June 14, 2012:  Autism Society of Nebraska Newsgram

 


 
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
 
June 16, 2012
OMAHA: Sensory Friendly Film - Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted


Omaha’s AMC Oakview 24 Theater
3555 S 140th Plaza - Omaha
10am

Council Bluffs AMC Star 17 Theater
3220 23rd Avenue - Council Bluffs
10am

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.


June 18, 2012
OMAHA: Autism Society Omaha Support Network Meeting


The Autism Society of Nebraska’s Omaha Autism Network NEEDS YOU!

Thank you to everyone for rallying behind the Autism Puzzle Walk & 5K! Thanks to the amazing outpouring of support and your hard work we are primed to continue growing our local mission!  But there is much to do and it takes more than money to make it all happen!

*Advocacy    * Family Events    *Educational Opportunities    
*Teen Events     
*Adult Supports    *Sibling Supports    
*Scholarships   *Fill in the blank

Did you realize that all of us at the Autism Society - Omaha Support group are volunteers?  


As our mission grows so must our volunteer base.  We have come together around a common cause and we all share many of the same hopes and dreams.  We know that so many of you are full of passion and talent. We want to invite you to join us so that we can work together to make all of those dreams become a reality!

Please join us for an organizational meeting for the Autism Society’s Omaha Autism Network.

Monday, June 18th

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Autism Center of Nebraska @ 9012 Q Street

Supper will be provided.

Please RSVP online HERE.


June 21, 2012
OMAHA: BIOMEDICAL DISCUSSION GROUP


The Omaha Support Group has created an additional support venue for those families pursuing biomedical interventions. The Biomedical Discussion group meets the third Thursday of every month at 7pm. This is a discussion forum for those families currently involved in biomedical treatments and discussion will often focus on specific reading topics.

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 karen.alhindi@gmail.com. 


June 23, 2012
CAMPOUT AT THE HENRY DOORLY ZOO



Come join us for a family sleepover at the Henry Doorly Zoo! Families from the Autism Society as well as Lincoln’s Autism Family Network will be coming together to spend the night in the NEW aquarium center on Saturday, June 23rd. You don’t have to already be a member of one of our groups to join us!

This is a perfect event for every one -- especially those of you outside the Lincoln/Omaha metro areas! Consider it a mini-vacation and plan a weekend getaway in Omaha. Load up your car on Saturday and find a fun restaurant to enjoy. Arrive at the zoo at 6:45pm to begin the campout experience. For $30 a person you have your sleeping arrangements for Saturday, a twilight tour of the zoo, an early morning tour to witness feeding time, breakfast, and you can spend all day Sunday exploring the zoo! (For $120 a family of 4 can have a mini vacation with some rather cool unique Zoo experiences! You won't be able to book a hotel and spend a Sunday at the zoo for that rate!)

This event was rescheduled from April due to weather. If you registered for April we still have you on the list. We will refund your payment if this new date does not work. There is still plenty of room and we hope this date will entice more of you to join us! Download a registration form HERE. Email afnlincoln@aol.com with questions!

June 29, 2012
LINCOLN:  Special Needs showing of Guys and Dolls Jr.


Friday, June 29, 2012

Lincoln Community Playhouse
2500 S 56th Street
Lincoln, NE

The Lincoln Community Playhouse cordially invites families with members with special needs to a FREE performance of GUYS AND DOLLS Jr.  This performance is part of “A Playhouse for Everyone” which is sponsored by US Bank Foundation, The May L Flanagan Foundation, ACE Rent to Own and Lincoln Community Playhouse.  Download a flyer HERE.



June 30, 2012
OMAHA: Sensory Friendly Film - Brave


Omaha’s AMC Oakview 24 Theater
3555 S 140th Plaza - Omaha
10am

Council Bluffs AMC Star 17 Theater
3220 23rd Avenue - Council Bluffs
10am

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.


July 2, 2012
OMAHA:  AUTISM SUPPORT NIGHT AT PUMP IT UP


Due to summer break and limited college volunteers available to support the bounce rooms we will be not having a separate parent support group meeting.  The Teen club will still meet as will the room for adults with ASD. Families are encouraged to come bounce and enjoy the evening.  The Parent Support Group will not meet in a separate room but support will still happen!

6:00 PM - 7:45 PM  Private bounce rooms for autism families
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM  ASD Teen Club meeting
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM  ASD Adult Meeting
7:45 PM - 8:00 PM  Popcorn and Water served in party room B

July 7, 2012
LINCOLN:  O.N.E. Coalition sponsors a FREE Swim Night


July 7, 2012  from 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Join us for a free swim evening of swimming for the whole family at Star City Shores located at 4375 S 33rd St in Lincoln.

You can visit their web site for a sneak peak…  http://www.lincoln.ne.gov/Maps/parks/shores.htm )

This is a sensory friendly evening.  Lifeguards will NOT be using their whistles except when people are using the slides.   Music will not be playing as well.  Lifeguards will be on duty but parental supervision is required.  This event is intended for individuals with special needs and their families.

This event is sponsored by the O.N.E. Coalition in Lincoln.  The Autism Society is a proud member of the O.N.E Coalition.


