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02/13/2016, Saturday
Sensory Friendly Film Saturday, 2/13 @ 10 a.m.
Kung Fu Panda 3
Time: 10 a.m.
 
Location: AMC Maple Ridge 8
Address:4276 Maple Rd, Ste C
 Amherst, NY 14226
 
Cost: $5.50
 
Sensory Friendly Films are now showing four times per month. Showings are the second and fourth Tuesday and Saturday of each month, Saturday's at 10 a.m. & Tuesday's showings at 7pm. Click on link below to view full listing of upcoming shows on Saturday's and Tuesday's.

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.
 
Click on link below to view full listing of upcoming shows on Saturday's and Tuesday's.

  
Links :Sensory Friendly Films AMC link



02/23/2016, Tuesday
SENSORY FRIENDLY FILM Tuesday, 2/23 @ 7 p.m.
Zoolander 2
Time: 7 p.m.
 
Location: AMC Maple Ridge 8
Address:4276 Maple Rd, Ste C
 Amherst, NY 14226
 
Cost: $8.49/child & $11.49/adult
 
Sensory Friendly Films are now showing four times per month. Showings are the second and fourth Tuesday and Saturday of each month, Saturday's at 10 a.m. & Tuesday's showings at 7pm. Click on link below to view full listing of upcoming shows on Saturday's and Tuesday's.

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.
 
Click on link below to view full listing of upcoming shows on Saturday's and Tuesday's.

  
Links :Sensory Friendly Films AMC link



02/25/2016, 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.
  



02/27/2016, Saturday
Sensory Friendly Film Saturday, 2/27 @ 10 a.m.
Kung Fu Panda 3
Time: 10 a.m.
 
Location: AMC Maple Ridge 8
Address:4276 Maple Rd, Ste C
 Amherst, NY 14226
 
Cost: $5.50
 
Sensory Friendly Films are now showing four times per month. Showings are the second and fourth Tuesday and Saturday of each month, Saturday's at 10 a.m. & Tuesday's showings at 7pm. Click on link below to view full listing of upcoming shows on Saturday's and Tuesday's.

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.
 
Click on link below to view full listing of upcoming shows on Saturday's and Tuesday's.

  
Links :Sensory Friendly Films AMC link



03/03/2016, 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

  
Links :Sweet Charlottes



04/09/2016, Saturday
Autism Is Treatable! A Biomedical Approach
James Adams, Ph.D.: Director of the Autism/Asperger's Research Program at Arizona State University
Time: 8:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
 
Location: Classics V Banquet and Conference Center
Address:2425 Niagara Falls Boulevard
 Amherst, NY 14228
 
Cost: $11 Parent
$25 Professional/Student/
$35 SLP/Audiologist/OT/COTA/PT/PTA
 
This workshop will focus on what we now know from published research about the nutritional, dietary and medical treatments for autism.

Dr. James Adams is a President's Professor and Director of the Autism/Asperger's Research Program at Arizona State University. He earned a B.S. in physics from Duke University, and both a M.A. and PhD. in materials science and engineering from the University of Wisconsin Madison. His personal life was touched by autism when his daughter was diagnosed with ASD in 1994. Frustrated by the lack of information on the biological causes of autism and how to treat and prevent ASD, Dr. Adams used his considerable research background, which was previously recognized by the National Science Foundation with a Presidential Young Investigator Award, to investigate the field of autism.

Dr. Adams will give an overview of what we now know about autism, including the role of genetics and possible environment causes. He will discuss dietary nutritional, and medical treatment ooptions that have a published research basis. He will disiscuss abnormalities found in the gut bacteria, including their effects on behavior and novel treatment option that is part of current research. Autism prevention will also be discussed, starting at conception.
 
Parent/Individual with ASD $11.00 per person
Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists $35.00 per person .35 ASHA CEUs
OTs and COTAs $35.00 per person 3 IACET CEUs; .3 AOTA CEUs- Category 2: Occupational Therapy Process; 3.75 NBCOT PDUs, 3.0 NYS Continuing Competency Units for OTs/OTAs
PTs and PTAs $35.00 per person .3 NYS Approved PT Board CEUs
Other Professionals/ Paraprofessionals/Students $25.00 per person No CEUs awarded

PRE-REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 4/5/16
Please note that walk-in registration is not guaranteed, and will be based on availability the day of the workshop. If walk-in registration is available, $10.00 will be added to the above fees for late registration after April 5th. Please join us at Classics V Conference and Banquet Center for this exciting presentation! Brochure/ Mail-In Registration & Online Registration Links below.
  
Downloads :Mail -In- Registration & Brochure: Autism Is Treatable!
Links :Online Registration ASI Autism Is Treatable!





Great Opportunitiesgoto top
05/25/2016, Wednesday
AutismOne 2016 National Conference
Bring the Pieces Together in Rosemont, IL
Time: Various.
 
