Sunday, November 27, 2011

Saturday Night Alive

Haven Universe will hold a "Saturday Night Alive" event for both young and adult special needs individuals, families, friends, and caregivers on December 3 from 5-7 p.m.

This faith-based organization holds this event for recreation at Julius West Middle School (651 Great Falls Road) in Rockville. The cost is $7.

For more information, contact or 301-841-7412.

Event Summary for the Week of November 28, 2011

Check out the AutMont Calendar to see all of the activities for this week as well as those coming up!

Tuesday, November 29:

Wednesday, November 30:

Autism Society Montgomery County Annual Meeting and Elections (plus a lecture on "What Causes Autism? An "Integrative Systems" Perspective)

Thursday, December 1:

Friday, December 2:

Sensory Santa (Columbia)

Saturday, December 3:

Sensory Santa (Columbia)


Do you know of another event? Leave details in the comments!

There's an App for That: Tools for School and Beyond

The Siena School will present a workshop called "There's an App for That: Tools for School and Beyond" on December 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Cost for the workshop is $60/person ($30/person for LDAMC members) and includes lunch and materials.

Bring your laptop, tablet, or phone and share with others what apps work for you. A technology educator will be there to give tips on which apps are worth downloading.

The workshop will be held at The Siena School (9727 Georgia Avenue) in Silver Spring. For more information, call 301-592-0567, ext. 12.

The Neuropsychology of ASDs

Children's National Medical Center's Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (CASD) and DC Autism Parents will present a lecture on the Neuropsychology of ASDs: Putting All the Pieces Together on December 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Dr. Michael Rosenthal will discuss the relevence of neuropsych assessment in understanding children with ASDs, with a special focus on executive functioning and social cognition. He will also cover the situations where such an assessment may be necessary and how the results can be used to guide targeted treatment planing at school and at home.

Space is limited and registration is necessary. Register by calling 202-271-9262 or emailing The lecture will take place at the Riggs-Lamond Neighborhood Library (5401 South Dakota Avenue NE) in DC.

Sensory Santa at the Mall in Columbia

The Mall in Columbia will hold Sensory Santa events on Friday December 2nd and Sunday December 4th from 8:30 to 10 a.m. each day.

These sessions take place before the stores open to the public. Music and water fountains will be turned off, and attendees will receive numbers, so you don't have to stand in a long line. There will also be activities to help pass the time.

For more information, contact or 410-290-3466. The mall is located at 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia.

Also, this news story on a Sensitive Santa event at Potomac Mills Mall says that they will be holding another event, but haven't yet set a date. Check the mall's website for information, or call them at 703-496-9301. The mall is located in Woodbridge, Virginia.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Autism Friendly Bounce Night

Pump It Up! in Lanham-Bowie will hold their second DC Autism Parents Jump on December 29 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

This private playtime is designed exclusively for children with autism and their families. The music is turned off and the bounce areas are less crowded, so children aren't as likely to be over stimulated as in other similar environments that might noisier.

RSVPs are required for this events. Please RSVP to The cost is $10 per child (parents are free, but are required to accompany their child). Parents may bring casein and gluten free snacks for the final 30 minutes. A waiver signed by a parent or guardian and socks are required.

Pump It Up! is located at 4230 Forbes Boulevard, Suite H, in Lanham.

Webinar: An Introduction to Social Media

Autism NOW will present a webinar titled "Building Connection, Building Community: An Introduction to Social Media" on November 29 from 2-3 p.m. Eastern.

Stacey Milbern, of the National Youth Leadership Network, will lead the webinar, which will give attendees an introduction to free media platforms, tips for online performance, and more.

Event Summary for the Week of November 21, 2011

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Thursday, November 24:

Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 25:

Saturday, November 26:

Sunday, November 27:


Do you know of another event? Leave details in the comments!

Autism Society Annual Meeting and Elections

The Autism Society Montgomery County Maryland will hold its annual meeting and elections on November 30 at 7 p.m.

Valerie Hu, Ph.D., will speak about "What Causes Autism? An 'Integrative Systems' Perspective."

For more information, email or call 301-652-3912. The meeting will be held at The Arc of Montgomery County (11600 Nebel Street) in Rockville.

Sports Plus Swim Meet and Fundraiser

Sports Plus will hold it's annual Swim Meet and Fundraiser on December 10 from noon to 3 p.m.

Kids can swim in the various swim events for ribbons or just swim for recreation. There will be food, music, kids' activities, and a silent auction, all to benefit Sports Plus.