July 21, 2012
OMAHA: Sensory Friendly Film - Ice Age: Continental Drift


Omaha’s AMC Oakview 24 Theater
3555 S 140th Plaza - Omaha
10am

Council Bluffs AMC Star 17 Theater
3220 23rd Avenue - Council Bluffs
10am

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 4, 2012
OMAHA: Fire Safety Day


Save the Date!  More information coming soon!

August 6, 2012
OMAHA:  AUTISM SUPPORT NIGHT AT PUMP IT UP


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 www.pumpitupparty.com 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 11, 2012
OMAHA: Sensory Friendly Film - Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days 


Omaha’s AMC Oakview 24 Theater
3555 S 140th Plaza - Omaha
10am

Council Bluffs AMC Star 17 Theater
3220 23rd Avenue - Council Bluffs
10am

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 17, 2012
OMAHA: First 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, and Dr. James Ball speaking.  For more information please visit their web site HERE.   

November 4, 2012
LINCOLN: Husker Heroes


Save the Date!  More information coming later,

OTHER NEWSWORTHY ITEMS

Grand Island Support Group - SAVE THE DATE
 

The Grand Island Support Group wants to thank everyone who joined them for a fabulous afternoon at the Kearney Children’s Museum.

They are putting together the final details on a pool party for July 15th.  

More information coming soon!

Sink or Swim?

The number one cause of death of individuals with autism involve incidents of wandering and sadly that is because they are drawn to water.  Since we can't barracade our neighbor's pool or seal off the fountains in the nearby parks, what are we to do?   It is imperative that we teach them to be safe in the water.  Swimming lessons aren't about making a swim team but  rather about safety.  

We get it...group swimming lessons and autism don't mix.  

Visit our web site for a list of swimming instructors.  

We have had families share a few resources for swimming lessons where the staff has experience with special needs.  Certainly there are others out there!  Please help us spread the word and let us know of any other swim facilities or instructors with this area of expertise!  Lincoln, Omaha or McCook...anywhere in Nebraska!  Email us at autismsociety@autismnebraska.org.  

Summer Camps


Here are a few ASD friendly summer camps to consider to fill in the dog days of summer!

OMAHA:  PTC - Friendship Camp
GRETNA:  The Barn Summer Camp 
OMAHA:  THe Rose ASD Summer Camp
LINCOLN:  SumFun Day Camp
FREMONT:  Easter Seals Camp

Nebraska Appleseed - Medicaid / Magellan denials

Please read the following message from Nebraska Appleseed below. If you or someone you know fits into one of these categories, please contact Nebraska Appleseed to offer your story. You can contact Nebraska Appleseed at (402)-438-8853 or 800-845-3746.  This is relating to a denial from Medicaid / Megellan and not related to a denial from private healthcare provider.

On May 18, 2012, Nebraska Appleseed and the National Health Law Program (NHeLP) filed a class action lawsuit against Vivianne Chaumont and Kerry Winterer, in their official capacities as officers of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  The lawsuit challenges Nebraska Medicaid policies that deny coverage for certain mental and behavioral health treatments for children with particular diagnoses and conditions, including developmental disabilities and autism.  The lawsuit, if successful, would effectively strike down Nebraska’s Medicaid policies as in violation of federal law and would ensure that Medicaid eligible children would receive necessary early behavioral health interventions as recommended by their providers.

Appleseed would like to speak with parents/caregivers of children who may have been affected by these policies as well as attorneys and providers who have worked with children in this situation.  (Continue reading their message)

The Autism Society of Nebraska’s
Omaha Support Network
NEEDS YOU!


*Advocacy      * Family Events    
*Educational Opportunities    
*Teen Events        *Adult Supports    
*Sibling Supports        *Scholarships  
*and so much more!


Did you know that all of the wonderful things that you see happening here in Omaha are done by volunteers.  Everything!  The Omaha Support Group has no paid staff!  Our Support Network has been built by an amazing and passionate group of Omaha area volunteers who continue to amaze us with their generosity of time and energy.  

A few of our volunteers have an autism spectrum disorder.  Some of our volunteers are college students or professionals who spend their days working with the autism population.  The majority of our volunteers are parents or family members to someone on the spectrum.  

Virtually ALL of them work day jobs, tend to multiple children, shuttle their kids to therapies and seem to be continually preparing for IEPs meetings.   And if living the life of an autism family is not busy enough...in their "free" time they do what they can to create pool parties, holiday parties  and community family events.  
 

Do you feel like there should be more activities for teens?

Would you like more guest speakers and educational opportunities?

Do you think there should be activities for adults on the spectrum?

Wouldn't it be wonderful to have events specifically for the siblings?

WE AGREE! 



We have come together around a common cause and we all share many of the same hopes and dreams.  But as our mission grows so must our volunteer base. We all share the responsibility for making our community as strong as possible.

Do your little bit of good where you are; its those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.  --Desmond Tutu

Please join us for an organizational meeting for the Autism Society’s Omaha Support Network.

Monday, June 18th

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Autism Center of Nebraska @ 9012 Q Street

Supper wll be provided.

Please RSVP online HERE.

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