September 5, 2012:  Autism Society of Nebraska Newsgram

Supporting Our Community
Classroom Grants

How has your back to school transition gone?  Is there anything your teacher is needing to help them better serve your student with autism?  
Sensory fidgets?  Classroom materials?  Educational toys?

We are here to improve the lives of ALL affected by autism.  

We want to help our teachers help their students.   We know that students with autism sometimes require specialized motivators or even additional classroom materials.    We also know that sometimes budgets are tight.

Therefore we are announcing the...                                                                     
Autism Society of Nebraska's Classroom Grants! 

Thanks to the Nebraska community rallying around the Autism Puzzle Walk we are able to reinvest those dollars into our Supporting Our Community Grant Program.  We are thrilled to be able to make an impact directly on the front lines of our schools!   Apply soon before the funds have all been awarded! an application and send it in today!
Parents...please forward this information with your teachers!

Download an application form HERE!


September 9, 2012
OMAHA: ASD Family Skating Event

Join the Autism Society - Omaha Support Network for an ASD Family Skating Spectacular!  Fun for all ages!

Skate City
1220 South Fort Crook Rd
Bellevue, NE

Sunday, September 9
5pm - 7pm

Cost: $4 per skater (price covers traditional skate rental; inline skates extra)

Additonal $3 for those 10 and under wanting to also do the bounce house/play structure

September 9, 2012

The next meeting for the Grand Island Support Group is coming up on…

Sunday, September 9th  2pm - 4pm

Third City Christian Church
4100 W 13th Street

Respite will be provided.  However, if you are bringing children please RSVP at

September 15, 2012

Family Fun Center
10765 M Street  (on SE corner of 108th and L Street, off the interstate)
10 am - 12pm
Come join our new Middle School Club on their next adventure! We will be going to Family Fun Center and hanging out with our friends. Join us for the laser-maze, 18 holes of golf, 30 minutes unlimited games, $2 of bonus game play, hot dog, chips and 12 oz drink!
This event is perfect for grades 5 - 9.  The Autism Society will cover the cost for all pre-registered participants.   You can register HERE.
Participants must be accompanied by an adult. Adults can have fun too!  For adults there will be a $5 cost for all of the above activities excluding the Lasermaze.  If you want to do the Lasermaze it will be an additional $2.99.
Download a flyer HERE.

September 15, 2012
Nebraska City Apple Jack Parade

The Autism Society will be again working with the Autism Family Network and Autism Speaks to put together an autism float for the Nebraska City Applejack Parade!  The Apple Jack Festival Parade is September 15th at 1pm in Nebraska City.  Visit their web site HERE and learn more about all of the fun family activities!  
We hope you’ll join us!

September 16, 2012

UNO Sapp Fieldhouse
6001 Dodge Street
6pm - 8pm

A time for individuals and their families to hang out, play games and get autographs with UNO Maverick Athletes. All ages and abilities welcome!

This event is designed for and open to indivduals of our community with special needs and their immediate family members.  More info HERE.

Registration required as space is limited.  Please RSVP to Sarah Tselentis at or at (402)496-1000 by Monday, September 10th or by using there online system HERE.

September 20, 2012
OMAHA: Biomedical Discussion Group 

The Autism Society’s Biomedical Parents Support Group is an informal discussion of biomedical interventions into autism spectrum disorders. 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 usually meets the 3rd Thursday of the month at Whole Foods in their Lifestyle Center. Whole Foods is located just south of the Westroads mall at Regency and Dodge.  The next meeting will the Thursday, September 20th.

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

September 20, 2012
OMAHA:  PRISM Workshop - Helping your child with Anger Strategies

Sailing through Storm Seas:  Helping your child cope with Angry Feelings

Presented by Laura Fischer, LMHP
Director of Behavioral Health Servcies
Children’s Respite Care Center

Thursday, September 20th

Participants will learn:

to help their child express feelings in an appropriate manner
how to help their child calm down when angry
effective strategies for responding to anger

Download flyer HERE for more information.

September 22, 2012
OMAHA:  AMC Sensory Friendly Film - Finding Nemo

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.

September 22, 2012

Calling all preschool families!!!!

You are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing ALL THE WAY to P. Sherman 42 Wallaby Way Sidney! Tickets are $5. Bring your friends for a great time and RSVP!  We can sit as a group with the Autism Society Of Nebraska - Omaha Pre-School Crew
Saturday, September 22nd at 10am
Oakview AMC Theater
Download a flyer HERE.
Please RSVP at

September 29, 2012

Whether you’re new to autism or a vet, there will be information there for you as well as networking with others. Learn about Special Education, (ABA) Applied Behavior Analysis, Circle of Friends and how to create social situations, what are your rights in special education and how to apply and what waivers are you eligible for. Feel free to ask questions of the professionals joining us.