For more information, email The event will be held at the Quince Orchard Swim and Tennis Club (16601 Roundabout Drive) in Gaithersburg.

Confrencia en Español para Padres de Niños con Necesidades Especiales

(English below)

The Parents’ Place of Maryland se complace en invitarle a la 2da conferencia específicamente para padres de habla hispana que tienen niños con necesidades especiales. La conferencia será un día completo lleno de información, talleres y compartir, un tiempo que valdrá la pena.

Algunos de los temas a presentarse son:
• Soluciones para los problemas de conducta de su hijo/a
• Aprendiendo más sobre el Autismo
• El desarrollo del IEP que su hijo/a debe tener
• Obteniendo los servicios médicos que su hijo/a necesita

Los espacios están limitados. Por favor regístrese lo más pronto posible, antes del 25 de noviembre. Porque queremos que aproveche al máximo la conferencia, le pedimos
que haga arreglos alternos para sus niños.

3 de Diciembre del 2011

Silver Spring Civic Building
One Veterans Place
Silver Spring, MD 20910


Esta actividad es completamente gra-
tuita. Incluye almuerzo y materiales.

¿Interesado? Para asistir, es un requisito estar registrado previo a la conferencia.

Para más información y para registrarse:
Tel. 443-306-8730; 410-768-9100, ext. 105
Correo electrónico:
Página de Internet:

The Parents' Place of Maryland will hold a free conference in Spanish for parents of children with special need on December 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Participants will learn about
• Solutions for your child's behavior problems
• Learning more about autism
• Developing the IEP your child should have
• Obtaining the medical services your child needs.

You must register prior to the day of the conference. For more information and to register, call 443-306-8730 or 410-768-9100, ext 105. Email or go to The conference will be held at Silver Spring Civic Building (One Veteran's Place) in Silver Spring.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Event Summary for the Week of November 14, 2011

Check out the AutMont Calendar to see all of the activities for this week as well as those coming up!

Tuesday, November 15:

SEAC Meeting with Superintendent Joshua Starr (Editorial note: Try to make this meeting if you can. Let's show Dr. Starr that special education matters to us. I'll be there!)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Transition Times Meeting: Planning for the Future

The Arc of Montgomery County and Potomac Community Resources will hold their next Transition Times meeting on November 16 from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Ann Lindsey, Transition Specialist for the MCPS Transition Services Unit, will speak at this meeting called Planning for the Future in Transition Services...From Middle School and Beyond.

For more information, contact Haydee M.M. De Paula at 301-984-5792 or or Abby Lubran at 301-365-0561 or

This meeting will be held at The Arc of Montgomery County (11600 Nebel Street) in Rockville. Please use the side entrance.

Kennedy Krieger Festival of Trees 2011

Kennedy Krieger's annual Festival of Trees will take place this year from November 25 to 27. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

The Festival of Trees is a winter wonderland featuring more than 600 holiday trees, wreaths, and gingerbread houses. There will also be live hourly entertainment and more than 100 seasonal merchants. The Festival's SantaLand will feature a carousel, "reindeer" pony rides, carnival games, a remote control racetrack, and Santa himself!

Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for seniors and kids ages 5-12. Children age 4 and under are free. Tickets are available at the door or you can receive discounted admission by purchasing tickets online.

The Festival takes place at the Maryland State Fairgrounds (2200 York Road) in Timonium.

Exceptional Schools for Exceptional Students School Fair 2011

The American University School of Education, Teaching, and Health will sponsor an Exceptional Schools for Exceptional Students School Fair on November 13 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Admission is free and open to the public. Visit the event website for a list of participating schools. The fair will take place at The Katzen Art Center at American University.

For more information, contact Bekah Atkinson at 301-592-0567 x12 or

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Event Summary for the Week of November 7, 2011

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Monday, November 7:

Tuesday, November 8:

ASAN 5-Year Anniversary Celebration

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network will be hosting their 5-Year Anniversary Celebration on November 16 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

This celebration will include the presentation of the first annual Award for Exceptional Services to the Autistic Community, which will go to Corina Becker and Kathryn Bjornstad, the creators of Autistics Speaking Day.

Proceeds from ticket sales will go to support ASAN's advocacy work and programs for the coming year. For more information or to register, please visit the ASAN website. Tickets cost $75 for self-advocates, $125 for supporters, and $250 for benefactors. For more information, email

This event will take place at the National Press Club (529 14th Street) in Washington, DC.

