Thank you to the friends and volunteers who hosted the first annual Mike Sacco Golf Tournament for Autism last month at Shining Rock Golf Club in Northbridge. More than 80 golfers enjoyed a sunny day on the course and raised more than $13,000 to help families and individuals with autism. Thank you!
Congratulations Dougie Award Recipients
A special thank you to the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism for recognizing individuals doing outstanding work in the autism community. Sarah Kistner and Alyson Burchill both received a Dougie Award. They choose the Autism Alliance as the organization for their grant donation. The Autism Alliance is grateful to receive $1,000 in honor of Sarah and Alyson!
Autism Alliance TOP Picks
Autism Welcoming Summer Recreation
Have you been looking for fun places to bring your family? Are you worried about the business being Autism Friendly? Worry no further. The Autism Alliance has trained and certified several businesses in MetroWest. In this newsletter we will share our TOP PICKSfor Autism Welcoming recreation this summer. If you visit any of the below businesses let us know how your experience was and your name will be placed in our Autism Welcoming Summer Give-a-way Raffle. Winners will be announced in August.
Let's Bee Kids PlayCenter
Sensory Friendly Wednesdays
Let's Bee Kids PlayCenter is a NEWLY Certified Autism Welcoming Business offering dedicated hours each Wednesday from 9:30am-2:00pm. Special sensory kits and visual aids are available at the check-in desk and all staff have received training designed to raise their awareness and understanding of children with autism. For more details please visit the Autism Alliance Resource Directory.
We are so incredibly excited to share Southwick's Zoo and Earth Ltd, are NEWLY CertifiedAutism Welcoming Businesses.Staff have been trained at both locations and have autism welcoming kits, customized visual supports, accommodation cards and more. Be sure to visit this summer and be on the lookout for Autism Welcoming hours, coming soon!
Southwick Zoo Club 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. Summer camps that serve children with Autism are welcome to join.
This wonderful establishment is a NEWLY Certified Autism Welcoming Business.
Some of the ways they will do this is by providing Autism Welcoming hours (lower music volume, less crowded), communication with families and individuals on how they can make their specific experience more enjoyable, calming tools and games, and striving to provide a welcoming space for everyone. Upon your arrival, they ask that you notify the host or manager of any special accommodations you would like, such as a calming kit, a quiet table, picture menu, sensory friendly table games, and/or if you would like to check out with your order.
We are excited to welcome you to the New England Aquarium, where the safety and well-being of our guests, team members, and animals are our top priorities. Please visit the website for important information about your visit.
Please check back for registration link 2 weeks prior to the event. Come play and explore in our ADA-compliant and universally designed museum during this special, free afternoon dedicated to families with members on the autism spectrum. The Museum will be closed to the general public and headcount will be limited. Advance registration is required.
Putts and More is a NEWLY Certified Autism Welcoming Business. Special sensory toolkit and customized visual supports are available at the admission desk. All staff have received training designed to raise their awareness and understanding of individuals with autism. They are happy to accommodate your family and loved ones special needs during your visit. If needed, please be sure to ask for an "access pass" to expedite your waiting time. For more details please visit the Autism Alliance Resource Directory.
Fitness Together isa NEWLY Certified Autism Welcoming Business who welcome individuals with autism as clients for their personal training services. Special sensory kits and visual aids are available at the center and all staff have received training designed to raise their awareness and understanding of individuals with autism. For more details please visit the Autism Alliance Resource Directory.
AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where we turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! Our Sensory Friendly Film program is available on the second and fourth Saturday (family-friendly) and Wednesday evenings (mature audiences) of every month. Please check your local theatre listings for specific showtimes, and don't forget to share your family fun with #AMCSensoryFriendly.
We are pleased to share from our friends at Bierman ABA, a NEW Virtual Caregiver Training series for families! The series is geared towards families new to ABA services as well as families who are currently receiving services, and just want to learn more.
Introduction to ABA and Speech Language Services
July 7th at 8:00 p.m.
This FREE informative webinar will go over the key concepts of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) during the first half of the webinar as well as a blend of introduction to ABA and Speech and Language Therapy services during the second half of the webinar. The webinar is a great introductory webinar for family members and caregivers of children that have started either ABA therapy or ABA therapy and speech and language services or are about to get started with therapy. Click to Register
Encouraging Peer and Sibling Play Interactions For Your Child with Autism
July 21 at 8:00 p.m.
One of our core values at Bierman ABA is to build an incredibly fun, stimulating, and creative culture, and what better way to do this then through play, especially play with peers and siblings! This webinar will focus on ways that caregivers and parents can facilitate, structure, and reinforce sibling and peer play for their child with autism across a variety of play interaction and play activities! Click to Register
RCS Behavioral & Educational Consulting
Fall Social Skills Programs
Summer is here! Whether you're a parent, professional,
or on the spectrum, we have helpful reading resources for you!