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August 2015

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The Great Ponte Vedra Paddle Benefiting HEAL Presented by One Call Care Management


Guaranteed Labor Day Fun for the Whole Family!


Registration is open for The Great Ponte Vedra Paddle presented by One Call Care Management. Join us Labor Day, Monday, September 7 at Mickler's Landing in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.
 
This stand up paddle board, or SUP, event includes a 1-mile sprint, 3-mile race, 5-mile distance race. The event also includes "ANYTHING THAT FLOATS CHALLENGE," which is a themed flotilla of floats, inner tubes, kayaks, surfboards--if it floats, you’re in! Prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female competitors in the SUP races, senior and teen competitors in the 1- and 3-mile race. For the "Anything That Floats," the fastest team and the best costume/theme will be given medals. Make plans to join the largest SUP race of its kind on the Florida Coast!
 

 
Check in opens at 7:45 AM on Labor Day Monday, September 7, at the Mickler's Landing beach access at the intersection of A1A and Ponte Vedra Boulevard in Ponte Vedra Beach. REGISTER NOW!
 
Lots of great things will be raffled at the event, including a Great Ponte Vedra Paddle Stand Up Paddle Board! We have food and coffee vendors coming too! Boards will be on hand to demo or rent, and St Johns County will run a overflow parking shuttle to Mickler's Landing from The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall / Cornerstone Park parking lots from 10 AM to 4 PM.

Out of town friends need a place to stay pre-paddle? Check in at the official Great Ponte Vedra Paddle Presented by One Call Care Management hotel - The Hampton Inn Jacksonville / Ponte Vedra Beach on Marsh Landing Parkway! Click here to reserve a room.
Register Now

Chriss Spires Takes Helm as HEAL Board President, Replacing Patty Crosby


Chriss Spires has been voted President of HEAL Board of Directors. Spires is replacing past President and First Coast News anchor Patty Crosby, who has served on the HEAL board since 2007. “We are going to miss Patty’s leadership and energy, but are grateful she is remaining on the HEAL Board Emeritus,” said Executive Director Scottie May.
 
Chris Spires been an active HEAL board member since January of 2014 and has been involved with HEAL's Great Ponte Vedra Paddle for four years. He is honored to take on this position. Chriss Spires is an Employee Benefits & Financial Advisor at Montoya and Associates, a company recently named one of Jacksonville Business Journal's Best and Healthiest places to work. His volunteer work beyond HEAL includes the Ponte Vedra Soccer Club, YMCA Guides Program, and other charitable organizations. Spires is also a member of Christ Church. He lives in Ponte Vedra with his wife and their two children.
 
"I was drawn to HEAL because the money raised stays here in our community. I have seen firsthand how autism affects families; helping raise awareness and resources for programs are critical. Our board is excellent and I was honored to be ask to join the board two years ago," said Chriss Spires, when asked why he decided to get involved with the nonprofit organization. 
 
Spires has big plans for the coming year. He believes growing the reach of whom they can help is important. HEAL was founded over 10 years ago and since then the foundation has raised and awarded or funded over $1.5 million in grants and programs. "I hope to keep this type of support going. We have a great board of directors that includes many wonderful community leaders so I am confident whatever we set out to do we will accomplish," said Spires.
 
HEAL is adding one new event this year, partnering with board members Ziggy Hood of the Jacksonville Jaguars and his wife, Sara, for what will be a unique event: Tackling Disabilities, featuring local celebrities, professional athletes and community leaders helping raise funds to support the various HEAL programs.

If you are interested in participating in Tacking Disabilities, contact us.

HEAL Grant Recipient - Jacksonville School for Autism Summer Camp Recap


Thanks to The HEAL Foundation and generous grants for the past eight years, Jacksonville School for Autism (JSA) continues its tradition of providing intensive summer camp options to the autism community. For most children on the autism spectrum, stability and predictability are critically important. The end of the school year can really create havoc with our kids' sense of comfort if we're not prepared. Just this year alone, JSA supported campers who are on summer break from public school, students visiting relatives in Jacksonville from out of state as well as many of our enrolled JSA students.
 

JSA Summer Camp Highlights


Off Campus Field-Trip Highlights
JSA Campers participate in weekly field-trips to a variety of Fun Zones… Every outing is carefully selected to ensure JSA provides a well-rounded experience for children with autism to practice motor skills, socialization, and physical fitness. Our students get to interact with each other and their siblings while learning how to take turns, fine-tune body movements and have fun!
 


