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03/05/2015, 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

Upcoming Coffee Dates: Feb. 5th and March 5th
  
Links :Sweet Charlottes



03/19/2015, 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.
  



03/28/2015, Saturday
Sensory Friendly Film
Home
Time: 10 a.m.
 
Location: AMC Maple Ridge 8
Address:4276 Maple Rd, Ste C
 Amherst, NY 14226
 
Cost: $5.50
 
AMC 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.

Upcoming Screenings:
April 18: Underdogs
May 30: Tomorrowland
  
Links :Sensory Friendly Films AMC link



04/18/2015, Saturday
A Fresh Look At Autism: A Revolutionary Approach with Martha Herbert, MD, Ph.D.
*Save the Date* Spring Conference 2015
Time: 8:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
 
Location: Classics V
Address:245 Niagara Falls Blvd.
 Amherst, NY 14228
 
Cost: $11 for Parent/Individual with ASD, $25 for Professional/Student, and $35 for SLP/Audiologist/OT/COTA/PT/PTA.
 
Dr. Marthat Herbert, M.D., Ph.D., a Harvard Mediacal School Researcher and Pediatric Neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, will be speaking about new research that offers a scientific basis for hope in the treatment of autism. These findings support the view that much of autism arises not from a "broken brain" but from series of obstructions that get in the way of the talents that lie within. Dr. Herbert's revolutionary view suggests that autism is not so much hardwired as generated moment by moment in a dynamic, active processes created by challenges to cellular function throughout the body and brain, the impact communication and behavior as well as metabolism, digestion, the immune system and more. It follows that the body and brain and not just the behavior need to be dealt with in order to get the best outcomes.

Dr. Herbert will explain how you can address problems involving diarrhea, anxiety, sensory overload, sleeplessness, frequent illnesses and seizures through lifestyle changes to support the body and not just medications and therapies. These practical approaches can reduce brain overload, increase body and brain health and resiliency and make life all it can be.
 
At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

1. List ways to reduce brain overload in Individuals with ASD.

2. Describe one aspect of epigenetics-the effects of previous generation's environmental exposures on subsequent generations.

3. List several tips to increase brain resiliency in Individuals with ASD.

Two ways to register:

Online registration and payment thru Pay Pal available until April 13, 2015 at www.friendsofasi.org; Click "Autism Center for Learning" and scroll down for details. (Use On-Line Registration link below.)

Mail-in Registration; fill out the registration form on the brochure and send in with payment. Please fill out a registration form for each participant and check the appropriate type of registration (parent/individual/professional/CEU).
(Forms can be downloaded from Mail-In link below.)

Mail to:
ASWNY Chapter
19 Limestone Drive, Suite 1
Williamsville, NY 14221

Pre-Registration Deadline: April 13, 2015 to receive a packet.

Late Registrations, & Walk-In Registration if available, add an additional $10 to above fees.
  
Downloads :A Fresh Look At Autism Brochure and Mail-In Registration Form
Links :Friends of ASI On-Line Conference Registration





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03/08/2015, 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
  



03/10/2015, Tuesday
Overview of Special Education for Buffalo Public Schools
Buffalo Public Schools Series
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
 
Location: Neighborhood Health Center (North West location)
Address:155 Lawn Avenue
 Buffalo, NY
 
Cost: Free
 
Utilizing the BPS Parent Guide, participants will learn the steps in the special education process at BPS and learn what to expect at meetings of the Committe on Special Education (CSE) & Preschool (CPSE).
 
RSVP by phone, email or online:

(716) 332-4170; info@parentnetworkwny.org; www.parentnetworkwny.org
  
Links :Parent Network Workshop Registration



03/12/2015, Thursday
Preparing for a Meeting
Parent Network of WNY and the Frontier SEPTSA
Time: 7:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
 
Location: Frontier Education Center; Public Meeting Room
Address:5120 Orchard Avenue
 Hamburg, NY 14075
 
Cost: Free
 
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!!

