We Help People And Families Affected By Autism

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UCPDE/Camp Manito Winter Holiday Respite Program
Activities include cooking, arts & crafts, games, and music!
December 24, 26, 27, 28, & 31
For ages 3-21 with a disability, and 5-13 without a disability
Cost: $200 for all 5 days or $50 per day

For more information, call Julie at (302) 764-2400 https://ucpde.org/event/winter-holiday-respite-camp-manito/

Contact your DDDS representative for respite funding!

DART, Elderly Disabled Transit Advisory Committee (EDTAC)
The EDTAC is comprised of riders, advocates, and representatives from agencies who work together to improve service for the aging and disability communities. DART staff fully support the work of the committee at their meetings.

The working group meets regularly to discuss and advise DART with concerns impacting individuals with disabilities that are utilizing DART Paratransit services, as well as Fixed Route Bus services. Topics of discussion include: on time performance, route changes, accessibility, travel training, communication with riders, eligibility, reservations, and training.

EDTAC meetings are held every other month from 1:00pm – 3:00pm in DART’s Dover and Wilmington offices.

For 2019 meeting dates or more information, contact:
Belinda Strickland, ADA Compliance Specialist
(302) 760-2827 or belinda.strickland@state.de.us

Special Education for the Amicable Resolution of Conflict (SPARC)
Free resolution services for Delaware families and schools in conflict!

Since 1996, the Conflict Resolution Program at the University of Delaware has partnered with the Delaware Department of Education to provide free, confidential dispute resolution services to families and schools across the state.
The Special Education Partnership for the Amicable Resolution of Conflict (SPARC) is the statewide special education dispute resolution program serving families and schools in Delaware. When families and schools disagree, SPARC services may be able to help with one of two services:

• Special education mediation, where a trained mediator assists the parties to resolve specific conflicts regarding a student’s education.

• IEP meeting facilitation, in which a trained facilitator assists the IEP team in working together to develop an IEP for the student.

Services are free, confidential, and voluntary, and are built on respect and self-determination. They can be requested by either families or schools who feel they have reached an impasse on a special education related issue.
Below is a link to informational brochures in both English and Spanish, and we encourage you to pass this information along to others who may benefit from these free services.

To request free printed brochures, please email Jessica Velez at jessicav@udel.edu or by phone at 302-831-0939.
English SPARC Brochure: https://www.sppa.udel.edu/ipa/content-sub-site/Documents/SPARC-Brochure.pdf
Spanish SPARC Brochure: https://www.sppa.udel.edu/ipa/content-sub-site/Documents/SPARC-Brochure-Spanish.pdf
For more information about these programs and services, please www.sppa.udel.edu/ipa/serving-delaware/crp/sparc or call 302-831-8158.

Easterseals Announces New Lifespan Respite Grant Funding
Caregiver burnout puts your physical and mental health at risk. Respite allows you the time to relax, clear your mind, and find some peace in your busy life. Through Easterseals respite programs, partially funded by the Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities, you could qualify for grant funding to pay for care of your loved ones while you get a break.

New applications for Lifespan Respite funding are being accepted. Please click here http://www.tinyurl.com/ESRespiteApp to complete an online application, or call the Community Outreach Department at (302) 221-2087 or 302-221-2076 to complete over the phone.

Tele-TOTS (Treatment On Time) now available!
Nemours/A.I. duPont is currently recruiting families statewide for a pilot clinic. This new opportunity for children with ASD and their families will provide family-focused behavioral interventions including aggression, tantrums, compliance, self-help skills, toileting and sleep concerns.

Interested families should contact Nemours/A.I. duPont Pediatric Psychologist, Dr. Colleen Sherman at (302) 651-4515 or Colleen.Sherman@nemours.org

Adaptive Art Classes at The Art Studio
Did you know that the New Castle County Art Studio and Art Therapy Express partner to provide adaptive and inclusive art opportunities for the community? Whether you would like to drop in to the Open Studio and meet new friends or schedule a workshop for a group, we have opportunities for you!

For more information email nicole.sexton@newcastlede.gov or call (302) 995-7661,

Click here to visit the website: http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001F0LECvJhAt_WlJgP9O6fsgJQBjHFVRbRRuRob_vR1TdPyla4bVfBSTlvzRXTmcBk-X87a-MthNze_fwBObyPBu3Q0Qiu5Kzy-hDzNQQC7fooiliQPOpBw1c3X0P9eQJCiR9Of9ZbmLoaA3X2jhUgqnSqS4G3uitX7PcfIngzo7JgqnGwH_Ktkq0PMeQmUa52&c=57GEFTmydsRsUW2oVoPUGzrTtDYlwOJ3P6SCw6lLuLJmwb1CMfn-eQ==&ch=gbsZwCcGgCRyHQHIcHleqOpgw6ClNJZcTyYQLjjk6FJa2VmtHN86xw==

