Important Updates Regarding COVID-19 and ICAC Events

Due to recent developments regarding COVID-19 in our community, many upcoming autism events have been cancelled. These include:

DIY Book Making Event at Sidekick Coffee 3/14/2020

AirFX Autism-Friendly Jump 3/16/2020

Special Access Grout Museum Science Activity at ICPL 3/16/2020

Corridor Autism Resource Expo 3/21/2020

The A5 Art Festival 4/11/2020

If you have already submitted artwork to the Arc for this year’s art festival, you are free to pick it up at the main office or wait until this event is rescheduled in the fall. We also plan on showcasing artwork on our website and Facebook page in the upcoming month as well.

We are currently evaluating whether or not our upcoming workshop with Kari Dunn will go on as scheduled. There will be an announcement if this is the case.

Currently, we are still planning on hosting the Autism Walk in May.

Stay safe everyone!

 

Save the Date! Splash! For Autism Event April 25th

We will soon be rolling out registration for the next Splash! For Autism Event, sponsored by the Autism Society of Iowa. The next FREE event will be held on April 25th at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center at the University of Iowa. There are only 50 spots available for these events so spots fill up quickly! We will put out Registration information as it becomes available.

 

ICAC at This Year’s CARE

Come visit us at this year’s Corridor Autism Resource Expo!

9am – 1pm at Mount Mercy University Graduate Center
1650 Matterhorn Dr NE Cedar Rapids.

We will have crafts and treats! Make some art for the A5 Art festival! It’s gonna be a great time.

More about CARE here!

CALL FOR ARTISTS! A5 Art Festival

ARTISTS WANTED!

The A5 project (Awesome, Autism, Art, Awareness, Acceptance) is a yearly community festival sponsored by the Arc of Southeast Iowa that celebrates the artistic talents of children on the autism spectrum. The Iowa City Autism Community is also proud to be a co-sponsor of this show. The mission is to showcase artwork done by autistic children and young adults on the autism spectrum in order to promote community understanding and appreciation of autism. This event also has craft and activity tables, music, food, therapy animals is always FREE and open to the public.

This year’s theme is “The Hero In You!” 

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The Awesome Autism Awareness and Acceptance Art Festival is local art project that celebrates artwork created by youth and adults on the Autism Spectrum. This year our project is promoting HEROES. Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, from places you least expect and those that are right in front of you.

This festival is full of fun! Collaborative artwork and individual submissions will be on display. Local agencies will have art and sensory booths that can be enjoyed at any age. Therapy animals, and so much more…

THIS YEAR – We welcome local comic artist Samuel Locke Ward, who will be helping participants make their very own comics! Sam is a celebrated local musician and regularly writes and creates artwork published in Little Village. More about Sam HERE.

We will also welcome local dance troupe Debut Dance who will be doing a special performance at the show.

Find the Facebook event HERE.

How to Participate – 

Partnered with The Arc of Southeast Iowa, all art submissions can be sent to or dropped off at The Arc of Southeast Iowa office. Art will be mounted and displayed by A5 volunteers and can be taken home at the end of the show. There is no fee to participate. Participants are welcome to submit multiple pieces. All media and formats (singing, poetry, painting, etc) welcome!

Coloring templates are also available –

“I Am Brave Because…”

“Celebrate Neurodiversity”

“Superhero Cape”

2620 Muscatine Ave.
Iowa City, IA 52240

For questions about art submissions or interest in getting involved, please contact Tomeka Magnani at tomekamagnani@arcsei.org.

More about this fantastic event HERE.

Spring Session Spectrum Soccer Camp Now Enrolling!

Hello! We have officially secured dates for another spectrum soccer camp! The camp will be held on Thursday evenings from 5:30 – 6:30 at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Center from April 2 to May 7. (See the attached flyer for camp information – this will be our third camp and it will run very similar to the first camp. The registration fee for this camp is $40. Three pieces of information are required to sign your child up! Thank you in advance! We are really looking forward to playing some soccer!
1. Please fill out this online interest form if you have not already (message me if this gives you any problems): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdLYWcO3exZYNhtZYw6kViYhihNy1iY5av0YTSxgJs5IWXFYA/viewform?fbclid=IwAR0ua3rau4HTrXIPX_bNI_ECrVRGSRzmcS-G3oWRcKF3Bh_qN9WWe4kdalU
2. Our payment for the field reservation is required in advance of the camp. Therefore, I am requesting registration fees in advance payable by two methods. First, you can mail a check to Drew Voigt to 117 Ferson Avenue, Iowa City IA 52246. Second, you can pay the registration fee via paypal. Simply navigate to https://www.paypal.com/us/for-you/transfer-money/send-money, log in/create a paypal account, hit the “Send and Request” tab at the top of the window, and enter in my email address drewvoigt@gmail.com(note – no “H” in Voigt!). Select the “sending to a friend” option and send the $40. If neither of these options work, please send me an email and we can coordinate an alternative method of payment.
3. Fill out and sign a waiver form for each child participating in the camp. The waiver form can be found here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/17H4vtYz9xt-HG6vtYsMPLIje70MN6U0N/view?usp=sharingPlease download and sign (either electronically with a digital, but not typed, signature) or print and sign (scan/take a cellphone picture) and email to drewvoigt@gmail.com

Mental Health and Special Education Law – Workshop Information Now Available!

For those who attending this last weekend’s Mental Health and Special Education Law Workshop presented by professors Susan Etscheidt, Head of Special Education Dept, UNI and Nicole Skaar, School Psychology Program Coordinator, UNI, the information is now available online!

Click here for the Powerpoint from the event.

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And thank you to everyone who attended! There was an amazing turnout.

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