In today’s world, there are a lot of events related to autism spectrum disorder. It could be directly about people with autism, parents of those with autism or just for raising awareness about autism. It depends on companies or charities. Those activities could be a conference, a walk, a charity bazaar, an event or just a course. You can find them online, on the streets or by hearing from someone. Definitely, there would be so many options that can attract you.
2nd European Autism Congress
The theme of the conference this year is “A Step Towards Global Autism Awareness & Accelerating Recovery”. It will be on February 28-29, 2020 in Budapest, Hungary. World-leading practitioners, researchers, clinicians, autism educators will present on widely accepted evidence. They will demonstrate and introduce new, cutting-edge, practical clinical based emerging techniques and research presenting as a workshop, symposium, lectures, plenary and keynote presentation to focus the light on new ideas in treatment strategies in order to accomplish the theme. There will be oral presentations, workshops, special sessions, and standard posters.
Target audiences are autism support organizations, board-certified behavior analysts, clinical psychologists, school psychologists, clinicians, therapist and counselors, academics and researchers, social workers, early childhood services and teacher, speech-language pathologists, individuals with an autism spectrum disorder, doctors, nurses, physician assistants, occupational therapists, parents, family members, caregivers, advocates, general educators, special educators, education consultants, employment services, the transition to work and post-school providers, paraprofessionals, policymakers (government and non-government), pupil service directors, superintendents, adult service providers, transition coordinators and clinical practice managers.
Sensory Friendly Concert: Postcards from the Americas
The Kansas City Symphony organizes this symphonic performance for individuals with sensory and memory sensitivities as well as their caregivers. It is a cheerful and festive exploration of music throughout the Americas. They demonstrate musical traditions in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Peru, Brazil, and the United States through rhythm, singing, and dancing. The program will be specifically adapted so families and friends of all abilities, especially autism spectrum disorder, may enjoy symphonic music in a friendly environment.
Big Apple Circus- Autism-Friendly Performance
Big Apple Circus returns to New York City’s iconic Lincoln Center! The 42nd Anniversary of the Big Apple Circus is a brand-new experience, featuring acts never seen before under our Big Top – including winners of America’s Got Talent, death-defying performances and dazzling immersive entertainment! Join the circus and be the first to experience this incredible and thrilling show. It is an autism-friendly performance because they have equipment according to their sensitivities.
Big Apple Circus Embraces Autism
Big Apple Circus Embraces Autism with amazing artistry. This performance provides sensory adaptations to make it possible to watch for individuals with autism and their families. There are modifications to sound and lighting, a professionally staffed calming area in the lobby, extra signage, volunteers with helping hands, fidgets and earplugs. The Social Story will be available as a PDF with your ticket purchase.
Autistic Teen and Young Adult Halloween Party
The goal of autistic teen/young adult Halloween party is to provide a fun, safe venue for teenagers and young adults (14-24) who are on the Autism Spectrum. Because, as we all know, even though they want to celebrate, they are discouraged because of their peers and peers bullying. It is an amazing idea and opportunity for them.
Sensory Friendly Afternoons
The Children’s Museum of Sonoma County hosts free quarterly Sensory Friendly Afternoons exclusive to families of children with special needs. These Tuesday afternoons are great times for children and families to play with their hands-on exhibits, explore the Art Studio, and enjoy family time in a safe, accessible, and welcoming environment. The staff goes through the Museum before everyone comes to turn down lights, limit loud sounds, and add extra signage to their exhibits to help create a safe and less stimulating environment.
Mark Twain’s River of Song – An Autism and Sensory-Friendly Performance
Sensory-friendly performances are designed to create an experience that can be shared and enjoyed by all, whether with special needs or not. The Center for Autism and Related Disorders, LLC (CARD) is pleased to support the Autistic and Sensory Sensitive Community by sponsoring special Sensory Friendly performances. CARD is the world’s largest provider of top-quality, evidence-based autism treatment, effectively treating individuals of all ages who are diagnosed with autism and related disorders. With both domestic and international reach, CARD touches the lives of thousands of individuals affected by autism and their families. Through a network of highly trained behavior analysts, behavior technicians, and researchers, CARD develops and implements quality, comprehensive, and individualized treatment programs, which lead to success and, in some cases, recovery.
