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  • The subject of a post from well over a month ago was the Autism Society of Georgia, a Fulton County, Georgia-based nonprofit that attempts to improve the quality of life for everyone touched by autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The nonprofit strives every day to ensure that these children affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders can have a bright future.

    To the northwest, the Chattanooga Autism Center is a Chattanooga, Tennessee-based nonprofit services for those affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The center also serves as an advocacy resource and builds awareness about autism in the region...
    The Soddy Daisy Police Department is participating in the 7th Annual Chattanooga Autism Awareness Walk for a special reason.

    About 30 officers and their families are raising money for the two mile walk at Coolidge Park on November 9, 2019.

    Chief Jeff Gann said Officer Jamie Thompson has a child with Autism and the department wanted to support his family by participating this year.

    ...Officer Jeff Rahn said [he also wants to help] the Autism community after seeing his mother teach children with Autism.

    The Chattanooga Autism Center uses the proceeds raised from the walk for research and to provide resources for those [affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.]...
    Here is a link to a video from last year's Chattanooga, Tennessee Autism Awareness Walk from about a year ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...&v=IUYAJrUR0VA

    [source: https://www.wrcbtv.com/story/4126427...special-reason]

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    • The subject of a post from a few days ago was Madison, Wisconsin being home to its own annual Walk for Autism Speaks. Autism Speaks is North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation.

      To the southwest, 'To Touch the Moon' is a University of Northern Iowa production crafted to provide drama experiences that best support the development of pretend play, social interaction and nonverbal communication. The production will directly serve Iowa children from the age of 6, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders...
      An original play tailored to young individuals with developmental disorders or autism is the culmination of 18 months of collaboration between over 20 UNI students and faculty members.

      In many theater productions, a narrative arch will be followed from the beginning, middle and end. The audience watches the actors perform their memorized lines, and after it’s done, they give a round of applause. However, the production of “To Touch the Moon” will feature elements and concepts which aren’t typically seen in a play.

      “This is an immersion theater piece,” said Gretta Berghammer, professor of drama and theater for youth. “...the 15 participants add to the story through choices, decisions and engagement.

      Rather than having one plot, Berghammer said that the play is tied together by overall themes.

      “The overall theme to all of ‘To Touch the Moon’ is discovery and exploration,” she said. “What we’re trying to do here with this piece is to help young people feel what it’s like to discover something for the first time.”

      “To Touch the Moon” was inspired the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing this year. Berghammer was 13 years old when it happened, and she said she found it to be astonishing. This play production is meant to recreate that sense of wonder.

      The sold-out show will present a [number of performances in late April.] It will be performed in [a University of Northern Iowa theatre.]

      Berghammer believes that her immersive theater experience is similar to a museum.

      “Imagine that there’s this amazing science museum,” she said. “It’s got all kinds of really cool things and a really cool environment with the moon and NASA. Then you bring in 15 of your favorite actors and do something in that space.”

      Those who walk into the doors of the theater will be taken on an “expedition” of sorts, in which they pair up with a partner and explore things. The kids within the production will receive a backpack with tools, such as a magnifying glass. From there, participants will get to practice scooping rocks, measuring them and putting them into vials.

      Once this is done, audience members will get to explore trees, water and more. They will then be led into a campsite-like space in which people will share stories about the moon. The exact content of each event will depend on the participants’ questions and curiosity.

      Producing an experience with several sets and components presented some challenges.

      “You have three different locations that have to be designed, and then you have to figure out how to transition to each environment,” Berghammer said. “Episode One involves exploration of a brand-new rock formation in Iowa during the present day. Episode Three is the moon. Are there elements from Episode One that we can reuse in Episode Three by changing things slightly to create the moon?”

      In order to create an immersive space experience, they also had to build things such as a lunar excursion module and a recreation of NASA’s Building Nine. To assist with building these technical components, they received donations from places such as the Iowa Space Grant Consortium. As part of her preparation for the play, Berghammer also visited a space camp and talked to astronauts and NASA historians.

      While Berghammer put in time and training to create this production, she wanted to let the students know that she was proud of the work they had done. She is also grateful towards her colleagues for supporting the unique nature of her project.

      When the play begins ...she hopes that the kids will be able to enjoy it.

      “Everything I do is for the kids,” said Berghammer. “My favorite part is watching young people engage in theater, because that’s what I’m curious about.”
      Here is a link to a recent video on the project: https://www.facebook.com/universityo...6450656727964/

      [source: https://www.northerniowan.com/10572/...tism-spectrum/]

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      • The subject of yesterday's post was 'To Touch the Moon', a University of Northern Iowa production crafted to provide drama experiences that best support the development of pretend play, social interaction and nonverbal communication. The production will directly serve Iowa children from the age of 6, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

        In the northeast of the United States, the Autism Society of Maine is a Winthrop, Maine-based nonprofit that attempts to help those affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The Portland, Maine-based nonprofit, Spurwink, which offers a range of programs for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders from preschool age, has been involved in the expansion of the Autism Society of Maine...
        See the Maine [NBA minor league] basketball team in action for a special Autism Awareness Night presented by Volk Packaging Corp. as the [Maine team] take on the Raptors 905 at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Portland Expo.

        The Red Claws will wear specialty themed jerseys on the court and create a sensory reduced environment. ...Proceeds will benefit Spurwink Services.
        Here is a link to photos from an Autism Society of Maine farm retreat from the middle of last year: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Autism-S...=page_internal

        [source: https://bangordailynews.com/bdn-main...wink-services/]
        Last edited by Visionary7903; 11-06-2019, 09:10 PM.

