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.



September 2014
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Understanding Autism ( 7:30pm )
Understanding Autism
Guest Speaker, Kate Goldfield
Kate Goldfield always knew something was different about her, but she never knew what. At the age of 21, she was finally diagnosed on the autism spectrum with Asperger's Syndrome, and could start to put a lifetime of relational difficulties, emotional isolation and sensory hypersensitivity into a context that made sense. She could start to find other people that experienced the world in the same way she did. Tonight, she shares the story of the struggles and triumphs she had along the way in her journey to become part of the world.

Event Location: Bet Ha'am Synagogue 81 Westbrook St. South Portland, ME

One day event - September 5, 2014
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3rd Annual Car Show - Save Date! ( 8:00am to 2:00pm (reg 7:30am) )
3rd Annual Car Show

Hosted by Wendy and Richard Humphrey

Prizes, 50/50 Raffle!
Burgers and Salads
Entertainment!

Proceeds to Benefit the Autism Society of Maine

Event Location: Parsonfield, ME

One day event - September 7, 2014
Autumn Ride for Autism ( 10am (registration from 8am) )
5th Annual Ride for Autism to Mt. Blue State Park

8:00am to 10:00am is Registration is at LA Harley, Lewistion
10:30am Leave LA Harley as a group heading to Mt. Blue State Park (over 110 miles round trip)
Snacks will be available at Mt. Blue State Park

2:00pm to 5:00pm BBQ lunch provided by LA Harley back in Lewiston
Music by Matt and the Bamburners "Feel the Heat"
Cost is $20.00 per person that covers the ride and meal.

50/50 RAFFLE!

See link to brochure for information and pledge/donations
Proceeds to Benefit the Autism Society of Maine

Event Location: L.A. Harley Main St. Lewiston, ME

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

One day event - September 7, 2014
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Retreat For Parents of Challenging Kids ( 9:00am to 3:00pm )
A Restorative Retreat for Parents of Challenging Kids

With Barbara Freethy, M.ED.and Marilee Marrinan, BS Ed, RPP, CST

Description: Parenting highly sensitive, challenging children can be both exhilarating and exhausting! The intense demands of consciously parenting these children often requires the need for self-care and replenishment. No matter how many parenting books and courses, if we are operating on depletion and overwhelm, none of these "best parenting" techniques will prove successful.

Event Location: Vywamus Foundation Falmouth, Maine

For more information contact: Transdisiplinary Workshops www.transdis.com/live-courses/course_detail.php?id=123

One day event - September 19, 2014
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My Day to Play! ( 4:30pm to 6:00pm )
My Day to Play at the Maine Discovery Museum

The museum will be closed to general admission and special activities and sensory boxes will be provided. The theme for September is Harvest Time, including a science activity with apples and a sensory box with artificial apples hidden in it. Sensory-Motor activities in the baseball diamond include our new tunnel and a parachute. We always have an animal time for the children to interact with live creatures. To register for the event call the museum at (207) 262 7200. It is not necessary to pre-register, but it helps us to plan. If you have questions, please email Rosalyn Fisher at fisherbngr@aol.com
Fee for a family is $4.50.

Event Location: 74 Main St. Bangor, ME

For more information contact: Rosalyn Fisher 207-262-7200 https://www.mainediscoverymuseum.org/ fisherbngr@aol.com

One day event - September 21, 2014
The Curious Case of the Dog in the Night-Time ( 7:00pm )
Based on the acclaimed novel by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has been hailed by The Times as a phenomenal combination of storytelling and spectacle . Winner of 7 Olivier Awards in 2013, including Best New Play.

Christopher, fifteen years old, has an extraordinary brain exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion of killing Mrs Shears' dog Wellington, he records each fact about the event in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of the murder. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.

Tickets: $15 Adults, $13 Seniors
Please call the Opera House for discounted student ticket prices. 207.873.7000.

Event Location: Waterville Opera House 1 Common St. Waterville, ME

For more information contact: 207-873-7000 www.operahouse.org/Events/Projection-Events/

One day event - September 21, 2014
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8th Annual Ride for Autism! Registration is Open!
The 8th Annual Ride for Autism is fun for the whole family!

This ride is open to all levels of cyclists. Participants choose from three routes ranging in length with ocean views. Each ride is clearly marked and accompanied by a committee member for any help that may be needed.

Top rider prizes and raffle prizes!
A barbeque lunch is provided after the ride!

Event Location: Kennebunkport Conservation Kennebunkport, ME

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

One day event - September 27, 2014
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Social Thinking ( September 29-30 )
Social Thinking; Practical Strategies For You and Your Students

Social Thinking, a language based treatment paradigm, provides more sophisticated lessons for higher functioning students struggling with social communication and social learning. Often these individuals are diagnosed with Aspergers, high functioning autism, ASD, ADHD, NLD, but many have no diagnosis.

Keynote Speaker: Michelle Garcia Winner, founder of Social Thinking.

Additional date in Boston: October 9-10, 2014

Event Location: Boston, MA

One day event - September 29, 2014
October 2014
10
2014 Gubernatorial Candidates Forum ( 1:00pm to 3:00pm )
Candidates Forum for Governor of Maine

Please join the DRC and our partners as we host a forum for Maine's candidates for governor. This is our opportunity to engage with the candidates on the important issues and concerns facing Mainers with disabilities, their families, allies and advocates.

Congressman Mike Michaud and Eliot Cutler have confirmed their attendance, and Governor LePage has been invited.

ASL interpreters and assistive listening devices will be available. This forum is sponsored by the Disability Rights Center, together with Alpha One, Maine Developmental Disabilities Council, Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies, Maine Center on Deafness, NAMI Maine, Maine Parent Federation, The Iris Network, Consumer Council System of Maine, Maine APSE, Syntiro, Southern Maine Parent Awareness, Speaking Up for Us, GEAR Parent Network, Autism Society of Maine, and Adoptive & Foster Families of Maine, Inc.

Event Location: Le Club Calumet 334 West River Rd. Augusta, ME

For more information contact: Shannon Crocker 1.800.452.1948

One day event - October 10, 2014
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10th Maine Autism Alliance Conference ( 8:30am to 4:00pm )
Guest Speaker: Stephen Shore

Diagnosed with "Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies" and "too sick" for outpatient treatment Dr. Shore was recommended for institutionalization. Nonverbal until four, and with much support from his parents, teachers, wife, and others, Stephen is now a professor at Adelphi University where his research focuses on matching best practice to the needs of people with autism.

Breakout sessions TBA on the Autism Alliance webpage.

Event Location: Augusta Civic Center Augusta, ME

For more information contact: www.maineautism.org/conferencehome.html

One day event - October 11, 2014
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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
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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