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Friendship Circle:
Winter Camp


Week of December 30, except January 1 (9 AM)

Friendship Circle Miami, located in Kendall, presents a unique opportunity for children with special needs (ages 5 and up) to enjoy their break from school. Together, with our dedicated teen volunteers and therapists, children can participate in exciting field trips, activities, sports, art, and so much more! The cost is $60 per day or $200 for all four days. On-site food purchasing is not permitted. RSVP at this webpage. Register here if you wish to volunteer.
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All Kids Included:
Visual Art Competition


Submission Deadline: Monday, February 3

Enter the 2020 Annual All Kids Included (AKI) district-wide student visual art competition, open to all Miami-Dade students in grades Pre-K to 12. Guidelines, required forms, submission instructions, prizes, and award information are available at this webpage. Winners and awards will be announced at the AKI Family Arts Festival at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center on Saturday, May 2. For more information, visit this website or call 305-375-4634.

The Art Brush Miami:
Upcoming Events


Various dates in December and January

The Art Brush Miami is presenting a variety of arts and crafts activities in December and January. See our two-page flyer for a detailed schedule. Painting, wood craft, candle making, art day camps, Chinese New Year celebrations, and more! Contact us (786-238-6284) for more information.

Friendship Circle:
2019-2020 Programs


Friendship Circle Miami, located in Kendall, offers a multitude of programs for children, tweens, and teens with special needs. Sports, art, music, life skills, social activities, and more! All of our programs have rolling admission and prorated pricing, so you can begin at any time! See our flyer for brief summaries of each program. Register at this webpage. Contact us (305-234-5654, extension 14) for more information.

Friendship Circle:
Young Adult Program


Friendship Circle Miami, located in Kendall, presents a young adult program for individuals with special needs ages 19 and up. On Tuesdays, we meet at the Friendship Circle campus, and on Sundays, we explore Miami together. See our flyer for a list of upcoming 2019-2020 dates. For more information or to register, please contact us (305-234-5654, extension 14).

Nature Links:
Winter Gala


Friday, December 20, 2019 (6 PM)

Nature Links is a nonprofit organization that supports adults with developmental disabilities through a nature and arts-based educational and job skills program. Come celebrate with us at Shake-a-Leg Miami and enjoy student art for sale, live musical performances, food, drink, and community! Come dressed to impress in your best tropical holiday clothes. To RSVP, please contact us (786-505-4657).

Miami-Dade Parks:
Winter Camp


December 23-27, December 30-January 3
(1/2 days Dec. 24 & 31; no camp Dec. 25 & Jan. 1)


Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces presents a winter camp for children (ages 6-22) with disabilities. Participants will have an enriching experience with sports, movement, arts and crafts, and field trips. Transportation options may be available. The camp will be held in two locations, Bird Lakes Park (contact Belinda Phillips at 305-752-4966) and Highland Oaks Park (contact Ashley Herrera at 305-466-9269). See flyer for fees. Space is limited.

Friendship Circle:
Winter Camp


Week of December 30, except January 1 (9 AM)

Friendship Circle Miami, located in Kendall, presents a unique opportunity for children with special needs (ages 5 and up) to enjoy their break from school. Together, with our dedicated teen volunteers and therapists, children can participate in exciting field trips, activities, sports, art, and so much more! The cost is $60 per day or $200 for all four days. On-site food purchasing is not permitted. RSVP at this webpage. Register here if you wish to volunteer.

Carrie Brazer
Center: Winter Camp


Winter Camp: December 23 to January 3 (9 AM)

"When school is out, camp is in" at the Carrie Brazer Center for Autism. Small groups, weekly field trips, ABA and academic evaluations, IEP goals incorporated, 1:1 ABA therapy, and more! Our staff follows the principles of Positive Discipline. We have locations in Sunset and Kendall, and accept most insurances. Visit our website or call 305-271-8790 or 304-234-0490 for more information.

Junior Golf
Holiday Camp


Week of December 30, except January 1 (9 AM)

Sponsored by Gifts in Golf, this holiday camp at Coral Gables' Granada Golf Course is designed for boys and girls (ages 6 and up) of all abilities. Campers will be paired in groups based on age and skill level, and participate in different types of contests and games while learning the basics of golf. Our instructor is Philip Argianas, a PGA certified professional. Contact us (305-238-7507) for more information. Space is limited.


