Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Surfers Healing Fundraiser TONIGHT!

Surfers Healing, an organization that provides free surfing events to kids with autism, will hold a fundrasier at Caddies on Cordell tonight, April 27, from 6-9 p.m.

There will be a $5 wristband for extended happy hour food and drink specials. Caddies will donate 10% of sales from 6-9 p.m. to Surfers Healing.

If you cannot attend, you can still donate online. Go to www.firstgiving.com, go to the "search for a non profit" bar and type in Surfers Healing Ocean City to make your donation.

Caddies on Cordell is located at 4922 Cordell Avenue in Bethesda.

Inclusive Theatre Companies to Perform in Glad Men

ArtStream's Inclusive Theatre Company will present several performances of Glad Men at the Round House Theatre in Silver Spring.

Do you ever find yourself slogging through your daily grind? Worried about new-fangled technology? Paranoid about communists? Do you see spies and alien spaceships? Learn about these and other perils of our modern times in this original comedy.

Inclusive Theatre Company is made up of adult actors with intellectual disabilities. Glad Men will be performed April 29-May 1 and May 6-7. Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $10. Buy tickets online or at the door. The Round House Theatre Silver Spring is located at 8641 Colesville Road in Silver Spring.

ArtStream Inc. is a group of professional artists committed to bringing acting, music and dance to individuals in communities traditionally under-served by the arts, especially those with disabilities or challenging life circumstances.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Fly Away: New Movie About Autism

Check out Fly Away, an award-winning movie about a single mom and her young adult daughter with autism.

This movie was directed by Janet Grillo, who has a son on the autism spectrum. For more information, visit the Madison House Foundation's blog post about the movie.

If you can't catch it in the theatre, it will (eventually) be available on Netflix.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Event Summary for the Week of April 18, 2011

Check out the AutMont Calendar to see all of the activities for this week as well as those coming up!

Wednesday, April 20:


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Up for Discussion on AutMont:


For every person who "likes" Silver Stars Gymnastic's Facebook page this month, they will give a dollar to SEEC.

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Do you know of another event? Leave details in the comments!

Sports Plus Camp Registration is Open

Sports Plus is now opening its registration for the 2011 Summer Camp Program beginning June 20th.

Spaces fill quickly so please send in your registrations as soon as possible. You can access the registration form and more information about the camp on their website at www.playsportsplus.org.

SEEC's Motown & More Fundraiser

SEEC (Seeking Equality, Empowerment and Community for People with Developmental Disabilities) will be holding their Motown & More Fundraiser on April 30 at 7 p.m.

The event will feature a DJ and dancing, a silent auction, food and drinks and a raffle. Admission to the event is $125.

Motown & More will be held at the Bethesda Marriott at Pooks Hill (5151 Pooks Hill Road) in Bethesda.

If you're looking for another easy way to support SEEC, Silver Stars Gymnastics will donate $1 to SEEC for every person who "likes" their Facebook fan page this month.

MCPS Celebration of Special Needs Families

MCPS will honor many individuals and groups for their commitment to special needs families in the MCPS system on May 9.

The ceremony will be held at Rockville High School beginning at 7:30 p.m., although light refreshments will be available at 6:30 p.m.

Please RSVP to Jeanne Taylor at FRTJMT@yahoo.com. Rockville High School is located at 2100 Baltimore Road in Rockville.

April 2011 Transition Times Meeting

The Arc of Montgomery County and Potomac Community Resources will hold their next Transition Times meeting on April 27 from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Shawn Lattanzio, the program manager at Montgomery County Health and Human Services, Aging and Disability, will speak. Lattanzio will present information and updates on the steps of the transition process and on other issues and agencies related to transition. Bring any questions you have.

For more information, contact Haydee M.M. De Paula at 301-984-5792 or haydeed@arcmontmd.org or Abby Lubran at 301-365-0561 or abby@pcr-inc.org.

This meeting will be held at The Arc of Montgomery County (11600 Nebel Street) in Rockville. Please use the side entrance.

Wrightslaw Conference in Arlington, VA

Wrightslaw will hold a Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference featuring Pete Wright on May 19 in Arlington, Virginia.

The conference, which runs from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., focuses on special education law, rights, and responsibilities; tests and measurements to measure progress and regression; SMART IEPs; and an introduction to tactics and strategies for effective advocacy.

Register online for the conference. If you pay on or before April 19, the cost is $130; registration after the 19th is $160. Each registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, and a set of three Wrightslaw books.

The program will be held at KUSCO/Korea Business Center Building (1952 Gallows Road) in Vienna, Virginia.

Autism Fitness Programs

Fitness for Health and DC Autism Parents will present fitness programs for children on the autism spectrum on May 22 and July 31 from 5-6 p.m.

The fitness program is intended for verbal children on the autism spectrum ages 7-13 who are able to participate in group settings. During a one-hour program promoting fitness fun and group motor activities at the Fitness for Health facility, DC Autism Parents will provide parent workshops.

The hour-long session costs $25. Register your child online at the Fitness for Health website. Call 301-231-7138 for more information. Fitness for Health is located at 11140 Rockville Pike in Rockville.

