Upcoming Events

Sensory Friendly at Sky Zone

When: First Sunday of the Month

Where: Sky Zone Fort Wayne – 401 Fernhill Ave Fort Wayne, IN 46805

Buy Tickets Here: https://skyzonefortwayne.centeredgeonline.com/areas/areas

Enjoy the freedom of jumping. Sensory Friendly hours provide a quieter, more relaxed jumping experience. Just a chance to jump and smile! Sky Zone will turn off the music & dial down the distractions for the comfort of our extra special jumpers. We welcome children & adults with special needs and their siblings, family & friends to enjoy the park just like every other jumper.


Resilient | 11th Annual Autism Art Expo

When: April 2, 2021

Where: Online

RSVP: https://iu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4ZAv0z2I7mfMERw

The April 2021 Autism Art Expo is going to be an online celebration of the arts and of Autism Awareness Month. The theme this year is Resilient.


AWS Foundation and Science Central Present: Special Abilities Day

When: November 14, 2020 & December 8, 2020

Where: Science Central

RSVP: https://www.visitfortwayne.com/event/aws-foundation-special-abilities-days-at-science-central/25953/

Tickets are FREE to members of the community with special abilities with pre-registration.


The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe: Sensory Friendly Performance

When: May 17 4:30pm. Touch Tour and pre show activities at 4pm

Where: Auer Center/ArtsLab theatre

RSVP: https://www.fortwayneyoutheatre.org/accessibility


Tickets are FREE, but you must reserve them through the Artstix box office or website.


Northeast Region Autism LCC Meeting

When: March 24, 2020 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Where: Ivy Tech Community College Campus – Coliseum Campus, Room CC1640
3800 N. Anthony Blvd Fort Wayne, IN 46805

RSVP: Online registration for the meeting at https://tinyurl.com/w3l6z2s.


Informational Presentation on Supported Decision Making (SDM)

Presenter: Melissa Keyes, the Interim Executive Director, Legal Director for Indiana Disability Rights

When: Wednesday, March 04, 6:00PM

Where: Allen County Public Library

Melissa received her law degree from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. She was the Editor-in-Chief for the Indiana Health Law Review, Volume 8, and was selected as a 2010 Program on Law and State Government Fellow. During law school, Melissa served as a research and policy consultant to the Autism Society of Indiana. Before becoming an attorney, Melissa worked at Riley Hospital for Children in the autism clinic at which time she earned her Master’s degree in clinical psychology. Melissa has a particular interest in advocating for options to support decision-making in adulthood. She represented Jamie Beck in becoming the first person in Indiana to have a guardianship terminated in favor of supported decision-making and regularly speaks on the subject both locally and nationally.


Indianapolis Autism Speaks Walk

When: Saturday, September 12, 2020 | 4:30pm
Pre-Show Touch Tour Begins : 4:00pm

Where: Marion County Fairgrounds

9:00 a.m. – Registration
10:00 a.m.- Opening Ceremony
10:15 a.m. – Walk Begins

Our strength as a community is powered by love and built on the commitment of individuals like you. Start a team, join a team or come on your own. Walk and fundraise together to enhance the lives of people living with autism.

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Regional Autism Local Community Cadre (LCC) Summit for the Northeastern Region of Indiana

November 8, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm EDT

LCCs are a statewide initiative that unite individuals with ASD, their family members, providers and communities who are committed to informing and impacting the quality of life for individuals with ASD across the lifespan. Joint efforts in networking, collaboration, innovation, dissemination, training and education lead to improved local supports and opportunities.

The Regional Autism LCC Summit 2019 provides a forum for us to get together as a larger group to brainstorm and discuss current gaps and needs—and problem solve how together we can best inform and support professionals and families. We will develop initial action planning steps that will help us enrich and guide LCC efforts within the LCC regions.

