Please join Next Steps Behavioral Center for its FREE Monthly Speaker Series on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 6 PM – 7:30 PM!
This month’s speaker is Christina O’Neill and she will be talking about all of the FREE Resources that are available to families through Autism Speaks!
Start the summer out with this fun, family event!
ASCV’s June Sensory Friendly Movie at The Byrd Theatre & Foundation is Saturday, June 15th.
Bring out the whole family to see Dumbo!
LET’S DIVE INTO SUMMER with SwimRVA! SwimRVA offers unique and inclusive summer camps that will give your child countless memories, a great workout, and a healthy dose of self-confidence. From log rolling to water polo to strokes-and-turns, SwimRVA camps offer a wide variety of ways for your child to have a safe, well-rounded, energetic and fun experience they’ll remember.
SOAR365, formerly Greater Richmond ARC, announces week-and day- long summer camp programs for children and adults with disabilities at its 22-acre wooded facility at Camp Baker in southern Chesterfield County near Pocahontas State Park.
SOAR 365 will offer eight adult weeks and two children’s’ weeks this summer beginning Sunday, June 16, and ending Friday, August 23.
Matt Hulcher, SOAR365’s director of summer camp, noted, “This is the first season we’ve added a tenth week to our summer camp schedule. We already have 415 adults and 65 children enrolled, but we continue to get calls daily. We have the capacity to enroll 600 summer campers.”
The fun activities planned for the 2019 season include: paddle boating and fishing at Pocahontas State Park; swimming; tent camping; nature classes; music (including Karaoke); indoor and outdoor games; face painting; and a new horseback riding program at a nearby farm.
In addition, SOAR365 @ Camp Baker will have a chicken coop and bunny hutch with two chickens and two bunnies this summer. The camp will also offer a new camp store, where summer campers and families can purchase clothing and souvenirs to remember their camp experience.
Join us on Friday, June 7, 2019 to hear and learn from a panel of local siblings, as they share their unique perspective on life growing up as a brother or sister of an individual with autism.
It is estimated that more than 3.5 million Americans have an autism spectrum disorder (Buescher et al., 2014). Many of these individuals have typically developing brothers and/or sisters. Siblings will often have the longest-lasting relationship with an individual who has a disability – one that could easily exceed 65 years. Throughout their lives, these brothers and sisters will share many of the same concerns that their parents might have, as well as issues that are uniquely theirs.
The panel will be moderated by ASCV Executive Director, Ann Flippin, proud sister of a young man with autism. Siblings will answer questions and if time allows, will take questions from the audience. This presentation is appropriate for parents and providers, as well as siblings in grades 3 through adulthood.
Join us on June 2, 2019 at 4pm at Altria Theater for an unforgettable night of music, dance, and visual arts!
LIVE ART: FAMILY will celebrate all the ways we all form our families, and the families formed between students in the program. Along with 200 students are LIVE ART: FAMILY guest artists including:
Life is full of transitions. For families of children with disabilities thinking about the future can bring mixed emotions. Some families are just trying to make it through day-to-day challenges and might not feel they have the energy to think about what happens after high school. Others may want to plan for that transition but are confused by unfamiliar language, complex steps, and the many agencies that may be involved in adult services.
Join Diane Cooper-Gould, parent and child advocate, in PEATC’s latest free online self-paced course. This course is designed to help the participant create, connect and grow a community of supportive individuals. These types of supportive communities could provide mutual peer support, community advocacy, education and/or activities for the group. Too often, caretakers and those with complex needs feel isolated and alone. Developing a structured way for connecting with others who understand and share similar challenges and dreams can open a whole new world of friendship and opportunities for all.