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07/18/2015, Saturday
Sensory Friendly Film
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: AMC Maple Ridge 8
Address:4276 Maple Rd, Ste C
 Amherst, NY 14226
Cost: $5.50
AMC Entertainment and the Autism Society of America have teamed up to bring families affected by autism a special opportunity to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment on a monthly basis. With Sensory Friendly Films, the movie auditoriums will have their lights brought up and the sound turned down. You are able to bring your own snacks for special diets. The "Silence is Golden" policy is not enforces. The kids are free to move around and make noise as long as it is safe for everyone. It is a great way to enjoy a movie for anyone, not just people with ASD.
For tickets to this unique experience, please visit the theater's box office the day of the event.

Links :Sensory Friendly Films AMC link

Buffalo NY Areagoto top
07/08/2015, Wednesday
Effective Communication: Helping Families and Professionals Work Together
Parent Network of WNY Workshop
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Parent Network of WNY
Address:1000 Main Street
 Buffalo, NY 14202
Cost: Free
Participants will learn how to improve communication skills to effectively work with professionals who work with children who have learning challenge or a disability. This workshop will help participants learn how to work together and help their child be successful.
Call to reserve your spot today!

(716)332-4170 phone; 1-866-277-4762 toll free

Links :Parent Network Workshop Registration

07/10/2015, Friday
Au-Some Evenings
Explore & More Children's Museum
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Explore & More Children's Museum
Address:300 Gleed Street
 East Aurora, NY 14052
Cost: No cost to families and children.
The second Friday of the month, Au-Some Evenings give children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, their friends and family an opportunity to play and learn together in an understanding and supportive environment. Children will have access to the museum and Imagination Playground blocks for more physically active play. All children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times.
Space is limited so reservations are essential. Please call Peg at (716) 332-4170 to secure your spot! Many thanks to our partners: The Exceptional Education Department at Buffalo State, Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo, and The Children's Guild Foundation.
Links :Au-some Evenings at Explore and More
 Movies @ the Reg

07/15/2015, Wednesday
Parent Group
For Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: People Inc. Building
Address:3131 Sheridan Drive
 Amherst, NY 14226
Cost: Free
This group provides a welcoming environment for parents and other caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorders to meet, share experiences, ask questions and receive support.
R.S.V.P. to Attend: Please call (716) 878-7600 or e-mail: jmertz@kaleidahealth.org
Moderated by Kathy Ralabate Doody, PhD-parent of child with autism, Instructor, Exceptional Education at Buffalo State
Jana Mertz, MBA-Program Coordinator, the Children's Guild Foundation, autism Spectrum Disorder Center and Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo
Light refreshments will be served.
Links :Au-some Evenings at Explore and More
 Movies @ the Reg

07/28/2015, Tuesday
Bulling and Students with Disabilities
Parent Network of WNY & Erie County Department of Social Services Workshop
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Erie County Department of Social Services
Address:478 Main Street
 Buffalo, NY 14202
Cost: Free
How do students with disabilities cope with bullying? Participants will learn advocacy skills and ow supports and services can be built into an Individualized Education Program (IEP) to promote social growth.
Call to reserve your spot today!
(716) 332-4170; 1-866-277-4762; www.parentnetworkwny.org
Links :Parent Network Workshop Registration

08/05/2015, Wednesday
Front Door & Self-Directed Services
Parent Network of WNY
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Developmental Disability Regional Office
Address:1200 East and West Road
 West Seneca, NY 14224
Cost: Free
In this workshop individuals, families and caregivers will learn what OPWDD funded self-directed services are and how they work. Participants develop a basic understanding of creating an initial service plan for the individual with a developmental disability, identify what their responsibilities will be and who they will be working with during the process. Key terms and functions regarding self-directed services like employer and budget authority, start-up broker, support broker and more will be discussed.
To register phone 716-332-4170, 866-277-4762 toll free, or on-line www.parentnetworkwny.org.
Links :Parent Network Workshop Registration

08/22/2015, Saturday
Hawaiian Luau Picnic
Saint Bernadette Parish Open Doors Committee
Time: 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Location: Saint Bernadette Parish
Address:5980 South Abbott Road
 Orchard Park, NY 14127
Cost: Free
Saint Bernadette Parish invites people with disabilities and their families to a Hawaiian Luau Picnic. Tropical Bingo; dancing to include YMCA, Chicken Dance, Hokey Pokey and Limbo Stick and hot dogs and drinks. Add to our summertime banquet by bringing you favorite food to share.
If attending, please call Heidi at 646-0792 by Saturday, August 8, 2015.

WNY Recreation/Therapy/Summer Optionsgoto top
07/06/2015, Monday
Community Connections Summer Program
The Summit Center
Time: 8:30 - 4:30 p.m. (Monday's - Friday's)
Location: Erie Community College-North
Address:6205 Main Street
 Williamsville, NY 14221
Cost: $2,100
Five week program runs July 6th thru August 7th for children entering grade 1 thru the age 17 with social interaction difficulties related to high functioning autism spectrum disorders or other disabilities.

Community Connections provides children with high functioning autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with 200 hours of intensive training, experience and practice in social, emotional and behavioral skills, allowing them to make friends and learn to better connect with peers, siblings, teachers and parents/caregivers.

Weekly parent sessions provide caregivers with strategies to promote their child's social interactions and extend the gains of the program to other settings.
For more information contact:
Alana Eaton: 716-799-8160
Links :The Summit Center

07/06/2015, Monday
The Summer Treatment Program (STP)
The Summit Center
Time: 8:30 - 4:30 p.m. (Monday's - Friday's)
Location: Erie Community College-North
Address:6205 Main Street
 Williamsville, NY 14221
Cost: $2,100
Five week program runs July 6th thru August 7th for children and adolescents entering grade 1 thru age 16 with:
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Conduct Disorder
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder
- Learning problems, and related behavior problems.