Dance with Country Spirit
It is an opportunity for teens and adults with special needs, especially with an autism spectrum disorder, and their families and/or caregivers in order to enjoy informal fun, food, music, dancing, and displays by Country Spirit! It is provided by Richland County Parks and Rec and Family Connection of South Carolina.
Autism Early Open at Pacific Science Center
Exploration for All: Autism Early Open at Pacific Science Center. On the third Saturday of each month, all families affected by autism spectrum disorder are invited to explore the Pacific Science Center during a special free morning visit from 8-10 a.m. Experience the exhibits without heavy crowds with have softened general lighting and decreased noise level and visual stimulation on interactive exhibits wherever possible. There will also be additional captioning devices in one of the IMAX theaters and printed copies of the sensory guide for guests.
Trick or Treat for Autism
This is a free event for all ages, will include trick or treat, bounce house, face painting, music, food, drinks, raffle. All proceeds will benefit Jack’s Place for Autism Foundation and Holiday Camp. Those who would like to help pass out treats can reserve a table for a $15 donation.
Sensory Friendly Hour
It is an exclusive event for children with learning differences and their families. It is designed in partnership with the Meyer Center for Developmental Pediatrics and Autism Center at Texas Children’s Hospital. They provide a comfortable, protected and accepting environment for children. It also allows parents to make connections with other families and offers new tools and resources.
WonderWorks Sensory Day
WonderWorks’ exhibits are altered to provide limited stimulation for children with special needs. The music in the facility is lowered, any loud exhibit is not operational and they stop their inversion tunnel creating a safe environment for kids to enjoy the facility without feeling overwhelmed.
Two Day Parent Training Worksop
Nassau Suffolk Services for Autism (NSSA) is offering a 2-day workshop for parents and family members of children affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder. They provide answers and critical information. For example, what autism, what causes are, how it affects a child and a family, what the benefits of parent training are, why parents need to learn how to teach and how to communicate, what Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is and why a child and family really need it, what the basic principles of ABA are and how they can help in managing daily life, incidental teaching, seizing and creating learning opportunities throughout your day-to-day lives and activities, basic problem-solving methods, how they got here and what they can do to change and fix it, siblings, schedules, and normal day to day chaos, common mistakes, how mixed messages and inconsistencies actually feed the very problems you are looking to solve.
Attendance by both parents is strongly recommended. As parents, you are a crucial component of your child’s learning and progress. Autism does not end when the bell rings and neither should learning. Please note that this workshop is only being offered to parents and family members of children affected by autism spectrum disorder.
“Bowl-A-Con” Friendship Bowling Day
You can join the company for the launch of their 2nd Annual “BOWL-A-CON” Friendship Bowling event, benefiting the evidence-based play and social skills groups for kids, teens and young adults at their village. They need people in order to create a Bowling Team of family, co-workers, and friends. This fun-filled event is costume themed. There will be prizes for the best team costume, the most spirit and of course, the highest team bowling scores.
There will be cosplayers walking around, ready to take pictures with fans! There will also be star cars at the bowling event ready for participants to get close and take a photo with some of their favorite movie vehicles! There will be music, a fabulous silent auction, and more surprises! All ages are welcome to this event.
Your generous donations will help them to support more kids, teens and young adults with an autism spectrum disorder in learning how to “make and keep friends, reduce social isolation and increase empathy and inclusion for all in the community!”
Family Fun: For Families with Kids on the Autism Spectrum
The Whitney invites families with children with an autism spectrum disorder in order to join them for a sensory-friendly guided tour. You can bring your kids to explore the Museum before the galleries open to the general public and create your own art in hands-on studio activity.
