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07/09/2016, Saturday
Sensory Friendly Film Saturday, 7/9 @ 10 a.m.
THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS
Time: 10 a.m.
 
Location: AMC Maple Ridge 8
Address:4276 Maple Rd, Ste C
 Amherst, NY 14226
 
Cost: $5.50
 
Sensory Friendly Films are now showing four times per month. Showings are the second and fourth Tuesday and Saturday of each month, Saturday's at 10 a.m. & Tuesday's showings at 7pm. Click on link below to view full listing of upcoming shows on Saturday's and Tuesday's.

Entertainment and the Autism Society of America have teamed up to bring families affected by autism a special opportunity to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment on a monthly basis. With Sensory Friendly Films, the movie auditoriums will have their lights brought up and the sound turned down. You are able to bring your own snacks for special diets. The "Silence is Golden" policy is not enforces. The kids are free to move around and make noise as long as it is safe for everyone. It is a great way to enjoy a movie for anyone, not just people with ASD.
 
Click on link below to view full listing of upcoming shows on Saturday's and Tuesday's.
  
Links :Sensory Friendly Films AMC link



07/12/2016, Tuesday
SENSORY FRIENDLY FILM Tuesday, 7/12 @ 7 p.m.
THE BFG
Time: 7 p.m.
 
Location: AMC Maple Ridge 8
Address:4276 Maple Rd, Ste C
 Amherst, NY 14226
 
Cost: $8.49/child & $11.49/adult
 
Sensory Friendly Films are now showing four times per month. Showings are the second and fourth Tuesday and Saturday of each month, Saturday's at 10 a.m. & Tuesday's showings at 7pm. Click on link below to view full listing of upcoming shows on Saturday's and Tuesday's.

Entertainment and the Autism Society of America have teamed up to bring families affected by autism a special opportunity to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment on a monthly basis. With Sensory Friendly Films, the movie auditoriums will have their lights brought up and the sound turned down. You are able to bring your own snacks for special diets. The "Silence is Golden" policy is not enforces. The kids are free to move around and make noise as long as it is safe for everyone. It is a great way to enjoy a movie for anyone, not just people with ASD.

For tickets to this unique experience, please visit the theater's box office the day of the event.
 
Click on link below to view full listing of upcoming shows on Saturday's and Tuesday's.

  
Links :Sensory Friendly Films AMC link



10/22/2016, Saturday
SAVE THE DATE
The Impact of Vision on Autism & ADHD:Patricia Lemer, M.Ed.
Time: 8:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
 
Location: Classics V Conference & Banquet Center
Address:2425 Niagara Falls Blvd.
 Amherst, NY 14228
 
Cost: $11 Parent/Individual with ASD
$25 Professional/Student
$35 SLP/Audioologist/OT/COTA/PT/PTA
 
Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADD/ADHD may suffer from neurological problems that prevent them from correctly perceiving what their eyes see. These perceptual deficits can translate into impaired social skills, poor language skills, motor problems, etc. even in children with 20/20 eyesight.

These vision dysfunctions can lead to behaviors leaving parents, teachers and peers to believe the person is lazy, unmotivated, and/or academically challenged. This persona leaves the individual to struggle with self image, creating a cycle of behaviors.

More information to follow as the event gets closer.
 
Registration details to come, check back. On-line registration will be available as the event gets closer.
  





Great Opportunitiesgoto top
10/21/2016, Friday
SAVE THE DATE
Reaching for the Future: A Transition Conference
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
 
Location: Acqua Restaurant
Address:2192 Niagara Street
 Buffalo, NY 14207
 
Cost: TBD
 
Presented by the DDAWNY Transition Committee. Join in for a day of learning opportunity for people involved with students and young adults with disabilities.
 
More info to follow; Tickets will be available to purchase online.
  





Buffalo NY Areagoto top
06/30/2016, Thursday
Strategies for Addressing Feeding Concerns in Children with ASD
Parent Network of WNY Workshop
Time: 6:00 p.m - 8:00 p.m.
 
