Sensory Kit fundraiser at Sidekick Coffee & Books

This Saturday from 8am-5pm
Order online for curb-side pickup on Saturday, August 29:
Help us support autistic students who will be adjusting to all the educational setting changes, whether in Hybrid model or fully online. We will be creating sensory kits for individual students to have available during their school days at home. These kits will be similar to the Calm Kits that we distributed to Iowa City Community Schools over this past year.
Facebook event HERE.

Access 2 Independence Needs Your Help! Support Those in the Disability Community After Derecho

The Iowa City Autism Community just donated four $50 Visa gift cards to Access 2 Independence these cards will go directly to the clients that they support in independent living in Cedar Rapids. They are accepting donations at their office.

Staff will be in office Thursday (today) from 10am-2pm and FRIDAY from 10am-4pm. Office is located at 1556 S 1st Ave suite b, Iowa City, IA. That’s near Wendy’s. You need to go to the back of the building. Please help those who are struggling after this disaster.

Things that are needed – tarps, plastic totes, cleaning supplies, VISA gift cards, monetary donations.

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SIX Weighted Lap Pads Available FREE for Pickup

Could you or a loved one use a weighted lap pad?
Thanks to talented volunteer, Teran Buettell, who has spent countless hours sewing weighted lap pads for the Iowa City Autism Community over the past couple years, we have six beautiful lap pads to make available. (Polypellets purchased by ICAC.) They are fabric-covered, pretty hefty – great for preschoolers who like a heavier pad, elementary students, or older kids/adults who don’t need too much weight. IF YOU WANT ONE YOU WILL NEED TO BE ABLE TO PICK IT UP FROM MY PORCH IN IOWA CITY WITHIN TWO WEEKS. First come, first serve. Contact Dina Bishara if you are interested –
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Superhero Nights Resuming at The Children’s Museum in Sept, ICM Offering New Services

Some new services that are being offered by the Children’s Museum! Superhero Night will also be resuming in September, following facility’s new safety guidelines.
  • Play Packs – These all-in-one activity kits cover a specific topic and encourage creativity, critical thinking, and exploration. Our first kit includes 4 activities related to space, but we’ll have additional kits coming out the rest of the year, with themes related to STEM, art, and more.
  • MyICM Facility Rentals – Small groups can rent our space and explore our exhibits in a more private setting. Groups are limited to 25 individuals (less than 3% our normal capacity) and our staff ensure everyone is following our updated procedures designed to protect everyone in our space. Learn more here.
  • Super Hero Nights – We are looking to bring this event back in September. If you have any feedback or ideas on how to best serve families with children with special needs during this time, please let me know and I’ll pass it along to the team!

Announcing New Workshop! Kari Dunn presents: “When My Worries Get Too Big”

Are you familiar with the Incredible 5 Point Scale or “When My Worries Get too Big”? If so, here is your chance to learn directly from the creator, Kari Dunn Buron, at the first Autism Workshop Series webinar of the 2020-2021 school year. These workshops are sponsored by the Iowa City Autism Community. September 18. Registration required ($5):
Webinar: Kari Dunn Buron - When My Worries Get too Big/Emotional Regulation

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!



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

More about this fantastic event HERE.