Call: (716) 3324170

Visit: www.parentnetworkwny.org
  
Links :Parent Network Workshop Registration



03/13/2015, 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



03/18/2015, Wednesday
Community Resources Fair
Summit Educational Resources
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
 
Location: Summit Central
Address:150 Stahl Road
 Getzville, NY 14068
 
Cost: Free
 
Learn about local community and recreation programs for children with disabilities.
 
No Registration Required.

For questions, contact Vicki Knapp, Ph.D., BCBA-D.: 629-3449 or vknapp@summited.org

  
Links :Summit Educational Resources Parent Workshop Series



03/18/2015, Wednesday
Parent Group
For Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
 
Location: Parent Network of Western New York/EPIC
Address:1000 Main Street
 Buffalo, NY 14202
 
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.
 
R.S.V.P. to Attend: Please call (716) 878-7600 or e-mail: jmertz@kaleidahealth.org
  



03/24/2015, Tuesday
Individualized Education Program (IEP) (South)
Buffalo Public Schools Series
Time: 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
 
Location: 1st Ward Community Center
Address:62 Republic Avenue
 Buffalo, NY
 
Cost: Free
 
Every child receiving Special Education services has an Individualized Educational Program (IEP). In this workshop you will receive tips and tools to become more involved in the planning of your child's education.

This workshop is provided in collaboration with Parent Network of WNY and the Buffalo Public Schools Special Education Department, following the BPS mission of "Putting Children and Families first, to ensure high academic achievement for all."
 
Call, email or go online to register today: www.parentnetworkwny.org

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



03/25/2015, Wednesday
Sexuality....Having the Conversation
Parent Network of WNY and West Seneca CSD
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
 
Location: West Senceca East Middle School
Address:1445 Center Road
 West Seneca, NY 14224
 
Cost: Free
 
Participants will understand the importance of early and ongoing discussion about sexuality and appropriate social behaviors for individuals with disabilities. Tips will be provided to encourage a more comfortable conversation.
 
Call to reserve your spot today!

(716( 332-4170; toll free (866)277-4762

www.parentnetworkwny.org
  
Links :Parent Network Workshop Registration



03/28/2015, Saturday
Pints! Pierogis! Placek!
Fundraiser for The Autism Center at Women's and Children's Hospital of Buffalo
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
 
Location: Gadowski's Restaurant
Address:1445 Falls Street
 Niagara Falls, NY 14303
 
Cost: Adult: $25.00 Children: $15.00
 
Sponsored by The Rotary Club of Lewiston/Niagara on the Lake.

Adult donation includes:

- One pint of Micro-Brew Beer
- Six homemade Pierogis
- Samples of Fresh Homemade Placek
- One Ticket for Raffle (Door Prize)
- Music

Children's donation excludes beer.

Pre-sale tickets includes an extra pint of micro-brew beer.
 
For More Information on donating or purchasing tickets to this great event contact:
Ron Danielewicz @ (716) 870-1307
  



04/14/2015, Tuesday
Pathways to Graduation for NYS (East)
Buffalo Public Schools Series
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
 
Location: True Bethel Baptist Church
Address:907 East Ferry Street
 Buffalo, NY
 
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



04/25/2015, Saturday
Summit Autism Awareness Walk
Summit's 16th Annual Walk
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
 
Location: Summit Central
Address:150 Stahl Road
 Getzville, NY 14068
 
Cost: Walker: No Fees
 
The Autism Awareness Walk brings together more than 3,500 participants to raise much needed funds for summit and increase autism awareness in the Western New York community.

The Walk is a family -friendly event benefiting Summit Educational Resources. The Walk is centered around a 2.2 mile or a 0.9 mile walk from Summit Central along the Amherst Bike Path, and back to Summit. The post-walk picnic will feature food, beverages, children's activities, a basket raffle, and live entertainment.
 
