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HEAL iPad Giveaway for Top School Zoo Walk Teams!

Lining up to start the Zoo Walk
Perry Palooza Team at the 2015 Zoo Walk
HEAL has so many local schools involved in our Zoo Walk, we want to reward them by awarding iPads to schools. The top three school teams that raise the most money will receive:
  • 1st place: 3 iPads
  • 2nd place: 2 iPads
  • 3rd place: 1 iPad
Through our iPad initiative, iHEAL – iPads Helping Enrich Autistic Lives, we wish to get as many iPads as possible into the hands of local teachers and students.
 

Walk on the Wild Side with HEAL

  • ROAR Cheerleaders to lead the walk
  • FREE train rides compliments of the PGA TOUR
  • FREE carousel rides compliments of Intrepid Capital Management
  • $2,500 total prize in grant money to top fundraisers compliments of Community Nutcracker:
    • 1st place: $1,000
    • 2nd place: $750
    • 3rd place: $500
    • 4th place: $250
  • PARTY with PATTY – HEAL After Party on the Great Lawn sponsored by Nimnicht Family of Dealerships with music, bouncy houses, Farful Foolong story telling by Nick Loren, face painting and more!
Register Now

HEAL Awards $70,000 for Spring Grants

HUG Summer Golf Camp
HEAL recently awarded $50,000 for over 300 children teens and adults to participate in various programs throughout the summer months. In addition, HEAL has given over $20,000 to Project CHANCE - HEAL Autism Service Dogs, Paw-tners in serving individuals with Autism.
 
The HEAL Foundation is proud to have donated $1.4 million dollars, assisting individuals with Autism and their families throughout the Northeast Florida area. Through grants, HEAL supports schools with educational enhancements, providing funds for specialized camps, programs and sports leagues.
 
HEAL recently awarded the following grants:
  • DOSA Camps: Camp I Am Special - weeklong sleepover summer camps
  • ACCEPTS: Facilitative Communication Training and assessments
  • Cummer Museum: SA & Camp Cummer art camps
  • Haven Horse Ranch: Horse therapy programs
  • Henderson Haven: Camp Possible Summer Day Camp
  • Hope Therapy: Horse therapy programs
  • Jacksonville School for Autism: JSA Summer Enrichment Camp
  • Little Star Center: Summer camp and field trips
  • HEAL: Project CHANCE Autism Service Dogs
  • North FL School of Special Education: Flora, Fauna & Fitness Camp
  • Church of the Redeemer: Special Nation Summer Camp
  • Ridgeview High School: Specially designed PE equipment
  • Flip Dog Yoga: Special Needs Yoga Program
  • Occuplay & Beaches Speech Therapy: LEAP Summer Camp
  • HUG – Help Us Golf: Summer Golf Camp for kids and teens
  • Sabal Palms Elementary School: Sensory room equipment
Through our iPad initiative, iHEAL - iPads Helping Enrich Autistic Lives, HEAL will also be awarding iPads to teachers iPads across 6 school districts. To apply, visit our website.

 

Henderson Haven Hosts Camp Possible this Summer

Have fun this summer at Henderson Haven's Camp Possible
Camp Possible is celebrating its 5th anniversary this summer! There will be four weeks of fun, crafts, music, games and weekly themes. Camp will take place at their Orange Park location from July 5 to the 29. This summer's weekly themes include Petting Zoo, Dr. Seuss, Winter Wonderland and Wacky Water Week with a Water Slide!

Thanks to a HEAL Foundation Grant and other sponsors, Camp Possible is a full-day camp program for individuals with Autism and other disabilities.

Contact Henderson Haven to find out if this camp is right for your child at 904-264-2522 or by emailing info@hendersonhaven.org.

