Calendar of Upcoming Events

Our calendar contains both meeting and events hosted by The Iowa City Autism Community as well as other activities that are of interest in the area.

If you would like to submit an event please email Jessie Witherell at jessiewitherell@hotmail.com

Oct
25
Thu
Evening Caregiver Support Group at Childserve @ Childserve
Oct 25 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Evening Support Group at Childserve

The Evening Support Group welcomes parents, caregivers and loved ones of children with any special healthcare needs. These meeting are designed to offer families a time to ask questions, share resources and provide encouragement and support to other families.

Support groups at Childserve are led by a parent of a child with special healthcare needs and are held at Childserve in Iowa City. All support groups are free and offer complimentary childcare and light snacks. Families do not need to be enrolled in another Childserve service to attend.

Time – 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Location – Childserve – 2350 Oakdale Blvd, Coralville, IA

Questions? Please contact Monica at monicag@childserve.org

Oct
27
Sat
Boo at the Barn – Miracles in Motion @ Miracles In Motion
Oct 27 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Southeast Iowa Autism Support Group @ Uptown Bill's
Oct 27 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

 

The Southeast Iowa Autism Support Group meets on the second and fourth Saturday of each month and is open to all. Wherever you are on the spectrum, whether diagnosed or not, join us for support and community in a space where you can be yourself.

When:
The 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month from 1pm-3pm

Where:
Uptown Bill’s
730 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City, Iowa, 52240
(Uptown Bills is a used bookstore / coffeehouse / soda fountain / business space that welcomes all people, but especially to those with disabilities. See their website here.)

If Traveling by Car:
There is limited parking at Uptown Bills. However, on Saturdays you may park at the County Administration Building in their public parking lot. It is down the ‘hill’ a few feet. The entrance is to the West, across the street from the gas station’s entrance.

 

Oct
28
Sun
Superhero Night At The Children’s Museum @ Children's Museum
Oct 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Super Hero Nights

Every child is unique.  Each grows and learns in his or her own special way.  And without exception, all children love to play.  Kids with disabilities are no different.  Whether a child’s disability is mild or severe, obvious or not, that child is first and foremost a kid – which means he or she will have the natural instinct to explore the world through play, just like any other child.

During Super Hero Nights, admission is free for families with children who have special needs.  Enjoy a quieter and welcoming environment throughout our exhibits.

Cost: Free

When: Last Sunday of every month from 6-7:30pm

Who: Families with children who have special needs

Click HERE for a free social story about visiting the museum.

Oct
30
Tue
IEP Binder Building Party @ Cedar Rapids Public Library
Oct 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm

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Join us to learn ways to make the IEP process more positive, engage your students’ learning, and encourage self-advocacy. Understood.org is presenting an interactive session on ways to incorporate your childs’ strengths into the IEP process, how to feel confident in your ability to advocate for your child, and how to build a binder to keep your IEP and all related materials organized. We will discuss ways to address your students’ strenths before, during, and after the IEP meeting, and how to work together with your IEP team to examine goals and consider ways to make sure those goals use strengths to aide in your childs’ growth.

Feel free to join us and bring along a friend! We will be meeting in the UnConference room at the Downtown Library.

Nov
3
Sat
FREE Caregiver Self Care Workshop @ University of Iowa Center for Disabilities and Development
Nov 3 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Nov
6
Tue
HCBS Waivers 101 @ The Arc of East Central Iowa
Nov 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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Completing a Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Waiver application can be a difficult job. Most individuals want help understanding when to start the process, how to submit the forms, which waiver to select, how to qualify for each based on age and formal diagnoses, countable resource limitations, determining at what age waiver coverage stops, etc – these can all be overwhelming questions and concerns. Our HCBS Waivers 101 will help answer some of your questions in regards to the different waivers.

Space is Limited! Please RSVP by November 1st to Lexi at lcoberly@arceci.org or 319-365-0487 ext.1024.

Nov
10
Sat
The Southeast Iowa Autism Support Group @ Uptown Bill's
Nov 10 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

 

The Southeast Iowa Autism Support Group meets on the second and fourth Saturday of each month and is open to all. Wherever you are on the spectrum, whether diagnosed or not, join us for support and community in a space where you can be yourself.

When:
The 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month from 1pm-3pm

Where:
Uptown Bill’s
730 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City, Iowa, 52240
(Uptown Bills is a used bookstore / coffeehouse / soda fountain / business space that welcomes all people, but especially to those with disabilities. See their website here.)

If Traveling by Car:
There is limited parking at Uptown Bills. However, on Saturdays you may park at the County Administration Building in their public parking lot. It is down the ‘hill’ a few feet. The entrance is to the West, across the street from the gas station’s entrance.

 

Nov
19
Mon
Parent Workshops: Supporting Student Success @ Liberty High School
Nov 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Grant Wood AEA and Liberty High School are collaborating to bring parents a series of free workshops about executive functioning skills. The three sessions are listed below. Please select which event(s) you’d like to attend.

Strategies for Homework: It doesn’t have to be a battlefield!
Today’s teenagers have approximately 17 hours of homework each week! Homework can be a source of frustration or anxiety for some teens for a variety of reasons. It takes different executive function skills working together to make engaging in homework possible, such as planning, prioritizing, initiation, time estimation, flexibility, self-monitoring, goal directed persistence and sustaining attention. This workshop will introduce you to strategies to support your son or daughter in utilizing the strategies and skills necessary to engage in and manage homework successfully.November 19th
6:00-7:00pm
Liberty High School

For more information and to sign up visit –

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdeuj3izXbWlVx_RpLB_L29-PKgARxWuKnYC_OkaLogDwotDw/viewform

Nov
22
Thu
Evening Caregiver Support Group at Childserve @ Childserve
Nov 22 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Evening Support Group at Childserve

The Evening Support Group welcomes parents, caregivers and loved ones of children with any special healthcare needs. These meeting are designed to offer families a time to ask questions, share resources and provide encouragement and support to other families.

Support groups at Childserve are led by a parent of a child with special healthcare needs and are held at Childserve in Iowa City. All support groups are free and offer complimentary childcare and light snacks. Families do not need to be enrolled in another Childserve service to attend.

Time – 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Location – Childserve – 2350 Oakdale Blvd, Coralville, IA

Questions? Please contact Monica at monicag@childserve.org