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whAt’s insidE: PAGE 2 PAGE 4-5 PAGE 9 President’s Message All Out for Autism, SDASA Support 2009 Groups PAGE 3 PAGE 10-11 PAGE 6-8 FYI Flashbacks & Recreational Opportunities Upcoming San Diego County Chapter Events The Voice and Resource of the San Diego Autism Community autism WINTER 2009 Presenter Schedule... ACTION www.wrightslaw.com PETER WRIGHT, ESQ. is an attorney who represents children with special educa- tion needs. Pete struggled with learning disabilities, including dyslexia, dysgraphia and ADHD. His determination to help children grew out of his own educational experiences. In October 1993, Pete successfully represented Shannon Carter before the United States Supreme Court. The Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision The San Diego Autism Society Presents on Shannon's behalf in Florence County v. Shannon Carter. Since then, he and his wife have developed the “wrightslaw” special education law and advocacy website. It is the top ranked website in regard to special education advocacy for children with disabilities. He and his wife have also published the best Presenter: selling special PETER WRIGHT, ESQ. education law books entitled “Wrightslaw: Special Education Law” and “Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy.” They have an online newsletter with over 64,000 subscribers. He is a member of Advisory Boards for numerous disability What You Will Learn... related organizations. . "What a marvelous conference! I often leave sped presentations angry and/or guilty because of all the This one day special educa- tion law and advocacy pro- SPECIAL EDUCATION & ADVOCACY TRAINING Tuesday, February 17, 2009, Mission Valley Hilton gram focuses were done or not done. This time I left encouraged, inspired and armed!" - Melissa from MD things that on four areas: T Special education law, he San Diego County ASA is pleased to offer this rare west coast opportunity to hear Pete Wright, Esq. that I lost all Pete of time. "I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation. Your delivery was so engaging of Wrightslaw! track spoke rights, and responsibilities in San Diego in 2007 to a sold out audience. If you are a par- ent, advocate, enlightening and or health care provider working with You gave me a great boost. Thank you for an educator, attorney stimulating presentation!" - Marie from F Tests and measurements to measure progress and regres- children with disabilities, this is a must attend conference! Pete is not sion scheduled to speak again in California in 2009. Register today! SMART IEPs at the conference including Units and Continuing Legal Education There will be an exhibit areaContinuing Educationlocal service providers, merchandise and books. Units are available. Introduction to tactics and What You Will Learn... insert flyer for information and registration. See newsletter strategies for effective advocacy Autism Action is published quarterly by the San Diego County Chapter of the Autism Society of America mailing address: PO Box 420908, San Diego, CA 92142-0908 (858) 715-0678 ïemail: firstname.lastname@example.org ïwww.sd-autism.org A Member of the Combined Health Agencies and the Combined Federal Campaign—Agency Code 95580 This one day special education law and advocacy program focuses on four areas: PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Cherri Cary W riting this message during the Holidays, it’s only natural that I should be thinking about how much we have to be thankful for and how much more I personally should be doing to show my appreciation to those people who work to improve our lives. As a board member of the SDASA, I have watched a dedicated team of volunteers envision, engineer and sustain programs for people affected by autism thru simple determination and an energy that is sometimes superhuman. These people often work full-time all day, care for their BOARD OF DIRECTORS families and then add hours to their work days attending committee meetings, board meetings, 2008-2009 facilitating support group meetings, writing grants, responding to phone calls from families, CHERRI CARY, PSY.D. and more. On the weekends they might be attending an outreach event, providing resource President information about autism, participating in conferences or workshops or researching possible sources