Upcoming Events in Northeast Florida

 
DATE EVENT
Ongoing Rising Star Baseball - Boys and Girls unable to “shine” with a traditional little league team can have fun with baseball, build self confidence, and make memories and friendships with Rising Star. The cost is free, and siblings are welcome. Practices have already begun, and take place every week at Cornerstone Park off A1A. Visit the website at risingstarsbaseball.org or email Coach Bob at bob_culliton@outlook.com.
Apr. 14-15 Free Two-Day Workshop for Parents with the Jericho School - Teaching Language to Children with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities. Participants will gain a greater understanding of Applied Behavior Analysis to assist in the acquisition of language skills for children with developmental disabilities. Parking and lunch is included. You must register to participate. Contact Cassandra Tuohy at 904-744-5110 or jerichoschool@yahoo.com.
Apr. 16 Family Care Council hosts Connecting the Dots - This all-day event at Christ’s Church, 6045 Greenland Road, Jacksonville will host local speakers and focus on resources for children, teens and young adults with disabilities. Attendance is free, register online.
Apr. 16 Jacksonville 2016 Access Life Expo Tour - Free event for individuals and families living with disabilities. Event from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Bethesda Park, 10790 Key Haven Blvd, Jacksonville. Offering boat rides, fishing, kayaking, arts, crafts food and resource exhibitors. To participate or volunteer visit access-life.org or call 352-455-9926.
Apr. 18 Talk with a Doc - with Baptist Jax, the YMCA and CARD – Join pediatrician Tracy Tyson, MD and David Childers, MD as they discuss autism spectrum disorders, neurological development in children, child safety, and medication interventions. No cost to attend, and YMCA membership is not required. Event is from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Ponte Vedra YMCA, 170 Landrum Lane. RSVP online.
Apr. 19 Digital Citizenship at CARD - Middle and high school students will learn about managing digital footprints in an appropriate and safe manner. This session will address online etiquette, appropriate and acceptable online behaviors. Also address cyberbulling. Registration is required, register online.
Apr. 21 Talk with a Doc - with Baptist Jax, the YMCA and CARD – Join pediatrician Tracy Tyson, MD and David Childers, MD as they discuss autism spectrum disorders, neurological development in children, child safety, and medication interventions. No cost to attend, and YMCA membership is not required. Event is from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM at Williams Family YMCA, 10415 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville. RSVP online.
Apr. 21 Advocacy, Information & Resource Program presented by The Seven Bridges School PTO Inc. Topics include Special Education Law Today, Securing Your Child’s Future, and Accommodations, Admission & the ADA: The College Years. Event will be held at Seven Bridges School, 402 Loring Avenue, Orange Park, from 6:30 to 8:00 PM Event is free. Click here to register.
Apr. 21 Teen Social Skills Group - This six-week group will meet on Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 PM at Puzzle Peace Counseling at 5270 Palm Valley Road, Ponte Vedra. Group will be led by Angela Fusco, St. John County guidance counselor and pscychotherapist. Contact 904-515-5096 for more information or questions. Click here to sign up your teen today. This group is not just limited to teens on the spectrum, but is perfect for anyone ages 12-17, who could use help with social skill-related issues. This might include ASD siblings, or those with ADHD. A diagnosis is not necessary.
Apr. 23 Sensory Friendly Films: The Jungle Book at 10 AM - AMC & ASA are bringing families an opportunity to go to the movies in a safe accepting environment on a monthly basis. Lights are brought up, sound is turned down, and families may bring their own snacks. Movies are shown at the AMC Regency 24 at the Regency Center Square. All viewings are held at 10 AM or 7 PM. More information.
Apr. 23 Parents Day Out with Brooks Pediatric Adaptive Rehabilitation - Brooks will provide a variety of activities for children ages 4-15 with physical, developmental, and/or sensory needs. Event is from 1:30 to 4:30 PM and will offer regular and gluten-free snacks. At the Brooks YMCA, 10423 Centurion Parkway North, Jacksonville. RSVP at 904-345-7501 or brooks.pediatricreccreation@brooksrehab.org.
