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Dear <<First Name>>,
March arrived like a lamb and has turned into a lion as we in the NE are fighting wind and snow but also busy preparing for April and the many activities associated with Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month!
 
The AHA Conference Issues in Independent Living for Adolescents and Adults on the Autism Spectrum at Adelphi University is only 22 days away. Registration and information about the keynotes, workshops and resources can be found on the AHA website here .  Join us for another outstanding day with Jed Baker, PhD, Dena Gassner, MSW, Ph'D candidate, Dr. Stephen Shore, Dr. Lynda Geller, Dr. Shana Nichols, and so many more. 

We are grateful for our partnership at Adelphi University with CHI/Center for Health Innovation and SOE/School of Education and to our sponsors who are listed at the end of this eNews:
Today is AHA eNews:
Autism-friendly showing of Kinky Boots

The Theatre Development Fund’s Autism Theatre Initiative is proud to present an autism-friendly performance of Kinky Boots at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036) Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 1:00 pm.This is a special performance for individuals on the autism spectrum, as well as people with other developmental or cognitive disabilities who may benefit, not for the general public.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, March 22nd at 12pm.  They sell out FAST!!

More info available here.
Webinar: Can You See Me Now?
Authentic Representation of People With Disabilities on Television

Wed, Apr 5, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
With the popularity of current television shows like Speechless, Switched at Birth and Born This Way, audiences are beginning to see accurate, authentic portrayals of people with disabilities. Is this the beginning of a new “Golden Age” in TV? Noted disability and media scholar, Dr. Beth Haller offers a detailed conversation about the evolution of authentic representation of people with disabilities on TV and the resulting impact on popular culture. 

More info available here.


 

Social Anxiety and Social Skills groups for adults 
This group is designed to help adults learn and implement cognitive and behavioral strategies to reduce anxiety and practice social skills to enhance their personal and professional relationships.
  • Problem solve troublesome relationships at work or with peers
  • Identify cognitive distortions or “ways anxiety tricks me”
  • Learn relaxation techniques
  • Practice self-acceptance and positive self-talk
  • Build conversation skills
  • Develop self-disclosure and empathy skills
Tuesday evenings at Spectrum Services in New York City. 
A no cost initial consultation is required before joining the group. 
For details and schedule, contact Juliet Melamid, LMFT  at jamelamid@gmail.com or 717-983-8855.

More information available here.

Event for Adults to Learn about Careers in Cultural Institutions

This event is for individuals with autism and other developmental differences (ages 18+) to learn about the varied careers in cultural organizations. Attendees will engage in small group conversations with professionals at cultural organizations about the day to day features of their jobs and their career paths. There will also be a short panel. 

Wed, April 5, 2017
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10028

More info available here.
PBS To Broadcast Autism Documentary

The sensory experiences of people on the spectrum take center stage in a new documentary set to air on television. In what the film’s creators say is a first, “Spectrum: A Story of the Mind” looks at autism through the lens of taste, smell, touch, sight and sound. “This film goes beyond awareness into acceptance,” said producer Jill Jones.

More info available here.

Literacy Nassau is a nonprofit organization that provides free literacy services to adults (18 and older) in the community. They have over 25 Next Chapter Book Clubs for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  They currently have openings in the following locations:

Oceanside (Fridays @ 2:30 pm)

West Babylon (Tuesdays @ 4:00 pm)

Wantagh (Saturdays @ 10:00 am)

Bellmore (Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm).

More clubs launch on a monthly based on need, interest and volunteer availability.  Please see attached flyer and intake form for more details.

Article: NY Times

Perfectly Normal: Autism Through a Lens

At about the halfway point in Perfectly Normal, the artful short documentary about a man with Asperger's syndrome, there is a rare filmic experience of the sensory overload of autism.

Read more here.

