Autism Events & Training


The 2017 Autism Evansville Walk & 5K is set to take place Saturday, April 8th at the Warrick County 4H Center, 133 East Degonia Road, Boonville, IN. Events will take place between 9:00 AM and Noon, with the 5K at 9:00 and One Mile Walk at 10:30. This is our 6th annual event, with fun activities for all between events. Register as an individual or with a team.

Online registration closes April 5th, at midnight. Walk-in registration on the day of the event is available for an additional $5 per person on the autism spectrum FREE with coupon code. Please request code by emailing and include the name of the participant and their age.

Early packet pickup will take place at Academy Sports and Outdoors, 6700 Columbia St, Evansville, IN 47715 on Friday, April 7th from 10:00-2:00 and from 4:00-7:00. We will be next to register #9. You are also welcome to pick up your packets at the registration table on the day of the event.

Become a fundraiser and create your own fundraising link! Anyone can be a fundraiser, even if you can’t come to the event. Go to the registration website and click on “Donate” (orange button), then scroll down to “Become a Fundraiser” (blue button). You’ll be able to share your fundraising link via text and social media.

All funds stay in our community to help those affected by autism spectrum disorder. We hope you can join us for this amazing event!

CONTACT: COLLEEN YORK  (812-202-9405

For more information and to register online, go to:

ReThinking Autism Conference

APRIL 20-21, 2017
Evansville, Indiana

Click here to learn more and register.

Support Groups

Boundaries Crossed: Asperger’s Youth Group
Application required before attending meetings
(See Flyer for details)

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

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 will meet 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


Free showing of “Inside Out”
April 5 in Fort Wayne

On April 5, Mental Health America of Northeast Indiana will host a free showing of the Pixar film “Inside Out”. There will be a puppet show before the film. The film will be followed by a short presentation about mental health. Popcorn ($2.00/bag) and drinks ($1.00/cup) will be available for purchase.

Free showing of “Inside Out”
April 5
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Allen County Public Library
Georgetown Branch
6600 E. State Blvd
Fort Wayne

Mental Health America of Northeast Indiana provides information, resources, advocacy, and education to help people access prevention, treatment, and recovery programs. Learn more about Mental Health America of Northeast Indiana at

Byron Health Center Eggstravaganza
Community Easter Egg Hunt
April 15 in Fort Wayne

On April 15, Byron Health Center will host their Eggstravaganza Community Easter Egg Hunt. Byron Health Center staff and family members will spread Easter Eggs throughout the campus of the facility and members of the community are encouraged to bring their children out to enjoy some pre-Easter fun.

Prior to the actual Easter Egg Hunt, booths will be set up with snacks and activities for all to enjoy. A very special visit from the Easter Bunny is expected along with visits from other local mascots including the Fort Wayne Derby Girl’s Mean Jean, Johnny TinCap, Spotz from the Fort Wayne Fire Department, the Fort Wayne Derby Brats and their Tootsie Roller team, as well as the Indiana Tech Cheerleaders. The event is free of charge and the public is encouraged to attend.

Byron Health Center Eggstravaganza
Community Easter Egg Hunt
April 15
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Byron Health Center
12101 Lima Rd
Fort Wayne

For questions or more information, contact John Drebenstedt at 260-637-3166 ext. 271 or

Byron Health Center provides compassionate long-term care for young and older adults with complex needs by offering physical, mental, emotional and neurological services to meet their unique needs. Learn more at

4/3/17 Parent Enrichment Program: Connecting with your Child

4/5/17 “Inside Out” at Allen County Public Library

4/6/17 Financial Planning for your Loved One with Special Needs

4/8/17 Fort Wayne Museum of Art Echolilia Exhibit

4/15/17 Byron Health Community Easter Egg Hunt

4/18/17 Easter Seals ARC Parent Support Group

4/22/17 EACS Autism Resource Fair

4/22/17 Sensory Friendly Performance of The Little Mermaid.
Fort Wayne Civic Theater

4/26/17 Resource Fair and Family Fun Night

Upcoming Events at Autism Evansville

4/13/17 Parent/Caregiver Support Group at Easterseals Rehabilitation Center, 3701 Bellemeade Ave., Evansville, IN from 6-7:15 PM. The speaker for the evening will be Stephanie Cueche, LCSW and Beth Embry, LCSW at Within Sight, LLC on the subject of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as it relates to people with autism spectrum disorder.

4/21/17 Family Fun Night at Plaza Park School on Lincoln Ave. in Evansville from 6-8 PM. This is a service for families in our community raising a child on the autism spectrum, or with Down Syndrome. Bring the whole family to enjoy an evening together in a safe, fun environment. Volunteers from around the community oversee activities such as rock wall climbing, mini parachute, Legos, wooden trains, sensory area, face painting, balloon artists, table tennis, music, dancing, games, crafts and more. This is a FREE event. Register at the door.


About Special Kids – ASK

Ft. Wayne, IN – Upcoming Events

A Life with Stress, Balance and a Plan

Parents of children with special needs live with added emotional, medical, social and financial challenges. These extenuating circumstances can often lead to feelings of loneliness, depression, marital and family problems and health issues. This training will focus on identifying types of stressors, identify coping mechanisms and providing ways to incorporate them into everyday life, and the importance of good communication.

(Cost: $10/Family Member – $25/Professional)

February 2, 2017 – 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m
March 16, 2017 – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

My Child Has Special Needs: Now What?

Finding out that your child has special needs can be overwhelming. Some common reactions can be “What do I do now? Where do I start?” This training provides families with a brief overview of how to:
find support for your child and family, find information and services, find coverage to pay for services, and
will help you start thinking about the future. This training is for parents of children with special needs and is geared to help map out the next steps for their child and family.

(Cost: Free/Family Member – $25/Professional)

February 9, 2017 – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
March 22, 2016 – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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.

  • Tuesday, March 7, 2017 – closed to the public
  • Sunday, May 28, 2017 – open to the public
  • Sunday, August 13, 2017 – open to the public
  • Tuesday, September 19, 2017 – closed to the public
  • 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.

Upcoming Events at Autism Evansville

January 27, 2017 – Family Fun Night. For families affected by autism spectrum disorder and Down Syndrome. Join us in a safe and accepting atmosphere for an evening of fun with music, games, crafts and more. 6-8:00 PM at Plaza Park School on Lincoln Ave. in Evansville. Bring the whole family!

April 8, 2017 – 2017 Autism Evansville Walk & 5K. To register, volunteer, or become a fundraiser, go to: 2017 Autism Evansville Walk & 5K

For a full list of upcoming events, click here.

Carol Gray Social Stories
Magic with Cody Clark
ASHA Convention in Philadelphia November 16, 2016 3 sessions
NE Indiana Guardianship Council Meeting November 3, 2016 NOON
Community Foundation of Greater Ft. Wayne 555 East Wayne St Ft. Wayne