Web-sites

Reviewed 12/1/14
The following is not a complete list, just some that I may have used

(* personally ) or heard good things about.  
*Notice-AutismGuards collects information and shares it openly and freely.  
Please take your time and research any program you are considering!!!

8/4/14- Here is a very valuable resource.  Ask to get on Mary Beth's listserve, and she will send many great events and info. for Philadelphia, Bucks, Mont.Co, Del.Co, Berks, and surrounding areas in PA.  I am very grateful to Ms. Mogan!  She is very resourceful and advocacy savvy!!!
Mary Beth Morgan

Independent Living Specialist - Youth Transition

Liberty Resources Inc.

 

714 Market St. - Suite 100

Philadelphia, PA 19106


 

Phone# 215-634-2000 ext: 335

Fax# 215-634-6628


 

7/30/14  NEW:  Summer Matters- Vanguard School: 

http://www.vfes.net/summer  (Pennsylvania)

Summer Matters offers a continuum of innovative programming for learners with special needs, ages 5 - 21, in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

 

Summer Matters programs are of varying formats and lengths and build on campers’ interests to help them succeed, learn and grow. Programs are held at sites in suburban Philadelphia and the mid-Atlantic, and include Summer Voyagers, Summer L.I.F.E., two ESY programs and respite programs. Summer Matters is headquartered in Malvern, PA, and is a program of Valley Forge Educational Services.

 

Summer Voyagers is a program designed for children, ages 5-12, who, despite many strengths, may be experiencing learning challenges in school.

 

*****Summer L.I.F.E. provides supported recreational opportunities for campers, ages 8-21.*****

Summer L.I.F.E. — Experiential Learning and Social Skills Development in the Context of Summer Fun

Designed especially to support students, ages 8-21, with high functioning autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, the programs – specialty camps, traditional day  and overnight camp, and travel excursions – also support students who have social anxiety or difficulty connecting with their peers. Summer L.I.F.E. offers low camper-to-staff ratio, experienced camp staff, ongoing behavior support, structured daily programming, engaging, multisensory activities and “real world” learning. 

Summer L.I.F.E. is based on The Three “E”s:

Experiencing hands on activities engages campers at a personal level by recognizing and addressing their unique needs, wants and interests. Experiential learning allows campers to retain skills for longer periods of time.

Empowering campers to be more independent in safe, supportive environments allows them to self-advocate and practice critical life skills.

Encouraging healthy relationships allows campers to practice social skills within the context of small group, age-appropriate recreational activities.

Summer L.I.F.E. Programs Include:Specialty CampsThe weeklong specialty camps — in areas like creative arts, nature and technology — draw on campers’ passions and affinities, allowing them to practice behavioral and social skills in a strengths-based context. Programs are taught by professionals with expertise in the field and are supported by staff experienced in working with the ASD population. 


Traditional and Overnight Camps Our day and overnight camps offer traditional camp activities such as fishing, canoeing, zip lining, crafts and nature study during week-long sessions on a 90-acre wooded camp property in Schwenksville, PA.

 

Travel Excursions Travel excursions offer students the opportunity to gain independence, build relationships with each other and take risks in a supportive environment. These weekend and week-long travel trips also offer respite to caregivers. 

 

ESY at The Vanguard School is a specialized skills maintenance program for eligible students, ages 6-17.

 

VTC Summer Experience focuses on life skills development, vocational training and post-secondary education for young adults, ages 18-21.

 

School-Year Programs features daytime and overnight respite programs offered throughout the year.  

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******Follow daily progress of this summer program on their Facebook Page!  Pictures are worth a thousand words!  https://www.facebook.com/CarouselConnections

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Riding on an airplane with your child?  Taking your child to a baseball game?
Autism Inclusion Resources (AIR) – AIR is the creative force behind services and solutions that will enable today’s generation of children 
with autism to participate more fully in the world. In addition to the services we offer, our 501(c)3) non-profit provides advocacy and education 
as well as conducts research into new methods of inclusion.  
  • Participate in an AIR Travel program (real world demonstration experience at a venue, such as airport).
  • AIR staff conducted 25 autism awareness sessions at Citizens Bank Park, reaching over 3000 staff members.
  • Parents of children on the autism spectrum often skip social situations out of fear
  • Dr. Wendy Ross wants her young patients with autism to have those experiences
  • Her nonprofit helps families navigate events like ball games, air travel, and museum trips
  • Check out this must see video!

Socialize with many people doing many different activities?
  • This is a must see video.  Seven minutes into it, we are introduced to Linda Keupper from Autism Cares Foundation!  Local Bucks County group that is doing real time activities for our teens/adults!  
  • Power Your Life TV hosted by Dr. Jo Anne White had a segment with Jacqueline Laurita of #RHONJ and Linda Keupper, Founder and CEO of Autism Cares Foundation. They both share a very down to earth conversation about  special needs children and what is most important to them.  (7 minute mark introduces Linda, a Bucks County native doing wonderful things!)
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GROUPS that have Meetings & Ongoing events

  • *(Philadelphia)  SPEC-SPECIAL PARENTS OF EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN-----nice local parent support group that meets at Chestnut Hill, PAlibrary.Free Membership.  This group meets once a month on a Saturday afternoon and welcomes all parents of any child with special needs.                                          http://specialparents-exceptionalchildren.blogspot.com (SPEC)-SPECIAL PARENTS OF EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN  Contact:  Jean McCoubrey 208 East Gravers Lane Philadelphia Pa 19118 cell  215-913-9027    jean.mccoubrey@gmail.com
  • (Center City Philadelphia and City Line Area) Autism Sharing and Parenting-Autism Sharing & Parenting (ASP) is a volunteer-run, community-based support group that started in 2003.  This group has been a wonderful resource for me, especially in my ealry years living in Philadelphia! It has grown to serve dozens of families, meeting once a month; alternating sites between Center City and Mt. Airy. ASP helps parents to be both their child's teacher and advocate.  By providing speakers and resources to educate, inform and empower parents and professionals, ASP meets the needs of families.  ASP always uses hands-on materials and sessions to encourage learning and interactive involvement.