Friendship Circle:
Sports and Fitness


Mondays starting January 6, 2020 (4:30 PM)

Friendship Circle Miami, located in Kendall, presents the early 2020 dates for our Sports/Fitness Circle. In this engaging, athletic, and fun drop-off sports program, children (ages 5 and up) will have the opportunity to enjoy teamwork, camaraderie, and sportsmanship with a coach along with our incredible volunteers! This program has rolling admission, so participants can register at any time. Register at this webpage. Contact us (305-234-5654) for further details.

Junior Golf:
Inclusive & Adaptive


Tuesdays starting January 7, 2020 (4:30 PM)

Sponsored by Gifts in Golf, this after-school program at Coral Gables' Granada Golf Course is designed for boys and girls (ages 6-16) of all abilities. Our aim is to expose children to the fundamentals of golf with a fun and enjoyable approach. Students will gain confidence, motor control, discipline, and knowledge. Our instructor is Philip Argianas, a PGA certified professional. Contact us (305-238-7507) for more information. Space is limited.


West Kendall Baptist:
Autism Support Group


Wednesday, January 8, 2020 (6 PM)

West Kendall Baptist Hospital presents a support group for those who have loved ones with autism. Are you seeking the support of others with similar experiences? We invite you to join this group, share your story, ask questions, and receive support. This group is facilitated by Carol Del Sol, a parent of a child with autism. For more information or to RSVP, contact Carol Del Sol (786-467-2777).


A Day at the Park
(Douglas Park)


Saturday, January 11, 2020 (10 AM)

The City of Miami's Department of Parks and Recreation welcomes you to a family event at Douglas Park! Children with autism and related disabilities, and their families, are invited to get to know their community and available resources. Please call 305-960-4961 if you have any questions about the event.

Kids' Swing into Golf


Saturdays starting January 11 (4:30 PM)

Sponsored by Gifts in Golf, this program at Coral Gables' Granada Golf Course is designed for boys and girls (ages 6-16) with autism, but registration is welcome to all. Our aim is to expose children to the fundamentals of golf with a fun and enjoyable approach. Students will gain confidence, motor control, discipline, and knowledge. Our instructor is Philip Argianas, a PGA certified professional. Contact us (305-238-7507) for more information. Space is limited.


Youth Arts in the Parks


Saturdays starting January 25 (9 AM)
Parent Orientation: January 18 (10 AM)


This is an inclusive program for children and youth (ages 6-17) with and without disabilities. (Youth with disabilities are welcome up to age 22.) Have fun, make friends, and learn the visual arts from professional artists, teachers, and disability experts. No prior experience required! See our two-page flyer for locations and a schedule. Visit this webpage to register. For more information, visit our website or contact Dia Carter Webb (305-576-1212).


All Kids Included:
Workshop Series


Wednesday, January 29, 2020

All Kids Included presents a series of professional development trainings for educators. Learn about inclusive strategies and adaptive techniques for including every learner, together with the knowledge of universal design. Gain a sense of excitement, renewed energy, and practical skills on how to use the arts to inspire learning and include students with disabilities in various classroom and community settings. Visit us online or call 305-375-4634 for more information.

Miami-Dade Parks:
Adult Day Program


Miami-Dade County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces presents a recreational therapy day program for adults (ages 21-40) with developmental disabilities. Recreational activities, self-advocacy, fitness, nutrition, community engagement, social skills, and more! For more information about the program's northern location in Ojus Park, contact Thera Johnson (305-935-4588). For more information about the program's southern location in Camp Matecumbe, contact Diana Bonet (305-752-4966).

TRI After-School
and Seasonal Camps


Weekdays in the 2019-20 school year (2-5 PM)

Miami-Dade County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces presents TRI (Therapeutic Recreation and Inclusion), after-school and seasonal camps for children with disabilities. Activities include sports, swimming, arts and crafts, and field trips. All camps are managed by Certified Therapeutic Recreation Therapists. See flyer for locations, eligibility and transportation service requirements, and contact information. Limited spots available. Register today!

De Moya: Employment
Opportunities


The de Moya Foundation has partnered with local businesses to customize employment opportunities for young adults (ages 18-30) with documented diagnosed intellectual or developmental disabilities. If you, or someone you know, is looking for employment and meets the criteria listed on our flyer, we invite you to join our database of eligible candidates. To apply, follow the instructions on the flyer. For more information, contact us (305-667-9112).


