Upcoming Events

Autism Eye Events

Witherslack Group Events 

Witherslack Group is holding a series of events for parents and carers, SENCos, teaching staff and social workers from autumn 2018 to July 2019 Learn More

SEN Child and Adolescent Mental Health Workshop – Wakefield
Saturday 1st December 2018
Hall Cliffe Primary School, Wakefield

A FREE event that will equip parents and carers with a toolkit of expert advice and support.

The day will cover the key issues relating to child and adolescent mental health and how you can further support your child with special educational needs.

Supporting Parents & Carers: Learning more about Autism
Saturday 24th November 2018
9:30am & 1.30pm
Pontville School – Ormskirk, Lancashire

A half-day workshop which offers top tips for understanding and supporting children with autism and associated developmental differences.

The workshop will cover topics such as:

The world through their lenses
Neuro-disabilities and their co-presentations including ADHD / PDA
An overview of sensory and communicative implications
Reducing anxiety
Morning and afternoon sessions are available, so please let us know which time would be preferable to you.
9.30am – 1pm
1.30pm – 5pm


Ruskin Mill Trust Special Needs Educational Forums

Ruskin Mill Trust is an established educational charity, working with students with autism, ADHD, mental health and development delay, ages 7-25. The Trust provides students with holistic learning by role-modelling positive relationships in the fields of arts, crafts, commerce, agriculture, nutrition, living skills and the environment. Learn More

Forum dates



Friday 25: 2-4pm
Saturday 26: 10am-1pm


Friday 22: 2-4pm
Saturday 23: 10am-1pm


Friday 22: 2-4pm
Saturday 23: 10am-1pm


Friday 17: 2-4pm
Saturday 18: 10am-1pm


Friday 21: 2-4pm
Saturday 22: 10am-1pm


Friday 12: 2-4pm
Saturday 13: 10am-1pm


Friday 20: 2-4pm
Saturday 21: 10am-1pm


Friday 25: 2-4pm
Saturday 26: 10am-1pm


Friday 22: 2-4pm
Saturday 23: 10am-1pm


Friday 13: 2-4pm (Christmas Fayre)



WINGS Indiana Adult Guardianship Task Force Upcoming Meetings

Bi-monthly Meeting
November 30, 2018  1:30 – 3:30pm
Faegre Baker Daniels, 600 East 96th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260
The WINGS Task Force will host its last bi-monthly meeting for the year from 1:30 – 3:30 pm EST on Friday, November 30, 2018, at the law offices of Faegre Baker Daniels, 600 East 96th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260. Faegre Baker Daniels will also host call-in services for the meeting. The Agenda for the meeting will include a discussion of the upcoming 2019 Legislative Session and our 2019 Public Policy Priorities and Action Recommendations for VASIA, the Adult Guardianship Office and other adult guardianship issues. Members are welcome to bring their legislative issues regarding adult guardianship and other related issues to the meeting for discussion and/or support from the Task Force.

Faciliatated Leadership Development Training Program
December 10, 2018  10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Nexus Center located at the Capital Center South, 251 North Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204
The WINGS Task Force and the Supreme Court Adult Guardianship Office are co-hosting a day-long facilitated leadership development training program on Monday, December 10, 2018 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm EST at the Nexus Center located at the Capital Center South, 251 North Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204. The purpose for offering the facilitated training session is to build greater communication, teamwork and collaboration skills among Task Force members and assist the Task Force to address the issue of sustainability to complete our purpose. Please see the attached description of the training purpose and agenda for the day.

The training is open to all Task Force Members and other organizations/individuals interested improving adult guardianship issues in Indiana. There is no cost to attend however, registration is limited to 50 participants. Everyone is strongly encouraged to register as soon as possible through the following link: WINGS 2018 Indiana Adult Guardianship Training


On Monday, November 19th, there will be a presentation on LIVING EMPOWERED: Supported Decision-Making As An Alternative to Guardianship. It is sponsored by numerous members of the WINGS Task Force and features Megan Whitlatch from the National Center for Supported Decision-Making and Jamie Beck, who’s guardianship was terminated in the first supported decision-making court case in Indiana through the WINGS Adult Guardianship Task Force FOCUS Project. The presentation is open to the public.

The Indiana General Assembly will meet at the State House on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 for the 2019 Legislative Session Organizational Day. Both the Indiana House of Representatives and Senate will be in session that day. It is a good day to visit with your legislators before the actual 2019 Session begins in January.