The Regional Autism LCC Summit 2019 is open to current members as well as non-members (living or working in Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Elkhart, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties) who see the ASD need in their community and are ready to inform and engage in order to better the lives of those with ASD and their families—locally and statewide. To make the event more applicable and targeted to the needs of diverse communities, we will hold Summits across the eight different LCC regions. However, if you or your organization function across multiple regions in Indiana, it is possible that representatives currently working in those areas will attend more than one Regional Summit.

While the event is free, registration is required, as seats are limited. Register at http://HANDSinAutism.972226dfa53c.sgizmo.com/s3.

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Wind in the Willows Sensory Friendly Performance

When: October 6, 2019 | 4:30pm
Pre-Show Touch Tour Begins : 4:00pm

Where: Parkview Physicians Group ArtsLab at Arts Campus Fort Wayne
300 E. Main St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Who: Presented by the Fort Wayne Youtheatre

“Take the adventure, heed the call” and come join Loyal Mole, Cultured Ratty, Gruff Mr. Badger and Impulsive Mr. Toad in the Wild Woods as Youtheatre premieres our adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s classic novel. This exhilarating story takes our four friends from the Wild Wood to the Wide World as they boat on the river, join Mr. Toad on a crazy motor car chase that lands him in jail and fight to save Toad Hall from evil weasels. Reserve

Tickets at tickets.artstix.org or by calling 260-422-4226

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Sugar Creek Township Fire Prevention & Life Safety Open House (New Palestine)

September 28 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm EDT
Sugar Creek Township Fire Station, 3545 S. 600 W.
New Palestine, IN 46163 United States

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Creating Financial Security for A Loved One with Special Needs (Webinar)

September 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT

Thomas J Canale and Matthew R. Carothers are both wealth management advisors from Northwestern Mutual and will be facilitating this webinar. This webinar will take place on Friday, September 27th, 2019 at 12:00pm CST /1:00pm EST. Individuals and families can log in and interact using their computer or call in using the details below: Please join us on Friday, September 27th, 2019 at 12pm CST/1pm EST. Topic: Financial Planning for a Loved One with Special Needs To join our webinar,…

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Carmel Public Safety Day (Carmel)

September 21 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm EDT
13500 N. Meridian Street  Carmel, IN 46032 United States

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Medicaid Waiver Workshop (Noblesville)

October 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm EDT – Free

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Relay4Autism Terre Haute (Terre Haute)

September 28 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT – Free
Indiana State University – Rec East – 530 North 9th Street Terre Haute, IN 47809

Join us for Relay4Autism (formerly known as Terre Haute Autism Acceptance Walk)! We are bringing back the walk with a new name and twist!

Relay4Autism will have a Resource Fair with vendors ready to talk with you about their local autism services and resources. While learning about autism, individuals and families affected by autism can have fun with tons of entertainment: carnival games, balloon artist, face painters, music, craft area, sensory area, sensory calming area, emergency vehicles, and lots more! Something for everyone!

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EEE Autism Spectrum Support Group (Fort Wayne)

September 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm EDT

Encourage, Empower, and Enjoy the Autism Spectrum Support Group
Are you caring for an individual for autism and need answers to your questions? Then this is the group for you! Encourage, Empower and Enjoy the Autism Spectrum is the longest continuously running autism support group in Northeast Indiana and is open to anyone who wants help with a local resource, or advice from other autism parents who have ”been there and done that”. Regardless of age, diagnosis or functioning level of your loved one on the spectrum, this group can help. Parents, Grandparents, Foster Parents, and Adult Siblings are welcome to attend.

If you have any questions contact Susan Crowell, Area Support Coordinator at scrowell@inautism.org or call 800-609-8449 ext. 333.

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Family Voices Indiana Heart to Heart Conference

Thursday, October 3, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ivy Tech Conference Center in Indianapolis

This day of learning and support for families of children and youth with special healthcare needs and/or disabilities is FV Indiana’s way of giving back to those we work with and serve every day. It’s also a way for you to gain knowledge about a variety of topics pertinent to you and your child, while networking and drawing strength from families just like yours.