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Developmental
Community Conversation


Wednesday, January 8, 2020 (7 PM)

Join the Developmental Community Conversation! This is a support group for parents of children with developmental differences. The group will be facilitated by Drs. Lina Maria Moyano and Jennie Trocchio. We usually meet on the first Wednesday of every month at We Rock the Spectrum Kids' Gym in Davie. For more information or to RSVP, visit our website or contact us (954-232-0507). Babysitting is available upon request, and kids must wear non-skid socks.

Young at Art:
Sensory Sundays


Sunday, January 12, 2020 (10 AM)

Join us for Sensory Sunday at the Young at Art Museum (located in Davie). On the second Sunday of every month, the museum will open one hour early for children and adults with autism or other sensory integration sensitivities. Explore the museum and enjoy art activities in a safe and welcoming environment. Different themes for each month! Read more about the "YAA for ALL" sensory friendly events at this webpage, or call 954-424-5056.

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Autism Society of the
Keys: Parent Group


Thursday, January 2, 2020 (6 PM)

Autism Society of the Keys invites you to an autism parent support group. Do you have questions about autism, or need help? Please join us. Our upcoming meetings will be held at the Basilica School Library in Key West, Campbell's House in Tavernier, and the Hampton Inn in Marathon. See our flyer for dates, locations, and special guest speakers. Visit our website or call Jill Campbell (305-942-5172) for more information.

Key West Library:
Youth Services


The Key West Library proudly offers several weekly recreational programs for toddlers, children, and youth up to high school age. See our two-page brochure at the "LEARN MORE" link below for an introduction to our many programs and services. For more information, visit our website or contact Patricia Blanco (305-292-3595, extension 5257).

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Florida Autism License Plates generate awareness about autism. They also generate funds for much-needed services throughout Florida.

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SPARK for Autism


Join SPARK, a free study with a simple mission: to speed up research and advance understanding of autism. Individuals with autism will receive a $50 gift card once registration is complete. To learn more about SPARK and register online, visit our website.

Tufts University
Recreation Study


Researchers from Tufts University are interested in learning more about the recreational activities of young adults (age 18-23) on the autism spectrum. See our flyer and attached brochure for all the details of this voluntary and confidential study. You will receive a $75 gift card when you complete this study. If you are interested, contact us (617-209-9254) to set up an online screening questionnaire, orientation, and interview using the app Zoom.

Questionnaire for
Hispanic Parents


Parents of a child with autism often encounter unique challenges. Very little is known about these challenges, along with coping strategies that assist parents. If you are a Hispanic parent in this situation, here is an opportunity to share your story. Visit these webpages (English or Spanish) to participate in this study, and contact Janice del Pilar if you have questions. The survey is confidential and takes about ten minutes to complete.


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Study: Young Adults
with Fragile X Syndrome


Do you have a high school-age child with Fragile X Syndrome? Help the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center learn more about how certain abilities, experiences, and biology affect language abilities in adulthood. Participants will take part in four assessment visits over a three-year period. Two visits will be at one of our study sites, and two will be completed from home. Travel costs will be reimbursed, and families will receive a $200 honorarium for completing all parts of the study. Contact us (615-322-2943) for more information.

DASH Study Recruitment


Do you, or someone you care for, have a developmental disability? We want to hear about your experiences with receiving health care services. This study is open to any individual with a developmental disability, or their caregiver, who has received health care services. There will be an interview 30-60 minutes in length, and participants will receive $50 for their time. If you are interested in participating, please contact Dr. Ashley Falcon (305-284-6026).

Caregivers' Group
Therapy Study (Weston)


Are you the parent or main caregiver of a child with autism? This research study, held at Shaping Change in Weston, will consist of Solution-Focused Brief Group Therapy for parents and caregivers. Each participant will receive a $30 gift card after the pre, post, and follow-up tests. For more information, contact Dr. Pei-Fen Li (954-262-3052), Dr. Arlene Gordon (954-262-3032), or Dr. Janessa Dominguez (954-589-1038).

FCIC Survey


The Florida Center for Inclusive Communities is conducting an important needs assessment about services and supports for Floridians with developmental disabilities (DD). We invite responses from people with DD, their family members and caregivers, and providers for people with DD. This survey will take about ten minutes and is available in both English and Spanish. Your participation is voluntary and confidential. Click here to take the survey, or contact Elizabeth Perkins or Laura Rodriguez Lopez if you have questions.


