The Autism Alliance Turns 30
The Autism Alliance Story
It all started in a local church basement, back in 1993, when a group of six families, all with children diagnosed on the autism spectrum, gathered to try and wrap their heads around this shattering diagnosis. The families supported one another, sharing vital resources including doctors, teachers and therapies. At that time, rates of autism were 1 in every 1,000 births and the internet was not part of our everyday lives. Resources surrounding autism were not easily accessible. Read the full story
Workshops & Support Groups
NEW Mom's Self-Care Group
Thursday, May 18th
12noon to 1pm | Virtual
Our virtual, monthly "Let's Build a Village" program is for MetroWest moms who would like to grow their "village" by connecting with other moms. This program is fun, fabulous, and free and is sponsored by the Autism Alliance. It is an opportunity for moms of children with autism within the MetroWest area to bond with other moms by sharing laughs while lifting each other up. Moms, this is self-care at its very best and is just for YOU!! Our hope is that we can build our village and eventually meet as a group, in person.
Autism Alliance Brain Chat featuring Coach Allison Marean
Tuesday May 23rd
12:00noon to 1pm | Virtual
Our virtual, monthly Brain Chat is for parents and caregivers who want more strategies and an opportunity to ask specific questions to expert Coach Allison H. Marean, M.Ed., CLY. from Successfully Social New England. It is an opportunity to ask questions, be a part of our community and/or just listen and learn from others. After you sign up, a few days before the group you will receive the Zoom link.
Workshop with Jill Vetstein LICSW, MSW, CEIS Psychotherapist
Topic: Sibling Rivalry
Tuesday May 23rd
6:30pm to 7:30pm | Virtual
Understand what causes siblings to fight or argue with one another. Learn the tips to stopping the sibling rivalry and restore the peace in your home! Click on Zoom link to join.
Autism Alliance support groups are for families who have children with an autism spectrum disorder. Our groups are a safe and relaxed space for parent and caregivers to feel more confident and less isolated. Click below for zoom links.
Note: Support groups are off for the summer. We will see you all again in the fall.
Sibshops provide young brothers and sisters with peer support and information in a lively, recreational setting. Sibshops are lively events where they will: Meet other sibs (usually for the first time); Have fun; Talk about the good and not-so-good parts of having a sib with special needs with others who “get it”; Play some great games.
Explore how other brother and sisters handle sticky situations sometimes faced by brothers and sisters; Laugh! Learn about the services their brothers and sister receive; and have some more fun!
Dave & Buster's Natick location is now offering NEW monthly sensory-friendly hour starting Saturday May 6th.
9:30am to 10:30am
Dave and Buster's of Natick are now offering sensory-friendly store hours the first Saturday of the month before regular business hours. Drop by between 9:30am to10:30am where the large screen TV's will be turned off, decreased number of people, and designed "quiet area" with sensory kits available. Be sure to speak to a staff member if you have any questions or need help.
Advocates See Me 5K, Run, Walk, and Roll
Saturday, May 6
9:00am to 12:30pm
DCR Hopkinton State Park
Advocates See Me 5K Run, Walk, and Roll
Join us to celebrate all abilities and help spread the message that a person experiencing any challenge is a person, not a diagnosis! There will be plenty of fun for the whole family!
Technology, Employment, Benefits & More
Disability Benefits and Transition Age Youth
Thursday May 4
3:00pm to 5:00pm
Training will be online.
FREE to register Online.
Who should attend:
If you work with or support a young person with a disability who is approaching the transition from school to adult life this training is for you. Family members, educators, adult service providers and service coordinators are all encouraged to attend.
Assistive Technology Fair - Metro Region
Monday May 8
1:00pm to 5:00pm
Boston Marriott Newton
2345 Commonwealth Ave., Newton, MA 02466
Join us for an afternoon of visiting with Assistive Technology vendors in the ballroom, participating in demonstrations, attending presentations, and learning about new technology to support independence.
MassHealth Members! Due to the COVID-19 emergency, MassHealth has been maintaining your health coverage, but soon we will be returning to normal eligibility renewal processes. This means we must renew all members to make sure they still qualify for their current MassHealth coverage. Make sure to check all mail from MassHealth. You may need to take action to get the best benefit you qualify for. Here’s what you can do now to make your renewal process easier.
SafetyNet Federal Grants Available
The Framingham Police Dept. has received a federal grant for SafetyNet and will support any family in Framingham with a child at risk on the SafetyNet program at no cost. Other towns may also apply for grant. Click on the link to learn more.
Did you miss seeing one of our featured guest speakers? If so, click on the link and you will see the recordings on the Autism Alliance of MetroWest YouTube Channel.
Please submit requests for accommodations, including ASL interpreters, at least
2 weeks prior to the event date to AutismAlliance@advocates.org or call (508) 652-9900
www.AutismAlliance.org | (508) 652-9900 | AutismAlliance@Advocates.org
1881 Worcester Road, Suite 100A, Framingham, MA 01701
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