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Winter Conference, co-sponsored by Autism Society of Indiana and the Indiana Resource
Center for Autism (IRCA), will be January 15 at the Monon Center, Carmel. Our speaker will
be the internationally acclaimed Dr. Stephen Shore presenting “Life On and Slightly to the
Right of the Autism Spectrum: An Inside View for Success". Diagnosed with "Atypical
Development with strong autistic tendencies" Dr. Shore was viewed as "too sick" to be treated on
an outpatient basis and recommended for institutionalization. Nonverbal until four, and with
much help from his parents, teachers, and others, Stephen completed his doctoral dissertation at
Boston University focused on matching best practice to the needs of people on the autism
spectrum. Recently, Dr. Shore has accepted a professorship at Adelphi University teaching
courses in special education and autism. Save the date!



Autism Society of Indiana announces the 5th Annual Cross-Town Spin-Off for Autism!
November 13 in FOUR Locations across the state:

       Lifetime Fitness in Indianapolis

       LivRite Fitness in Anderson

       O’Brien Fitness Center in South Bend

       Pinnacle Athletic Club in Mishawaka

Register now! Proceeds to benefit the Autism Society of Indiana.



Verbal Behavior Workshop. November 11-12. Presented by Bob Ryan, MS, BCBA, Sponsored
by the Autism Society of Indiana and the Ball State University Department of Special Education.
8am–5pm, Ball State University Student Center Ballroom, Muncie. The 2-day Verbal Behavior
Workshop for special education teachers, parents, speech and language pathologists, behavior
analysts, in-home trainers, graduate students and direct care staff primarily consists of lectures
that will introduce you to strategies and techniques to teach the functional use of language.
Undergraduate students in special education, behavior analysis and speech/language programs
are encouraged to attend. In addition, you will learn how to assess an individual’s primary
language deficits and needs using the Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement
Program (VB-MAPP). The VB-MAPP is the latest assessment tool developed by Mark Sundberg
Ph.D. $200, discounts available for partnership schools and for groups of four or more. Register
by November 8. Contact Dr. David McIntosh at demcintosh@bsu.edu or (765) 285-5701.
The Autism Society of Indiana congratulates the winners of the 2010 Excellence Awards:

       Early Intervention: Beth Schweigel, Sheridan

       Advocacy/Self-Advocacy: Ashley Porter, Fort Wayne

       Family Leadership: Sue Watson, Fort Wayne

       Direct Care: Kim Roche, Carmel

       Partnership: Dr. Ernie Smith, Indianapolis.

The Awards Dinner will take place November 20, 2010 at the Athenaeum Building, 401 East
Michigan, Indianapolis. Dinner will be at 6pm, followed by a concert at 8pm by Drew Tretick,
who plays electric violin. Mr. Tretick's performance is sponsored by the Indianapolis Chamber
Orchestra. Tickets are $75. PLEASE JOIN US AS WE RECOGNIZE EXCELLENCE IN
FAMILY MEMBERS, INDIVIDUALS, AND PROVIDERS



Registration is ongoing for Winter Sports at Special Olympics.



IDEA Celebration: This November, in honor of the 35th anniversary of the Individuals with
Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the U.S. Department of Education and its Office of Special
Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) will host a celebration in Washington. They
welcome stories, poetry, photography, art work and video clips from individuals with disabilities,
students, teachers, principals, researchers, parents, teacher trainers and others across the country
for possible inclusion during the celebration. Submissions will be accepted through November 8.



2011 VSA Arts International Young Soloists Award Young musicians with disabilities can
win $5,000 & a performance in Washington, DC. The deadline for applications is November 15,
2010. Send your application forms and a CD or DVD with three individual or ensemble
performances to VSA arts of Indiana, 1505 N. Delaware St., Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46202



Reminder: American Association on Health and Disability Scholarship Program: $1,000
scholarships to students with disabilities, with preference to students who plan to pursue
undergraduate or graduate studies in the field of public health, health promotion, disability
studies, to include disability policy and disability research. Deadline is November 15. For more
information, contact Roberta Carlin, AAHD Executive Director, at rcarlin@aahd.us or call (301)
545-6140 ext. 206.
Webinar: Working with a Paraprofessional (one on one aide) in School: Using the KASA
Paraprofessional Toolkit. October 27, 5:30 PM CT/6:30 PM ET, Sponsored by KASA (Kids as
Self Advocates). Students will share their own experiences of what has worked, and challenges
they faced working with paraprofessionals. Register by clicking here. After registration you will
receive the webinar link and call-in details.



POWER KIDS "MINIS" for 3-4 year olds & POWER KIDS "FITNESS"for 8+ girls are new
classes offered by Brian Jones at DeVeau’s School of Gymnastics, Fishers, for children with
disabilities. Existing classes for 7-11 and teens also! All potential new students must attend a free
30-minute consultation/tour with a parent of guardian. Contact Brian Jones at 317-523-2824 or
DeVeau's School of Gymnastics at 317-849-7744.



SafeLink Wireless (www.safelinkwireless.com) is a government supported program that
provides a free cell phone and airtime each month for income-eligible customers. ***The
Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (http://www.in.gov/oucc/) has not granted request for
approval of SafeLink which was filed in June of 2009. If you would like to let the Commission
know of your interest in SafeLink, please contact the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer
Counselor and request prompt approval of TracFone's petition in Cause No. 41052 ETC 54.
Contact: 888-441-2494, online (http://www.in.gov/oucc/2361.htm) or e-mail
(uccinfo@oucc.IN.gov).



