We've posted our meeting dates for the 2013/2014 school year so you can mark your calendars in advance. All meetings will be held at 6:30pm in the Community Room of the Willington Public Library unless specified otherwise. Please note that meetings are subject to change so visiting our website often will keep you informed on the most current information, we are always adding special events and updating meeting details. We have a great year planned with meetings, guest speakers, special events, and many opportunities for you to get involved. Please join us!
Our next meeting is on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 6:30pm. The presentation will be "Supporting Families of Children with Autism." For more information and to see the primary topic points that will be discussed, please click here to view the flier.
Our last meeting of the school year will be a End of Year Celebration and Potluck. Please note that it is on Wednesday, June 4 at 6:30pm instead of our usual meeting date of the third Wednesday of the month.
Please mark your calendars now for a upcoming annual event that you will not want to miss! ASRC (Autism Services and Resources CT) and Success SEPTO will be hosting "A Saturday Seminar Series: Parent Advocacy Boot Camp". There will be 4 sessions from 11am - 2pm; held on October 11, October 18, November 8, and December 13, 2014. For detailed information about the subject of each session, please click here to view the flier. The intended audience is parents, caregivers, guardians, and grandparents. Presentation and materials are based on children with autism spectrum disorders but applicable to all children with special needs. To register or if you have any questions, please contact Sara Reed, Director, Advocacy and Family Services, ASRC at 203-265-7717 or email@example.com.
We like to keep you up to date on upcoming events that are focused on special education topics as well as other relevant activities that may be of interest. We will post information on the website in order to provide you with as many helpful resources as possible. If you have any related events that you would like to share with fellow members, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can spread the news.
Yale Autism Program is looking for children and adults diagnosed with ASD between 8 and 40 years old to participate in a brief study. For more information, please click here to view the flier or contact Erin MacDonnell at 203-737-3439 or email@example.com.
Sarah Hope Lincoln, a doctoral student at Harvard, is seeking families willing to help in her research. She is working with both healthy kids and kids who are having a hard time socially and emotionally. She is running a study for kids ages 8 - 13 and their parents, in order to better understand what factors lead to the development of mental illness in kids. She is recruiting kids and families who are having particular struggles (please click here to view more info). They try to keep the study fun for the kids (they receive prizes and gift cards) and parents are reimbursed as well for their time. It can also be helpful for kids who are struggling, as they can offer appropriate referrals with individuals who specialize in working with children with specific struggles. Additionally, they realize that travel can be costly and are happy to reimburse or arrange for transportation to Boston. For more information or if you would like to participate in the research study, please contact Sarah Hope Lincoln at firstname.lastname@example.org or 559-904-4431.
The final report on the "scream room" investigation at a Middletown school that received much media attention last year is now available. The report has important information for parents of students who have a behavior intervention plan that allows the use of seclusion. To read the report, click here.