Living Empowered: Supported Decision-Making as an Alternative to Guardianship

Lead Project Director National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making
November 19, 2018
Onsite Check-In: 8:30 – 9 AM EST    Program: 9 – 11:30 AM EST
Project Lead the Way:  3939 Priority Way South Suite #400 Indianapolis, IN 46240

The right to direct and control one’s own life is a fundamental right for EVERYONE — including people with disabilities, chronic illness and older adults. Just like everyone else, these individuals may need assistance in making decisions. Indiana has many tools that can help such as Supported Decision-Making, a promising alternative to guardianship.

Through Supported Decision-Making, the individual is the decision maker and receives support from one or more persons selected by the individual to explain issues in a manner they can understand. This process maximizes the independence, safety, and happiness of the individual without unnecessarily restricting their rights and ability to control their life.

Attend this educational session to learn how Supported Decision-Making:

  • Preserves civil (legal) rights of the individual;
  • Allows the individual to always be in control and at the center of decision- making;
  • Is flexible to a person’s changing needs;
  • Strengthens decision-making abilities and allows for dignity of risk;
  • Leads to greater self-determination resulting in increased quality of life.

Choose to attend the event onsite or view the event via a live stream. Both options are FREE. Space is limited, so you must register to attend or view the event!

The first person in Indiana to transition from full guardianship to independence with the use of Supported Decision-Making
Click Here to Register


AWS Special Abilities Day!

We invite you to join us for our next AWS Special Abilities Day on Saturday!

Through the generous support of the AWS Foundation, Science Central is able to offer Special Abilities Days free with pre-registration.

On Nov. 3, Special Abilities Day will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and our building will be open to the general public. In order to best serve the needs of our visitors that day, we will make the following modifications to our exhibits and programming:

-Lower ambient sound levels
-Increased light in areas that are usually dark
-Access to listening devices
-Less crowded environment
-Extra staff on hand
-Additional demonstrations with extra tactile stimulation
-Access to a private changing table
-Access to a quiet room

Can’t make it this weekend? You’ll still have another chance this year to visit Science Central on Special Abilities Day:

Tuesday, Dec. 11: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

EvolutionScience Central

1950 N. Clinton St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

Register Here

If you have visited us before on a Special Abilities Day, please take our short survey to help us keep improving our program! We appreciate your feedback!  Take our survey!


Autism Ability FEST

Mark your calendars for April 27, 2019! Autism Ability FEST will be at the Indiana State Fairgrounds – Champion Pavilion

The Autism Ability FEST will have a Resource Fair with exhibitors talking about their autism resources and services, plus a Job Fair for individuals with autism to meet and talk to potential employers wanting to hire individuals with disabilities. The  Autism Ability FEST will help those affected by autism develop and celebrate their potential!
At the Autism Ability FEST will be a carnival area with bounce houses, entertainment, games, and more! It will be a great opportunity for the community to come and have fun while learning more about autism resources and services!

Exhibitor Registration is OPEN.

Sponsorship Opportunities are available!


Making a Difference in 2018 and Beyond

Research is the Key to the Future

Giving Tuesday is set for November 27th, and with your help we’ll raise funds to continue our work supporting research into effective treatments. Your tax deductible pledge or one-time gift of ANY size will help us continue this important work in 2019 and beyond.

Donors giving now through midnight, Pacific Time on Giving Tuesday will receive a free set of notecards featuring paintings by Mark Rimland, an artist with autism and son of ARI’s founder, Bernard Rimland.
When you support us you send a message that you care about ARI’s independent legacy and value objective research conducted free of influence.



Opportunities to Participate in Research

The Hartwell Foundation Kids First Subtype Survey.

Survey questions are simple, focused on basic behavioral and medical information and can be completed in about 10 minutes. The collected data will provide a unique opportunity for researchers to begin classification of ASD, and as new categories are identified, the effort will expand to more sophisticated requests for information.

For additional information, please visit the research study website and when asked, enter ARI as your referral code.


Microbiota Transplant Therapy for Adults with Autism

To study a new, investigational treatment to reduce gut and stomach problems in adults with autism.

For additional information, please visit the research study website.


The UCSD Newborn Screening Autism Risk Study

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego are seeking participants born in California, currently aged 3-6 with and without autism. “Can newborn screening (NBS) results be used to predict the future risk of ASD before the first symptoms appear?” This is the question we will try to answer in this study. Your participation will allow us to go back in time, to analyze the results of your child’s California State NBS tests that were performed at birth. No new samples are required.

For additional information, please visit the research study website or contact the Naviaux Lab at rrigs@uscd.edu or call 619-884-8021.


