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September 2014

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HEAL Chopper Drop, Bash & Charity Golf Classic

Please join HEAL at the TPC Sawgrass on October 2 for the HEAL Chopper Ball Drop & Bash, and the Charity Golf Classic on October 3.

 

The Chopper Drop

Thursday, October 2, starting at 6:00 pm, guests will gather on the TPC Sawgrass Lawn for drinks and hors d’ oeuvres, while a helicopter drops hundreds of numbered golf balls on the TPC Sawgrass Practice Green. The numbered golf ball that lands in the hole or closest to the pin WINS $5,000 CASH!  Other prizes will be awarded! Need not be present to win! Click here to purchase tickets to Chopper Drop Bash and buy golf balls.


HEAL Bash

After the winner of the $5,000 CASH is announced, the HEAL Bash will continue in the TPC Clubhouse for drinks and hors d' oeuvres. A live auction offering exotic trips and experiences will be followed by dancing to the Motown sounds of 7 Street Band. Click here for tickets to the HEAL Bash.
 

HEAL Charity Golf Classic

Friday October 3, 8:00 am TPC Sawgrass, Golf Clinic with breakfast, 8:30 Shotgun start on Dyes Valley Course. Lunch and awards will follow the tournament in the TPC Clubhouse.
 

iHEAL ~ iPads Helping Enrich Autistic Lives

1 in 50 US children have Autism, 1 in 140 cannot speak. Proceeds from this event will be used to purchase iPads for ESE classrooms across six school districts. iPads have become a revolutionary tool in teaching children with Autism. This technology helps students communicate, finally giving them a voice!

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Henderson Haven offers summer fun at Camp Possible.

HEAL Summer Camps Impacts Hundreds With Autism


Thanks to HEAL, hundreds of children, teens and adults with Autism enjoyed numerous specialized camps throughout the Northeast Florida area this past summer.

Henderson Haven offered a day camp, HEAL Surf Camp had kids in the water riding the waves, HUG/HEAL Golf camp at the TPC created future PLAYERS Champions, DOSA Camp took children overnight and gave parents some much need respite, KARMA Music Camp made a fun music video, the Girl Scouts held Smile Camp again, and Haven Horse Ranch continued therapy programs all summer long.

HEAL granted $40,000 to programs, therapies, sports leagues and camps in order to provide individuals with Autism an array of opportunities this past summer. 


"HEAL is thrilled to sponsor a variety of local camps in the 5-county area,” said board president Patty Crosby. “The camps provide a safe environment enabling students to learn skills and enjoy themselves while parents appreciate the respite time.”
 


HEAL Grants Available - Deadline for Submission October 8


The HEAL Foundation is proud to have donated over one million dollars in grants to local schools, camps and organizations in our community. HEAL offers grants twice a year. If you are in Northeast  Florida or Camden County, Georgia and are interested in a HEAL grant, please visit our website and review our requirements.

In addition to continuing our iHEAL initiative, iPads Helping Enrich Autistic Lives, HEAL will be awarding mini-grants this Fall of up to $2,500. Priority will be given to teachers, schools and after school programs enhancing the lives of those with Autism in our community.

Grants must be submitted in writing by October 8. Recipients will be notified by October 30.
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Julie and her daughter Faith were among the first families to receive a PSLA and use them to offset the high costs of therapists.

Scholarships for Students with Autism


Did you know Step Up For Students helps provide a K-12 scholarship for children with special needs?

The Personal Learning Scholarship Account is a new program that lets parents customize the education of their children diagnosed with one of eight disabilities: autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, Spina bifida, Williams syndrome or an intellectual disability (severe cognitive impairment).

Parents can direct the scholarship award toward a combination of programs and approved providers, including schools, therapists, curriculum – even a college savings account.

Applications for 2014-15 are being accepted now through the end of October.
 
