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 2 as we celebrate our 10th anniversaty AutismUp Spring Gala Event!

Download a list of eventsHERE.
Download our calendar of events 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. be waiting to answer your questions online. 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 12pm or 1pm
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
Mary Judge from the University of Rochester will be discussing healthy transitions. For adult with autism and their parents. Pizza will be served.


16th: 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.

17th: Facebook Friday
9:30am on AutismUp’s Facebook page
____ will be waiting to answer your questions online. Join in the conversation!

18th: Sensory Friendly Film: Underdog
10am at the AMC Theater in Webster
Watch ‘Underdog’ in a sensory friendly environment—lights will be up and sound will be down. Purchase your tickets online, since these showings usually sell out in advance. Purchase tickets directly through the theater.
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’
“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.

22nd: Website Wednesday
This website disseminates information on a national level about disabilities in children and youth. Information on disability and education law, as well as information on specific disabilities, and research is available on this site.

23rd: 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.

24th: Facebook Friday
9:30am on AutismUp’s Facebook page
Dr. Tristram Smith will be online to answer your questions about difficult behaviors. Join in the conversation!

25th: Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid free1
7pm at the JCC
Spend a night out with like-minded parents.  Meet Patty and Gina, The Shut Up Sisters.  Presented by AutismUp and the Flower City Down Syndrome Network.  Bring a friend!

27th: Movie Monday: Dad’s In Heaven With Nixon
Sky Zone will once again open up early for our families to jump. Price includes Sky Socks, for jumping. This event has limited space, so sign up early!

29th: Website Wednesday
This well-written blog is written by Jess about her daughter ‘Brooke’ and their family’s journey with autism. Jess has become a national voice for autism and self advocacy. Her posts and anecdotes are relatable, humorous, poignant, and lighthearted–all at once.