Upcoming Events for the Autism Society of PEI January-March 2014

Upcoming events for the Autism Society of PEI from January until March 10th, 2014.

As noted just prior to the holidays, I will be out of the office from January 10th until March 10th so this will be a very important outline for you to have with a listing of the all of the Autism Society of PEI events to be taking place while I am gone. Please be sure to mark these dates in your calendars :)

January
Sunday, January 5th- The Regular Monthly Swim for the Autism Society of PEI will be held at the Credit Union place in Summerside from 4:00-5:00pm. These swims are generously sponsored by Vector Aerospace and are free and open for all those with autism and their family and friends. Please be sure to invite anyone who you think may benefit or enjoy these swims.

 

Saturday,January 4th, 18th, 25th – The Regular Weekly Swim for the Autism Society of PEI will be held at the Cari Complex on the UPEI Campus here in Charlottetown from 7:00-8:00pm. These swims are generously sponsored by D.P Murphy Inc and are free for all those with autism and their  family and friends. Please be sure to invite anyone who you think may benefit or enjoy these swims. Please note: Remember to sign in at the front desk before the swim and that the locked rooms are open for us to access as of 6:45pm.


Please
also note that the regular scheduled swim for Saturday, January 11th is cancelled due to scheduling conflicts!

Wednesday, January 15th- On Wednesday, January 15th starting at  6:00pm there will be a Registered Disability Savings Plan information session held on behalf of the Autism Society of PEI. The presentation will run from 6:00-7:00pm and will be followed by a one hour Coffee and Conversation support meeting for parents and family members of the Autism Society of PEI. The RDSP Session and the Coffee and Conversation meeting which will be held immediately after, will be hosted at the Catholic Family Services Bureau at 129 Pownal Street in Charlottetown. If you plan on attending this session we ask that you please RSVP to Nathalie@autismsociety.pe.ca or by calling 566-4844.

 
February

 

 

Sunday, February 2nd- The Regular Monthly Swim for the Autism Society of PEI will be held at the Credit Union place in Summerside from 4:00-5:00pm. These swims are generously sponsored by Vector Aerospace and are free and open for all those with autism and their family and friends. Please be sure to invite anyone who you think may benefit or enjoy these swims.

 

Saturday, February  1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd- The Regular Weekly Swim for the Autism Society of PEI will be held at the Cari Complex on the UPEI Campus here in Charlottetown from 7:00-8:00pm. These swims are generously sponsored by D.P Murphy Inc and are free for all those with autism and their  family and friends. Please be sure to invite anyone who you think may benefit or enjoy these swims. Please note: Remember to sign in at the front desk before the swim and that the locked rooms are open for us to access as of 6:45pm.


On Saturday, February 15th at 2:00pm, the Autism Society of PEI will host our Annual Family Sleigh Ride event. The sleigh ride will take place at Terpstra’s Farm and as per usual, there will be a stop along the sleigh ride route for sledding and then the children are welcome to visit the animals in the barn and enjoy a hot chocolate and cookie afterwards. This is a family event sponsored by the Autism Society and is free for all paid members of the Autism Society. If  you don’t have a membership, or need to renew your membership then please be sure to  fill out the above form and send it in with your $10 payment for the 2014-2015 year before the Annual General Meeting in March 2014. Membership runs from March 2014-March 2015 but you will be considered a member for the remainder of this year as well! I ask that anyone who plans on attending the event RSVP to email my email Nathalie@autismsociety.pe.ca as it will be checked while I am gone and the Board of Directors will be keeping a tally on how many families will be attending this event. It is very important to RSVP if you will be there so that we can notify Terpstra’s of how many sleighs we require. Please RSVP with a total number of how many will be attending on behalf of your family.

(Also please note this event starts at 2:00pm so arrive around 1:50-1:55 to get loaded onto the sleighs! Sleighs will be departing from the barn shortly after 2:00pm!)  Please find directions on Terpstra’s website on how to get to Terpstra Farms:     http://www.terpstrafamilycottages.com/directionsmaps.asp


 


 

March

Sunday, March 2nd- The Regular Monthly Swim for the Autism Society of PEI will be held at the Credit Union place in Summerside from 4:00-5:00pm. These swims are generously sponsored by Vector Aerospace and are free and open for all those with autism and their family and friends. Please be sure to invite anyone who you think may benefit or enjoy these swims.


