotiating the social landscape, and dealing with the expectations our culture places on girls and women. Girls on the autism spectrum are greatly outnumbered by males within the autism world and face difficulties in "girl world," a place that demands a high level of social acumen Fees apply. For more information visit www.aane.org
DSM-5 Changes & Their Impact on Special Needs Advocacy: October 29, 2013, Waltham, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Neuropsychologist Rafael Castro, former supervising psychologist for Autism and Related Disorders and the Boston Children's Hospital Preschool Clinic, specializes in the assessment of preschoolers, children with developmental disabilities and Spanish speaking children. For more information visit The Special Needs Advocacy Network Website or email email@example.com or call 508.655.7999
Shonda Shilling: The Best Kind of Different: October 27, 2013, Temple Israel of Natick. Shonda Schilling, is mother of a child with Asperger's Syndrome, wife of retired Boston Red Sox All-Star Curt Schilling and author of The Best Kind of Different, which describes her son Grant’s struggles and the journey she and Curt took to understanding this often misunderstood syndrome. Ms. Shilling also works closely with the Asperger’s Association of New England and ASPIRE, and supports families with children on the autism spectrum. Reservation required, fees apply. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-561-9852.
Autism Housing Pathways Meetings: At Nashoba Learning Group, 10 Oak Park Drive, Bedford, MA. Autism Housing Pathways (AHP) is an organization of Massachusetts families who share an interest in creating self-directed housing to meet the needs of individuals with autism. AHP is engaged in assembling information on housing options for a variety of needs and incomes. Their goal is to provide members with a road map to achieve their vision. For more information visit www.autismhousingpathways.net/
The DSM-5 Changes & Implications for Autism Spectrum Disorders: June 19th, 2013, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Danvers. With Boston Children's Hospital specialists Dr. Sara Spence, Department of Neurology and Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, and member of the DSM-5 work group on Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, and Dr. Nancy Sullivan, Staff Psychologist in Developmental Medicine. DSM-5 is the fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. This discussion will cover the upcoming DSM-5 changes, facts, information , misinformation, the new diagnostic criteria and the implications of many of the changes. Free but registration is required to email@example.com or 978-624-2302.
Medical Issues in Autism Spectrum Disorders: June 12, 2013, Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Northampton. Dr. Ann Neumeyer, a Neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Medical Director at the Lurie Center for Autism, will discuss what autism is and the medical conditions that can affect children with autism — such as sleep disorders, seizures, and gastrointestinal disease, along with methods for detecting and understanding these conditions. Free and open to the public but registration is required to www.cooley-dickinson.org/classes or 888.554.4234. This event is part of the The Cooley Dickinson/Massachusetts General Hospital Lecture Series
Learn How To Create Visual Supports & Social Stories: May 22, 2013, 6:30-8:00 pm, Spaulding Outpatient Center for Children, Lexington. Kristina Duggan, the AAC Program Coordinator at Spaulding Lexington, will give an introductory session for parents, caregivers, and teachers of children and adults with autism spectrum disorders. Focus will be on how to create and use visuals for schedules, social stories, and positive behavior supports. Examples will be provided, and the benefits of visual supports will be discussed. Online resources and iPad applications will also be presented. To RSVP contact 781.860.1742 firstname.lastname@example.org
May Institute Workshop - How to Effectively Access Insurance Coverage in Massachusetts: May 15th, 2013, Leominster, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Learn about insurance options for children and adults with ASD across the lifespan, updates on ARICA (the Massachusetts Autism Law), etc. Moderator will be Hanna C. Rue, Exe. Director of the National Autism Center and Vice President of Autism Services at the May Institute. Panelists will be from the Mass. Department of Developmental Services, Health Care for All, Health Law Advocates, and the Autism Insurance Resource Center. Free and open to the public. Register at www.leominsterlibrary.org or call 978-534-7522 x 114.
Museum of Fine Arts Program for Children on the Autism Spectrum: October 4th, 2014, (not October 7th as listed in the newsletter) Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. For children ages 8 - 12, includes Asperger’s. October Theme - The Spooky Side of Art.
