Autismup Events

Autism Acceptance Month 2018

Annual Celebration of People with Autism and their Families

We have a full month of events for our members and the community. From Open Gym to parent meet-ups, there's something for everyone. Acceptance Month ends on a high note with the "Hope Lights Havana Nights Gala" on April 28!
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April 2018 Activities Calendar

April 7:  MINECRAFT BREAKFAST BUDDIES Begins, Saturday Mornings

Connect with friends every Saturday morning using our staff monitored and secure online Minecraft server. Personal Minecraft accounts required. Minecraft Breakfast Buddies will allow subscribers to access AU's Minecraft world from the comfort of their own home and instantly connect with friends all over the community. Every session will be remotely monitored by our trained AU staff to ensure security and to facilitate in-game conversations. Subscribers will also be required to fill out a family profile and will be verified before being granted access.  More information and registration can be found HERE

April 9:  SAFE@HOME Presentation by Prevention 1st | 7:00 PM @ AutismUp

Safe@Home is our program designed to help people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities learn how to live safely as they transition into independent living settings. Since the program piloted, the number of residential hazards in our participants’ homes was reduced and participant performance of all targeted fire safety skills increased significantly. Learn more about this important program and how to prepare your child to live independently.  RSVP HERE.

April 11:  AUTISM 101 for Newly Diagnosed Families | 7:00 PM @ AutismUp 
Learn about Autism and what the diagnosis means for your child. Come away with a roadmap to plan the next steps on your family's journey. REGISTER HERE. 

April 13:  PARENT'S NIGHT OUT | 7:00 PM @ Grappa

Join other AutismUp parents for an evening of relaxation and conversation.  
No need to RSVP.  See you there!

April 15:  SENSORY SUNDAY AT THE STRONG | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Explore the museum in a comfortable and accepting environment that features fewer guests, light and sound reduction, extra visual safety signage, and designated quiet areas that include sensory friendly toys. Also enjoy story readings and a free visit to the relaxing Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden before noon. Museum Social Stories are available to help you and your child familiarize yourself with the museum and its exhibits before you visit. Families can stay after the museum opens at noon to the public.

REGISTER HERE. $15 for non-members; $10 for members. Space is limited to 250 guests. Registration required. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

April 16, 23, 30 & May 7:  Parent Advocates & Ambassadors Training Program
A Four Part Series | 9:30 AM or 7:00 PM | Al Sigl Center 

This FREE 4-week program will train AutismUp parents to:

• Understand Disability Rights & Special Education Laws & Regulations
• Maximize the effectiveness of school services and IEP’s
• Utilize appropriate regulation and behavior management strategies
• Mentor fellow AutismUp parents through their own journeys   
• Effectively represent AutismUp in the community
The four-week curriculum includesAutismUp & Autism Basics, Disability Laws and Special Education Regulations, How to Understand & Create an Effective IEP, and Regulation & Behavior Management Techniques. Morning session is 9:30-11:30am. Evening session is 7:00-9:00pm. 

Participants agree to: 

• Attend all 4 sessions of the morning or evening class 
• Use their new knowledge to mentor and educate other parents 
• Volunteer their time to represent AutismUp at community events

Register HERE.

April 18:  AUTISM 102: Engaging Your Child with Jackie Bartell | 7:00 PM @ AutismUp
Discover techniques to identify your child’s individual challenges, so you can foster interactions that work. Floortime is a play-based practice in which you play with your child throughout the day—even around everyday activities such as during meals or running errands.  These interactions will help your child move up the developmental ladder.

By harnessing their positive affect to engage them, we can help them form symbolic meaning, and form logical bridges between ideas. Only once these capacities are reached can the child truly be ready to learn academics without great challenges.

Register HERE for this important workshop. 

April 19:  PARENT CONNECTIONS | 9:30 AM @ Boulder Coffee
Grab a cup of coffee and connect with other AutismUp parents. An AutismUp Navigator will be there to help facilitate conversation.  RSVP HERE. 

April 22:  KESHER MEET UP for Jewish Parents of Children with Disabilities |
10:00 AM @ Temple B'rith Kodesh.  
Connect with other Jewish parents of children with disabilities. RSVP HERE. 

April 25:  OPWDD SELF DIRECTION Information Session | 7:00 PM @ AutismUp
For families whose children are eligible for OPWDD Waiver services and for families who are starting the eligibility process.  Learn about Self-Directed service delivery to see if it might work for your family. RSVP HERE.

April 28:  NERF BATTLE Fundraiser for AutismUp | 2:00 - 3:00 PM
This is the second year for this AU-some event.  The Rochester Foam Dart League is fun for kids and adults.  Come out with the whole family! More information can be found HERE.

April 28:  Mixed Martial Arts Fundraiser for AutismUp | The Main Street Armory

April 28:  HOPE LIGHTS HAVANA NIGHTS GALA | 6:00 PM @ The Convention Center

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Membership to AutismUp has many benefits, including access to a broad array of complimentary support services, early registration, discounts and more. 

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How to register:

Register (if applicable) for each activity using the link in the description.


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