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04/25/2015, Saturday
Sensory Friendly Film
PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2
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.

Upcoming Screenings:
May 30: Tomorrowland
June 27: Inside Out
July 18: Minions
  
Links :Sensory Friendly Films AMC link



05/01/2015, Friday
Girl's Night Out Raffle
All Proceeds Benefit the Autism Society WNY Chapter
Time: N/A
 
Location: The Spa at Artemis
Address:206 East Main Street
 Batavia, NY 14020
 
Cost: $10 ticket
 
Girl's Night Out package includes the following for the winner and up to 9 friends (a $99 value per person):

Hand Paraffin and Nail Polish Change
Wash and Blowout
20 Minute Massage
Make-up

*To be redeemed Friday, May 8th or Friday, June 5th.
 
For more information contact:
The Spa at Artemis @ (585) 343-2171
  



05/02/2015, Saturday
Sibling Eduction Workshop at Autism Services, Inc.
Made possible by funding from Autism Society WNY
Time: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
 
Location: Autism Services, Inc.
Address:4444 Bryant Stratton Way
 Williamsville, NY 14221
 
Cost: FREE
 
Please join us in the next chapter of our sibling education program (siblings age 7-12 years) as we continue to try and help siblings of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) understand the communication, behavioral, and sensory integration challenges faced by their brothers and sisters. Please join ASI’s Clinical Department Staff as we present the video “Understanding Brothers and Sisters on the Autism Spectrum” by Coulter Video. The video will be followed by a question/answer period facilitated by our clinical staff, as well as networking opportunities for families. As always, parents are expected and encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served.
 
To register, please contact Tracy Panzarella at 631-5777, ext. 328 or tpanzarella@autism-services-inc.org by Thursday, Sept. 2014. There is no charge to attend this event.
  
Downloads :ASI Sibling Workshop



05/07/2015, Thursday
Northtown Parent Support Coffee
Autism Society of WNY
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
 
Location: Sweet Charlottes
Address:10255 Main Street, Suite 9, (Corner of Shisler and Main)
 Clarence, NY 14031
 
Cost: Free
 
Come and have some adult conversation with other parents of special needs children. Be able to sit and relax and have a cup of coffee and chat with other parents.

Sweet Charlotte's is a safe and fun place for kids to play. If you have little ones at home that can play independently while you chat in the same area you are welcome to bring them. Please be considerate and do not bring your child if they are sick.
 
We are asking if you could please RSVP and let us know if you are bringing children and their ages.

RSVP: (716) 633-2275 or info@autismwny.org. Day of event call (716) 352-1512 or 863-4542

Upcoming Coffee Dates: Feb. 5th and March 5th
  
Links :Sweet Charlottes



05/14/2015, Thursday
Southtown Parent Support Group Coffee
Autism Society of WNY
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
 
Location: Sandy Crawford's House
Address:204 Treehaven Rd.
 East Aurora, NY 14052
 
Cost: Free
 
Come and have some adult conversation with other parents of special needs children. Be able to sit and relax and have a cup of coffee and chat with other parents.
 
RSVP: (716) 633-2275 or info@autismwny.org. Day of event call (716 )352-1512.
  





Buffalo NY Areagoto top
04/25/2015, Saturday
Summit Autism Awareness Walk
Summit's 16th Annual Walk
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
 
Location: Summit Central
Address:150 Stahl Road
 Getzville, NY 14068
 
Cost: Walker: No Fees
 
The Autism Awareness Walk brings together more than 3,500 participants to raise much needed funds for summit and increase autism awareness in the Western New York community.

The Walk is a family -friendly event benefiting Summit Educational Resources. The Walk is centered around a 2.2 mile or a 0.9 mile walk from Summit Central along the Amherst Bike Path, and back to Summit. The post-walk picnic will feature food, beverages, children's activities, a basket raffle, and live entertainment.
 
Participants who fundraise $100 or more by April 13, 2015 can pick up their Walk T-shirts at Summit Central throughout the week.

For more details please visit: www.summitwalk.org
  



04/28/2015, Tuesday
The Nurtured Heart Approach 3
Parent Network of WNY Workshop
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
 
Location: Cantalician Center
Address:665 Hertel Avenue
 Buffalo, NY 14207
 
Cost: Free
 
Have you tried everything you know and don't know where to turn? The Nurtured Heart Approach is a powerful tool that will transform a difficult child and build you up as a family member or professional.
 
