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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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Registration is now open for the Miracle League of CT's spring 2016 baseball season. This program is open to children ages 4 and up with physical and cognitive challenges, including autism. Experience playing baseball is not required to participate -- the goal is that every child who has a desire to play baseball has the opportunity to do just that, no matter what special needs they have. All teams play in West Hartford, on Connecticut's only wheelchair-accessible baseball field, and the season lasts from May 1 through June 12.
The Blue Star Program is an unadvertised program at Mystic Aquarium benefiting individuals with special needs. This program allows one person to accompany the member free of charge.
For more information call 860-572-5955 x233 or email membership [at] mysticaquarium [dot] org.
At the Prospector Theater in Ridgefield, the first showing on the first Friday of every month of all their current movies are sensory-friendly. These screenings include raised lights, lowered volume, and leniency about bringing gluten- and casein-free snacks, so that people on the autism spectrum and other sensory sensitivities can have an enjoyable film-going experience. Tickets can be bought at the Prospector Theater website.
Boston Casting, Inc. is pleased to announce the 2016 class dates for their ABA Dramatic Play & Improvisation for Kids on the Spectrum (ages 9-15). This four-week class starts on Saturday, January 9th and will be held at Boston Casting in Boston, MA.
The Connecticut Commision on Children has announced that registration is open for the 2016 Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI), starting in January in locations throughout the state of Connecticut. This is a FREE 20-week training program that helps parents become effective advocates and leaders for children and families in their communities.
The University of Buffalo, State University of New York, is conducting a research study on college-age individuals (18-25 years old), both with and without high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and their beliefs about mental and emotional health. This study consists of an online survey that takes less 45 minutes to complete.
Many families have expressed concern that their child on the spectrum, whether paying privately or thru Medicaid. In response to this need, our dentists and staff at the Hospital for Special Care's Dental Services department have worked closely with the staff at our Autism Center to learn appropriate techniques and establish policies to better serve patients with ASD. Special Care Dental Services opened initially in 1997 to address the critical need for dental care for underserved children in the community.
The Connecticut Autism Advocacy Coalition (CAAC) has just announced it's 2nd annual Create Your Own Autism Awareness Contest for Connecticut youth ages 6-18. This is an excellent opportunity for students, either as individuals or in groups, to use their talents to create projects that encourage autism awareness and acceptance in their communities. These campaigns can take the forms of a poster, book, video, play, school assembly, art or talent show, survey, resource guide, mentoring program, or anything else participants choose to come up with.
The Autism Biomarkers Consortium for Clinical Trials (ABC-CT) is a multicenter research study based at Yale that spans Duke University, Boston Children’s Hospital, the University of Washington/Seattle Children’s Research Institute and the University of California, Los Angeles. The aim of the consortium is to develop reliable and objective measurements of social function and communication in people with autism.
The New England Independent Review Board has recently approved a study into the development of an objective measure of autism. The study aims to work toward determining whether or not biomarkers present in saliva can help diagnose autism and its severity. The researcher is looking for adults (autistic and neurotypical) between the ages of 21 and 80 who are free of pathogenic diseases to participate.