Music and ASD Event at Stony Brook University

The Social Competence and Treatment Lab is excited to invite you and your family to our Fourth "Music and ASD" Event at Stony Brook University on Sunday, April 23rd from 2:00-3:00 pm in the Music Building (Fine Arts 1) of the Staller Center on the campus of Stony Brook University. (Sign in will be at the first floor lobby)

Children will have the chance to visit different rooms to listen to and play with instruments from the orchestra and world music ensembles. Feel free to pop in and out of each room at your own pace! Musicians will be performing familiar pieces of classical music and Disney songs.

Autism Friendly Music Event series.

Requires RSVP, and space is limited by clicking here! If you have any questions or concerns please call at 631-632-7857

Please note that parents are required to join their children throughout this event.

PDF available here.
Vocation Independence Program at NYIT

Open house April 22nd at 10:00 AM
 
For more information please contact: wmayer@nyit.edu 
ACCESS FOR ALL: Designing Experiences for People with Autism

On May 1st, the New York Transit Museum, home to nationally-recognized access programs, is hosting a day of conversation around how to best serve people with autism. The symposium will include presentations and discussions with scientists, therapists, parents, educators, and advocates.

Join them on May 1st to learn how your organization can make a difference in the lives of people with autism.

More info available here.

Camp PaQua Tuck Family reception
 
Saturday, April 1st, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.
Learn more about the camp and the services provided.
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Johneen Feehan at Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck
johneen@camppaquatuck.org
631-878-1070, Extension #113

PDF available here.
Upcoming Events

Commack & Northport Transition Fair
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
6:30-8:00pm
Please click here to view the attached flyer for more info.

OPWDD Front Door Information Session 
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
6:00-8:00pm
Please click here to view the attached flyer for more info.

Planning For a Meaningful Future Workshop
Thursday, March 30, 2017
6:00-8:00pm
Please click here to view the attached flyer for more info.

Mental Health Treatment: Then, Now and Going Forward
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
7:00pm 
Please click here to view the attached flyer for more info.

From Ship to Shape: 
A M
onologue on Mental Health with Walker Vreeland 
Saturday, May 6, 2017
3:00pm 
Please click here to view the attached flyer for more info.

23rd Annual Symposium
Moving Forward in Children's Mental Health
Promoting the Positive by Planting Seeds for Success
Wednesday, May 10th, 2017
8:30am-3:00pm
Please click here to view the attached flyer for more info.

Spectrum Services 
Spectrum Services in Midtown Manhattan offers specialized therapy services for clients with Asperger's, autism, anxiety, trauma, and multigenerational family and couples needs. A diverse collection of groups are available.

Please find a detailed list of groups currently available here.

For more information about the over two dozen experts in Asperger's and related conditions, go to the Spectrum Services website, here. For articles by these professionals, go their clinical site, here.

Spectrum Services is located at 303 5th Ave, Suite 1003, and is within two blocks of Penn Station, and a short walk from the NJ PATH as well as the 1, 2, 3, A, C, E, N, R, Q, V, and 6 lines on the MTA subway.
 
AHA Conference Sponsors


Spectrum Services is a cooperative of independent practices joined together for the convenience of our clients. See information above.

 
The College Internship Program (CIP) provides comprehensive support for young adults on the Autism Spectrum and with Learning Differences as they transition to college, employment and independent living. 


The mission of New Frontiers in Learning is to provide the highest quality education and social support services to young adults who learn differently. Our ongoing personalized programming is designed to meet the needs of students who benefit from individualized supports in the areas of academic learning, executive functioning, and social interaction at the secondary and postsecondary levels.


Gersh Experience is a supported residential living program for students 18+ on the autism spectrum.  It takes a comprehensive approach to teaching young adults how to navigate our world and reach their highest level of independence.


ASPIRE Center provides a lifespan continuum of services for children and adults with neurodevelopmental and mental health concerns, their families, and the professionals who serve them. Evidence-based clinical practice offered at ASPIRE includes assessment, intervention, consultation, advocacy, and training.
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