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Join Hopebridge in April for Sensory-Friendly Events to Support National Autism Awareness Month

2018 April Events

We live in a world that is becoming more autism-friendly every day, with organizations fighting for and offering entertainment for children with ASD, but it can sometimes be difficult to navigate which events are right for your family. To help you find the happenings in your backyard, we at Hopebridge will bring you a list of local sensory-friendly and community support events each month, right here on the blog. It only makes sense to start with April, so check out what’s going on for National Autism Awareness Month near you!

Find the events near you:

Indiana

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Autism Society of Indiana Night with the Pacers
4/10/18  | 6 p.m.-10 p.m.

The Indiana Pacers and Autism Society of Indiana teamed up to celebrate Autism Awareness Month for a family-friendly night of basketball. The organization’s special discounted tickets to the game also include group seating for families and friends touched by autism, access to the Autism Society’s breakout space and activities during the game, a Pacers hat, and food voucher for a hot dog, chips and Pepsi product. Tickets will sell out fast, so to learn how to order yours, visit the Autism Society’s Facebook event page.

Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 125 S. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis, IN 46204

 

Autism & Resource Fair
4/14/18  | 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Come join the event with Hopebridge to learn more about the resources available to children touched by autism. There will be autism information and craft vendor booths, family-friendly sensory activities, horseback riding, a silent auction and more. Look for Hopebridge’s booth for free face-painting. For more details, visit the East Allen County Schools website.

East Allen Alternative / The Annex, 800 Homestead Dr., New Haven, IN 4677

 

Best Buddies Friendship Walk
4/22/18  | 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

This walk is like one big party. Participants can expect to dance, laugh, smile and make a new friend, plus help raise awareness and funds to support inclusion for individuals and developmental disabilities (IDD). The event celebrates the abilities in uniqueness in everyone, while benefitting the local Best Buddies programs dedicated to one-to-one friendships, leadership development and integrated job opportunities for individuals with IDD. To register and learn more, visit the Friendship Walk website.

Celebration Plaza at White River State Park, 801 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 4620

 

Autism Evansville Walk & 5K Presented by Tools 4 Teaching
4/28/18  | 9 a.m.-noon

Join the Hopebridge Evansville team for the seventh annual 1-Mile walk, Kid’s Dash or 5K to support individuals with autism. Those on the autism spectrum can register free with a code by emailing director@autismevansville.org with the participant’s name and age. In addition to the race and walk, look out for the Hopebridge table offering free face-painting. To register with the Hopebridge team and find more information, visit the Autism Evansville Walk website.

Warrick County 4H Center, 133 E. Degonia Rd., Boonville, IN 47601

 

Autism and Disability Resource Fair
4/28/18  | 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Northwest Indiana Special Education Corporation (NISEC) is hosting this event in an effort to help families of individuals with disabilities obtain information about the services available to them. In addition to learning directly from autism-related service providers, there will also be a Make-and-Take area, student art displays, food truck treats and a keynote speaker presenting on transitioning from youth to adult services. For more information, visit the fair’s Facebook event page.

NISEC Administrative Building, 2150 West 97th Pl., Crown Point, IN

Kentucky

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Thunder Day for Kids on the Autism Spectrum

4/21/18  | 9:15 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Camp Hi-Ho and Norton Children’s Hospital recognize the unique challenges that kids on the autism spectrum can have making and keeping friends. To give them a special camp experience, the organizations have teamed up to offer a “Thunder Day” of activities like open-fishing, boating, sports, forts, zip-lining, rope and tire swings, archery, and arts and crafts. The event is free and open to children in grades 3-8 who can function independently (if not, must be accompanied by a family member), as well as their siblings. To register and find out more details, visit the Camp Hi-Ho website.

Bus transportation from Norton Children’s Medical Center, 4910 Chamberlain Ln., Louisville, KY 40241

Ohio

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Hopebridge Family Yoga Class for Dayton Area

4/3/18  | 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Hopebridge welcomes all families who have a child with autism or other developmental delays for a class that will introduce your child to yoga in a simple, structured program designed to teach them how to calm and de-stress themselves. Parents and caregivers have the opportunity to partner with their children in yoga poses and breathing exercises, while learning effective de-escalation strategies to use at home. For more information and to register, visit Hopebridge’s Facebook event page.

Hopebridge Miamisburg Center, 9260 Marketplace Dr., Miamisburg, OH 45342

 

Hopebridge Family Yoga Class for Forest Park Area

4/10/18  | 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Hopebridge welcomes all families who have a child with autism or other developmental delays for a class that will introduce your child to yoga in a simple, structured program designed to teach them how to calm and de-stress themselves. Parents and caregivers have the opportunity to partner with their children in yoga poses and breathing exercises, while learning effective de-escalation strategies to use at home. For more information and to register, visit Hopebridge’s Facebook event page.

Hopebridge Forest Park Center, 1255 Kemper Meadow Dr., Suite 900, OH 45240

 

Hopebridge Family Yoga Class for Milford Area

4/17/18  | 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Hopebridge welcomes all families who have a child with autism or other developmental delays for a class that will introduce your child to yoga in a simple, structured program designed to teach them how to calm and de-stress themselves. Parents and caregivers have the opportunity to partner with their children in yoga poses and breathing exercises, while learning effective de-escalation strategies to use at home. For more information and to register, visit Hopebridge’s Facebook event page.

Hopebridge Milford Center, 703 State Route 28, Milford, OH 45150

 

Hopebridge Family Yoga Class for Mason Area

4/24/18  | 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Hopebridge welcomes all families who have a child with autism or other developmental delays for a class that will introduce your child to yoga in a simple, structured program designed to teach them how to calm and de-stress themselves. Parents and caregivers have the opportunity to partner with their children in yoga poses and breathing exercises, while learning effective de-escalation strategies to use at home. For more information and to register, visit Hopebridge’s Facebook event page.

Hopebridge Mason Center, 7264 Columbia Rd., Suite 1000, Mason OH 45039