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04/30/2016, Saturday
A GIFT FOR AUTISM BOWLING LEAGUE
Tonawanda Bowling Center
Time: 10 a.m.
 
Location: Tonawanda Bowling Center
Address:574 Young Street
 Tonawanda, NY 14150
 
Cost: $15 per team per week includes shoe rental
 
1 Adult and 1 Child per team
2 Games weekly for 15 weeks
Bumpers available
$15 per team weekly
Pay only when you bowl
Includes shoe rental
 
End of season pizza party and awards banquet. Every child gets an award!
Everything is adjustable. Just ask and we will make it happen.
HELP US MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
$5.00 FROM EACH TEAM, EVERY WEEK, WILL BE DONATED TO THE "AUTISM SOCIETY OF WNY".
Questions call Mary Chase at (716)694-4120
  
Downloads :A Gift For Autism Bowling



04/30/2016, Saturday
Starting APRIL 1st, running thruough APRIL 30th

NATIONAL LIDS® CAMPAIGN TO BENEFIT AUTISM
SOCIETY OF AMERICA AND ITS AFFILIATES
Time: April 1st - April 30th
 
Location: Participating Local
LIDS
Address:1 Galleria Drive
 Buffalo, NY 14225

Also available at:
744B Alberta Drive Amherst, NY and
1924 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY
 
Cost: $7.00 will be donated for any purchased apparel with the embroidered autism logo.
 
Have the autism puzzle pieces logo embroidered on any apparel purchase at LIDS this April and LIDS will donate $7 to the Autism Society in support of Autism Awareness Month. All proceeds will be distributed amongst the local Autism Society affiliates.

The LIDS Foundation is working closely with the Autism Society to create more awareness throughout the 1,000+ retail stores throughout the country.

ABOUT LIDS FOUNDATION The LIDS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and the philanthropic support arm of LIDS Sports Group. The Foundation works to engage young people in the communities where LIDS Sports Group operates to become active in sports-related activities that promote healthy lifestyles as well as leadership and growth opportunities. It accomplishes its mission primarily through offering resources – be it in the manner of time, expertise, funds, or materials – to nonprofit organizations with goals and values that align with those of the LIDS Foundation. To find out more about the LIDS Foundation, visit www.lidsfoundation.org.
 
ABOUT AUTISM SOCIETY OF AMERICA (ASA) T-he Autism Society, the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. We do this by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy. To learn more, visit us at www.autism-society.org

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
  
Links :LIDS Fundraiser Link



05/10/2016, Tuesday
SENSORY FRIENDLY FILM Tuesday, 5/10 @ 7 p.m.
Captain America: Civil War
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



05/12/2016, 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



05/14/2016, Saturday
Sensory Friendly Film Saturday, 5/14 @ 10 a.m.
Captain America: Civil War
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



05/19/2016, Thursday
Southtown Parent Support Group Coffee
Autism Society of WNY
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
 
Location: Sandy Crawford's House
Address:204 Treehaven Rd.
 East Aurora, NY 14052
 
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.
 
RSVP: (716) 633-2275 or info@autismwny.org. Day of event call (716 )352-1512.
  
Downloads :ASWNY Spring/Summer Resource Guide 2016



05/24/2016, Tuesday
Sensory Friendly Film Tuesday, 5/24 @ 7 p.m.
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
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
 
*AMC has added Tuesday showings at 7pm local time that may appeal to others on the autism spectrum.

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.

  
Links :Sensory Friendly Films AMC link





Great Opportunitiesgoto top
04/30/2016, Saturday
Autism Walk: Building hope one step at a time.
The Summit Cener
Time: 9:15 am: Donation Drop-off
10:30 am: Opeing Ceremonies Begin
 
Location: The Summit Center
Address:150 Stahl Road
 Getzville, NY 14068
 
Cost: See link below for details.
 
The Summit Center Autism Walk is a family-friendly event centered around a 2.2-mile walk from Summit along the Amherst Bike Path, and back to Summit or a 0.5-mile walk around Summit's grounds. The post-walk picnic will feature food, beverages, children's activities, a basket raffle, a nd live entertainment.
 
Contact: 716-629-3400 autismwalk@thesumitcenter.org summitwalk.org
  
Links :The Summit Center Autism Walk 2016



05/19/2016, Thursday
Social Thinking with Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC-SLP
Social Learning for a Lifetime of Well-Being
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
 
Location: Buffalo Marriott Niagara
Address:1340 Millersport Hwy.
 Amherst, NY 14221
 
Cost: Early Bird Pricing Thru May 5th; visit website for details.
 
