ASPERGER SUPPORT NETWORK
Please send new items, updates, and edits for the JULY 2009 issue to firstname.lastname@example.org by JUNE 23, 2009. Thank you!
This newsletter is organized into the following sections:
TALKS, CONFERENCES, ACTIVITIES, AND WORKSHOPS
DIAGNOSIS, EVALUATION, AND THERAPY RESOURCES
DISABILITY AND SPECIAL EDUCATION ATTORNEYS
ON-GOING SUPPORT, EDUCATION, AND INFORMATION RESOURCES
RECREATION, CHILD CARE, AND TRAVEL RESOURCES
TRANSITION TO ADULTHOOD RESOURCES
RESOURCES FOR ADULTS WITH ASPERGERS
The information in this newsletter is also available on-line at http://www.seattleaspergers.org
== TALKS, CONFERENCES, ACTIVITIES, AND WORKSHOPS ==
MARK YOUR CALENDARS! ASPERGER FAMILY PICNIC – JULY 12
Mark your calendars for this year's annual Asperger family picnic. 11:30 AM -3:00 PM Families;
3:00 - 6:00 PM Aspie Adults (but all are welcome all day!) This year's picnic will be located at Gas Works Park, north of Lake Union, due to construction in Magnuson Park. For details or to assist with activities, contact Helen at email@example.com or visit http://seattleaspergers.org/moreevents.aspx
SOCIAL NETWORKS AND PERSONAL SAFETY: MAKING GOOD CHOICES – JUNE 3
Robbie Rigby, who has been a DD case manager for 20 years, will share hints and tips on safety in social networking situations for teens and adults with developmental disabilities. Parents are welcome at this event, June 3, 7:00-9:00 PM, King County Library Service Center, 960 Newport Way NW, Issaquah (just behind Target). For details, call (425) 392-5682 or (425) 747-3039.
TESSERA LUNCHEON FOR PARENTS – JUNE 4
Complimentary lunch and parking validation at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue, Regency Room, 900 Bellevue Way NE, Thursday, June 4, 12:00 to 1:30 PM. Tessera wants to hear directly from the parents of those touched by autism in order to draw upon the rich experience and insight parents can bring forward for creating quality programs. This is not a fund-raising event. RSVP required to RSVP@tessera.org (Michelle Nitz-Weiss, Executive Direct (206) 660-5406, firstname.lastname@example.org)
FREE HELPING PARENTS TRAINING – JUNE 5 Dinner and JUNE 6 Training
The Arc of King County is offering its free Helping Parents Training. This training provides an opportunity to come along side families who are beginning the journey of living and coping with a child with a disability. Friday evening is a "get to know you" dinner and your family is invited to attend. Saturday is a five-hour training session. Both are located at the Arc of King County, 233 Sixth Avenue N, Seattle. RSVP to Cathy Murahashi at (206) 819-7039 or (425) 643-4048 or email email@example.com.