Location: Parent Network of WNY
Address:1000 Main Street
 Buffalo, NY 14202
 
Cost: Free
 
This session is designed for caregivers with children who demonstrate feeding difficulties or challenging behaviors surrounding mealtimes. This presentation will provide an overview of pediatric feeding disorders and evidence based treatment strategies. Attendees will gain a better understanding of the importance of addressing feeding difficulties.

Learning Objectives: •To define a pediatric feeding disorder and identify the major underlying causes •To become familiar with the prevalence rates of feeding disorders among various populations and identify long term implications of untreated feeding difficulties •To become familiar with behaviorally-based strategies that have been empirically validated and to learn simple strategies to promote positive mealtime behaviors in home
 
Register online at www.parentnetworkwny.org or call 716-332-4170 or 1-866-277-4762.
  
Links :Parent Network Workshop Registration



06/30/2016, Thursday
Housing for People with ASD
Autism Services, Inc. Resource Center
Time: 6:00 p.m - 8:00 p.m.
 
Location: Autism Services, Inc. Rescource Center
Address:97 Main Street
  Hamburg, NY 14075
 
Cost: Free
 
Attendees of this workshop will leave with a general understanding of available housing options in New York State through the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and others. Tanja Peters, the Regional Coordinator and Housing Coordinator at Parent to Parent of NYS, will discuss Certified Options, Non-Certified Options, and renting and home buying. After the workshop, attendees will receive resources they can use to make contacts and start the process of transitioning their loved one into a housing option that suits them. Handouts will be provided.
 
Please RSVP with Sara Spaulding at sspaulding@autism-services-inc.org or 716-992-0131.
  



07/07/2016, Thursday
PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES
Parent Network of WNY Workshop
Time: 6:00 PM TO 8:00 PM
 
Location: Parent Network of WNY
Address:1000 Main Street
  Bu?alo, NY 14202
 
Cost: Free
 
The workshop will focus on the basics of psychological testing and how it impacts special education decision making. Participants will learn what is involved in testing and what the results mean for them and their child.
 
Call to reserve your spot today!! (716) 332-4170 phone; 1-866-277-4762 toll free www.parentnetworkwny.org
  
Links :Parent Network Workshop Registration



07/09/2016, Saturday
Regal Presents: My Way Matinee
Finding Dory
Time: 10:30 a.m.
 
Location: Regal Niagara Falls Stadium 12
Address:720 Builders Way
 Niagara Falls, NY 14304
 
Cost: $6.50
 
Sensory Friendly Film where the sound is turned down, lights are turned up and individuals are free to: cry, sing, shout and dance.
 
Phone: (844) 462-7342
  



07/13/2016, Wednesday
Understanding OPWDD
(Office for People with Developmental Disabilities)
Parent Network of WNY Workshop
Time: 6:00 p.m - 8:00 p.m.
 
Location: Parent Network of WNY
Address:1000 Main Street
 Buffalo, NY 14202
 
Cost: Free
 
What is a developmental disability? Participants will gain an understanding of eligibility and the admission process to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) system. Walk away with information about available supports and services, and updates about what's new in this dynamic system.
 
Call to reserve your spot today!
Parent Network: phone:(716) 332-4170, toll free: 1-866-277-4762, www.parentnetworkwny.org
  
Links :Parent Network Workshop Registration



07/20/2016, Wednesday
Guardians, Wills, and Trusts
Parent Network of WNY Workshop
Time: 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
 
Location: Parent Network of WNY
Address:260 North Union Street Depot Building
 Olean, NY 14760
 
Cost: Free
 
Does your child need a guardian? When do you begin the process? Why do you need a will? How do you protect your child's future services? An overview of who needs a guardian and the different types will be provided. Participants will learn about trusts for a child with special needs and have an understanding of the various processes.
 