Supreme Court Hears Vaccination Liability Case - Can parents sue if a vaccine leaves their
child with disabilities? October 12, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a suit involving a
Pennsylvania family who say that a drug maker's vaccine left their daughter with developmental
disabilities. The central issue of the case is the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986,
and whether it makes drug companies immune to injury or death lawsuits. Although this case
does not involve Autism, the ruling could affect thousands of other cases involving vaccinations
allegedly leading to children developing Autism Spectrum Disorders. The court has not yet
issued a ruling on the case, but early reports say it may be split down the middle. Justice Ruth
Bader Ginsburg appears to side with the Bruesewitz family, and Chief Justice John Roberts
appears to believe the law protects Wyeth. The court's newest justice, Elena Kagan, was
disqualified from the case due to some earlier legal work. A "tie" in the case would mean that
the earlier court's ruling in favor of Wyeth would stand.
New Special Needs Hockey League: The Indy Twisters see Indianapolis events below starting
November 7 with the first practice. Registration limited 20 respondants. Please contact Jeff Fox
at foxjeffrey2002@yahoo.com.



The Arc FINDS Survey. Respond by October 31: The Arc has developed a national initiative to
tap into the knowledge and perspectives of individuals and families within the intellectual and
developmental disabilities (I/DD) community. The goals is to use The Arc FINDS Survey to help
people to better understand what services are available, what gaps exist and what new supports
are needed.



180 People with ID/DD Impacted by Your Friends and Neighbors Closure. Your Friends and
Neighbors, a provider of community residential services to approximately 180 people with
intellectual and other developmental disabilities in Indiana, is ending services to all individuals
they served in community residential programs. The Arc of Indiana wants to know if any
individual is put at risk due to the sudden closure. We are available to any family, guardian or
person with a disability touched by this process to assist in any way we can. Call 800-382-9100,
or email Nanette Whightsel, a consultant to The Arc who is working to assist families and
consumers affected by the Your Friends and Neighbors closure.



DDRS Announces New Medicaid Waiver Budget Allocation System, Objective Based
Allocations (OBA). FSSA/DDRS has announced that they will be transitioning recipients of
Medicaid waiver services to a new budget allocation system known as "Objective Based
Allocations (OBA)." The transition will begin with individuals whose Cost Comparison Budget
(CCB) anniversary date is January 1, 2011. As an individual's CCB comes up for annual
renewal, the team will receive an allocation based on the individual's Inventory for Client and
Agency Planning (ICAP), behavioral and medical addendum, and living arrangement. These
factors will determine an individual's "Algorithm Level," accompanying needs descriptor and
allocation. DDRS notes that an individual's OBA may differ greatly from the budget they
received in previous years. The Arc of Indiana is developing a family guide to explain how the
new system is intended to work. Concerns include: What can I spend Day Services funding on?
Do I have to go to a workshop if I don't want to? Why do I need a housemate?



If you are a government employee and participate in the Combined Federated Campaign (CFC)
to donate to worthy causes, please note that the code for the Autism Society of Indiana is 58844.
Thank you for your support!
Public Comments requested on the proposed rule changes to the American with Disabilities Act
by January 22, 2011.



Help Shape Indiana’s Disability Plan: The Indiana Governor’s Council for People with
Disabilities is gearing up to prepare Indiana’s State Disability Plan for 2012-2016. The
completed plan will be used to guide the work of the Council, including its training and
dissemination activities, the events it sponsors, and the projects it funds. There will be several
Town Hall Meetings to gather ideas from individuals with disabilities and family members about
the priorities that should be addressed in the upcoming State Disability Plan. Meetings:
Merrillville, October 25. South Bend, October 26. Richmond, November 8. Clarksville,
November 15. Details TBA.



Adults with intellectual disabilities needed: Susan Pieples is doing research to develop a
screening tool that will help identify adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She needs
individuals without ASD who do have an intellectual disability, over 20 years old and living with
parents or independently, to fill out a 7- question multiple-choice questionnaire. Please contact
Susan Pieples for more information. Susan@inautism.org SPieples@iupui.edu 317-919-2772




Indianapolis Events: (chronological)
Check Out Autism All-Stars Open Gym Club for Open Gym dates and times. It is a parent-
run group for Autism families that just want to play together. No therapy, just fun! Typically
this takes place on Sundays at Dana Mannix Gymnastics in Fishers from 1-3pm. $7.00 per child
($20 max for family) Adult/child ratio must be 1:1 for safety. For more information, contact
Laura Stutz 915-0508



"What's Important to Me!" art exhibit by Hoosiers with developmental disabilities is
currently touring Indiana. This exhibit showcases the hopes, dreams, and goals of Indiana
residents with disabilities. October 18-29, Indianapolis Arts Garden, 110 West Washington
Street.



Brain Balance Achievement Centers in Indianapolis will hold free parent lectures for those
wanting to learn more about the Brain Balance Program®, a 12-week afterschool program for
children with neurobehavioral and learning difficulties. 9510 N. Meridian Street, Suite D.
October 26 at 7pm. To register, call 317-843-9200 and ask for Julie Peterson. Educators and
professionals, such as occupational therapists, psychologists and pediatricians, are also
encouraged to attend.



Learning the Basics of Social Security & Other Federal and State Benefits. October 26 and
27, come to Easter Seals Crossroads in Indianapolis for an important, two-day training,
"Learning the Basics of Social Security & Other Federal and State Benefits." 8:30 am to 4:30
pm (both days), Easter Seals Crossroads, 4740 Kingsway Drive, Indianapolis. $95. For
questions, please contact Easter Seals Crossroads at 466-1000.



