Our April vacation programs are created to help SUPERHERO children with autism, their siblings and parents feel less isolated especially during school vacation week. All ages, siblings, and those that love someone with Autism are welcome to register. All programs are listed below and on our Events Calendar.
Monday April 19th
NEW EXCLUSIVE Discovery Museum Workshop
This workshop is called "Sound" children and siblings will enjoy a hands on session with the educators at the virtual trip to the Discovery Museum. This program is limited to 15 participants. Parents will need to pick up materials at the Autism Alliance office prior to the program date. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. For more details click on the link.
Back by popular demand, we will be joining our Build-A-Bear friends virtually as we bring our bears to life with the heart ceremony, naming of our bears, as well as naming their Super Power. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED for this program as we have a limited number of FREE bears. Parents/guardians are asked to complete the registration form and will be notified for times to come and pick-up their Build-A-Bear at the Autism Alliance office prior to the program date.
Fitness with Faith Superhero Edition is a fun low-impact fitness class where Superheroes select their favorite songs that are immediately added into a playlist for the group to enjoy and move to. No registration necessary just click on the zoom link. Superhero attire is encouraged but not mandatory.
For this program we will be meeting Canine-Human pet therapy team Fenway and Kelly. Kelly will introduce Fenway and share Fenway's story of becoming a SUPERHERO pet therapy dog. It is filled with twists and turns and by the end you might need a tissue or two. If you like dogs and superheroes you don't want to miss it. Fenway has A LOT in common with many children with Autism....log on and find out how! All ages and siblings are welcome to attend.
New England Aquarium at Home with the Autism Alliance EXCLUSIVE up- close look at more than 70 African and Southern rockhopper penguin colony. Mark your calendars for this fun new program. ALL AGES are welcome. For zoom link just click button below.
This Superhero Animals Edition of the Southwick Zoo Club at Home will give you an up close and personal look at some fun and interesting animals that live at the zoo. No registration necessary just click on the zoom link.
Join us for Superheroes Trivia where we will find the answers to some classic superhero questions. This program is for all ages, and especially those that are young at heart. No registration necessary just click on the zoom link.
In this group participants will share their favorite interests and take turns exploring fun topics presented via power point format. Faith is a fourth year Psychology student at Salve Regina, and a sibling of a brother with Autism. All ages are welcome.
This is a group for family members raising a loved one on the Spectrum. In this group, we will discuss caregiving through the lifespan and through the lens of loss and grief, and we will discover ways to take care of our emotional and physical health in the process.
Neste mês de Abril, o grupo de suporte para pais que falam a língua Portuguesa, vai receber, mais uma vez, diretamente do Brasil, a palestrante Nayara Caroline Barbosa Abreu. Esta será a parte 2 de uma série de 2 palestras. A primeira parte aconteceu em Fevereiro/21. A palestra da Nayra irá incluir, passo-a-passo, introdução ao desenvolvimento da linguagem. Nayara também vai discutir os marcos da linguagem, onde a criança deve estar dentro destes marcos, e quais serão os possíveis próximos passos.
As famílias que falam a língua Portuguesa estão convidadas a participar conosco no zoom.
Adults 18+ are welcome to join the Autism Alliance Virtual Glee Club for individuals with autism. This program is facilitated by our favorite music teacher, Mr. William Lynch, and co-lead with Sophie McLaughlin, expressive movement therapist. The group meets monthly and is a mixture of singing and movement.
Licensed Zumba® Fitness instructor Andria Desimone will lead a 45 minute class and ten minutes social to follow. Be sure to bring your family and friends! Advocates Fun, Friends, & Family events are open to individuals with disabilities who are 16 and older, staff who support them, their families, and friends.
Applying for Housing for people with disabilities in Massachusetts
Wednesday April 14th
This FREE workshop, presented by Cathy Boyle of Autism Housing Pathways, will walk families through the range of affordable and subsidized housing options available to people with disabilities in Massachusetts. A strategy for completing a basic set of applications and tracking them over time is presented. No registration necessary. Click on the zoom link to join.
AFAM’s 16th Annual (and 1st Virtual) Autism Advocacy Day
Join us for AFAM’s 16th Annual (and 1st Virtual) Autism Advocacy Day at the Massachusetts State House Equitable Access to Care During Covid-19 and Beyond Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Caregivers of a loved one with an intellectual or developmental disability in the Greater MetroWest area are invited to apply for a grant of up to $500 through The Fred Gaspari Fund for Families. Families benefit by applying funds towards anything that will help make caregiving a little easier. The family member must be living with the family or independently in their own home within the community. Applications will open Monday, April 5th and are due Friday, April 23 by 5:00PM. Awards will be announced by Monday, May 10. For more details and how to apply please click on the link below.
A friend of the Autism Alliance community is hosting a charity golf tournament and chose us as the beneficiary! All proceeds raised from the event will go to support families and individuals with autism as well as initiatives like the Autism Welcoming program! If you would like more information or to donate please contact: Vincent Sacco