Autism Events & Training

My Child is Transitioning to Adulthood:  What Now?

Transition planning offers youth with disabilities a path to connect their daily high school activities to their goals for independent life after completing high school.  This training will discuss options and how to start making plans now to set up a positive future.  Some areas covered will be:

  • Transition IEPs
  • Options for after High School: Employment, Secondary Education, Day Centers, etc.
  • How to stay involved in the Community: Volunteering, Recreation, etc.
  • Independent Living / Support Living
  • Financial Planning – Presented by Gordon Homes, Sr. Financial Planner
  • Other Community and State Resources

Date:  October 25, 2017
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location:  Rauch Industries
2525 Charlestown Rd.
New Albany, IN  47150

Cost:  FREE / Family Member, $25 / Professionals – Registration Required

Register at or call 800-964-4746

10/25/17 Sky Zone Sensory Friendly Hour 10:00 AM-NOON  Autism Evansville will pay the entrance fee during this time, for anyone with an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis.  Please sign in with us when you get there. 

11/1-11/30/17 Voucher Program Application Period  Visit our website at after November 1st for more details and to download the application.  Four families will be chosen to receive $500 in services made payable to the autism service provider.

11/9/17 Parent/Caregiver Support Group 6:00-7:30 PM at Oaklyn Library, 3001 Oaklyn Dr., Evansville.  The guest speaker will be Jessica Wood, OTD, of Forefront Therapy, LLC with Part 2 of Sensory Processing Differences.


Save the Date
Annual Conference featuring Zach Anner
Guest Star of ABC’s hit sitcom Speechless

What? The Arc of Indiana and Self-Advocates of Indiana are partnering for our 2017 Conference, Annual Meeting, and Impact Awards Luncheon featuring Zach Anner, an award-winning comedian, author, and YouTube Star.

The conference is an opportunity for families, people with I/DD, and professionals to share critical information on disability issues and recognize those who are making a significant difference in the lives of people with I/DD.

502 East Event Center
Carmel, IN

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Registration will open on September 20, 20

12th Annual Denim, Diamonds & Stars

Sunday, October 22, 2017, at Four Seasons Hotel, in Westlake Village, CA

Please join us for ACT Today!’s 12th Annual Denim, Diamonds & Stars, benefiting underserved children with autism, on Sunday, October 22, 2017, at Four Seasons Hotel, in Westlake Village, CA.

The gala will feature red carpet arrivals, cocktail reception, live entertainment, silent & live auctions and a seated, 3-course dinner program with special tributes to our 2017 honorees Grammy winner/actress Olivia Newton-John, actress Kimberly Hebert Gregory (HBO’s “Vice Principals”), TV personality/entrepreneur Shervin Roohparvar (Bravo’s “Shahs of Sunset”), and dermatologist/dermatological surgeon Dr. Anna Guanche.

For more information and to purchase your ticket and/or table, visit


10/24/17 Tough Topics: Autism and the Law

10/24 & 10/25 Free Wills at The League

11/4/17 Fort Wayne Civic Theatre Project Lights Up performance of a White Christmas


Support Groups


Boundaries Crossed Aspergers Youth Group

This is a teen social group for individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome.

Meet the 1st Tuesday of every month
Ivy Tech Community College-NW 3500 N. Anthony
6:15 – 7:15 PM

For more information about the group and meeting times and locations email Tommy Guest at or call 260-446-6532

Asperger’s Adult Group

This support group is for both individuals with Asperger’s
and those caring for them.

They meet the second Monday of each month at 6:00 PM in the cafeteria Lutheran Hospital.

Contact John Graham for more details at

Encourage, Empower and Enjoy the Autism Spectrum

This is a support group for caregivers of people with autism. They meet the third Tuesday of each month from 6:30 PM to 8:00 at the Dupont branch library

536 E Dupont Rd. Fort Wayne, IN 46825

For more information about this support group email Susan Crowell at or call (800) 609 – 8449, ext. 333.

Dekalb County Autism Support Group

This support group meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m at DeKalb Health.

Park in Lot C, Enter Door#61
DeKalb Health Medical Arts East
1314 East 7th Street, Auburn, IN 46706
Conference Room 303B

For more information, call: DeKalb Health Physical and Occupational Rehabilitation Department at 260-920-2632


2017 Parent/Caregiver Support Group Schedule

August 10 6:00-8:00 PM at Hacienda Restaurant, 711 N. First Ave., Evansville.  Some appetizers will be provided by Autism Evansville.  There is no speaker scheduled for this meeting.  This will be a time for parents and caregivers to meet and socialize. 

Please note that due to the size of our group, our meeting location has changed to the meeting room at

Oaklyn Library, 3001 Oaklyn Dr., Evansville

September 14 Sandy Stabenfeldt on PATINS and ICAM:  How we can assist your child!

October 12 Karly Sciortino-Poulter from The ARC of Indiana on Navigating the SSI Process

November 9 Jessica Wood, OTD from Forefront Therapy on Sensory Processing Differences – Part 2 (please come even if you missed Part 1 in July!)

*No meeting in December 

Please check the calendar on our website for any last minute changes.

Email, call 812-202-9405, or visit for more information

2017 Science Central Schedule

2017 Science Central will be opening our doors to the Special Abilities community thanks to the generous support of the AWS Foundation. All are welcome, but Pre-registration is required. As a result of increased demand for programming, this year we have Six (6) dates that you/your group/your organization can attend, one or all, dedicated to providing fun science education for people with intellectual, and physical disabilities.

  • Wednesday, December 13, 2017 – open to the public

We will be making modifications to traditional programming.

  • Light and sound reduction in some areas
  • Higher light levels in areas that are usually dark
  • Access to listening devices
  • A less crowded environment free from unnecessary distractions
  • Extra staff on hand
  • Additional demonstrations with extra tactile stimulation

The Indiana Autism Alliance has FREE tickets available. To request tickets, please email Scott Garner at

To learn more and to register for any of the dates visit, or if you want to get on the calendar right away visit this online registration form (preferred recommendation) HERE. Or contact the registrar at 260-424-2400×451.

You/Your group/Your organization can have a wonderful interactive experience at Science Central.


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