Adaptive Programs at the Monon Center: contact Brooke Taflinger for more information at
317-573-5245 or btaflinger@carmelclayparks.com

Sign Language for Toddlers, Tuesdays starting October 26

Masquerade Ball, October 29, 6-8pm, $10

Taekwondo, Tuesday/Thursdays starting November 2, 6:30-7:30pm, 13+, $84

Game Night, Wednesdays starting November 3, 5:30-6:30pm, 13+, $14

Sports Skills, Wednesdays starting November 3, 6-6:45pm, 5-12, $20

Young Athletes, Thursdays starting November 4, 6-6:45pm, 2-7, free

Cycling, Saturdays starting November 6, 10:30-11:15am, 15+, $32

Muscle Up, Tuesdays starting November 9, 4-5pm, 13+, $28

Fantastic Friday, November 5, 6-8pm, 18+, $14

Parent Information Clinic, November 6, 10:30am-12pm.

Karaoke Night, November 12, 6-7:30pm, 13+, $6

Holiday Card Making, Mondays starting November 15, 5:30-6:30pm, 13+, $12

Teen Night Out, November 19, 5-9pm, 13-17, Free
Walk With Me, Easter Seals Crossroads. October 27, Butler University. Registration begins at
4:30pm, two-mile walk starts at 6:30pm. Shorter course also available. Free parking. Raise $50
to receive a free T-shirt!



Mathias Counseling and Consulting’s new fall schedule is available. 11650 Lantern Road -
Suite 136 - Fishers 317-578-2141. Professional Workshops: October 27 - Helping Students
with Anxiety and Depression (K-12) and A Journey Through Grief and Loss: Helping Children
and Teens Heal (K-12). Social Skills Classes: Boys grade 1-3, Mondays starting November 8.
Ask about girls grades 1-3. NEW: NO BULLYING NOW! a workshop on bullying prevention.
December 1 for K-5, December 3 for 5-8. 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. $110. Also Making a Difference:
Small Group and Classroom Guidance Activities That Work. K-5. December 9 8:30-11:30am.
And Girl Talk: Empowering Friendships and Preventing Relational Aggression. Grades 4-8,
December 9, 1-4pm. $60 for one workshop or $110 for all day. Register by December 2.



Legislative Candidates Forum by Noble of Indiana and The Arc of Indiana. October 28,
10am-12pm. Noble East Atrium, 7701 East 21st Street. Families, caregivers, and self-advocates
can communicate with legislators and candidates, educate them on the issues facing people with
disabilities, and hear their positions on key areas.



2010 Indianapolis Hoosier Association for Behavior Analysis Conference, October 29-31,
Embassy Suites North, 3912 Vincennes Road, Indianapolis. Topics for behavior analysts,
students, teachers, speech-language pathologists, administrators and parents. Keynote Speakers
include: Dr. Henry Schlinger and Dr. Alan Poling.



Sibshops: October 30, 10am-1:30pm. Two workshops for Siblings of Kids with Disabilities.
Ages 4-7 ($10) and 8-13 ($7), both include lunch. Easter Seals Crossroads, 4740 Kingsway
Drive, Indianapolis. Call Christina Rogers at 317-948-0061. Riley Hospital for Children, 575
Riley Hospital Drive, Ruth Lilly Learning Center, Indianapolis.



Gluten Free Spooky Snacks October 30, 12-2pm, Whole Foods in Carmel. Bring your little
ghosts & goblins by this gluten free sampling event, inspired by Halloween. Enjoy samples of
“Frog in a Blender”, Crunchy Goblin Treats, Witch’s Brew Punch and gluten free candy. No
RSVP needed.
Grupo de apoyo para Familias que hablan español afectadas por el Autismo. 3 de
Noviembre 4740 Kingsway Drive, (Edificio de Easter Seals Crossroads), 5:30 – 7:30 pm.
Cuidado de los niños estará disponible de forma gratuita. Proporcionado por: La Sociedad del
Autismo de Indiana. Para más información, o para confirmar su asistencia, favor de enviar un
correo a: Dana Renay, dana@inautism.org, 317-658-2973



Support Group for Spanish-Speaking Families affected by Autism. November 3, 4740
Kingsway Drive (Easter Seals Crossroads building) 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Babysitting will be
provided, free of charge. Sponsored by: The Autism Society of Indiana. For more information or
to RSVP, please contact Dana Renay 317-658-2973.



Sensory-Friendly Film, “Megamind” November 6, 10am. The lights are halfway up, the sound
is halfway down, you can bring your own snacks, and no previews. Two Indianapolis locations!
AMC Castleton Square 14, 6020 E. 82nd St. and AMC Showplace Indianapolis 17, 4325 South
Meridian Street. November 20: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows



Free Financial Workshop: “Planning For Your Dependent with Special Needs Making Their
Future More Secure”. November 6, 10:30am-12pm. Monon Center Program Room B, Carmel.
Presented by MetLife Center for Special Needs Planning Special Needs Financial Planner, and
parent, Gordon Homes, CFP®.



HANDS in Autism is opening a new office and invites you to an Open House. November 8,
3-6pm, Fesler Hall, 1120 South Drive, Suite 302, Indianapolis. Meet our staff, tour our training
classroom and new Learning Lab, learn how HANDS can support you in working with
individuals with an autism spectrum disorder, free door prizes!



The Autism Education and Training Center is pleased to announce the continuation of its
Parent and Advocate Training and Certification Program. Please hold the following dates for
seminars in Tier 2 and Tier 3 of the program. Details will be released prior to each session and
will be available on the AETC website along with registration. Clarion North Room K130. 6-
8pm. November 8 & 22, December 6, January 10 & 24, February 7 & 28.



