Advocates 6th Annual Gala
Advocates 6th Annual Gala: Champions
November 10, 2022 | 5:30-10:00 pm
We're back! Our annual fundraising Gala is returning to historic Fenway Park! Leave your laptop at home and join us behind home plate for an evening of fun as we celebrate all the champions in our community.
Learn more and get a ticket: www.Advocates.org/Champions
Autism Alliance AFTER SCHOOL CLUB
All Ages Welcome
Autism Alliance After School Club ~ Fall Session
Begins Tuesday September 20th
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Autism Alliance Virtual After School Club is back for an 8-week session. This weekly club is facilitated by animal educator Diana Waterman and showcases animals around the globe. This program is a combination of talking about animals and video footage. We encourage everyone to participate is our customized weekly assignments and fun interactive games related to animals across the globe. Once registered, we will send you the link for the program. All ages, levels, and siblings are invited to participate. We would like to thank the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for sponsoring this program.
Annual Family Apple Picking Weekend
September 24th Little Folks ages 3-5. Each child guest will receive a 1/4 peck apple picking bag, cider donut, a cup of cider, and a small pumpkin. Our party will include private hayride and moon-bounce. Registration now open. Space is limited.
September 25th Getting older kids ages 6-12. Each child guest will receive a 1/2 peck apple picking bag, caramel apple, a cup of cider, and small pumpkin. Party includes private hayride and moon-bounce. Registration now open. Space is limited.
September Guest Speaker
Coach Allison H. Marean, M.Ed., CLYL
Social Skills Tips to Start the New Year
Wednesday September 21, 2022
Coach Allison H. Marean, M.Ed., CLYL from Successfully Social New England will be sharing some of her favorite tips to help your child get off to a great start with the new school year. Come and learn ways to support your child. We will also be introducing a new Autism Alliance and Successfully Social monthly parent group called Brain Chat, where parents can ask questions and get support on the spot.
DDS Funded Programs SPOTS AVAILABLE
The Autism Alliance is happy to announce our programming funded by the Department of Developmental Services. These programs span across many age groups. All participants MUST be eligible for services through DDS Middlesex West Area Office and have autism. This includes the following towns: Ashland, Dover, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Marlboro, Natick, Northborough, Sherborn, Southborough, Sudbury, Wayland, and Westborough. If you are interested in one of our programs you can apply by completing our online form for the group you are interested in. If you have any questions, please email, or call us! We are looking forward to seeing you! TO APPLY
Group Respite: Free to Be Me
1x month | Begins in September 10
This program runs September 2022 through May 2023, with monthly sessions for children ages 5-11 with autism. The program is held on Saturday evenings at JamTime in Natick. The respite is provided in small groups or with one-to-one support by special education teachers and specialists, You will be notified if your son/daughter has received a slot for the group. We will have a waiting list.
Music Therapy: Digital Music
Thursday’s 6:15 pm- 7:00 pm
2x a month | Begins September 22
The Autism Alliance in partnership with Meridian Music Therapy is offering a music-based program using a variety of popular music apps. Participants engage in composition by manipulating musical elements and structure to create original songs. Opportunities are given to each group member to contribute preferences for compositional design.
Introducing NEW PARENT BRAIN CHAT
Dates: October 25th, November 29th, December 20th
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. This is a virtual community call that meets once a month for an hour is FREE and sponsored by the Autism Alliance. 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.
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.
PROGRAM SHARING: Special Art for Kids
Special Art for Kids
Virtual | Tuesdays 5:45pm-6:45pm
Art can help kids improve their learning processes, hand eye coordination, and communication skills. This weekly online high-school student led virtual art program is for young artists. Projects have included: drawn cartoons, Mother’s day cards, origami cranes, birds, and more. Classes are Tuesday nights from 5:45 to 6:45 PM EST. All you need is colored pencils and markers; any colors are fine. Siblings are welcome.
Sensory Friendly Community Events
Festival of Illumination
Southwick's Zoo — Mendon, MA
AUTISM WELCOMING PARTNER
Be immersed in the magical world of impressive and “larger than life” Festival of Illumination lanterns, showcasing the incredible artistry of handcrafted Chinese Lanterns!
Morningstar Access at Boston Children’s Museum
All Masks On! All staff and visitors ages 2 and older are required to wear masks with no exceptions. Families with any types of needs must be able to follow this strict mask rule in order to maximize health safety for children with medical needs.
Saturday, September 3, 2022, 8:00-10:00am
Saturday, November 5, 2022, 8:00-10:00am
Saturday, December 3, 2022, 8:00-10:00am
Mask Optional Masks are recommended but not required for visitors. The Museum staff will wear masks when interacting with visitors.
Saturday, October 1, 2022, 8:00-10:00am
Friday, November 18, 2022, 5:30-7:30pm – Evening Edition!
Registration is required and available on the Museum’s website.
Saturday, September 24, 2022, 5pm to 8pm
Registration required: Register Now
Come join in all the fun and explore the accessible Discovery Museum and Discovery Woods during this special evening event for families with members on the autism spectrum. Your family can play, explore, experiment, and imagine together, while we are closed to the general public and headcount is limited. ASL interpretation may be available upon request.
Dinner, including a gluten-free option, will be provided. Advance registration is required. These Especially for Me events are offered in collaboration with Autism Alliance of MetroWest.
Healthy Happenings Emails
In case you missed one, or want to check back in, our Healthy Heroes is now Healthy Happenings emails which are published weekly for up-to-date Autism Alliance programming and community resources designed to keep you connected and supported. You can find these archived on our website along with our current and past monthly newsletters.
*Please submit requests for accommodations, including ASL interpreters, at least
2 weeks prior to the event date to AutismAlliance@Advocates.org or (508) 652-9900
www.AutismAlliance.org | (508) 652-9900 | AutismAlliance@Advocates.org
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