Location: Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel
Address:5300 N River Rd
 Rosemont, IL.
 
Cost: $79 plus lodging expenses.
 
The AutismOne 2016 Conference, which is being held May 25-29 at the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel,continues to give the public the truth they often won’t hear elsewhere about helpful interventions and causes of chronic illness in children.

Over 150 speakers on autism and related topics meet to help parents and professionals at the AutismOne 2016 Conference! The schedule is now online for the largest and most comprehensive autism conference held annually in this country.
  
Links :AutismOne 2016 Conference Schedule
 AutismOne 2016 Conference Registration





Buffalo NY Areagoto top
02/24/2016, Wednesday
What to do About Challenging Behavior in the Home and Community
Parent Network of WNY Workshop
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
 
Location: Harriet Ross Tubman School #31
Address:212 Stanton Street
 Buffalo, NY 14202
 
Cost: FREE
 
Parenting is a full time job with many daily challenges. As parents we teach our children what is the right thing to do and what they should not do. The purpose of this workshop is to help parents recognize the early signs of conflict and implement strategies that can manage the conflict in a proactive way and prevent the conflict from turning into a full blown storm.
 
To register: Call (716)332-4170 or go online: www.parentnetworkwny.org.
  



02/25/2016, Thursday
Effective Communication: Helping Families and Professionals Work Together
Parent Network of WNY Workshop
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
 
Location: Frontier Education Center
Address:5120 Orchard Avenue
 Hamburg, NY 14075
 
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. (Geared toward parents.)
 
To register by phone: 716-332-4170, toll free 866-277-4762
On-line @ www.parentnetworkwny.org
  



03/07/2016, Monday
Common Core Learning Standards & Students with Disabilities
Regional Special Education Technical Assistance Support Center
Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Registration: 8:30
 
Location: Erie 1 Boces, Rm. B1
Address:355 Harlem Road
 West Seneca, NY 14224
 
Cost: No Fee, however must reregister to ensure adequate materials for participants.
 
What effective practices support instruction toward meeting the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) for students with disabilities (SWDs)? This workshop will review regulatory documents that show how to connect and strategies included on the IEP.

Target Audience: Gen Ed & Special Ed Teachers, School Psychologists, CSE chairpersons, Building Administrators and Related Service Providers.
 
To Register: Visit www.e1b.org & click on calendar at bottom of page to see all workshops.
  



03/08/2016, Tuesday
Child Health and Safety Study
Parents of Children Needed for Focus Group
University at Buffalo
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
 
Location: UB Early Childhood Research Center
Address:15 Baldy Hall
 Amherst, NY 14228
 
Cost: Participants will be PAID for their time!
 
Attention Parents of Young Children!
Help protect your child's personal safety.

The University at Buffalo is recruiting parents of children ages 3-11 years to evaluate family videos designed to promote child personal safety and family communication.

The study involves viewing a series of short videos and participating in a focus group discussion.
 
For questions and/or eligibility to participant in this Child Health and Safety Study, Call: 716-887-3346 or 1-877-309-0140 Email: childhealth@ria.buffalo.edu
  



03/09/2016, Wednesday
Preschool IEP: Developing Measureable Annual Goals & Progress Monitoring So
Regional Special Education Technical Assistance Support Center
Time: Registration: 8:30am - 9:00am; Session: 9:00am - 3:00pm
 
Location: Erie 1 BOCES Education Campus, Room B-1
Address:355 Harlem Road
 West Seneca, NY 14224
 
Cost: No Fee, however must preregister to ensure adequate materials for participants.
 
FACILITATOR/PRESENTER: Mary Ann White, RSET and Megan King, Behavior Specialist

So you need to know how to write a measurable annual goal? This workshop provides a review of the “parts” of an annual goal and evaluative components that correlate to the skill deficits identified in the Present Level of Education Performance (PLP), as well as objectives and benchmarks as required for preschool students with disabilities. Various resources and opportunities to develop prioritized, measurable, skill-based annual goals will be provided with discussion related to data collection and a collaborative approach for monitoring student progress. Bring a paper copy of an IEP for discussion!

At this session participants will: • Develop an understanding of the relationship and alignment between the PLP and the annual goals • Clarify the “parts” of an IEP annual goal • Develop measurable goals that address the student’s prioritized needs / skill deficits • Identify data collection tools and discuss a collaborative approach for monitoring progress on annual goals.
 