  • (Spring Valley YMCA in Limerick, PA) Description-The A Team is Spring-Ford Area's Autism Support Network.  (Facebook Page)
  • Mission-To provide a forum for families with children on the autism spectrum to ask & answer questions and get the support that they need.
  • General Information-We meet at the Spring Valley YMCA in Limerick (Royersford) right off of Township Line Rd.
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  • *(Chester County/ Media, PA)- www.newfdn.org-The mission of the New Avenue Foundation is to create more meaningful lives for people with developmental disabilities and autism, and to reduce dependence on the government programs that now support these individuals.  
  • It has 3 key components:
  1. Creative living arrangements with greater family involvement in financing and support services.
  2. Efforts to support community activities and expand participation in those activities by creating a “community enterprise”.
    • Plants and flowers at the media farmers market
    • On-going community service projects and events
  3. A non-profit organization that oversees the housing and community inclusion programs, with a governing board comprised of parents, community residents and civic leaders.
New Avenue Foundation is a parent-led, grassroots, nonprofit organization comprised of families who are interested in creating more community inclusion opportunities and new housing alternatives for people with developmental disabilities and autism. 

We are interested in having more families join our efforts to create better lives for our family members and we invite you to join our ongoing meetings to work toward these goals. 

We are forming two working committees for families to participate in. One committee is working on 2014 community inclusion projects. The other committee is working on a parent-led housing model which gives families more input into daily activities. 

As a group of families we believe that we are in the best position to create more opportunities for participation in community activities and better community based living arrangements. We are especially looking for families in Delaware County who believe they can play a role in achieving these goals and who are willing to work toward them. True community inclusion must begin with the efforts of families to develop local contacts and resources. 

New Avenue Foundation has achieved some significant initial success and we are looking to step up our efforts. This past summer we operated a plants and flower stand at the Media Farmers Market and this helped us develop important ties to community residents and civic leaders. We also have developed local resources to help us in establishing living arrangements that are an alternative to agency run group homes. 

a.. We are investigating housing opportunities in Wayne, PA, Montgomery County, Narberth, PA, and Media, PA. 
b.. We plan to hold some social activity programs, including a music class/band, and a coffee house. 
c.. We plan to be a vendor again at the Media Farmer’s Market. 
Please contact us to register for this meeting. Tom Reinke at 610 – 505 – 9388 or Jim Wurster at 610 – 328-3824. tom@thomasreinke.com or jim@newfdn.org. 
A Meeting for Parents-6:30 pm -monthly
Where: St. John Chrysostom Church 617 S. Providence Road Wallingford, PA 19086
Register:  610 – 328-3824 
Directions: The meetings will be held in the Stephenson Center, St. John Chrysostom Church. 617 S. Providence Road, Wallingford, PA 19086. 
The room is located in the rectory next (south) of the church. Go around to the back of the rectory and down to the lower level entrance. 
Call 610.505.9388 if you have questions.
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  • (Philadelphia) Autism Living and Working (ALAW) 1528 Walnut Street, Suite 815 267-322-5800 Philadelphia PA 19102 www.autismlivingworking.org   Autism Living and Working’s mission is to help adults with autism form and sustain households, hold jobs, and contribute to community life, through individual supports and accommodations.

  • (Philadelphia) Vision for Equality The Cast Iron Building 267-773-5285 718 Arch Street – 6N www.visionforequality.org Philadelphia PA 19106 Vision for Equality, Inc. is an agency that advocates, monitors and trains individuals with intellectual disabilities, their families and caregivers. Our mission is to assist and empower people with disabilities and their families to seek quality and satisfaction in their lives as well as equal access to supports and services. 

  • (Philadelphia)  http://www.temple.edu/thetrainingpartnership/-The partnership brings 5 agencies together as one providing trainnings and support for families, by families.

  • (Philadelphia and surrounding sub-burbs )Autism Society of Philadelphia-The Autism Society, the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. We do this by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information on treatment, education, research and advocacy.

  • (Philadelphia and Norristown Areas)Variety Club-The mission of Variety’s Autism Resource Center is to give families who have a child with Autism a sense of belonging and connection through recreational activities, workshops, parent groups and various other programs as well as to provide information on resources & assistance available to families throughout Delaware Valley.

  • (Norristown) ASCEND--ASCEND Group Inc., the Asperger and Autism Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 2001. It was launched by parents of children with Asperger Syndrome (AS) as a means to create a community of people who are concerned about the many ways that AS and other autism spectrum disorders (ASD) affect children and adults and their families in the home, at school and in every area of their lives.  Meetings of the Chapter for Adults living with AS meets on the second Saturday of every month from 10am-12pm @ Montgomery County Human Services Building, 1430 Dekalb Street Norristown, PA.  

  • *  AutismSpeaks.org--Autism Speaks has grown into the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. 

  • TACA-http://www.tacanow.org-TACA’s goal is to provide education, support, and information to parents to help their children diagnosed with autism be the very best they can be, with the hope of recovery.

 

  • http://www.heartsforautism.org/-  HeARTs for Autism® is a grass-roots, volunteer, charitable, non-profit organization of parents, kids, professionals and artists committed and inspired to use art therapeutically with ASD persons and their families, while educating the public about ASD and advocating for integrated, improved services.

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Agencies:
#1 Question:  Ask if your child is eligible for any programs.  
State their diagnosis!  (Autism or Intellectual Disability)
^^^This is a big eligibility factor.

#2 Does your child recieve MA?  
Does this agency accept MA?  
What insurances are accepted as payment? 

Mental, emotional and developmental health of each member of the community is central to the quality of life of everyone who works or lives in Montgomery County. Central Montgomery Mental Health/Mental Retardation Center, or Central, is the oldest private, not-for-profit, multi-service community mental health center in Montgomery County, PA. We provide services to more than 4,000 individuals and families through specialized programs, covering a full spectrum of behavioral health services. Programs are available for all age groups, from pre-schoolers to adolescents to seniors. Call Central at (610) 277-4600 for more information, and to receive our brochure. There are three main buildings:

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    1100 Powell St, Norristown · (610) 277-4600

     

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    1217 Dekalb St, Norristown · (610) 270-0625

     

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    1201 Dekalb St, Norristown · (610) 279-9270  

     

  • Montgomery County Intermediate Unit is one of 29 Intermediate Units formed by the Pennsylvania State Legislature in 1971 to provide support to local school districts. Created to replace the County Office of Superintendent, intermediate units provide special services as needed by the educational community in their service area. Through cooperation and collaboration among schools and community agencies, intermediate units work to provide innovative, responsive and cost-effective programs that save taxpayers millions of dollars annually. Pennsylvania’s intermediate units provide direct and indirect classroom support to more than two million students and nearly 147,000 school professional staff in Pennsylvania. 
    * I have attended atleast 4 resource fairs that have been very, very good.