SEAC Meeting with Joshua Starr

Dr. Joshua Starr, the new superintendent of MCPS, will be attending the November meeting of the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) to discuss special education on November 15 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Per SEAC chairs, the format will not be for telling personal stories, but parents are encouraged to ask Dr. Starr questions about his vision for special education.

Babysitting with advance notice is available. Contact Joan Sabaka at The meeting will take place at Carver Educational Services Center (859 Hungerford Drive) in Rockville.

Extraordinary Parents Night: Executive Functioning and ASD

Partnership for Extraordinary Minds will hold their November Extraordinary Parents Night meeting on Executive Functioning and ASD on November 10 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Dr. Laurie Dietzel, co-author of Late, Lost, and Unprepared: A Parents' Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning, will provide a user-friendly framework for understanding the self-regulatory, cognitive control skills described as the executive functions. After defining these skills, she will focus on working memory, initiation, and cognitive flexibility.

Setting realistic expectations, providing appropriate accommodations, and interventions will be summarized. There will also be time for questions and discussion.

This parent meeting will take place at the Rockville Library Meeting Room (21 Maryland Avenue) in Rockville.

Ivymount Holiday Boutique

Ivymount School will hold a low key, special needs-friendly holiday shopping experience for you and your children on November 12 at their Holiday Boutique.

The general public is welcome at the boutique, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ivymount (11614 Seven Locks Road) in Rockville.

Some of the vendors include Mixed Bags, Toffee House, Botanicus, the Ivymount Barkery (dog biscuits!), and handmade jewelry and crafts.

Alex's Art Loft will also be at the boutique. Bring this announcement from AutMont to get a special gift at his table!

Finding Funding for ASD Housing

FAST-ARCHway will present two free trainings on community housing for individuals with autism this fall/winter.

The first, on November 16 from 7-9 p.m. will be presented by Oregon housing consultant Joe Wykowski. The training is called "Finding Funding for Community Housing for People with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities and the ABCs of Separating Home Ownership from the Provision of Services."

On December 15, from 7-9 p.m., architect Cathy Purple Cherry will present "Where Will Your Adult Children Live? Considerations in Developing/Building a Home for Your Adult Child with ASD."

Both events will take place at the Buffington/RE/MAX Community Room (3300 Olney-Sandy Spring Road) in Olney. Space is limited for both events. Please RSVP at

MCTransitions Meeting with Transition Work Group

MCTransitions will hold a meeting on November 10 from 7:30-9 p.m. with Karen Leggett, Chairperson for the Transition Work Group (TWG).

Ms. Leggett will talk about the TWG group and what they do to network with county groups, including the Transition Resource Fair that took place at Montgomery College in October.

The meeting will take place at the Arc of Montgomery County (11600 Nebel Street) in Rockville. Please RSVP to Reda Sheinberg at

Future Quest Resource Fair

The Northern Virginia Transition Coalition will present a free Future Quest Resource Fair on November 19 from 8 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.

At Future Quest, you can learn about supports and resources in college, options after high school, career planning, career and technical schools, employment strategies, and the college application process. You can download the schedule here.

You can register online and request accommodations online. Same-day on-site registration will also be offered.

Future Quest will be held at the Johnson Center at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Sensory Friendly Movie: Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1

NOTE: The Autism Society has changed the movie from Twilight to Tower Heist.

Enjoy a screening of Tower Heist in a sensory friendly environment on November 30 at 7 p.m.

AMC Entertainment and the Autism Society have teamed up to provide a mellower setting for families affected by autism and other disabilities. The movie auditorium will have its lights brought up and the sound turned down, families can bring in their own GFCF snacks, and no previews or ads will be shown before the movies. Audience members are also welcome to get up and move or vocalize. (Unless the safety of the audience is questioned.)

Tickets cost between $4 and $6 depending on the theater. The AMC Rio Cinemas 18 in Gaithersburg (9811 Washingtonian Blvd.) is one of the theaters that participates.

Webinar: Navigating College

Autism NOW will hold a webinar presented by the Autistic Self Advocacy Network about Navigating College: Advice for Autistic Students from Autistic Adults on November 8 from 2 to 3 p.m. (Eastern).

Topics will include everything from learning how to get accommodations, getting to places on time, and dealing with sensory issues to how to stay healthy at school, handle dating and relationships, and learning how to talk to classmates about your disability.