Autism Society San Diego serves individuals and families living with autism by providing support groups, resources, information, education, social activities, scholarships, camps & recreational activities.
FEBRUARY 2018 E-NEWSLETTER
A Message From Our President

I can't believe it's already February! January was such a fun month - thank you to everyone who came out to support us at the Kendra Gives Back Party, and to everyone who joined us for Sensory Friendly Family Skate, which was such a great time!

If you are already thinking about summer like I am, be sure to save the date for Camp I CAN registration, which begins on Monday, March 19th. This popular program fills up quickly, so I recommend you register as early as possible! We will also be celebrating Autism Awareness Night with the San Diego Gulls on Friday, March 30th, so come join us as we cheer for our home town team!

Be sure and mark your calendars for all of our April events! We are looking forward to our Spring  Family Camp Weekend at beautiful Camp Marston in mountains of Julian, on the weekend of April 13th-15th. You will also want to save the date for our biggest fundraiser of the year, Splash for Cash, which will be held on Sunday, April 29th. You won't want to miss this event, our biggest pool party of the year! Swim if you like or just enjoy breakfast and lunch prepared by our favorite San Diego firefighters, a fabulous silent auction, and several exciting special guests! 

Thanks so much,
Amy  Munera
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UPCOMING EVENTS FOR FEBRUARY


In collaboration with the Autism Society San Diego , Mission Valley Library welcomes families with children on the spectrum to a sensory-friendly program featuring SNAPOLOGY San Diego , a company that provides hands-on LEGO® learning activities that engage children's creativity. Recommended for kids ages 4-10, this interactive program will feature different LEGO® activity stations designed for children of varying ages and abilities. After the program, families can explore the library, check out items, or enjoy the sunny patio. Regular Sunday hours for the general public start at 12:30. No registration is required. You can use our Social Story (posted here ) to help your child prepare!


We would like to thank the amazing organizers behind the 
GOOD VIBES CHARITY EVENT 
for designating the Autism Society San Diego as a beneficiary of their upcoming fundraiser. Please check out their website for more information about the event or to contribute toward their goal!
SAVE THE DATE, DON'T MISS THE FUN!


JOIN OUR TEAM!

On Saturday, March 24, 2018, the Autism Society San Diego team will join the thousands of SUPERHEROES at the 14th annual Race for Autism in Balboa Park. It's going to be "Super!"

Autism Society San Diego is a long time supporter of NFAR as we share their mission of providing support for autistic people, their families and friends, and the greater San Diego community. As an organization,100% of the dollars raised by NFAR stays in San Diego to help our community, providing funding for autism treatment programs, vocational training for young adults, parent programs, educational workshops, and funding to hundreds of local classrooms. The funds raised at the Race benefit thousands of San Diego children and families each year. 

Autism Society San Diego is proud to be a part of supporting another great organization doing important and meaningful work in our local community. 
Camp I CAN 2014
Coming Soon. 
Registration opens in March for Summer 2018

Registration will begin soon for Camp I CAN at Toby Wells YMCA in Kearny Mesa and Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA in Carlsbad. For more information on Camp I CAN, click HERE.
You will need to be a local resident, ability to show verifyable diagnosis, and have a current membership with Autism Society San Diego which can be easily accomplished HERE.


SAVE THE DATE!

Join us for a fun night with family and friends and the San Diego Gulls on 
Friday, March 30, 2018 
at Valley View Casino Sports Arena.
More info coming soon.
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Wondering what else is going on in the community?
Check our website for flyers on other important events and programs in San Diego.
AUTISM SOCIETY COLLABORATIONS

Thanks for rolling along with us!



We had a wonderful time at our second Sensory Friendly Skate Event at Skateworld. Thank you so much to all the volunteers and staff who made this event such a success! Stay tuned for more events like this at Skateworld and beyond!


Connections is seeking instructors and volunteers!

If you have a passion for theater or know someone who has experience working with teens on the spectrum, our local improv program  Connections is looking for assistance with running weekly classes! The Connections directors are happy to sign off on volunteer hours for high school improv teams looking to branch out and make Connections of their own with this amazing group of aspiring improvisational actors.

Please contact program director Richie Ploesch at  sandiego@nationalcomedy.com if you would like to get involved!

The following San Diego County  Chuck E. Cheese's are offering  
 on the first Sunday of each month from 9-11 AM :

EL CENTRO - 803 E. DANENBERG DRIVE, EL CENTRO
OCEANSIDE- 2481 VISTA WAY, OCEANSIDE
SAN DIEGO- 3146 SPORTS ARENA BLVD, SAN DIEGO
SAN DIEGO - 9840 HIBERT STREET, SAN DIEGO
AMC & AUTISM SOCIETY PRESENT:
SENSORY FRIENDLY FILMS 

AMC now offers Sensory Friendly Films on both Tuesdays and Saturdays.
PHONE THEATER TO CONFIRM SHOWING!
  •  AMC MISSION VALLEY 20
  •  AMC PALM PROMENADE 24
  • Sorry, AMC POWAY has discontinued Sensory Friendly Films

Bring the whole family and  relax ,
knowing that   everyone  can enjoy the movie.  
 
