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Weekly Update 






  


   
    See the happy faces in the picture above? THIS  is how we use your fundraising dollars. It's been a great week with lots of fun for the kids, I took advantage of the great weather on Tuesday and accompanied Cid to the zoo outing. What a fun day, but folks scattered so quickly I didn't get to visit with everyone.  Last night we had a nice group of young adults to go out to the movies, with a new friend joining the group and today 80 people are down in Carver at Edaville for the day. I would have enjoyed going but had things that needed to be done here in the office. Like  the weekly update! With the Monday Holiday I'm a day late getting to this! 

  Next week we'll be busy preparing for the 5K Run and Walk on April 29th. Fundraising is way down still but the show must go on. We do need volunteers to make it happen, if you are available that day and want to be part of the team click here.  I am grateful for all who responded last week to my plea for participation, we are at 25% of our goal so it is a reality that we will have to cut back next year. Still, I'm especially grateful for the 12 top Teams and Individuals who've raised over 70 % of the $51,000 we've raised thus far. You guys are Rock Stars ! Several teams are within shouting distance of their goals. I need $500 more to met my $5,000 goal. So the push is on for this last week. Again it is never too late to jump on board and help your center so that we can continue to support your family and others. 

We have 6 more Teams since last week ! Thank You to those who responded! I know I'm beginning to sound like a broken record ( does anyone understand that reference?) BUT If you've appreciated any of the help and support you have received  from the Center and are able, I implore you to click  here  and create a fundraising page today.  
 If you are among those who have registered to enjoy the day(35 of the 88 teams registered)  but have not done any fundraising I ask that you send out requests for support as well.  You're half way there! The worst that can happen is people ignore the request. Most people DO want to help, don't you?  

If April 29th isn't a day you can devote to our cause, consider supporting a friend who is fundraising or any runner or walker by donating to their  pages. I want to thank those who donated to my page this week, I am touched by your generosity and caring. 


Sue  


       This year HMEA's  Autism Resource Central is offering a Special Raffle                        as part of our 2017 5 K Run and Walk.
You could win a 6-8 night Royal Caribbean Cruise for two, valid for travel between September and May only, booked through  Cruise Planners.
Tickets are $20.00 each and  only 200 tickets will be sold. Drawing will be on Saturday April 29th at the end of the 2017 5 K Run and Walk for Autism Acceptance and/or when all 200 tickets are sold. Tickets are available at the Autism Resource Center,  and will be available for purchase at Center events leading up to the 5 K Run and Walk for Autism Acceptance.
 
Sales will end when 200 tickets have been sold. ACT NOW!
Take a Chance -You could WIN!  
Need not be present to win, but we hope you will be!

Proceeds benefit HMEA's Autism Resource Central

The details:
Interior Staterooms bases on categories Q & N , excludes Oasis class ships except for the Royal Crown Diamond Level, & Quantum Class Ships. Blackout dates Christmas & New Years Week . No money refunded if lower cost sailing is booked.
Certificates are nonrefundable and not replaceable if lost, stolen or damaged. The 2 certificates issued per purchase must be submitted together at time of redemption and at least 7 Days prior to the sail.
 


REGISTRATION IS OPEN

Our annual 5K Run & Walk for Autism Acceptance will be held on Saturday April 29th at the DCR's Quinsigamond State Park in Worcester.  
To join in the fun all you have to do is;
  • Register as a runner or a walker
  • Register your kids for the Energy Monster Kids Fun Run,
  • Create a fundraising page and ask friends and family to support you.  
This year promises to be great with a 5K Run and 5K Walk (with the runners starting first closely followed by the 5K Walkers)

Live Music, Games, Family activities.



Nicky's Law will create an abuse registry which will protect the safety and dignity of people with disabilities. Persons substantiated of abuse or neglect of an individual with autism or other intellectual or developmental disabilities will be listed on this registry and this will prevent re-hiring.
The bill was filed by Senator Mike Moore and Representative Linda Dean Campbell, the bill numbers are S 64 H 80.
Nicky's Law will require all provider agencies to check the registry through inquiry before hiring a new employee. The Arc has worked closely with the appropriate agencies and stakeholders, including Nicky's family. 
We are grateful to Nicky's family for coming forward to initiate this bill and for their long time contribution to this effort.
Please helps us advocate for this important legislation - our goal is the pass this bill during this legislative session!
Contact Maura Sullivan, Dir. of Gov. Affairs at The Arc of Mass for information on how to get behind this initiative. sullivan@arcmass.org.
 
If you are on Facebook there is a Facebook page dedicated to this movement as well, just look for "Nicky's Law " and ask to join the group to be informed on legislative advocacy steps to move this bill forward  








PLEASE REGISTER   AT:

APRIL & MAY  CALENDAR

                                  


SUPPORT

April 24, 2017
Parents & Tots
4:30PM-5:30PM

May 20, 2017 
Sibshop 
Year End Family Cookout 
Purgatory Chasm 
198 Purgatory Rd, Sutton, MA
11:30 -1 PM



FAMILY FUN & FITNESS

April 24, 2017
Family Fun & Fitness
Healthy Eating
Noodles & Company
Shrewsbury MA 6PM 

EVENTS

April 29, 2017 
Annual 5k Run and Walk 
for Autism Acceptance 
DCR's Quinsigamond State Park 
Registration opens at 7:30 AM 
Walk/ Run starts at 10 AM




FAMILY ACTIVITIES 


April 21, 2017
Friends & Family Movie
West Boylston Cinema
101 W. Boylston St., W. Boylston, MA
10AM $2.00/person

MAY

May 20, 2017 
                Family Fun - Hike                     Purgatory Chasm 
198 Purgatory Rd, Sutton, MA
1:30   PM

 May 26, 2017
Spring Fling
A Semi-Formal for Teens and Young Adults and Older Siblings
The Manor Restaurant
242 West Boylston St 
West Boylston, MA 
6:30- 8:30 PM 
$15.00/dancer  
Parent Night Out Runs Concurrently 

* Registration for Mother's Retreat in June closes on May 2nd 




PLEASE REGISTER FOR ALL ACTIVITIES AT:

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 Greendale YMCA has an inclusion initiative for May & June that will allow families to enjoy a membership for $20 a month . Fitchburg is hosting an annual Disabilities Awareness event on April 25th 

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 .
Sincerely, 

Sue Loring, Director 
HMEA's Autism Resource Central 
508-835-4278
 
 
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