Sensory Sundays and Meditation Mornings at Yogibo
SENSORY SUNDAYS is held on the first Sunday of every month from 10:00 – 11:00 AM at Yogibo Christiana. Come out for a no obligation Yogibo product demonstration. The store is closed to the public and lights are dimmed, music is low, and some light refreshments are served. For questions or to sign up, call the store at (302) 318-8551 or email cbrackin@yogibo.com

MEDITATION MORNINGS is held on third Sunday of every month from 10:00 – 11:00. Come out to relax with soft meditation music, sip hot tea, and enjoy quiet. This is an hour long moment for you to enjoy before you start your day. This is for ADULTS ONLY hour. For questions call Carrie or Caitlin at (302) 318-8551 or email christiana@yogibo.com

Check out their website for information on more sensory integration uses for aYogibo! https://www.yogibo.com/sensory_soothing/

Adult Social Groups

Expanding Options (ExpO)
Join their mailing list for updates on upcoming statewide adult social events like:
• A nature walk and picnic
• Monthly bowling
• Photo safari lunch and pool at Slate

Contact Jane Miller at jmmnos@verizon.net to be added to the mailing list and for information.

Asperger’s Alliance
Visit Asperger’s Alliance website for updates on upcoming social events and support groups. http://www.aspergersalliance.org/calendar

Contact Becky Clark for more information: Becky@aspergersalliance.org

Sensory Friendly Movies and Live Theater

Regal People’s Plaza
1100 Peoples Plaza, Newark DE 19702
1-844-462-7342 ext. 173
https://www.regmovies.com/promotions/my-way-matinee for upcoming sensory friendly show times

The Grand
818 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 652-5577
Now offers Sensory Friendly Family Programming for children and adults! Tickets are $15 each, or save $3 when you buy three shows. They offer smaller crowds, relaxed attitude to noise and moving around during the show, noise cancelling headphones are available, tablets and other electronic devices are permitted with the use of headphones, sound is lower with no sudden, loud sounds, quite space and a downloadable social story is available. Visit https://www.thegrandwilmington.org/sensory-friendly

Upcoming shows in Copeland Hall
• The Rainbow Fish December 16 at 3PM
• Jeff Boyer’s Big Bubble Bonanza March 31 at 3PM
• Magic Tree House: Showtime with Shakespeare May 19 at 3PM

Delaware Theater Company
200 Water Street Wilmington, Delaware 19801
Relaxed Performances offer reduced startling lighting and sounds, relaxed rules on talking and moving around during the show. Visit https://www.delawaretheatre.org/relaxed-performances for more information and upcoming shows.

TDF Autism Friendly Performances
Keep an eye out for tickets for these upcoming shows!
• ALADDIN – Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 1pm at The New Amsterdam Theatre
• Lerner and Loewe’s MY FAIR LADY – Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 1pm at The Vivian Beaumont Theater
For more information on autism friendly shows with TDF, https://www.tdf.org/press/346/TDF-announces-2018-19-season-of-autism-friendly-performances-on-Broadway

Sky Zone Trampoline Park
Sensory friendly jumping has returned!
First Monday of every month
5:00pm – 7:00pm
Admission $11 for one hour, or $15 for two hours

Research Study at University of Delaware
Attention Adults!

Are you looking for something for your youngsters to do? They can have fun and contribute to research at the same time!

University of Delaware’s Move to Learn Lab is still recruiting adults for the UD AutismLab fNIRS Study through 2021.

You are invited to participate in a study that examines brain activity when performing everyday skills in infants, children, adolescents, and adults with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Please email the study Principal Investigator, Dr. Bhat at: abhat@udel.edu (preferred) or call the Move to Learn – Autism Lab at 1-302-831-7608.

For more information, please visit https://sites.udel.edu/pt/research/anjana-bhat-ms-pt-phd/

Independent Resources, Inc. “Snak & Chat”
2nd Tuesday of Every Month 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM at
Independent Resources, Inc.
154 S Governor’s Ave, Dover

Parent/Caregiver Support Group
Support group for Parents/caregivers who have a family member with ASD.

Last Saturday of every month
11-12:30 PM

Greenwood Public library 100 Mill St, Greenwood, DE 19950

To register, contact
Donna Carter at 302-349-5309 or donna.carter@lib.de.us


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New Castle County

Phone: 302-224-6020
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924 Old Harmony Road,
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Newark, DE 19713

Sussex County

Phone: 302-644-3410
Fax: 302-827-2389

17517 Nassau Commons Blvd.
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Lewes, DE 19958

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Fax: 302-827-2389

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