Two Day Conference; May 19th & 20th (6) Hours of teaching EACH DAY.

Discover an array of strategies that bolster social learning, academic performance, and teach to the Common Core State Standards! Use the Social Thinking Informal Dynamic Assessment to delve into a person's strengths and weaknesses and emerge with strategies tailored to the individual.

Who should attend?
Teachers; speech-language pathologists; therapists (MFTs, LCSWs, OTs, PTs); autism specialists; clinical educational, developmental psychologists; clinical and educational administrators; physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners (particularly those in the developmental practice); social workers; paraprofessionals; students; parents; family members, and caregivers of individuals with social learning challenges.
 
Register Online: www.socialthinking.com
Toll Free: 877-464-9278 Local: 408-5578595
  
Links :Social Thinking Online Registration



05/21/2016, Saturday
Fire, Home, and Car Safety for Families of Young Children with Special Needs
Presenter: Dave Whalen
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Check-in starts at 8:30 a.m.)
 
Location: HERITAGE CENTERS
Address:777 Maryvale Dr.
 Cheektowaga, NY 14225
 
Cost: Free
 
FOR FAMILIES OF YOUNG CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
What do we do in a fire/home/car crisis?
How can we as families with young children be prepared if in such a crisis?
Mr. Whalen has trained emergency personnel/first responders regarding people with developmental disabilities, raising awareness within the community about their potential needs during a time of a crisis. Mr. Whalen will incorporate his extensive experience in the field of developmental disabilities and as a professional trainer to this family-focused presentation.
 
ADULTS only.
Pre-registration Required. Limited registration! Only 170 seats available— Register NOW!
Register by May 6th.

Two Simple Ways to Register: Please call WNY211 by simply dialing 2-1-1, or 1.888.696.9211 Or Register online at: http://goo.gl/forms/nrwGpxoatu
  



05/25/2016, Wednesday
AutismOne 2016 National Conference
Bring the Pieces Together in Rosemont, IL
Time: Various.
 
Location: Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel
Address:5300 N River Rd
 Rosemont, IL.
 
Cost: $79 plus lodging expenses.
 
The AutismOne 2016 Conference, which is being held May 25-29 at the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel,continues to give the public the truth they often won’t hear elsewhere about helpful interventions and causes of chronic illness in children.

Over 150 speakers on autism and related topics meet to help parents and professionals at the AutismOne 2016 Conference! The schedule is now online for the largest and most comprehensive autism conference held annually in this country.
  
Links :AutismOne 2016 Conference Schedule
 AutismOne 2016 Conference Registration



05/28/2016, Saturday
*NEW Au-Some Aquarium
Aquarium of Niagara
Time: 6:00 p.m - 8:00 p.m. (Sea Lion Show @ 7pm)
 
Location: Aquarium of Niagara
Address:701 Whirlpool Street
 
Cost: $10 per FAMILY for non-members--Free for families with autism who are members of the Aquarium
 
Au-Some Aquarium, developed as a collaboration between the Aquarium of Niagara, Children's Hospital of Buffalo and several community partners who work with families on the autism spectrum.

Special evenings are dedicated to provide a safe, supportive, sensory-friendly environment where families with autism can meet, learn and have fun together.
 
Families will enjoy the touch tank; a sensory-friendly sea lion show, sensory and art activities, gluten-free snacks and information resources from community partners. Noise reducing headphones are available at the front desk.

Contact: Sarah Courtney @ 716-285-3575 ext. 219

Email: info@aquariumofniagara.org www.aquariumofniagara.org
  
Downloads :Au-Some Aquarium





Buffalo NY Areagoto top
04/30/2016, Saturday
Health & Wellness Celebration
Parent Network of WNY Workshop
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
 
Location: Waterfront Elementary School #95
Address:95 Fourth Street
 Buffalo, NY (Behind City Hall)
 
Cost: Free
 
A free public event hosted by the Buff alo Public Schools & Tower Foundation will provide familiy activities and sessions to help you and your family. Below are the five sessions Parent Network of WNY is offering. Please encourage others to come.

Parent Network will be offering the following workshops:
•Preparing for High School: Now What?
•Behavior and Suspensions: A Parent's Guide to Manifestation Determination Review (MDR)
•The Special Education Process and the Buffalo Public School Parent Guide
•Going to Kindergarten for Children with Special Needs (CPSE to CSE)
•Skills for Effective Parent Advocacy
 
Register online at www.parentnetworkwny.org or call 716-332-4170 or 1-866-277-4762.
  