TACA Coffee Talk North, November 8, 7-9 pm, Paradise Bakery and Café, 13230 Harrell
Parkway, Suite 400, Noblesville.
Building Pathways to Empowerment: Mapping A New Course. The ARC of Indiana 2010
Conference and Appreciation Luncheon. November 9, Ritz Charles, 12156 North Meridian
Street, Carmel. Register by November 1, $20-35.



New Special Needs Hockey League: The Indy Twisters is now registering players for the
2010-2011 season. Indy Special Hockey provides hockey training to boys and girls with special
needs, typically high-functioning, who have little to no experience with the game. Players will
learn the fundamental skills of playing (skating, passing, shooting) along with the basic rules of
hockey. Season is November 7-April 3. Practices/scrimmages Sundays 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. at the
Arctic Zone in Westfield, IN. (Players should arrive 30 minutes prior to practice to dress.) $35
USA Hockey Registration fee. All equipment and ice time have been covered through donations
and grants. Limited to first 20 respondents. Please contact Jeff Fox at
foxjeffrey2002@yahoo.com.



Grandparents’ Support Group Meeting, November 10, 5:30-7pm at the Autism Resource
Center at Easter Seals Crossroads, 4740 Kingsway Drive, Indianapolis. “Bio-Medical Approach
to Autism” By Laura Rowley and Julie Sommers of TACA. For questions, call Katy Messuri at
317-479-3231.



Free workshop helps people with disabilities and their family members learn advocacy
skills: Riley Child Development Center will host a free Child’s Play workshop on Friday, Nov.
12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for people with disabilities, their families and professionals. The
workshop, “Inside Advocacy from A to Z Across the Life Course for Persons with Disabilities
and Their Families: Lessons Learned,” will be presented at the Riley Hospital for Children
Conference Center Auditorium, 702 Barnhill Dr., Indianapolis. Lann E. Thompson, Ed.D.,
MSSW, MA, ACSW, LCSW, LMFT, associate director of Riley Child Development Center, will
present information on Defining the different types of advocacy and the skills required,
 Successful applications of advocacy in action across the life span, What makes advocacy
effective at the individual, family, community, state and national levels, Developing strategies
for applying advocacy in practice. To register for this free Child’s Play workshop, call the Riley
Child Development Center at 317-944-8167, or email Rylin Rodgers at ryrodger@iupui.edu for
more information.



5th Annual Cross-Town Spin-Off for Autism!! November 13, 7-9am or 9-11am, Lifetime
Fitness, 8705 Castle Creek Parkway Indianapolis. Proceeds to benefit the Autism Society of
Indiana.
Hamilton County Autism Support Group: planning meeting for Girls on the Spectrum’s
2011 program. November 13, 9-11am, White River Christian Church, Noblesville. Four
volunteers, preferably teenage girls, are requested to help with this program. We incorporate fun
activities while developing appropriate and progressive social skill lessons. There will be two
groups: 6-10 and 10-14. There will be a limit on participation (first come, first served) and a
small registration fee as well as a monthly fee. For more information, please contact Jane at
janegrimes@hcasg.org



Free Financial Workshop: “Planning For Your Dependent with Special Needs Making Their
Future More Secure”. November 13, 12:30-1:30pm, Indiana School for the Blind & Visually
Impaired. 7725 N. College Avenue, Indianapolis. Government benefit eligibility, guardianship
and conservatorship/guardian ad litem, financial security and funding options. Presented by
MetLife Center for Special Needs Planning Special Needs Financial Planner, and parent, Gordon
Homes, CFP®.



CYT (Christian Youth Theater) presents a Sensory Friendly production of "Honk!" - the
beautiful story of the ugly duckling. The sensory friendly atmosphere has been guided by
parents and leaders of the Indianapolis Autism community. Nov. 13, 10 a.m., Grace Community
Church, Noblesville IN. House lights remain on, Speaker Volume stays low, Available quiet
room, Alternate Seating Available (bean bag chairs, large pillows), Home snacks welcome,
Wheelchair accessible, Audience Sensory Participation Bags (bubbles, feathers, crinkle paper to
be used at directed times in show). Social Stories & Visual Schedules will be available on our
website prior to the Saturday matinee. Mandy Polster, (317) 407-5452



Brain Balance Grand Opening Events: Open since July, the Indianapolis Brain Balance
Center, located at 9510 N. Meridian Street, Suite D, will host a number of events for its grand
opening, including: November 15: 3-5pm: Open House - A Meet & Greet with Dr. Melillo and
appearance by Radio Disney, 7-9pm: Parent Lecture at the Renaissance Marriott, 11925 North
Meridian Street, Carmel. November 16: 10am: Official Ribbon Cutting ceremony at Brain
Balance Center in Indianapolis, 1-3pm: Parent Lecture at Meridian Hills Country Club, 7099
Spring Mill Rd, Indianapolis, 6-8pm: Professional Lecture at Meridian Hills Country Club. All
events are free and open to the public. To reserve a seat or for more information, call 317-843-
9200 or e-mail Julie Peterson at jpeterson@brainbalancecenters.com.



