Event Calendar

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Our calendar provides a central point for keeping track of all our programs, events, and meetings. Check back regularly to see what interesting seminars and activities are coming soon.

Please note that while we try to keep this calendar as accurate as possible, unexpected or short-notice changes, such as those due to weather or illness, may not be reflected here.



February 2016
18
Benefits and Employment ( 8:30am )
Benefits Training and Consulting:
Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security and SSI
Presented by Michael Walling, M.Ed.

The workshop will answer these and many more questions:
1. How will Employment First impact someone's benefits?
2. What are the four conditions required to terminate from SSDI while working?
3. How can a person earn $32,667 and maintain eligibility for SSI and free Medicaid?
4. How can someone earn more than $1,130 per month and still receive SSDI and Medicare?
5. Are you receiving correct information on benefits to make the best decisions about employmentand managing finances?

Event Location: Hampton Inn 48 Industrial Park Drive Saco, ME

One day event - February 18, 2016
20
Sensory Friendly Movie! ( 10:00am )
Kung Fu Panda 3

**Sensory Friendly Movies are regular movies in a sensory friendly atmosphere. Lights up; volume down; dancing, singing, talking and walking around are encouraged. These are geared towards people with sensory issues.

*See the Sensory & Family Friendly webpage for more information.

Event Location: Cinemagic Theaters Cinemagic - Westbrook, ME Cinemagic - Clarks Pond, South Portland, ME

One day event - February 20, 2016
27
NAMI Basics - 2 Day Teacher Training Course ( Feb. 27 & 28 8:30am to 5:00pm )
To expand our network of teachers in Southern Maine, we are offering a NAMI Basics teacher training course this February in Westbrook. You can become a certified teacher in this national model for Maine's largest grassroots, mental health advocacy organization. Help educate and support parents/guardians in your community.

Who should attend: Parents or other primary caregivers of individual who had emotional or behavioral concerns prior to age 13.

No teaching or training experience is required!

Event Location: Spring Harbor Hospital 123 Andover Rd. Westbrook, ME

For more information contact: www.namimaine.org

One day event - February 27, 2016
March 2016
5
Summer Camp Fair ( 3:00pm to 7:00pm )
We are pleased to announce that Maine Robotics will be hosting the first 2016 Summer Camp Fair in the Bangor Mall.

As a camp ourselves we understand the need for foot traffic needed for a great camp fair to run. We have been sponsored by the Bangor Mall to host this Fair in Bangor bringing it back to where it originally started years ago. We feel that having a camp fair in the mall will be great for foot traffic as well a being in one of the most public areas around. We are looking forward to hosting a camp fair here and having it grow over the next few years! Tables are limited and going fast so please get one while they are still available.

The cost is $75 per table, which includes a table, two chairs and electricity if needed. You will want to bring your own table covering.You are welcome to sign up for as many tables as you need. Set up will take place by 3 PM on Saturday unless there is heavy set up then it should be done prior to the mall opening.

We will be marketing this event on cable television two weeks prior to the event but certainly encourage you to reach out to your campers as well. This should be a great 1st event.

Event Location: Bangor Mall Stillwater Ave/Hogan Road Bangor, ME

For more information contact: 207-866-4340

One day event - March 5, 2016
12
8th Annual Southern Maine Autism Conference ( 8:00am to 4:00pm )
Pine Tree Society and Spurwink are pleased to present the 8th annual Southern Maine Autism Conference! The conference is designed for parents and family members of children with autism spectrum disorders, as well as their educators and other service providers. In addition to our keynote, we offer a number of breakout sessions covering a wide range of topics. Our attendees will leave with practical tools and strategies that can be implemented immediately in the home, school and community. Maybe more importantly, we work hard to create an environment of networking and support. You will meet others who understand and hopefully you will stay connected beyond the end of the day.

2016 Keynote Speaker: John Elder Robison

Event Location: DoubleTree Hotel South Portland, ME

One day event - March 12, 2016
19
Sensory Friendly Movie! ( 10:00am )
Zootopia

**Sensory Friendly Movies are regular movies in a sensory friendly atmosphere. Lights up; volume down; dancing, singing, talking and walking around are encouraged. These are geared towards people with sensory issues.

*See the Sensory & Family Friendly webpage for more information.

Event Location: Cinemagic Theaters Cinemagic - Westbrook, ME Cinemagic - Clarks Pond, South Portland, ME

One day event - March 19, 2016
April 2016
1
Autism Awareness Month Begins! ( ALL MONTH )
Autism is a developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. It is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain, and occurs in approximately one out of every 88 births. Autism is four times more prevalent in boys than girls and knows no racial, ethnic or social boundaries.

There is a lot that you can do to bring Autism Awareness to your community! You can host an event or join with others and attend an event like the Walk for Autism, create a bulletin board, wear an autism awareness ribbon, make a donation to ASM, join our Facebook group, become a member of ASM, purchase an autism awareness item in the ASM store and much more!