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        • The subject of a post from just over a week ago was the Autism Society of Oregon, a Portland, Oregon-based nonprofit that provides resources, education, and advocacy for those affected by Autism. This includes children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

          To the south, Seattle, Washington is home to its own annual Walk from Autism Speaks. Autism Speaks is North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation...
          ...Get in some morning exercise while supporting a great cause.

          This walk raises awareness for families affected by autism.

          There’ll be a kids’ area and a resource fair, too.

          Free, though fundraising is encouraged.

          9 a.m. registration; 10:15 a.m. walk.

          Mural Amphitheater at Seattle Center...
          Here is a link to photos from the Autism Speaks Seattle Walk from just over a month ago: https://www.facebook.com/pg/AutismSp...=page_internal

          [source: http://www.seattleschild.com/20-free...tle-Sep-17-23/]

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          • The subject of a post from almost a month ago was Toledo, Ohio being home to an annual Autism Speaks Northwest Ohio Walk. Autism Speaks is North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation.




            To the southeast, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania also hosts an annual Walk for Autism Speaks. Its
            Laurel Highlands chapter hosts an annual Walk in Ligonier, Pennsylvania...

            Laurel Highlands Autism Speaks Walk will be held ...this year.

            Children ...with autism ...friends, colleagues and neighbors are welcome to participate in the ...event at the Ligonier Township amusement park.

            Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions for the needs of people with autism, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, the organization states. The walk also promotes understanding and acceptance.

            Autism Speaks funds research, leads state and federal advocacy and provides resources ...according to its staff.

            Highlights of this sensory-friendly event include ... coloring [and] ... a quiet space for those needing a break from the action.

            Participants are encouraged to register in advance, form a walk team, join one or donate.

            This year’s goal is $59,900.

            On-site registration begins at 9 a.m. and the event will run until noon.

            Here is a link to photos from last year's Laurel Highlands Autism Speaks Walk held in Ligonier, Pennsylvania from just over a year ago:
            https://www.facebook.com/pg/autismsp...=page_internal

            [source: https://triblive.com/news/health-now...ybook-forest/]

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            • The subject of a post from about a month ago was Autism Support Allerdale and Copeland , a Workington, Cumbria, United Kingdom-based nonprofit that acts as a support group for the West Cumbria region.

              To the north, Scottish Autism is an Alloa, Clackmannanshire, United Kingdom-based nonprofit dedicated to enabling those affected with Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, to lead happy, healthy and fulfilling lives. The nonprofit is the largest provider of autism specific services in Scotland and a leading authority and advocate for good autism practice...
              Archerfield Walled Garden will host the new Edinburgh & Lothians Walk for Autism [Walk] on their beautiful grounds this year. Come join in this magical new adventure… fairy trails, willow tepees and lot more fun awaits! Our family and dog friendly event has grown over the years and our gentle walks are specifically created to be accessible and fun, regardless of age and ability.

              ...Walk for Autism is an opportunity to meet other people who understand what it's like to have a child ...with autism, make new friends in a relaxed autism-friendly environment, and of course enjoy a beautiful walk in our gorgeous Scottish landscape! Join in with our brand new over-sized lawn games or just relax on a bean bag and enjoy the lovely weather.

              ...The Walk for Autism Isle of Gigha raised over £135 for Scottish Autism...
              Here is a link to a video from the Scottish Autism Glasgow Walk from about six months ago:
              https://www.facebook.com/scottishaut...7139906119587/

              [source: https://www.scottishautism.org/suppo...-autism-events]

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              • The subject of a post within the past week was the Autism Society of Maine, a Winthrop, Maine-based nonprofit that attempts to help those affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The Portland, Maine-based nonprofit, Spurwink, which offers a range of programs for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders from preschool age, has been involved in the expansion of the Autism Society of Maine.

                To the southwest, the Charles River Center is a Needham, Massachusetts-based nonprofit that offers services and programs to those with various challenges, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, from the Boston MetroWest area. The nonproti's services include a free program specifically designed to help those affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, creating a travel test run to help ease the stress of airline travel...
                Last Friday, twenty families departed Boston's Logan International Airport en route to Walt Disney World. Why was this trip so extraordinary? Each of the families has a child with [a various challenge, including Autism Spectrum Disorders]—which can make travel extremely difficult due to sensory stimuli and fear.

                For the last four years however, Jennifer Robtoy Ryan of The Charles River Center [has helped to run] a travel 'test run' program called 'Wings for Autism.' The program itself, free to all and run twice a year at Logan, provides an initial step and true-to-life travel dress rehearsal...

                "Wings for Autism has become more successful than I ever could have imagined," said Jennifer Robtoy Ryan, director of Autism Services at The Charles River Center and creator of the Wings for Autism program. "An autism-friendly flight to Disney was always my end goal and now the trip is finally happening. I couldn't be more proud of all that has been accomplished as these families will finally get a trip of a lifetime."

                Ryan worked closely with Alan Day, owner of [Autism Spectrum Disorders] Vacations based in Stamford, CT, who organized the trip. Day, who has a son with autism, founded his company ...after recognizing that families desperately need travel planning assistance from someone who understands the challenges they face.

                "I am thrilled beyond belief that my children will finally be able to experience Disney World," said Rebecca Daugherty, mom of three children including 10-year-old Riley, who has autism. "In addition to this being inclusive for individuals with [Autism Spectrum Disorders], this trip will be tremendously fun for our neuro-typical children who can't always attend events due to their brother's needs."

                The October flight is the first, but certainly not the last 'Magic for Autism' trip. [The] travel test runs are held continuously throughout the country...
                Here is a link to photos of an Autism travel test run event from Boston Logan International Airport from about 18 months ago: https://www.facebook.com/pg/TheCharl...=page_internal

                [source: https://patch.com/massachusetts/need...heads-disney-0]

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