JUNE 5 – Get to know you Dinner, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
JUNE 6 – Training, 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM, lunch provided, childcare stipends available upon request
PUSH AMERICA'S JOURNEY OF HOPE DINNER – JUNE 7
Push America is a philanthropic organization associated with Pi Kappa Phi fraternity and focuses on issues related to individuals with disabilities. The journey of Hope is an annual cross-country cycling event. Friendship Visit and Dinner will be Sunday, June 7, 6:00 PM to 11:55 PM, Gas Works Park, Seattle. For details, visit
CREATIVE OPPORTUNITY FOR PARENTS RAISING CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS – JUNE 10
At Kirkland Arts Center on June 10, 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM, there will be a FREE Block Printing, Bookmaking, Card-making, Socializing Fun Shop Celebrating YOU, the parents raising children with special needs. All supplies are provided. Bring a smock or clothes that can get dirty. Kirkland Arts Center, 620 Market St, Kirkland (425) 822-7161. RSVP to Mary Mac (425) 827-5097 or firstname.lastname@example.org
WASHINGTON STATE YOUTH LEADERSHIP FORUM FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES – AUGUST 9-14 - APPLICATIONS DUE JUNE 10
High school students with disabilities who will be juniors or seniors in the autumn are encouraged to apply for this opportunity. The Forum offers a chance to learn the skills of leadership and citizenship as well as to develop personal and social skills. Participation is offered free to selected applicants. For more information or an application packet, please contact Cathy Warms, member of Governor's Committee on Disability Issues and Employment: email@example.com .edu
DEFEAT AUTISM NOW! CONFERENCE SCHEDULE FOR 2009
JUNE 13-14: Defeat Autism Now! Mini-DAN! Oklahoma City, OK
OCTOBER 8-12: Defeat Autism Now! Fall 2009 Conerence, Dallas, TX
For details and registration information, visit http://www.defeatautismnow.com
BIKE FIRST! LOSE THE TRAINING WHEELS IN PORTLAND – JUNE 15-19
This program works with youngsters who experience difficulty getting past training wheels and onto conventional two-wheelers. http://bikefirst. googlepages. com/campsforspec ialneedskids
COMPETITION FOR YOUNG ARTISTS WITH DISABILITIES – DEADLINE JUNE 19
Awards: 1st prize: $20,000; 2nd prize: $10,000; 3rd prize: $6,000. This program is open to artists between the ages of 16 and 25 who are living in the United States and who have a physical, cognitive, or sensory disability. Most media are eligible. For details, visit http://www.vsarts.org/prebuilt/showcase/gallery/exhibits/vw/current/
ODYSSEY CHALLENGE ROPES COURSE SIBSHOP – JUNE 20
This Sibshop is geared toward students who have completed 5th grade through high school age who have a brother or sister with a disability. Kids will be grouped with participants their own age. $50 includes challenge course, t-shirt, and snacks. Bring bag lunch. Scholarships available to families with financial need. Saturday, June 20, 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM, Cottage Lake Park, 18831 NE WoodinvilleDuvall Road, Woodinville. Contact Andrea at (425) 885-0939 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
FREE SHOWING OF MOZART AND THE WHALE MOVIE – JUNE 26
Join a group of Asperger adults and Neurotypical adults in a private showing of the movie "Mozart and the Whale" followed by a discussion focusing on Asperger Syndrome. FREE. North Seattle. Firm RSVP please (limited seating). Contact Guy at email@example.com or (206) 459-9209 for location and other details and to RSVP.
INTEGRATED MOVEMENT THERAPY TRAINING – JUNE 26
Learn the basics of Integrated Movement Therapy (yoga therapy) at this all day seminar, January 9, Saturday, 11:00 AM-4:00 PM, at the Samarya Center, Seattle. Call (206) 568-8335 or visit www.samaryacenter.org
JUNE 26 – IMT Basics
JULY 10 – IMT Basics
JULY 10-12 – IMT and Teens Level 1
AUGUST 7 – IMT Basics
AUGUST 7-9 – IMT and Adults Level 1
SEPTEMBER 11-13 – IMT and Children Level 2
OCTOBER 23-25 – IMT and Adults Level 2
NOVEMBER 4-8 (2009) – 5-Day Advanced IMT Retreat
TACOMA WALK NOW FOR AUTISM – JULY 11
Funds go to Autism Speaks for research and education. Cheney Stadium, Tacoma. www.walknowfoautism.org/tacoma
ASPERGER FAMILY PICNIC – JULY 12
Mark your calendars for this year's annual Asperger family picnic. 11:30 AM -3:00 PM Families;
3:00 - 6:00 PM Aspie Adults (but all are welcome all day!) This year's picnic will be located at Gas Works Park, north of Lake Union due to construction in Magnuson Park. For details or to assist, contact Helen at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://seattleaspergers.org/moreevents.aspx
UW AUTISM CENTER SUMMER WORKSHP SERIES FOR PARENTS AND PROFESSIONALS – JULY 13-24
JULY 13-17, 9am-4pm: Classroom, Clinic and In-Home Interventions for Children and Adolescents with ASDs, $500
JULY 20, 9am-4pm: School Psychologists and Autism: Identification of and Recommendations for Students with ASDs, $100
JULY 21, 9am-4pm: Speech-Language Pathology & Children with ASDs: From Early Communicators to Adolescents, $100
JULY 22, 9am-4pm: Occupational Therapy & Children with ASDs: Classroom- and Clinic-based Assessment and Intervention Strategies, $100
JULY 23, 9am-4pm: Therapeutic Interventions for High-Functioning Children and Adolescents with ASDs, $100
JULY 24, 9am-4pm: Applied Behavior Analysis and Early Intervention, $100
Register by June 1 and save 10%. Located at CHDD Building, Room 150, UW Seattle Campus. For more information, visit www.depts.washington.edu/uwautism/training or contact Heather McConaghy at email@example.com or (206) 616-8642.
