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Check this page regularly for information about events, programs, support groups and other autism-related activities taking place throughout Connecticut.
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Free Autism movement classes taught by Certified Instructor Kayla Rodriguez of Sonia Plumb Dance Company, University of Saint Joseph Dance Studio, O'Connel Athletic Center, 1678 Asylum Center, West Hartford, CT. All abilities welcome! 8 weeks of classes starting Wednesday October 5, 2016. Click here for more information. Call 860-5087-9082 to register!
New Support Group - Connecticut Sibling Connection! For siblings of individuals of disabilities. Click here for their website.
Sara Gutis is an Irish Dance teacher. She runs some classes at the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Meriden (Irish dances). She is also a special education teacher. Because of her background Sara is open and willing to accept children on the spectrum to attend her classes. She is also considering starting a special class or classes depending on interest, for any of the children that "traditional" dance studios turn away or do not necessarily welcome whole-heartedly. She is very aware that there is a spectrum of abilities and tolerances.
Rhythms of Grace (ROG), a non-denominational church program in Connecticut, that provides services for special needs children and their families. Diana Grippen (one of the founders and participants) raised a special needs daughter and taught at a school for teens with special needs. Currently in the New Haven area the next program is Monday, June 20th at 5:30 pm at St. Andrews UMC, Forbes Ave., New Haven. There are other programs at other church sites in other areas.
A few weeks ago (April 10th), Directors of Special Services received an email describing the Department of Rehabilitation’s (DORS) Level Up Services with an informational brochure to disseminate to staff, families and students (DORS Level Up Brochure to share with students and families) as well as a link to the DORS Level Up landing page on the DORS Website.
Help us understand autism!
Dr. Inge-Marie Eigsti from the Department of Psychological Sciences at UConn is doing research on communication abilities. We are enrolling adults ages 18-35 with Autism Spectrum Disorders or a history of typical development (i.e., adults without an autism spectrum disorder).
Join Newtown Youth and Family Services (NYFS) for a Social Group geared specifically for adults ages 18-35 with social challenges who live in Western Connecticut. Group begins on April 19th and meets twice a month on Tuesdays from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. For more information and registration contact Daryl Might at dmight [at] newtownyouthandfamilyservices [dot] org (203)270-4335.
We have recently heard that a parent in Fairfield County is looking to form a micro school for children with autism spectrum disorder and/or ADHD, who are also gifted or highly gifted. This parent is currently working with a child psychologist, a curriculum lead, and an educational consultant, and in her own words:
I'd like to hear from parents in the area who would be interested in exploring the possibility of a small environment, grouped according to ability for September 2016. We are limiting it to 10 students.
Innovative Autism Services in Plainville has announced its therapeutic and educational programs for the summer 2016 season. The Summer Therapy Program for children ages 3 and up is scheduled for five days a week from June 27 to August 12, and will give students an opportunity to engage in fun summer activities while they participate in the broader community, as well as gain and maintain essential skills in a safe environment. Activities will include partnerships with the Wheeler YMCA and games and sports at Chapter 126.
Vista Life Innovations has announced they are offering their Exploring Independence Summer Program this year from August 1-12, 2016. This program gives individuals with neurological challenges and other related disabilities the chance to learn the independence and social competenece of adulthood in a supported learning environment.