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AWS Foundation Special Abilities Day

Saturday, August 17th VS the Cleveland Browns at 4:00pm

On August 17th, Special Abilities Day will run from 10 to 5 p.m., and the 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 on Saturday? You’ll still have plenty of other chances this year to visit Science Central on Special Abilities Day:

Tuesday, Sept. 24: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.*
Saturday, Nov. 9: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 10: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.*

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Saturday, August 17th VS the Cleveland Browns at 4:00pm

The Autism Society’s special more sensory friendly break out room will be available to guests that need a quiet space during the game. The sensory room will be located in the Lucas Oil Stadium Administration Office, which is located on the east side of the stadium on the Loge Level. Feel free to take the elevator down from the Terrace Level to the Loge Level.

Gates open at 2:00pm

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Sunday, Aug 4th VS Columbus Clippers AT 1:35 PM
ASI RESERVED SEAT OPTIONS: $9.00 $11.00 $15.00

The Autism Society’s- Sensory Friendly Quieter Space is located on the suite level on the third base side- (Impact Room). Elevators are behind Home Plate and through the glass doors. Children 14 and under receive a voucher good for a hot dog, bag of chips and bottle of water with the price of admission. Food vouchers will be available in the main concourse.
Gates open at Noon

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Special Education 101 (Fort Wayne)

July 25th
6:00pm to 8:00pm
ASI Northeast Office
FREE for attendees

What rights does my child have in the school setting?

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Relay4Autism Highland – Wicker Memorial Park

August 3rd | 9:00am to 1:00pm CST | FREE for all attendees!
We are excited to have over 20 vendors at the Autism Resource Fair. They will be located at the Pavilion. The vendors will be ready to talk with you about their autism services and resources along with some items to buy.



The PLAY Project’s Autism Intensive Workshop

The PLAY Project’s Autism Intensive Workshop will be coming to Indianapolis, Indiana on Friday, September 13th and Saturday, September 14th, 2019.

Richard Solomon, MD and Diana Holderman, M.Ed, LPC will present The PLAY Project’s Two-Day Autism Intensive Workshop for parents and professionals. Through the use of video case studies, analysis of parent and child interaction, and group activities, this engaging and fast-paced workshop will provide an overview of The PLAY Project’s practical, evidence-based parent-implemented approach.

  • Professionals: add a new tool to your clinical toolbox!  AOTA CEUs offered and others pending!

  • Parents: learn practical ways to engage your child and help them reach their full potential!

Register by 8/1 for our Autism Intensive Workshop to receive the early bird price of $349!



Fort 4 Fitness

Choose ASI as your giving charity
Fall Festival September 27th & 28th
Fantasy of Lights November 16th & 17th


Sensory Friendly Downtown Midway

July 19th
3:00pm to 5:00pm
Headwaters Park in Downtown


Building Bridges – Noble County

July 30th | 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Noble County Public Library


Special Education 101

July 25th | 6:00pm to 8:00pm
ASI Northeast Office
Follow this link to RSVP | FREE Event


Building Bridges: Supporting Families and Self-Advocates through Engagement

Building Bridges events are opportunities for families and self-advocates to meet and speak with the Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services state staff. These sessions are an important part of the Bureau’s efforts to create direct avenues for individuals and families to share their feedback on services such as waivers and supervised group living. These meetings are solely for families and individuals with disabilities to provide a forum for constructive and valuable conversations on successes and concerns, as well as providing suggestions or input for positive change.

It is the desire of BDDS that these meetings will allow for meaningful conversations that result in positive outcomes and stronger relationships. We hope you will consider joining us!

Following are the dates and locations for the next quarterly meetings. All meetings will be from 6 – 8:00 p.m. local time.