  • (Mont. Co.)  Arc Alliance-The Arc’s vision is that every individual and family affected by I/DD in the United States has access to the information, advocacy, and skills they need to participate as active citizens of our democracy and active members of their community. We work to ensure that people with I/DD and their families have the supports they need to live an ordinary American life: The Arc is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization governed by a volunteer board of directors.  3075 Ridge Pike
    Eagleville, PA 19403-1538 (610) 265-4700 Contact Monica Wiggins-supports coordinator:610-265-3439

  • Child Guidance Resource Center-Child Guidance Resource Centers is a private, non-profit community organization dedicated to providing quality behavioral healthcare and educational services for over 55 years. Child Guidance’s programs have proven to be successful at assessing, treating, and empowering children, adolescents, adults, and families with behavioral health struggles, developmental disabilities, and residential needs.

  • KenCrest-KenCrest has 350 locations in seven counties in Pennsylvania -- Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Montgomery, and Philadelphia – as well as throughout the state of Delaware and in Fairfield County in Connecticut. KenCrest serves people of all ages, from newborns through school-aged children through adults in their senior years. Contact Debbie Lord-director of health, clinical, and program supports: 610-825-9360 x 1241

  • Devereux’s CAAPP effort provides community-based state-of-the-art support services to adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families.  The primary goal will be to provide instruction and support across work, community, college, and home environments that will facilitate consumers in becoming productive, socially connected and personally fulfilled members of their local communities. CAAPP focuses on increasing independence and enhancing the quality of life for transition-aged teens and adults across the autism spectrum.  Independence is achieved through a combination of assessment, positive behavior support planning and community-based instruction.

  • SPIN-  We are a non profit human service organization dedicated to providing quality services and a life of possibilities for children and adults with and without disabilities and their families in the community.  Our values, culture and mission are rooted in the belief that all people seek opportunities to live life to the fullest.  Eligible Philadelphia residents can register for services by calling the Philadelphia Department of Intellectual Disabilities Services (IDS) at 215.685.4637 or email robin.m.brown@phila.gov. Their website iswww.phila.gov/dbhmrs/.

  • http://kinneyautism.sju.edu/-The mission of the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia is to provide multi-disciplinary education and research opportunities for students, teachers, professionals, and parents who seek to improve and extend opportunities, outcomes, quality of life and best practices in treatment for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The Center offers services, resources, and information; support and guidance; and tools for public and individual advocacy that contributes to improved Autism awareness and care.

  • http://www.chop.edu/service/transition-to-adulthood/transition-programs.html  REACH (Rapport, Empowerment, Advocacy, through Connections and Health) is a program for teens and young adults ages 14-22 with special healthcare needs and their families, created by teens and young adults with special healthcare needs. REACH's mission is to prepare teens and young adults with special healthcare needs for a successful transition into adulthood by providing peer support, guidance and resources. REACH offers mentorship and training to help youth acquire the skills needed to develop and maintain partnerships among families, youth and providers as they move through transition.

  • http://www.centerforautismresearch.com-The mission of the Center for Autism Research (CAR) is to make rapid progress in understanding the underlying causes of autism. Our mission is based on the principle that effective treatments for ASD will only emerge with increased understanding of the causes. Our goal is to discover which treatments work best, based on genetic, brain imaging, and behavioral profiles. We evaluate hundreds of children each year through research studies at our Center. Here is a list of workshops and events given by  CAR 

  • http://www.mhasp.org/(PIN) Parents Involved Network-Family Mentor and Advocacy together with (SOC) The Montgomery County System of Care- 700 East Main Street 2 North Norristown, PA 19401 267-507-3495  Individuals challenged by mental health conditions are empowered to direct their recovery journeys, and family members are prepared to play supportive roles, all as members of informed and inclusive communities.To promote groundbreaking ideas and create opportunities for resilience and recovery by applying the knowledge learned from the people we support, employ, and engage in transformative partnerships.

  • http://www.planofpa.org/-Planning, Trust, Care; for adults with mental disabilities.

    Content reviewed on 7/30/14

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    FUN!  Daily/ weekly activities for your child to enjoy)
    *Notice-AutismGuards collects information and shares it openly and freely.  
    Please take your time and research any programs you are considering!!! 

    ****Extra Camp opportunities:  (The Arc of Baltimore has included many PA camps)

    http://www.arcofbaltimore.org/pdfs/Summer%20Camp%20%20Vacations%20Programs%202014.pdf

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    1)     Haverford, PA  Overnight Summer CAMP EXPERIENCE Living and working experience- https://www.haverford.edu/news/stories/62331/51  

    Carousel Connections is a supportive summer residential environment that promotes further development of "transition-related" skills and independence. Teenagers and young adults with special needs are provided opportunities to learn, maintain, and improve skills through participation in independent living, vocational training, and recreational activities, as they are immersed in a functional living and learning environment.
     SUMMER SEASON ENDED August 1, 2014----------Weekend Get-A-Ways begin this FALL 2014 in the Poconos!!!

     http://www.carouselconnections.com/blog/carousel-connections-2012-open-house.htm

    ******Follow daily progress of this summer program on their Facebook Page!  Pictures are worth a thousand words!  

    https://www.facebook.com/CarouselConnections

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    2)  Variety Club- (Day and Overnight)Worcester Township, Montgomery County, PA

    Variety Club Camp-  http://varietyphila.org/  Pennsylvania

    Variety Club Camp & Developmental Center

    2950 Potshop RoadPO Box 609 Worcester, PA 19490

    Phone: (610) 584-4366Fax:  (610) 584-5586

    Camp information:  http://varietyphila.org/club-camp/

    VIDEO:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYhZb5T8CNg&feature=youtu.be

    The Variety Club Camp & Developmental Center is an 80-acre facility located in Worcester, Montgomery County, PA, that serves children with special needs. The Camp continues Variety's mission of building independence and self-confidence in children and youth with physical and developmental disabilities. Through educational, recreational and social enrichment activities and year-round programming, Variety encourages all children to participate to the highest level of their abilities. Facilities at the Camp include 20 heated and air-conditioned cabins, a dining hall, fully equipped Health Center, outdoor pool, sports fields, tennis courts, field house, nature center and greenhouse, computer room, arts & crafts center and an amphitheater. All facilities are wheelchair accessible.

    *****ADVENTURE CAMP******

    New in 2013! Variety Club Camp will be offering a special one week AdventureCamp! Adventure camperswill enjoy all the perks of... regular Overnight Camp, butthree days out of the weekthey will take trips into thecommunity to Dorney Park,a minor league baseballgame and the CamdenAquarium! Eligible campersfor this week must be able to toilet independently, walk and behave appropriately in a community setting. Total cost will be $1,150.

