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.

April 2015
Annual Walk for Autism
13th Annual Walk for Autism April 26, 2015

University of Maine, Augusta in Bangor
University of New England in Biddeford
Farmington Fairground in Farmington
Belfast Area High School in Belfast

Walk For Autism and help us spread autism awareness and bring hope and support to families affected by autism. Invite your friends and neighbors to be a part of it too!

Event Location: Bangor, Biddeford, Farmington, Belfast

For more information contact: Autism Society of Maine 1-800-273-5200 www.firstgiving.com/ASMMaine/walk-for-autism-2015 info@asmonline.org

One day event - April 26, 2015
May 2015
Walk & 5K for Autism - Northeast Harbor ( 8:00 to 9:30am is registration )
The Second Annual Walk and 5K for Autism in Northeast Harbor will take place on Saturday, May 2. This year, the 5K race is part of the Eden Athletics Jack Russell s Steakhouse Point Series.

The cost is $10 for walkers and $15 for runners. Registration begins at the Neighborhood House at 8 a.m. The two-mile walk begins at 9:30 a.m. and the 5K at 10 a.m. The first 50 walkers and first 50 runners will receive Austism Awareness T-shirts.

Preregistration is encouraged. Forms are available at the Mount Desert Island YMCA, the Harbor House and the Downeast Family YMCA in Ellsworth. Online registration is available at racewire.com. Information about the event is on a Facebook page called Sea of Blue.

MOUNT DESERT As part of his Senior Exhibition project at Mount Desert Island High School last spring, Chris Heel decided to organize an autism awareness walk in Northeast Harbor. More than 150 people turned out for the walk. Heel, who has autism, and his family were inspired to see the sea of blue T-shirts walking to support autism awareness in his hometown.

The event raised over $3,000 for the Autism Society of Maine. See you all in 2015! Heel told them at the conclusion of the event. Proceeds will help fund Autism Society of Maine s programs, which support Maine families. Sponsors include Darling s, Curtis Shoe and Cadillac Mountain Sports.

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

For more information contact: Chris & Matt Heel (207) 276-4134 mheel-3@verizon.net

One day event - May 2, 2015
Applying Technology to Support
Applying Technology to Support Social and Executive Functioning
With Sean Sweeney, MS, MEd, CCC-SLP

Description: This workshop will demonstrate a variety of visual and interactive applications that can be used with students with difficulties in social cognition and executive functioning, particularly with a lens on addressing these issues in the educational environment. Apps for iPad will be covered, with corresponding tools on the web and other platforms, including those helpful for older students struggling to access the curriculum and manage their workload. Participants will have guided practice time throughout the day, as well as opportunities for sharing and collaborating with colleagues.

Event Location: Portland, ME

One day event - May 8, 2015
Team Up for Your Child ( 8:30am to 5:00pm )
Getting services for a child with behavioral health needs can be overwhelming. Team Up for Your Child is a step-by-step guide designed to help families navigate confusing service systems and work smarter with doctors, schools, agencies and insurers.

This one-day workshop is offered free of charge to parents, grandparents and guardians who are currently parenting a child with behavioral health needs, and is facilitated by Michelle Hill and Rebecca Williamson, G.E.A.R. Parent Representatives.
Lunch is included. Registration is needed.

Event Location: Ellsworth Public Library 20 State St. Ellsworth, ME

For more information contact: 1-800-264-9224 www.gearparentnetwork.com

One day event - May 9, 2015
Autism Roundtable: Rockland ( 6:00pm to 7:30 )
Autism Roundtable; Tips for parents & self-advocates navigating the system

Join us for an information sharing event for parents & professionals, featuring autism insurance advocate Judith Ursitti from Autism Speaks, Jill Mullin, BCBA from ABC, Inc., Jen Norwood (parent/advocate), Nancy Cronin, Executive Director of the Maine Developmental Disabilities Council and Ashleigh Lowe (parent/advocate)

Q&A for parents/self advocates regarding insurance, ABA therapies, other local resources that may help.

Exhibitor area for local service organizations to distribute information.

Registration is free, but required.

Event Location: Rockland Public Library 80 Union Street Rockland, ME

For more information contact: 781.808.1943 Kate.ONeill@autismspeaks.org

One day event - May 12, 2015
Oppositional, Defiant & Disruptive Children
Oppositional, Defiant & Disruptive Children & Adolescents, Non-medication Approaches to the Most Challenging Behaviors

Children and adolescents with ODD, ADHD, Asperger's, Anxiety, mood and disruptive disorders provide constant clinical and parenting challenges. Attend this seminar and learn new, effective non-medication strategies for your client's most challenging behaviors.

