It will be a great family event, free and full of things to do.
Are you familiar with the options and opportunities for your child with autism as they exit public education? It’s never too early to begin learning and planning for life after high school!
Parents spend an enormous amount of time learning how to navigate the special education system so that their children can access the free and appropriate education to which they are entitled. Unfortunately, we find that families often wait until their child exits school to learn about the systems and agencies that may offer support to their child as an adult.
Transition to Adulthood with ASD: What Parents and Guardians Need to Know, developed by the VA Autism Council, is designed to provide an overview of important factors and topics to consider as individuals with ASD enter the adult world. Focus is placed on parents/guardians understanding eligibility vs. entitlement in the adult service system, planning to protect benefits, agencies and organizations that provide supports to adults with ASD, and the variety of options to consider in planning. Topics include:
age of majority
disability benefits and planning
post-secondary readiness, education, and training
housing and residential supports
life in the community
This FREE six-hour workshop takes place over 3 nights (Nov. 1, 8, 15), 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. each night; participants must attend all 3 sessions. Preregistration is required; details and registration may be found here: https://transition-to-adulthoood-asd.eventbrite.com
Join us Friday evening, October 7 at 7pm for this free workshop on how assistive technology can address the needs of individuals with ASD across the spectrum and across the lifespan!
NEXT STEPS BEHAVIORAL CENTER will be offering social skills groups starting 10/19 @ 4pm and 5pm. Thiswill be a 5 week group that meets weekly on Wednesday or Thursday depending on the age and functioning level.
Bon Secours is offering FREE Flu Shots
Stay flu-free with free flu shots
FREE flu shots for children and adults with:
• Character appearances by Rosie the Clown
• Backpack safety
• Virginia Eye Institute VEI – will have free vision screenings
• Walk-in screening mammography & raffle
• Free hot dogs and other refreshments, giveways
Join the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond on Saturday October 8th at the Innsbrook Pavilion for their 10th Annual Step Up for Down Syndrome 5K & Family Festival! There will be a competitive chip-timed 5K complete with prizes, a one-mile advocacy walk/fun run, family-friendly activities, pumpkin patch, live music & entertainment, food trucks, exhibitor & sponsor displays and much more! (Family Festival is free and open to the public 9:00am – 1:00pm.) We are also pleased to welcome our special guest, internationally acclaimed musician, Sujeet Desai! www.sujeet.com Set up a team and walk/run (the more money you raise the more you are eligible to win great prizes). Sign up to volunteer; community service hours will be awarded. If you have a service or product you would like to promote, sign up to join us! If you have any questions or would like to participate, go to http://dsagr.org/empower/annual-fundraising-events/ and follow the links. Dogs on leashes with responsible owners are welcome. It’s going to be a great day, so come out and join the fun!!!
Event Preview Video: https://youtu.be/16pMP5SQZpg
Come enjoy a day of fun festivities at the Bon Secours 5K & Celebration in the Park. There’ll be free activities like live music, stage performances, expo area, kids’ zone, plus a food truck court.
for Children, Youth, and Young Adults with ASD
Developing community and friendships can be difficult for individuals with ASD. Learn how to support your child in the process, beginning with the important introduction to identifying ways to build on your child’s interests. Through story sharing and the experience of the presenters, participants will learn strategies to promote community for their child with ASD from early childhood through early adulthood. The target audience for this presentation is parents, care givers, educators, and providers.
College Nannies and Tutors has part-time nanny jobs – including After School sitter positions. It’s a great opportunity if you have afternoons free, maybe college students or empty-nesters! The hours are generally 2/2:30pm – 5:30/6:00pm for a total of 12-15 hours a week. Duties include meeting kids after school, preparing a healthy snack, helping with homework and engaging in fun activities. Some positions require driving children to/from school or activities. Additional part-time positions are available with varying schedules. A minimum of 2 years child care experience is required with 3 childcare references. Background screen to be conducted by national screening company. Join us in our mission of Building Stronger Families®. We are accepting applications from dependable, dynamic individuals who are positive role models! View available positions and apply online.
We have often been questioned about our name. Some autistics have criticized the name stating “autistics are not missing anything”. Some parents and individuals react to the puzzle piece claiming “my child is a person not a puzzle”. Well being a parent myself I can tell you typical or not all my children at some point have puzzled me.