ASK Training: Public Health Insurance: What You Don’t Know Can Cost You. November
15, 10am-3:30pm. Speedway UMC, 5065 West 16th Street. Informs parents and professionals
about public health insurance programs that can be accessed by families caring for children with
special needs. It includes information on Medicaid, Medicaid Disability, Medicaid Waivers,
Children’s Special Healthcare Services, Hoosier Healthwise, SSI (Supplemental Security
Income), and private insurance. This is NOT a training on the Healthcare Reform. This training
is a great opportunity for family members and professionals who advocate for children with a
disability or serious chronic illness. $40 for families, $75 for professionals. Ask about FIF funds
for children 0-5. Register by November 11. 800-964-4746



TACA Coffee Talk South, November 15, 7-8:30 pm, Panera Bread, 5335 E Southport Road,
Indianapolis.



Going Places - The 2010 Conference for People with Disabilities. December 6-7. Indiana
Governor s Council for People with Disabilities 16th annual conference! You'll be ready to take
your advocacy skills on the road in your own community after experiencing our diverse and
informative workshops, inspiring keynote speakers and fun social activities! Hyatt Regency in
downtown Indianapolis. People with disabilities, their family members, caregivers and other
advocates in the disability community are invited to participate in this two-day event.
Scholarships due November 10, Register by November 24. (317) 232-7770 for a registration
brochure.



Save the Date! Hamilton County Autism Support Group Christmas Party December 11, 9-11am
at Conner Prairie. Santa, cookies, crafts, prizes, snacks, gift bags, and more! Free!




Other Events around the State (alpha by location):


Anderson: Through the Eyes of Special Kids support group meeting, November 17, 6:30-
7:30pm, Bethany Christian Church, 20 N. Rangeline Road. This year we will be learning about
the application of Article 7 and organizing a home file. Call Maggie Mattingly at 765-393-2366
for more information.



Anderson: 5th Annual Cross-Town Spin-Off for Autism!! November 13, 7-9am or 9-11am,
LivRite Fitness, 4018 Columbus Avenue. Proceeds to benefit the Autism Society of Indiana.
Avon: Westside Transition Council Fair. October 30, 10am-2pm, Avon High School. Contact
Lois Ator lator@danville.k12.in.us with any questions.



Bloomington: ArtsWORK Indiana: Artists, Artisans, Writers, Performers and Others Pursuing
Creative Careers... Do you have a physical or mental challenge or disability? Are you interested
in increasing opportunities for artists with challenges and disabilities? ArtsWORK Indiana is
forming a new regional affiliate for South Central Indiana with monthly meetings in
Bloomington. October 26, 5:30 - 7p.m., Bloomington City Hall, 401 North Morton Street,
McCloskey Conference Room, 1st floor (Fully accessible ~ Free parking). Special presentation
by Eric Freeman of Indiana Artisan. For more information, visit www.artsworkindiana.org and
click on About ArtsWORK, “Satellite Groups” or contact Jane Harlan-Simmons at (812) 855-
6508 or e-mail jeharlan@indiana.edu.



Bloomington: Sensory-Friendly Film, “Megamind” November 6, 10am. The lights are halfway
up, the sound is halfway down, you can bring your own snacks, and no previews. AMC
Bloomington 12, 2929 W. Third Street.



Bloomington: Ziggurat and C.A.P.S. Model workshop (A Two Day Workshop), November
30 and December 1. Indiana Resource Center for Autism. The Ziggurat Model looks at the
underlying needs and characteristics related to autism spectrum disorder by utilizing the
students’ strengths and interests to address true needs that result in social, emotional, and
behavioral concerns.



Bloomington: ASD Research Study at IU Bloomington to understand early vocabulary
development. This large study examines the learning of different kinds of common nouns at
different stages of development. We are recruiting children with ASD between 2 and 5 years of
age. To thank you, we will offer your child a small gift such as a book, teddy bear, or T-shirt.
Please call 812-855-8256 if interested. Parking is free inside the Fee Lane Parking Garage and
babysitters are available for siblings.




Brownsburg: Free Financial Workshop: “Planning For Your Dependent with Special Needs
Making Their Future More Secure”. November 11, 6:30-8pm, White Lick Elementary School,
1400 S. Odell Street. As the direction of Medicaid and SSI becomes difficult to predict and
benefits often prove inadequate, it has become critical for parents to plan for the future of their
child or dependent with Special Needs. This Workshop covers Legal Issues, including Wills,
Trusts, Special Needs Trusts, and Guardianship. Financial Issues, such as Special Needs Trust
Funding, Medicaid and SSI. Family Issues, including Letter of Intent and Family involvement in
the process. Presented by MetLife Center for Special Needs Planning Special Needs Financial
Planner, and parent, Gordon Homes, CFP®.



Elkhart: Parent Meeting October 25 at Oaklawn in Elkhart. We will gather at 6 for fellowship
with the program at 6:30. Our guest speaker for the meeting is Steven Bright, a therapist here at
Oaklawn who will talk about ADHD. I have attached a flier for your convenience.
Bonnie Raine, 574.533.1234, Ext 367, Bonita.Raine@Oaklawn.org



Elkhart: Learn at Lunch November 19, 12-1pm. Elkhart YMCA, 200 E. Jackson. Free lunch.
we welcome representatives from Toys for Tots, the Salvation Army, and the United Way’s
Food Network. CALL FOR RESERVATIONS BY NOVEMBER 17, 294-6197 X105 or
blakesleev@adecinc.com



Evansville: Sensory-Friendly Film, “Megamind”, November 6, 10am. The lights are halfway
up, the sound is halfway down, you can bring your own snacks, and no previews. AMC
Evansville 16, 5600 Pearl Drive.



Gary: Town Meeting. The Indiana Institute on Disability and Community’s Center for Planning
and Policy Studies will facilitate a Town Meeting sponsored by the Indiana Governor’s Council
for People with Disabilities. October 25, 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. Central Time, Gary South Shore Rail
.The purpose is to gather information about what changes in services and policies people with
disabilities and family members feel are needed. The information will be used by the Governor’s
Council to develop Indiana’s State Disability Plan.