Apr. 23 Morning Star’s Annual Gala and Silent Auction, “An Evening on the St Johns” - Morning Star School is celebrating 60 years of serving our community. Join them for a special fundraiser at the Haskell Building on Riverside Avenue. Click here for more information.
Apr. 24 HEAL Zoo Walk for Autism! Registration is now open for the best walk of the year! Start telling your friends and family! See you at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens for another beautiful walk, after-party, train rides and more! Tickets are still $15 for ages 13 and up! Visit HealAutismNow.org to register and form a team.
Apr. 26 Sensory Friendly Films: The Huntsman Winter's War at 7 PM - AMC & ASA are bringing families an opportunity to go to the movies in a safe accepting environment on a monthly basis. Lights are brought up, sound is turned down, and families may bring their own snacks. Movies are shown at the AMC Regency 24 at the Regency Center Square. All viewings are held at 10 AM or 7 PM. More information.
May 5 Social Skills Group at Great Strides - This group is geared to children ages 7-10 and has a sportsmanship theme. Group meets every Thursday from May 5 to June 30 from 4:30 to 5:45 PM at Great Strides Rehabilitation, 12226 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville. Join this group to work on winning and losing with grace, cheering on peers, and being flexible when games change. Must register and commit to all 9 sessions. Email Lauren at Gianino.saralauren@gmail.com for more information or application form.
May 10 Sensory Friendly Films: Captain America: Civil War at 7 PM - AMC & ASA are bringing families an opportunity to go to the movies in a safe accepting environment on a monthly basis. Lights are brought up, sound is turned down, and families may bring their own snacks. Movies are shown at the AMC Regency 24 at the Regency Center Square. All viewings are held at 10 AM or 7 PM. More information.
May 14 Microsoft Gaming Party with CARD - The Microsoft Store at the St. Johns Town Center will set up Xbox One consoles in the theater space for gaming from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM. Breakout session for parents during the program. Forty spots available. Register online.
May 14 Sensory Friendly Films: Captain America: Civil War at 10 AM - AMC & ASA are bringing families an opportunity to go to the movies in a safe accepting environment on a monthly basis. Lights are brought up, sound is turned down, and families may bring their own snacks. Movies are shown at the AMC Regency 24 at the Regency Center Square. All viewings are held at 10 AM or 7 PM. More information.
May 14 Bowling Buddies - Join friends at Beach Bowl on Beach Boulevard for 4 lanes of fun! Educators and therapists are on hand to facilitate social interaction. This is a great activity for children and teens with Autism, and the parents enjoy connecting with other families. Meet Brittany and her team at 12:30 PM. Register in advance by emailing blg11241990@comcast.net.
May 22 Special Needs Introduction to Yoga Workshop - Sign up now for this workshop offered to those with Special Needs and their families. Flip Dog Yoga and Angelica O’Shea will hold the workshop at Big Fish Power Yoga Studio, 3852 South Third Street, Jacksonville Beach, at the South Beach Regional Shopping Center (also home to Home Depot and Trader Joe’s). This workshop includes a presentation detailing the benefits of yoga, a Q & A session, and a yoga demonstration and practice. Enrollment is limited to 30 participants. This workshop will be followed by a six-week series, arranged by age, starting on Sunday, May 29. Email flipdogyogallc@gmail.com for a registration form.
May 24 Digital Citizenship – Online Safety - In this training, middle and high school students will learn about managing their digital footprints in an appropriate and safe manner. This third session will teach students about how to stay safe online, how to responsibly represent themselves through the internet, and how to preserve their digital reputation. Registration is required, register online. Click here for a flyer, or for more information contact audrey.bringman@jax.ufl.edu.
May 29 - June 25 Arc Life Experience 2016 - Participants aged 18 and up obtain a sneak preview and crash course on living independently. Individuals will work on social emotional skills, leisure skills and daily living tasks. Accepting applications now – Session is $3,900 for a four-week session. CDC/MedWaiver accepted. For more information and applications, contact 904-620-3890 or Arcjacksonville.org.
