August 1, 2012:  Autism Society of Nebraska Newsgram


Ever wonder how your loved one would respond in a medical emergency?
Would they willingly get into a police car?
Would they lie on a gurney to ride in an ambulance?
Would they climb out of your house window when instructed by a fireman?
ld they run away from a fireman talking to them through his full protective gear? 

This is the perfect chance to find out...and put your mind at ease. 

It is difficult to predict how an individual with autism will behave in a stressful situation.  So let's practice!

Please take note that the Fire Safety Day is appropriate for ALL ages!  

Adults with autism are just as likely to hide, like children, in a fire situation.  
Even verbal individuals with autism will have difficulty speaking in such a stressful situation.
Check out a few moments of this Autism Fire Rescue Video to help drive home how imporyant this event truly is to your family!

We hope you will join us for our annual


coming up on Saturday, August 4th!   

Please help us prepare by RSVPing HERE


August 2, 2012
OMAHA:  PTC hosts a Back to School Discussion

August 3, 2012

OMAHA: Night of Hip Hop to benefit the Autism Society of Nebraska

That LEEG, The Hideout Omaha and Helix Troy will be welcoming OPEN MIKE EAGLE to Omaha on Aug 3rd for an Autism Awareness event.  All proceeds are generously being donated to the Autism Society of Nebraska!  These groups graciously reached out to the Autism Society so whether you are a Hip Hop fan or even just interested in a night out on the town please consider showing your support.

The Hideout
320 S 72nd St
Show starts at 9pm
$7 ages 19 and up
$5 ages 21 and up

August 4, 2012
OMAHA: Fire Safety Day



Camp will be held at the Bellevue Fire Department Training Site located at 3100 Cornhusker Road, Bellevue

Here is a projected schedule for this Saturday’s Fire Safety Day!  Please take a few moments to RSVP to let us know you will be coming!  Register HERE or call Annie Anderson with the Ollie Webb at 402-346-5220 ext 23.

1:00 - 2:00 pm. (Inside events)

  • Gift bags
  • Snacks  and Beverages
  • Learn (and practice) calling 911 Dispatch
  • Roll over Safety Car Demo
  • Smoke Trailer-Learn to escape through a window!
  • Friendly Firefighter Room where you can try on real fireman equipment
  • Quiet Room with toys & movie for kids needing a break
  • Quiet Area with cards and games for teens and adults
  • Learn all about First Aid
  • Seatbelt Crash Simulator
  • Project Lifesaver 
  • Fire Engine rides

2:00 - 3:00 pm (Outside Activities)

  • Life Net Helicopter Landing and Take off
  • Real Fire demo with Fire Engine Response (no sirens!)
  • Real life EMS demonstration with ambulance (no sirens!)
  • Hide and Seek / Project Lifesaver Demo
  • Get up close and personal witha Police motorcyle / Police car
  • Ambulance (climb up inside!)

3:00 - 4:30 pm (Interactive Events and Water Play)

  • Duck Races
  • The most awsome sprinklers you've ever seen!
  • Barrel Fights
  • Fire House spray game

This is a family event, and supervision is required.    A guardian or parent must accompany all special needs attendees.

Be sure and check out our photo gallery from last year!

This event is hosted by Bellevue Fire Department and co-sponsored by the Autism Society  - Omaha Support Network and the Ollie Webb Center.

because the last hour and a half will be awesome water play!

August 6, 2012

The Autism Society would like to thank our partner Pump It Up for helping us create a spectacular venue for our support group.  Our group meets the first Monday of the month during an Open Bounce time that is set aside for autism families.    Please visit to learn more about this great party zone!   Learn more about our support group/bounce night here.

6:00 PM - 7:45 PM  Private bounce rooms for autism families
6:15 PM - 7:45 PM  Parent Support Group meeting
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM  ASD Teen Club meeting
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM  ASD Adult Meeting

August 7, 2012
OMAHA:  Free Training: Public Assistance Programs

This 4 hour workshop will give participants a basic understanding of many benefit programs offered by the local, state, and federal government.  Applications and rules can be confusing or changed periodically.

August 7, 2012

8:30 am - 12:30pm

Goodwill Industries
4805 N 72nd Street
Omaha, NE  68134

If you are working with someone with a disability, you won’t want to miss the most up to date information on:

  • Federal SSI and SSDI/Medicare Benefits, including effect on earned income.
  • State Benefits such as Medicaid and Medicaid Waivers
  • Work Incentives to support and encourage employment
  • Individual Development Accounts (IDAs)
  • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
  • and more…

Download a flyer HERE.

