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Weekly Update October 10, 2018

    We're BACK! We've made the transition to 712 Plantation Street and like most transitions it was a lot of work. We've still a bit of unpacking to do so if you visit the new center in the next week or so we'll have to ask that you pardon our appearance as we feather our new nest.  It's an exciting time for us and HMEA as we look to the future. 

  We've been receiving calls from people anxious to enroll in HMEA'S  new center based ABA program. We are not doing intake for HMEA's Childrens Center for ABA, if interested please contact Jan Bolton at jbolton@hmea.org

   We had our first visitors to the Center last night when Mass Advocates Standing Strong met in our training rooms. Tonight we will have a support group for parents of children and tweens on the spectrum, join us and have a look at our new digs !

You can also visit the new Center on October 24 where Gayle Green will be holding IEP clinics and has openings at 11AM 12PM 1PM and 2PM

Elsewhere, Elaine Rabbitt will be doing IEP consultations on October 30 in Southbridge at the Library  and has openings at 9:30, 10:30, 11:30AM, 12:30, 1:30 PM
Call Donmarie at 508-298-1609 to book your consultation. 

  A reminder to  those who have children under age nine, that the open request application period for the Autism Waiver is one week away beginning next Wednesday on the 17th and will run through the 31st. Please note that applications received before the opening date will be discarded. Click here for more information.   

 For parents who've teens and young adults transitioning Commissioner Jane Ryder will be at the Beechwood Hotel in November for a town hall meeting on turning 22. We all know how stressful this transition can be so come and share ideas how this process can be improved! Be part of the solution. scroll down for all the details.  Also the Costume Ball for Teens & Young Adults and Siblings will take place on October 19th, we need a head count for the Manor next week so be sure to register for this popular night out! Parents enjoy an evening socializing while the young folk party. 

Can't wait to see you all in our new home ! Have a great week 
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 .



AccesSportAmerica is partnering with the Stars of Mass. Soccer Club for an inclusive tournament on Oct. 20th at 10AM- 11:30AM. The tournament is at the Stars of Mass. complex, 70 McGovern Blvd., Lancaster, MA , right across from Kimballs ice cream.
Ages: 5- adults
Ability/disability: All abilities are encouraged to come
Participants: siblings and parents are invited to play in games.
Format: We'll put participants on small teams made up of a variety of abilities including players and coaches from the Stars of Mass. and AccesSportAmerica
The game format is a game system in which every player is vital to the rest of their team and required to either, score, assist, or block shots in the course of games. The game has been successful used for years within AccesSportAmerica's soccer program. Stars of Mass. coaches routinely consult with AccesSport on game systems and training.
Cost: No charge. The tournament is being run within the Stars of Mass. Soccer a Thon.
Email: Ross Lilley at AccesSportAmerica ross@goaccess.org 


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


Family Fun

October 19, 2018 
For Teens, Young Adults & Siblings 
& Parent Night Out
MAnor Restaurant 
6:30 - 9:30 PM 

October 27, 2018 
Family Fun at West End Creamery 
Fall Festival 
481 Purgatory Rd, Whitinsville, MA 
2:30 PM

October 27, 2018 Sibshop Zion Lutheran Church 60 Main St Oxford MA For Siblings ages 7 and older $10.00/pp $15.00 cap 10AM- 1:30 PM

Call Donmarie to reserve a clinic

October 30, 2018 
Jacob Edwards Library 
236 Main St 
Southbridge MA 
Advocate Elaine Rabbitt 
9:30, 10:30, 11:30AM, 12:30, 1:30 PM

 October 24, 2018 
Autism Resource Central 
Advocate Gayle Greene M.Ed. 
9, 10, 11 AM, 12, 1, 2 PM


 October 10, 2018 
Parents of School Aged Kids & Tweens Support Group 
7 -9 PM 

October 15, 2018 
Parents & Tots 4:30- 5:30 PM 

October 17, 2018 
Parents of Teens Support Group
 & Teen Socialization Group 
Workshop Financial Wellness
Life Insurance & Trust Funding 
7-9 PM  

October 24, 2018 
Parents of Girls Support Group 
& Girls Socialization Group 
Financial Wellness Workshop 
Trusts & Wills 
6:30 -8:30 PM


Sue Loring -Director 
HMEA's Autism Resource Central 
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