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July 2015

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REGISTER TODAY! The Great Ponte Vedra Paddle Benefiting HEAL


Save the Date! Labor Day Fun for the Whole Family


Registration is open for The Great Ponte Vedra Paddle presented by One Call Care Management. So Get Up! Stand Up! For Autism! And join us Labor Day – Monday, September 7th at Mickler's Landing in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.
 
This stand up paddleboard, or SUP event includes a 1 mile sprint, 3 mile race, 5 mile distance race, or an "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, teen competitors in the 1 and 3 mile race, and fastest team and the best costume/theme in the “Anything That Floats Challenge.”
 
HEAL Board Member Dana Current recruited 18 founding members to create, organize and execute the Great Ponte Vedra Paddle. The group integrated the stand up paddle competition into a family fun Labor Day event to benefit HEAL. Last year’s Great Ponte Vedra Paddle was the largest SUP board race of its kind attracting 225 competitors and 500+ family and friends on the beach cheering the participants on!
 
The fun begins at 8:30 a.m. 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. 

Proceeds from the paddle fund HEAL's Autism programs and camps including iHEAL, iPads Helping Enrich Autistic Lives. iHEAL's goal is to provide an iPads in every ESE classrooms across six school districts in Northeast Florida.

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HEAL-HUG Golf Camp at TPC Sawgrass – A Great Experience for Participants


HUG - Help Us Golf was founded and created by Jarrad Kogos. PGA TOUR Academy at TPC Sawgrass recently hosted the HEAL-HUG golf camp for individuals with Autism June 29 - July 1.
 
The 15 junior golfers who participated in the three-day HEAL/HUG golf camp practiced putting on Monday, chipping on Tuesday and full swings on Wednesday. Other coordination skill activities include an obstacle course, and a Stadium Course nature hunt, and identifying native plants and wild life. The highlight of the camp was having the opportunity at hitting a ball on the famous #17 Island Green on the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course.
 

The HEAL-HUG golf camp is led by PGA professionals and is free of charge, thanks to to donors, sponsors and fundraising events held by HUG and HEAL. This first class camp would not be possible without the dedication of the Golf Professionals who take the time to make the experience most enjoyable for the participants and their families.

HEAL Sponsored Camps Underway Across NE Florida


A multitude of specialized summer camps and programs are being offered across the First Coast for individuals with Autism. HEAL granted $50,000 towards summer camps and programs. Below is a list of HEAL grant recipients who are offering summer programs.
  • DOSA Camps: Camp I Am Special - Overnight Summer Camps
  • City of Jacksonville Beach: Autism Super Surf Camp
  • Cummer Museum: VSA & Camp Cummer Art Camp
  • Family Farms of NE Florida: Behavioral Support Camp
  • Haven Horse Ranch: Horse Therapy Programs
  • Henderson Haven: Camp Possible Summer Day Camp
  • Hope Therapy: Horse Therapy Programs
  • KARMA: Music Therapy Camp – Producing Music Videos
  • Beaches Tutoring: HEAL Bowling Buddies
  • Jacksonville School for Autism: JSA Summer Enrichment Camp
  • Little Star Center: Summer Camp and Field Trips
  • North FL School of Special Education: Flora, Fauna & Fitness Camp
  • Church of the Redeemer: Special Nation VBS Summer Camp
  • HUG/HEAL Golf Camp - TPC Sawgrass
“We at HEAL are so thrilled to sponsor a variety of local camps in the 5 county area,” said Executive Director Scottie May. “The camps provide a safe environment enabling students to learn skills and enjoy themselves while parents appreciate the respite time. Thanks to our donors and volunteers, HEAL sponsored camps are offered at little to no cost to the families." 

Visit HEAL's website to find day camps and overnight camps.

HEAL-Funded Sensory Garden Breaks Ground at Keystone Behavorial

Keystone Behavioral Services has broken ground on a new sensory garden with a grant awarded in March from the HEAL Foundation. The garden is the vision of Sam Bean, MOTR/L, assistant director of Keystone’s Occupational Therapy Department, and Dawn Berg, BCaBA, Director of the Feeding Disorders Department, who wanted an outdoor space for the children and community that would enhance learning and therapy.
 
The garden enhances math, science, health, writing/language arts and social studies concepts taught in Keystone Child Development Center and Mainspring Academy students. It also offers therapeutic value for all children served by Keystone Behavioral Services, many of whom face behavioral challenges such as ADHD, autism, cerebral palsy, speech/language disorders, Down Syndrome, feeding disorders or brain injury, for example.
 
Four types of plants will be included in the Keystone Sensory Garden: tactile plants such as Touch Me Not with leaves that fold inward and droop when touched or shaken and Lamb’s Ear with a silvery grey foliage that is soft and fuzzy; olfactory plants such as rosemary and cilantro; visual plants such as hibiscus and coleus; and gustatory plants such as lemons and peppers. Staff hopes he garden will also have special features such as wind chimes, a birdhouse, hummingbird feeder and a water feature.

The project is being executed by staff volunteers with a projected finish date of September 2015.
 

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.
July 25 Friendship Day ~ Special Touch First Coast Chapter - Special Touch is a non-denominational, faith-based friendship group that meets regularly and seeks to ease and enrich the lives of those impacted by disabilities. Friendship Day features praise, worship, door prizes, bell choir and bingo. Meet at Ben's Place, 1956 Blanding Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32210. Meetings are the last Sunday of the month, 1:30 - 3:30 PM. Contact Lori Bullington at 904-303-5290 for more information.
August 3-6 One Week Study Strategies Camp Designed for Middle School Students - Keeping up with homework, planning for long term assignments, learning to read effectively, and studying for tests can be quite difficult for many middle school students. This week long CARD camp will equip middle school students to be organized with their school assignments, manage time well, and become test-wise. Contact Carolyn at carolyn.fagen@jax.ufl.edu.
August 3 Autism Awareness & Family Night - Uncle Maddio's Pizza will host a sensory friendly night with lights dimmed low and music turned down. Event is 6:30 - 8:00 PM at 8221 Southside Boulevard, Jacksonville.
August 4 First Coast Autism Support Meeting - Starting the School Year off Right - Stephanie Holmes will be speaking about back to school issues. First Coast Autism Support offers a free monthly parent support group for families raising a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Childcare is provided. Location is 5050 Greenland Road, Jacksonville. Email angela.mann@unf.edu for more information.
August 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.
August 15 Registration opens for Surfers for Autism - Jacksonville Beach / 6th Annual North Coast Beach Festival on September 26th. These events fill up quick. Register now for your child to participate, or to volunteer. Great experience for everyone! Visit www.SurfersforAutism.org.
August 19 Card 101 Orientation for Students 14 and Older (Including Adults) - Informs individuals and families about the services provided at UF-JAX CARD for older students and adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Participants must schedule an intake meeting prior to attending a CARD 101 session. Event is at 5pm at the CARD Center at 6271 St. Augustine Road, Jacksonville. Register online.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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.
April 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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