of income for our recreational programs. To all of our board members: I appreciate JOHN VANBRABANT, M.S. everything you do and I am truly thankful. To a few specific individuals, more recognition is Immediate Past President deserved- if you see any of these folks around, please take a moment to thank them as well: TINA HUSTON Treasurer The Newsletter Committee- Karyn Searcy, Kathi Ahles and Kay Freeman have been pro- DEEDEE SPANGLER, M.S. ducing this quarterly newsletter as a team for two years now and the sheer volume of work Secretary involved in making this happen deserves note! Thanks to each of you! Directors Our E-News editor and publisher Mara Parker- Mara, a new board member offered to step ALAN LINCOLN, PH.D. up and not only create the monthly e-news, but to learn the software application practically GREG FLETCHER overnight. Mara, you deserve the Rookie of the Year award for this! JENNIFER RUIZ JON HICKEY All Out for Autism Chairs- Ken and Silvia Abeloe have been working on the April gala event since last May, having chosen a location, organized subcommittees and recruited volunteers, KEN ABELOE they are currently hard at work connecting with potential corporate sponsors. Without their MARA PARKER dedication, this event could not be the signature event it has become. Thank you Ken and Silvia MARK JONES for your continued commitment to a larger than life project! MELINDA DONOVAN MIKE ALTSHULER Splash for Cash and Pool Pals Team- Shirley Fett, Tina Huston, Tammy Anderson and Shelly SHELLY HIRSCHBERG, PH.D. Hirschberg continue to work to not only sustain the SDASA aquatics programs, but to seek potential sites in North County and the funding required to bring this about. SHERRY SOULE THERESA HARRINGTON The Countywide Parent Support Group leadership team- Shelly Hirschberg ( North Coun- TINA WATERS ty), Sherry Soule ( East County) Victoria Sanchez Schreiter ( Spanish language) and Bobbie Directors-at-Large Kohrt ( central) who show their commitment every single month, providing speakers, snacks, BOBBIE KOHRT, M.A. space and most importantly a place for families to connect and share where they will feel wel- comed and understood. KARYN SEARCY KATHI AHLES Stauffer Fund Scholarship committee – Melinda Donovan and Kathi Ahles review each ap- LARS PERNER, PH.D. plication, interface with the Stauffer Foundation to report funds spent and request new funds SANDY SHAW, PH.D. and have worked creatively with school districts to use funds efficiently by training several SHIRLEY FETT staff at once. You two are awesome and there are lots of people who appreciate your work! TAMMY ANDERSON LEE VICTORIA IKERD SCHREITER President’s Message, continued on page 3 Visit us on the web at www.sd-autism.org. Place an ad in the Autism Action Endorsement Policy For the latest chapter events, sign The San Diego County Chapter of the Business card size: $100/ per issue up for the SDASA e-news! Autism Society of America (SDASA) Double business card size: $150 does not endorse individual programs or products. References appearing in Autism Action editors: Quarter page: $200 the Autism Action regarding programs, Kathi Ahles and resources, treatment, etc. should not Karyn Searcy Half page: $300 be interpreted as an indication of en- Layout Design:Kay Freeman dorsement by SDASA. They are pro- Phone:858.715.0678 All ads are subject to publication based on the discretion of vided for information only. Email: email@example.com SDASA’s editorial staff. 2 San Diego County Chapter Autism Society Newsletter ï Autism Action ï Winter, 2009 FOR YOUR information SDASA SELECTS HEALTH HERO FOR 2009 Help Get Insurance Coverage for Autism in California! DMS Consulting has been chosen for 2008 T Health Hero Award by SDASA, based on the companies history of consistently helping with he autism insurance reform the cause of keeping San Diego healthy through movement in California is support and/or participation with SDASA’s ramping up to achieve cov- cause, programs and services. erage for children with autism this year. Volunteers in four other states DMS Consulting is committed to providing the most advanced (Arizona, Florida, Louisiana and and quality services for all ages (infant to adulthood).Dee Dee Pennsylvania) were able to achieve Spangler, owner and founder of DMS, specializes in educational insurance coverage for their children this