Tickets MUST be booked online before 3 days in advance to the Beyond the Spectrum Page . Fee of $9.50 per child includes materials, museum admission, one chaperone or adult and a parking discount. For more information visit the MFA's Beyond the Spectrum page, or contact 617-369-4027 or Bostonemunson@mfa.org
MGH Yoga Program for Children with High Cognitive Autism Spectrum Disorders: Starting September 29, 2014, Lexington or Newton. Many elementary school-aged students need to decompress after school after trying hard to “keep it together” all day. This program is designed to help children with high cognitive autism spectrum disorder or related profiles do that, and provides a calm and soothing environment where children can take time to relax and gain self-awareness. For more information visit the MGH Aspire Yoga Page or call 781.860.1900
ACEing Autism Tennis Program: September – November 2014, Shrewsbury, Wayland, Weymouth. For ages 5 – 18. Participants will increase their social skills through taking turns, working in teams, and following instructions. Program provides racquets and all equipment. Caregivers must be responsible for assisting with any toileting or self-care if necessary. For more information contact visit the Aceing Autism page.
2014 Allison Keller iPad Program grant. The Flutie Foundation has announced that the Allison Keller iPad Grant is now available to schools and organizations assisting people with autism in New England, New York and New Jersey. The deadline to submit your application is October 24, 2014, and must be completed entirely online. For more information contact email@example.com or visit the Flutie Foundation’s Allison Keller iPad Grant Page. with any questions regarding the 2014 Allison Keller iPad Program.
Social Skills Programs - Danvers, Fall 2014:
Take One Social Pragmatics Groups. Music, movement, drama, and play, for ages 3 - 5.
On Cue Social Skills Groups Children ages 6-9 learn and practice social skills in an activities-based setting.
Social Scenes Social Pragmatics Groups Drama-based social pragmatics groups for youth ages 9-22 with social-emotional challenges such as Asperger's Syndrome, High Functioning Autism, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression and related diagnoses.
Next Stage Transition Group For ages 14-22, address skills such as independence, self-awareness and identity, community living, dating and relationships, education, employment and more.
Next Stage Emerson Self-Advocacy Documentary Project: Create a series of videos containing first-person accounts of how they experience the world around them, what they want their peers to know about them, and how they would like to be treated by others.
Fees apply for all programs. To register contact 978-624-2335 or visit the Spotlight Program
Autism Speaks Swimming & Water Safety Scholarship Fund program. Recipients of these scholarships provide swimming and water safety lessons to financially disadvantaged individuals with autism. Massachusetts recipients include:
· Kennedy-Donovan Center/Pleasant Street YMCA Foxboro, MA www.kdc.org
· Springfield JCC Adaptive Aquatics Springfield, MA www.springfieldjcc.org
This fund awards up to $2,000 to distribute scholarships for organizations that serve financially disadvantaged individuals with autism. The application for this scholarship fund is open year-round and funding is awarded on a quarterly basis. For more information visit the Autism Speaks Grants Swimming page.
“Autism-Friendly” Thomas the Tank Engine Train Trip: July 20, 2014 North Conway, NH. A train car will be reserved for families who have a child on the autism spectrum. Volunteers from the Mt. Washington Valley Children’s Museum will be on board with quiet activities. This will be the last train of the day, you will not be rushed to get off the train once it returns to the station, allowing your child to spend more time enjoying the activities. For ticket fees and reservations contact 800-232-5251 or 603-356-5251, ext. 21, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit The Conway Autism Friendly Day Out page.
My House is Killing Me! June 12th,2014, Cotting School, Lexington. Jeff May, author of "My House is Killing Me! The Home Guide for Families with Allergies and Asthma" will discuss the impact of our indoor environmental toxins on our health.
Jeffrey is also a Certified Indoor Air Quality Professional, a building consultant, indoor air quality expert, the principal scientist of May Indoor Air Investigations of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and lectures nationally about indoor air quality. RSVPs required to Mary.Romaniec@tacanow.org or visit TACA Massachusetts
Massachusetts’ Autism Speaks Resource Fair & Family Day: May 17th, 2014, Westford. The Massachusetts Autism Speaks Resource Fair & Family Day at Kimball Farm in Westford will have a Kids’ Korner, Resource Fair, and Autism Speaks resources with activities, food and ice cream of Kimball Farm:.
* Kimball Farm will be offering a discount to all of the Autism Speaks participants on mini-golf, bumper boats, driving range, and the batting cages.
* Organizations have exhibitor tables include
· Autism Speaks Massachusetts
· Bierman ABA Autism Center
· Brain Balance Achievement Center
· Discovery Museums, Windrush Farm
· Harvard Lab for Developmental Studies
· LABBB Collaborative, The Futures Clinic, Inc.
