Training: Improving Quality of Life for People with IDD

Improving Quality of Life for People with IDD: Infusing Trauma Informed Care and Positive Identity Development into Existing Supports

Hill Country IDD Regional Support Team has joined with the Hill Country MHDD Centers Trauma Informed Care Services Department and the Alamo Area Council of Governments to provide "Improving the Quality of Life for People with IDD: Infusing Trauma Informed Care and Positive Identity Development into Existing Supports" training in four locations during the months of June and July, 2017.

Although every one is welcome, this training is designed specifically for people who support individuals with IDD, but are not therapists (family members, service coordinators, teachers, nurses, etc.). The training includes the use of multiple tools developed by nationally recognized expert in IDD treatment, Karyn Harvey, PhD, to teach core concepts that lead to happier lives (and fewer problem behaviors). The skills taught in this training can be applied to all people. A section on self-care and caregiver resiliency is also included in this training.

DATES: 
Wednesday June 7th 2017: Gulf Bend Center, 6502 Nursery Drive, Victoria, Texas
Register at: https://qualityoflifevictoria.splashthat.com

Wednesday June 14th 2017: Fredericksburg Law Enforcement Center, 1601 E. Main, Fredericksburg, Texas
Register at: https://qualityoflifefredericksburg.splashthat.com

Tuesday June 20th 2017: Uvalde Civic Center, 300 E. Main Street, Uvalde, Texas
Register at: https://qualityoflifeuvalde.splashthat.com

Tuesday July 18th 2017: Alamo Area Council of Governments, 8700 Tesoro Drive, San Antonio, Texas
Register at: https://qualityoflifesa.splashthat.com

For any questions please contact:
Cynthia Villarreal
cvillarreal@hillcountry.org
512-558-2004 ext. 1521
(Fax): 512-392-1628

The ARC: Summer Fun in San Antonio July 17-21

July 17th-21st 8:30AM-4:30PM, Ages 16+

Monday, July 17th: 
Trip to Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, Lunch at Landa Park, Stop at Comal Springs

Tuesday July 18th: 
Toyota plant tour, Scobee Planetarium

Wednesday July 19th: 
Cruise the river (AM), lunch in food court at River Center Mall, Visit to the Alamo

Thursday July 20th: 
ZDT's Amusement Park

Friday July 21st: 
San Antonio Zoo, Tea Garden, lunch in the park, San Antonio Museum of Art

Programs start at 8:30am at The Arc of San Antonio, located at 13430 West Ave., San Antonio, Tx 78216 and end at 4:30pm at the same location. 

Summer Fun weekly fee is $420, which includes, all venue entry fees, transportation to and from each venue, three lunches, and a t-shirt. We will have a limited number of discount fee slots for low income families. 

Contact: 
Karen Pumphrey at 210-373-1504 for more information

The Arc of San Antonio
13430 West Ave. 
San Antonio, TX 78216
210-490-4300
www.arc-sa.org

Youth Code Jam: Learn to Code Camp July 5-7th

Calling all kids! Get coding superpowers this summer at Youth Code Jam Learn to Code Camp

July 5-7th 10AM-1:30PM
River City Christian School
5810 Blanco Rd. 
San Antonio, Tx 78216

No previous coding experience required. Best for upper middle through high school ages. 

Geek out with us this summer at River City Christian School as we teach neurodiverse young people how to make computers do cool stuff. 

COST: $275
Register online at bit.ly/summeratrccs
Space is limited. Priority registration ends May 19.

NAMI Basics Education Program

NAMI Basics is a free, six-session program designed for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral difficulties. NAMI Basics helps parents and other family caregivers of children to understand the illnesses that are causing those behavioral difficulties, and the critical role family plays in the treatment of those illnesses. The program is taught by trained teachers who are also parents or family caregivers of individuals who experienced emotional or behavioral difficulties prior to age 13. 

NAMI San Antonio, the local organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will once again offer its NAMI Basics Education Program at Clarity Child Guidance. Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings beginning May 2nd through June 6th from 6:30-9:00 PM. Please call the NAMI office at 210-734-3349 to register. 

Participant Perspectives: 
"This is such a great step by step program that walks parents every step of the way. It is as if you are holding their hand through it all."
"The course is inclusive of almost all aspects of child and family resources. I could have spent a lifetime getting all of this information on my own. I feel supported, strong and ready to go forward." 
"NAMI Basics bridges the gap. It provides help that can't be found in a doctor's office." 

Contact to register for NAMI Basics Class!!
Verna Lister
Education Director
510 Belknap Place
San Antonio, Tx 78212
210-734-3349
education@nami-sat.com

Cyberbullying Workshop: What Can We Do? A Conversation for Parents and Teens

Because of the increased media exposure of our children, cyberbullying is more prevalent and powerful than ever before. It can have devastating consequences for the victims. While almost 50% of teens have been victims, only 1 in 10 teens tell their parents and fewer than 1 in 5 incidents are reported to police. Its why parents need to be vigilant. Please join us to learn more about cyberbullying and what you and your teens can do about it. 