Links :Parent Network Workshop Registration



05/03/2016, Tuesday
Pathways to Graduation for NYS
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 does it mean to get a Regents diploma? A local diploma? A SACC? What can you do? What can you not do? How much effort does it take? Can your child to the work? This workshop explores the options, and outlines the updates to NYS regulations.
 
Call, email or go online to register today: www.parentnetworkwny.org

(716) 332-4170 or plk@parentnetworkwny.org
  
Links :Parent Network Workshop Registration



05/03/2016, Tuesday
Grand Island Autism Support Group
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
 
Location: Realty USA
Address:2139 Grand Island Blvd.
 Grand Island, NY 14072
 
Cost: Free
 
Peer-Run support group. Come and meet other families that are affected by Autism. We want to share ideas and experiences, vent about the brick walls we've hit, and most importantly realize that we are a growing community and that we are not alone.
 
Contact Info: Contact Vienna at 716-430-5118 or GrandIslandNYAutismGroup@gmail.com for more information and to RSVP to attend. Visit Facebook page at www.facebook.com/GrandIslandNYSupportGroup.
  
Links :Grand Island Support Group Facebook Link



05/04/2016, Wednesday
Prepare for a Meeting
Parent Network of WNY Workshop
Time: 4:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
 
Location: Lackawanna Public Schools
Address:McKinley Administration Bldg.- Gymnasium
 245 South Shore Boulevard
 
Cost: Lackawanna, NY 14218
 
Parents and individuals with disabilities have the opportunity to participate in various meetings with professionals throughout a school year, including the annual Committee on Special Education. Participants will walk away with tips on how to be prepared, organized and learn how to be a powerful advocate.
 
Call to reserve your spot today!
716-332-4170 phone; 1-866-277-4762 toll free
  
Links :Parent Network Workshop Registration



05/10/2016, Tuesday
Introduction to Mental Health
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
 
Participants will be introduced to examples of the types of mental illness, the causes, treatments, and the various services available in school, at home and in the community
 
Call to reserve your spot today!!
(716) 332-4170 phone; 1-866-277-4762 toll free www.parentnetworkwny.org
  



05/14/2016, Saturday
Skills of Effective Parent Advocacy
Parent Network of WNY and Starbridge present
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
 
Location: Parent Network of WNY
Address:1000 Main Street
 Buffalo, NY 14202
 
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.
 
Call to reserve your spot today!!
(716) 332-4170 phone; 1-866-277-4762 toll free www.parentnetworkwny.org
  
Links :Parent Network Workshop Registration



05/15/2016, Sunday
BPO Kids Take the Stage!
BPO Kids Classical Concert Series
Time: Free pre-concert activities start at 1:30 p.m.
Concert starts at 2:30 p.m. (lasts about one hour)
 
Location: Kleinhans Music Hall
Address:3 Symphony Circle
 Buffalo, NY 14201
 
Cost: $15 per family per concert (includes all members of household)
 
BPO Kids is a classical concert series just for kids and a great way to introduce children to a lifelong love of music. Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo has partnered with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra to provide a special discount just to our families in hopes of making the concerts more accessible to all children! The hospital and BPO have worked together to provide families with a social narrative “Let’s go to the BPO” for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders; sound muffling headphones available at BPO coat check; preferred seating near exits (if desired) and access to a quiet space if a child needs a break.
 
Kids have so much talent; we decided to show off what YOU can do. From the smallest Suzuki performers to dancers, visual artists and more - this concert is for kids and by kids. You may even get the chance to conduct the BPO!

TO PURCHASE TICKETS: Phone 716-885-5000 and please mention BPO Kids Exceptional Kids.
Parking is available in the lot for $10 per concert or on the street for free. The accessible entrance is on Porter Ave. Please e-mail Jana with any questions: jmertz@kalediahealth.org.
Upcoming BPO Kids Classical Concerts: February 28 Let's Go Buffalo, April 17 Peter and the Wolf, and May 15 BPO Kids Take the Stage.
  



05/17/2016, Tuesday
Redefining Consequences: Strategies for Addressing Challenging Behaviors
Demonstrated by Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Parent network of WNY Workshop
Time: 6:00 p.m - 8:00 p.m.
 
Location: 1000 Main Street
Address:Buffalo, NY 14202
 
Cost: Free
 
Presented by David Meichenbaum, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist
Director of Community Consulting and Clinical Services at The Summit Center

This workshop is designed for all parents/caregivers who live with and/or support a child who demonstrates recurring challenging behaviors. This presentation goes beyond determining what is causing challenging behaviors and examines haw many conventional ways of responding to challenging behavior contribute to the persistence of challenges. Practical evidence-based strategies to decrease maladaptive behaviors, increase adaptive alternative behaviors and evaluate the effectiveness of intervention plans will be offered. Attendees will consider whether their current means of responding to challenging behaviors include the necessary elements to build skills and curtail future problematic behaviors. Specific case examples will be provided.
 