Teachers are also taking this opportunity to educate their students about autism and promoting understanding and inclusion for their fellow classmates. We are happy to help in any way we can, by providing autism information, books & dvd s from our lending library or by offering an autism presentation. (Maine Residents.)

Autism Information Specialists are trained by ASM and can give a presentation to your class about autism on all grade levels. FMI: 1-800-273-5200

Event Location: EVERYWHERE

For more information contact: Autism Society of Maine 1-800-273-5200 www.asmonline.org info@asmonline.org

One day event - April 1, 2016
4
The Language of Emotions ( 8:00am to 4:00pm )
The Language of Emotions presented by Dr. Andy Bondy

Many children, especially those with autism, have difficulty in acquiring language related to expressing emotions and identifying emotions in other people. This talk will present an analysis based on B.F. Skinner's work, and demonstrate how effective lessons can be developed.

Call for brochure/registration form: 207-775-6536

Event Location: Seasons Event & Conference Ctr Portland, ME

For more information contact: 207-775-6536 chammond@mrhassociates.com

One day event - April 4, 2016
5
Transitioning from PECS to SGDs ( 8:00am to 3:30pm )
Transitioning from PECS to SGDs - Presented by Lori Frost,M.S.,CCC-SLP With the influx of communication devices and apps to the market how do we ensure that the basic communication skills are maintained and taught right from the beginning?
Speech Generated Devices (SGDs) were first introduced for people with motor difficulties like cerebral palsy and now these devices are introduced to our learners with autism and other related communication difficulties. For these populations, language and cognition are often compromised and basic social and communication skills have not always been mastered prior to the introduction of the device. Because of this, the way we teach the use of SGDs needs to be specifically tailored to fit the needs of each individual paying attention to devices capabilities vs. user capabilities.

Call for brochure/registration form: 207-775-6536

Event Location: Seasons Event & Conference Ctr Portland, ME

For more information contact: 207-775-6536 chammond@mrhassociates.com

One day event - April 5, 2016
16
Sensory Friendly Movie! ( 10:00am )
The Jungle Book

**Sensory Friendly Movies are regular movies in a sensory friendly atmosphere. Lights up; volume down; dancing, singing, talking and walking around are encouraged. These are geared towards people with sensory issues.

*See the Sensory & Family Friendly webpage for more information.

Event Location: Cinemagic Theaters Cinemagic - Westbrook, ME Cinemagic - Clarks Pond, South Portland, ME

One day event - April 16, 2016
21
Transitions & Supports Program ( 5:30pm to 7:30pm )
Pathways to Transition

Helping Individuals Through Multiple Transitions & Supports

This program will provide a brief overview on guardianship, employment opportunities, vocational rehab, and identifying and creating support systems based on individual skills and interests.

Presented by Kendra Campbell, Autism Information Specialist, Autism Society of Maine.

Sponsored by Woodfords' Case Management Program. Workshop is free! Advance registration is required. To register, contact the Training Coordinator at (207)878-9663x4131 or email: mromano@woodfords.org

Event Location: Woodfords Training Ctr. 100 Larrabee Rd. Westbrook, ME

For more information contact: 878-9663x4131 mromano@woodfords.org

One day event - April 21, 2016
24
Walk For Autism - SAVE DATE! ( 12:00pm (registration 11:00) )
"Walk For Autism" Four Walk locations on the same day!

University of New England - Biddeford
University of Maine - Bangor
Farmington Fairgrounds - Farmington
Belfast Area High School - Belfast

Registration is available online. On site registration on day of event will be from 11:00am to 12:00pm

The Walk is from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM Rain or Shine!

See website link for more information!

Event Location: 4 Locations! Bangor,Belfast,Biddefored,Farmington

For more information contact: Autism Society of Maine 1-800-273-5200 www.firstgiving.com/ASMMAINE/walk-for-autism-2016 info@asmonline.org

One day event - April 24, 2016
28
Wrightslaw Special Education Law & Advocacy ( 8:00am to 4:30pm )
Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete Wright, Esq., is being sponsored by the Southern Kennebec Child DevelopmentCorporation-Child Care Options.

Program Description:
One-day special education law and advocacy programs focus on four areas: special education law, rights and responsibilities tests and measurements to measure progress & regression SMART IEPs introduction to tactics & strategies for effective advocacy. Wrightslaw programs are designed to meet the needs of parents, educators, health care providers, advocates and attorneys who represent children with disabilities regarding special education. The program is not disability specific.

Event Location: Augusta Civic Center 76 Community Drive Augusta, ME

One day event - April 28, 2016
30
Northeast Harbor Walk/Run for Autism
SAVE DATE! Sea of Blue 3rd Annual Walk for Autism Organized by Chris Heel and his parents Matt and Susan

Proceeds are to benefit the Autism Society of Maine

Event Location: The Neighborhood House 1 Kimball Rd. Northeast Harbor, ME

One day event - April 30, 2016