Autism Awareness Month

As the leading local autism support organization in the area, AutismUp dedicates the month of April to you – our friends and neighbors living with autism – and is pleased to offer programs and special events all month long! Please join us for any and all of these activities. Registration is simple and most offerings are made available free of charge or for a nominal fee. Then, join us on Saturday, May 7 four our as we celebrate our  AutismUp Spring Gala Event!

Activities for 2016 will be added as plans are plans are completed.  Check back regularly!  

 Grayed activities are some those we did in 2015


Download our calendar of events: CLICK HERE

1st: AutismUp Goes to SkyZone! Meet up with other families, halfway through the vacation week. We will have the place all to ourselves from 9-10am.

2nd: Carroll’s Bar Night! Celebrity bartenders and a great night among friends.  All tips go to AutismUp.

3rd: Facebook Friday
9:30am on AutismUp’s Facebook page. Log on and ask questions about AutismUp’s Summer Social Skills camp programs. Join in the conversation!

4th: Start Reading “Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid’
Get started on the book, website, and Facebook page.  That way you will be ready for April 25, when Patty and Gina (The Shut Up Sisters) come to town to entertain us!

6th: Movie Monday: “Best Kept Secret”
Watch ‘Best Kept Secret’ on Netflix streaming. At a public school in Newark, N.J., Janet Mino, who has taught a class of young men for four years, is on an urgent mission. She races against the clock as graduation approaches for her severely autistic minority students. Once they graduate and leave the security of this nurturing place, their options for living independently will be few. Mino must help them find the means to support themselves before they “age out” of the system. (90 minutes)
7th: OPWDD Forms and Info Night free1
7pm at AutismUp

Have you ‘gone through the Front Door’ and need help with next steps?  We are here to support you. Bring your forms and your questions.  Local service coordinators and representatives from the Kirch Center and AutismUp will be on hand.  Bring your paperwork and supporting documentation.

8th: Ask The Advocate free1
9:30am at AutismUp

Do you have questions about your child’s educational placement and services?  Are you struggling to find the best answers for your child?  Sign up to talk to an educational advocate to help you find the right path for your child.

9th & 10th: Social Thinking Conference
At the Doubletree Hotel in Henrietta

This is a rare opportunity to learn from Michelle Garcia Winner directly. We are pleased to be able to provide families with the opportunity to register for this conference at a group rate.
CLICK HERE to download the flyer, and follow the link below to register at a group rate ($327 for both days or $177 for a single day).

11th: Family Roller Skating Party
3:00-4:30 at the Pieters Family Life Center; $5 per family.
Join us in the gym for a private roller skating party for AutismUp families. Music and skates will be provided. Please bring a helmet and pads for your child. Parents are encouraged to skate, too!

12th: Martial Arts Try-It Session  free1
Strike Back Martial Arts at 12-12:45pm for ages 4-12; 1:15-2pm for ages 12-18

Always thought your child would enjoy martial arts but didn’t know if it would be a good fit? Now your child can try it in a supported environment.

13th: Movie Monday: “The Story of Luke”
Watch ‘The Story of Luke’ on Netflix streaming. Sheltered by his grandparents, Luke, a young man with autism, is thrust into a world that doesn’t expect anything from him. But Luke is on a quest for a job and true love. And he isn’t taking no for an answer.

14th: Blue and Green Day!
Wear blue and green to show your support for AutismUp. Post your pictures on our FB wall and on twitter, using the hashtag #autismup. Random photos will win AutismUp gear!

15th: Adult Connections free1
6:30pm at AutismUp
For adults with autism and their parents. Pizza will be served.


16th: Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children Traning
6:30pm at AutismUp; $25 per person.  This important training will teach you how to identify signs of sexual abuse in children and what you can do to prevent it.


17th: Facebook Friday
9:30am on AutismUp’s Facebook page
Dr. Laura Tomaselli, from the Pediatric Sleep Clinic will be waiting to answer your questions online. Join in the conversation!

23rd:  MATT’s 5th Annual Autism Spectrum Connection Fair
9am-1pm at Total Sports Experience
Come learn about all the businesses and agencies in our area that provide programs and services for families.  Information for families and fun for the kids!
19th: Family Swim  free1
12-2pm at Holy Childhood

An afternoon of swimming with your kids and other AutismUp families. Locker rooms are available for changing and two lifeguards are on duty to supervise the fun.

2oth: Movie Monday–‘Autism: the Musical’
Watch on Netflix streaming. “Autism: The Musical” is a 2007 documentary that follows the lives of five autistic children who write and perform their own musical. The film also follows the parents of the five, and reveals the intense personal struggles and challenges of raising children with autism. The parents in the film include well known figures like musician Steven Stills of the band Crosby, Stills and Nash.

21st: Autism 101 Workshop free1
7pm at AutismUp
Is your family new to the diagnosis of Autism (less than 6 months)?  Come learn about next steps, how to determine what is best for your child, and how to stay organized.  Each family will receive a binder to keep you orgranized and on the right track.

22nd:Website Wednesday

23: Mom’s Night Out
7pm at Webster Interiors

Join other AutismUp moms for a relaxing evening out. We will be making beautiful jewelry together, learning from a professional, who also happens to be an AutismUp mom! Food, wine and camaraderie all in one beautiful spot.

24th: Facebook Friday
9:30am on AutismUp’s Facebook page
A BCBA (or two) from the University of Rochester will be ready to take your questions.

25th: Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid free1
7pm at the JCC
Spend a hilarious night out with like-minded parents.  Meet Patty and Gina, The Shut Up Sisters!  Presented by AutismUp and the Flower City Down Syndrome Network.  Sponsors include the JCC, Jewish Family Service, CARD, Upstate Special Needs Planning, and Pace Chiropractic. Bring a friend (or five)!

27th: Movie Monday: Dad’s In Heaven With Nixon
Watch on Netflix streaming.  This touching film tells the story of Chris.   He is autistic, living on his own for more than 30 years, navigating public transportation, affectionate with his mom and brother, certain that his father is in Heaven, keeping his eye on his sons and friends with Richard Nixon, a foe on earth. Chris’s art features cheerful landscapes of New York buildings, meticulously done in multi-media, and sold at an NY gallery. He likes his life, just as it is.

29th: Website Wednesday