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

Jul
23
Tue
ICAC Grandparent Group @ Zion Lutheran Church
Jul 23 @ 10:00 am
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Join us for our monthly grandparent group every 4th Tuesday of the month @ 10:00 at Zion Lutheran Church in Iowa City 310 N. Johnson St.
Focus will be on problem solving, fostering understanding of grandchildren on the autism spectrum and meeting for social connection.
Group is facilitated by retired GWAEA Autism Consultant Sue Askeland.
For questions and additional accommodations please email Sue at sueaskeland43@gmail.com
Jul
24
Wed
Special Access World Wednesday: Greek Mosaic Art @ The Iowa City Public Library
Jul 24 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 –2:30pm to 3:30pm

Storytime Room

This encore World Wednesday program is for intended for individuals with autism and their families to enjoy the library together in a neutral environment. A general audience World Wednesday program is at 1:00.
This year’s Summer Reading Program theme is “A Universe of Stories.” One way we can discover new stories around the world (and beyond) is to encourage cultural literacy. On Wednesdays, join us for an activity that will help us learn and understand something new about different world cultures.

One of the lasting artistic legacies from the ancient Greeks is the art of the mosaic. A mosaic is a picture made up of small pieces of glass, pottery, or small tiles. Thousands of small pieces of colored tiles are placed together so that all together they make up a picture. Often depicting pagan gods, people and animals, the Ancient Greeks were the first to use what is known today as tesserae or the many small pieces of marble, glass, or tile that comprise a mosaic artwork. This Wednesday everyone will have the chance to create their own mosaics in the style of Greek mosaic tradition!

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

This event is open to the public.

Jul
27
Sat
SOAR & Special Access at ICPL @ The Iowa City Public Library
Jul 27 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

SOAR & Special Access

Saturday, July 27, 2019 –9:00am to 10:00am

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

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Join us for a Special Access Event in Partnership with the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped as they present, Sensing the Cosmos!
This event will allow patrons to listen to various sounds of space, feel lunar craters, and touch the stars using books and other objects and more.
The 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.

29th ADA Celebration: #DisabilityisDiversity
Jul 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

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Please join us for the 29th Celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Embrace your beautiful, disabled identity! We make up 20% of the American Population in the U.S. It’s time for our voices to be hear! Learn about all the wonderful empowering resources available for you in Iowa City, Enjoy entertainment and empowering speeches in the heart of Iowa City!

#DisabilityisDiversity 🎆
29TH ADA CELEBRATION♿
DISABILITY IS DIVERSITY 🗣🧠
JULY 27TH 2019
10AM TO 12PM

IOWA CITY PED MALL🏙

The Southeast Iowa Autism Support Group @ Uptown Bill's
Jul 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.

Jul
28
Sun
Superhero Night At The Iowa Children’s Museum @ The Iowa Children's Museum
Jul 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Your child can have a chance to be a super hero at the Iowa Children’s Museum! The Iowa Children’s Museum (ICM)Super Hero Nights at the Iowa Children's Museum is an amazing play space where children can use their minds, bodies, and senses to explore art, music, theories of how things go, and the world around them.

But many children can also feel overwhelmed or stressed with the daily excitement and activity in a museum. For families with children with autism and other disabilities, the bright lights and noise of children exploring the museum can also be over-stimulating. Parents may be worried that their child might have a meltdown, or they may worry that the ICM wouldn’t be fun for their child. To make this amazing learning experience accessible to all children and families, the ICM offers Super Hero Nights.

Super Hero Nights are offered for families of children with special needs

Super Hero Nights occur after regular museum hours on the last Sunday of the month from 6-7:30PM. This is a quieter time for families to explore the ICM. Admission is free for families of children with special needs on Super Hero Nights.

super hero iowa children's museumYou can find more information about Super Hero Nights by clicking HERE. Also, the ICM has written an amazing social story with pictures that you can show to your child to explain the ICM, the rules, and what to expect when visiting. You can access that social story by clicking HERE.

If you have any questions, please contact Amber Morris at amorris@theicm.org.

Iowa Children’s Museum, 1451 Coral Ridge Ave., Coralville, Iowa 52241

Phone: 319-625-6255

Hours:

  • Mon. – Closed*
  • Tues., Wed., and Thurs. – 10am-6pm
  • Fri. – 10am-8pm
  • Sat. – 10am-6pm
  • Sun. – 11am-6pm

*Open when the Iowa City or Cedar Rapids School Districts are not in session.

Jul
29
Mon
Special Access Monday Matinee: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World @ The Iowa City Public Library
Jul 29 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Monday, July 29, 2019 –3:30pm to 5:00pm

Storytime Room

This encore Monday Matinee is for intended for individuals with autism and their families to enjoy the library together in a neutral environment. A general audience Monday Matinee is at 1:00.

Mondays are for movies at the library! Come cool off all summer long with a family friendly movie on Mondays at 1:00.  When Hiccup discovers Toothless isn’t the only Night Fury, he must seek “The Hidden World”, a secret Dragon Utopia before a hired tyrant named Grimmel finds it first.

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

This event is open to the public.

Aug
1
Thu
Special Access SRP Kids: Darrin Crow, Talespinner & Troubadour @ The Iowa City Public Library
Aug 1 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Thursday, August 1, 2019 –1:30pm to 2:30pm

Storytime Room

This encore SRP program is intended for individuals with autism and their families to enjoy the library together in a neutral environment. A general audience SRP program is at 12:30.

There is a Universe of Stories out there, and storyteller Darrin Crow is blasting off to bring them to you. This summer’s stories will feature tales of the sun and moon, constellations, people who reached for the stars, and maybe even Jack VS the Outer Space Giants. He’ll keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end today with out of this world stories.

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

This event is open to the public.

Live on the Library Channel

Aug
6
Tue
Balance Autism Informational Meeting
Aug 6 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Balance Autism informational meeting about new services in Iowa City. See flyer for details.
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
3 pm or 5:30 pm.
Light refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP-
Register at www.balanceautism.org/RSVP
or call 515-967-4369.

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Aug
10
Sat
The Southeast Iowa Autism Support Group @ Uptown Bill's
Aug 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.