Bangor, ME - Monday, May 18, 2015

Portland, ME - Tuesday,May 19, 2015

Manchester, NH - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Event Location: Bangor, ME

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

One day event - May 18, 2015
Penobscot Music Festival ( 4:00pm to Midnight )
Eight GREAT Bands to Benefit the Autism Society of Maine!


Cash Bar and Food Available!
ONLY $2.00 Admission!
50/50 Raffle!

Event Location: Jeff's Catering 15 Littlefield Road Brewer, ME

One day event - May 24, 2015
Transition Resource Fair ( 9:30am to 6:00pm )
This Transition Resource Fair will give students in 7th through 12th grade and their family members the opportunity to learn more about the many resources available to them as they prepare for adult life.

Vendors will be available!

Workshops for Students on Self-Advocacy and Transition Planning (Middle School and High School Years)

Workshops for Parents on Advocacy and Transition Planning

Event Location: University ME:Hutchinson Ctr. 80 Belmont Ave. Belfast, ME

For more information contact: 800-870-7746 parentconnect@mpf.org

One day event - May 28, 2015
June 2015
Partners in Faith Formation of Children and Youth ( 9:00am to 3:30pm )
Partners in Faith Formation of Children & Youth with Autism & other Developmental Disabilities

We invite Catechists, Parish Catechetical Leaders, Parents & Clergy to attend.

Chancery & Video Conferencing in Caribou & Brewer

Sister Kathleen Schipani will present a theological and pastoral perspective of welcoming, including and catechizing children and youth with autism and other developmental disabilities.

Carrie Freyer will introduce Loyala Press 'Adaptive Finding God' a groundbreaking program designed to help children with autism and other special needs experience their Catholic Faith..

Event Location: Caribou and Brewer

For more information contact: judy.michaud@portlanddiocese.org

One day event - June 6, 2015
"Autism & Strategies" ( 9:00am to 11:00am )
"Autism & Strategies"

Presented by Erin Dimbleby, Autism Information Specialist, Autism Society of Maine

Participants will learn a basic understanding of autism along with general strategies, environmental strategies, sensory strategies, communication strategies, behavioral strategies, social skills strategies, educational strategies, and classroom strategies.

Event Location: Educare 56 Drummond Ave. Waterville, ME

For more information contact: 1-800-264-9224

One day event - June 11, 2015
Ride for Autism - Motorcycle Ride ( 10:00 (Registration 9:00am) )
2015 Fundraiser Ride For Autism

Come help us help them, enjoy the day, and help make a difference. All donations welcome.

An 82 mile ride starting from Central Maine Harley, Hermon and then come back for food and entertainment!
Food prepared by Tony & Lisa Brothers
Music by the band R.E.O.

All Public & Bikers Welcome!

Proceeds from this event to benefit the Autism Society of Maine and programs that support Maine families.

This event is organized by Bill & Bonnie Gagne

Event Location: Central Maine Harley Hermon, ME

For more information contact: Bill Gagne 207-745-1589

One day event - June 14, 2015
Softball Tournament for Autism - Save Date!
4th Annual Softball Tournament for Autism

Join us for a day of softball and great team spirit!

Stay tuned for information about forming a team.

This annual Co-Ed Softball Tournament helps to support the vital programs we offer Maine families. Proceeds from this event will fund our 11th Summer Camp for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, our Family Retreat Weekend, and our Autism Information Specialist Program. We hope you will consider becoming a Corporate Sponsor for the Softball Tournament which has several levels of sponsorship opportunities available. In appreciation for your sponsorship, there are great opportunities for public recognition of your business name or logo on t-shirts, banners, ASM website and quarterly newsletter.

Please call if you have any questions about becoming a Corporate Sponsor for this event:
ASM: 1-800-273-5200 or
David Huffstutler at softballforautism@gmail.com

Event Location: Bangor, ME

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

One day event - June 20, 2015
July 2015
46th Annual Autism Society National Conference ( July 8-11, 2015 )
Connect, Learn, Advocate, and Thrive: 46th Annual Autism Society National Conference

Online Registration will open in early 2015. General conference registration includes access to the Exhibit Hall, Keynote Sessions, breakout sessions, and online access to all conference session recordings after the conference. For questions, please contact conference@autism-society.org.

Event Location: Denver, Colorado

For more information contact: Autism Society www.autism-society.org/get-involved/conference/ conference@autism-society.org

One day event - July 8, 2015
Autism Family Retreat Weekend ( July 17, 18, 19, 2015 )
ASM's Autism Family Retreat Weekend!

The Family Retreat is a fun-filled weekend for the whole family with many activities planned for the children as well as for the parents! A place where you don't have to explain why their child doesn't talk, can't wait in line, or has temper-tantrums. No one stares at you or wonders what's wrong with your child. Our weekend is a place where families come together to laugh and cry.

Event Location: St. Joseph's College Standish, ME

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

One day event - July 17, 2015