Participants who fundraise $100 or more by April 13, 2015 can pick up their Walk T-shirts at Summit Central throughout the week.

For more details please visit: www.summitwalk.org
  



05/06/2015, Wednesday
Psychological Testing for Special Education Services (South)
Buffalo Public Schools Series
Time: 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
 
Location: 1st Ward Community Center
Address:62 Republic Avenue
 Buffalo, NY
 
Cost: Free
 
This workshop will focus on 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, email or go online to register today: www.parentnetworkwny.org

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



05/12/2015, Tuesday
Pathways to Graduation for NYS
Parent Network of WNY Workshop
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
 
Location: Neighborhood Health Center (North West location)
Address:155 Lawn Avenue
 Buffalo, NY
 
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.
 
RSVP by phone, email or online:

(716) 332-4170; info@parentnetworkwny.org; www.parentnetworkwny.org
  
Links :Parent Network of Western New York



05/13/2015, Wednesday
Keeping the Kids Busy During the Summer Break
Summit Parent Workshop Series
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
 
Location: Summit Central
Address:150 Stahl Road
 Getzville, NY 14068
 
Cost: Free
 
How to survive the school breaks. Strategies for keeping your child busy and independently engaged in appropriate activities during summer vacation.
 
To register: www.summited.org/workshops

For questions, contact Vicki Knapp, Ph.D., BCBA-D.: 629-3449 or vknapp@summited.org

*Respite is available for individuals who are OPWDD eligible.
To register for respite during a presentation, please call Beverly Hill at 799-8137.
  
Links :Summit Educational Resources Parent Workshop Series



05/14/2015, Thursday
The 3rd Annual AT EXPO 2015
Assistive Technology Conference
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
 
Location: Millennium Hotel
Address:2040 Walden Avenue
 Cheektowaga, NY 14225
 
Cost: $150
 
The AT Expo is being sponsored by Parent Network of WNY, Early Childhood Direction Center (ECDC), People Inc. and Learning Partners. The AT Expo is for assistive technology users, their families, educators, clinicians, agency providers and administrators. The AT Expo will include an exhibit room featuring vendors and sponsors who will have an opportunity to speak about their technology products and answer questions throughout the day.
 
Vendor interaction and CEU's will be available for mobility and communication tracks. Lunch is included.

RSVP: tkosmoski@people-inc.org or 716-817-7484
Attention: Tracy Kosmoski
Also online at: www.people-inc.org
  
Links :Parent Network of Western New York



05/14/2015, Thursday
Implementing Technology - POSTPONED
From SmartHomes to SmartSupports
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
 
Location: Millennium Hotel
Address:2040 Walden Avenue
 Cheektowaga, NY 14225
 
Cost: $25
 
This event has been postponed due to weather, new date 5/14/2014
Q&A Discussion with Greg Wellems, Chief Operating Officer, Imagine! Greg Wellems is a national consultant on SmartHomes and Assistive Technology strategic planning to improve supports for individuals with disabilities.
 
To register phone 716-332-4170, toll free 866-277-4762, or on-line www.parentnetworkwny.org.
  
Links :Parent Network Workshop Registration



05/28/2015, Thursday
DD Day 27th Annual
Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day
Time: 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
 
Location: The Conference 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.

Speakers - Exhibits - Awards
Workshops - Live Entertainment - Parents Corner
 
For more information, visit: www.DDday.org or
Call: (716) 896-2180
  
Links :DD DAY Website





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03/07/2015, Saturday
Au-Some Swimmers
Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo
Time: Varied (see below)
 
Location: Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo
Address:Holland Family Building
 787 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14209
 
Cost: $180 for 12 classes
 
Au-Some Swimmers is a learn to swim program for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) that was launched in 2013. It is a private swim lesson for the child. Over the past year, 60 children have participated in Au-Some Swimmers. The primary component of Au-Some Swimmers is to provide swim instruction to children diagnosed with ASDs, but it is also a gathering place for families.
 
