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 i-Pads - Organization & Communication: February 24th, 2015, New England Center for Children, Southboro. APPs provide leisure opportunities and independence for children with ASDs, however this talk will review "TouchChat" and a other APPs dedicated specifically to helping children with ASDs cope with their environment and schedule. Bring your own iPad or NECC will supply one. To register visit the New England Center for Children Parent Workshop Page or contact 508-481-1015

 Lowell Families of Autistic Children Autism Support Day: February 28, 2015, 2 - 4 p.m., Lowell Day Nursery. Find out what Autisum support services are in the Lowell area, chat with other Families, Make a picture schedule to take home with you. For more information contact   LowellASDFamilies@gmail.com

 Autism Housing Pathways Workshop: March 28, 2015, Advocates in Framingham. Hands on housing workshop that explores what benefits your family member may be eligible for, what you can afford, and what models might be applicable to your situation. Complete questionnaires, worksheets, and Section 8 applications. You will not need to share this information with anyone; it is for your own personal use. Attendance will be capped at 15 participants. Please RSVP to Cathy Boyle at ccampboyle@comcast.net or visit AUtism Housing Pathways.

Past Events

 Parenting Without Panic: February 5, 2015, Natick, with author Brenda Dater. Ms Dater, author of Parenting without Panic and Director of Child and Teen Services at AANE, addresses parents’ frequently asked questions with warmth and humor about talking with your child or other family members about a diagnosis, fostering resilience in your child, etc. RSVP to 781-895-3200 or http://tinyurl.com/ BrendaDaterRSVP

 Autism Insurance Information Session: December 3, 2014, Braintree. The Arc Of The South Shore & The Brockton Area Arc Host Amy Weinstock, Of The Autism Insurance Institute. If you have questions about accessing insurance coverage for treatments and therapies related to autism, then join The Autism Insurance Resource Center, a program of INDEX at the University of Massachusetts Medical School/Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center for this workshop. RSVP By Dec. 1 To Katie Hanley At Khanley@Arcsouthshore.Org or 781.335.3023 Ext.2227

 Keeping Children with Autism Safe: November 13th, 2014, Millbury. Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) Massachusetts chapter meeting will feature:
  LoJack GPS devices and how local law enforcement is deploying as first responders.
•  Canines for Kids - matching service animals to children with disabilities.
•  A nationwide iris-scanning program designed to alert first responders to the identification of children and those who wander.
For more information contact Mary.Romaniec@tacanow.org

 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"
egistration 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 jvoegelin@partners.org 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 theresa@nebehavioralservices.com

 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.
Past Events:
  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 AutismFebruary 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 consulting01852@necc.org

 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

 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 oliver@bostonhigashi.org

 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 rhiannon.luyster@childrens.harvard.edu .

Autism Events Massachusetts 

 Athletes-4-Autism: 2015 at Boston University is now on the Recreation page.

 20th Annual ASD Symposium: March 12 & 13, 2015, Cranston, Rhode Island. Hosted by: Barry Prizant, and Community Autism Resources. Topics for supporting persons with ASD and their families include:
Neuroscience & Autism
AAC & Autism
Spinning INTO Control: Understanding Dysregulation
• Author Ron Suskind discussing “Autism Affinities: Prison, or Pathway?”
For more information, visit The Community for Autism Resources Events page, or brookewalker@community-autism-resources.com 774-955-8637

 Asperger/Autism & Disclosure Conference: March 14, 2015, Waltham. AANE, MGH/Aspire, and NESCA host this conference which covers diagnosis disclosure, from parents disclosing to their child, their family, and their community,  to adults disclosing to colleges, potential partners, or employers. Keynote Speakers are Daniel W. Rosenn, MD, and Gina and Katie Gallagher of Shut up About your Perfect Kid. Conference participants will receive a book of the day's 1st-person stories and experiences around disclosure. For more information visit the AANE's events page or contact carol.whitney@aane.org 617-393-3824 x30. Fees apply.

 DDS (Department of Developmental Services) Eligibility Hearings: February 4 & 5, 2015. If you had applied for services for your child in the past, but were denied, they may now qualify with these broader eligibility rules changes (see the DDS website.)
• February 4, 2015, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., John W. McCormack Bldg, Boston
• February 5, 2015, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Northborough Free Library, Northborough
• Submit w
ritten comments until March 5, 2015, to the Office of the General Counsel, Department of Developmental Services, 500 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118, or by fax to 617-624-7573, or email to DDS.Regs.comments@state.ma.us..

 Autism Housing Pathways “Thinking About Housing”:  Dorchester - January 15th, 2015. Free. “Thinking about housing” introduces families to the range of public funds available to pay for housing and supportive services (including for those without DDS supports). Some examples are given of how these can be combined with private funds to create housing. For more information contact 617-893-8217 or visit Autism Housing Pathways

 Odd Girl Out: Coping with Best Friends, Worst Enemies & Everything in Between: December 4, 2014, Needham. Author Rachel Simmons, author of "Odd Girl Out: Coping with Best Friends, Worst Enemies, and Everything in Between" and "The Curse of the Good Girl,", will discuss the hidden culture of female bullying that often plagues girls' social relationships. Proven and innovative strategies for helping girls navigate these challenging social dynamics will be discussed. For more information vis the Needham Parent Lecture Series Web 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 bmontmeat@ctsciencecenter.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. 

 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
karen.doran@aane.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 info@acmes.net 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 mschneier@kdc.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 mlabossiere@redsox.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
mweiss@endicott.edu 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 mparadise@bostonhigashi.org, 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 askwith_forums@gse.harvard.edu or 617-384-9968. Sponsoring Organization or Department is the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

 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 jbutterfield@trinityrep.com

Autism-Friendly Events 

 “The Pajama Game" Autism-Friendly Performance: March 7, 2015, The Boston Conservatory Theater. Special performance for families and friends of those who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or other sensitivity issues. Theater environment and production will be altered to provide a sensory-friendly, comfortable and judgement-free space. To purchase tickets, use code PJAFP14 or contact the Audience Services Manager at 617)912-9142. For more information visit www.bostonconservatory.edu/autism   
  Free "Adventure Day "Hands-On Sensory Fair: March 14th, 2015, Watertown, 10 a.m. – 12 noon. Perkins School for the Blind and the MAPVI invite families with any disability.,More info on the Asssitive Technology Page.

 Museum of Fine Arts Program for Children on the Autism Spectrum: February 14th, 2015, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. For children ages 8 - 12, includes Asperger’s. Feburary is a weather theme.   
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  

Previous Events

 Autism Eats: February 10, 2015. Friendly, non-judgmental family dinners at restaurants with others that get Autism, and there is no need to be nervous or explain any behaviors. Reservations are required. Autism Eats will take place at Cucina D Ristorante, 54 Middlesex Turnpike, Bedford MA. RSVP  to www.autismeats.org or Lzohn90@comcast.net

 Wings For Autism: November 1st, 2014, Logan Airport, Boston. The Charles River Center, in collaboration with Massachusetts Port Authority, JetBlue and Transportation Security Administration (TSA), created a program called Wings for Autism. This is an airport rehearsal for children with autism spectrum disorders and their families. Families can practice entering the airport, getting boarding passes, going through security and boarding a plane. For more information contact Jennifer Ryan, Director of Autism Support at 508-651-5914 or jryan@charlesrivercenter.org or visit The Charles River Center

 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 chris@flutiefoundation.org 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, susan@conwayscenic.com or visit The Conway Autism Friendly Day Out page.

 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 
 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 mail@medfieldmusicassociation.com

 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.
Application Criteria:

• 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

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