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Spend a Saturday at the Beach with Peer to Pier Fishing on September 27

Surfers for Autism & HEAL PEER To PIER Fishing 

 
Hit the beach this Saturday, September 20th, for the 5th Annual North Coast Surfers for Autism Beach Festival. Surfers for Autism is an great organization that puts kids on the Autism spectrum on surf boards. Kids, parents and volunteers all rave about these events up and down the coast of Florida. Everything starts at 9:00 AM at 14th Street North in Jacksonville Beach. Kids must have waiver and be registered to participate. If you are volunteering or need more information, visit them online in advance at www.SurfersforAutism.org.

PEER to PIER Fishing Club will meet next Saturday, September 27, at the Pier in Jacksonville Beach. Mary Erickson-Verdi and her husband Thomas created this group for children and teens with Autism and their families. Therapists are on hand to assist the kids. This fun family event is back for Fall on the fourth Saturday of every month. To register to participate or volunteer, contact Mary Erikson-Verdi at InclusionSolution@gmail.com.

Upcoming Events in Northeast Florida

 
DATE EVENT
Ongoing Social Skills and Support Groups - Dr. Maria Tapia, Licensed Psychologist with the UF/Jacksnville's CARD Program, runs several support groups for adolescents and adults with Asperger's syndrome, as well as for the siblings and mothers. If you are interested in joining any of these groups or gathering additional information, such as date, time and ages, please contact Dr. Tapia at maria.tapia@jax.ufl.edu or (904)-633-4330.
Ongoing Dandelion House Offers Opportunities for ALL Abilities - Have a teenager on your hands? Dandelion House offers Saturday workshops for ages 16 and up. Current classes include Training for jobs and life, Recreation with the arts, Socialization with games and activities, and Fitness to try Yoga or Zumba. They are conveniently located in Jacksonville at 1512 King Street, near the Cummer Museum and the Riverside Art Market. www.dandelionhouse.org
September 20 Opening Day of Jacksonville Miracle League Baseball! - Registration now open for the 2014 Fall Season! Opening day is filled with lots of fun including the presentation of our Nation’s flag & the national anthem, each team member individually being announced over the PA system, a one inning opening game where every player gets one turn at bat, and a Skills Competition. Register online here, and for any questions, contact Cary Hanson 904-509-3800.
September 20 5th Annual North Coast Surfers For Autism Beach Festival - Surfers are treated like rock stars with 2 to 4 professionally trained surf instructors to guide them into the waves. Come enjoy a day filled with a range of activities including stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, live music, face-painting, games, bounce houses, fire engine tours and much more. A catered lunch is also provided, all at no cost. Held at 14th Street North, Jacksonville Beach from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
September 27 Peer to Pier Fishing - After a break for the summer heat, Peer to Pier Fishing resumes off the Jacksonville Beach Pier. To Register: Mary Erickson-Verdi at inclusionsolution@gmail.com or 904-994-1005.
September 27 Across the Spectrum 2014 - Autism Education Conference & Resource Fair - Daytona Beach. Hosted by UCF - Card. Keynote Speaker is Carolyn Dalgliesh. Click here for more information, or register online.
September 27 Sensory Friendly Films: Dolphin Tale 2 - 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 10am. Click here for more information.
October 2-3 Get ready for the HEAL Valley of Dreams Gala and Charity Golf Classic at the TPC Sawgrass! Join us at the Clubhouse October 2nd! Get ready to Golf Dye's Valley Course on October 3rd. Details available at the HEAL website www.HealAutismNow.org! Click here to ask about sponsoring.
October 8 HEAL Fall Grants Due - If you are a school, teacher, organization or community leader looking for funds to support a program for individuals with Autism, consider applying for a HEAL Grant. Visit our website for more information.
October 9 through December 4 Special Needs Youth Basketball - The First Coast YMCA is hosting a basketball program for children with mild to moderate developmental disabilities. Coaching will focus on success through positive engagement and teaching of fundamentals. For ages 6-12 on Thursday nights from 6-7pm. The cost is $50 per participant. Register online at firstcoastymca.org or by calling 904-543-9622.