AUTISM DAY AT JUBILEE FARM IN CARNATION – AUGUST 8
9th annual Autism Day, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, August 8, at Jubilee Farm in Carnation. Visit www.AutismDayWA.com for details.
SOUTHEASTERN WASHINGTON AUTISM CONFERENCE – AUGUST 6-7
With special speakers Michelle Garcia Winner and author Dawn Prince-Hughes, this two-day conference will be located at Three Rivers Convention Center, 7016 W. Grandridge Blvd, Kennewick, WA [For hotel reservations, call (509) 737-3700.] For more information about the conference and to register, visit http://www.neurologicalresourcecenter.org/AutismConference/
SEATTLE MARINERS 3RD ANNUAL AUTISM AWARENESS NIGHT – AUGUST 11
Autism Speaks and Athletes Against Autism are partnering with the Seattle Mariners for the 3rd Annual Autism Awareness night. Tickets are $15 for 300 Level, $32 for 100 Level. Plus the Mariners are giving $7 to Autism Speaks and Athletes Against Autism for every ticket sold through this website: www.mariners.com/autism. For groups of 25 or more, call Yoko at (206) 346-4505. Autism Speaks (253) 826-9723.
SEATTLE WALK NOW FOR AUTISM – OCTOBER 3
2009 Seattle Walk Now for Autism event will be held on Saturday, October 3, at the University of Washington's Dempsy Indoor Arena. Register your teams and start fundraising now at http://www.walknowforautism.org/seattle Funds go to Autism Speaks for research and education.
MICHELLE GARCIA WINNER'S SOCIAL THINKING PROVIDERS CONFERENCE – OCTOBER 6-7 – IN SEATTLE
How Social Thinking Affects Academic Skills, Finding Teachable Moments and Much More. Michelle Garcia Winner will use approaches she developed in her clinical work and describes in her books to illustrate how social processing difficulties affect social skills, the ability to work as part of a group and focus on specific academic tasks, such as written expression, reading comprehension, and organizational skills. http://www.socialthinking.com
SHORT FILM ABOUT ASPERGERS SYNDOME – OCTOBER 12
A short film about Aspergers Syndrome has been nominated for an International Award and will be screened as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival with the winner being announced at a ceremony on 12 October. You can see the film at http://biomation.blogspot.com/"
ORGANIZATION FOR AUTISM RESEARCH (OAR) 2009 CONFERENCE – OCTOBER 23-24
Two days of presentations by leading autism professionals, researchers, and experts on subjects such as education and intervention across the lifespan. Arlington, Virginia. Contact Alyssa Kruszyna at firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 243-9717 or visit http://www.researchautism.org/news/conference/schedule
== SUPPORT GROUPS ==
EDUCATION AND SUPPORT GROUP FOR ASPERGER'S SYNDROME - SEATTLE
This group meets the second Wednesday of the month, 6:30-8:30pm, Greenwood Senior Activity Center, 525 North 85th Street. SEATTLE. Call Karen Roe at (206) 782-2232 or email MasterCoachKaren@KarenRoe.com for more information.