Saturday, September 29

Sheridan Lutheran Church
6955 Old Cheney Rd
Lincoln, NE

Registration is $10 for this all day autism workshop.  Lunch is provided.  Download a flyer and registration form HERE.

October 1, 2012    

This evening can be whatever you want it to be!  We have parent support group, teen club hangout, ASD adult meeting, and an awesome bounce arena!  Visit our web site to find out more about how our Autism Support Night at Pump It Up!

This will be a private event for the Autism Community.

WHEN:   The first Monday of every month  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm  (Unless otherwise stated)
WHERE:  Pump It Up  960 S 72nd   (72nd and Pacific)
COST:    $5 per child  ($10 maximum charge per family)  (applies to bouncers only)

6:00pm - 7:45pm  Private Bounce Rooms for families
6:15 pm - 7:45 pm Parent Support Group meeting while the kids bounce!
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Teen Club meeting
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm ASD Adult Club meeting
7:45-8:00 Join us for popcorn and water before heading home
(More information on our web site) 

October 9, 2012

PTI Nebraska is a statewide resource for families of children with disabilities and special health care needs. Their staff are parent/professionals and are available to talk to parents and professionals about special education, other services and disability specific information.  PTI conducts relevant, no cost workshops statewide and provides printed and electronic resources.
Ultimately their mission is to provide training, information and support to Nebraska parents and others who have an interest in children from birth to twenty-six and who receive or who might receive special education or related services.
And here is your opportunity to help them help YOU!  Their 2nd annual Run Walk Roll is being held on October 6, 2012.  They will have a 5K as well as a 1 mile walk/roll.
Download a registration form HERE or register online HERE.

October 20, 2012

Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, and to advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. It was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Bob Wright is Senior Advisor at Lee Equity Partners and served as vice chairman, General Electric, and chief executive officer of NBC for more than twenty years. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit

LOCATION:  Haymarket Park, 403 Line Drive Circle, Lincoln, NE 68508
For more information visit their walk web site.

Are you confused about why there are two Autism Walks in Nebraska?  Let us explain...
October 25, 2012
OMAHA: PTC hosts a Halloween Party

Thursday, October 25th 4pm - 6pm

PTC - Pediatric Therapy Center
10791 S 72nd Street
Papillion, NE  68046

October 26, 2012

KEARNEY:  Halloween Dance

When: Fri., Oct. 26, 7-8:30 pm

Where: Harmon Park Activity Center

Cost: $3 per person or $5 per couple/family.

What: Dress up and show up for the annual Arc Halloween Party! Awards for the best dressed, scariest, and funniest. Music by DJ America. Last names A-M please bring sandwiches, fingerfood, or chips. Last names NZ please bring sweets, treats, or fruit.

Contact Arc of Buffalo County with questions at

November 4, 2012
LINCOLN: Husker Heroes

Save the Date!  More information coming later,

November 15, 2012
Autism Action Partnership's Autism Summit

This year the keynote speaker will be Eustacia Cutler, mother of Temple Grandin.  Eustacia will speak about raising Temple, her fight to keep Temple in the mainstream of family, community, and school life.  Ms. Cutler will also explore the nature of autism disorder as doctors understand it today.

Date: November 15, 2012
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Ramada Convention Center, 3321 South 72nd Street, Omaha NE 68124

Register online HERE.   Click HERE for more details and a mail in registration form.

Contact Sara Taylor at for more information or visit their web site at


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

OMAHA: ASD Dance Classes with Broadway at The Rose


2329 N. 90th St.

Sundays noon-1pm.   (Begin the first Sunday after Labor Day, Sun. Sept. 9)

Tuition:   $35 per month

If you’d like to register, please contact BROADWAY AT THE ROSE Coordinator, Carla Podraza, 402-502-4626 or email:

OMAHA:  ASD Drama Classes at The Rose

The Rose Theater, in partnership with the Autism Society of Nebraska, is offering two Saturday classes for children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Students will socialize while learning about acting and character development. A special performance will be offered at the end of the session.

To register for these classes, please contact Deprecia Wright (402) 502-4617 or

Grades K - 2  Dr. Seuss - The Zany World of Sneetches, Grinches, and the Lorax
September 15 - November 3   9 am - 10 am
Cost - $30

Grades 8 - 12  Bringing Favorite Movies to Life
September 15 - November 3  10:30 am - 11:30 am
Cost = $30

Nebraska Appleseed: Public Hearings on Healthcare

From the Nebraska Appleseeed organization:  (

As Nebraska moves forward in implementing the Affordable Care Act, a crucial part is in the creation of an Exchange, and it is imperative that your voice is heard!

The Exchange will serve thousands of Nebraskans, and will be the place many access health insurance and get premium tax credits. As a result, it is critical that the exchange focus on consumers and work for all Nebraskans.  But for that to happen the Department of Insurance needs to know what Nebraskans want.  Please consider attending one of the following meetings in your area to learn about the exchange and tell the Governor and Department of Insurance how to make health care more accessible to you.