RSVP by phone, email or online:

(716) 332-4170; info@parentnetworkwny.org; www.parentnetworkwny.org
  
Links :Parent Network Workshop Registration



04/28/2015, Tuesday
Group for Parents of Teenagers with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Family Support Services Grant from OPWDD
Time: 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
 
Location: City Honors High School ( *see parking info. below)
Address:186 East North Street
 Buffalo, NY 14204
 
Cost: Free
 
This is a welcoming environment for parents and other caregivers of teenagers with autism disorders to meet, share experiences, ask questions and receive support. All are welcome to attend but group is geared towards parents of teenagers who are interested in discussing topics related to teenagers and transition.

This group is moderated by Tonia Weichmann; Transition Coordinator, Parent Network of WNY
Jana Mertz, MBA; Program Coordinator, The Children's Guild Foundation, Autism Spectrum Disorder Center and Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo.
 
*Free parking in lot facing North Street. Please enter through main doors facing Masten Ave.

Light refreshments will be served.

All are welcome, but reservations are appreciated.

RSVP to Attend:
Please call (716) 878-7600 or email: jmertz@kaleidahealth.org
  



05/01/2015, Friday
Language, Literacy and Healthy Lifestyles for individuals with Autism and other Intellectual Disabilities
The Summit Center Conference and WNY Regional Center for ASD
Time: 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
 
Location: Samuel's Grande Manor
Address:8750 Main Street
 Williamsville, NY 14221
 
Cost: Parent/Student $50, Professionals $80 or $90 with CEUs
 
Morning Session:
Understanding and Meeting the Language and Literacy Needs of School-age Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities

Afternoon Session:
Promoting Healthy Lifestyles for People with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities

The presenters will be Nickola Wolf Nelson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Director of the Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences program at Western Michigan University, Carol Curtin, MSW, Director of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopment Disabilities (LEND) and Linda Bandini, Ph.D., RD, Associate Professor in Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
 
Registration Options:
Register on-line at www.thesummitcenter.org
By Phone: Debbie La Bruna, 716-629-3400, ext. 3425
By Fax: 716-629-3499
By mail: The Summit Center, Attn: Debbie La Bruna, 150 Stahl Road, Getzville, NY 14068
  
Links :The Summit Center Conference



05/06/2015, Wednesday
Psychological Testing for Special Education Services (South)
Buffalo Public Schools Series
Time: 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
 
Location: 1st Ward Community Center
Address:62 Republic Avenue
 Buffalo, NY
 
Cost: Free
 
This workshop will focus on basics of psychological testing and how it impacts special education decision making. Participants will learn what is involved in testing and what the results mean for them and their child.
 
Call, email or go online to register today: www.parentnetworkwny.org

(716) 332-4170 or plk@parentnetworkwny.org
  
Links :Parent Network Workshop Registration



05/07/2015, Thursday
A Three-Part Treatment Plan for Oral Placement Therapy
Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
 
Location: Carrier Educational Center
Address:8685 Erie Road
 Angola, NY 14006
 
Cost: $350
 
Two-day Workshop May 7h and May 8th;
Presenter: Monica Purdy, MA, CCC-SLP

TalkTools' innovative tactile-sensory approach to speech therapy uses therapy tools to train and transition muscle movements for speech production. Learn how 40 highly motivating motor activities can be used to improve phonation, resonation, and speech clarity. Interactive, hands-on demonstrations will focus on therapeutically sound techniques to develop oral-motor movements for improved speech clarity. Muscles of the abdomen, velum, jaw, lips, and tongue will be discussed within the parameters of movements necessary for speech production. Developmentally appropriate motor movements for speech are therapeutically targeted using highly motivating techniques appropriate for children and adults.
 
For more details and registration visit:
http://www.talktools.com/a-three-part-treatment-plan-for-oral-placement-therapy-angola-ny/
  
Links :Talk Tools



05/07/2015, Thursday
So Many Treatment Options, How Do You Choose?
Parent Network of WNY Workshop
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
 
Location: Parent Network of WNY
Address:1000 Main Street
 Buffalo, NY 14202
 
Cost: Free
 
Participants will learn about various treatment options available for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Parents and service providers will walk away with information to help them to find appropriate supports and services.
 
Call to reserve your spot today!!
Parent Network: (716) 332-4170 phone; 1-866-277-4762 toll free www.parentnetworkwny
  
Links :Parent Network Workshop Registration



05/08/2015, 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



05/12/2015, Tuesday
Pathways to Graduation for NYS
Parent Network of WNY Workshop
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
 
Location: Neighborhood Health Center (North West location)
Address:155 Lawn Avenue
 Buffalo, NY
 
Cost: Free
 
What does it mean to get a Regents diploma? A local diploma? A SACC? What can you do? What can you not do? How much effort does it take? Can your child to the work? This workshop explores the options, and outlines the updates to NYS regulations.
 
