I was just reading about an inspirational project in Prospect Park, Minneapolis, Minnesota, aimed at helping young adult students with Aspergers and other disabilities transition to independent living. The article by Alex Holmquist originated in Minnesota Daily.
The project led by ANSWER Aspergers Network Support, began when developer Dawn Chapman, from Firm Ground Architects and Engineers was discussing her own son’s learning disability with a psychologist, who said there is a huge housing shortage for people with autism spectrum disorders. Stepping Stone House will provide transitional housing for people between ages 18 and 26 with Asperger’s syndrome and other learning disabilities.
The dormitory style complex is intended to give residents the opportunity to learn how to live on their own while still providing them with 24-hour support. It will be managed by staff from by staff from The Cooperating Community Programs, an organization that specializes in residential home care for people with disabilities.
Construction will begin as soon as funding is in place.
PLEASE CHECK OUT THE 2013 ARTICLE WITH EVEN MORE CAMPS ADDED TO THE LIST!
Summer camp can be a lonely place for many kids, but for those with the sensory and social challenges of Asperger’s Syndrome, camp can create many uncomfortable situations, if not a very bad experience — just the opposite of what most parents hope for their children.
Before our daughter was diagnosed, we sent her to an all-girls Christian summer camp for a week at about age 14. They had wonderful activities – the usual campfires, art, tennis, horseback riding you’d expect at summer camp, plus a tubing trip down a local river. Well, she “survived” but not without some challenges (thank goodness for a kind counselor). If we only had known about Asperger’s Syndrome then, I would have certainly looked for a camp more suited to her comfort zone.
I recently came across a listing of summer camps for children with AS and similar disabilities and thought I’d share a few. This is in no way an endorsement of any of those on the list since I have no personal experience with these camps — you’ll have to check them out for yourself. But here’s a place to start!
- Camp Kodiak, McKellar, Ontario, Canada – a unique, integrated, non-competitive program for children and teens with and without ADHD, LD, NLD and Asperger’s Syndrome
- Camp Buckskin, Ely, Minnesota – an overnight summer camp that specializes in serving boys and girls ages 6-18 who are experiencing academic and/or social skill difficulties
- Summit Camp, Honesdale, Pennsylvania – a summer sleepaway camp for boys and girls, ages 8-17, with issues of attention including ADHD, Asperger’s syndrome, NVLD, and/or mild social or emotional concerns
- Camp Nuhop, Perrysville, Ohio – a residential summer camp for all children with learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders and behavior disorders
- Talisman Programs, Zirconia, North Carolina – offers kids ages 6-14 a typical summer camp experience with the structure and social skill guidance needed for success
These are just a few of those listed — be sure to check out mysummercamps.com for SIX PAGES of listings!
AMC Entertainment (AMC) has teamed with the Autism Society to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities a special opportunity to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment on a monthly basis with the “Sensory Friendly Films” program.
In order to provide a more accepting and comfortable setting for this unique audience, the movie auditoriums will have their lights brought up and the sound turned down, families will be able to bring in their own gluten-free, casein-free snacks, and no previews or advertisements will be shown before the movie. Additionally, audience members are welcome to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing – in other words, AMC’s “Silence is Golden®” policy will not be enforced unless the safety of the audience is questioned.
Tickets are $4-6 and can be purchased the day of the event. For more upcoming shows and locations, see the Autism Society of America‘s site.