    They have day camp, overnight camp, and weekend retreats! The Variety Club Camp & Developmental Center is a nationally-acclaimed 80-acre facility located in Worcester Township, Montgomery County, serving children with special needs. In continuous operation since 1949, the camp is completely winterized for use on a year-round basis. Facilities include 19 cabins (each with a restroom and shower), a large dining and kitchen facility, a medical building, an arts and crafts center, computer and A/V labs, a greenhouse, nature trails, an outdoor amphitheater, and an auditorium with stage. Recreational facilities include an indoor sports pavilion, an outdoor pool, basketball courts, a gymnasium, ball fields, a recreation hall, and a playground. All camp facilities are completely accessible to persons with disabilities.The philosophy of the camp & developmental center is to provide a fun, safe recreational experience designed to foster greater independence and to provide an opportunity to participate in adaptive, age-appropriate peer group recreational and educational programs. Each program is designed to allow all children to participate to the highest level of their abilities.  Variety Club-Nicole SimonAutism Resource CoordinatorPhone: (215) 735-0803 x 16E-Mail: autism@varietyphila.org

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    3)  STAP CAMP-DAY CAMP(several locations around PA)

    Child Guidance Resource Center--I was recently informed that STAP is only available for 1 session in the begining of the summer, and not offered in August 2014.

    Available in Montgomery, Chester, Philadelphia and Delaware counties, the camp hours are 9 AM—1 PM???, Monday through Friday???. Limited funding through Medical Assistance; financial aid is available based upon need.  Transportation is provided for STAP by medical assistance (if eligible-limited funds-Transnet services in MontCo.). Transportation for ESY is provided by the school district. 

    *How did Kyle get involved with this camp?  Kyle's mental health agency, referred us to CGRC(Child Guidance Resource Center). After filling out paperwork with his case manager and having an updated eval by a psychologist from Kyle's agency, we got a call to come in for an interview with one of their intake psychologists. Child must be present and it can take 2-3 hours. (I always bring pens, drawing paper, books, drinks, snacks, etc. when I go to appt.'s, because sometimes they have nothing of interest for him.) In the suburbs, Magellan-Medical Assistance, has paid for Therapeutic Camp. Kyle went for two years and had a really good time. This year, some families, have to contribute money out of pocket. It is worth it though, because it's like a real camp, meaning very woodsy and cabins. Plenty of adtivities too. MUSIC WORKS and THERAPLAY do things with all the kids attending too!  *Kyle is only eligible for 2nd session STAP.  He attends ESY in his school district during the first session.

    *Summer 2013-I want to thank all of the CGRC staff for making my son's, Kyle, day camp experience a fun and socially empowering one! This is Kyle's 3rd year attending this wonderful program and we feel blessed that he has opportunities throughout the week to participate with Music Works, Theraplay, Art, Hikes, Sports, and many special activities. Kyle has shown improvements in flexibility, adaptability, and cooperation with staff and his peers. It is also nice to see that he has been paired up with Mr.Mario for the 3rd year in a row, because he helps redirect and focus Kyle in a firm, yet kind way. My husband, Craig, and I are very grateful to the ALL the Fellowship Farms staff for writing daily detailed reports and sending home social skills activities that help us better communicate with Kyle as we ask him about his day. Improving Kyle's social radar has been a main goal and we are so happy to see him be successful in a solid camp atmosphere. If you would like to help kids attend this summer program please visit: http://www.cgrc.org/donate

    Who is eligible for Child Guidance’s camp and Extended School Year program?

    Child Guidance’s summer day camp (often referred to as STAP), is a highly structured program for children ages 6-12 years with emotional support needs and 6-21 years with autistic support needs (6-12 years in Chester County, PA).   

    The ESY program is available for all children deemed eligible by their school district, so it is important to first contact your child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Team or your school district’s Director of Special Education to enroll.  
    There is 1 session being offered this year.

    The program runs from  9:00am to 3:00pm and transportation for STAP will be provided through Medical Assistance transportation.  Transportation for ESY is provided by the school district.

    Children will be eligible for STAP based on meeting the requirements for medical necessity for their managed care organization.  Children will be deemed eligible for ESY by their school district.

    Session 1 – 6/24/14----?

    Session 2 –NONE

    4) YMCA-Camp Magic-Special Needs Camp  (Ages 5-20)

    Camp Magic holds the philosophy that special needs children should have the same opportunities to participate in the same type of activities as other campers. This camp offers positive integration wih all of the YMCA campers when possible.  Camp Magic campers will also go on field trips each week. Campers must be ambulatory and able to function on a 1:4 staff/camper ratio in a group setting.  Campers will top off the week with our all camp fun Friday event.  Activities Include: Swimming, Arts and crafts, Indoor and outdoor games, Cooking, and so much more!

    Personal experience @ Roxborough YMCA ---How did Kyle get involved with this camp?  When we lived in Philadelphia, Kyle attended Camp Magic.  The staff was very good with him and Kyle had fun each day.  We applied for financial assistance.  This camp was not covered by Medical Assistance, so we really needed to budget.  There were a few years when all kids in camp Magic received full scholarships, which was very nice.  Kyle went from age 7- 12 yrs old.  He participated in a few other activities successfully too.

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    5)  Summit Camp-  http://www.summitcamp.com  (goes up to age 19)

    Email: info@summitcamp.com

    Winter Office

    322 Route 46 West, Suite 210, Parsippany, NJ 07054Phone: +1-973-732-3230Fax: +1-973-732-3226

    Summer

    168 Duck Harbor Road, Honesdale, PA 18431Phone: +1-570-253-4381Fax: +1-570-253-2937

    Social Skills-  http://www.summitcamp.com/camp/Social-Skills-Development.html   A primary focus of Summit Camp & Travel is and has always been the social development of the youth who attend our programs. Social interactions and learned social skills present challenges to our participants for a wide variety of reasons. For some, issues of attention can make it difficult to sustain more lengthy exchanges with peers. For others, the anxiety of initiating an interaction becomes overwhelming. Despite the nature of the challenge, we have seen how our campers/travelers can benefit greatly from an environment where they can actively learn to utilize social skills and practice interactions with the support of knowledgeable staff and specialized programming, rather than passively observing peers or memorizing appropriate social behaviors. 
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    6)  Northwood (Adirondacks)-132 New York 365, Remsen, NY 13438(315) 831-3621 http://nwood.com/

    Since 1976, Camp Northwood & The Northwood Center have been providing quality programming to a coed population of 165 socially immature, learning challenged and high functioning autistic children in need of structure and individualized attention. It is our 2:1 camper/counselor ratio, non-competitive recreational programming and intentional focus on social skill development that enables our students to experience acceptance in a thriving camp community.