year. A total of sev- consultative services for students with Autism, Aspergers, PDD- en states now meet standards of appropriate coverage, ending NOS, MR, CP, Down Syndrome, Bipolar, Landau-Kleffner, TBI, autism insurance discrimination and covering treatments and Rubinstein-Taybi, ADD/ADHD, Developmental Delays and other Learning Disabilities. She earned her Masters degree in therapies that are medically necessary, including speech, occu- Special Education from National University and her Bachelors pational therapy, and applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy. degree in Communications from Ohio University, with a Minor in Coaching. Dee Dee also received a Certificate in Applied Behav- HOW CAN YOU HELP IN CALIFORNIA? ior Analysis as a Behavior Analyst from National University in 2005. She has been involved in the San Diego Special Education 1. VISIT the AutismVotes.org website and register to receive community since 1996 as an Educational Advocate/Consultant: advocacy alerts. Behavioral Consultant; Director of a Multi-Sensory Therapy Center, Special Education Teacher; Home School Teach- 2. EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in er/Supervisor/ Therapist; Special Education Classroom Assistant; serving as a District Captain to lead efforts in your own home Campus Behavior Specialist. district, attend rallies, speak with state legislators, attend hear- ings at the capitol and help spread the word. SDASA Book “Club” 3. SHARE this information with family, friends, neighbors, We would like to share your input regarding books teachers, therapists and co-workers...anyone who lives in Cali- you have enjoyed or found useful in your under- fornia that would be interested in helping end insurance dis- standing autism spectrum disorder. Parents & pro- crimination for children with autism statewide. viders are invited to submit book reviews for publication. For more information on the autism insurance reform effort in California, visit www.autismvotes.org/california. Email Karyn Searcy: email@example.com President’s Message, continued from page 2 Camp I CAN Committee- Shirley Fett, Shelly Hirschberg and Sil- AOA committee. Thanks Megan,we are so happy you are a part of via Abeloe for bringing Camp I CAN to the North County Madeline our team! Ecke YMCA this winter, and to Shirley for her ongoing grantwriting activity which sustains not only the camp but other SDASA activi- And finally, to the unsung heroes of volunteers everywhere: Thank ties as well. Literally hundreds of people appreciate the results of you to the spouses, children, significant others, etc. of all of the peo- the work you do! ple mentioned above; I know that every minute spent working on an SDASA project is time away from you and that time with family is SDASA Executive committee members- Tina Huston ( treasurer) precious. I appreciate the support you provide our projects when you and DeeDee Spangler (secretary) whose ‘behind-the-scenes’ work take on the household duties while your husband or wife attends a makes all of the other things possible- without your steadfast and reli- meeting or takes a long phone call. able efforts we could never provide the level of activities and services we do. Thanks so much! So, if you happen to see any of these people around, please think of this message and of all the behind the scenes work that gets done so SDASA Administrative Coordinator- Megan Avery joined out that support group meeting, camps, parties and conferences can take team in the summer and was able to jump in with both feet and step place. And if you can, please tell them “Thanks”. right up to the tasks required with almost no direction. Additionally she is able to lend us her development skills and to assist with the Cherri Cary San Diego County Chapter Autism Society Newsletterï Autism Action ï Winter 2009 3 All Out For Autism 2009 Featuring Bill Menish The San Diego County Chapter of the Autism Society of America (SDASA) is proud to announce that we are going “All Out for Autism! – Flamenco Nights” for our 9th Annual fundraiser benefiting Camp I CAN (Camp Including Children with Autism Now). We invite you to enjoy a night of scrumptious food, exciting silent and live auctions, great raffle prizes, and fantastic Flamenco dancing all while supporting a great cause! Flamenco Nights will include a silent auction, live