For more information visit bout Autism Speaks in Massachusetts contact 617-726-1515 or Kelley.Borer-Miller@AutismSpeaks.org
Autism-Friendly Dance Performance: April 18th, 2014, Boston Conservatory of Music presents a Dance Performance called "Limitless"on ** Event is Free and only open to individuals with special needs, and is not open to the general public. Reservations are required by calling 617-912-9142 or visit the Boston Conservatory Event Page.
New England Revolution Autism Awareness Game: April 26, 2013, Gillette Stadium, Foxboro. Join Autism Speaks to cheer on the New England Revolution while they play against the Sporting KC at Gillette Stadium. The night will include a representative of Autism Speaks serving as honorary captain during the pregame coin toss and Autism Speaks tables set up at the stadium with information about their awareness, fundraising, science and advocacy efforts. For more information visit the Revolution's Autism Awareness Night Page and use the password “GOREVS”.
Autism Awareness Month “Light It Up Blue”: April 2nd, 2014, 4:30 – 7:30 pm at UMass University Campus, Sherman Center Multipurpose room, first floor, 55 Lake Avenue North, Worcester. There will also be a special-needs vendor fair with local resources, support programs and more. For more information contact the UMass Department of Psychiatric at Celia.Brown@umassmed.edu
Wings for Autism: April 5th, 2014, Logan Airport, Boston. For families who have children with an autism spectrum disorder to practice a trip to the airport. Families are issued a boarding passes, practice going through a fully staffed security checkpoint, waiting in the terminal, boarding a plane and sit down for a snack. To register contact 508-651-5914 or email@example.com or visit the Charles River Center.
Autism Eats: April 10th, 2014, Peabody. Kids eat and play for free at the 2nd Autism Eats' dinner event in honor of Autism Awareness Month. Families can enjoy a relaxed and fun space where Recreational Education Center support staff will be available to assist children and young adults as they explore, play and eat. Adults will be able to mingle with other parents and enjoy a dinnertime buffet with the whole family. For more information visit the Recreational Education Center's Calendar page, or or contact Paula Antista at 978-717-5062 or visit www.autismeats.org
The Power of Music with Autistic Jazz Musician Matt Savage: March 19, 2014, Medfield High School. Free but reservations required. Award-winning autistic jazz musician Matt Savage has traveled the world and created relationships with jazz greats. The evening features:
* Matt Savage accompanied by the MHS Jazz Band
* A Redfield Marimba performance
* The Boston Conservatory's autism program performers
A suggested $5 donation is requested at the door. Hosted by the Medfield Music Association, the Medfield SEPAC, Medfield Coalition for Public Education, Medfield HS PTO, Medfield CSA. For more information visit the Event Registration Page or contact 508-359-8748 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Danny Foundation for Autism Family Grants: Until October 15th, 2013. For individuals with autism and their families. Preference will be given to Massachusetts residents and organizations. Please do not request a grant in excess of $500.
• Proposal postmarked by: October 15, 2013
• Committee Evaluation: November 30, 2013
• Notification: December 23, 2013
To request an application form, mail a note with either your e-mail address (for an electronic copy) or a stamped self addressed envelope (for a hard copy to Jsnet Abrahamson, Chairperson, 166 Mill Street Stoughton, MA 02072.
ACT Today! SOS Autism Grant Program: ACT Today! SOS Grant Program is for individuals and families diagnosed with autism who may be in immediate personal danger or harm, and is designed to provide immediate support based upon need and the program funds available. ACT Today! SOS Program Application Process
• Email SOSProgram@act-today.org with Name, address & age of applicant (or call 1-877-922-8863)
• Family Income from most recent tax forms
• List the support requested, provider & cost of the support (maximum $5,000)
• Up to a 200 word description of why your request requires immediate assistance and cannot wait for the next quarterly grant cycle.
• ACT Today! SOS Program cannot fund living expenses, travel, utilities or clothing
• Income level of the applicant’s family must be below $45,000/year
• Applicant may not have received support from ACT Today! within the past 12 months of applying
For more information on the request and grant approval process, please visit the ACT Today! SOS Program
ACT Today! Quarterly Grants & ACT Today! Grants for Military Families: ACT Today! is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) that provides autism grants for assessments, treatments, and life supports that may not otherwise be covered privately by school districts, county programs, insurance, and/or other grant making entities.
• The application must be completed in its entirety to be reviewed.
• Amount of grant request – Typical grants awarded range between $100 - $5,000
• Household income – Incomes below $100,000 per year are reviewed first.
• Type of treatment requested
• Numbers of family members with ASD diagnosis
Grant application deadlines:
October 1st – 31st, 2013. For more information visit
Act Today Grants