 

Saturday, March 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th- The Regular Weekly Swim for the Autism Society of PEI will be held at the Cari Complex on the UPEI Campus here in Charlottetown from 7:00-8:00pm. These swims are generously sponsored by D.P Murphy Inc and are free for all those with autism and their  family and friends. Please be sure to invite anyone who you think may benefit or enjoy these swims. Please note: Remember to sign in at the front desk before the swim and that the locked rooms are open for us to access as of 6:45pm.

 

 

Wednesday, March 29th, 2014 The Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 26th from 7:00-7:30 at the Catholic Family Services Bureau at 129 Pownal street in Charlottetown. The AGM will be followed by a coffee and conversation family support meeting. Please join us if you wish to hear updates on the Society’s 2013 year.
Thanks for taking the time to read my email and again please keep this email close on hand so you will have a listing and details on all of the Autism Society of PEI event’s taking place while I am gone.

Have a great evening, Nathalie

Autism Society of PEI sharing resource supports with Island schools

As Autism Awareness Month wraps up for the month of October the Autism Society of PEI will be sharing new supports with Island schools to promote greater awareness, education and understanding about Autism.
“An important part of what we do as a Society is to help people learn more about Autism and understand better how it affects people,” said Jeff Himelman, President of the Autism Society of PEI. “The more information and support we can provide to schools, students and families the better equipped people are to understand and adapt,” said Himelman.
Over the next few weeks staff from the Autism Society will be delivering to Island elementary schools copies of the Autism Acceptance book and package of relevant information on autism services here on Prince Edward Island.
The Autism Acceptance Book (by Ellen Sabin) is an activity book, a conversation-starter, and an educational tool that engages children in learning to embrace people’s differences and treat others with respect, compassion and kindness. It helps children see that we are all different from each other and we all like to be understood and accepted. It teaches children about Autism; helps them imagine how things might feel for those with autism and lets them think of ways to be understanding and accepting to people with Autism. Ideal for classrooms and group setting, this book should be shared with every child as it will help them learn important life lessons and help soften the stigma of Autism and other special needs.
“It’s our hope that by having better information about Autism in the hands of classroom and resource teachers that this can help improve the learning environment and student success,” said Nathalie Walsh, Executive Director of the Autism Society of PEI.
To learn more or if you have questions or want to request delivery of a copy of the package please contact Nathalie at 566-4844 or email Nathalie@autismsociety.pe.ca.
(L-R): Heidi Walsh-Bernardi (Director/Parent), Josie Gass (Resource Teacher), Rachel FitzGillis (Autism Consultant- English Language School Board),Nathalie Walsh (Executive Director from the Autism Society of PEI), Shellie Hughes (Grade 5 teacher at Stratford Elementary)
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Kiwanis Club donation allows updated resources for Autism Society of PEI

The Autism Society of PEI would like to extend a huge thanks to the Kiwanis Club of Charlottetown for their donation to our organization which has allowed for us to purchase lots of wonderful new resources for our lending library. Be sure to stop into the office to see our new resources! We have many educational and informative books on many issues and topics that span the Autism Spectrum. Thank you to the Kiwanis Club for their generosity.

Back to School Family Swims resume

The Autism Society of PEI is happy to announce that our Fall Back to School swims will recommence. Our regular weekly swims generously sponsored by D.P Murphy Inc will restart on Saturday, September 14th from 7:00-8:00pm at the Cari Complex pool located at the University of Prince Edward Island here in Charlottetown. These swims run weekly and are held every Saturday from 7:00-8:00pm and are free and open for all those with autism and their family and friends. Thank you D.P Murphy Inc for your ongoing support.

Upcoming Two Day workshop: November 15th and November 16th, 2013

Dave Hingsburger Workshop:

On November 15th and 16th from 8:00-4:30pm, a coalition of Community groups including the Stars for Life Foundation for Autism, the PEI Association for Community Living and the Autism Society of PEI will host guest presenter Dave Hingsburger in a two day workshop.

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