Call to reserve your spot today!!
(716) 332-4170 phone; 1-866-277-4762 toll free www.parentnetworkwny.org
  
Links :Parent Network Workshop Registration



05/24/2016, Tuesday
Group for Parents of Teenagers with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
 
Location: Parent Network
Address:1000 Main Street
 Buffalo, NY 14202
 
Cost: Free
 
This is a welcoming environment for parents and other caregivers of teenagers with autism disorders to meet, share experiences, ask questions and receive support. All are welcome to attend but group is geared towards parents of teenagers who are interested in discussing topics related to teenagers and transition.

This group is moderated by Tonia Weichmann; Transition Coordinator, Parent Network of WNY
Jana Mertz, MBA; Program Coordinator, The Children's Guild Foundation, Autism Spectrum Disorder Center and Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo.
 
Light refreshments will be served.

All are welcome, but reservations are appreciated.

RSVP to Attend:
Please call (716) 878-7600 or email: jmertz@kaleidahealth.org
  
Downloads :Group for Parents of Teenagers with ASD



05/26/2016, Thursday
DD Day 28th Annual
Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day
Time: 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
 
Location: The Niagara Falls Event & Convention Center
Address:101 Old Falls Street
 Niagara Falls, NY 14303
 
Cost: TBD
 
People with developmental disabilities and their families, experts from provider agencies, and local officials will convene to explore the latest issues in the field.

 
For more information, visit: www.DDday.org or
Call: (716) 896-2180
  
Links :DD DAY Website



06/07/2016, Tuesday
Transition to Adulthood
2012 Buffalo Workshop Series
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
  



06/11/2016, 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
  





WNY Recreation/Therapy/Summer Optionsgoto top
04/29/2016, Friday
SN@P FIT Gym at Rolly Pollies
Special Needs @ Play***Tuesday's, Thursday's & Friday's
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
 
Location: Rolly Pollies (two locations)
Address:9630 Transit Road #100, East Amherst, NY 14051
 4058 N. Buffalo Road, Orchard Park, NY 14127
 
Cost: $10.00
 
SN@P FIT Gym, stands for Special Needs @ Play, is for children ages 12 and under. SN@P is an open play time dedicated to children with special needs and their families. Children with special needs and their families are invited to enjoy open play and fun in a relaxed and supportive environment. They will lower the music, limit participants and work with families to create the best sensory friendly environment possible for play!
 
SN@P FIT Gym takes place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 4:00 - 5:00 PM during our regularly scheduled sessions.

In order to limit participants for the enjoyment of all of our guests we ask that you call ahead to make a reservation for your family.

Call for days and times:
East Amherst: 716-689-6151
Orchard Park: 716-662-7424
  
Links :Rolly Pollies SN@P Fit Gym



05/01/2016, Sunday
Sensory Sundays
Sky Zone
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
 
Location: Sky Zone
Address:425 Cayuga Road
 Cheektowaga, NY 14225
 
Cost: $10 per jumper; $25 per family (up to 4 jumpers)
 
Sky Zone will turn off the music and dial down distractions for the comfort of our extra special jumpers. We welcome children and adults with special needs and their family to jump.
 
Waiver is available online @ www.skyzone.com and can be completed in advance (you only need to do this one time).

For more information: (716) 206-3300
  
Links :Sky Zone Sensory Sundays



05/07/2016, Saturday
Bring a Friend, Make a Friend:A Social Group for Children with Autism
Pacific Child & Family Associates
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
 
Location: We Rock the Spectrum
Address:6950 Erie Road
 Derby, NY 14047
 
Cost: Free
 
This social skills group* will be held the first Saturday of every month for 2016 from 9:30 AM-11:00AM.

Making friends can be hard for children with autism. Pacific Child & Family Associates know how important it is for your child to practice their emerging social skills. That is why they are partnering with We Rock the Spectrum for this new opportunity.
This is a social play group designed for children ages 16 and under with autism. Pacific Child & Family Associates team of staff will be there to facilitate play and ensure a fun morning is had by all!
Please join us and bring a friend.
 
Please follow the link below to register the number of children in attendance.

*Note, this is not a drop off event. Parents and caregivers are expected to stay and are welcome to socialize.

RSVP is required. See link below.
  