auction, and raffle, hosted by Mr. Bill Menish. Even if you can’t join us in person that night, please consider other ways to show your support for our one of a kind camp. The summer of 2009 will be Camp I CAN’s eighth year. Our unique camp provides children and teens with autism the opportunity of experiencing summer camp just as their siblings and friends do. Creating this special opportunity requires SDASA to raise over $120,000 each year, but with your help, we can continue to offer this incredible camp for years to come! DATE: April 4, 2009 PROGRAM: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM VIP Reception (VIP and Corporate Sponsors) 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Welcome Reception Silent Auction (closes at 8:00 PM) Magic Mike 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM Evening Program with Bill Menish Live Auction Message from a Camper Parent Message from the SDASA President 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM Flamenco Dancing and Open Dance Floor 10:00 PM – 10:30 PM Raffle Prize Announcements TICKETS: Tickets: $115 Individual | $250 Premier Level $1500 – 10 Person VIP Table Please register at www.sd-autism.org/allOutForAutism.html All Out for Autism 2009 will include various exciting live auction items to include: • Fantastic travel opportunities to include golf packages and ski vacations • Exciting local getaways and overnight stays • Sport memorabilia from the San Diego Chargers and San Diego Padres • Personal Chef: Dinner for 10 at your home including a fabulous wine selection We continue to seek corporate and individual sponsorships for the AOA 2009 Flamenco Nights event. Please let us know if you or your company are interested in sponsoring the event or reserving a VIP table for the event. San Diego County Chapter Autism Society Newsletterï Autism Action ï Winter 2009 4 San Diego County Chapter Autism Society Newsletterï Autism Action ï Winter 2009 5 RECREATIONAL PROGRAMS for kids with special needs O pportunities for children with disabilities abound in San Diego. SDASA and the San Diego County Regional Center have listed recreational opportunities at www.sd-autism. org, and at www.sdrc.org or 858-576-2996. SDASA has compiled this list of recreational programs from parents: • • REINS Therapeutic Horsemanship & Tack Shack at 760-723- 1590 Dream Rider Equestrian Therapy at 619-445-2576 or Cath- firstname.lastname@example.org • Round Up Hope, Inc. at 951-676-4673 or rounduphope@msn. com Baseball – There are Spring challenger leagues throughout San • Partners Therapeutic Horsemanship at 619-469-9544 or Diego County for children with disabilities, with email@example.com registration open now. Most have a teenage • Ivey Ranch Park Association at 760-722-4839 or iveyranch@ shadow/aide assigned to your child both in the yahoo.com outfield and when batting. There is live pitch- • TERI, Inc. at 760-630-4298 or firstname.lastname@example.org ing from a coach/adult, with a tee used after • Happy Trails Riding School at 760-473-3611 or meandmy2po- if there is no success in hitting the live pitch. email@example.com Uniforms and trophies provided. Contact your • Horsemanship For The Handicapped, La Mesa, 619-441-7868 local Little League chapter for details. • Drama - The Stage School, directed by Elisha Exon, and White Soccer – There are challenger leagues throughout San Diego Horse Theater, directed by Stephen Bair, will in- County for children with developmental dis- troduce their theatrical day camp for school-aged abilities. Some leagues operate year-round, children with developmental disabilities, in con- some only in the fall. Uniforms and trophies junction with The Crimson Center for Speech & provided. Contact your local AYSO or Parks and Language. These camps will be directed by Exon Recreational Department. and Bair, who are regional community members with expertise in the performing arts, in consultation with speech and language North County Soccer Park in Poway and Lit- pathologists from Crimson Center. The focus of these camps is to tle Rascals Soccer – a great “next step” after some challenger provide artistic expression for all children with disabilities, and leagues. No shadow is provided for the child. The coaches are enhance their communication opportunities and skills. For more parents or volunteer coaches. They keep score, but emphasize information, call 858 695 9415. playing for fun and all players are rotated into the game. Dance - Rhythm in Motion offers private dance, cheerleading Karate – Family Karate offers a FREE karate class in Rancho or gymnastics classes for special needs children: Penasquitos every Saturday morning at 10:15 AM for Taught by Kristina Stewart, classes will be held children over 5 years of age and young adults with at TRC Gymnastics in Solana Beach or privately developmental disabilities. Warning: this is a loud in-home. For more information you can call (619) experience for those who have auditory sensitivities. 