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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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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.
Success Special Education PTO, an organization of parents of children in special education programs serving Willington, Ashford, Mansfield, Stafford, Tolland, and surrounding towns in northeastern Connecticut, is looking for volunteers willing to lend their time and talents to help children in their communities. They are in need of people to fill the positions of Co-President, Secretary, Fundraiser, and Fundraising Coordinator for a term of at least one year.
Valley Community Baptist Church in Avon runs the Friendship Community, a place of Bible discussion time, praise music, prayer, and other activities for youth and adults with autism and other intellectual and/or developmental disabilities who need a unique place to worship and grow in their faith. Family and friends are also invited to attend this alternative to a regular worship service.
Ball State University is conducting a study on how parents of chidren with autism cope with the stress of raising a special needs child, and how this relates to other aspects of their lives. The findings from this study will be used to help create new programs and initiatives that will assist and support parents of children with autism more effectively. To participate, parents over the age of 18, who are the primary caretaker of an autistic child under the age of 18, will be asked to take 15-20 minutes to complete a survey.
Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park in Wallingford offers a Special Needs Night on the first Monday of every month from 4:00-7:00 PM. Music and other distractions will be turned down for the comfort of jumpers with sensory issues, and every effort will be made to accommodate attendees with any kind of special needs. Friends, siblings, and other family members are also welcome to jump. One parent or mentor accompanying the child will be admitted for free; otherwise, regular pricing applies.
Katie Bassett, a blogger and researcher focusing on youth safety and development, recently wrote an article on autism and bullying from a sibling's point of view. She grew up seeing how bullying affected her autistic sister, and from that perspective she gives advice to parents whose children may be experiencing the same struggles. We invite you to read this post from Mom's Choice Awards:
Mentor Matches is an opportunity for kids & young adults on the autistic spectrum to have fun with tennis! Our goal is to introduce new skills and game concepts, which will help them improve their general fitness, confidence and social awareness. The clinic will be an hour of fun-filled, skill appropriate drills and games - all revolving around tennis. No prior tennis experience necessary.
Paige is a loving and caring 15 year old girl living with autism, and she is in need of a family!
Paige enjoys giving her loved ones little gifts to show she is thinking of them. She is very verbal and great at spelling. Paige loves animals; she has a beta fish at her current placement and takes good care of it. Paige also enjoys Disney movies, mermaids, teddy bears, coloring, doing arts and crafts activities, and going out to eat. She is very close to her grandparents, who she goes to visit at their home in Vermont regularly.
Jump-N-Jammin in Bristol will begin hosting Special Needs Nights on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 5:00-7:00 PM, starting November 2015. This is a quieter, private event in which children with special needs will have exclusive access to the state's largest inflatable party gym. Jumpers will also have access to their game room, which includes air hockey, foosball, large flat-screen TVs, Wii games, basketball, and a life-size Connect Four game. Siblings are welcome to attend with their families.