To register phone 716-332-4170, 866-277-4762 toll free, or on-line www.parentnetworkwny.org.
  
Links :Parent Network Workshop Registration



07/26/2016, Tuesday
Sensory Processing Disorder
Presented by Parent Network of WNY and the Seneca Nation of Indians
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
 
Location: C. Dee Wright Community Center
Address:11 Church Street
 Akron, NY 14001
 
Cost: FREE
 
Does your child/student seem unsteady, uncoordinated and sensitive to sounds and touch? Is a challenging behavior a choice or a simple reaction to what is happening around him/her? Participants will gain an understanding of how the senses work and ways to improve their functions.
 
RSVP now! You can call (716)332-4170, toll free (866)277-4762 or email info@parentnetworkwny.org.
  
Links :Parent Network Workshop Registration



10/19/2016, Wednesday
31st Annual College Night for Students with Disabilities at Center for Tomorrow, University at Buffalo
WNY Collegiate Consortium and Disability Advocates
Time: 5:45 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
 
Location: Center for Tomorrow, University at Buffalo North Campus
Address:Flint Rd. & Service Center Rd.
 Amherst, NY 14226
 
Cost: Free. Registration required.
 
Come join us to learn all you need to know about the high school to college transition for students with disabilities!
• Meet with college disability service providers.
• Hear first-hand experience from current college students with disabilities.
• Find out how the disability laws change from high school to college.
 
Who should attend?
High school students with disabilities exploring college options.
Parents or guardians of high school students who may want to attend college.
Professionals who are working with students making the transition from high school to college.

Register:
• Email: WNYCCDA@gmail.com (Please include name, district, # attending)
• Call: (716) 878-4500
• Online: https://buffalostate.wufoo.com/forms/29th-annual-college-night-registration/
• Please specify any accommodations needed on the registration form
  





WNY Recreation/Therapy/Summer Optionsgoto top
06/27/2016, Monday
Summer MAX yc (young children) Program
Institute for Autism Research @ Canisius College
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
 
Location: Canisius College
Address:2001 Main Street
 Buffalo, NY 14208
 
Cost: $400 (Financial assistance is available.)
 
Comprehensive Summer Social Program
June 27th - July 29th; Monday - Friday's
- Ages 4 - 6 years old with high functioning ASD.
- Targets social Skills, face and emotion recognition, interpretation of non-literal language and interest expansion using fun activities in a camp format.
 
To apply, visit their website: www.canisius.edu/iar and click the tab, "Participate in Research". For further information contact iar@canisius.edu or call (716)888-2800
  
Downloads :Summer MAX yc Program Flyer
Links :Institute for Autism Research (IAR)



06/27/2016, Monday
I Can Bike (formerly Lose the training wheels)
Summer Camp: June 27th - July 1, 2016
Time: 5 Session Times Avaiable (Click Link Below)
 
Location: Buffalo Niagara Court Center (BNCC)
Address:425 Meyer Road
 West Seneca, NY
 
Cost: $175 ($150 before June 1, 2016)
 
This bike program is for people with disabilities who would like to learn to ride a two-wheel bicycle independently.

Requirements for Participation (Rider must meet all of below criteria):
Minimum of 8 years of age.
Able to sidestep to both sides. Have a disability.
Able to attend camp all 5 days.
Able to walk without assistive device.
Maximum weight 220 lbs.
Willing and able to wear a properly fitted bike helmet.
Minimum inseam of 20” (measure from floor while rider is wearing sneakers.

A mandatory meeting for parents/caregivers only will be held on Sunday, June 26th from 3 – 4PM at BNCC.
 
Question? Contact: e-mail wnylearntoride@yahoo.com or leave a message at (716) 817-7204. Someone will respond as soon as possible.
  