787-8375 or visit rhythmmotion.net Contact: 858-484-4747 or e-mail: PQ@familykara- teusa.com. Music Classes for individual lessons - YMCA - activities, sports and camps – check with your • Coast Music Therapy at 858 453-5211 or info@ local YMCA. Most provide inclusive opportunities coastmusictherapy.com for children with disabilities and may also pro- • Music Therapy Center of California at 610 299- vide a shadow aide if needed. Contact your local 1411 or firstname.lastname@example.org branch. • • General Adaptive Swim Lessons – 1:1 swim lessons for children with • Club Xcite is an innovative after school and autism is available in Clairement. Aqua Pros offers summer mentoring organization dedicated to as- a Pool Pals program subsidized by SDASA. Contact sisting families who need a helping hand in edu- them 858- 858-484-4747. cating, mentoring, or just involving their children St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center offers lessons in East in athletic, academic, or social activities. Con- County, and can be reached at (619) 442-5129. tact (858) 779-9674 or email@example.com • I Can Play! provides social skills groups, recreational classes, and enrichment courses for children of all ability levels - in- Therapeutic Horse Back Riding – adaptive riding lessons cluding children with developmental delays. Contact ICAN- for children with disabilities are available at vari- PLAYSD.com or (619) 218-8744 ous locations throughout the county, including: • T.E.A.C.H. at www.SDEquineSports.com/Teach.html SDASA does not endorse any particular program. • Helen Woodward Animal Center at 858-756- The success of your child in a program can vary. 4117 or firstname.lastname@example.org If you know of another program to include on our list, please • Adaptive Equestrian Riding for Therapy at 619- email the chapter at email@example.com, with the subject 479-1455 • Bonita Equestrian Therapy for the Handicapped at 619-475- line “recreation”. 9056 6 San Diego County Chapter Autism Society Newsletterï Autism Action ï Winter 2009 SDASA giving programs P lease show your support of SDASA during the holiday season andthroughout the year by participating in the following giving programs. They are convenient and simple to use, and will help to provide SDASA the funds needed to continue to serve the autism community in San Diego County. eScrip iGive eScrip is a hassle-free way to support the SDASA through ev- Shop at the Mall at www.iGive.com/SDASA. You get free eryday purchases made at eScrip merchants. Over 150 mer- membership to shop at 400+ stores, and without even know- chants contribute a percentage of your purchases to SDASA. ing it, you’ll be helping SDASA at the same time. Up to 26% of Simply log on to www.escrip.com to sign up and designate our every purchase you make will be donated directly to SDASA. group (#785161) to receive contributions Cartridges for Kids Vehicle Donation Program Used cellphones, laptops, PDAs, empty laserjet/inkjet car- Contact SDASA at firstname.lastname@example.org or 858.715.0678 tridges turn into cash for SDASA! Bring your discards (ask friends and businesses too) to the monthly support meetings. Albertson’s Community Partner Program It’s the easiest way to rasiefunds all year round. Great for the Visit www.Albertsons.com then go to In Community at the environment too. bottom of the page. Click on CommunityPartners and log in or sign up for a card. Enter #49000123471 for SDASA Workplace Giving Programs You can also show your support for the SDASA by participating Ralph’s & Food 4 Less Grocery Card Program in the following workplace giving programs: Register your Ralph’s card online at www.ralphs.com (click on The United Way/CHAD Campaign. The agency