On Campus Enrichment Highlights 
In addition, JSA organizes in-school field-trips were we can have program enrichment like Painting, Zoo to You, Barnyard Petting Zoos and Art & Musical Performances. To create a variety of experiences for the kids, part of the summer program includes bringing the excitement to the children rather than bringing them out. Jacksonville School for Autism has had great fun and success in the past by introducing different cultures, subjects, and experiences to our own backyard. We have had success with our Yoga, Wild West Barnyard Palooza, Camping Safari and Mad Scientist guest. Each event works well to introduce new environments in a safe and controlled atmosphere. Unfamiliar experiences can be challenging to children with ASD, but these programs introduce ideas slowly with the guidance of professionals to make the experience enjoyable and enriching.
 

Art projects are geared towards fine and gross motor skill development such as handwriting and cutting, as well as group participation skills. This enrichment opportunity creates student skills that are transferred into their academic program. In addition, in-house field-trips with painting/pottery and other art forms will be scheduled to allow students to experience different art mediums.

At the end of the day, summer camp at JSA is geared to providing the most enrichment and fun for our campers in a safe and well structured environment. We could not provide all that we do without the financial grant support from The HEAL FOUNDATION.
 

THANK YOU HEAL FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!!!



HEAL will offer grants in Fall 2015 directed towards schools, teachers, and after-school activities. Click here to learn more about HEAL grants.