August 9, 2012
OMAHA:  Guardianship Workshop

Are you a guardian/conservator or expecting to become one soon? The guardianship landscape in Nebraska has changed. The reporting requirements for guardians/conservatorshave also changed resulting in significantly more information that will now need to beprovided to the court and other interested parties.
Find out more about these changes, and how to prepare for them at an educational seminar being held on Thursday, August 9th in Omaha.  Download a flyer HERE.  They will have a guest attorney presenting at this session.

RSVP is appreciated as space is limited.

August 11, 2012
OMAHA: Middle School Outing to the Movies

Most all middle school kids love going to the movies with friends, right? Why should it be different just because a child has autism?  Join us at the movies on Saturday, August 11th! While the movie is open to anyone needing a sensory friendly movie going experience, kids in 5th to 9th grade can sit together and meet each other. This will be the first of many events planned this year specifically for this age group!

Download a flyer HERE for more information.

You don’t have to RSVP to come to the movie but please take a moment and RSVP your middle schooler to help us prepare!  Click HERE to register.

August 11, 2012
OMAHA: Sensory Friendly Film - Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days 

Omaha’s AMC Oakview 24 Theater
3555 S 140th Plaza - Omaha

Council Bluffs AMC Star 17 Theater
3220 23rd Avenue - Council Bluffs

AMC Entertainment and the Autism Society have teamed up to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities a special opportunity to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment on a monthly basis with the “Sensory Friendly Films” program.

The movie auditoriums will have their lights brought up, the sound turned down, and AMC’s “Silence is Golden®” policy will not be enforced.   There will be no previews before the film so plan to arrive early as the movie will start at 10am.   AMC is also being very generous and letting our families bring in their own GFCF snacks.   Regular concessions are also available to purchase.

Learn more about AMC’s Sensory Friendly movies here.

August 12, 2012

Sunday, August 12

2 pm - 5pm

Does your chilc have trouble with tolerating hair cuts?  Come get a hair cut where there will be Occupational Therapists on hand to help with some tips!  Call 402-932-2782 today to schedule your child’s HAPPY HAIRCUT at PTC.

Haircuts are provided at no cost!  Donations for stylists time will be apprecaited.

Download a flyer HERE.

August 16, 2012
OMAHA: Biomedical Discussion Group

The Autism Society’s Biomedical Parents Support Group is an informal discussion of biomedical interventions into autism spectrum disorders. From the basic (”what’s this autism diet I’ve heard about?”) to the more involved (”what is chelation and how do I know if my child needs it?”), all biomedical questions and topics are welcome. No medical advice here: Just parents sharing experiences in the hope they are useful to other families.

The group meets at Whole Foods in their Lifestyle Center. Whole Foods is located just south of the Westroads mall at Regency and Dodge.

If you have any questions regarding the group you can contact Karen Falconer Al-Hindi

August 17, 2012
OMAHA: Future Horizon's Autism/Asperger Conference

Future Horizons was created to meet the needs of teachers, therapists, and family members who face the challenge of autism.  Their books, videos, and conferences are geared to bringing you the most current information possible to assist in that challenge. Their 2012 Conference will have Temple Grandin, Dr. James Ball, and Beth Aune speaking.  For more information please visit their web site HERE.   

August 19, 2012
OMAHA: Omaha Children's Museum hosts Autism Night and Resource Fair

5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The Omaha Children’s Museum has created a special evening for children with autism and their families. Come enjoy the museum and visit with local business who will be in attendance to share their resources.

Admission is FREE.   Call 402-930-2353 with questions.

August 24, 2012
OMAHA: ASD Family Swim Party and Outdoor showing of Mr. Popper's Penguins

Come join the Autism Society’s Omaha Support Network for a private swim party!   Fun for all ages!
Friday, August 24th   9pm—midnight

Join us as we celebrate the end of summer and the start of a new school year!  We will have the pool to ourselves as well as our private showing of Mr. Poppers Penguins!  Download a flyer HERE and please help us spread the word!

Maple Village Country Club
3645 Maplewood Blvd
Omaha, NE  68137

The pool is heated and lifeguards will be on duty.  However, your safety is important to us so please be prepared to provide proper supervision for each of your children.  Feel free to bring extra adults to help chaperone your family.  Be sure and bring lawn chairs and a blanket to stretch out under the stars for our movie!

All children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.   Email with questions.

August 25, 2012
LINCOLN:  NWA Special Needs Fishing

AUGUST 25, 2012  

11:30 am Check in
Holmes Lake – Shelter #3

This is a special clinic for special youth and young adults that need a smaller and more hands on experience at fishing. The Nebraska Walleye Association puts these clinics on all over the state of Nebraska. This year we are partnering with O.N.E. Coalition. We’ve made this clinic smaller in size to give special youth and young adults a chance to tryout fishing. No rods or reels are needed. We will provide a short lunch, instructional training (about 1 hour), fishing gear, bait and assistance with fishing. All that you need are your children and a lawn chair. Brothers and sisters are welcome but please sign them up at the same time. We will check the kids in starting at 11:30 AM at Holmes Lake.

