- Autism Public Health Lecture – The A.J. Drexel Autism Institute invites you to attend The Third Annual Autism Public Health Lecture featuring Dr. Brooke Ingersoll, who will present “Parent – Mediated Intervention in ASD: Challenges and Opportunities”. Lecture is being held on Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 from 9:00am – 11:00am at Nesbitt Hall: Ruth Auditorium (33rd & Market Streets). Continental breakfast is from 8:30am-9:00am. Please visit the Autism Institute events website: http://www.drexel.edu/AutismInstitute/events for more information. To RSVP for The Third Annual Autism Public Health Lecture please click here. RSVP is preferred but not required.
- REACH FOR THE FUTURE – Free CHOP Workshop for kids in grades 7-12 who have an autism spectrum disorder, autism, PDD-NOS, or Asperger syndrome on April 16, 2015 from 6-8:30 pm. It is designed to cover topics to prepare them for life beyond high school including: community participation, higher education, physical health and well being and vocational planning. Both students and parents are encouraged to attend. For more information- http://www.chop.edu/transition RSVP TO 267.426.5569 or REACH@email.chop.edu by April 10, 2015.
- Philly Aims Autism Conference – Penn Behavioral Health & Philly Aims is holding a free conference entitled, “It Takes a Village: Creating Positive School Experiences for your Child with Autism” on Friday April 24th from 8:30am-3:00pm at the Sheraton in University City (3549 Chestnut Street). To learn more about the conference and to register go to: https://www.autismphilly.eventbrite.com or call 215-573-8472.
- LaSalle – Autism Conference – Building Bridges through Self-Advocacy Across Lifespan at LaSalle University- Union Building, 1900 West Olney Avenue on Friday May 1st, from 8:00am-3:00pm. Registration information available online at http://studentaffairs.lasalle.edu/autism or call 609-518-1259.
- School District of Philadelphia 8th Annual Autism Expo – hosted by School District of Philadelphia, Office of Specialized Services, The Julia Ward Howe School and Hill Freedman World Academy on Friday May 8th at 9:30am at the Education Center, 440 N Broad Street. More details will be available soon.
PEACE is a new community-based early psychosis program for Philadelphia. The program is for individuals age 15 and older who have been experiencing symptoms for a year or less. See the flyer for more details.
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Emily and I on a rare 1:1 lunch date
Invisibility. That’s the superpower that siblings of special needs kids cultivate. Even if they wanted a different one like being able to fly they would be stuck with invisible. It’s not a choice. None of us got a choice.
It’s not that I don’t actually see my other children. And it’s not that I don’t try. It’s just that no matter how much effort and attention I give them Haley, by virtue of her diagnosis, needs more. We all sacrifice things for her. Whether it’s a family vacation because the medical bills are too much, or a trip to an amusement park because Haley can’t do the rides, or not participating in an after school activity because Haley has a Dr appointment. But one of the things that we don’t really acknowledge is sacrificed is…
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In light of the measles outbreak, Devereux President and CEO, Robert Kreider has posted a statement regarding the vaccine debate. Please take a moment to read it on Devereux’s website.
Autism Speaks has revised its official statement about vaccines. The new statement is shorter than the previous one. See their website for their official statement on vaccines and autism.
On Tuesday, January 6th, 2015 at 7pm the People’s Light & Theatre Company will be offering a sensory-friendly performance of Arthur and the Tale of the Red Dragon: A Musical Panto.
Sensory-friendly performances are designed to create a theatre experience that is welcoming to all families with members (children or adults) on the autism spectrum or with other sensory sensitivities.
For this special performance, the theatre environment at People’s Light will be adjusted to provide a sensory-friendly, comfortable and judgment-free space. Adjustments include:
- House lights will remain on at a low level in the theater during the performance;
- Lower sound level, especially for startling or loud sounds;
- A reduction of strobe lighting;
- Patrons are free to talk and leave their seats during the performance;
- Designated quiet areas within the theater;
- Space throughout the theater for standing and movement;
- Limited crowds and visitors through the theatre lobby during the day and timing of the performance;
- A quiet area will be available where children and their families can relax in our theatre’s lobby;
- Fidget and stress sensory toys will be available to borrow as needed; and
- People’s Light staff trained to be inviting and accommodating to families’ needs.