Links :Bring a Friend, Make a Friend Registration



05/13/2016, Friday
Au-Some Evenings
Explore & More Children's Museum
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
 
Location: Explore & More Children's Museum
Address:300 Gleed Street
 East Aurora, NY 14052
 
Cost: No cost to families and children.
 
The second Friday of the month, Au-Some Evenings give children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, their friends and family an opportunity to play and learn together in an understanding and supportive environment. Children will have access to the museum and Imagination Playground blocks for more physically active play. All children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times.
 
Space is limited so reservations are essential. Please call Peg at (716) 332-4170 to secure your spot!

Many thanks to our partners: The Exceptional Education Department at Buffalo State, Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo, and The Children's Guild Foundation.
  
Links :Au-some Evenings at Explore and More



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



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)



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





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04/28/2016, Thursday
PANS/PANDAS with Lauren Stone
Epedmic Answers Webinar
Time: 1:00 p.m.
 
Location: Webinar
Address:N/A
 
Cost: Free
 
PANS/PANDAS are relatively new disorders brought about by strep (in the case of PANDAS) or by an infectious trigger, environmental factor, and other possible trigger (in the case of PANS). PANS is Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome.

PANDAS is Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections.
Suspect these disorders if your child has a sudden onset of neurological symptoms.

 
Consider that your child may have PANS or PANDAS if they have sudden onset of the following conditions:

• OCD • Anxiety • Depression • Emotional lability • Irritability • Aggression • Oppositional behavior • Behavioral regression • Developmental regression • Deterioration in school performance • Severely restricted food intake • Sleep disturbances • Tics • Sensory or motor abnormalities
  
Links :PANS/PANDAS



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
  
Links :James B. Adams, PhD





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04/30/2016, Saturday
Autism Awareness Event
The Resource Center and the Chautauqua Mall
Time: 11:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m.
 
Location: Chautauqua Mall (main concours)
Address:Fairmount Avenue (Route 394)
 Lakewood
 
Cost: Free
 
Activities will be repeated during the two hours, so those interested in attending do not have to worry about being present for the entire event. Scheduled activities include:

• an obstacle course based on NASA’s “Train Like an Astronaut” program
• representatives from The Home Depot Kids Workshop on hand to help children with a craft project
• an information table where parents can learn to recognize the early signs of autism and what to do if they suspect a child may have autism
• a hands-on event for non-autistic children and adults so they can experience what it is like to live with autism
 
For more information or to volunteer at the event, call phone The Resource Center at 483-2344.
  



05/12/2016, Thursday
7th Annual Educational Symposium
The Resource Center in Chautauqua
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ; followed by lunch, etc.
 
Location: Chautauqua Institution Bellinger Hall
Address:Route 394
 Chautauqua, NY 14722
 
Cost: $99
 
The Resource Center Symposium at Chautauqua features speakers with national and global perspectives on current, critical issues facing individuals with disabilities and families.

This annual symposium is held in the serene atmosphere of Bellinger Hall on the grounds of the world-famous Chautauqua Institution.
 
To Register: http://trcsymposium.com/register/
  
Links :Symposium Schedule
 Symposium Registration



05/22/2016, Sunday
Jamestown Sensory Friendly Film
Movies @ The Reg - ZOOTOPIA
Time: 2:00 p.m.
 
Location: The Reg Lenna Center For The Arts
Address:116 East Third Street
 Jamestown, NY 14701
 
Cost: All seats are $5
 
During this screening, the auditorium lights and sound will be kept low to accommodate the needs of patrons with sensory issues.

Concession items are available individually at full price or five for $5.
 
Box Office: 716.484.7070
Main Office: 716.664.2465
Email: info@reglenna.com
  
Links :Sensory Friendly Films AMC link
 Movies @ the Reg



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





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05/02/2016, Monday
Niagara County Parent Support Group
Early Childhood Direction Center
Time: 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
 
Location: Empower Children's Academy
Address:9812 Lockport Road
 Niagara Falls, NY 14304
 
Cost: Free
 
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: Please contact Early Childhood Direction (716) 880-3875 or email: ecdc@kaleidahealth.org
  
Downloads :Niagara County Parent Group



05/21/2016, Saturday
*NEW Sibshops
Niagara Frontier Sibshops
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
 
Location: Family and Children's Services of Niagara
Address:1522 Main Street
 Niagara Falls, NY
 
Cost: $15 per child; $20 per family (lunch provided)
 
A fun-filled community project supported by Empower (formerly Niagara Cerebral Palsy) and Family and Children's Services of Niagara.
 
Scholarships are available by contacting Robin Stevens.

Register: Robin Stevens @ 716-478-9528 or rstevens@empower-wny.org
  





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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