RSVP by phone, email or online:

(716) 332-4170; info@parentnetworkwny.org; www.parentnetworkwny.org
  
Links :Parent Network of Western New York



05/13/2015, Wednesday
Keeping the Kids Busy During the Summer Break
Summit Parent Workshop Series
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
 
Location: Summit Central
Address:150 Stahl Road
 Getzville, NY 14068
 
Cost: Free
 
How to survive the school breaks. Strategies for keeping your child busy and independently engaged in appropriate activities during summer vacation.
 
To register: www.summited.org/workshops

For questions, contact Vicki Knapp, Ph.D., BCBA-D.: 629-3449 or vknapp@summited.org

*Respite is available for individuals who are OPWDD eligible.
To register for respite during a presentation, please call Beverly Hill at 799-8137.
  
Links :Summit Educational Resources Parent Workshop Series



05/13/2015, Wednesday
Parent Group
For Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
 
Location: Parent Network of Western New York/EPIC
Address:1000 Main Street
 Buffalo, NY 14202
 
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
  



05/14/2015, Thursday
Implementing Technology
From SmartHomes to SmartSupports
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
 
Location: Millennium Hotel
Address:2040 Walden Avenue
 Cheektowaga, NY 14225
 
Cost: $25
 
Q&A Discussion with Greg Wellems, Chief Operating Officer, Imagine! Greg Wellems is a national consultant on SmartHomes and Assistive Technology strategic planning to improve supports for individuals with disabilities.
 
To register phone 716-332-4170, toll free 866-277-4762, or on-line www.parentnetworkwny.org.
  
Links :Parent Network Workshop Registration



05/14/2015, Thursday
The 3rd Annual AT EXPO 2015
Assistive Technology Conference
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
 
Location: Millennium Hotel
Address:2040 Walden Avenue
 Cheektowaga, NY 14225
 
Cost: $150
 
The AT Expo is being sponsored by Parent Network of WNY, Early Childhood Direction Center (ECDC), People Inc. and Learning Partners. The AT Expo is for assistive technology users, their families, educators, clinicians, agency providers and administrators. The AT Expo will include an exhibit room featuring vendors and sponsors who will have an opportunity to speak about their technology products and answer questions throughout the day.
 
Vendor interaction and CEU's will be available for mobility and communication tracks. Lunch is included.

RSVP: tkosmoski@people-inc.org or 716-817-7484
Attention: Tracy Kosmoski
Also online at: www.people-inc.org
  
Links :Parent Network of Western New York



05/16/2015, Saturday
A Tea for ASD 2015
Autism Services Inc.
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
 
Location: Classics V Conference & Banquet Center
Address:2425 Niagara Falls Blvd.
 Amherst, NY 14228
 
Cost: $27
 
Autism Services is thrilled to present their Third Annual “Tea for ASD,” to benefit programs and services for those with autism spectrum disorders. This fun-filled event will include a variety of vendors so that attendees may enjoy an afternoon of shopping, culminating in a delightful tea luncheon. Other attractions include a door prize raffle, 50/50 split club, and wine tasting courtesy of Willow Creek Winery. Enjoy an afternoon out while helping to support a worthwhile cause. Proceeds to benefit Autism Services, Inc.

Vendors:

Avon * Willow Creek Winery * Thirty-One * Stella & Dot * LuLaRoe Buffalo * Buffalo Cookie Company * Autism Society WNY Chapter * Sweet Charlotte's * Jamberry Nails * The Bavarian Nut Company * Scentsy * Makes Sense * Tupperware
 
Registration deadline Monday, May 11th. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged, limited walk-in registration at the door on the day of the event. Mail-in and online registration available at www.friendsofasi.org. Questions call Tracy Panzarella at (716) 631-5777 ext. 328
  
Downloads :Tea for ASD 2015
Links :Tea for ASD Registration



05/28/2015, Thursday
DD Day 27th Annual
Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day
Time: 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
 
Location: The Conference Center
Address:101 Old Falls Street
 Niagara Falls, NY 14303
 
Cost: TBD
 
People with developmental disabilities and their families, experts from provider agencies, and local officials will convene to explore the latest issues in the field.

