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.



October 2014
22
National Unity Day! Bully Prevention
National Unity Day #‎unityDay2014
Pacer s National Bullying Prevention Center

Wear orange to show your support for safe & bully-free communities everywhere! http://www.pacer.org/Bullying/

Event Location: online

One day event - October 22, 2014
23
Public Call-In Forum ( 6:30 to 8:00pm )
Public Call-In Forum - Oct. 23, 6:30 to 8:00pm Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), family members, siblings, guardians, correspondents, friends, advocates, and service providers for adults with I/DD are encouraged to provide feedback on services provided by Maine Department of Health and Human Services Office of Aging and Disability Services.

Call-In Toll Free Conference Number: 1-877-455-0244
Conference Code: 4806634974

To join the online meeting go to the link provided below:

Event Location: ONLINE OR CALL

One day event - October 23, 2014
24
ASM Annual Meeting ( 6:00pm to 8:00pm )
You re invited to attend ASM Annual Meeting

Please join us for a banquet dinner followed by the announcement of new board members and a farewell to others. The guest speaker for the evening will be Dr. Stephen Meister Director of the Edmund Ervin Clinic who will discuss the trends in Maine.

Following the guest speaker we will announce the award recipients. There is no cost to attend but membership is recommended. Please RSVP to attend by calling 800-273-5200.

Now accepting Award nominations in the following categories:

Professionals (not in the field of autism, but contributing to it): Any professional within their own field of expertise who contributes in any manner relative to individuals and/or families affected by ASD. Example: Media person who wrote series or article on autism, State Representative or Senator supporting autism related bill etc.

Family Members or Persons with Autism: To an individual with autism or a family of an individual with autism who has contributed to the community to enhance the lives of individuals with autism Example: Promotes education or autism awareness to the local community, schools, or general public.

Professionals Providing Services: Any professional practicing within the field that has devoted his/her service potential and opportunities to supporting, treating, and effectively providing services to individuals and families with ASD. Example: Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Special Ed Teacher etc.

See link to download nomination form.

Event Location: Hilton Garden Inn 5 Park St. Freeport, ME

For more information contact: 1-800-273-5200 news.phdcon.com/UserFiles/113/file/Conferences_Workshops/ASM%20Award%20Nomination%20Criteria%202014%281%29.pdf library@asmonline.org

One day event - October 24, 2014
25
AANE's Annual Conference ( 8:30am to 5:00pm )
Practical Perspectives, Positive Lives

For those interested in individuals with AS/ASD and related communications differences.

Keynote Speakers:
Simon Baron-Cohen,PhD.
Why is autism More Common in Males?

Winnie Dunn, PhD, OR, FAOTA
Focus on Strengths: Imagine the Possibilities, Sensory Processing Patterns and Impact on Everyday Life, Impact of Strengths-Based Contextual Interventions

Michael Forbes Wilcox
Growing Old Disgracefully: Adventures of an Activist Aspergerian

Event Location: Joseph B. Martin 77 Louis Pasteur Boston, MA

For more information contact: AANE www.aane.org/

One day event - October 25, 2014
26
My Day To Play! ( 4:30pm to 6:00pm )
My Day To Play at the Maine Discovery Museum

Sunday October 12 and Sunday October 26th.

Each event includes sensory boxes with different themes; gross motor sensory play with a tunnel and parachute; interaction with a live animal; and science and/or art activities. Fee for a family is $4.50. The museum is only open at that time to families of children on the autism spectrum. To register, please call the museum.(Registration is not required but helps in planning the events). If you have questions, please email Rosalyn Fisher at osurosalyn1960@gmail.com.

Event Location: Maine Discovery Museum 74 Main St. Bangor, ME

For more information contact: 207 262-7200

One day event - October 26, 2014
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Childhood ADHD
Advanced Non-Drug Treatments and Strategies that Change the Brain.

Speaker: Debra Burdick, LCSWR, BCN

Seminar on CD or DVD package available.

Event Location: Portland, ME

For more information contact: 800-844-8260 www.pesi.com

One day event - October 27, 2014
Communication Language and Literacy ( October 27 & 28, 2014 )
Communication Language and Literacy: Technology and Strategies for Complex Learners

Presented by: Pati King-DeBaun, M.S. CCC-SLP

This workshop will address the language and communication needs of students who struggle with communication, nonspeaking students, and/or students who use augmentative communication. Supportive strategies for communication and participation in typical language and early literacy activities will be addressed. Participants will learn the importance of engagement levels in literacy and language experiences and how to support students as they progress.

Event Location: Double Tree by Hilton South Portland, ME

For more information contact: 207-797-8255 www.mrhassociates.com/ chammond@mrhassociates.com

One day event - October 27, 2014
Skate for FREE! ( 3:00pm to 5:00pm )
Open to all individuals with special needs and their friends. Wheelchairs and sneakers are permitted on the floor. Come join the fun! Admission and skate rentals are FREE!

