It’s Giving Tuesday! Consider Donating to The Iowa City Autism Community

It’s Giving Tuesday! Will you consider making a donation to The Iowa City Autism Community?

Throughout the past 4 years, the Iowa City Autism Community (ICAC) has grown into a volunteer association that organizes dozens of autism-friendly events throughout our community at places such as the UI CRWC Leisure Pool, Brush and Barrel, AirFX Trampoline Park, Bloomsbury Farm, Sand Road Orchards, Colonial Lanes, CDD Dental Clinic, hair salons and many more.  We have pioneered regularly occurring Special Access events at both the Iowa City Public Library and the North Liberty Community Library.  ICAC has partnered with the Iowa Gym-Nest to create the first of its kind in our area Spectrum CORSE ninja-style class. We collaborate with the UIHC Stead Family Children’s Hospital Autism Center to organize at least three, free workshops every year on topics ranging from gross motor and sensory needs, mindfulness for caregivers, visual supports, autism basics for childcare providers, IEP/504s, and many more. We maintain a website full of local and regional resources and an event calendar of upcoming opportunities.  Finally, we continue to provide support and networking to families throughout the Corridor area through our Facebook page and personal consultation with both caregivers and professionals.  NEW THIS YEAR we will be extending our efforts to support autistic students in Johnson County by providing small grants ($50-$100) to schools and PTOs to be used to purchase resources that support the unique sensory and learning needs of autistic students.  The total number and amount of grants will depend on the success of this campaign.   Funds we raise will help subsidize the cost of the many community events, snacks, arts/craft supplies, thank-you’s for workshop presenters, resources we distribute at workshops, our website, and the small grants for schools.

We do all of this work on a strictly volunteer basis on our own personal time.  Will you please support the Iowa City Autism Community as we continue to work for our mission of creating a community that is more accepting, understanding, and inclusive of autistic people and their families?

*** DONATE NOW! Visit our GoFundMe page and contribute HERE.

You can learn more about us here:  www.autismiowacity.org

THANK YOU!!

Spectrum CORSE Now Enrolling for Fall at the Iowa Gym-Nest

Do you know about Spectrum CORSE (Challenging Obstacles Requiring Strength and Endurance) at the Iowa Gym-Nest? This is a class formed in partnership with the Iowa City Autism Community. There are currently 1-2 spots open in each class. The 2:30 class is “Intermediate” and the 3:30 class is “Beginner”. Siblings are allowed to join on a case-by-case basis. This class was originally only for kids in K-6 but we have found that we can accommodate both younger and older children.

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Changes are Happening with ICAC Caregiver Meetings

The needs of our community is always changing. So we are trying to change with it! The Iowa City Autism Community will now be hosting monthly evening meetings starting in January of 2019. Our current Caregiver meetings at Zion Lutheran Church currently are no longer taking place. These new evening meetings (dates and locations to be determined) will be open to everyone – caregivers and adults on the autism spectrum – and will consist of casual conversation, updates and activity planning, and idea sharing. More details to come!

The Grandparent Support Group will still be meeting once a month – now the 4th Tuesday of the month at Zion Lutheran Church in Iowa City. No sign up needed. See flyer below –

Thank You North Liberty Community Library and Winds of Change!

A big thank you to the North Liberty Community Library and Winds of Change animal therapy for helping make October’s special access browsing hour a success! Attendees painted pumpkins, made lollipop ghosts, enjoyed video games in the teen room and visited with Diego, a miniature therapy pony. There were some very spooky costumes! Our next special access library browsing hour will be at the Iowa City Public Library on Nov. 17th from 9am-10am and will be dinosaur themed.

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