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    7)  Camp Sequoia- (overnight)-(ages 8-17yrs. old-for Exceptional young men only)

     http://www.camp-sequoia.com/About.html

    The Perkiomen School in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania (1 hour northwest of Philadelphia) 

    Summer Office Address: Camp Sequoia 200 Seminary Street Pennsburg, PA 18073

    Winter Address:Camp Sequoia3 Ainsley CourtNewtown, PA 18940

    Phone: 610-771-0111Fax: 610-771-0122  Email: office@camp-sequoia.com

    *****Features Michelle Garcia Winner methods*****

    Utilizing the basic concepts & language of the Social Thinking® framework:Through integrating these basic concepts and language into every camp activity and utilizing every "teachable moment", we help campers develop their social thinking skills experientially. Additionally, all campers participate in a twice-weekly Social Thinking group with campers who share a similar social-communication profile.

    An overnight camp for kids who would not fit in at a special needs camps yet need more support than traditional overnight camps can offer: Our campers are a unique group of boys who need the structure, consistency and social learning support we provide yet would not fit in with the population found at special needs overnight camps. Camp Sequoia is proud to fill an under-served need for our camper population.

    A Same-Age Peer Relationship Centered Approach:Camp Sequoia is divided up into five age groups called "Divisions". The Freshman division are campers ages 8-10, Juniors are campers age 11, Inters are campers ages 12-13, Seniors are campers ages 14-15 and the L.I.T.s (Leaders- in-Training) are campers ages 16-17. Campers live with and participate in all activities with their division.
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    8)  Camp Lee-Mar (Poconos, PA)- video from Time Magazine:http://www.time.com/time/video/player/0,32068,1802921958001_0,00.html

    Over 60 years of changing children's lives

    Private Residential 7 week Co-ed Camp Program

    Carefully Considered Grouping

    Mild to Moderate Learning and Developmental Challenges

    Structured Environment

    Traditional Summer Camp Activities

    Camp Adventures

    Speech and Language Therapy

    Overnight Trips

    Academics

    Adaptive Athletic Program

    Vocational Training

    Therapeutic Horseback riding

    Heated Swimming Pool

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    9)  http://talismancamps.crchealth.com/Hendersonville, NC

    Contact: Robiyn Mims Admissions Director 828-712-0466 rmims@talismancamps.comwww.talismancamps.com

    We are pleased to announce that Talisman Summer Camp is continuing operations under new ownership, with no interruption of programming for the 2014 season. After 16 successful summers as a program of Aspen Education Group (a division of CRC Health Group), the camp has changed into some very familiar hands. Douglas Smathers, current director, and Linda Tatsapaugh, former director, are now owners and operators. Douglas will continue to run the camp program, while Linda will run operations and new programming. We are joined by Robiyn Mims, formerly of Talisman Academy (and also a former Talisman camp director), as the admissions director. Between us, we have 15 years of Talisman Summer Camp experience, and over 50 years serving special needs children. Additionally, the camp will benefit from the wisdom of co-owner and founder of Talisman, Catherine Buie-Jennings. As always, if you have any questions, comments or concerns don't hesitate to give us a call at 855-LUV-TALi (855-588-8254) or email us at info@talismancamps.com. 

    We're very excited to carry on the legacy of Talisman, and are hard at work preparing for a terrific summer in 2014! - See more at:http://www.strugglingteens.com/artman/publish/TalismanBN_131213.shtml#sthash.yVMWoeDi.dpuf

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    10)  http://www.campkodiak.com/ (goes up to 18 yrs. old)  Canada

    Winter Office:

    4069 Pheasant Run,

    Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

    L5L 2C2

    Telephone: (905)569-7595

    Toll-Free:   (877)569-7595

    Fax:          (905)569-6045

     

    Summer Address:        

    McKellar, Ontario,

    Canada, P0G 1C0

    Telephone: (705)389-1910

    Fax: (705) 389-1911

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    11)  Dragonfly (1 week) - for older teens see below

    Dragonfly Forest for older teens: From: svanmeerten@dragonflyforest.org

    New Message from: Sylvia van Meerten

    Hello there,I work for Dragonfly Forest, an overnight camp for kids with autism and medical needs. Our camp is located in Valley Forge.  We are doing a new session this year for older teens this year.  The session will focus on building vocational and prevocational skills for teens.  I'm hoping to spread the word about the session--can you forward this to your mailing list?  Or is there something you might suggest about building awareness of this opportunity?  

    Here is more info:  http://dragonflyforest.org/about-us/results?id=361Our pilot session will focus on the difficult transition from teen to adult, and the skills needed to create healthy adult patterns. We teach teens basic skills for health, such as cooking, laundry, and exercise, but we also spend time explaining about communicating in groups, creating their own organization systems, and listening for implied directions.This new program is designed to teach teens with autism or 22Q essential skills for transitioning to adulthood.  This session is intended for teens who need help learning some or all of the following skills:

    Clear communication in a team environmentIndependent use of lists and schedulesSustainable exercise routinesCookingLaundryBasic cleaningIdentifying and responding to directions in different formats (direct verbal, implied verbal, direct written, and implied written).Teens who are ready to create resumes, or practice interviewing for jobs can work on those skills, while teens who are establishing their pre-vocational skills (such as taking initiative and asking for clarification) will develop those in a variety of settings. We work in small groups, with low ratios, so that teens get a lot of personal attention. All of the summer programs at Dragonfly Forest are super fun – and even our skill-building session retains the best parts of summer camp: good friends, lots of laughs, and an overwhelming feeling of belonging somewhere.

    Teens who apply for this session can expect a structured program that includes some of the typical fun of camp (ropes course, swimming, camp fires etc.) and also includes specific skill building curriculum. The counselor-teen ratio will be 1:2 for this session. 

    Candidates for this session will be independent with toileting, and will refrain from dangerous behaviors such as running away, physical aggression towards themselves or others, and eating non-edibles.

    Let me know what you think!

    Sylvia van MeertenVP of Year Round Programming Dragonfly Forest

    (828) 458-0313

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    12)  Summer Matters- Vanguard School: 

    http://www.vfes.net/summer  (Pennsylvania)

    Summer Matters offers a continuum of innovative programming for learners with special needs, ages 5 - 21, in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    Summer Matters programs are of varying formats and lengths and build on campers’ interests to help them succeed, learn and grow. Programs are held at sites in suburban Philadelphia and the mid-Atlantic, and include Summer Voyagers, Summer L.I.F.E., two ESY programs and respite programs. Summer Matters is headquartered in Malvern, PA, and is a program of Valley Forge Educational Services.

    Summer Voyagers is a program designed for children, ages 5-12, who, despite many strengths, may be experiencing learning challenges in school.

