SPARK For Autism Trampoline Event Rescheduled for March 4th

*** Due to the inclement weather during the original event, the date for SPARK For Autism at AirFX has now been moved to March 4th ***

New to SPARK? Join us on March 4th to jump-start autism research! You can RSVP at:

*Families are NOT obligated to participate on-site.
**Questions, comments, concerns? Please reach out! (319) 335 – 8882 or

Registration Open for Autism Center Conference: “Safety and Developmental Disabilities”

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The University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital Autism Center, in partnership with the Iowa City Autism Community and the Autism Society of Iowa, will present the Autism Center Conference 2019: Safety and Developmental Disabilities on March 8th, 10am-3pm, at the University of Iowa Center for Development and Disabilities (CDD).

Individuals on the autism spectrum and those with other developmental disabilities are at increased risk injuries and death from safety hazards.

This conference will provide attendees with information about risk factors, crisis management and practical tools and resources to help improve outcomes for this population.

Presenters include Officer Ashten Hayes of the Iowa City Police Department, Firefighter Matt Farrey of the Iowa City Fire Department, University of Iowa Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry Kelly Vinquist, and Kirk Kuiken, Supervisory Transportation Security Officer for the TSA.

Registration is required and includes refreshments, lunch, and materials. To register and for more information, please call the University of Iowa Center for Conferences at 319-335-4141, email, or visit the website:



Registration Now Open for ICAC Soccer Camp for Youth on the Autism Spectrum!

The Iowa City Autism Community along with the University of Iowa Stead Family Department of Pediatrics, are excited to announce a weekly soccer camp specifically for the Iowa City Autism Community! The camp will be held for 1st – 6th graders on Thursday evenings from 5:30 – 6:30 PM. We have space reserved at the Hawkeye Tennis & Recreation center on their professional turf fields! Please see the attached flier for details, and if interested sign up by filling out the google form (hyperlink below).

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Adaptive Rowing Available Through University of Iowa Recreational Services – Ages 14+


Rowing is an easily adaptable sport for persons with physical and intellectual disabilities. Modifications to equipment, instruction, and the rowing stroke can be made as needed. Because the rowing stroke can be segmented into the legs, trunk, and arms, adaptive rowers may row all three parts of the stroke, trunk and arms only, or arms only depending on their physical capabilities and comfort level. The repetitive nature of the rowing stroke also makes rowing well-suited for people with intellectual disabilities.

Rowers with vision loss, hearing impairment, paraplegia, quadriplegia, amputations, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, Downs Syndrome, autism, and other disabilities are able to enjoy the sport. The coach and rower will work together to develop the best modification(s) for each individual. Common adaptations are wide, stable two-person boats with sliding seats, single-person boats with stabilizing pontoons, fixed seats for boats and rowing machines, lap belts, chest straps, and handle grips.

Practices are scheduled on an individual basis and held year-round (outdoors/indoors depending on the weather). Adaptive Rowing is open to participants age 14 and up. Please contact the Rowing Coordinator for more information at or 319-384-1292.

ICCSD MSD PTO – Seclusion Learning Session

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Saturday, 9 February 2019 from 10:00-11:30

University of Iowa Center For Disabilities and Development

UI Law Professor and his student Justin McCorvey will be our guests.

Professor Len Sandler and Clinic Law Students served as primary drafters of the proposed rules in collaboration with Disability Rights Iowa, the ACLU, Drake Legal Clinic and several private lawyers.

There will be an overview of the process, the proposed rules, and an opportunity for questions and discussion.


Special Access Autism Browsing Hour plus Dance Party at North Liberty Community Library!

Autism-Friendly Browsing Hour and Dance Party at the North Liberty Community Library!

Feb 1 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

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Come join us for a special access browsing hour for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families on February 1st from 5:30pm-6:30pm at the North Liberty Community Library! The library will be closed to the general public so that patrons can have a quieter library experience and so families can meet and connect with one another. There will be a craft activity, toy trains, Wii games in the teen room as well as a special glow stick dance party. This is a great opportunity to get out of the house and burn off some energy! The dance party will be away from other library activities for the comfort of those who may find it overstimulating. Glow sticks and balloons will be provided by The Iowa City Autism Community.

This event is ALL AGES and is open to individuals on the autism spectrum or others who have sensory processing disorders such as PDD-NOS or ADHD. Siblings are always welcome! No sign up is necessary. Come on out!

North Liberty Community Library

520 West Cherry Street, North Liberty, Iowa 52317

If you have questions or need additional accommodations, please contact Jessie Witherell at

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Call To Artists! A5 Art Festival Now Accepting Artwork.

The Awesome Autism Awareness and Acceptance Art Project is now accepting submissions for our 2019 A5 Festival! ALL CREATIVE WORK is accepted from autistic individuals. While the theme is “Stitching a Community,” submissions are NOT required to fit with a theme. Art can be submitted to the Arc of Southeast Iowa and will be shown during the Festival on April 13 at the Unitarian Universalist Church. Stay tuned for more information about this FREE, activity-filled, autism-positive event!

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Volunteers Needed To Sew Weighted Blankets!

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ICAC is in the process of planning “Calm Kits” to be distributed to area schools (check out the fundraiser for this at Hudson’s in our events!!). In addition, we would like to include weighted lap pads/blankets.

ICAC will pay for the poly-pellet fill (with poly pellets, they are washable). Do you know any crafty people who would like to help with this project?

Sign up here if you would like to help!

Sensory Friendly Movie – Small Foot

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Saturday, January 26, 2019 – 3:00pm to 5:45pm
Storytime Room

This encore screening is for intended for individuals with autism and their families to enjoy the library together in a neutral environment.

Come watch the movie Smallfoot and make your own yeti craft while you watch! In Smallfoot, a yeti named Migo is convinced that a human known only as “Small Foot” is real and has to prove to his tribe that it does exist with the help of Meechee and the S.E.S – Smallfoot Evidentiary Society.

If you need disability-related accommodations in order to participate in this event, please contact the Library Contact below.

Open To The Public

Snacks are welcome but please NO PEANUTS due to allergy risk. Thanks!

Contact Information
Library Contact:
Children’s Desk