Autism Friendly Evenings at the Discovery Museum
Tonight’s Program: Harmonize! A music therapist will be on-site to play and perform with you. Come join in all the fun and explore the accessible Discovery Museum and Discovery Woods during this special evening event just for families with members on the autism spectrum. Your family can play, explore, experiment, and imagine together. Keep in mind that they are closed to the general public and headcount is limited. Resources available to prepare for your visit include Story Guides to the Museum and Discovery Woods, as well as a Sensory Guide.
Illustration Demonstration- Sensory-Friendly Days
The B&O Railroad Museum is proud to host artist Andy Fletcher for the October edition of Sensory-Friendly Days. Andy, an accomplished railroad artist, will be onsite doing live drawing demonstrations, book signings, as well as leading a live drawing instructional for all registered guests. Guests can also enjoy tours and train rides at the birthplace of the American railroad, all with modified lights and sounds.
Autism Families Night
You can join them for a special evening at the Aquarium exclusively for families with adults or children with an autism spectrum disorder. The entire Aquarium, except Lorikeet Forest, will be open until 9:00 p.m. This will be an evening when guests can enjoy the tranquility of our exhibits and meet 11,000 animals from the world’s largest ocean.
Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum Series #5: Transition + College Options Fair + Panel
Spectra Therapies is hosting a Transition + College Options Fair. We will have representatives from the following organizations: 29 Acres, CLE – College Living Experience, Dallas County College District, nonPareil Institute, UTD, Tarrant County College, Segue Center, the St. Anthony School, TWC, UNT, and Spectra Therapies.
Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum Series (YAASS): The YAASS program is a free series dedicated to the transition of young adults with disabilities, mostly related to autism spectrum disorders. They aim to share these free quarterly series as part of our mission to fill the gaps in programming and information of young adults and adults.
Sensory Friendly Playdate
Itty Bitty City’s Sensory Friendly Sessions are a ticketed event for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and sensory processing differences and their families to have a fun play experience in a comfortable and accepting environment! Pamela Witt, from The Equine Discovery Center, will be there to provide support. Itty Bitty City Staff turns downlights and limits extra sounds. Sensory Friendly Sessions offer modifications to reduce sensory input.
These sessions include some modifications. For example; less crowded environment, designated quiet space, light and sound reduction, social story, sensory map, picture exchange communication system cards, and extra visual safety signage.
FROZEN Autism-Friendly Performance
TDF Autism Friendly Performances present Broadway musicals and plays in a friendly, supportive environment for children and adults who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or other sensitivity issues and their families and friends.
The Nutcracker Ballet – An Autism-Friendly and Sensory-Friendly Performance
Pacific Ballet Academy celebrates its 29th Annual Nutcracker! Clara joins her family and friends at a Christmas party and is given the Nutcracker by her beloved godfather, Herr Drosselmeyer. This sensory-friendly performance offers guests and families living with an autism spectrum disorder or other special needs an opportunity to enjoy “The Nutcracker” in a safe and accepting environment. An inclusive space is created with special considerations such as scaled-down production elements, such as lights and sound, and a quiet zone outside the performance space. This performance is one hour long and is appropriate for all ages.
The Center for Autism and Related Disorders, LLC (CARD) is pleased to support the Autistic and Sensory Sensitive Community by sponsoring special Sensory Friendly performances of both “TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s Mark Twain’s River of Song” and “Pacific Ballet Academy’s The Nutcracker”. CARD is the world’s largest provider of top-quality, evidence-based autism treatment, effectively treating individuals of all ages who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related disorders. With both domestic and international reach, CARD touches the lives of thousands of individuals affected by ASD and their families. Through a network of highly trained behavior analysts, behavior technicians, and researchers, CARD develops and implements quality, comprehensive, and individualized treatment programs, which lead to success and, in some cases, recovery.
Sibshops are for siblings of people with disabilities. At Sibshops brothers and sisters get to meet other siblings, talk with people who “get it”, learn more about disabilities, and most importantly have fun! This is an action-packed 3-hour workshop that offers exciting opportunities in order to have fun and connect with other siblings in the Austin area. This workshop is put on by the Texas Sibling Network.
