Spectrum CORSE Pilot Class at Iowa Gym-Nest a Success!

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Because the pilot class was such a success, the Iowa GymNest has now scheduled this unique gymnastics course as a regular class offering. The Iowa City Autism Community designed and provided the visual supports and helped tailor the class to be as autism-friendly as possible thanks to a generous grant from the Autism Society of Iowa. We appreciate everyone’s feedback! Flyer for the next session is below –

ICAC At Pride 2018

Thanks to everyone who volunteered for 2018 Pride and to everyone who stopped by to say hello! It was hot outside, but we still met and talked to so many amazing people.

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Part of The Iowa City Autism Community’s mission is to foster not just acceptance and inclusion, but to let those who are on the autism spectrum know they are loved, they are welcome and that they should be proud of who they are! Neurodiversity should be celebrated.

To download a Pride coloring sheet, click here – coloringpagepride.

Or copy and paste the images below!

 

Be proud out there!

The Iowa City Autism Community

2018 Summer Activity Line-Up Announced!

We’re pleased to announce our SUMMER ACTIVITY LINE-UP for 2018! This list will be added to as the season progresses and there will be many casual meet-ups and impromptu events throughout the summer. Be sure to check our Facebook page or the Calendar of Events on our website to stay up to date!

2018 ICAC SUMMER ACTIVITY LINE-UP

May 19th – 9am-10am Iowa City Public Library Special Access Browsing Hour – Kickoff to Summer reading program. (Individual reading programs can be individually designed at the library to fit each child’s unique needs and interests). FREE

June 8th – 3pm-4pm  Special Access: Try It Out Friday : Watercolors in the Tween Space, Iowa City Public Library FREE

June 9th – 4pm-5pm – UI Leisure Pool – Autism Friendly Swim  (SOLD OUT)

June 11th – 4pm-6pm – Autism – Friendly Movie: The Incredibles at the Iowa City Public Library, Storytime Room FREE

June 12th, 3pm-4pm – Special Access: Game On! Just Dance Marathon in the Iowa City Public Library Storytime Room FREE

June 15th – 5:30pm-6:30pm Autism-Friendly Browsing Hour: Pet Rock activity at North Liberty Library FREE

June 18 – 10am Harvest Preserve Easy hike and picnic FREE

June 20th – 10am  Sand Road Orchards Blueberry Picking field trip, 3.25/lb for Blueberries, meet at orchard

June 22 – 10am-1pm  Miracles in Motion Field Trip – Visiting Horses and Tour (no riding), bringing a snack/packed lunch suggested FREE

June 23rd – 10am-1pm Group bike ride/walk (10am-11am) followed by potluck picnic at Terry Trueblood Recreational Area/Naturescape Playground, water bottles provided, FREE

June 27th – 10am-noon Colonial Lanes Autism-Friendly Bowling/Putt-Putt, arcade games off for quieter experience (unless play requested).

July 2 – 9am-11am  Autism-Friendly Trampoline Jump Air Fx **

July 6th – 3pm-4pm – Special Access Try It Out Friday: Yoga in meeting room A

July 11th – 3pm-4pm – Special Access World Wednesday: Japanese Koinobori in the Iowa City Public Library Storytime Room

July 14 – 9am-10am – Special Access Autism-Friendly Browsing hour at the Iowa City Public Library – Educational Bubble activity in the Children’s Area, Video games in the Teen area

July 16 – 4-6pm – Special Access Autism-Friendly Movie: How To Train Your Dragon, Storytime Room in The Iowa City Public Library

July 18th – 10:30am Harvest Preserve hike and picnic

July 19th 2:30-3:30 – Special Access: Mad Mixture with the Grout Museum – Liquid Nitrogen Presentation/Experiment, Meeting Room A in the Iowa City Public Library

July 31 – 10am-1pm  Bloomsbury Farms Field Trip (Tickets required – see Calendar event for more details) **

August 2 – 4pm-5pm – Special Access SRP Kids: All Ages Lego Play in Meeting Room A at the Iowa City Public Library

August 6 – 9am-11am Autism-Friendly Trampoline Jump **

August 13 – (Time TBD) Hair Salon Field Trip – Getting Comfortable with Hair Cuts at Thompson and Co followed by picnic at College Green Park

** These events sponsored by the East Central Iowa Autism Society – Thank you!

Events in red are sponsored and hosted by the Iowa City Public Library – thank you! 

There will also be Sensory Stop library browsing hours at The Antelope Lending Library every Wednesday morning at 502 3rd ave. Iowa City, IA. Patrons may check out books, browse and participate in sensory crafts and other autism-friendly activities.

 

Call For Actors on the Autism Spectrum! The City Circle Acting Company and “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”.

CALL FOR NEURODIVERGENT ACTORS: The City Circle Acting Company will be staging “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night” – an onstage production where the main character is widely characterized as being on the autism spectrum. The City Circle Acting Company would like to encourage any aspiring actors on the autism spectrum to audition for this part!

For more information, see their website –

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Auditions

 

Now Offering Spectrum Ninja Corse!

Ninja is happening! The Iowa City Autism Community has collaborated with the Iowa GymNest to offer this unique class JUST for kids on the autism spectrum! This class is limited to SIX elementary-school aged children. We will have two volunteers in addition to the instructor on hand. Visual supports will be incorporated. This class will be the only one in the gym at that time. If you feel your child needs 1:1 support to be successful, you are welcome to accompany him/her for the class. IF this class goes well, it may be continued through the year! See flier for further details.

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For more information or if you need additional accommodations, contact Dina Bishara – iowadina@yahoo.com

Pathways OT Now Enrolling – Summer Groups and Workshops

Pathways OT Groups are meant to be enjoyed by teens and young adults with or without a diagnosis. Our groups are specifically geared toward students with social difficulties, anxiety, sensory processing differences, and difficulties with attention and focus. With a focus on developing positive relationships, our groups hope to offer opportunities for new learning in preparation for adulthood.

Due to our present model, we do not accept insurance at this time. We offer income-based fee options and discounts are available to those who may qualify. If you have previously taken a Pathways OT group, we take $50 off of this upcoming group. If taking two groups simultaneously, we take $50 off the second group.

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Find information about upcoming workshops and groups here –

https://spark.adobe.com/page/PJKwlTQnLPEUP/