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       A couple of weeks ago, while walking at a track with my son Ed, I bumped into one of our families. I hadn't seen them in some time, their child on the spectrum is now on the cusp of adulthood, and her brother, once a Sibshopper, is now pursuing his doctorate.  This got me to thinking, so much has changed in 20 years! Children who were toddlers when their family first connected with the Center are now young adults. And those who were teens are adults like Ed. 

   We've grown too, as time passed we went from providing a few activities each year,  mostly holiday parties, to offering monthly activities. As our kids grew we added activities for teens & young adults, and recently for adults with ASD only. 

  From a staff of two part time employees we've grown to a staff of eight full time employees. Services expanded from information and referral to assistance with service navigation, education, sensory assessments, IEP clinics, specialized camps, stipends for social inclusion, short term consultation for adults on the spectrum  and waiver support. 

  All of this happened because our families supported us and our fundraising efforts. In our 20th year we saw a shortfall in our fundraising, but we are hoping to recover from that through additional opportunities for giving and grants. One such initiative is the 20 for 20 challenge. 

There are two ways to participate. One is through creating a fundraising page and asking 20 people to donate 20 dollars each.  Those who participate and successfully raise $400.00 will receive two tickets to our Gala in October.  The other is a simple request for a $20 donation, perhaps in honor If everyone of our families donated $20 we'd raise $64,000.00 more than covering the shortfall and allowing us to continue to offer the services you've benefited from  and enjoyed, allowing us to be there for the family who receives a diagnosis today. 

Lots going on right now with school starting up again but just want to remind you all we've activities this month you won't want to miss. Cid has been out for 2 weeks between running camp and then the start of school and her bus driving duties ! She assures me she will have at least the September events up today. Sibshop resumes, there is apple picking, Family Fun & Fitness and we resume our Teen & Under the Pink  Umbrella social groups, scroll down for all the details! 

Hope that all are experiencing a successful return to school, of course everyone is still in the honeymoon phase, so remember we've IEP clinics for the inevitable. For some kids new schools, new routines, like changing classes can be a challenge and if it is your child's first year with a locker, that may be the straw that breaks their back. Here's great tutorial on how to open a locker. 

Have a great week 


   


YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO

HMEA's AUTISM RESOURCE CENTRAL's
20TH ANNIVERSARY GALA
AND AWARDS CEREMONY
GUIDI NG STARS

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2017
6 TO  1 1 PM
AT CYPRIAN  KEYES GOLF CLUB
284  EAST TEMPLE STREET  
BOYLSTON , MASSACHUSETTS
$ 75 PER  PERSON

 
6 PM- 7 PM COCKTAIL HOUR
7 PM-8 PM AWARDS
8 PM-9 PM DINNER
9 PM- 1 1 PM SILENT AUCTION /
DANCING

2 1 + ONLY * COCKTAIL ATTIRE






Research Study: The Aviation Study
The Aviation study is a clinical trial of an experimental drug called R05285119, which is being developed as a possible treatment to improve social behavior and communication in people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  Autism spectrum disorder is a group of brain development disorders that causes persistent difficulties in social communication and social interaction.  Currently, there are no medications available to treat these core symptoms of ASD such as social behavior and communication deficits.  R05285119 works by blocking a brain receptor of a hormone (the vasopressin receptor) that is associated with control of socialization, stress, anxiety, affection and aggression. 
 
Participants are aged 5-17 with a diagnosis of ASD.  Participation lasts for up to 39 weeks and for 24 of those weeks, participants will take daily doses of either the investigational study drug or a placebo (a look-alike) that contains no medicine.  Participants and their parent or guardian will visit a study clinic around once every 6 weeks (about 7 times in total).    
 
For more information please contact CANDI at 774-455-4100 or    ChildResearch@umassmed.edu
Docket #  H00012137   


SAVE THE DATE 
This event is FULL but we do have a wait list.  Please call 508-298-1610 or email cdeleo@hmea.org to be put on the wait list

COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD 
As part of our mission we try to keep you informed of relevant meetings, hearings, recreational opportunities in our community.

Check out the Bulletin Board this week for information about upcoming activities in the community.    

The Bulletin Board is a place to have events that would be of interest to the families of HMEA's Autism Resource Central posted. Sped PAC meetings with speakers, recreational opportunities, classes and more. 

To have an event considered for posting please send information to  Sloring@hmea.org .
 
SEPTEMBER CALENDAR

 Register for Events @ www.autismresourcecentral.org 
or call 508-298-1610 Fees for Events are as stated on site

 
SUPPORT & 
SOCIAL GROUPS 
 
September 6, 2017
Parents of Adults Support Group
Parent Night Out
99 Restaurant
900 West Boylston St Worcester
7-9 PM

September 13, 2017 
Parents of Children Support Group 
7-9 PM

September 16, 2017 
Sibshop 
10AM -1:30 PM 
$10.00/per child $15.00Family Cap

September 20, 2017 
Parent of Teens Support Group 
Teen Social Group 
Self Advocacy 
presented by 
Mass Advocates Standing Strong
7-9 PM

September 27, 2017 
Parents of Girls Support Group 
Girls Social Group 
6:30-8:30 PM



FAMILY FUN 

September 11, 2017 
Family Fun & Fitness Walk 
DCR Quinsigamond State Park 
284 Lake Ave Worcester 
St V's if Raining 6-7 P


September 16, 2017
Family Fun Apple Picking 
CHILDREN -TEENS- ADULTS 
Berlin Orchards 
Rt 62 Berlin MA 
2:30 PM $3.00/pp

September 18, 2017 
Family Fun & Fitness Walk 
DCR Quinsigamond State Park 
284 Lake Ave Worcester 
St V's if Raining 6-7 PM

September 25, 2017
Family Fun & Fitness Walk
DCR Quinsigamond State Park
284 Lake Ave Worcester
St V's if Raining 6-7 PM



Sincerely, 
                                                                                                                   
 

Sue Loring -Director 
HMEA's Autism Resource Central 
508-298-1605                                                                                     
 
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