Upcoming Events in Northeast Florida

 
DATE EVENT
Ongoing Social Skills and Support Groups - Dr. Maria Tapia, Licensed Psychologist with the UF/Jacksonville'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.
August 22 Surfers for Autism - 6th Annual First Coast Beach Festival - Join Surfers for Autism for a day at the beach your child will always remember. Surfers for Autism will set up in Flagler Beach Pier -- participants and volunteers are needed but must pre-register. Visit www.SurfersforAutism.org.
August 27 Social Skills Groups for Adolescents at Great Strides - Register now for this ten-week program for children on Thursdays from 4:30 - 5:30 PM. Taught by board certified behavior analysts and incorporating typically developing peers in social activities, this program is ideal for children who have age-appropriate language but who demonstrate significant difficulties in social interactions. For more information or to request an applications, contact Lauren Gianino at gianino.saralauren@gmail.com.
August 29-30 Fishing for Autism Bass Tournament benefiting Little Star Center - Support Little Star Center, a nonprofit private school and behavior therapy clinic for children diagnosed with Autism and other developmental delays. This Second Annual event will be held off the Santa Fe River. Visit www.LittleStarJax.com or call 904-928-0112 for more information.
Aug. 29 - Oct. 3 Dramaworks for Fall - Autism Insclusion Drama Program for children through young adults who are on the mild to moderate end of the Autism Spectrum. Individuals with related disorders such as ADHD and PDD-NOS are also welcome. Located at Christ Episcopal Church in Ponte Vedra, this group meets every Saturday - times based on age. For more information, email contact@healthyunow.org.
September 1 First Coast Autism Support hosts "The McKay Scholarship & School Choice" - Angelo Martinez will speak on this important topic as kids head back to school. Event will be 6:00 - 7:00 PM at Greenland Pines Elementary, 5050 Greenland Road, Jacksonville. Email Angela.Mann@unf.edu for more information.
Sept. 2 - Oct. 7 Dramaworks for Fall - Autism Insclusion Drama Program for children through young adults who are on the mild to moderate end of the Autism Spectrum. Individuals with related disorders such as ADHD and PDD-NOS are also welcome. Located at Christ Episcopal Church in Ponte Vedra, this group meets every Saturday - times based on age. For more information, email contact@healthyunow.org.
September 7 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.
September 8 CARD Satellite Clinic - Flagler County - CARD and UF Jacksonville offer clinics to outlying counties to better serve their constituents. Sign up for a consult with clinicians specializing in child psychology, behavior therapy, academic interventions, Autism Screeners, and more. Appointments are no cost to the family. Location: Flagler County Public Library, 2500 Palm Coast Parkway, NW. Contact Chanel.Baldwin@jax.ufl.edu, 904-633-0816.
September 8 CARD Satellite Clinic - Baker County - CARD and UF Jacksonville offer clinics to outlying counties to better serve their constituents. Sign up for a consult with clinicians specializing in child psychology, behavior therapy, academic interventions, Autism Screeners, and more. Appointments are no cost to the family. Location: Family Services Center, 418 South 8th Street, Macclenny FL. Contact Chanel.Baldwin@jax.ufl.edu, 904-633-0816.
September 9 Introduction to Resume Writing - This workshop is open to CARD and FDLRS-MDC constituents. Constituents must be at least 16 years old. Participants will learn tips and tricks to developing and enhancing resumes that will positively highlight professional skills, work and volunteer experiences. Registration is required. For more information or to register online click here.
September 12 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.
September 14 College Bound - What's New at UNF - Dr. Russell Dubberly will present on the admissions process at the University of North Florida for students with disabilities and the mission, services and accommodations offered through the Disability Resource Center. The presentation will also cover THRIVE, a program for students with ASD. Registration is required. For more information or to register online visit click here.
September 19 Final Arc Village Meet & Greet - Join Arc for their last meet and greet session to find out if Arc's Village is a good fit for your family member. Contact the Arc at thevillage@arcjacksonville.org for more information.
September 19 Walk Now for Autism Speaks - Jacksonville Landing - Join the largest lobbying organization for Autism for their annual walk and resource fair. Contact amy.packard@autismspeaks.org for more details on this event.
September 26 Surfers for Autism - 6th Annual North Coast Beach Festival - SFA returns to Jacksonville Beach for their 6th Annual fun day. This event is a great time for kids on the spectrum. Event takes place at 1515 First Street North. You must pre-register. Visit www.SurfersforAutism.org for more information.
September 26 Sensory Friendly Films: Hotel Transylvania - 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. Click here for more information.
October 6 First Coast Autism Support hosts "Helping Your Picky Eater Try New Foods" - Elise Summa will lead a discussion important for every family. Event will be 6:00 - 7:00 PM at Greenland Pines Elementary, 5050 Greenland Road, Jacksonville. Email Angela.Mann@unf.edu for more information.
October 10 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 12 CARD Satellite Clinic - St. Johns County - CARD and UF Jacksonville offer clinics to outlying counties to better serve their constituents. Sign up for a consult with clinicians specializing in child psychology, behavior therapy, academic interventions, Autism Screeners, and more. Appointments are no cost to the family. Location: The Auditorium at the Fullerwood Training Center, 10 Hildreth Drive. Contact Chanel.Baldwin@jax.ufl.edu, 904-633-0816.
October 12 Two Feet Forward Workshop: Guardian Advocate, Guardianship, and Advance Directives - Two Feet Forward Workshop: Guardian Advocate, Guardianship, and Advance Directives. This workshop is for parents and caregivers of youth and young adults with disabilities who may need assistance with decision making as an adult. Sarah Sullivan, Assoc. Professor of Professional Skills with the Florida Coastal School of Law will present. For more information or to register click here.
October 17 Sensory Friendly Films: The Jungle Book - 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. Click here for more information.
November 9 Tackling Disabilities - A Night with Ziggy Hood Benefiting HEAL - Jacksonville Jaguar Defensive Tackle Ziggy Hood and his wife Sara are hosting the inaugural event at the River City Club on Monday, November 9 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM. The event will be a night of fun and fundraising with NFL athletes and local celebrities, with hors d'oeuvres, drinks and a silent auction. 100% of funds raised will be directed to the Jacksonville community. Tickets are on sale at Eventbrite. Email events@healautismnow.org for more information, or to learn about sponsor opportunities.
November 14 2015 First Coast Walk for Apraxia - Registration begins at 9:00 AM, Walk begins at 10:00 AM at the Bolles School, 7400 San Jose Boulevard, Jacksonville. For more information contact apraxiajax@gmail.com.
November 14 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 14 Sensory Friendly Films: The Peanuts Movie - 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. Click here for more information.
December 5 Sensory Friendly Films: The Good Dinosaur - 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. Click here for more information.
December 12 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 14 Two Feet Forward: Social Security - What Parents Need to Know - Parents will receive an introduction and gain an understanding of government benefits, which include: Social Security, Medicare, Supplemental Security and Medicaid. Registration required - Click here.
Jan. 29-31, 2016 Save the Date for CARD's Annual Autism Conference The conference will be held at the Florida Hotel & Conference Center in Orlando.
Feb. 18-19, 2016 HEAL Valley of Dreams Gala and Charity Golf Classic Save the date for HEAL's annual fundraiser. Join HEAL at the TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra for cocktails on Thursday, February 18! We will be back in the morning for golf on Dye's Valley Course! Find your favorite foursome and join us for a round of golf!
Apr. 26, 2016 HEAL Zoo Walk for Autism! Save the date now! Stay in town that weekend! Start telling your friends and family! See you at the Zoo for another beautiful walk, after-party, and day of Walking on the Wild Side!
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