    *****Summer L.I.F.E. provides supported recreational opportunities for campers, ages 8-21.*****

    Summer L.I.F.E. — Experiential Learning and Social Skills Development in the Context of Summer Fun

    Designed especially to support students, ages 8-21, with high functioning autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, the programs – specialty camps, traditional day  and overnight camp, and travel excursions – also support students who have social anxiety or difficulty connecting with their peers. Summer L.I.F.E. offers low camper-to-staff ratio, experienced camp staff, ongoing behavior support, structured daily programming, engaging, multisensory activities and “real world” learning. 

    Summer L.I.F.E. is based on The Three “E”s:

    Experiencing hands on activities engages campers at a personal level by recognizing and addressing their unique needs, wants and interests. Experiential learning allows campers to retain skills for longer periods of time.

    Empowering campers to be more independent in safe, supportive environments allows them to self-advocate and practice critical life skills.

    Encouraging healthy relationships allows campers to practice social skills within the context of small group, age-appropriate recreational activities.

    Summer L.I.F.E. Programs Include:Specialty CampsThe weeklong specialty camps — in areas like creative arts, nature and technology — draw on campers’ passions and affinities, allowing them to practice behavioral and social skills in a strengths-based context. Programs are taught by professionals with expertise in the field and are supported by staff experienced in working with the ASD population. 

    Travel and Overnight Camps Our day and overnight camps offer traditional camp activities such as fishing, canoeing, zip lining, crafts and nature study during week-long sessions on a 90-acre wooded camp property in Schwenksville, PA.

    Travel Excursions Travel excursions offer students the opportunity to gain independence, build relationships with each other and take risks in a supportive environment. These weekend and week-long travel trips also offer respite to caregivers. 

    ESY at The Vanguard School is a specialized skills maintenance program for eligible students, ages 6-17.

    VTC Summer Experience focuses on life skills development, vocational training and post-secondary education for young adults, ages 18-21.School-Year Programs features daytime and overnight respite programs offered throughout the year.  

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    Camp Twitch and Shout- Atlanta, 1 week, for kids w/ Tourette's 
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    Jewish Special Needs camps:

    *Round Lake Camp (a NJ Y Camp) in Lakewood, PA offers a unique experience for Attention Deficit Disorder, Hyperactivity and Learning Disabilities children.

     *Capital Camps in Waynesboro, PA has an inclusive special needs program called Atzma’im for campers with emotional and developmental disabilities.

     *Camp JRF in South Sterling, PA is expanding this summer. Shemesh is geared towards campers with autism, cognitive delays, developmental challenges, moderate speech and processing issues, and some forms of physical disabilities.

     *Camp Simcha, in upstate NY, which is for kids with cancer and other catastrophic illnesses

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     B)  (FUN!  Daily/ weekly activities for your child to enjoy)
    *Notice-AutismGuards collects information and shares it openly and freely.  
    Please take your time and research any programs you are considering!!! 

    *Check out your local library for special needs sensory story times and other events that are filled with supports and accomodations to meet all of our childrens' needs.  Librarians have been receiving current trainnings on how to encourage our children to participate and listen to great stories in small group settings.  Most activities are planned for specific aged groups, so please call to inquire for your child.

     


    Sensory Story times
    - The William Jeanes Library & Athena and Nicholas Karabots Center for Learning will host sensory storytimes TUESDAYS!
    Please check library website for more info.  www.jeaneslibrary.org  June 24-Aug. 6  
    (Mental ages of 3-8 suggested)


    Brick Insanity Lego Club
      These lego events for students 7 and older.  Some group time and then free building. Space limited, so please sign up!  This is sponsored and run by ColonialLUG (Lego Users Group), under the direction of Nathaniel Reichley. (scroll to bottom of page for more information)

    Contact: Beth Hargis    610-828-0441    bhargis@mclinc.org 

    Location: Jeanes Library, 4051 Joshua Road, Community Meeting Room 

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    The Civic Green Special Athletes Program at Greater Plymouth Community Center-The emphasis of this program is on having fun while learning sportsmanship, physical activity, social interaction and fun. Some fundamentals of the sports will be taught. This is a volunteer driven program. Parents may be asked to help and participate. Sessions held at 3pm Sundays. This is The Outreach Program for games like Soccer, but not limited to this activity.  Where special needs athletes can come and learn a game and build lasting frendships.  
    ******Visit Facebook Page for more detailed information about events:  
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Civic-Green-Special-AthletesTOPS-Soccer/198012946892509?id=198012946892509&sk=info

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    TENNIS (summer)(PHILADELPHIA)
    PEEA-Eric D. Williams Sr. Founder/CEO 
    Project Elijah Empowering Autism(PEEA) 

    I would like to inform everyone that the July tennis clinic dates are 7/12 & 7/26. 
    Parkside Evans Playground 
    5300 Parkside Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19131

    The cost to participate in a clinic will be $10 per participant and $5 for siblings. Cash only. Healthy snacks will be provided.

    Clinic times for all summer sessions are 9am-11:30a. We will start on time so please make every effort to arrive a few minutes early.

    Please RSVP for each clinic. Volunteers are needed!

    Due to the outdoor location, all sessions are weather permitted. If bad weather is in the forecast for scheduled dates, a final decision will be made by 5pm the day before.

    PEEA now offers a mobile text message mailing list. This new service will provide up to date information regarding PEEA scheduled events. 
    To sign up for this service, text PEEA to 55469.

    FYI, this is a read only service. Contact your mobile service carrier for text message rates.
    Stay tuned for the new PEEA website.

    Have a good day!!
    Eric D. Williams Sr.
    Founder/CEO

    ***officially established a partnership with Legacy Youth Tennis and
    Education( formally Arthur Ashe)---(going back in Fall/Winter?)

    The vision of these clinics as well as other PEEA sponsored events is for each

    individual to improve gross motor, cognitive, recreational, technology and
    social skills through team building activities. An added benefit toward the
    development is to have them participate in all the sessions listed below.
    PEEA will then create a statistical data profile for each student/athlete.

     
     

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    TENNIS-(fall only)Tennis Buddies Squad! (MONTGOMERY COUNTY)

    Tennis Buddies Squad will meet weekly starting Sunday, September 15, 2014 at Montgomery County Community College tennis courts, Blue Bell, PA, 3pm-4:30pm. The final clinic will be Sunday November 3rd. Please RSVP to Stephen & Julia at tennisbuddiessquad@comcast.net to help them plan each session accordingly.
    In case of inclement weather, please check the Tennis Buddies Facebook page facebook page https://www.facebook.com/tennisbuddiessquad
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    *With the STAMP Pass you’ll be able to visit 12 of Philly’s best museums and attractions for FREE!
    Be sure to check the website (http://phillystamppass.org) for specific hours, transportation options, and other special instructions before you attend and take a look at the fine print below for more info on how to use your STAMP Pass!  You Must Be 14 – 19
    STAMP is for teens only!  But, some of the STAMP museums and attractions do have age restrictions on unsupervised teens so make sure to read the fine print about each museum before heading over alone.
    No Pass - No Admission  You must show your STAMP Pass or your valid temporary ID number at the museum to get in for free.  If you don’t receive your STAMP Pass before your temporary ID expires or if you lose your pass, contact us at stamp@philaculture.org.
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    $1  Family fun movies playing on Tuesdays & Wednesdays for the summertime!

