The Iowa City Public Library Summer 2019 Special Access Programs Announced!

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The Iowa City Public Library has announced their Special Access programming for Summer 2019! These activities are usually closed to the general public in order to control crowding and to ensure a more sensory – friendly and experience for individuals on the autism spectrum. No sign up is necessary! All ages.

https://www.icpl.org/events/search?combine=special+access

 

 

 

REGISTRATION IS OPEN for Modified Safety Village

REGISTRATION IS OPEN for Modified Safety Village. This camp is offered thanks to the work of ICFD Firefighter Matt Farrey .
“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.”

Modified Safety Village Camp

June 17-20, 2019

One session:
• 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 – April 27th, Sponsored by The Iowa City Autism Community

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 iowadina@yahoo.com with any questions.

Thoughts on Autism Acceptance Month from ICAC Co-Founder, Jessie Witherell

 

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 –

http://www.judyendow.com/advocacy/autism-awareness-and-autism-acceptance/?fbclid=IwAR3pWGIwdU7bmLxeNk4LwmSso_XmGMf04VeyXxmXSRtXn2RFJqHCCrp55Cs

https://www.autismacceptancemonth.com/about/

https://autisticadvocacy.org/2012/04/acceptance-vs-awareness/?fbclid=IwAR0Qp-1KOZExUiZPO6GXlWwoj7CoBIoHt0kXK_M-Jkc8focB5JLQyYCQvbA

https://learnfromautistics.com/the-problem-with-the-autism-puzzle-piece/

https://autisticadvocacy.org/about-asan/identity-first-language/

Happy Autism Acceptance month!

 

Thank You to Our Families and Community Partners – Spring Break 2019

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!

Sponsors Needed For First Annual Iowa City Autism Fun Walk!

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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 –

iowadina@yahoo.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/359600838100780/