Autism Speaks Walk is powered by the love of parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, relatives and support providers for people with an autism spectrum disorder. With every step you take and every dollar you raise, you help enhance lives today and accelerate a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow.
Summit 2019 – Advances and Best Practices in Autism, Learning Disabilities, and ADHD
This conference will feature 30 leading experts in basic and applied research, and evidence-based best practices in assessment, intervention, and treatment. Widely recognized for the scope, depth, and caliber of its offerings, the Summit is designed for professionals and parents.
Autism related topics include: Keynote: Looking Backward from Adult Outcomes in ASD to Move Forward; Keynote: Autism and Genetics: What We Know Now and Why It’s Important; A Visual Roadmap for Teaching Social Skills; Mindfulness as a Tool to Reduce Caregiver Stress; Personalization of Interventions for Children with ASD; The Relationship between the Brain, Behavior and the Microbiome in Autism; Promises of Innovative Technology for Youth with Autism; Gender Non-Conforming Youth and ASD; Effective Pharmacological Treatment Options for Children and Teens with ASD; How to Expand Friendship Opportunities for Children with Autism and Build Family Resilience; Sensory Brain-Behavior Relationships in Children with ASD and the Role of Intervention; Strategies to Strengthen Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension Outcomes for Students with ASD in Middle Grades; With an “Ouch” or Silence: Identifying Medical Conditions in Children with Autism; Using Multi-Sensory & Artificial Intelligence to Teach Speech and Language for Autism; Enhancing Children with Autism Through Music: From Neuroscience to Quality of Life; Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities for Young People with Autism: Understanding Impacts on Diverse Families’ Access to Care; and How Animals Can Help Children Learn in School.
2019 Melmark: Autism Speaks Transition Town Hall
This Town Hall will focus on the transition of young adults on the autism spectrum from adolescence into adulthood. The panelists will provide you with options to think about and explore as you or your family begin to plan for adulthood.
2019 Eat, Drink & Amp; Be Scary
Join the group for some booze and boos as celebrity bartenders serve up some scary drinks and fun! Your ticket includes admittance to private party, appetizers and more! Dress up for Halloween Costume party for a chance to win prizes! Tricks and treats await as you help support the mission of Autism Speaks!
Sensory Friendly Stories and Fun
Children of all abilities and their caregivers welcome to this supportive, judgment-free class that includes stories, music, and movement in a small group. Ages 3-5 should join with an adult.
Sensory Friendly Performance of Measure for Measure
Sensory Friendly and Relaxed Performances offer a supportive, non-judgmental environment where all patrons are invited to attend and experience the show as they feel most comfortable. Supplemental materials will be available at these performances so that you can familiarize yourself with the characters and events of the play, including moments that might be intense or surprising.
At all performances, sensory packets with fidgets or noise-canceling headphones are available. For Sensory-Friendly performances, some elements of the audience experience may be adjusted during these performances, often including leaving the house lights on slightly and giving visual indications before sensory or emotionally intense moments. Patrons are able to exit and reenter during the performance.
Sensory Friendly Trick or Treating Event
The event is free and is dedicated to children with autism spectrum disorder and other sensory needs. They will have candy, games, and children can go “trick-or-treating” door to door in the company’s clinic for a fun Halloween experience!
Adaptive Climbing at MaineBound Adventure Center
You can test your skill on their climbing wall with all the necessary adaptations and support for those with physical and/or developmental challenges! It is a free event. It is intended for families impacted by autism spectrum disorders and is appropriate for children over the age of 4, teens, and adults. Specially-trained volunteers and the staff of the Adaptive Outdoor Education Center (AOEC) and MaineBound will be on hand to guide those new to this activity or those returning for more fun. MAIER Staff and UM student volunteers will also be on hand with additional activities between climbs.
Sensory Friendly Makery Hours at the Elmhurst Public Library
For those who may have difficulty focusing amid typical noises and distractions, or find the hustle and bustle of the machinery to be overstimulating, the Makery provides quiet hours each week when noisier machines, such as the Laser Cutter and 3D printers, are off. Noise-canceling headphones are always available for use in the Makery. There is no registration required for this event.