TOPICS COVERED WILL INCLUDE: 
-How to avoid cyber bullying altogether, healthy relationship habits
-What if you have been cyber bullied?
-What if you are the bully?
-What can parents do proactively?

SPEAKERS: 
Beth Confer, MA, LPC
Director of Community Relations at Clarity Child Guidance Center

Stephanie Peterson, MA, LPC
Manager of Community Relations at Clarity Child Guidance Center

DATES
Tues. May 2 @ 6-8PM
Last Chance Ministries
404 Brady Blvd
San Antonio, TX 78207

Thurs. May 4 @ 6-8PM
Biblio Tech
3505 South Pleasanton Rd. 
San Antonio, TX 78221

Registration is open to all community members. Register today at bibliotech.typeform.com/to/VNWhch

CODE JAM Sat. May 20th 1-4PM

Registration is now open for Low Sensory Youth Code Jam!! 

This jam has been designed for students with high functioning autism and Aspergers and those with social and sensory challenges. However, we welcome all special needs students and their parents. 

Saturday May 20th @ 1-4PM
Launch SA @ Central Library, 600 Soledad
Cost: FREE

For more details and registration go to: 2017lowsensoryjam.eventbrite.com

Very limited space so register soon! Also do not forget to check out their inclusive summer camps at youthcodejam.org/attend

Summer Asperger Series with San Antonio Public Library

Asperger Syndrome: From Diagnosis to Independence

Throughout the Summer of 2017, Aspergers101 will offer an information packed series of programs on High-Functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome at San Antonio's Main Public Library. This free Summer Series, in partnership with Sinclair Broadcasting and sponsored by HEB, focuses on understanding and excelling with High-Functioning Autism or Asperger Syndrome. Host, Jennifer Allen, Founder of Aspergers101, has assembled a well-known team of Autism experts in the medical and education fields, as well as those living successfully on the Spectrum. This panel of Autism experts will provide 4 live sessions to library patrons and livestream viewers in six other library branches, as well as online.

This summer series is groundbreaking and unique in its free availability to viewers in the public library system, and offering of a live Q & A after each session in which patrons can ask our expert panel questions pertaining to Autism and Aspergers. Check out the schedule below, and stay tuned for more information on how you can have access to this fantastic series!

Summer Series Schedule
Each session will take place the second Tuesday of every month. 

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Kids Day in the Park: Sat. April 22 10am-2pm

Kids Day in the Park with Katerina Kittycat from Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

Saturday April 22 10am-2pm
Rosedale Park
340 Dartmouth St., San Antonio, TX 78237

To kick off Week of the Young Child, KLRN is excited to be a part of Kids Day in the Park which will be held Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rosedale Park, 340 Dartmouth, 78237. This family-friendly event promises to provide fun and educational activities for children ages 10 and under and will be held rain or shine. 

Kids Day activity booths include face painting, sensory stations, gross motor activities, science exploration, and arts and crafts areas. Entertainment will include dancers and musicians on stage throughout the day; mascot characters, including Katerina Kittycat from Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood.

 

Join us at Rosedale Park on Saturday, April 22nd from 10AM to 2PM. We will be there with our friend Katerina Kittycat from Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood so make sure to stop by! 

Come and enjoy the outdoors with your family and friends at this FREE event! Kids Day is presented by KLRN Public Television and the San Antonio Association for the Education of Young Children (SAAEYC). For more information, call 270-9000.

Real Lives, Real Needs: Family Resource Fair Apr. 20th 6pm-8pm

FREE Event for all ages


River City Christian School
5810 Blanco Rd. San Antonio, TX 78216 (Follow the signs on campus to the Cafeteria)

Featuring connections for: Sports, speech therapists, fun classes, counseling, reading support, social skills groups, school uniforms, technology classes, recreation, summer camps, etc. 

Guests will include: RCCS Summer school, RCCS Powerline, A.I.M., Spark Assessment Center, Chatter Pals, Developmental Interventions LLC, Stone Oak Therapy Services, Youth Code Jam, Uniforms Plus, Forever Hope Counseling, We Rock the Spectrum Gym, Social Communication and Counseling Service LLC, Greater Learning, Stone Pathways Counseling Services LLC, YMCA Youth Development Programs, and many more. 

Parenting in the Digital Age: Wed. May 3rd, 9am-12pm

Our children's access to technology can both empower and endanger them. Come to this training to learn what to look out for as parents in your child's digital interactions. What is reasonable in usage? How do you find out about apps, games and websites? Should children and teens have social media accounts? How should you handle cyberbullying?

