June 23rd, New Bedford, MA. - This is a registration-only event for families with disabilities to enjoy a private evening and Twilight Tour at the zoo. Have you ever wondered what happens at the zoo after the zookeepers go home? Join Community Autism Resources for the private event us on this Twilight Tour find out for yourself. The Tour includes: Dinner & Dessert, Interactive Program, Evening Zoo Tour, Campfire & S’mores, Souvenir Flashlight Adventures Patch. Registration is required by June 9th to www.community-autism-resources.com/events/ or call Lori DeCrescenzo at (508) 379-0371 or (800) 588-9239 ext. 10.
June 23rd – July 29th, Lincoln, MA. - An animal-assisted learning curriculum designed to engage students physically, cognitively and socially with their peers. A learner-centered approach in which the students are encouraged to ask questions and investigate the answers through active engagement, observation, and management of the environment to discover or acquire knowledge Students will discuss the animals’ needs, and the care and management involved in responsible pet-ownership. Students will focus on a different aspect of animal care, such as diet, exercise, or health, and work with classmates and the staff to experience the animals’ world and what is required for their comfort, nourishment and human interaction. Each topic will be compared to social skills and how we, as humans, need to behave in order to be good friends and care-takers. Hands-on activities with the animals to practice the topics. Journaling and self-reflective activities to enhance self-confidence, non-verbal communication, boundaries, the decision-making process, and self-advocacy. Strength in these life skills helps students positively impact the world and enhance their daily interactions and experiences with others. Hooves, Paws and Claws is led by a PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) International Certified Riding Instructor and a Massachusetts Licensed Riding Instructor with a background in psychology and special education. The group is assisted by four volunteer animal handlers. Sessions will be organized to form a cohesive age group based on applicants’ profiles. Enrollment is on a first-come first-serve basis, with class size limited to six students. Fees apply, registration is required to www.friendsfortomorrow.org/hoovespawsandclaws/ or contact email@example.com or 781-259-8909
June 24th & 25th, North Conway, NH. - Meet up with other families from around New England at the Autism Awareness Day at Story Land, which will include an Awareness Walk around the park before it opens, family events, and discounted tickets exclusively only to the Autism Community and their friends. Can’t make it on June 24th or 25th? You can use the tickets you purchased when you registered anytime between June 25th to July 31st, 2017. ALL TICKETS FOR THIS EVENT MUST BE PURCHASED BY JUNE 16th, 2017. For more information, visit the http://act.autismspeaks.org/site/Calendar/216653103?view=Detail&id=100501 or contact NorthernNewEngland@AutismSpeaks.org or 617-726-1515
June 30th, Lynn, MA. - Join the Autism Support Center for the North Shore Navigators’ very first Autism Awareness Night. The Navigators’ management team is rolling out the red carpet for NeArc families – Children and adults on the autism spectrum, along with their families, are invited to be on the field during pre-game festivities. Marissa Michaela Kearney will perform the national anthem. First pitch thrown out by two special guests. Noise-cancelling headphones may be needed by some. There will be music and announcements over the stadium loudspeakers. The Navigators will play against the Brockton Rox. Post-game fireworks will begin 15 minutes after the game. Feel free to stay (or not!). Fraser Field is fully accessible. To register or for more information visit https://ne-arc.org/about-us/calendar/ or contact The Autism Support Center, Northeast Arc, firstname.lastname@example.org, 978-624-2302
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