code # is: 95580 Community Contributions and then Participants.) The Combined Federal Campaign. The CFC # is 33465 For Food 4 Less visit www.food4less1.com to register (click The California State Employees Charitable Campaign. The on Community Rewards then Participants). SDASA is #80074 CSECC ID # is 3201 for both stores To make a monetary contribution directly to the SDASA, visit our Donations page at www.sd-autism.org. All donations are tax deductible. Seeking Newsletter Articles We are currently soliciting feature articles, book reviews, photos and/or topic ideas from parents and providers. Please submit articles, questions or com- ments to Karyn Searcy at email@example.com, or fax to 858 695 9412. We ap- preciate any input! Board Members Present Short Course at Annual Speech-Language Conference SDASA Board Member at-large Karyn Lewis Searcy, M.A. CCC (speech-language pa- thologist and director of Crimson Center), in collaboration with SDASA’s president Cherri Cary, Psy.D (psychotherapist and parent), Aubyn Stahmer, Ph.D., BCBA (re- search psychologist at Rady Children’s Hospital & UCSD), and Sandra Lindaman, M.A., CCC, MSW, LCSW (speech-language pathologist and clinical social worker from the Theraplay Institute; Chicago) presented their short course, Empowering Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities. This presentation was held at the November, 2008 American Speech and Hearing Association’s annual confer- ence at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Searcy, Cary and Stahmer have presented various versions of their program at the California Speech Hearing Association in Long Beach (2007) and Monterey (2008). San Diego County Chapter Autism Society Newsletterï Autism Action ï Winter 2009 7 COMMUNITY support PEER-TO-PEER PARENT SUPPORT GROUP COMPASS Family Center When: Every other Wednesday evening 6:00-7:30 p.m. Where: Crimson Center for Speech & Language 9606 Tierra Grande #107 San Diego, CA 92126 Cost: Free Facilitators: Kelly Baier, Psy.D. and Jennifer Johnston, MFT Participants: Single parents and couples raising a child with any type of disability or special need. Focus of discussion will be on school-age children. We do ask that participants commit to attending on a regular basis. Childcare: Free childcare will be provided by childcare workers experienced in caring for children with special needs. Sign-Up: To register and attend you must contact the COMPASS Family Center. Space is limited and you must be registered for the group to attend. Contact: Jennifer Johnston Services Coordinator and Counselor COMPASS Family Center (619) 260-7658 BIOFEEDBACK WITH ADHD AND ASD CHILDREN Tuesday January 13, 2009 7 - 8:30 PM Presenter: Michael Linden, Ph.D. Licensed Clinical Psychologist, PSY 11788 Marriage, Family & Child Therapist B.C.I.A. Fellow & Nationally Certified Neurofeedback & Biofeedback Therapist Director – The Attention Learning Center Director – Mission Psychological Consultants Biofeedback Program Licensed since 1984 Dr. Linden will discuss use of Biofeedback with ADHD and ASD children. At Crimson Center for Speech & Language 9606 Tierra Grande #107, San Diego, CA 92126 Miramar Area Please call 858 695 9415 to reserve free seating The Crimson Center cannot endorse any individual program. 8 San Diego County Chapter Autism Society Newsletterï Autism Action ï Winter 2009 SDASA support SDASA Informational & Support Meetings Third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM COFFEE TALK 4699 Murphy Canyon Road, San Diego, CA 92123 • Tuesday, January 20, 2009 Sit . . .Relax . . . Chat Annette Eros from the Miracle League on Team Sports for Special Athletes Calling all parents who would like to sit and chat with other • Tuesday, February 17, 2009 parents of children with ASD. Meet and join others over a • Wendy Smith from the Home of Guiding Hands relaxing cup of coffee. These 2008-2009 events are hosted talking about the Life Planning program and by Shelly Hirschberg and take place the 2nd Thursday of the their non-profit foundation to provide families Month at 9 a.m., unless otherwise noted. with Special Needs Trustees. • Jan. 8: Panera Bread * 401 Vista Village Dr., Vista Asperger & HFA • Feb 12: Panera Bread 667 San Rodolfo Dr., Solana Beach Parent Support Group • Mar. 12: LaCosta Roasters These support groups are for parents of children with 6965 El Camino Real Suite 208, Carlsbad Asperger’s and high functioning autism of all ages. • April 9: Panera Bread * 575 Grand Ave. San Marcos • May 14: Pannikin Cafe * 510 N. Hwy 101, Encinitas East County • June 11: Panera Bread * 401 Vista Village Dr., Vista The 1st Tuesday of each month no need to RSVP * for more information call 858 715 0678 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm Java Mama Café 8250 La Mesa Blvd (behind Wireless Toyz) La Mesa, CA 91941 Grupo de Apoyo en Español Check website for updated list of topics and speakers. Segundo lunes de cada mes. Sorry, no day care is provided. 