Autism-Friendly Basketball Hangout! An ICAC – Sponsored Social Activity

Looking for something to do with your kids over the cold winter months? ICAC has put together a casual Saturday basketball hangout for kids approx 3rd grade-early teens. A big thank you to Iowa City Parks and Recreation for donating use of the gym! Caregivers must be available to assist children as necessary.

Email Dina Bishara if you would like to sign up! You do not need to attend every Saturday. Free! Siblings welcome.

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Special Access Browsing – Winter Fun

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Saturday, February 15, 2020 –
9:00am to 10:00am

The Iowa City Public Library Storytime Room, Teen Center, Children’s Room

Join us for an autism-friendly browsing hour at the Iowa City Public Library! We will have a WINTER – THEMED PARTY, including storytime, crafts, dancing, and a snowball fight! All ages. Siblings welcome!

The Teen Room will be open for teens to play computer and video games.

On selected days, the Library will open one hour early for individuals with autism and their families to enjoy the library together in a neutral environment. The library will also use natural lighting throughout the library to accommodate those with light sensitivity.

If you need disability-related accommodations in order to participate in this event, please contact the Library.

This event is open to the public.

New to Courage League Sports in Iowa City

We’re ready to begin ChAAMPS – Children with Autism Achieving More with Sports! Our ChAAMPS Youth Sports League provides children with high functioning Autism, ADHD and Aspergers a chance to play at their own speed, offering sport programs specifically designed and adapted to meet their unique needs. We are really excited to kick off our ChAAMPS programming for kids ages 10 and above with a session of basketball! We are going to offer a first session of our ChAAMPS programming at no charge! Four weeks of adapted basketball… rules, conditioning, dribbling, passing, shooting and each night will end in 3/3 or 4/4 games! Space is limited so we are asking participants to sign up via our website. If there is enough interest, we will offer four weeks of spring soccer in April.
We would love your help spreading the word! I am also looking for four community volunteers to assist each night. We will have facilitators from the UI and are looking for a few adults to play alongside our participants! Please feel free to pass this link to any you think may be interested!
Thanks again for your patience and support as we continue to grow! We are really excited to be offering this opportunity for kids in our area! Please pass questions ad volunteers my way! Talk soon!
Jenny Rempt

Courage League Sports Iowa City
(319)621.8645

Autism Workshop Series – Mental Health and Special Education Law

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February 29th from 1pm – 3pm

Center for Disabilities and Development – UIHC, Rembolt Auditorium

100 Hawkins Dr, Iowa City 52242

REMBOLDT AUDITORIUM.
FREE – no registration required
Professionals, educators, parents welcome
Refreshments provided

Presented by Profs Nicole Skaar and Susan Etscheidt of the University of Northern Iowa.
Learn about special education law as it relates to mental health. Learn about incorporating mental health supports into BIPs.

For additional accommodations or questions, please email Dina Bishara at iowadina@yahoo.com

 

Support The Crider-Jensen Family!

Iowa City Autism Community! One of our families needs your help (Malee has a rare, genetic liver disease, and her twin brother is autistic). The flier below was made for school, so ignore drop-off directions, unless your child goes to Shimek. If you would like to support this family, Dina Bishara will be a drop off spot for gift cards.

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Glow Dance Party! Autism Browsing Hour at the NL Library

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When – January 31st, 2020  5:30pm-6:30pm

Where – North Liberty Community Library

Beat the winter blues with a glow dance party at the North Liberty Community Library! There will also be a craft activity and games in the teen room. The library will be closed to the general public in order to ensure a quiet, neutral environment. Come connect with others, check out some books and have some fun! No registration required. All ages! Siblings welcome.

If you have questions or need additional accommodations, contact Jessie Witherell at jessiewitherell@hotmail.com

Save the Date – A5 Art Show “The Hero in You”

Iowa City Autism Community! Please mark your calendars for the 2020 Awesome Autism Awareness and Acceptance Art (A5) Festival. I really hope to see lots of families out this year celebrating our autistic loved ones- we will have free arts and crafts activities, a chance to weave on a loom, therapy dogs, snacks, sensory activities, cute items for sale, and unique art to appreciate. The Unitarian Universalist Society is our host – the building is beautiful and their outdoor play space will be open! https://www.facebook.com/events/1324669057705821/

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