Gary: Family Support Group. October 26, 9:30-11:00 am, Edgewater Systems, Resource
Center Auditorium, 1100 W. 6th Ave. No childcare. Call Christine Cangiano, Center for
Possibilities, 219-962-5751 or christinec.work@yahoo.com



Gary: Legislative Candidates Forum by Arc BRIDGES. October 27, 2-4pm IU Northwest
Library Conference Center, 3400 Broadway. Families, caregivers, and self-advocates can
communicate with legislators and candidates, educate them on the issues facing people with
disabilities, and hear their positions on key areas.
Goshen: Asperger-Autism Parent Support Group Meeting November 1 - Two concurrent
sessions – choose one: Nanne Barkdull, artist and member of Autistic Self Advocacy Network
will be assisted by son Max Barkdull and friend Clair Donohue Roof as they present:. “An
Artist's Voice from the Spectrum”. Also: Colleen Spano, Inclusion Specialist for Community
Coordinated Child Care Inc. will present: “Guiding Behavior and Developing Social/Emotional
Competency in Young Children on the Autism Spectrum”. 7-8:30 pm, at Eighth Street
Mennonite Church, 602 S 8th St, Goshen. Contact Christine Guth, 574-534-2718,
christine@adnetonline.org or Kaylene Ediger, 574-825-1460, akediger@comcast.net.



Goshen: Shoots Game Club, November 19, 7-10pm at Shoots Building, 114 E. Lincoln.
Bowling! For young adults age 16-24 who would like to be involved in an ongoing social and
self-advocacy group. For info and to RSVP, 294-6197x105 or blakesleev@adecinc.com.



Greencastle: Applied Behavior Analysis: Practical Strategies for Home and For School
Presented by Dr. Cathy Pratt, BCBA, Indiana Resource Center for Autism. November 12,
8:30am-3:30pm. $90. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) include strategies and techniques that
have years of proven research. With the increasing use of this technology, there is often
misunderstanding about how and when strategies can be used. In truth, these are proven
strategies that can be embedded into any classroom, school, community or home setting. In this
workshop, strategies associated with ABA will be described and examples provided that can be
used in a range of settings. The ultimate goal is to provide individuals with tools they can use
immediately to decrease problematic behaviors and to teach appropriate alternative skills. Area
30 Career Center, 1 North Calbert Way, Suite A. Done in Conjunction with Old National Trail
Special Services.



Greenfield: Free Financial Workshop, “Planning for the Future of Your Dependent with
Special Needs”. November 1, 6:30-8:30pm. Harris Elementary School, 200 W. Park. By Robert
Fechtman, Attoryney at Law & MetDESK Specialist Gordon F. Homes Jr., CFP, Certified
Financial Planner, MetLife’s Division of Estate Planning for Special Kids. Government benefit
eligibility, guardianship and conservatorship, financial security and funding options.



Greenwood: TACA Meeting: Surviving the Holidays. October 27, 7-9pm. 1291 N. Airport
Parkway. Cecilia Coble, TACA Indiana Co-Coordinator, will discuss gift ideas, gift opening tips,
school holiday parties, cooking a GFCF holiday meal, travel tips, and tips for handling stree.
Hobart: Family Support Group. October 26, 6-7:30pm, Center for Possibilities, Lower Level,
22 Tyler Street. Childcare provide upon request. Call Christine Cangiano, Center for
Possibilities, 219-962-5751 or christinec.work@yahoo.com



Hobart: Breakthrough Parenting Of Children with Special Needs. Raising a child with
special needs can provide many rewards along with numerous struggles. This program will focus
on redesigning your expectations, advocating for your child, focusing on your family and
planning for the future. The program will be presented by Christine Cangiano, parent of 2
children, including a 6 year old child with Down Syndrome. She has a Masters degree in
Counseling and has worked for several years at helping families achieve their best. Mondays,
November 1st – 29th, 6-8pm. The programs are free, childcare will be provided and all programs
are tentatively scheduled to be held at the Center for Possibilities. Please call Christine at 962-
5751 to pre-register or if you have questions.



Huntington: Pathfinder Services' Annual Dinner November 6, 5pm. Habecker Dining
Commons, Huntington University, 2303 College Avenue. This year's dinner will have a special
keynote speaker, Pat Johns, the only man in history to run the grueling "Himalayan 100" mile
running race four times! Also, the prestigious Herbert D. LaMont award will be presented to an
outstanding citizen of Huntington for his or her work with adults and/or children with
disabilities. The Timothy Hancher award honoring a direct service staff member of Pathfinder
Services, Inc. will be presented as well. Outstanding community partners of the organization
will also be honored. $20 per person, Corporate Tables $190. Contact Jason Meyer (260) 356-
0500 Ext. 3128 or jmeyer@pathfinderservices.org by Friday, October 22 to make a reservation.



Louisville: Conference: Confronting The Epidemic: A Healthy Approach to Parenting
October 30, University of Louisville (Shelby Campus). $40. Visit the website for a list of
presenters, their biographies, and additional information.