6:00-8:00 p.m. North County Scripps Mercy Well Being Center The 1st Monday each month 237 Church Avenue, Chula Vista 91910 7:00pm-8:30 pm Carlsbad Senior Center 799 Pine Ave. Para familias de niños y adolescentes con autismo. Un Carlsbad, CA 92008 foro abierto para información, liderazgo, recursos en la comunidad, abogacía, y compañerismo. Los esperamos/ • 1/5/09: Susan L. Daniel, OD--Vision Therapy lo sentimos, no contamos con cuidado de niños. Para • 2/2/09: Sharon Lerner-Baron, Ph.D & Daughter Michelle (age 16)--The Sibling Experience información llamar al 1.800.281.8252 • 3/2/09: Summer & Rec Opportunities for Children with ASD • 4/6/09: Helen Jacobsen, Registered Dietitian-- Feeding the Picky Eater • 5/4/09: To Be Announced • 6/1/09: Teacher & Caregiver Appreciation Night for more information: 858 715 0678 or firstname.lastname@example.org San Diego County Chapter Autism Society Newsletterï Autism Action ï Winter 2009 9 PHOTO flashbacks S am Roberts, a 20 year old young man with High Functioning Autism, spoke with his mother Merryn Affleck at the North County Asperg- ers and HFA parent group in December. Sam provided many insights into what it is like to grow up with autism, including the things that were particularly challenging for him, as well as how he has learned to cope with them. San Diego Walk Now for Autism This past November 1st, over 2,000 people came together, forming nearly 230 teams, at the Balboa Park in San Diego, raising over $190,000 and count- ing for autism research. SANTA DELIGHTS CHILDREN AT ANNUAL SDASA HOLIDAY POOL PARTY, DECEMBER, 2008 10 San Diego County Chapter Autism Society Newsletterï Autism Action ï Winter 2009 UPCOMING SDASA events Pool & Pizza Parties! Mark you calendars to attend our fun and popular monthly pool par- ties. They’re held the 2nd Friday evening of each month at the Boys & Girls Club in Clairemont. 4635 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. 6:00-8:00 pm. Free pizza & drinks! The whole family can swim in an indoor, heated pool. Lifeguards provid- ed. Please RSVP at least FIVE days in advance to insure sufficient food and beverages for all. 619-298-1981 or email@example.com SDASA in cooperation with National ASA has partnered with AMC to bring Senso- JoinforRace 5th28, 2009.San Di- ego uled in the Annual for Autism sched- March ry Friendly films to the San Diego Area. For questions about the San Check our web site for upcoming dates. Diego Race for Autism, please contact National Foundation for Autism Research 858-679-8800, info@NFAR.org SAVE THE DATE: All Out for Autism 2009 Flamenco Nights April 4, 2009 at the Marriott San Diego Hotel & Marina SAVE THE DATE!!! The San Diego County Chapter The Annual Splash for Cash will of the Autism Society of America be on Sunday, May 17, 2009. Each is proud to announce “All Out year we hold this swim party to raise for Autism! - Flamenco Nights,” its 9th annual fundraiser money for the SDASA’s Pool PALS benefitting Camp I CAN! (Camp Including Children with programs. Help keep our monthly Autism Now). Enjoy a night of scrumptious food, exciting pool and pizza parties, Surf Camp silent auctions, great raffle prizes, and fantastic Flamenco and Adaptive Swim Lessons going by planning to partici- dancing all while supporting a great cause! pate. The day will include team swimming, pancake break- fast and chili dog lunch, prizes, silent auction, resource fair For more information, including sponsership apportunities, and kids fun zone. Stay tuned...more details will follow. please visit: www.sd-autism.org/allOutForAutism.html or call SDASA at 858-715-0678 San Diego County Chapter Autism Society Newsletterï Autism Action ï Winter 2009 11 Non Profit Org. 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