    Regal Cinemas- Admission to these movies during the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets must be purchased at the theater and all movies start at 10:00 am. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute.  http://www.regmovies.com/Movies/Summer-Movie-Express
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    *FREE Movie nights in your local Park?!?!
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    *Parks and Rec Department offers discounts on Amusement Parks and Movie theaters!  Check out your local township web-site! 
    Example Savings! 

    PHILADELPHIA ZOO

         

    General Admission (age 2 +)

        $20.00

             $16.00

             SAVE $4.00 

     (BUT IF YOU GO OFTEN ENOUGH, YOU MAY WANT TO CONSIDER MONTHLY/YEARLY PASSES)

         

    AMC THEATERS

     

     

     

    General Admission (Upgrade fees DO apply for IMAX)

        $12.50

              $9.00

             SAVE $3.50

    (YOU NEED TO WAIT 12 DAYS AFTER A NEW RELEASE APPEARS FOR THESE TICKETS TO WORK ON "NEW RELEASES")
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    *Check out your local YMCA.  Special ability programs are being created successfully and are becoming a great resource for all of our children. 

    Did you know that your child, teen, adult may be eligible for a year membership at no cost to you through Medical Assistance?  Call member services on the back of your child's MA card to find out if a local gym and/ or YMCA is participating in this program!  Also, scholarships are available, call your local YMCA for details.
    Also, Special Olympic teams meet on a regular basis at local YMCA's throughout Montgomery County!

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    *Check out your local bowling spot.  (Special olympics leagues frequent bowling alleys, and many other sports.)
    Kyle enjoys bowling frequently bowling with his buddies from school.  We usually go to Whitikar Lanes, in Norristown PA.  http://www.facendawhitaker.com/.  
    We go here because they can accomodate wheelchairs and welcome special needs children and adults.

     

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    http://www.specialolympicsmontco.org/be-an-athlete/

    (On Sundays, there is special olympics bowling at Whitaker Lanes)

    Anyone who has been identified by an agency or professional as having an intellectual disability or closely related developmental disability is eligible to participate in Special Olympics training and competition.

    Athletes must be 7 years of age to train and 8 years of age to compete. Our Young Athletes program is open for participants age 2 1/2 to 7.  More information is available on our Young Athletes banner of this website.

    Athletes must agree to observe the rules of Special Olympics, Inc.

    All athletes must have a current Application for Participation, often referred to as a "Medical", on file with SOMC.  Email a scanned copy to our email address shown on the left hand banner of this page or mail a copy to the address shown. Each and every item  on both front and back must be completed or it will be returned. Once completed, copies will be provided to the parent/guardian. The head coach will obtain a copy from SOMC (not the parent). 

    The Application for Participation requires the signature of a Physician, Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant and the signature of a Parent or Guardian as appropriate.

    The Application for Participation must be renewed every 3 years.

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    Horse riding therapy?

     

    1. Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Academy-Philadelphia, PA dedicated to providing therapeutic horseback riding programs for children and adults with physical, developmental, and intellectual disabilities. Led by PATH-certified instructors using innovative equine-assisted programs, Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Academy seeks to improve the quality of life for our program participants and their families.

    2. (Also, below, there is listed as one involved with Special Olympics=see http://www.specialolympicsmontco.org/home/sports-sites-and-schedules/)                

    3.  Sebastian's therapeutic program-Collegeville, PA includes children and adults with a wide range of physical, mental and emotional disabilities. The focus of our program is a safe, fun and healthy approach to growth and rehabilitation through equine activities and riding. Offering much more than the traditional riding program, we strive to achieve physical development, socialization and learning through fun activities. We build balance and symmetry, increase reach and range of motion, develop speech and language, thought processes, planning and sequencing. At Sebastian, we instill a great sense of success, confidence and accomplishment in our riders. Not only do Sebastian students learn to ride, they groom, tack and care for their horses. We use quiet and trained horses to meet our riders' needs. We use special equipment, and provide ASTM-SEI approved helmets with our riders' safety paramount in all of our activities. Sebastian offers individual lessons so we can best meet the individual needs of our riders. 

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    Fit Life Physical Fitness Program
    - stretching, obstacle courses, machines, races, etc. in a fun & safe group environment located at this gym.

    Founder  Mrs. Linda Kuepper  Linda@autismcaresfoundation.org  
    Meets Weekly on Thursdays 7-8pm (14 to 25 yrs. old)
    157 Railroad Drive Warminster,PA 18974  
     Autism Cares Foundation-sponsors many other activities are available for your teens to enjoy NOW!

    *FREE  (monatary donations are accepted in any amount on their web-site. 
    The Autism Cares Foundation (ACF) provides support to families dealing with autism in the Bucks County PA area. 

     

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    Best Buddies-(area high schools)

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    Let's Go Dancing(area high schools, local ymca's, and Autism Cares Foundation)

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    Let's GO to the MOVIES: Sensory Friendly Films https://www.amctheatres.com/programs/sensory-friendly-films-

    The program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing!

    The idea for the program began with a request from a parent with an autistic child for a special screening at AMC Columbia Mall 14 in Columbia, MD. More than 300 children and parents attended the first screening.