Louisville: Free Financial Workshop, Down Syndrome of Louisville invites you to “Planning
For Your Dependent with Special Needs Making Their Future More Secure”. November 18,
6:30-8:30pm, 4604 Bardstown Road, As the direction of Medicaid and SSI becomes difficult to
predict and benefits often prove inadequate, it has become critical for parents to plan for the
future of their child or dependent with Special Needs. This Workshop covers Legal Issues,
including Wills, Trusts, Special Needs Trusts, and Guardianship. Financial Issues, such as
Special Needs Trust Funding, Medicaid and SSI. Family Issues, including Letter of Intent and
Family involvement in the process. Presented by MetLife Center for Special Needs Planning
Special Needs Financial Planner, and parent, Gordon Homes, CFP®.
Lowell: Family Support Group. October 29, 9:30-11:00 am, Lowell Library, 1505 E.
Commercial Avenue. No childcare. Call Christine Cangiano, Center for Possibilities, 219-962-
5751 or christinec.work@yahoo.com



Marion: Sensory-Friendly Film, “Megamind”, November 6, 10am. The lights are halfway up,
the sound is halfway down, you can bring your own snacks, and no previews. AMC Marion 12,
713 N. Theatre Road.



Marion: Free Financial Workshop: IPMG invites you to “Planning For Your Dependent with
Special Needs Making Their Future More Secure”. November 15, 6:30-8pm, Marion Public
Libary, 600 S. Washington Street. As the direction of Medicaid and SSI becomes difficult to
predict and benefits often prove inadequate, it has become critical for parents to plan for the
future of their child or dependent with Special Needs. This Workshop covers Legal Issues,
including Wills, Trusts, Special Needs Trusts, and Guardianship. Financial Issues, such as
Special Needs Trust Funding, Medicaid and SSI. Family Issues, including Letter of Intent and
Family involvement in the process. Presented by MetLife Center for Special Needs Planning
Special Needs Financial Planner, and parent, Gordon Homes, CFP®.



Merrillville: Family Support Group. November 2, 11am-12:30pm, Geminus Corporate, 8400
Louisiana Street. No childcare. Call Christine Cangiano, Center for Possibilities, 219-962-5751
or christinec.work@yahoo.com



Merrillville: Sensory-Friendly Film, “Megamind”, November 6, 10am. The lights are halfway
up, the sound is halfway down, you can bring your own snacks, and no previews. AMC
Showplace Hobart 12, 2590 Southlake Mall Drive.



Merrillville: ASK Training: Roadmap to Special Education: Laws and Process. November
12, 9am-3:30pm. Hobart Police South Station / Westfield Shopping Center, 1915 Southlake
Mall. This workshop, combining the Article 7 Special Education Law and Individualized
Education Program (IEP) training, is all day training that offers basic information about special
education laws and regulations for Indiana children ages 3-21. In addition, this training will
provide information on how to prepare for a case conference and write an IEP. $40 families, $75
professionals. Register by November 8. Ask about FIF funds for children 0-5.
800-964-4746.
Mishawaka: 5th Annual Cross-Town Spin-Off for Autism!! November 13, 7-9am or 9-11am,
Pinnacle Athletic Club, 205 W. Edison Road. Proceeds to benefit the Autism Society of Indiana.



Monticello: Transition Fair October 27, 5-8pm. Materials and information will be available to
assist parents in learning about INSOURCE services and programs, general basic special
education rights and responsibilities, and transitioning students and children to adult services.
Twin Lakes High School, 300 South Third Street. The fair is free and open to the public.



Muncie: Sensory-Friendly Film, “Megamind”, November 6, 10am. The lights are halfway up,
the sound is halfway down, you can bring your own snacks, and no previews. AMC Muncie 12,
860 E. Princeton Avenue.



Muncie: Verbal Behavior Workshop. November 11-12. Presented by Bob Ryan, MS, BCBA,
Sponsored by the Autism Society of Indiana and the Ball State University Department of Special
Education. 8am–5pm, Ball State University Student Center Ballroom. The 2-day Verbal
Behavior Workshop for special education teachers, parents, speech and language pathologists,
behavior analysts, in-home trainers, graduate students and direct care staff primarily consists of
lectures that will introduce you to strategies and techniques to teach the functional use of
language. Undergraduate students in special education, behavior analysis and speech/language
programs are encouraged to attend. In addition, you will learn how to assess an individual’s
primary language deficits and needs using the Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and
Placement Program (VB-MAPP). The VB-MAPP is the latest assessment tool developed by
Mark Sundberg Ph.D. $200, discounts available for partnership schools and for groups of four or
more. Register by November 8. Contact Dr. David McIntosh at demcintosh@bsu.edu or (765)
285-5701.



Munster: Family Support Group. November 9, 12:30-2pm, Westminster Presbyterian Church,
8955 Columbia Avenue. No childcare. Call Christine Cangiano, Center for Possibilities, 219-
962-5751 or christinec.work@yahoo.com



New Albany: Town Meeting. The Indiana Institute on Disability and Community’s Center for
Planning and Policy Studies will facilitate a Town Meeting sponsored by the Indiana Governor’s
Council for People with Disabilities. November 15, 6–8:30 p.m., Holiday Inn Express. The
purpose is to gather information about what changes in services and policies people with
disabilities and family members feel are needed. The information will be used by the Governor’s
Council to develop Indiana’s State Disability Plan.



New Albany: ASK Training: Public Health Insurance: What You Don’t Know Can Cost
You. November 19, 10am-3:30pm. Rauch Industries, 525 Charlestown Road. Informs parents
and professionals about public health insurance programs that can be accessed by families caring
for children with special needs. It includes information on Medicaid, Medicaid Disability,
Medicaid Waivers, Children’s Special Healthcare Services, Hoosier Healthwise, SSI
(Supplemental Security Income), and private insurance. This is NOT a training on the Healthcare
Reform. This training is a great opportunity for family members and professionals who advocate
for children with a disability or serious chronic illness. $40 for families, $75 for professionals.
Ask about FIF funds for children 0-5. Register by November 15. 800-964-4746



Northbrook, IL: Spectrum Training Systems Conference. "Autism Spectrum Disorders and
Mental Illness in Children". November 16-17 and "Career Planning for Individuals with Autism
Spectrum Disorders". November 22-23.