May 31 - Aug. 5 Dramaworks Summer Camp with Healthy U Now - This is an improvisational inclusion program for children through young adults who are on the mild to moderate end of the spectrum. Individuals with related disorders are also welcome. Camp begins at 9:00 AM and is held at Christ Episcopal Church, 400 San Juan Drive in Ponte Vedra. Contact Healthy U Now for more information at 904-834-2938 or contact@healthyunow.org.
June 11 Microsoft Gaming Party - The Microsoft Store at the St. Johns Town Center will set up Xbox One consoles in the theater space for gaming from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM. Breakout session for parents during the program. Forty spots available. Register online.
June 13 - Aug. 5 Keystone Camp for kids and young adults, ages 5-22. Several options available for typical, high-functioning, and for a wide range of special needs. Contact Keystone Behavioral at 904-619-6071 or info@keystonebehavioral.com.
June 20-29 Summer Camp at Keystone - Preschoolers from 18 months through kindergarten. Designed to develop positive social skills. Contact Keystone at 904-619-6071 or at info@keystonebehavioral.com.
June 11 Bowling Buddies - Join friends at Beach Bowl on Beach Boulevard for 4 lanes of fun! Educators and therapists are on hand to facilitate social interaction. This is a great activity for children and teens with Autism, and the parents enjoy connecting with other families. Meet Brittany and her team at 12:30 PM. Register in advance by emailing blg11241990@comcast.net.
June 29 Surfers for Autism Registration opens for 7th Annual First Coast Beach Festival in Flagler Beach. SFA will spend a day teaching individuals with Autism to surf and have fun in the water on August 20. This great event fills up fast so register your child or young adult to participate now, or sign up to volunteer for this fun day! Visit SurfersforAutism.org for more information.
July 3 - 30 Arc Life Experience 2016 - Participants aged 18 and up obtain a sneak preview and crash course on living independently. Individuals will work on social emotional skills, leisure skills and daily living tasks. Accepting applications now – Session is $3,900 for a four-week session. CDC/MedWaiver accepted. For more information and applications, contact 904-620-3890 or Arcjacksonville.org.
July 5 - 29 Camp Possible at Henderson Haven - This summer’s weekly themes include Petting Zoo, Dr. Seuss, Winter Wonderland and Wacky Water Week with a Water Slide! Contact Henderson Haven to find out if this camp is right for your child at 904-264-2522 or by emailing info@hendersonhaven.org.
July 17 Special Needs Introduction to Yoga Workshop - Sign up now for this workshop offered to those with Special Needs and their families. Flip Dog Yoga and Angelica O’Shea will hold the workshop at Big Fish Power Yoga Studio, 3852 South Third Street, Jacksonville Beach, at the South Beach Regional Shopping Center (also home to Home Depot and Trader Joe’s). This workshop includes a presentation detailing the benefits of yoga, a Q & A session, and a yoga demonstration and practice. Enrollment is limited to 30 participants. This workshop will be followed by a six-week series, arranged by age, starting on Sunday, July 24. Email flipdogyogallc@gmail.com for a registration form.
Aug. 10 Surfers for Autism Registration opens for 7th Annual North Coast Beach Festival in Jacksonville Beach. SFA will spend a day teaching individuals with Autism to surf and have fun in the water on September 24. This great event fills up fast so register your child or young adult to participate now, or sign up to volunteer for this fun day! Visit SurfersforAutism.org for more information.
Aug. 20 7th Annual First Coast Beach Festival with Surfers for Autism in Flagler Beach. Register in advance for this family day of fun with a great Florida non-profit. They will be at Flagler Beach Pier from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Visit SurfersforAutism.org for more information or to register in advance.
Sept. 5 The Great Ponte Vedra Paddle Benefiting HEAL at Mickler’s Landing. Save the date and start your Stand Up Paddleboard training now! This outing is fun for the whole family. Join us for 4 paddle races, music, and fun at the beach. Email events@healautismnow.org for information on sponsorships and tents. Registration opens soon.
Sep. 24 7th Annual North Coast Beach Festival with Surfers for Autism in Jacksonville Beach. Register in advance for this family day of fun with a great Florida non-profit. They will be in Jax Beach at 1515 First St. N from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Visit SurfersforAutism.org for more information or to register in advance.
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