Download a flyer HERE.  Thsi event is for Youth and Young Adult. Parent or guardian must attend.

Sign up by August 23rd.  Space is limited.  Register quickly as there is only room for 50!

Contact: Jennifer Meints at or by phone at 402-327-6061.  If you leave message, please state name, how many children attending and return phone number.

The NWA will serve hot dogs, chips and drinks before starting the clinic. The NWA will teach casting, knot tying, bait, tackle, fish ID and water safety.

November 4, 2012
LINCOLN: Husker Heroes

Save the Date!  More information coming later,


BELLEVUE:  Special Needs Dance Classes

KIDZ In Motion Dance Company is offering a dance class specifically for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. No dance experience necessary. More information can be found at
Where: 3503 Samson Way, Bellevue NE 68123 (northeast corner of 370 & S 36th St)
When: Fridays 5:30-6:15 pm (1st class-September 7th 2012, runs through May 2013)
Class enrollment begins Aug 11th and ends Sep 1st
Cost: $140 per trimester (3 month duration) with a $25 registration fee
Scholarships also available
Contact: phone-(402) 292-2131or email at

Autism/Aspergers Conference

Future Horizons was created to meet the needs of teachers, therapists, and family members who face the challenge of autism.  Their books, videos, and conferences are geared to bring you the most current information possible to assist in that challenge.

Their Omaha conference will feature Temple Grandin, Beth Aune, and James Ball.   Download a flyer HERE.

Bellevue TOPSoccer

Bellevue TOPSoccer for players with special needs is registering for the Fall 2012 season NOW.  Registrations turned in by August 20, 2012 are only $20!

Registration information can be found at Click on the TOPSoccer tab on the left side of the page.

BSC TOPSoccer is for children (starting at age 4), teens, and young adults with special needs.  They have players from all over the Omaha Metro, Sarpy County, Cass County and Council Bluffs.

Download a flyer HERE.




National Survey about Abuse

Struck by the number of abuse cases against individuals with disabilities appearing in the media, the Disability and Abuse Project of Spectrum Institute created a survey on the attitudes, beliefs and experiences of many demographic groups that have encountered abuse as victims and through their profession. This survey was created to help advocates and professionals better understand what victims are saying about their abuse experiences and how professionals view their experiences with abuse/crime victims.

With over 6,000 respondents and counting, this survey will provide useful information that can help better serve our community. But the project’s leaders need more respondents to ensure the results are representative. The survey takes about 8 minutes, is completely anonymous, and all results will be published online. Persons with a disability, family members, or a professional in the disability field are welcome to take the survey.

Please share this important survey with your network so that professionals in our field can learn more about how to prevent abuse and the needs of victims.

Leigh Ann Davis
Project and Information Specialist, The Arc

OMAHA: ALLPlay Baseball Registration

Fall season: Aug 11th to Sept 15th (6 weeks/games)
Games times each Saturday at: 9am, 10, 11, and noon

Athlete’s disabilities may include: autism; cerebral palsy; spina bifida; visual impairements; muscular dystrophy; dwarfism; multiple sclerosis; spinal cord injury; down syndrome; amputations; and other physical and mental disabilities. ​​

Miracle League Buddies can: select a time slot; choose to be assigned to a specific player or just be a part time buddy Volunteers are needed to help coach and assist with running the league.

Learn more at

Little Leaf Learning Center

Little Leaf Learning is an adaptive learning center for children of all abilities and learning styles. They teach to your child’s needs. With many techniques and curriculum they find what works for your child so they can reach their fullest potential.

At Little Leaf, they have a great passion for working with children with special needs. Though years of working with children with special needs they have learned how to foster a love of learning and astounding growth. Their goal is to provide support for these children and their family’s starting with daycare and preschool, tutoring in their school years and moving to work opportunities as adults.

Using what works from curriculum developed for certain disabilities to adapting curriculum your child will use in the general education classroom. Little Leaf uses Montessori tools and theories in their classroom to help your child reach their fullest potential.

And they also offer a Friday Night Game Night for elementary ages.   Game night focuses on teaching social skills that present themselves as a challenge to children while playing games and interacting with others.

To learn more go to

It's that time again!

Are you ready to go back to school?  Here are a couple of posts from our web site to help you prepare!

Teacher to Teacher Advice - Contributed by Melissa Trautman, Ms. Ed., Regional Coordinator with the Nebraska Autism Spectrum Disorders Network

Parent to Parent Advice - Collective advice contributed by families from the Omaha Support Group

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