Speakers - Exhibits - Awards
Workshops - Live Entertainment - Parents Corner
 
For more information, visit: www.DDday.org or
Call: (716) 896-2180
  
Links :DD DAY Website





WNY Recreation/Therapy/Summer Optionsgoto top
04/26/2015, Sunday
Sensory Sundays
Sky Zone
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
 
Location: Sky Zone
Address:425 Cayuga Road
 Cheektowaga, NY 14225
 
Cost: $10 per jumper; $25 per family (up to 4 jumpers)
 
Sky Zone will turn off the music and dial down distractions for the comfort of our extra special jumpers. We welcome children and adults with special needs and their family to jump.
 
Waiver is available online @ www.skyzone.com and can be completed in advance (you only need to do this one time).

For more information: (716) 206-3300
  



04/30/2015, Thursday
*NEW SN@P FIT Gym at Rolly Pollies
Special Needs @ Play
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
 
Location: Rollie Pollies (two locations)
Address:9630 Transit Road #100, East Amherst, NY 14051
 4058 N. Buffalo Road, Orchard Park, NY 14127
 
Cost: $10.00
 
SN@P FIT Gym, stands for Special Needs @ Play, is for children ages 9 and under. SN@P is an open play time dedicated to children with special needs and their families. Children with special needs and their families are invited to enjoy open play and fun in a relaxed and supportive environment. We will lower the music, limit participants and work with families to create the best sensory friendly environment possible for play! For children Ages 9 and under.
 
In order to limit participants for the enjoyment of all of our guests we ask that you call ahead to make a reservation for your family.

East Amherst: 716-689-6151
Orchard Park: 716-662-7424
  





Webinarsgoto top
05/06/2015, Wednesday
Microbiome Research in ASD with W. Parker, PhD
Autism Research Institute Online Education
Time: 1:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m.
 
Location: Webinar with Dr. William Parker
Address:N/A
 
Cost: Free
 
Dr. William Parker's presentation is on the impact of parasites, helmynths, biofilms and viruses on the human immune system in a toxic environment.
 
Free Certificates of Participation are available upon passing an online quiz for most webinars Some events offer Continuing Education Units and/or Continuing Medical Education credits.
  
Links :ARI - Autism Research Institute Webinars



05/20/2015, Wednesday
Sulforaphane, Broccoli & ASD with T. Malterre, MS, CN
Autism Research Institute Online Education
Time: 1:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m.
 
Location: Webinar with Tom Malterre
Address:N/A
 
Cost: Free
 
What role does food play in autism and treatment? Since the age of 10, Tom Malterre has been fascinated by the science of nutrition. In his quest to understand the genius of food, he has achieved both a bachelor's and master's degree in nutritional science from Bastyr University, learned from world experts in medicine at the Institute for Functional Medicine, become a faculty member of the Autism Research Institute, co-authored two books, and coached numerous health care practitioners on using nutritional science as a tool in their clinical practices.
 
Free Certificates of Participation are available upon passing an online quiz for most webinars Some events offer Continuing Education Units and/or Continuing Medical Education credits.
  
Links :ARI - Autism Research Institute Webinars



06/03/2015, Wednesday
Anxiety & Behavior in ASD with L. Moskowicz, PhD
Autism Research Institute Online Education
Time: 1:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m.
 
Location: Webinar with Dr. Lauren Moskowitz
Address:N/A
 
Cost: Free
 
Lauren Moskowitz, Ph.D., comes to St. John’s University as an Assistant Professor of Psychology. She received her B.S. from Cornell University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Stony Brook University. She completed her internship at NYU Child Study Center and Bellevue Hospital and her postdoctoral fellowship at NYU Child Study Center. Her research focuses on behavioral assessment and intervention for children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities (DD) in naturalistic contexts, intervention for parents of children with ASD and DD, and cognitive-behavioral therapy with children and adolescents.
 
Free Certificates of Participation are available upon passing an online quiz for most webinars Some events offer Continuing Education Units and/or Continuing Medical Education credits.
  
Links :ARI - Autism Research Institute Webinars





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05/16/2015, Saturday
Jamestown Sensory Friendly Film
Movies @ The Reg - Cinderella
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





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05/12/2015, Tuesday
Self-Directed Services
Parent Network of WNY Workshop
Time: 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
 
Location: Salamanca Central Schools Room
Address:50 Iroquois Drive, Rm. 51
 Salamanca, NY 14779
 
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.
 
Call, email or go online to register today: www.parentnetworkwny.org

(716) 332-4170
  
Links :Parent Network Workshop Registration