  • July 10, 2019: Klondike Library, Tempest Homes Room, 3062 Lindberg Road, West Lafayette. Ind.
  • July 23, 2019: St Joseph Public Library, Humphrey’s Room, 304 S Main Street, South Bend, Ind.
  • July 30, 2019: Noble County Public Library, Cole Room, 813 E Main Street, Albion, Ind.

If you are in need of any accommodations to participate please contact Heather Dane at heather.dane@fssa.in.gov

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2019 Heart to Heart Conference

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Rapunzel: Sensory Friendly Performance

May 16th, 2019
5:30pm (Backstage tour begins at 4:45pm)

Fort Wayne Youtheatre
303 E. Main St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

All Youtheatre classes, performances and services are accessible to people with special needs, in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Our Sensory-Friendly Performances, in partnership with AWS, provides free tickets, workshops, class scholarships and backstage tours to students who are visually, hearing, physically, or cognitively impaired & their families, caregivers, and teachers.  

Free tickets and backstage tours are available to our Spring production.

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Relay for Autism

September 8th
Allen County Fairgrounds

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Soaring for Autism

Soaring for Autism will be April 20th at 5:00pm at the Indianapolis International Airport.

Only the individual with autism and one caregiver will be allowed to go past security, wait at the gate area and board the aircraft. Space is limited.

Registration will be open this week on our ASI social media. Stay tuned!



April Autism Awareness Month

April is a great time to show your support for those affected by autism in Indiana! Many individuals, businesses, schools and other organization create fundraisers to support those affected by autism.

Here are some ideas to begin planning your fundraiser.

  • For your office: Pay to wear jeans on Friday.
  • Set out jars by your retail register to collect change.
  • Challenge another classroom to see who can raise the most money
  • Create a Facebook fundraiser online and share with all your friends and family.
  • Make a direct donation to ASI.

Make it fun! All the donations will 100% STAY in Indiana to support individuals and families affected by autism!


9th Annual AWS Foundation Tincaps Day

June 26th
Parkview Field

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disAbilities Expo

May 11th
10:00am to 3:00pm
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

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East Allen County Autism Resource & Info Fair

April 13th
10:00am to 2:00pm
EACS Alt School/Admin Annex Bld. in New Haven

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Be Cool. We Are.

Each March, Disability Awareness Month is celebrated throughout Indiana. And given that adults and children with disabilities represent slightly more than 19 percent of Indiana’s population, disability awareness is important for all of us.

Led by the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities, the goal of Disability Awareness Month is to promote the independence, integration, and inclusion of all people with disabilities. The Council develops a unique theme for this annual event and produces campaign materials that are available free of charge to Hoosiers who want to help make a difference.

The 2019 Disability Awareness month campaign theme is “Be Cool. We Are.” No matter the differences between people, it is always better to treat others the way you want to be treated, and this is especially true when interacting with friends, co-workers, and other Hoosiers who live with disabilities. The theme is all about the importance of being comfortable in your own skin and making the conscious decision to be yourself, because acting different around someone with a disability isn’t cool.

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EEE Support Group (Fort Wayne)

March 19th, 2019
6:30pm to 8:00pm
ASI Northeast Office

Contact Susan Crowell, Area Support Coordinator at scrowell@inautism.org or call 800-609-8449 ext. 333 if you have any questions!

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Family Fun Night

April 25, 2019
4:00pm to 7:00pm
The Summit

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Autism Symposium

April 10th – 2 events
April 11th – 1 event
USF Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center

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Sensory Friendly Easter Bunny

April 7, 2019
9:00am to 11:00am
Glenbrook Square Mall
Contact Susan Crowell for questions
scrowell@inautism.org | 800-609-8449 ext. 333

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YMCA Adaptive Day Camp

March 30, 2019
8:30am to 12:30pm
Contact Rebekah_Coffey@fwymca.org for questions.

