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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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If you or a person you care for is on the autism spectrum and is 50 years of age or older, we hope you'll complete a new survey on quality-of-life issues associated with senior adults on the autism spectrum.

We believe the results from this survey may provide insight about the needs and challenges faced by individuals with autism and their support providers. We anticipate that this study will also inspire others as well as better inform the autism community, government agencies, and other welfare and health-related organizations about such quality of life issues.

Recently, the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC) organized a meeting with special education attorneys and advocates who represent families of children with disabilities. We had a very interesting discussion about the problems facing our families and came up with a number of approaches to help move things in a better direction.

We are going to implement one of those suggestions immediately. CPAC will establish a clearinghouse for information on complains filed against school districts in Connecticut.

New Haven Ballet is pleased to announce the return of its highly successful Shared Ability Dance Program for students with physical, intellectual, or emotional disabilities ages 10-25. The program brings together students with disabilities and student dancers from the New Haven Ballet Company for a series of workshops and rehearsals leading up to a Spring Showing.

Roseann Capanna-Hodge, EdD, is now offering social skills groups for children ages 6-8 and 11-13 at her office in Ridgefield. The group for children ages 6-8 will meet every other Thursday at 5:30 PM beginning March 24, and will focus on play skills and flexible thinking in a social atmosphere, while the group for children ages 11-13 will meet every other Wednesday at 5:00 PM starting March 16, and will focus on conflict resolution, problem solving, and social thinking. The cost is $75, and registration and pre-payment is required.

Harbor Light Therapy and Social Center in Fairfield is now offering social groups for children with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities. These small, targeted groups will focus on teaching relationship-building, emotional regulation, and communication and conversation skills, and will meet once a week from 4:00-5:00 PM for six weeks starting February 29, 2016. Space is available on a first-come first-served basis, and costs $250 per child.

Support groups for mothers and fathers of children with special needs will be meeting beginning February 2016 in Westport.

The Therapy Center at Abilis is now offering Sibshops, a social and recreational networking program and support group for children ages 6-15 who have a brother or sister with a disability. This group will meet every other Thursday from 4:00-5:00 PM for eight weeks at their office at 1150 Summer Street in Stamford, and this program can also be brought to your school or community.

Abilis Therapy Center in Stamford has announced they are offering social skills and social cognition groups for children and young adults ages 3-21. These groups are run by a certified school psychologist and a speech-language pathologist, based on scientific research, tailored to each participant's individual needs, and are fun-filled, educational, and activity-based.

Newtown Youth and Family Services is offering Social Recreational Groups for youth ages 7-11 years old, 12-15 years old and young adults ages 16-21 years old. Our programs allow children, teens, and young adults with autism spectrum disorders or other social difficulties the opportunity to engage in typical activities and recreational outings with guidance from NYFS trained staff. We aim to promote individual growth, confidence, independence, flexibility, and patience for children, teens, and young adults with social skills challenges.

Beth Segaloff, LMSW of Tree of Life Centers in Westport is offering a workshop for parents of children with special needs. This workshop is intended to help parents navigate their emotions, learn self-care practices, relieve stress, and create balance in their lives. Each participant will receive a personal workbook and take-away strategies, with the ultimate goal of fostering a sense of belonging, acceptance, compassion, and community.