JUNE 10 – Ilene Schwartz, PhD, University of Washington, Experimental Education Unit
OCTOBER 14 – Dawn Prince-Hughes, Ph.D., Noted author and presenter will be the featured speaker for the new Asperger 501c3 Non-Profit, Asperger Support and Friends Exchange (ASAFE), Kick-Off Celebration. Please join us!
NEW EASTSIDE PARENT SUPPORT GROUP – WOODINVILLE AND BOTHELL
New support group for parents of children with autism, Aspergers, PDD-NOS, and Sensory Integration Disorders. Hosted by Beth Jenson, MA, Marriage and Family Therapist, (425) 830-2493.
WEDNESDAYS – 7:00 – 9:00 PM, Woodinville Wellness Center, 16818-140th Ave NE, Woodinville
THURSDAYS – 12:00 – 2:00 PM, Northshore Family Center, 18414-103rd Ave NE, Bothell
SPECIAL FAMILIES OF PIERCE COUNTY - TACOMA
This is a parent support group for families with special needs children in Pierce County; Emphasis is on networking with each other, gaining knowledge from expert speakers, and learning to advocate for our children. To be added to mailing list or for more information contact Angela Fish at email@example.com or (253) 830-4368. Visit the group page on www.Facebook.com search for "Special Families of Pierce County". Now an affiliate of www.ExceptionalFamilies.net
Meetings are scheduled for 6:30 to 8:00 PM, at Pierce County Library PAC, 3005 112th St E, Tacoma
JUNE 1 – Brain-Based Movement: Integration & Development of the Neuro-Sensory-Motor System, Sonia Story, Neurodevelopmental Movement Therapist, Conference Room B – bring a water bottle and wear comfortable clothing.
SOUTH SNOHOMISH COUNTY CHILDREN WITH ASPERGER'S PARENT GROUP
Group meets twice monthly on the first and third Monday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 PM, at Grace Fellowship Church, 6328 - 180th St SW, Lynnwood. Free. Guest speakers featured at the third Monday meetings. Sponsored by Family Support Center. Call Pam Graham at (425) 670-8984 x22 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.familysupportcenter.net
AUTISM LIVING LIFE AND YOU – AUTISM SUPPORT IN SEATTLE
Support group for parents and caregivers of children who are significantly impacted by autism. This group meets the last Thursday of each month, 6:30-8pm, Children's Hospital, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, Free childcare available. Contact Katrina or Anna at (206) 332-1646, email@example.com. Registration is required. Sponsored by Seattle Children's, The Arc of King County, and ASTAR.
SOUTH KING AUTISM EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT GROUP (Formerly Des Moines Autism Support Group)
This group meets the third Thursday of the month from 7-9pm at Children's Therapy Center, 10811 SE Kent Kangley Road, KENT. FREE, no RSVP needed, no childcare. Email Elaine Ford at Elaine@skipkids.org or Jennifer O'Neal at JenniferO@dynamicfamilies.org to be added to email list to get meeting reminders and for more information.
MOCHA – Mothers of Children with Autism Support Group
Peer support, comfort and energy for parents and family members of children with ASD diagnosis or related issues, including biomedical interventions. Childcare is not available. Call the meeting organizer for specific information about bringing a child or children. Usually meets on the 3rd Saturday of the month, 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon. Contact Janelle Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org or (206) 371-5128 or Sarah Richards at email@example.com or (425) 260-1190.
MOCHA is planning monthly activities based on your interests. Contact Crystal Koski at firstname.lastname@example.org to suggest activities and good times/locations
SOUTH PUGET SOUND SUPPORT GROUP
Western Washington TACA meetings, for local information email (King County) Ricci King at email@example.com or (South Puget Sound) Dean and Denise Fulton at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also visit http://www.tacanow.com/index.htm Meetings are held 10am-12:30pm, South Campus of Bates Technical College, Building E Auditorium, 2201 South 78th St, Tacoma.
