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September Events for Families Touched by Autism

Autism-Friendly Happenings at Hopebridge and in Your Community

From a special needs prom and autism-friendly Halloween event, to support groups and sibling socials, this month is jam-packed with sensory-friendly and supportive activities for families touched by autism spectrum disorder. Here is a peek at the Hopebridge community happening in your backyard during the month of October:

Find the events near you:

Indiana

 

Special Needs Family Prom
10/6/18 | 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

The Clinton County Autism Support Group invites the community touched by disabilities to the first annual Special Needs Family Prom. Guests can expect a night of dancing, refreshments, photos and fun. Everyone will be treated like a king and queen and all are welcome to dress up or dress down, depending on their own comfort. For more information, visit the Autism Society of Indiana website.

Clinton County Fairgrounds, 958 W Main St., Wilmington, OH 45177

21st Annual Buddy Walk Indianapolis
10/13/18 | 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Buddy Walk is a family-friendly event open to all children and adults with Down syndrome, as well as their families, friends and supporters. The walk begins at 10:30 a.m., but the event also includes dance and cheerleading performances, food trucks, an awards ceremony, a dance party and other entertainment throughout the day. As a direct result of event sponsorships, team fundraising and generous public donations, Down Syndrome Indiana is able to continue providing educational resources, informational programs, parent support networks and social events for individuals with Down. To register, visit the Down Syndrome Indiana website.

White River State Park, 801 West Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204

Vigo County Autism Support Group
10/17/18 | 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Come share your thoughts, feelings and experience with other individuals touched by autism at the Vigo County Autism Support Group. The group meets in the Vigo County Public Library conference room on the third Wednesday each month. Child care is not provided. For more information, visit the Autism Society of Indiana website.

Vigo County Public Library, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, IN 47807

HABA Annual Conference 2018
10/17/18-10/19/18 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

The 10th annual Hoosier Association for Behavior Analysis includes sessions, panels and workshops from some of the top professionals in the behavioral health field. For more information, visit the HABA website.

Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre, 31 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis, IN 46204

Indianapolis Autism Speaks Walk
9/22/18 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Join the Hopebridge team for the local Autism Speaks Walk and help us fundraise together to change the lives of people living with autism. Guides for the walk day and quiet zones are available to help prepare those with ASD and provide a safe outlet for those with sensory sensitivities. To register to walk with us, visit the Hopebridge Indianapolis team page on the Autism Speaks website.

Marion County Fairgrounds, 7300 E. Troy Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46239

Ohio

 

Newport Aquarium Autism & Special Needs Night
10/4/18 | 6 p.m.-10 p.m.

Enjoy a visit to Newport Aquarium in a relaxed setting designed for the special needs community. In addition to the general aquarium fun, the first-ever Autism & Special Needs Night will include sound and lighting accommodations, sensory level guides on touch, sight and sound, as well as a designated calming area. For details, visit the Newport Aquarium site.

Newport Aquarium, One Aquarium Way, Newport, KY 41071

School Age Playtime
10/13/18 | 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Hosted by the Ensemble Theatre at Linden Gove school, the Hunter Heartbeat School Age Playtime event is a series of sensory games create for people with autism and other developmental disabilities. Through focusing on these moments in Shakespeare, these exercises offer the opportunity to express oneself, explore eye contact, language skills, spatial relationship, turn-taking, facial expressions and imaginative play. For details, visit the Autism Society of Cincinnati website.

St. Saviour Education Center, 4122 Myrtle Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45236

 

Sibshops of Clermont County
10/20/18 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Sibshops are special events where siblings of kids with special needs can meet other brothers and sisters of those with physical, mental health or behavioral, medical or learning disorders. Kids are invited to play outrageous games and talk about the good and not-so-good experiences of living with someone with special needs. The event is intended for those ages 6 to 11 and includes a light lunch and drink. It is a collaboration between Families Connected of Clermont County and Child Focus, Inc. For more information, visit the Autism Society of Cincinnati website.

Child Focus, Inc. Training Center, Room B, 551 Old State Route 74, Cincinnati, OH 45244

Special Needs “Trick or Suites” at Embassy Suites Dublin
10/28/18 | 3 p.m.-5 p.m.

The Autism Society of Central Ohio and the Embassy Suites have partnered together for Trick or Suites, which provides a fun and safe environment for special needs individuals and their families to enjoy trick or treating. There will be goody bags, trick-or-treat booths, a photo room, games and crafts. Advance registration is required. For more information, visit the Autism Society of Central Ohio site.

Embassy Suites Columbus/Dublin, 5100 Upper Metro Place, Dublin, OH 43017

Kentucky

Newport Aquarium Autism & Special Needs Night
10/4/18 | 6 p.m.-10 p.m.

Enjoy a visit to Newport Aquarium in a relaxed setting designed for the special needs community. In addition to the general aquarium fun, the first-ever Autism & Special Needs Night will include sound and lighting accommodations, sensory level guides on touch, sight and sound, as well as a designated calming area. For details, visit the Newport Aquarium site.

Newport Aquarium, One Aquarium Way, Newport, KY 41071

ASK Monthly Support Meetings
10/13/18 | 10 a.m.-noon

Need some advice or someone to lend a listening ear? The Autism Society of Kentuckiana holds a support group the second Saturday of each month. Free childcare is provided and non-members are welcome. For more information, please visit the ASK website.

Home of the Innocents, Hockensmith Pediatric Assessment Center, 1100 E. Market St., Louisville, KY 40206

Georgia

Autism Hope Center Support Group
10/9/18 | 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.

The Autism Hope Center Support Group serves to unite and inform parents on autism issues in the Chattahoochee Valley. It is held the second Tuesday of each month and childcare is available with a reservation. For more information, please visit the Autism Society of Georgia website.

Midtown Medical Conference Center, 710 Center St., Columbus, GA 31901

Autism Hope Center Tween Social
10/18/18 | 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.

For 8- to 12-year-olds in the Columbus, Georgia community looking to interact with other peers on the autism spectrum, this tween social is the place to be. The event is held the third Thursday of each month. For more information, visit the Autism Society of Georgia website.

North Highland Church, 7300 Whittlesey Blvd., Columbus, GA 31909

Come join other Hopebridge parents at these events and more throughout the month by visiting our center location pages or Facebook page. Please feel free to share your photos with us on social media, too!

 

*You must be receiving services in a Hopebridge center to attend Parents Night Out.