The Autism Society Central VA (ASCV) provided information and resources via phone calls, emails, and in person for over 2200 inquiries in 2016. Questions and issues ranged across the lifespan, from assessment/diagnosis to adult services, and across the spectrum. However, time and time again one single topic rose to the service – Individualized Education Programs/Plans (IEPs). For that reason, we are repeating the IEP Boot Camp in lieu of a typical Annual Conference in 2017.
The 11th Annual Deep Run High School Marathon Dance The Deep Run High School Marathon Dance is a student run function that aims to raise money for 12 local organizations annually. In its 10 year history, they have raised more than $1.7 million. The event has progressed from a small dance in the high school gym to an event that brings the entire community together. So far, the cumulative total of $1.7 million has been raised to help a total of 90 local organizations around the Richmond community.“I can’t believe we’re on year eleven already,” Ms. Kern, a teacher and coordinator of the dance, exclaims. “It’s been crazy, and every year it’s such a huge undertaking.”
I know we all tell our loved ones what they should do for themselves, we also spend lots of time taking care of all of those around us. What do we do for ourselves? Some are better than this at others, I fall in the middle with sometimes making some effort for me, but never really a priority. So, each month, I am going to suggest a few things that we can do to take care of us! Yup- US! We deserve it, we need it and we can do it.
Dancing Lessons tells the story of Ever, an introverted young professor with Asperger’s Syndrome, who seeks out instruction from his neighbor, an out-of-commission Broadway dancer. As the unlikely relationship unfolds, the two make hilarious and heartwarming discoveries about themselves and each other. A quirky romantic comedy, Dancing Lessons made its world premiere at Barrington Stage Company in 2014.
Time to gear up for the Autism Society Central Virginia 15th Annual 5K Run/Walk for Autism!!!
We are excited to be celebrating a milestone anniversary this year – the 15th Annual ASCV 5K Run/Walk for Autism will take place on Saturday, May 27, 2017!
Did you set goals for yourself? Are you reaching them? I think it is a good time to evaluate, check in with ourselves and see where we are at. I have kept my promise to allow the time to exercise. It is making a big difference. My energy is better and I am also feeling stronger mentally & physically. I have fallen short on staying in touch with family & friends and making some girl time, so I want to make that happen. The beauty of goals is that every day is a new chance to make it happen. No need to be negative and feel defeated, deep breath and move forward.
Grab Your Hat and Read with the Cat! Celebrate Read Across America Day on March 2, 2017 for the National Education Association’s nineteenth annual observance of NEA’s Read Across America Day. On March 2, we celebrate the joys of reading on Dr. Seuss’s birthday and readers of all ages are encouraged to celebrate with this year’s book, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”
Commonwealth Autism will present its annual two-day Autism Conference designed for both caregivers and professionals. Featured keynote speakers at this year’s conference include local and national experts in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Kerry Magro, an award-winning national disability advocate, will close out the conference on March 9th with his unique perspective on living with autism, bullying, and overcoming obstacles to find success.