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March 24, 2019
Arts United Center
FREE tickets 260-422-4226

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Wonder Park

March 23, 2019
Coldwater Crossing Stadium #169

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Celebrate Autism

March 23, 2019
Walb Union Classic Ballroom
Noon to 2:00pm

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Adaptive Skills & Drills

March 14, – April 4
6:15pm to 7:00pm
Jorgensen Family YMCA

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Reverse Job Fair

March 6, 2018
3:00pm to 5:00pm
Rapp Family Conference Center at Eskenazi Health

Contact Todd Root, Director of Development at troot@inautism.org or call 800-609-8449 ext. 55 if you have any questions

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Autism Speaks Walk

Each year at the Indianapolis Autism Speaks Walk we come together to unite as a community to celebrate and raise funds in support of the needs of people with autism and their families. I hope you will join us. It is quick and easy to register.

Each child, teen and adult with autism is unique. Our work aims to create a more open global community that embraces those unique abilities and provides the solutions and support needed to reflect the diversity of the community and to enable all those with autism to live fulfilled lives.

Together we are making a difference. Thank you in advance for your generous support and, most of all, for honoring all those who spoke to your heart and inspired you to walk with us.



Science Central hosting 8 Special Abilities Days in 2019

Science Central is excited to announce eight AWS Special Abilities Days this year!

Through the generous support of the AWS Foundation, Special Abilities Days are free with pre-registration to members of the community with special abilities. The 2019 dates are:

  • Thursday, Jan. 24: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 19: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 16: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 23: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 17: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 24: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 9: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 10: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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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 2019

Friday 25: 2-4pm
Saturday 26: 10am-1pm
Friday 21: 2-4pm
Saturday 22: 10am-1pm
Friday 22: 2-4pm
Saturday 23: 10am-1pm
Friday 22: 2-4pm
Saturday 23: 10am-1pm
Friday 12: 2-4pm
Saturday 13: 10am-1pm
Friday 13: 2-4pm (Christmas Fayre)
Friday 22: 2-4pm
Saturday 23: 10am-1pm
Friday 20: 2-4pm
Saturday 21: 10am-1pm
Friday 17: 2-4pm
Saturday 18: 10am-1pm
Friday 25: 2-4pm
Saturday 26: 10am-1pm


Understanding Medicaid Waivers Webinar

December 4
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CST

Indiana offers eight Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) programs that target specific groups. HCBS programs allow members to live in a community setting and avoid institutional placement. To be eligible for any HCBS program, you must meet Medicaid guidelines and HCBS program-specific eligibility guidelines.

Heather Dane, Family Engagement Specialist with the Bureau of Development Disabilities Services, Division of Disability and Rehabilitation Services, will do a webinar presentation on understanding Medicaid Waivers. This presentation will discuss home and community-based services commonly referred to as the Medicaid Waivers. We will discuss the application process, eligibility, services available as well as provide insight and tips on using your waiver.

This webinar is open to the public and there is no charge to attend. Please register online by 4:00 p.m. EST on Monday, December 3, 2018. In the event that this webinar is canceled, registered participants will be notified.



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


The Arc@School Webinar

November 29
3:00 pm EST

This webinar will review general best practices for positive behavioral supports in the classroom and implementation across multiple settings, so that advocates can help students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) obtain the behavioral supports they need to be successful in the classroom. The rights that students with I/DD have when they are disciplined at school will also be reviewed.



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.



IPMG Professional Development Workshop

Understanding the Medicaid Waiver Request for Approval Process
November 16
11:30 am – 12:30 pm EST

Ruth Roberts, IPMG Executive Assistant and Request for Approval Specialist, will provide participants with the information needed to have a basic understanding of how to apply for waiver funding for environmental and vehicle modifications and specialized medical equipment through the Medicaid Waiver Request for Approval (RFA) process. The training also covers allowable and non-allowable coverage for Request for Approval (RFA) services and the lifetime caps for these services for the Family Support, Community Integration and Habilitation, Aging and Disabled and Traumatic Brain Injury Waivers.

Families, guardians, service providers, and other interested individuals are welcome to attend this webinar.



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 260-424-2400×451.

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