Governor Heineman has specifically invited many groups to give testimony at two meetings which are also open to the public.  Those meetings will be held at the Holiday Inn in downtown Lincoln on:

  • September 4: 9:00 am (for consumer advocacy groups) and 1:00 pm (for providers)
  • September 6: 1:00 pm (for insurers)

In addition, the Department of Insurance has announced that they will be holding a series of informal public meetings throughout Nebraska to get input on the creation of the new health insurance exchange in Nebraska.

  • August 27 - Gering (Gering Civic Center, 1050 M Street) 6-9 PM
  • August 28 - Kearney (Ramada Inn, 301 2nd Ave) 6-9 PM
  • August 30 - Nebraska City (Lied Lodge, 2700 Sylvan Rd) 6-9 PM
  • September 10 - Omaha (Omaha Ramada Plaza, 3321 S 72nd St) 6-9 PM
  • September 12 - South Sioux City (Marina Inn Conference Center, 385 E 4th St) 6-9 PM

Please attend the meeting in your area.  Your voice is needed to make sure the exchanges are focused on consumers and work for all Nebraskans.  There aren’t many opportunities for consumers to give feedback. Don’t pass up this opportunity!

LINCOLN: Art Planet special needs classes

It’s time for fall classes!  Be sure and check out classes at Art Planet.

Art Planet Studio is uniquely designed for the needs of exceptional students.  Qualified instruction is provided in a small group setting where we explore and expand each student’s skill level. Come meet new friends while creating with paint, clay, pencils, and most of all- imagination! During each session we expand art learning with the give-and-take of accepting others’ perspectives and feedback on our work while taking turns in conversation. While students with Asperger’s and high functioning autism are encouraged to register,  Art Planet strives to nurture the needs of variety of special needs students.

Learn more at

Miss Amazing Pageant

The Miss Amazing Pageant is a program for girls and young women with disabilities ages 5-35 which helps them to build confidence and self-esteem in a supportive environment. Girls and women can participate in the following age divisions: ages 5-9, 10-12, 13-15, 16-19, 20-23, 24-27, and 28-35.

The only cost for participants to compete is 5 cans of food which will be given to charity. For those attending the final show, a $10 donation will be needed for anyone other than the participant.

This year’s pageant will be held at the Ramada Hotel at 72nd & Grover in Omaha and will be September 21 & 22.

For more info contact Renee at 785-614-1779 or go online to

KEARNEY: Respite at KidZone

During the 1st Thursday of every month from 6-8  pm children ages 2-12 with physical and developmental delays/disabilities and their siblings ages 2-10 are invited to a special time of discovery, creativity, and wonder at Kidzone Kearney Area Children’s Museum.
KidZone respite gives children free play time in the museum, with minimum structure, and is supervised by Arc staff members and trained volunteers. Parents of registered children do not have to stay during this time. However, if your child does not do well in a free play environment, then you may want to consider staying with your child to help them acclimate, or send staff or an older sibling to help your child adjust. Also, if your child is not potty trained, be sure to bring extra pull ups or a change of clothes in case of accidents.
These respite times are made available through a grant from the Nebraska Respite Network.
Preregistration is required and only the first 25 children will be allowed. After the first 25 spots have been filled we will not accept any more registrations, but we can place your family on a wait list in case there are future cancelations.
Note: Registration for September is full but there is still room on the waiting list. As a courtesy, please only register your child for months that you know your child will be able to attend. If you are unable to attend a month you are registered please call 237-4343 as soon as possible to let us know so another family can be given the opportunity to attend. Registration forms for Oct.-Dec. will be sent out mid-September. To be put on the mailing list call the Arc office at 237-4343 or email

KEARNEY: Buddy Bowling

The Fall session of Buddy Bowling is fast approaching. Bowling will begin on Sept. 26 and will meet every Wednesday through Nov. 14 from 4-5 pm at The Big Apple Fun Center. Buddy Bowling pairs people with disabilities (ages 5 and up) with UNK volunteer buddies to enjoy fun and fellowship while bowling. Buddy Bowling costs $25 for Arc members or $35 for non Arc members which covers one game each week.

Please download a registration form HERE and submit it along with registration to The Arc by Sept. 19th.


TOPSoccer registration is underway for the Fall 2012 season. Practices and games will be conducted on: Tuesday and Thursday evenings, Sept 4, 6,11,18, 20,and 25 from 6:30-7:30 pm at West Lincolnway Park. TOPSoccer is specifically for kids will physical or developmental disabili-ties that may require extra assistance. The program provides kids with an extra fun soccer experience in a camp format. With adult supervision, high school and middle school soccer players and college volunteers teach, assist, and play with TOPSoccer players during drills, contests, and games.

If you are just now learning about this opportunity and want get your child plugged in, please call TOPSoccer Coach and Kearney Soccer Club President, Judi Sickler, at 308-440-8305.

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