Event Location: Happy Wheels Skate Center 331 Warren Ave. Portland, Me

For more information contact: Barbara Peters, CASA, Inc. (207) 883-6333 www.happywheelsskatecenter.com

One day event - October 27, 2014
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G.E.A.R. Support Group Presentation by ASM ( 5:30pm to 7:30pm )
Autism & Strategies Presentation by the Autism Society of Maine

Description: To provide participants the basic understanding of autism along with general strategies, behavioral strategies, social skill strategies, educational strategeies, and classroom strategies.
Presented by Erin Dimbleby,ASM Autism Information Specialist

Event Location: Curtis Memorial Library 23 Pleasant St. Brunswick, ME

For more information contact: 207-721-0161 www.gearparentnetwork.org

One day event - October 28, 2014
30
UNE Open Enrollment Benefit Expo ( 9:30am to 2:00pm )
The Autism Society of Maine will have an autism resource table at the UNE Open Enrollment Benefit Expo for employees of the University of New England.

Stop by and ask any questions that you may have about autism!

Event Location: University of New England Campus Center Gym Biddeford, ME

For more information contact: www.une.edu/calendar/2014/open-enrollment-benefit-expo-biddeford-campus

One day event - October 30, 2014
November 2014
1
Parent & Family Epilepsy Conference
Join us for this FREE conference for family and individuals affected by epilepsy. Enjoy a lunch and learn more about your epilepsy.

Visit the Autism Society of Maine's table!

Event Location: Dana Center 22 Bramhall St. Portland, ME

One day event - November 1, 2014
2
Health & Wellness Expo ( 10:00am to 4:00pm )
Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram and Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare present their 2nd annual, FREE community health and wellness expo including screenings, demonstrations, flu shots, and more.

Event Location: Civic Center Portland, ME

For more information contact: www.pressherald.com/2012/10/05/health-expo-features-shonda-schilling-_2012-10-05/

One day event - November 2, 2014
5
Dual Diagnosis / Direct Support Professionals ( 8:00am to 4:00pm )
Maine Dual Diagnosis Conference for Direct Support Professionals

Changes to Create a World of Difference
*Assessment & Observation
*Exhibitors
*Behavior Support - If I Knew Then What I Know Now
*Crisis Prevention and Intervention
*Health & Wellness
*Should to Shoulder - Community Collaboration
All meals included in cost of conference!

Stop by ASM's table!

Event Location: Fireside Inns & Suites 81 Riverside Portland, ME

For more information contact: Portside Resources

One day event - November 5, 2014
6
Roundtable for Parents ( 10:30am to 12:00noon )
A roundtable discussion for parents hosted by Pine Tree Society's Case Management team.

The holidays: often a time of joy and connection. But they also can be a time of stress as changing routines and high expectations can take their toll. And for families of children with disabilities, there can often be more challenges due to high social demands, changes in routines, changes in diet and too little sleep. As families are come together, we can become acutely aware of our children s differing abilities, can feel pressure to conform and feel guilt or failure when we are not able to participate.
See link below for more information:

Event Location: Pine Tree Society 71 US Route 1 Scarborough, ME

For more information contact: Barbara 386-5963

One day event - November 6, 2014
December 2014
3
Autism Meltdowns in Children and Adolescents ( 8:00am to 4:00pm )
Autism Meltdowns in Children and Adolescents: Practical Strategies for Prevention, Intervention, and Post-vention Seminar

Speaker: KATHY MORRIS, M.ED., B.S.

*Techniques to develop self-control and self-management skills
*Essential skills to defuse explosive behaviors and de-escalate meltdowns
*Activities for reviewing behaviors when calm *Case examples with dozens of strategies you can use immediately

Alternate Locations:
Manchester, NH on 12/4/2014
Burlington, VT on 12/5/2014

More information/brochure coming soon that can be seen on PESI's website link.

Event Location: Portland, ME

For more information contact: PESI https://www.pesi.com/search/detail/index.aspx?eventid=30884

One day event - December 3, 2014
6
Holiday Craft Fair! ( 9:00am to 2:00pm )
Invitation to Crafters!

Registration is now open for crafter space at Morrison Center s 6th Annual Holiday Craft Fair, Poinsettia, & Wreath Sale. A crafter booth/space is $35 and all registration fees support the work of Morrison Center! To participate, please fill out a Craft Fair Vendor Application 2014 and return to the Center by Fri. Nov. 14th.

Event Location: Scarborough, ME

For more information contact: Meghan 883-6680 x102

One day event - December 6, 2014
12
G.E.A.R. Support Group Presentation by ASM ( 5:30pm to 7:30pm )
Autism & Strategies Presentation by the Autism Society of Maine

Description: To provide participants the basic understanding of autism along with general strategies, behavioral strategies, social skill strategies, educational strategeies, and classroom strategies.
Presented by Erin Dimbleby,ASM Autism Information Specialist

Note: Park in lot behind building for ground floor entrance
Physician's Building,Conference Room D

Event Location: Penobscot Bay Medical Ctr. Physician's Building, room D Rockport, ME

For more information contact: 207-721-0161 www.gearparentnetwork.org

One day event - December 12, 2014