TARGET AUDIENCE:
CPSE Chairpersons, Special Education Teachers, General Education Teachers, Related Service Providers, Preschool Program Directors, Multidisciplinary Team Evaluators

Follow your school district’s procedure to register. For further information regarding the workshop, contact the presenters at Mwhite@e1b.org or mking@e1b.org

***Register online to receive confirmation & reminder emails*** For accommodations or information, please contact Sue Ann Coburn at (716) 821-7542
  



03/11/2016, Friday
Before the Cap & Gown
Fostering an EffectiveTransition for People with Disabilitities
WNY Collegiate Consortium & Disability Advocates
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
 
Location: Hilbert College
Address:5200 South Park Avenue
 Hamburg, NY 14075
 
Cost: Free
 
This training is for anyone involved in the support system for college bound students with disabilities: school counselors, technology providers, itinerant teachers, special education teachers, service providers, parents/guardians, and administrators.

Keynote Speaker: Karl Shallowhorn, Director Community Advocacy for the mental Health Assoc. of Erie County and Compeer Buffalo.

Concurrent Sessions
Documentation for College Presenters: Lisa Fronckowiak & Kristin Harte

Career Success ACCES-VR Presenters: Mary Richards, Julie Duerr & Paul Wekarski

The College Search process Presenters: Heather Martin, Nicole Skaros- Marcello & Susan McLaughlin

Self Advocacy Presenters: Jennifer Herrman & Sierra Bonerb

Assistive Technology: What's in your closet? Presenters: Tina Oddo & Sumana Silverheels Integrating Assitive Technology
 
Click link below to register for this event.
  
Downloads :Before the Cap and Gown Flyer
Links :Before the Cap and Gown Registration Link



03/12/2016, Saturday
What is the Front Door?
Parent Network of WNY Workshop
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
 
Location: Parent Network of Western New York
Address:1000 Main Street
 Buffalo, NY 14202
 
Cost: Free
 
Opening the door to a richer, fuller life-that's the goal of OPWDD's new Front Door - a person-centered approach for people with developmental disabilities that prioritizes individual choices, needs and desires in making decisions.
 
Call to reserve your spot today!
(716) 332-4170 phone; 1-866-277-4762 toll free
  
Links :Parent Network Workshop Registration



03/14/2016, Monday
All About Autism-A Workshop for Parents, Families and Friends
Parent Network Workshop
Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
 
Location: ECDC/Child Care Resource Network Bldg.
Address:1000 Hertle Avenue
 Buffalo, NY 14216
 
Cost: Free
 
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). What does that mean? Participants in this workshop will learn about supports and services available through school, doctors and other community resources and walk away with the information necessary to take the next steps toward success.
 
Call or go online to reserve your spot today!
(716) 332-4170 phone 1-866-277-4762 toll free
www.parentnetworkwny.org online
  
Links :Parent Network Workshop Registration



03/15/2016, Tuesday
The Special Education Process and (BPS) Parent's Guide
Parent Network of WNY Workshop
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
 
Location: Parent Network of Western New York
Address:1000 Main Street
 Buffalo, NY 14202
 
Cost: Free
 
What is special education and where do you start? Utilizing the BPS Parent's Guide participants will learn the steps in the special education process at BPS and learn what to expect at meetings of the Committee on Special (CSE) (Preschool - CPSE). Families will learn to be an active part of the process and walk away with resources for the future.
 
Call to reserve your spot today!
(716) 332-4170 phone;
1-866-277-4762
  
Links :Parent Network Workshop Registration



03/16/2016, Wednesday
Skills of Effective Parent Advocacy
Parent Network of WNY Workshop
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
 
Location: Harriet Ross Tubman School #31
Address:212 Stanton Street
 Buffalo, NY 14212
 
Cost: FREE
 
Parents and caregivers of children with special needs will walk away with the improved advocacy skills needed to effectively speak up for their child’s needs.
 
To register phone 716-332-4170, 866-277-4762 toll free, or on-line www.parentnetworkwny.org.
  
Links :Parent Network Workshop Registration



04/13/2016, Wednesday
Youth Career Fair
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
 
Location: Erie 1 BOCES, Building B, Room B2a & B2b
Address:355 Harlem Road
 West Seneca, NY 14224
 
Cost: Free
 
In School YOUTH Career, College & Occupational Trades Fair April

Learn About Apprenticeships * Wear Interview Clothes * Meet Real Employers

Time slots for attendance:
9:30-10:15
10:30-11:15
11:30-12:15
12:30-1:15

 
Choose one time slot See below to use hyperlink to register for one class Wear Interview Clothing.

If an accommodation is required, contact: Sue Ann @ 716-821-7542
  
Downloads :Youth Career Fair Flyer
Links :Youth Career Fair Registration



05/26/2016, Thursday
DD Day 28th Annual
Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day
Time: 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
 
Location: The Niagara Falls Event & Convention 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.

