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05/28/2016, Saturday
Sensory Friendly Film Saturday, 5/28 @ 10 a.m.
Alice Through the Looking Glass
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

06/02/2016, Thursday
Northtown Parent Support Coffee
Autism Society of WNY
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Sweet Charlottes
Address:10255 Main Street, Suite 9, (Corner of Shisler and Main)
 Clarence, NY 14031
Cost: Free
Come and have some adult conversation with other parents of special needs children. Be able to sit and relax and have a cup of coffee and chat with other parents.

Sweet Charlotte's is a safe and fun place for kids to play. If you have little ones at home that can play independently while you chat in the same area you are welcome to bring them. Please be considerate and do not bring your child if they are sick.
We are asking if you could please RSVP and let us know if you are bringing children and their ages.

RSVP: (716) 633-2275 or info@autismwny.org. Day of event call (716) 352-1512 or 863-4542

Downloads :ASWNY Spring/Summer Resource Guide 2016
Links :Sweet Charlottes

Buffalo NY Areagoto top
06/07/2016, Tuesday
Transition to Adulthood
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 happens after high school for students with disabilities? What questions should you ask and whom do you ask? When should families start thinking about and planning for adult life? In this workshop participants will understand the special education system’s responsibilities regarding all areas of living...”Live, Learn, Work and Play.” An introduction to community based services will be provided.
Register by phone call (716) 332-4170 or email info@parentnetworkwny.org Online: see link below

06/07/2016, Tuesday
Skills of Effective Parent Advocacy
Parent Network of WNY and The Buffalo Public Schools
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Buffalo Public School #18-Dr. Antonia Pantoja
Community School of Academic Excellence
Address:750 West Avenue
 Buffalo, NY 14213
Cost: Free
Parents and caregivers of children with special needs will walk away with improved advocacy skills needed to e? ectively speak up for their child’s needs.
Register by phone call (716) 332-4170 or email info@parentnetworkwny.org Online: see link below
Links :Parent Network Workshop Registration

06/08/2016, Wednesday
Improving Bedtime Routines and Sleep Patterns in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
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
Presented by Michelle A. Hickman, Ph.D., BCBA-D,
Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Training at The Summit Center
This workshop was developed to assist parents and caregivers living with children with autism who have sleep difficulties. The presentation will provide an overview of common sleep problems and treatment options, as well as an in-depth explanation of specific behavioral strategies shown to be effective. Participants will leave the workshop with practical, evidence-based plans to improve the bedtime behavior and/or sleep patterns of their child.

After attending this workshop participants will be able to:

1. Participants will be able to identify factors that are negatively impacting their child's sleep.
2. Participants will be able to describe why common strategies for improving sleep often fail.
3. Participants will be able to develop an individualized strategy for improving their child's sleep.
Call to reserve your spot today!!
Parent Network: (716) 332-4170 phone; 1-866-277-4762 toll free
Links :Parent Network Workshop Registration

06/11/2016, Saturday
Finding Employment that Works for Individuals with Asperger's Syndrome (ASD)
With Barbara Bissonnette, Principal of Forward Motion Coaching
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: University at Buffalo, Center for Tomorrow
Address:101 Service Center Road
 Buffalo, NY 14260
Cost: Register by April 22nd: NYSCDA Members $195 ea. (use code NYSCDA6D) - Non-Members: $225
Registration received 4/23 or after: NYSCDA Members: $225 (code NYSCDA6D) - Non-Members: $255
This seminar is designed specifically for career counselors, coaches, vocation rehabilitation and transition specialists, and other processionals who want to be better equipped to guide these students and clients. You will learn:

-How individuals with Asperger's Syndrome think, and the impact of communication, sensory, and executive function difficulties in the workplace.
-Why occupational choices should not be based on interests.
-Four steps to finding the right job match.
-Establishing rapport, dealing with unrealistic expectations, developing manageable job search strategies, disclosure and accommodations
-Much more!

Information is presented using non-technical language, and illustrated with examples from the presenter's extensive experience coaching hundreds of adults with Asperger's Syndrome and similar autism spectrum profiles. Content is for professionals who assist individuals seeking competitive (not sheltered or supported) employment.
For more information visit www.forwardmotion.info.

Resister online @ www.ForwardMotion.info

06/15/2016, Wednesday
What To Do About Challenging Behavior in the Home and Community
Parent Network of WNY Workshop
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Buffalo Public School #18-Dr. Antonia Pantoja
Community School of Academic Excellence
Address:750 West Avenue
 Buffalo, NY 14213
Cost: Free
Parenting is a full time job with many daily challenges. As parents we teach our children what is the right thing to do and what they should not do.  The purpose of this workshop is to help parents recognize the early signs of conflict and implement strategies that can manage the conflict in a proactive way and prevent the conflict from turning into a full blown storm.
To register phone 716-332-4170, 866-277-4762 toll free, or on-line www.parentnetworkwny.org.
Links :Parent Network Workshop Registration

06/16/2016, Thursday
Front Door & Self-Directed Services
OPWDD Region 1- Family Support Services
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Parent Network of WNY
Address:1000 Main Street
 Buffalo, NY 14202
Cost: Free
Opening the door to a richer, fuller life-that's the goal of OPWDD's new Front Door-a person-centered approach for people with developmental disabilities that prioritizes individual choices, needs and desires in making decisions.
Call to reserve your spot today!!
(716) 332-4170 phone; 1-866-277-4762 toll free www.parentnetworkwny.org
Links :Parent Network Workshop Registration

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

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
06/08/2016, Wednesday
Law Enforcement Issues & ASD
Autism: Research & Medical Treatment Implications
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Cost: Free
Individuals with autism encounter situations in which they need to talk to or deal with first responders and law enforcement professionals. Learn about the issues that can arise and strategies for preparing individuals on the Autism Spectrum for situations that may arise.
About the presenter: Kimberly Taylor has served as a Vice President of the North Carolina Bar Association, as chair of the education committee of the N.C. Association of District Court Judges and as chair of the Rural Courts Commission.

Register at: http://ariconference.com/
Links :ARI - Autism Research Institute Webinars

12/31/2016, Saturday
Nutritional and Dietary Interventions for ASD with
James Adams, PhD
Time: Prerecorded Webinar-Available anytime.
Location: 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

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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.
8:30-10 a.m. Registration
9:30-11:30 a.m. Loop the Lake Dice
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

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06/09/2016, Thursday
Olean Parent Support Group
For Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Trinity United Methodist Church
Address:131 N 9th Street
 Olean, NY 14760
Cost: Free
This group provides a welcoming environment for parents and other caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorders to meet, share experiences, ask questions and receive support.
RSVP to Attend: call Karen at 716-307-9905 or e-mail Peg at: plk@parentnetworkwny.org
Downloads :Olean Parent Group
Links :Parent Network Workshop Registration