Denim & Diamonds for Autism

ACT Today!’s annual fundraiser, Denim & Diamonds for Autism, raises much needed funds to provide access to:

  • behavioral therapy
  • medical care
  • special needs camps
  • assistive technology
  • assistance dogs
  • basic safety equipment
  • tuition for special needs schools
  • assistance to military families

The Arc National Convention

Once a year, The Arc’s network meets in person—and we are gearing up for yet another exceptional event! Don’t miss out on the action in Indianapolis, IN from October 3-5. National Convention provides the chance for you to network with other families, service providers, and members of the ASD community. This year marks the 65th anniversary of The Arc’s mission to create a more inclusive and independent life for people with I/DD. Join us to connect with the core of The Arc’s network, celebrate all we have achieved, and impact the future! Get the latest details about this year’s event on our new Official Convention website. Early bird rates are only open until June 15th—register now and save!

Dream Camp, July 13-17

DREAM Camp is a day camp in Greensboro, NC designed for children and adolescents with social skills and friendship challenges, including but not limited to those with High Functioning Autism. Camp is designed for children aged 8 to 18. The main focus of the camp is to enhance social and friendship skills. In addition, adolescents will receive developmentally-appropriate life skills training. Campers will also participate in enjoyable camp activities, including arts and crafts, musical performances, and sports!

Dates for 2015 are: June 22nd – 26th and July 13th – 17th

Enrollment for DREAM Camp begins in April. A screening visit is required for each potential new camper and his or her parents to determine whether the program will meet the camper’s needs. To inquire about a screening appointment, please call (336)-334-5662 and ask about DREAM Camp enrollment.

Dream Camp, June 22-26

DREAM Camp is a day camp in Greensboro, NC designed for children and adolescents with social skills and friendship challenges, including but not limited to those with High Functioning Autism.  Camp is designed for children aged 8 to 18.  The main focus of the camp is to enhance social and friendship skills.  In addition, adolescents will receive developmentally-appropriate life skills training.  Campers will also participate in enjoyable camp activities, including arts and crafts, musical performances, and sports!

Dates for 2015 are:  June 22nd – 26th and July 13th – 17th

Enrollment for DREAM Camp begins in April.  A screening visit is required for each potential new camper and his or her parents to determine whether the program will meet the camper’s needs.  To inquire about a screening appointment, please call (336)-334-5662 and ask about DREAM Camp enrollment.

AFI DOCS Film Festival

AFI DOCS is a five day international documentary film festival that takes place at landmark venues in Washington, DC and the world-class AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, the independent film hub of the metropolitan region. With the presence of artists, audience members and political leaders, AFI DOCS shines a bright light on documentary film and harnesses the power of this important art form and its potential to inspire change.

This year’s festival features five films which focus on the issue of disability.

Special Needs Theater Camp, Alabama

This musical theatre camp for special needs students will begin with improvisation and role-playing games, move on to scripted sessions and culminate in the performance of scenes from a play. The overall objective of the camp is to help students with social perception and social interaction skills, as well as to have fun in a safe setting. Students with autism and other disabilities often struggle with social interaction, communication and flexibility of imagination. This workshop will help us stretch ourselves in these areas! The course will include practicing-pretending, singing, drama-based games, and rhythm work with poetry, and performance puppetry.

Webinar: First Steps in Future Planning

First Steps in Future Planning: Expressing Future Wishes and Financial Planning

Time: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM EST

Speakers:
Hye Kyong Jeong, The Arc of King County
Andrew Hook, Special Needs Alliance

Where do we start? That’s often a question adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families ask after they have recognized the importance of future planning.  Expressing future wishes and financial planning are first steps in creating a plan for the future that will allow for a person with I/DD to live as independently as possible.

During this webinar, you will hear about a chapter of The Arc that is doing excellent work in helping families plan for the future. Learn about the important elements that families may want to include as they document future wishes. An attorney experienced in special needs planning will provide an overview of financial planning and discuss the importance of establishing a special needs trust.

Reserve your seat now for this webinar.

Conference: The Arc’s 2014 National Convention

Date: September 30 – October 2, 2014

Location:

New Orleans Marriott
555 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Make plans now to join us for The Arc’s 2014 National Convention in beautiful New Orleans, LA. We’re expecting more than 600 people from across The Arc’s chapter and member network to come together to learn, improve and lead the movement for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) into the future.

This event is designed to strengthen our grassroots network by providing valuable information, resources and motivation to help us continue to meet our mission. We have packed a year’s worth of professional development for our chapter leaders and staff into just three days, making this an incredible opportunity for those on the front lines providing service and advocacy for people with I/DD to share best practices, discover new ideas and be inspired by others who share your passion. Plus, you’ll have a chance to network with other chapters to create relationships you can rely on when you need help in the future.

For our members, individuals with I/DD and their families, this is your chance to connect with the core of The Arc’s network.

To learn more about the conference, visit the website.

Conference: 2014 Family Network on Disabilities Conference

Date:  September 19 –  September 20, 2014

Location:

Woodland Community Church
9607 State Road 70 East
Bradenton, FL 34202

Sadly, bullying is still a very real problem among today’s youth. According to the Stop Bullying Now Foundation, one out of four students will be abused by another youth. National studies report children with disabilities are two to three times more likely to be bullied than their nondisabled peers. One study shows that 60 percent of students with disabilities report being bullied regularly, compared with 25 percent of all students. The 2014 Family Network On Disabilities Conference, titled Stand-up to Bullying, will tackle this important issue while providing strategies designed to stop bullying in its tracks! Our very own Amy Goodman will serve as one of the guest speakers.

For more information about this conference, please view the flyer: http://www.fndmanasota.org/pdf/2014_FND_Conference_Brochure&Registration.pdf 

Autism NOW Webinar: Are You Protected? Facing Discrimination on the Job

Are You Protected? Facing Discrimination on the Job

Time: Friday, August 22, 2014, from 2:00 to 3:00 PM EST

Speakers:
Nancy Breiden, Director of the Vermont Disability Law Project
Jeff Ridgeway
Max Barrows, Green Mountain Self-Advocates
Nicole LeBlanc, Green Mountain Self-Advocates

Join us on August 22nd for a webinar about job discrimination. This is an excellent opportunity to find out:
  • how to recognize and respond to discrimination in the workplace
  • disability disclosure: how to do it and why it is important
  • what your rights are as a person with a disability when dealing with discrimination

This presentation will feature legal advice from Disability Rights Vermont. Get useful information first-hand from self-advocates on steps you can take when facing discrimination in the workplace.

Reserve your seat now for this webinar.