Sensory-Friendly Children's Theatre

Adventure Theatre in Glen Echo Park will present three autism/sensory-friendly performances of children's theatre this spring and summer.

The performances are:

April 23 at 2 p.m.: If You Give a Cat a Cupcake

May 29 at 2 p.m.: A Year With Frog & Toad

August 28 at 2 p.m.: Charlotte's Web

At these performances, the lights are turned up, the sound is turned down and audience members are invited to dance, sing or shout along with the actors.

You can purchase tickets online at www.adventuretheatre.org or call 301-634-2270. General admission tickets cost $15-17. Adventure Theatre is located in Glen Echo Park (7300 MacArthur Boulevard) in Glen Echo.

NIMH Lecture on Treatment Research

The National Institute of Mental Health will host a lecture titled "Autism Awareness Month: Advances in Treatment Research" on April 21 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

The public is invited to this lecture by NIMH's Dr. Susan Swedo and Kennedy Krieger's Dr. Rebecca Landa. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis.


For more information, email nimhpress@mail.nih.gov. The lecture will be held in Conference Room C of the Neuroscience Center (6001 Executive Boulevard) in Rockville.

Free Autism Training Seminar

Montgomery College will host a free Autism Training Seminar focused on understanding challenging behaviors on May 20 & 21.

This free two-day intensive training seminar is intended for parents, educators and direct support professionals.

The seminar is sponsored by Montgomery College, Montgomery County HHS/Community Support Network, Community Support Services (CSS) and Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children (CSAAC).

It will take place at Montgomery College's Germantown Campus (20200 Observation Drive) in Germantown.

You must RSVP by May 6. To register, please call 240-777-1216.

April 2011 SEAC Meeting: Transition Services

This month's meeting of MCPS' Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) will be April 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. This month's topic will be transition services.

Dr. Kathy Kolan, the director of Transition Services for students in Montgomery County, and Gwen Mason, the director of Special Education, will hear from parents about your experiences obtaining transition services for students with disabilities.

These meetings, usually held on the 4th Thursday of the month, include a period of public comments, Department of Special Education updates, and a speaker or discussion.

Meetings are held at the Carver Educational Services Center (850 Hungerford Drive) in Rockville. All are welcome.

Anyone wishing to give public comments must bring five copies of your testimony and contact one of the co-chairs prior to the meeting. Co-chairs are Joan Sabaka (valntine20@aol.com), Anne Turner (adturn88@verizon.net), and Laura Swerdlin (lauraswerdlin@verizon.net).

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Sensory Friendly Movie: Rio

Enjoy a screening of Rio in a sensory friendly environment on April 30 at 10 a.m.

AMC Entertainment and the Autism Society have teamed up to provide a mellower setting for families affected by autism and other disabilities. The movie auditorium will have its lights brought up and the sound turned down, families can bring in their own GFCF snacks, and no previews or ads will be shown before the movies. Audience members are also welcome to get up and move or vocalize. (Unless the safety of the audience is questioned.)

Tickets cost between $4 and $6 depending on the theater. The AMC Rio Cinemas 18 in Gaithersburg (9811 Washingtonian Blvd.) is one of the theaters that participates.

Yoga for Special Needs Families

OASIS will present a free yoga workshop for special needs children and adults and their caregivers on May 7 between noon and 3 p.m.

Yoga instructor Shaya Moore will lead the workshop to teach the best techniques and practices to help your loved ones with special needs practice yoga. All are welcome to attend: parents, therapists, caregivers and children and adults with special needs. Please bring a yoga mat or towel to spread on the floor.

For more information or to register, please contact Chitra Vijay at 301-385-6131 or srividyalaya@yahoo.com. The workshop will be held at Potomac Community Center (11315 Falls Road) in Potomac.

Special Needs Family Day at Homestead Farms

Lollipop Kids Foundation and Homestead Farm are sponsoring a special needs family day at Homestead on May 14 from 1-3 p.m.

Families with special needs children are invited to enjoy an afternoon of hayrides and farm animal visits with their children.

Please RSVP to debbie@lollipopkidsfoundation.org. Homestead Farms is located at 15604 Sugarland Road in Poolesville.

Self-Advocacy Skills for Students

The Stonegate PTA will present a lecture on Self-Advocacy Skills on April 14 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Barbara Siegal of the GT/LD Network and Joan Wittan, an independent education consultant, will present to students and parents. They will discuss what students with learning differences in grades 5 through 12 need to know to advocate for themselves in order to be successful.

The presentation will take place in the all-purpose room of Stonegate Elementary School (14811 Notley Road) in Silver Spring.

Making a Classroom Accessible

The Partnership for Extraordinary Minds will hold their April meeting of their Extraordinary Parents Night on April 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. This meeting will be focused on Making a Classroom Accessible for Students with High Functioning Autism and Asperger's Syndrome.

The speaker at the meeting will be Monica Adler-Werner, director of the Model Asperger Program at Ivymount. Lean about the optimal environment that can develop areas of challenge and hopefully improve long-term outcomes for students with Asperger's and how we can enhance their ability to be more effective learners.

No registration is required. The meeting will take place at the Rockville Memorial Library (21 Maryland Avenue) in Rockville.