Saturdays: January 10 - March 28
12:30-1:00 pm, 1:00-1:30 and 1:30 - 2:00 pm

For more information contact:
Eric Poniatowski @ (716) 886-3172 Ext. 411 or EPoniatowski@jccbuffalo.org
  





Webinarsgoto top
03/11/2015, Wednesday
Promoting Generalizable Social Skills for School-Aged Children
Autism Research Institute Online Education
Time: 1:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m.
 
Location: Webinar
Address:Dr. Nancy Minshew
 
Cost: Free
 
Dr. Minshew will be talking about a new intervention designed to teach generalizable thinking, communication and problem solving skills to improve social, adaptive and educational outcomes in middle and high school students with ASD. Students with ASD often do not understand the behavior of others and lack ways to respond effectively and appropriately. Likewise, teachers often do not understand how students with ASD think and do not know how to work with them. This new intervention employs nine visual concept symbols each with a short tag line that provide students, teachers, and parents with a common framework for understanding life situations and choosing responses that lead to a successful outcome.
 
Dr. Nancy Minshew is a child neurologist and Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology at the University of Pittsburgh. For the past 30 years, she has focused on understanding the cognitive and brain basis of the behaviorally defined syndrome of ASD. For the past 7-8 years, she has focused on the development and testing of new interventions to improve generalizable thinking skills and adaptive function in ASD.
  
Links :Autism Research Institute Registration March 11th



03/25/2015, Wednesday
Optimistic Parenting: Hope and Help for Individuals with Challenging Behavior
Autism Research Institute Online Education
Time: 1:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m.
 
Location: Webinar
Address:Dr. V. Mark Durand
 
Cost: Free
 
Challenging behaviors continue to top the list of concerns for families and teachers of persons with ASD. This talk will cover new insights into these obstacles and how families and others can overcome them and effectively help persons with even the most severe behavioral challenges. The presenter will describe how advances in positive psychology can help caregivers be more effective in their efforts to help those with ASD and how to help themselves lead happier and less stressful lives.
 
V. Mark Durand, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at the University of South Florida Street Petersburg, where he was the founding Dean of Arts & Sciences and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Dr. Durand is a fellow of the American Psychological.
  
Links :Autism Research Institute Registration March 25th



04/15/2015, Wednesday
Medical Comorbidities and ASD with M. Shetreat-Klein, MD
Autism Research Institute Online Education
Time: 1:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m.
 
Location: Webinar
Address:Dr. M. Shetreat-Klein
 
Cost: Free
 
Autism is a complex disorder, and the steps towards healing a child's brain and body sometimes can feel overwhelming. This session will give an overview of treating a child with autism from a functional medicine approach, stage by stage, with many specific examples of therapies as well as the science behind their effectiveness. It will also address the interaction between treatments and genetics, and how specific therapies can actually modulate genetic expression to improve clinical symptoms. Free Certificates of Attendance will be available for this webinar following a brief knowledge quiz.
  
Links :Autism Research Institute April 15th





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03/14/2015, Saturday
Jamestown Sensory Friendly Film
Movies @ The Reg - Disney's Big Hero 6
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.
  
Links :Movies @ the Reg





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05/12/2015, Tuesday
Self-Directed Services
Parent Network of WNY Workshop
Time: 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
 
Location: Salamanca Central Schools Room
Address:50 Iroquois Drive, Rm. 51
 Salamanca, NY 14779
 
Cost: Free
 
In this workshop individuals, families and caregivers will learn what OPWDD funded self-directed services are and how they work. Participants develop a basic understanding of creating an initial service plan for the individual with a developmental disability, identify what their responsibilities will be and who they will be working with during the process. Key terms and functions regarding self-directed services like employer and budget authority, start-up broker, support broker and more will be discussed.
 
Call, email or go online to register today: www.parentnetworkwny.org

(716) 332-4170
  
Links :Parent Network Workshop Registration