**We Need Your Support! Fundraising for Autism Swims Through the Month of April **

April is Autism Acceptance Month! The Iowa City Autism Community works for autism acceptance and inclusion everyday.  We are a volunteer-only group.

We have been organizing Autism-Friendly Swims at the University of Iowa Campus Recreation and Wellness Center’s Leisure Pool for the past several months.  They are, by far, our most popular events.  Not only is the pool a lot of fun, but they also have family locker rooms, which is critical to making swimming pools accessible to families who cannot use uni-gender locker rooms together.

The only problem is they cost about $190 each time, so we are completely dependent on donations to make this accessible to families for FREE.

Donations to this gofundme campaign will be used to sponsor more FREE swimming events for families with autistic members.

Click HERE to support.

Checks may also be made out to The Iowa City Autism Community. Contact us at icautismcommunity@gmail.com to set up your donation.
THANK YOU for your support of the Iowa City Autism Community!


Volunteer at Harvest Preserve! Meet-Up for Adults with ASD

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Adults on the autism spectrum are invited to come and volunteer at the Harvest Preserve Foundation in their annual Garlic Mustard Pull! Come do something good for the earth while meeting and making new friends. There are no expectations for participation – come as you are! Meet in the parking lot and look for Leah Donald- she will be holding a sign with her name on it. The entrance to the Preserve is directly across the street from the barn on Scott. The only tools that are needed are hands! Gloves are optional.

Learn more about Harvest Preserve Foundation on their website at http://www.harvestpreserve.org/

If you need any additional accommodations, please email Jessie Witherell at icautismcommunity@gmail.com

This social group is facilitated by Access2Independence and The Iowa City Autism Community

Miracles in Motion Classes Announced

Therapeutic riding classes focus on building strength and confidence for riders with social, motor, or other developmental challenges.  On a horse, these children feel like “everyone else” and develop their skills at a remarkable rate that carries over to other improvements in day-to-day life.

More from Miracles in Motion, including classes for 2018 can be found here.

UPDATE** EVENT FULL! Autism – Friendly Swim at Campus Recreation and Wellness Center

Update! The autism swim event at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center is now full. We apologize for any inconvenience. Due to the popularity of swim events, we now ask that attendees pre-register via EventBrite. Check our calendar for future swim events.

UPDATE*** EVENT FULL! Autism – Friendly Swim at the University of Iowa Campus Recreation and Wellness Center

Genesis Pediatric Therapy Now Offering Summer Camps!

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We are excited to announce that Genesis Pediatric Therapy – Coralville will be offering a variety of Summer Camps this year! ☀️🌊⛱️

– Preschool Sensory Group, June 4-7th, 10-11 AM
– Elementary Sensory Group, June 18-21st, 10-11 AM
Explore the senses with activities such as dancing, singing, obstacle courses, rolling, jumping, messy play, and sensory walks! Children will be provided an opportunity to negotiate a rich sensory environment with each other while improving language, social, and developmental gross and fine motor skills!

– Preschool Prehandwriting Group, June 4-7th, 11-12 AM
– Learning Letters Handwriting Group, June 11-14th, 11-12 AM
– Elementary Handwriting Group, June 18-21st, 11-12 AM
Come brush up your handwriting skills before school starts! These groups will address skills on an age appropriate level including prehandwriting skills, letter formation, utilizing adequate spacing, letter sizing, and writing on a line more efficiently. Activities will include writing practice and other play activities to promote knowledge of handwriting and help develop muscles needed to write effectively!

– Get Moving Group, Ages 4-6, June 25-28th, 10-11 AM
– Get Moving Group, Ages 7-12, June 25-28th, 11-12 AM
Have fun while learning the importance of physical activity! These groups will promote age appropriate play-based gross motor skills that will help improve balance, coordination, and strength!

– Constraint Induced Movement Therapy Group, July 16-19th, 10-11 AM
This group will focus on increasing functional arm and hand use in children with decreased active range of motion, strength, and coordination on one side. Children in the group will work together with their peers to accomplish fun, functional tasks using their non-dominant hand in order to help build important upper extremity skills needed for increased independence with self-care, community, school, and leisure tasks.

– Yoga Group, Dates & Times TBD
Yoga has shown many benefits for children including improved muscle strength, body awareness, stress release, and emotional and behavioral regulation! Learn the basics of yoga in this fun group!

Call (319) 853-0596 to learn more about which Summer Camps would be the best fit for you child or to reserve your child’s spot today! Limited spaces available for each group! Hope everyone is as excited for summer as we are!

Autism Browsing Hour – Chinese New Year Celebration at the North Liberty Community Library

We’d like to give a big thank you to the North Liberty Community Library for hosting this month’s autism – friendly browsing hour! In celebration of the Chinese New Year, attendees made paper lanterns, kites, and were able to bring home a special “Year of the Dog” gift from ICAC. We also had a lovely visit from Cora, the Therapy Cat! Thank you, Erin Sehorn Silva for all that you do for our community.

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ICAC Spring Break Activity Line Up Announced!

ICAC Spring Break Activity Line Up Announced!

Check out these activities over the ICCSD Spring Break! We also have leisure pool swims scheduled for March 31, 10:30-noon and April 21, 4:00-5:30. PLEASE NOTE that registration is *required* for Brush and Barrel as we limit this event to 20 painters. Please call 319-338-5787 to sign up.

All events are ALL AGES and siblings are always welcome!