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ACE Action: Social
Communication Study


Join our study of treatments for children (age 1-2) with social communication delays and early signs of autism. See flyer for detailed information on the ESI and PSE treatments. You may be offered up to $300 to offset the cost of completing research activities. Participation is voluntary, and you can withdraw at any time. Contact the research coordinators, Dahriana Correa and Jackie Moffitt (305-284-6894), for more information.

University of Miami:
Brain Research Study


The Bridging Research on Anxiety, Innovations, and Neuroscience (BRAIN) Group at the University of Miami is looking for individuals ages 9-20 to participate in a neuroimaging study. Participants must be in good physical and mental health, and not have braces or permanent retainers. Participants will receive a free picture of their brain, and earn up to $75 or opt for community service hours. For more information, visit our website, email us, or call 305-284-2364.

UM: Study and Book
on Parent Advocacy


Do you see yourself as an advocate for a child, youth, or young adult (age 0-22) with a disability? Would you like to be part of a book on parent advocacy? Are you a Miami-Dade County resident? If you'd like to participate in this study, which will involve two interviews about loved ones' needs and concerns, then please contact Lydia Ocasio-Stoutenburg (631-793-3418). We are especially interested in racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse families.

USJ Online Study


Are you a parent of a child with autism (age 0-12)? If so, you may be eligible to participate in an online study with researchers at the University of Saint Joseph. This study seeks to evaluate the relationship between parents' stress and the choices they make about treatment outcomes. Participants will take three surveys that will take them about 30 minutes, and their responses are anonymous. Click here to participate. For questions, contact Melissa Walker (203-240-1537).

Wandering Study


Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York is studying the impact of GPS-based electronic tracking devices on children with autism who wander. Participants in this study will be loaned an AngelSense Guardian tracking device to use for free for six weeks, and asked to fill out a few short questionnaires about their experiences. To find out if you are eligible for this study, please complete the screening questionnaire here. You may also contact us for more information.

University of Miami:
Autism Blood Test Study


Volunteers (ages 12-22), with or without autism, are needed for a research study. We are studying specific proteins in the blood that may be used for developing a blood test to diagnose autism. Only one short visit to Larkin Hospital in South Miami is required. For more information, please contact Dr. Alok Dube (312-316-3499). Weekend appointments are available. Reimbursement for time and travel will be provided.

Siblings of Individuals
with Disabilities


Researchers at the University of Illinois are conducting a survey about the experiences of siblings (over 18 years old) of individuals with disabilities. By taking 20-30 minutes to complete this online survey, you can help us learn more about needed supports for siblings. To take this survey, go to this webpage. If you have any questions, please contact Meghan Burke (217-300-1226).

Study on Autism
and Sound Sensitivity


Does your child have autism? Are they bothered by certain sounds? This study from Florida International University is looking for a relationship between auditory hyper-reactivity, anxiety, and social participation in children with autism. Participants will take a 15-minute survey, and coupon codes will be provided at the end. Click here to take the survey (English | Español).


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Sleep Disturbances in
Children with Autism


We are looking for families to participate in our research study of parent training as a tool in treating sleep problems in young children (ages 2 to less than 7) on the autism spectrum. As part of the study, you and your child will complete questionnaires, document sleep habits, and attend five sessions using telehealth technology. Benefits include the improvement of your child's sleep and bedtime behaviors. For more information, contact us (216-448-6392).

UM Brain Development Study: Looking for Volunteers


The University of Miami's Brain Connectivity and Cognition Laboratory (BCCL) is looking for children with autism, as well as typically-developing children, for a research study. Children must be 9-12 years old, be right-handed, not have braces, have fluent verbal skills, and be fluent in English. The study includes at least two appointments: an assessment an an MRI session. Participants can earn $100. For more information or to register, visit our website or contact us (305-284-3286).

Perception/Learning Study
for Adults with Autism


The University of Miami's OWL (Object and Word Learning) Lab invites adults (ages 18-24) diagnosed with autism to participate in a research study about perception and learning. Adults must be fluent in English. The visit will take between 60 and 90 minutes. For more information, contact the OWL Lab (305-284-9564).

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