THE MAZE RUNNER - THE DEATH CURE
(PG-13)

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
7:00 PM


PETER RABBIT
(PG)

Saturday, February 10, 2018
10:00 AM

BLACK PANTHER
(PG-13)

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
7:00 PM

PETER RABBIT
(PG)

Saturday, February 24, 2018
10:00 AM



PLEASE VERIFY SHOWING WITH THE AMC THEATER VIA THEIR WEBSITE OR BY PHONE BEFORE GOING AS THESE FILMS ARE SUBJECT TO CANCELLATION WITHOUT NOTICE.
 
For more information, click here

Family Pizza & Pool Party  
Central San Diego

Every second Friday of the month
Friday, February 9th, 2018
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Boys and Girls Club
4635 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA 92117

Bring the entire family to enjoy a swim in an indoor heated pool with free pizza and drinks. Lifeguards are provided. For safety purposes, no flotation devices or "floaties" are permitted.

*Please remember there is NO childcare provided at this event.  For safety reasons, ATTENDEES are expected to supervise their children at ALL times. Additionally: If your child cannot swim independently enough to pass the swim test, regardless of whether they will be in the deep or shallow end, you must be in the water with them at all times.

A special thank you to Aqua Pros for making this event possible. Donations of (minimum) $5 per family GREATLY APPRECIATED!
                                     
THANK YOU, GEICO as our Family Pizza and Pool Party sponsor.



Family Gym Night  - Carlsbad

Saturday, February 17, 2018
4:00-6:00 PM
Magdalena Ecke YMCA Gymnastics Center
6100 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92011

Join other families affected by autism at a Family Fun Gymnastics Night in North County. The YMCA will provide the gym equipment. Together we will be the fun AND PIZZA! Bring the entire family for an enjoyable relaxing night of family recreation.   Donations of (minimum) $5 per family GREATLY APPRECIATED!


*Please remember there is NO childcare provided at this event.  For safety reasons, ATTENDEES are expected to SUPERVISE their children at ALL times.  The YMCA staff will be enforcing this rule.

THANK YOU to Pistachio's Cut and Color Bar in Carlsbad for support to our Gym Night
SUPPORT AND INFORMATIONAL GROUP MEETINGS
All our meetings are FREE 
All Autism Society San Diego Meetings and Events
are regularly updated on Meetup.com
Stay informed and register at  www.meetup.com

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Every first Monday of the month!

Monday February 5th 
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Kirsch Therapy
1949 Avenida Del Oro Ste 120,  Oceanside, CA 
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This group is open to all parents, professionals, and members of the community interested in improving the lives of those affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders. The group's demographic includes all ages, home & out of home placements, and all "levels of functioning." There's a wealth of information to be shared by our more "seasoned" families, and it is a welcoming place for those new to the Autism diagnosis.

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Adults with Autism Social Support Group

Every first Saturday of the month - Please note that this month 
we are meeting  on the second Saturday!

Saturday, February 10th
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

United Way Building
4699 Murphy Canyon Road, San Diego, CA 
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This group is a place for autistic adults to come together for support and understanding. Make new friends, share questions and concerns, and get support from your peers, in a non judgmental and accepting atmosphere. This group is a open to all adults with autism as well as any support people that you require to participate successfully. We look forward to seeing you!

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Spanish Support Group
Grupo de Apoyo en Espanol 

Monday, February 12th
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

St. Rose of Lima Church Library
Esquina de 3rd and H St. en Chula Vista, en la biblioteca
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Somos un grupo de padres y familiares de habla hispana de jovenes con autismo que nos reunimos cada segundo Lunes del mes en la Iglesia St. Rose de Lima en Chula Vista. Por favor vengan a compartir informacion, apoyo y amistad.

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East County Autism Support Group

Monday, February 12th
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us at the Office of Dr. Reinzi Haytasingh
5550 Baltimore Drive, Suite 150, La Mesa, CA
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Support, information, resources and referral for families of persons on the autism spectrum. Join us to learn the experiences of others and share your own. Light refreshments.

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Adult Information and Support Group

Tuesday, February 13th
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

United Way Building
4699 Murphy Canyon Road, San Diego, CA 
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The topic this month is: The Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT).

As a group, children and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have a higher rate of psychiatric disorders than that of the general population. Research suggests that autism shares a genetic basis with several major psychiatric disorders. These include attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. There are times when behavioral health and mental health issues become critical. This month's meeting will discuss the PERT program in San Diego.

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Wednesday, February 21st
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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Sit....Chat....Relax. This is an opportunity to meet up with others facing similar life challenges in a comfortable, relaxing environment. This month find as at:

Panera Bread
2521 Palomar Airport Road,  Carlsbad  

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    Autism Through the Lifespan
Parent information and support meeting

Thursday, February 15th
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

2375 Congress Street, San Diego, CA
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Next topic:  How Do I Use Visual Supports? (Room 5)

Please join other parents, caregivers and professionals at the following monthly informational and support group meetings in Old Town. These meetings will discuss the various aspects of autism through the lifespan. Each meeting will feature an expert speaker and an Autism Society San Diego parent mentor. This is a time for you to meet other parents, ask questions and network. The meetings are free and open to all.

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Autism Society San Diego joins with Burn Institute
  
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  PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR RESEARCH STUDIES



Please take a few moments periodically to review the details of the  academic and clinical research studies listed on our website. If you know someone who might be a good fit, please take the extra step of reaching out to them. Dedicated scientists and students need our help to do the work that will "improve the lives of all those affected by autism."
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