Resources for Adults on the Spectrum
Here is some information about upcoming events that may be helpful for adults on the spectrum brought to you by the Autism Society of Washington, Spokane Affiliate. Please also check our web page at the www.autismsocietyofwa.org and find the ASW community tab and scroll down to Affiliates and click on Spokane! http://www.autismsocietyofwa.org/asw-spokane/resources/resources-for-adults-on-the-spectrum/
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The Autism Society is planning their annual cookies and punch reception to follow the December Sensory Friendly movie. See Entry below on Sensory Friendly Movie.
At this time all the free tickets for the movie have been distributed, but reception following is free and tickets can be purchased at the box office for $6.
Autism & Health
Information about the 2013-14 Flu Vaccine for Spokane.
Adults on the Spectrum Discussion Group
Saturday, Dec 14 (noon—to 2PM)
Saturday, Dec 28 (noon—to 2PM)
Spokane City Library Eastside Branch,
5th and Stone (just west of Altamont and 5th)
Adult discussion group has reserved a separate meeting room at the Spokane City Library Eastside branch. This is not therapy, but a chance to meet other intelligent adults on the spectrum who are advocating for themselves. Future plans may include speakers or workshops, depending on interests of the group. Although not an ASW support group, we are helping them get the word out.
Participants need to be able to listen politely to others as well as talk. Drop in any time between Noon and 2pm. meeting 2st and 4th Saturdays at the East Side Library. Library is located near 5th and a yahoo group has been formed for notification ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
ASW Adults Game Day
Sunday, Dec 15 (1 PM)
Service Station Coffee House
9317 N. Nevada
The game day meeting is an Autism Society support group where teens and adults on the spectrum can meet to play board games. Some people on the Spectrum enjoy playing video games, but don’t get a chance to practice social skills with real people. This is self-help, not therapy. Food and beverages are available for purchase. We will have some doorprizes for this December meeting.
Sensory Friendly Movies
Selected Saturdays at 10AMAMC Theater, River Park Square Mall Tickets are $6
December 7th; Frozen 2D (Annual Post Movie Reception Follows)
The River Park Square Mall AMC Theater dedicates a matinee movie each month for people who have sensory issues with normal movie showings. For show times, a list of participating theaters and more information about the program, visit www.autism-society.org/sensoryfilms
You can bring a bag lunch or purchase one at the food court. Sensory Movies are the only time people may bring their own snacks to the theater. This is not a fundraiser for us, but AMC is making an effort to be more welcoming to people on the spectrum usually at a financial loss for them. If you go, please remember to thank them. Most of the movies are for kids, but some maybe interesting for you.
Easily Accessible by STA: near the STA Plaza. Cheap street parking can be found across the river.
Autism Classes are very popular and fill quickly
Lodge (Log Cabin on SFCC campus)
3305 W. Fort George Wright Drive
PACE offers non-credit instruction for those who might not be able attend credit classes through the usual community colleges.
They usually have had 2 noncredit classes: Advanced Communications Skills and Life Skills through the Arts for those on the Autism/Asperger’s spectrum. Contact Linda DeFord or Kelly Long at 279-6033. (There are many other classes offered from Job skills, Money Smart and Computer work Skills Building, not just geared for those on the Spectrum)
Community Colleges of Spokane
Most community colleges have a Disability Support Services office to assist those who have a disability and need some support. The support is limited as compared to the K-12 support, but it may be enough for you to succeed.Spokane Falls Community College, 509.533.4166 Spokane Community College , 509.533.7169 Institute for Extended Learning, 509.279.6037
Training on Computers
1317 W. 2nd, Spokane
This is a small community center that provides free small group training on face book, multimedia and other classes. They are located on 2nd avenue close to the Maple Street Bridge area. Check out the “World of Jobcraft” It is an alternate reality game that helps 18-25 year olds gain interest and experience in an IT career. Use professional equipment and software with staff to answer your questions.
Improve Your Self with WorkSource
140 S. Arthur, Spokane
The WorkSource office has a free self-paced online careers skills training program called KeyTrain. There are multiple subjects available; reading, writing, math, applied technology (electricity, mechanics) business writing, listening, teamwork, vocabulary and spelling. Improve your career skills. You need to make a visit to the office and have a staff person create an account for you. If you are not working, this would be a good place to learn new skills or brush up on some areas)
WorkSource also has self-paced classes on Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
This is a large busy office and you might want to come with someone the first time to figure out how this office works for you.
ANUE (Autistic Network of Unique Eccentrics)
A group of adults on the spectrum is forming a membership organization for networking and education. They are hoping to meet twice a month. Kathleen Werr is contact: email@example.com
Here is the Proposed Schedule for 2013
Dec 3 ANUE presentation at the National Rehab Association ( 9am to 11:30) Mukogawa-Ft Wright Insitute-4000 Randolph Road Spokane. RSVP required/ $50 non-members of National Rehab. Association .
ASAN (Autistic Self Advocacy Network)
Part time State Coordinator Position: Deadline Extended! .
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network of Washington State is pleased to announce an opportunity for self advocates with intellectual or developmental disabilities to have their voices heard about their experiences with the health care system.
Contact: Matt Young,Chapter Leader, Washington State Chapter
Arc of Spokane
320 E. Second Avenue
Ron Kurtz, Community Center Manager
There is a community Center. They have a center for digital literacy that provides courses in Photoshop, Multimedia Fusion (computer game development) and Text Documents. The center teaches members one-on-one. Although most of the participants are intellectually challenged, these are some good resources and all the volunteers and staff are trained and motivated to assist people on the spectrum.
The ASW has donated a collection of autism books to their library.
Webinars and Online Classes
ARI Adults with ASD e-newsletter
Autism Research Institute is a reputable resource for those dealing with autism. You can subscribe to their monthly newsletter which has all sorts of information.
National Autism Website
This new website affiliated with the ARC has information and webinars every week.
TACA (Talk about Curing Autism)
Talk about Curing Autism is a great online resource. All TACA families can sign up for free webinars. Space is limited and RSVP is required. They have meetings in the Seattle area.
Interacting With Autism
Interacting With Autism, a video-based website, will be unveiled on Sept. 28 at the USC School of Cinematic Arts (SCA).Laura Cechanowicz, a PhD student at SCA, is looking forward to the launch of the site, which she has worked on for two years.