Downloads :I Can Bike Brochure 2016
Links :Rider Registration 2016



07/05/2016, Tuesday
Communicaton Cafe: Brewing your Potential
Teens Social Langauge Skills Group: Ages 15-19
Time: 10 am - 2 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays July 5th - July 28th
 
Location: UB Speech Language Hearing Clinic and
Address:Buffalo Hearing and Speech Center
 Call for details.
 
Cost: Call for details.
 
- Supportive and Dynamic Social Environment
- Encourages Appropriate and Mature Communication
- Individual and Group Instruction
- Creative Team-Building Activities
- Features of post-high school endeavors/transition planning are addressed
 
Contact: (716) 829-5575
  
Downloads :Communication Cafe UB & BHSC



07/05/2016, Tuesday
Social Communication Program
Buffalo Hearing and Speech Center
Time: 90 min. sessions, Times vary, (3) time slots available. Tues., Wed. and Thursdays
 
Location: Availalbe in Buffalo, Amherst and Wheatfield
Address:Call for more info.
 
Cost: Call for details.
 
July 5th - August 17th

Ages 5 - 18

Does your child have difficulty interacting with peers?

Research Based Program Focusing on:
Eye Contact
Listening Behaviors
Interpreting Facial Expressions, Body Language, Tone and Voice
Starting and maintaining conversations
Changes in routine
 
Who might be appropriate for this program? Students with:
PDD-NOS * High Functioning Autism * Asperger's Syndrome * ADHD * Nonverbal Learning Disorder * Difficulty with Social Communication

Contact: Steve Miller: 885-8318 Ext. 2289
  
Downloads :Social Communication BHSC



07/05/2016, Tuesday
Community Connections Summer Program
The Summit Center
Time: 8:30 - 4:30 p.m. (Monday's - Friday's)
 
Location: Erie Community College-North
Address:6205 Main Street
 Williamsville, NY 14221
 
Cost: Call for cost.
 
Five week program runs July 5th thru August 5th for children entering grade 1 thru the age 17 with social interaction difficulties related to high functioning autism spectrum disorders or other disabilities.

Community Connections provides children with high functioning autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with 200 hours of intensive training, experience and practice in social, emotional and behavioral skills, allowing them to make friends and learn to better connect with peers, siblings, teachers and parents/caregivers.

Weekly parent sessions provide caregivers with strategies to promote their child's social interactions and extend the gains of the program to other settings.
 
For more information contact:
Alana Eaton: 716-799-8160
  
Links :Community Connections





Webinarsgoto top
12/31/2016, Saturday
Nutritional and Dietary Interventions for ASD with
James Adams, PhD
Time: Prerecorded Webinar-Available anytime.
 
Location: N/A
Address:N/A
 N/A
 
Cost: Free
 
Nutritional and Dietary Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorder – A Randomized, Controlled 12-Month Trial of a Combination of Six Treatments
  
Downloads :James Adams: Nutritional and Dietary Treatment Study Slides
Links :James B. Adams, PhD





Dunkirk/Jamestown Areagoto top
09/24/2016, Saturday
Step Up for Autism
The Resource Center
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. ; followed by lunch, etc.
 
Location: The Resource Center Administrative Offices (walk begins here)
Address:200 Dunham Avenue
 Jamestown, NY 14701
 
Cost: $20 Registration Fee (includes a T-shirt)
 
Step Up for Autism is a 1.5 Mile Fun Walk in Celoron, NY. Proceeds from Step Up for Autism go to TRC Foundation, Inc. Most of the money raised is directed to the SUCCESS Program and other related programs, which provide social skills training to youths with Autism. The 2015 Step Up for Autism walk was extremely successful with many people from the community joining in to walk.
 
Schedule:
8:30-10 a.m. Registration
9:30-11:30 a.m. Loop the Lake Dice
Run
10:15 a.m. 1.5 Mile Walk
11:30 a.m. Lunch, followed by
games, chinese auction, face painting, etc.

Contact: Victoria Trass Bardo Phone: (716) 661-1477 or Email: info@stepupforautism.com Find us on Facebook
  
Links :Step Up For Autism