    We are thrilled to now offer the program at many locations nationwide — please see below for a complete list of participating theatres. As a leading theatrical exhibition company, we are so proud to be making a difference in the estimated 1.5 million Americans living with an autism spectrum disorder by offering families a chance to see a movie together — often for the very first time.
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      Artists with Autism Unite-  Contact: Heidi Halberstadt- Heidi (AWA.EPA@gmail.com) 

    (based out of West Chester, PA)  *Membership is FREE  

     

    • Our show at the Philadelphia Zoo, for Autism Awareness Day,was very nice.  We featured two unique teen artists, Jayson Halberstadt and Kyle Hayse. This was Kyle's first show!  We're also working on participating in a First Friday events.  In MARCH 2013, AWA was honored to participate in the Art and Music Festival at DCCC. The talent there was amazing! AWA Artist, Jay Halberstadt, recently designed an advertisement for Autism Society of Greater Philadelphia, which will be published in Metrokids Magazine. He also created a new logo for Autism Society of Broward County and has been asked to create a new design for the website of Autism Society of Virginia. Membership is FREE and artists keep 100% of proceeds if they choose to sell their work. Members can display their artwork on the Artists With Autism website. Please check it out artistswithautismunite.webs.com.  
      *You can read about the new Pennsylvania Division.
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    Music Works- Lori O’Leary2050 West Chester Pike, Suite 115
    Havertown, PA  19083-2742610-449-9669 voice 610-449-5566 fax  
    *MA accepted

    • MusicWorks provides music therapy services to restore, improve and maintain the quality of life of all individuals throughout the Delaware Valley who face hardships everyday.  The family of a child with autism is pleasantly surprised when their normally withdrawn daughter reaches out and communicates with others around her during a music therapy session.  Or a distracted boy focuses and plays a musical instrument.  Did you know that music therapy:Restores one’s creative spirit by refreshing the power of imagination through musical play, vocalization, and social interaction.  Improves one’s life by using innovative melodic, rhythmic, and musical expressions to achieve a more positive outlook.  Maintains one’s self-esteem and attentiveness with a more balanced sense of emotional expression. 

    • Kyle is enjoying his weekly music classes.  He enjoys his peers and trying new instruments during each session.  (small group of 6 teens).  Kyle began in March 2014....

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    Theater Horizon-Phone: (610) 283-2230 | info@theatrehorizon.org | 401 DeKalb St, Norristown, PA 19401   *financial aid available

    • Theatre Horizon is a professional non-profit theatre company headquartered in Norristown that performs in Montgomery County.  They have an Autism Drama program, that is extremely unique and adapts to your child's/teens needs. Using a variety of dramatic techniques, Theatre Horizon has developed a drama program that strives to inspire imaginary play and encourage interest in human relationships, which are some of the key challenges in children with autism.Social Skills can and are developed by inspiring imagination, flexible thinking, helping children find their own voice. We are teaching social skills in a fun and positive way.
    • Before the holiday, during the FALL 2013, Kyle and a bunch of his peers, were involved in a ASD play-writing/acting class in Norristown, called Theater Horizon. Kyle's speech teacher noticed a positive change in Kyle two weeks into the program; he was participating more in the group speech activities at PW high school. Every Saturday, for 6 weeks, I watched as Kyle interacted with new peers, smiling, laughing, and talking to me about his time when I took him out to lunch. He seemed to like the "dramatic excersises" the most. The playwriting piece was hard for him, but the terrific staff encouraged him to write and he was very cooperative during the entire process. I personally loved the flexibility of the this program and how it is very child centered! Proud of Kyle and all his peers. 
    • Spring 2014, Kyle is joining this session beginning Saturday May 3rd.  (6 Saturdays)  It was an amazing group! 
     

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    NEW!  http://www.phillyautism.com/-Philly Autism Resources is proud to unveil our 2nd Annual Autism Awareness Month Interactive Calendar.  Check it out today!We look forward to helping families touched by Autism connect with one another and with the resources they need and deserve.  We are a community service project of the staff and interns at Spectra Support Services, LLC in Broomall, PA.  (see resource page)
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    ColonialLUG Hosts LEGO® Nights
    ColonialLUG, formed in 2012, is a LEGO® users group for teens aged 13+ who love to create with our favorite little plastic bricks. ColonialLUG also hosts a bi-monthly LEGO® club for children aged 7+ at the library covering a variety of themes and building methods.  For more information about ColonialLUG, go to www.coloniallug.weebly.com or contact Mary Reichley at 610-832-0133. 
    Whitemarsh Elementary School, recognized as a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School, provides students in Kindergarten through Third grade with a solid foundation for lifelong learning and fosters positive interpersonal relationships within a safe and nurturing environment. The educational program is aligned with state and national standards while teachers apply differentiating instruction to address individual students’ needs.
    Contact: Whitemarsh Elementary SchoolPhone: 610-828-90924120 Joshua RoadLafayette Hill, PA  19444

    *About Colonial LUG---Colonial LEGO® Users Group (LUG) was formed in 2013 as a club for serious teen builders.  Colonial LUG members have created Brick Insanity at the Lafayette Hill Public Library for children to experience the fun of LEGO® bimonthly.  The LUG will sponsor a fundraiser for the library in September which includes a carnival theme, games and a raffle made entirely of LEGO®.  A display with the theme of a playground on the fourth of July made by LUG members will be displayed in the LEGO® store display box from June 19 to July 18.  Colonial LUG will be providing the infrastructure for the teen display in December at the First LEGO League competition at SCH Academy.  (LEGO® is the property of the LEGO® Group which does not sponsor or endorse LUGs.) For information, contact Mary Reichley at myzanadu@verizon.net

    *About Spectrum FUNdamentals Studio---Formed in 2010, Spectrum Fundamentals Studio endeavors to create classes where children and teens on the autism spectrum can socialize while sharing common interests.  Formally located above O’Doodles in Chestnut Hill where several classes were held, it currently is operating on an event – only basis. For information, contact Cynthia Day at Cynthia.day@verizon.net.

    *About SCH Academy’s Robotics---From their earliest years at SCH Academy, students learn to become creative designers and problem solvers through an Engineering and Robotics curriculum that is one of only a few such schoolwide curricula in the country. Whether it’s constructing a LEGO® castle in 2nd grade, designing and manufacturing a marketable consumer product in Middle School, or programming milling machines to make parts for human-sized robots in Upper School, SCH students are learning important skills for the 21st century, being challenged, AND having fun.  FIRST Team 1218 Vulcan Robotics is SCH Academy’s internationally competitive robotics program. Competing in the FRC Division, high school students challenge themselves to push the limits of creativity and interactive thinking. Since 2002, Team 1218 is dedicated to building better students one robot at a time. For information: www.sch.org/robotics
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     Rattlebox Nature Center to provide a nature outing to learn about and handle animals for people with disabilities. Rattlebox’s goal is to provide individuals of all ages and capabilities with hands-on experience that will better their understanding of the critical role that animals play in the health and welfare of our world and to dispel false stereotypes and myths regarding their behavior and characteristics. This outing will be a learning experience as well as a hands-on experience where you’ll be able to hold and pet animals.

     

    (Kyle looking fondly at the miniature horses @ Rattlebox Farm) 

     Rattlebox Nature Center220 Wawa Road, Media, PA 19063, 610-358-4813.

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    *Notice-AutismGuards collects information and shares it openly and freely.  
    Please take your time and research any program you are considering!!!