JUNE 20 – Strategies for Implementing a Highly Individualized ABA Program, Catherine Minch, MA, board certified behavioral analyst with more than a decade of experience implementing home programs for ASD individuals around the world.
JULY 18 – Joanna Haws, OK, Vision Evaluation and Therapy.
SEPTEMBER 19 – Bonnie and Nick Yeates, Obtaining the Services You Need and Meet Nick.
SNOHOMISH AUTISM SPECTRUM SUPPORT INFORMATION AND EDUCATION (SASSIE)
Parent To Parent of the Arc of Snohomish County Autism Support Group meets the third Monday of the month from 7-8:30pm at The Arc of Snohomish County, 2500 Hewitt Ave, Suite 300, Everett. For more information, contact Tracie Diemert at (425) 258-2459 ext 111 or Tracie@arcsno.org
TEEN SUPPORT GROUP STARTING IN MONROE
Interested in support for teens on the spectrum in Monroe? A Monroe mother is starting and facilitating this group. To find out more, contact Sandra Nunnelee at email@example.com
ASPERGER'S SYNDROME ADULT SOCIALIZING GROUP
FREE monthly group for adults on the high-end of the autism spectrum: socialize, get acquainted, have fun together. Meets the 4th Wednesday of each month at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church (http://gracewels.net/site/calgrid.asp?sec_id=140005633 ), 112th and Greenwood in North Seattle, 7-9PM, SEATTLE. Contact Karen Roe at (206)782-2232 or MasterCoachKaren@KarenRoe.com for dates and location.
SOUTH SOUND ASPERAGAS (ASPERGER'S A GAS!)
This is a FREE support group for anyone touched by Aspergers. To learn more and to register for the group, visit http://aspergers.meetup.com/373/
Group for adults, ages 18 and over, on the spectrum, meets Mondays, 5-6pm, Redmond, $110 per month. Small group with similar challenges. Casual and fun, a safe place to get comfortable in a group and ask your questions. Led by Elaine Duncan who has lead groups for people on the spectrum for over five years. Contact Elaine Duncan, MA, LMHC, (425) 883-4939, Elaineaduncan@msn.com or visit www.elaineaduncan.com
EXCEPTIONAL FAMILIES - OLYMPIA
ExceptionalFamilies.Net is an online support group which offers discussion groups, online calendar, file uploads, video clips, teleconference capabilities and more. Email firstname.lastname@example.org logon at http://www.exceptionalfamilies.net
SENSORY PROCESSING DISORDER SUPPORT
Sensory Planet Social Network. The goal of this group is to bring a positive, purposeful and valuable social network community to those whose lives are affected by Sensory Processing Disorder. www.sensoryplanet.com. Contact Carrie Fannin with any questions at email@example.com
SPOUSES AND LIFE PARTNERS OF PEOPLE WITH ASPERGER'S SYNDROME SUPPORT GROUP
Support group for the neuro-typical spouses and life partners of people with Asperger's Syndrome. This is a community group, not directed by a health professional. Contact Faye Ku at (425) 392-3523 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and dates (usually the 4th Wednesday or the last Wednesday of the month.) Meeting information and other resources at http://aspartners.org .
