Autism Acceptance 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!

April 2: Dinosaur Train Special Episode Screening at WXXI free1
Where: WXXI Studios at 280 State Street
When: 10am or 2pm
Reservations are required and can be made by phone at (585) 258-0200.
Join WXXI and AutismUp for special screenings of a brand new episode of Dinosaur Train! This event will allow families to enjoy watching in a ‘lights up-sound down, safe and inclusive environment.  WXXI will also have hands-on activities and crafts for the kids.  Plus, AutismUp will be on-site to share information and talk with parents. Download the flyer HERE .

April 3: Rochester Americans Autism Awareness Game Night

  • The puck drops at 5:05pm!
  • Best Available Tickets $18.00 of which $2 goes to the collaboration of the local autism non-profits (AutismUp, Camp Puzzle Peace, MATT, and The Autism Council).
  • Preferred seating away from the goal horn will be available.
  • Sensory Free Zone with alternative activities will be available
  • Silent auction of commemorative puzzle piece autographed sticks where 100% of the proceeds will go to the local autism non-profit collaboration.
  • Social story will be available for those attending.
  • Tickets can be purchased HERE.

April 5, 12, 19, 26: My Child Has Sensory Issues? Now What?
7pm at AutismUp
Join us for a FREE 4 week parent training series on sensory processing/integration. What does it mean and how can you help your child. Facilitated by our experienced occupational and physical therapists, parents and caregivers will learn about various parts of the sensory system, as well as strategies to implement in the home. Individual questions encouraged. Parents should attend without their children.
Week 1: Overview of Sensory: What does sensory integration mean including terms and definitions.
Week 2: What to Look For in My Child: How do I recognize sensory needs in my child.
Week 3: How can I Help: Organization and implementation of strategies at home.
Week 4: Self-awareness Surrounding Senses: Experience your own sensory system to better help your child. Dress comfortably as you will be engaging in techniques and use of equipment.

April 6: Parent Effectiveness Program (PEP) Orientation & Info Sessionfree1
7pm at AutismUp
Want to be a more effective parent to your child with ASD?  Want to feel more confident and less stressed?  Then PEP is for you. Find out more information about this incredible parenting program, specially designed for parents of children with autism.

April 10: Family Swim  free1
10am-12pm 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.

April 10: Rochester Razorsharks Autism Awareness Game 
2:05 at Blue Cross Arena
An afternoon of fun and raising awareness about AutismUp with the Razorsharks!

April 18: How to Read and Understand Your Child’s IEPfree1
7pm at AutismUp
Whether you are new to the process, or have been attending CSE meetings for years now, this workshop can help.  Learn to understand the components of an IEP, the ‘lingo’ that appears inside, and more, developing a better educational experience for your child.

April 20: Adult Connectionsfree1
6:30pm at AutismUp
REGISTER HERE April 21: Stewards of Children Training 
9:30am-12:00pm at AutismUp; FREE 
AutismUp is proud to participate in our local Darkness to Light (D2L) Collaborative, which exists to end child sexual abuse. People with disabilities are 3 to 6 time more likely to be sexually abused than their typical peers. This program educates participants about preventing sexual abuse, recognizing it, and reacting responsibly. Be a part of us preventing child sexual abuse in our community.
Register for this important program HERE.

April 22: Open House at AutismUp free1
For families with children ages 3-12. Come check us out!

April 23:  MATT’s 5th Annual Autism Spectrum Connection Fairfree1
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!

April 25: Parent Connectionsfree1
9:30am at AutismUp
Connect with other parents, grab a cup of coffee, and see our new space!

April 29: Open House at AutismUpfree1
For families with teens and young adults. Come check us out!