 
For more information, visit: www.DDday.org or
Call: (716) 896-2180
  
Links :DD DAY Website





WNY Recreation/Therapy/Summer Optionsgoto top
02/12/2016, 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



02/14/2016, 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
  
Links :Sky Zone Sensory Sundays



02/28/2016, Sunday
Game Night: Movie Night
Exclusively for children with Asperger's, PDD-NOS or on the Autism Spectrum
Time: 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
 
Location: Lancaster Youth Bureau
Address:200 Oxford Avenue
 Lancaster, NY 14086
 
Cost: Free
 
Looking for a fun time?? Come join us. All ages K-12th grade. Activities include: Video Games; Arts and Crafts; Board Games; and Bingo. Bring your own game to share too! Bring a friend!
 
Parent Participation is Necessary and Important for this program!

Need more information? Contact: Tammy,tamderk@hotmail.com or Lancaster Youth Bureau, 683-4444
  
Downloads :Game Night 2016



03/05/2016, Saturday
Bring a Friend, Make a Friend:A Social Group for Children with Autism
Pacific Child & Family Associates
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
 
Location: We Rock the Spectrum
Address:6950 Erie Road
 Derby, NY 14047
 
Cost: Free
 
This social skills group* will be held the first Saturday of every month for 2016 from 9:30 AM-11:00AM.

Making friends can be hard for children with autism. Pacific Child & Family Associates know how important it is for your child to practice their emerging social skills. That is why they are partnering with We Rock the Spectrum for this new opportunity.
This is a social play group designed for children ages 16 and under with autism. Pacific Child & Family Associates team of staff will be there to facilitate play and ensure a fun morning is had by all!
Please join us and bring a friend.
 
Please follow the link below to register the number of children in attendance.

*Note, this is not a drop off event. Parents and caregivers are expected to stay and are welcome to socialize.

RSVP is required. See link below.
  
Links :Bring a Friend, Make a Friend Registration



06/27/2016, Monday
I Can Bike (formerly Lose the training wheels)
Summer Camp: June 27th - July 1, 2016
Time: 5 Session Times Avaiable (Click Link Below)
 
Location: Buffalo Niagara Court Center (BNCC)
Address:425 Meyer Road
 West Seneca, NY
 
Cost: $175 ($150 before June 1, 2016)
 
This bike program is for people with disabilities who would like to learn to ride a two-wheel bicycle independently.

Requirements for Participation (Rider must meet all of below criteria):
Minimum of 8 years of age.
Able to sidestep to both sides. Have a disability.
Able to attend camp all 5 days.
Able to walk without assistive device.
Maximum weight 220 lbs.
Willing and able to wear a properly fitted bike helmet.
Minimum inseam of 20” (measure from floor while rider is wearing sneakers.

A mandatory meeting for parents/caregivers only will be held on Sunday, June 26th from 3 – 4PM at BNCC.
 
Question? Contact: e-mail wnylearntoride@yahoo.com or leave a message at (716) 817-7204. Someone will respond as soon as possible.
  
Links :Rider Registration 2016



06/27/2016, Monday
Summer MAX yc (young children) Program
Institute for Autism Research @ Canisius College
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
 
Location: Canisius College
Address:2001 Main Street
 Buffalo, NY 14208
 
Cost: $400 (Financial assistance is available.)
 
Comprehensive Summer Social Program
June 27th - July 29th; Monday - Friday's
- Ages 4 - 6 years old with high functioning ASD.
- Targets social Skills, face and emotion recognition, interpretation of non-literal language and interest expansion using fun activities in a camp format.
 
To apply, visit their website: www.canisius.edu/iar and click the tab, "Participate in Research". For further information contact iar@canisius.edu or call (716)888-2800
  
Downloads :Summer MAX yc Program Flyer
Links :Institute for Autism Research (IAR)





Webinarsgoto top
12/31/2016, Saturday
Nutritional and Dietary Interventions for ASD with
James Adams, PhD
Time: Prerecorded Webinar-Available anytime.
 
Location: N/A
Address:N/A
 N/A
 
Cost: Free
 
Nutritional and Dietary Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorder – A Randomized, Controlled 12-Month Trial of a Combination of Six Treatments
  
Links :James B. Adams, PhD





Olean Areagoto top
03/09/2016, Wednesday
Child Health and Safety Study
Parents of Children Needed for Focus Group
University at Buffalo
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Group 1) OR
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m (Group 2).
 
Location: Olean YMCA, Activity Room
Address:1101 Wayne Street
 Olean, NY 14760
 
Cost: Participants will be PAID for their time!
 
Attention Parents of Young Children!
Help protect your child's personal safety.

The University at Buffalo is recruiting parents of children ages 3-11 years to evaluate family videos designed to promote child personal safety and family communication.

The study involves viewing a series of short videos and participating in a focus group discussion
 
For questions and/or eligibility to participant in this Child Health and Safety Study, Call: 716-887-3346 or 1-877-309-0140 Email: childhealth@ria.buffalo.edu
  
Links :Parent Network Workshop Registration