Information and registration here – www.chsiowa.org/retreat
Information and registration here – www.chsiowa.org/retreat
• 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Cost is $25 per child.
The Modified Safety Village is for the children ages 6-12 that would not be successful in the 2-week-long Safety Village. The Modified Safety Village has smaller groups for accommodating special needs. We will have a 3 camper to 1 staff ratio but if your child is in need of additional support we ask that you provide the appropriate level of support (SCL, respite worker, family member, etc.).
Safety Village is located on the property of Grant Wood Elementary School, 1930 Lakeside Drive, Iowa City.
Note: Since this is not a museum event, membership discounts do not apply.
Autism Friendly Swim Event at the CRWC
The pool will be reserved for our group and closed to the general public. This event is sponsored by the Iowa City Autism Community and offered at a discount.
Family locker rooms are available for those who need it. If you do not need family locker rooms (i.e. caregiver and all people needing assistance are of the same gender), please use regular locker rooms, as the family locker rooms get congested.
Tickets ($3.00 per participant) are required for those aged 3y and older who plan to enter the pool.
Purchase tickets HERE.
PLEASE let me know if you can no longer make it so I can make your spots available to another family. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Thoughts on Autism Acceptance Month from ICAC Co-Founder, Jessie Witherell
April is “Autism Awareness Month” and during this time many organizations, including The Iowa City Autism Community, tend to become more active and turn up the volume on our advocacy. But for people on the autism spectrum, it is difficult to endure a public conversation about autism without truly being invited to be a part of it. That is why we feel that any autism campaign or event should always include positive, accurate information and should ensure that individuals on the spectrum know that they are a valued and accepted part of the community.
Learn more about the differences between autism acceptance and autism awareness and why ICAC chooses and encourages others to use certain imagery (such as the infinity symbol) and language by reading these perspectives written by advocates on the autism spectrum –
Happy Autism Acceptance month!
Thank you to everyone who attended our Spring Break 2019 Activity Line Up and to our amazing community partners who made everything possible! We had a hands-on visit with animals from the Blank Park Zoo, a presentation on reptiles by The Grout Museum, an open gym at the Iowa GymNest, painting and an indoor snowball fight at the Iowa City Public Library as well as an autism-friendly yoga class taught by Erin Sehorn Silva from The North Liberty Library. We will announce more spring activities soon!
In addition to VOLUNTEERS and WALKERS, we are looking for SPONSORS for the first annual Iowa City Autism Fun Walk, which will be benefiting ICAC, the UIHC Autism Center and the Autism Center of Iowa. Do you or a family member own a business? Do you work at a business? Would they be interested in becoming a sponsor for this event? Entry starts at $100, which is very accessible and gets a logo on the back of our t-shirt! Please comment below or contact Dina Bishara ASAP –
Free four week RAP webinar series for parents or primary caregivers of children with a new autism diagnosis.
The Autism Society of Iowa has four different college scholarship opportunities:
The deadline for all four college scholarships is March 15. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, click on the link below:
1. The Zach Paulsen Memorial Scholarship For Students With Autism Disorders
Zachary Paulsen was born with a desire to know how things worked. He loved to know how things were put together and why they worked. He loved to repair bicycles, lawn mowers, snow blowers, and motors of any kind. He also “loved” tools.
Zach graduated and received a degree from WyoTech in Laramie, Wyoming in Diesel Technology. His desire was to work with large machinery.
Zach’s life was cut short at the age of 21 but all that knew him would agree that he could go anywhere he wanted with his amazing ability to repair just about anything.
THIS SCHOLARSHIP IS DESIGNED FOR STUDENTS WITH THE DESIRE TO STUDY in Ag Power Technology, Automotive Technology, Civil and Construction Engineering Technology, CNC Machinery and Tool Making, Collision Refinishing, Construction and Design, Diesel Truck Technology, Electrician Fields, Heating and Air Conditioning, HVAC or Plumbing & Heating Fields, Industrial Automation Technology, Landscape and Turf Management, Marine Technology, Motorcycle Technology, Welding Technology
3. The Sue Baker Memorial Scholarship – For a student, who resides in Iowa, who will work in the field of autism upon completion of their post-secondary education.
4. The Robert and Clarice Burkgren Honorable Scholarship – For an existing college or graduate student,who resides in Iowa, who is currently in a field of study to assist those with autism spectrum disorders upon graduation, or is currently working in the field while obtaining an advanced degree.
Scholarships are available for those on the autism spectrum and family members, based on need, to attend ASI conferences. To apply, click on the link below:
A huge THANK YOU to all of the volunteers who came out to help assemble “Calm Kits” and sew weighted lap blankets! These kits were put together with generous donations from the community and were distributed to eight local Iowa City Schools with the highest financial need – Hills, Alexander, Lucas, Hoover, Grant Wood, Kirkwood, Horn, and Twain. The purpose of these kits is to provide helpful calming tools to neurodivergent students and children who have sensory issues. Each kit contained a weighted lap pad, noise cancelling headphones, visual supports for identifying and regulating emotions, and other sensory items that address varying sensory needs. These items were recommended by the GWAEA Autism Consultants, who advised us on the project. We are grateful to the Daily Iowan for covering this story as well as CBS2/Fox28 who featured our project on their station. We plan on doing this again in the fall, so stay tuned!
Calm Kit and Weighted Blanket Sewing Party
Volunteers hard at work!
Delivery of Calm Kits to ICCSD Schools
Recipients of kits at Hoover, Twain and Alexander!
Make your own!
If you are interested in making a calm kit for an individual student, here is a list of the items we included in ours. You, of course, can tailor and swap out items as needed.
Recently, David Fogle, a seven year old on the autism spectrum, tragically perished as a result of a house fire. His family is in desperate need during this difficult time. They are currently without housing as a result of the fire and in need of clothing, furniture and other household items.
The community is encouraged to help this family in their time of need by purchasing a sticker in David’s name through The Mahaska County Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T). Stickers will be $5 and 100% of the proceeds go to the family. More information here. C.E.R.T. can be reached via Facebook as well.
Those interested in helping the family can also purchase items for the family through Amazon.