FAMILY ALLIANCE FOR MENTAL HEALTH – THURSTON AND MASON COUNTIES
Support for parents and caregivers of children and youth in Thurston and Mason counties who struggle with social/emotional issues, lack of peer connections, irregular school attendance, behavior problems, isolation from friends, family and the community. Meet others who share the same challenges to find solutions based on family strengths. Partnering with 25 local community, regional, state and national parent and professional organizations and schools to provide access to speakers/training, resources and referrals. Contact Donna Obermeyer (360) 790-7505 or email email@example.com Join the YahooGroup: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/FamilyAllianceforMentalHealth/
PARENT SUPPORT IN OAK HARBOR, MARYSVILLE, BURLINGTON, AND BELLINGHAM
TRIP (Training Resources in Partnership) offers parents of children and youth with mental, emotional, and behavioral concerns support, information, resources, and training. Sponsored by North Sound Mental Health Admin.-RSN for Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, and Whatcom Counties. Contact (877) 819-3901 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.trip-ns.com
Oak Harbor Lutheran Church, 1253 NW 2nd Ave, Oak Harbor – 1st Wednesday, 6:30-8pm
Word of Life Lutheran Brethren Church, 9028 51st Ave NE, Marysville – 2nd Tuesday, 6:30-8pm
A Common Ground Coffee House, 351 Pease Road, Burlington – 3rd Wednesday, 6:30-8pm
Christ The Servant Lutheran Church, 2600 Lakeway Dr, Bellingham – 4th Monday, 6:30-8pm
SPOKANE AUTISM SOCIETY SUPPORT GROUP
Monthly support group for parents of children on the autism spectrum. Also a biomedical group called MOCHA, Mothers of Children's Health Affected by Autism (dad's are welcome too). Contact Kathleen Stimple at (509) 624-3323 for dates and times.
AUTISM SOCIETY OF SPOKANE
Julie Parry at Spokane@autismsocietyofwa.org
SPOKANE AUTISM SUPPORT
Check out SpokaneAutism, a YahooGroup for Eastern Washington. Contact Susan Wells at email@example.com or call (509) 326-0559 for details or visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SpokaneAutism/
AUTISM RECOVERY SPOKANE
FAIRFAX HOSPITAL SUPPORT GROUP
Meetings held the first Tuesday Evening of each month, 7-8:30pm, in the Fairfax Boardroom, 10200 NE 132nd St, Kirkland. Contact Steve at (425) 761-9050 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
SEATTLE SPECIAL ED PTSA
The Seattle Special Ed PTSA is here to serve and advocate on your behalf. Please let them know which issues are of most concern to you. Contact President Janet Anderson at email@example.com or Secretary Linda Scott firstname.lastname@example.org Check website for more information, meeting locations, dates, and times www.seattlespecialedptsa.org
Last BOARD MEETING of the year, June 3, 9:45 to 11:00 AM at Zoka Coffee Shop, 2901 NE Blakeley St, Seattle (just north of University Village); all are welcome to attend. If you have an item to add to the agenda of the board meeting, contact Janet Anderson at Kenneth_anderson@comcast.net in writing at least 48 hours in advance.
Special Education Advisory and Advocacy Council for Seattle Schools. Contact Rick Minutoli at (206) 396-3719, (206) 725-7361, or email@example.com for upcoming meetings and advocacy assistance. Meetings are held each month at the John Stanford Center for Educaitonal Excellenece, Room 2776, 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Visit www.seattleschools.org/area/speced/index.dxml
JUNE 11 (if needed)
EVERETT SPECIAL ED PTSA
Everett School District Special Education PTSA. Contact Julie Gelo at (206) 940-3843 or JulieGelo@aol.com or Scott Schreffler at firstname.lastname@example.org Ask to be added to EverettSpecEdParents@yahoogroups.com
MARYSVILLE SPECIAL EDUCATION PTSA
Contact Rita at email@example.com or, for much more information, visit www.mseptsa.org
PARENT SUPPORT GROUP FOR EVERETT SCHOOL DISTRICT AND SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES
For families facing the joys and challenges of children with special needs living in the Everett School District and surrounding communities. Located at Puget Sound Autism Services, 5105 – 200th Street SW, Suite 100, Lynnwood. For more information contact Cynthia Allen-Weissinger at firstname.lastname@example.org or (425) 438-9608 or Glenna Clouse at email@example.com or (206) 617-2131.
LWSD PTSA SPECIAL NEEDS GROUP
Connect with other parents of kids with special needs in the Lake Washington School District. Meetings are 7-8:30pm at the LWSD Resource Center, 16250 NE 74th St, Redmond (Redmond Town Center). Call (425) 702-3200 for more information.