STP is a program for children with ADHD. It is a collection of best practices combining treatments tailored to each child's individual behavioral, academic and social competencies. It consists of 200 hours of direct service to the child and additional hours of direct parent training.
For more information contact:
Alana Eaton: 716-799-8160
Links :The Summit Center

07/07/2015, Tuesday
TOP Soccer: The Outreach Program for Soccer
Soccer Program for Athletes with Special Needs
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (6:00 p.m. to register if not already registered for 2015)
Location: West Seneca Soccer Complex
Address:3747 Seneca Street
 West Seneca, NY 14224
Cost: $15 Registration, $35 for Registration & Uniform- (There is No Charge for already Registered 2015 indoor players.)
Program Runs Tuesdays, July 7th - August 18th

For Ages 5-21 with any disability, wether physical or developmental.

Volunteers Needed!
No experience necessary. Community service hours may be available.
*Registration is July 7th at 6:00 p.m. prior to playing.

For more information contact: Scot Boniface: sboniface@roadrunner.com

07/08/2015, Wednesday
Summer Skates
SABAH @ Riverside Rink
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 6:50 p.m.
Location: The Bud Bakewell Arena at Riverside Park
Address:2607 Niagara Street
 Buffalo, NY 14207
Cost: $60.00
Wednesdays, July 8th - August 12 (6 consecutive weeks)

SABAH offers a summer ice skating program at Riverside Ice Rink in Buffalo for anyone challenged by a disability to work on skills throughout the off-season.
During the summer ice session, skaters are provided with the necessary adaptive equipment and skating essentials for therapeutic skating during the summer months.

Contact: (716) 877-5972 or (716) 362-9600
It is important to register ahead of time so they can be prepared with skates and other proper equipment for your athlete. To register visit their website below.
Links :SABAH Summer Skates Registration

07/11/2015, Saturday
Au-Some Swimmers Summer 2015
Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo
Time: Varied (see below)
Location: Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo
Address:Holland Family Building
 787 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14209
Cost: $45/(6) Classes; $60/ (8) Classes
Au-Some Swimmers is a learn to swim program for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). The primary component of Au-Some Swimmers is to provide swim instruction to children diagnosed with ASDs, but it is also a gathering place for families.
Mondays: June 29 - August 17 (8 Classes)
3:15 p.m.-3:45 p.m.; 3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.; 5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Tuesdays: June 30 - August 18 (8 Classes)
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.; 3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.; 4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Saturdays: July 11th - August 15th (6 Classes)
12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.-filled to capacity; 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.; 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. For more information contact:
Eric Poniatowski @ (716) 886-3172 Ext. 411 or EPoniatowski@jccbuffalo.org

Slides from some Great Presentationsgoto top
12/31/2015, Thursday
Martha Herbert, M.D., Ph.D.; A Fresh Look At Autism
Slides from the April 2015 Conference - Part 1
Time: Anytime
Location: N/A
Cost: Free
Here are the slides from our spring conference with Dr. Herbert.
Downloads :Martha Herbert, M.D., Ph.D Slides from 4/2015 Part 1

12/31/2015, Thursday
Martha Herbert, M.D., Ph.D.; A Fresh Look At Autism
Slides from the April 2015 Conference - Part 2
Time: Anytime
Location: N/A
Cost: Free
Here are the slides from Part 2 of Dr. Herbert's presentation.
Downloads :Martha Herbert, M.D., Ph.D Slides from 4/2015 Part 2

Dunkirk/Jamestown Areagoto top
07/11/2015, Saturday
Jamestown Sensory Friendly Film
Movies @ The Reg - Sponge Bob Square Pants: Sponge Out of Water
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: The Reg Lenna Center For The Arts
Address:116 East Third Street
 Jamestown, NY 14701
Cost: All seats are $5
During this screening, the auditorium lights and sound will be kept low to accommodate the needs of patrons with sensory issues.

Concession items are available individually at full price or five for $5.
Links :Movies @ the Reg

Special Education Groupsgoto top
08/11/2015, Tuesday
2015 Family Conference
For Families of Students with Special Needs and Disabilities
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: West Hertel Academy
Address:School #94, 489 Hertel Avenue
 Buffalo, NY 14207
Cost: Free to attend. All are welcome.
Graduation Begins with Kindergarten
The Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC) provides support to parents, grandparents and foster parents with special needs.
Sessions for Grades K-12 Topics include:
Services available in Buffalo Public Schools
Transition to Kindergarten
Pathways to Graduation-What to Know Now
Supports after High School
Sign-up Now!
Call: 716-332-4170
Email: plk@parentnetworkwny.org
Online: www.parentnetworkwny.org

Niagara Countygoto top
08/26/2015, Wednesday
Understanding Special Education
Parent Network of WNY Workshop
Time: 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
Location: Niagara Wheatfield Community Center
Address:2790 Church Road
 North Tonawanda, NY 14120
Cost: Free
What is special education and where do you start? Participants will learn the steps in the special education process and learn what to expect at meetings of the Committee on Special Education (CSE) (Preschool-CPSE). Families will learn to be an active part of the process and walk away with resources for the future.
RSVP by phone or online:
(716) 332-4170 phone; 1-866-277-4762 toll free; www.parentnetworkwny.org
Links :Parent Network Workshops