Siblings needed for research study: Why are boys more likely to have an autism spectrum disorder?

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and the Autism Research Institute are investigating whether the reason why boys are more affected than girls is related to differences in intestinal bacteria.

We are seeking families to participate in this study who have boy and girl siblings with autism. These families will be mailed stool kits with instructions and will be asked to collect samples. A brief medical history will be taken.

For additional information, please contact Harland Winter, MD at GenderDimorphism@autism.com or call 617-724-2004.


Resiliency Program for Parents of Children with ASD

Massachusetts General Hospital’s Parental Stress Study is offering a video-conferencing program to teach resiliency to parents who have children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The program will be 8 weeks long, and meet once a week for 1.5 hours. Please contact the study investigators if you have any questions.

Learn More


Experiences of Children and Teens with ASD

This is a study that will compare how children ages 11-18 with and without autism experience the world around them

Take the Survey


Parent-Training Program Study

Dr. Lauren Moskowitz, a frequent ARI webinar presenter on challenging behaviors and anxiety, is seeking participants in a research study on the effectiveness of a group parent-training program for parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities (DD). Parents in the New York City or Long Island area are invited to participate.

Learn More       Contact Study Investigators


InflamatorySubtype : Biomarkers

Dr. Harumi Jyonouchi is conducting research to characterize a previously unidentified inflammatory subtype of autism to improve autism treatment options. Individuals aged 1-30 years with autism and also typically developing individuals are invited to participate

Contact Study Investigators


Adults: Survery takers needed

If you or a person you care for is on the autism spectrum and is 50 years of age or older, we would appreciate it if you could complete the online form.

Learn More and Take the survey


Treatment- Effectiveness Survey

Researchers at Arizona State University are conducting a survey to evaluate the effectiveness of treatments for autism, including medications, diets, therapies, and education. The investigators hope to learn which treatments are most effective for different symptoms (language, anxiety, sleep, GI, etc.). Survey results will be posted online for families and clinicians, and published in a scientific journal.

Share your experience – take the survey


ASI is offering several sporting experiences for those on the spectrum in November!

ASI Night with the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, November 3, 2018

You are invited to participate in a special group night with the Indiana Pacers. Invited you friends and family as we sit together as a group and receive a special discounted ticket price! A portion of every ticket will be donated back to the Autism Society of Indiana!    Order Tickets!

ASI Night with the Komets at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, November 3, 2018

Individuals and families affected by autism will have the opportunity to enjoy a Komets game from regular seats as well as have the opportunity to utilize a special break out space in The Century Club Room to view the game if desired. Invite your friends and family as we sit together as a group and receive a special discounted ticket price!  Order Tickets!

If you have questions about the sporting experiences contact Todd Root, Director of Development at troot@autism.org or call 800-609-8559 ext. 55.
Movie With Friends (ASI Fort Wayne Office), October 21, 2018 at 2:00 pm
A free monthly social opportunity for individuals with autism. Space is limited. If you have any questions contact Samantha Drudge at sdrudge@inautism.org or call 800-609-8449 ext. 14.  Learn more
National Honor Society Run for Autism (Clinton) at South Vermilion High School, October 27, 2018 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Put on your costume and get ready for some fun, come to the National Honor Society Run! Proceeds to benefit South Vermillion’s National Honor Society and Autism Society of Indiana.  Learn more
2018 Science Central Schedule

2018 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.

  • Saturday, November 3, 2018
  • Tuesday, December 11, 2018

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 indianaautismalliance@gmail.com

To learn more and to register for any of the dates visit ScienceCentral.org, or if you want to get on the calendar right away visit this online registration form (preferred recommendation) HERE. Or contact the registrar at 260-424-2400x451.

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


National Honor Society Run for Autism (Clinton)

October 27th
9:00am to 12:00pm
South Vermillion High School

Put on your costume and get ready for some fun, come to the National Honor Society Run! Proceeds to benefit South Vermillion’s National Honor Society and Autism Society of Indiana.


Movie With Friends

(ASI Fort Wayne Office)

October 21, 2018    2:00pm

A free monthly social opportunity for individuals with autism. Space is limited. If you have any questions contact Samantha Drudge at sdrudge@inautism.org or call 800-609-8449 ext. 14.



Magic with Cody Clark www.codyclarkmagic.com

Carol Gray Social Stories www.carolgraysocialstories.com

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 Tommy@partnersinautism.com 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 cole_man2001@yahoo.com

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 scrowell@inautism.org 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