Notre Dame: F.U.N. Lab Seeks Paid Research Participants. The FUN Lab is currently
seeking teenagers with ASD to help finish the language comprehension study. Teens age 13 – 17
are High Functioning Autism, Asperger's syndrome or PDD-NOS are needed. The assessment
takes 2 to 3 hours with time for breaks. Teen participants will be paid $15 per hour for their time
and effort.
If you have a team that can help the FUN Lab in this effort please call Heidi Miller, the FUN Lab
Manager at 631-2854 or e-mail her at hmiller1@nd.edu



Pendleton: Special Needs and Autism Support Group Meeting November 2 at 7 pm at
Pendleton First United Methodist Church, 225 W State Street. Please contact Rachel Deaton for
more information crldeaton@aol.com or call 765-425-4005.



Plainfield: Flip for Autism: Awareness Gymnastics Invite. November 13-14, Plainfield High
School. Watch 500 participants from Indiana and the surrounding region! Exhibitors will have
information to share also. The event benefits the Gymnasticsdoctor.com Autism Foundation and
GymStars Autism Fund. For more information, contact Stephanie Strout phsgflips@yahoo.com
or 317-250-0105.
Richmond: Town Meeting. The Indiana Institute on Disability and Community’s Center for
Planning and Policy Studies will facilitate a Town Meeting sponsored by the Indiana Governor’s
Council for People with Disabilities. November 8, 6–8:30 p.m., Reid Hospital and Healthcare.
The purpose is to gather information about what changes in services and policies people with
disabilities and family members feel are needed. The information will be used by the Governor’s
Council to develop Indiana’s State Disability Plan.



Richmond: Applied Behavior Analysis: Practical Strategies for Home and For School
Presented by Dr. Cathy Pratt, BCBA, Indiana Resource Center for Autism. November 10,
8:30am-3:30pm. $90. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) include strategies and techniques that
have years of proven research. With the increasing use of this technology, there is often
misunderstanding about how and when strategies can be used. In truth, these are proven
strategies that can be embedded into any classroom, school, community or home setting. In this
workshop, strategies associated with ABA will be described and examples provided that can be
used in a range of settings. The ultimate goal is to provide individuals with tools they can use
immediately to decrease problematic behaviors and to teach appropriate alternative skills. IU
East, Vivian Auditorium, 2325 Chester Boulevard. Done in conjunction with Richmond
Community Schools.



South Bend: Fall Activities at Logan Center

These activities are open to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders:

      Creative Chefs - Ages 12-21 with ASD, beginning Monday, October 11th, 4:45-6pm;
       limit 8 chefs
      Gals Get Together - Ages 14 and up with ASD, every other Monday, 6:45-8:00p
      Social Connections - Ages 18 and up with ASD, Fridays, 6:30-8:15pm
      Teen Time - Ages 14-17 with ASD, Fridays, 6:30-8:15pm

For more information call 574-289-4831 or 574-340-4549/mstansbury@logancenter.org



South Bend: Town Meeting. The Indiana Institute on Disability and Community’s Center for
Planning and Policy Studies will facilitate a Town Meeting sponsored by the Indiana Governor’s
Council for People with Disabilities. October 26, 6-8:30 pm, Ramada Plaza. The purpose is to
gather information about what changes in services and policies people with disabilities and
family members feel are needed. The information will be used by the Governor’s Council to
develop Indiana’s State Disability Plan.
South Bend: Sensory-Friendly Film, “Megamind”, November 6, 10am. The lights are halfway
up, the sound is halfway down, you can bring your own snacks, and no previews. AMC
Showplace South Bend 16, 450 W Chippewa Avenue.



South Bend: Ansari Autism Center Parent Group Meeting, November 11. LOGAN Center,
2505 East Jefferson Blvd, 6:30 -8pm. Dr. Carrie Cadwell, PsyD, HSPP, “Executive Functioning
and Autism” RSVP directly to Leanne Suarez, LOGAN, (574) 289 4831 ext 1013 minimum 24
hours prior. Limited childcare may be available must rsvp $5 per family.



South Bend: Workshop "Developing Word Detectives", November 12-13. 32nd Degree
Masonic Learning Center, 427 North Main St., featuring Pete Bowers. The $150 registration fee
includes the manual. Mr. Bowers, A Former Elementary teacher will teach educators and parents
strategies for enabling all students how to spell using their critical thinking skills to develop a
lifelong understanding of spelling clues and conventions. This "structured word inquiry"
approach eliminates rote memorization and explores the revealing linguistic aspects that teachers
often wished they had learned in college. For more information about this instructor and this
approach visit www.word-workingston.com, for more information about registering for this
workshop contact Kim Haughee at 574-288-0067 or by e-mail at kaughee@sbcglobal.net



South Bend: 5th Annual Cross-Town Spin-Off for Autism!! November 13, 7-9am or 9-11am,
O’Brien Fitness Center, 321 E. Walter Street. Proceeds to benefit the Autism Society of Indiana.



Terre Haute: Sensory-Friendly Film, “Megamind”, November 6, 10am. The lights are halfway
up, the sound is halfway down, you can bring your own snacks, and no previews. AMC
Showplace Terre Haute 12, 3153 South 3rd Place.



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