October 9 through December 18 Social Skills Group: Sportsmanship Theme - Great Strides Rehabilitation has put together two groups for children with Asperger's or high functioning Autism. Open to ages 6-10 every Thursday night. Skills targeted will be winning and losing gracefully, following rules of games, joining peers, and taking turns. Contact Lauren at Gianino.saralauren@gmail.com or call Great Strides at (904) 886-3228 for more information or to receive an application.
October 11 Bowling Buddies - Join Inclusion Solution 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 Mary and her team at 12:30 pm. Register in advance by emailing inclusionsolution@gmail.com.
October 13 Toilet Training Seminar at CARD - 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Principles, tips and helpful pre-requisites for the special needs child. For more information or to RSVP contact Elise at elise.summa@jax.ufl.edu. Parents must RSVP to attend.
October 18 5th Annual Flounder Pounder benefiting Jacksonville School for Autism (JSA). Awards will be given for three catagories; Big Fish, 3 Fish Aggregate and Junior Angler. Visit Flounderpounderjax.com for more information.
October 25 Peer to Pier Fishing - Fishing off the Jacksonville Beach Pier. To Register: Mary Erickson-Verdi at inclusionsolution@gmail.com or 904-994-1005.
October 25 CARD Fall Family Festival - Join CARD from 11 AM to 2 PM for their annual Fall Festival at the UF Developmental Pediatric Center. This year will feature face painting, magicians, Mrs. Bubbles and more! Admission is free. For more information contact Karen at karen.auger@jax.ufl.edu.
October 25 Sensory Friendly Films: Book of Life - 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 10am. Click here for more information.
November 8 Autism Speaks Walk at the Jacksonville Landing. Save the Date.
November 8 Bowling Buddies - Join Inclusion Solution 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 Mary and her team at 12:30 pm. Register in advance by emailing inclusionsolution@gmail.com.
November 13-14 Teaching Language To Children with Autism & Other Developmental Disabilities - This two-day training will focus will be on utilizing B.F. Skinner's analysis of Verbal Behavior to assist in the acquisition of language skills for children with developmental disabilities. Participants will also receive training on effective teaching procedures and building instructional control. For more information contact jerichoschool@yahoo.com.
November 22 DogFest Walk'N Roll - Sponsored by Canine Companions for Independence, this family friendly, dog friendly, accessible, community dog walk benefits people with disabilities. Join them from 10 AM to 4 PM at Riverside Arts Market, 715 Riverside Ave, Jacksonville. Visit cci.org/dogFest for more details.
November 22 Peer to Pier Fishing - Fishing off the Jacksonville Beach Pier. To Register: Mary Erickson-Verdi at inclusionsolution@gmail.com or 904-994-1005.
November 29 Sensory Friendly Films: Home - 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 10am. Click here for more information.
December 13 Bowling Buddies - Join Inclusion Solution 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 Mary and her team at 12:30 pm. Register in advance by emailing inclusionsolution@gmail.com.
December 13 Sensory Friendly Films: Paddington - 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 10am. Click here for more information.
Jan. 16-18, 2015 22nd Annual Card Conference - Orlando The Annual Statewide CARD Conference is Florida’s premier conference on Autism Spectrum Disorders for professionals and families. National experts and regional professionals offer informative and stimulating presentations on a variety of topics on research, innovation, and effective educational programs for people diagnosed with ASD. This year’s conference will be held January 16-18, 2015 at the Florida Hotel & Conference in Orlando. Registration is now open.
April 26, 2015 HEAL Zoo Walk For Autism! Save the date and plan to join HEAL at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens! Email us with suggestions at events@healautismnow.org. See you all for another fun filled day at the zoo!
Sept. 7, 2015 The Great Ponte Vedra Paddle! Join us for the 4th Annual Great Ponte Vedra Paddle benefiting HEAL. Stand Up Paddle board races, and an "Anything that Floats" Challenge make this fun for the whole family. See you at Mickler's Landing.
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