You will leave this training with practical advice and tools to assist you in your role as a 21st Century parent!

**Interpreter provided by request. Call 210-370-5466 by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, May 1st. **

This training will be provided via webinar. Please emailkimberly.baumgardner@esc20.net to receive the webinar link. 

Autism 101: FREE Parent Training Wed. April 26th, 9am-2:30pm

This training provides parents an overview of specific instructional and visual strategies that directly impact their child’s academic and behavioral success. With a clearer understanding of the characteristics of autism, parents will explore new possibilities to support their child with autism.  Parents will have the opportunity to develop materials for implementation with their child.

**Interpreter provided by request. Call 210-370-5466 by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, April 24th. **

This training will be provided via webinar. Please emailkimberly.baumgardner@esc20.net to receive the webinar link. 

My Child Doesn't Talk: FREE Parent Training: Tues April 18th 9am-12pm

My Child Doesn’t Talk: The Next Steps: A Deeper Look Into Strategies for Children with Communication Needs

In this training, we will continue to build on the skills and strategies acquired during the first training of My Child Doesn’t Talk. These research-based strategies will address the language needs of children with developmental disabilities including Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and others. We will look at preplanning for communication needs and how that looks as far as low tech and high tech devices. Parents will be given techniques to use in the home and in the community to aid in their child’s communication needs and enable them to acquire a higher level of skills.

Note: You do not have had to attend the first training to attend this one!

**Interpreter provided by request. Call 210-370-5466 by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, April 14th. **

This training will be provided via webinar. Please emailkimberly.baumgardner@esc20.net to receive the webinar link. 

CARV: Alamo Call-a-Ride 4 Vets

FREE Transportation for Veterans, Spouses, Widows, and Widowers. 

WHO IS ELIGIBLE? An eligible person who has served in the US military, immediate family (spouse, under 18, or disabled adult living with the veteran) or Surviving Spouse who is in need of transportation (even just once). 

WHERE CAN I GO? The rides can be utilized for virtually any purpose within our 13 county Alamo region including: Doctor visits (not just to the VA), grocery needs, government office, trips to a senior center or community agency, FREE VIA bus passes also available.  

HOW DOES IT WORK? 
-Eligible person requests ride by calling 210-362-5254 or 1-800-960-5201 or email vetrides@aacog.com
-AACOG Staff assists the rider with: information needed to provide the ride (NO forms to fill out), verifying eligibility through VA ID or military Service documents
-Rider is approved and provided contact number for transportation provider in their area or assistance in scheduling a ride (allow 7-10 days to prior to ride request) 
-If eligible, ride is FREE (number of rides allowed is based on funding)

Call to sign up: 210-362-5254  or 1-800-960-5201 or email vetrides@aacog.com

Morgan's Wonderland Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday April 15th

$7 per person. Free for children 2 and under and free for special-needs. 

Hunts 9am-11am

Rides open at 11 am

Park hours 9am-5pm

Other activities: Photos with Joy the Butterfly, Face Painting, Bunny Hop Dance Party, DJ, Games

**Free Bag of popcorn with online purchase of ticket**

Please visit the website below to order your tickets. 

http://www.morganswonderland.com/calendars/events/218-easter-egg-hunt

Rtl & Section 504: Wed, Mar. 29 @9am-12pm

Parenting is one of those jobs that doesn’t come with an instruction manual, but we are here to help educate you!  In order for parents to have the knowledge, skills and confidence to work together as partners with our educators, parents must have the information to empower them.  This training will provide parents and community members with information about what promotes student success through the RtI and Section 504 process.  Please join us to learn how both of these services can help qualifying students receive support to help them reach success in their areas of need.

**Interpreter provided by request. Call 210-370-5466 by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, March 27th. **

 

This training will be provided via webinar. Please emailkimberly.baumgardner@esc20.net to receive the webinar link. 

Autism Community Network: "NIGHT OUT WITH THE MISSIONS" Apr. 15

Join us as we celebrate Autism Awareness Month with The San Antonio Missions Baseball Team.

Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 6pm. Nelson Wolff Stadium 5757 US Highway 90 West

Ticket Price: $25 includes admission for 1 and a t-shirt

Call 210-435-1000 to purchase tickets or visit https://acn-sa.ejoinme.org/missionsgame

Autism Community Network MOVIE NIGHT: Apr. 2 @ 5pm

Join us on Sunday, April 2nd, at 5 PM, at the Palladium IMAX for Life, Animated and a question session with ACN's expert panel following the show.

Life, Animated
Rated PG

A coming of age story about a boy and his family who overcame great challenges by turning Disney animated movies into a language to express love, loss, kinship and brotherhood. Rated PG for thematic elements, and language including a suggestive reference

Get tickets now at the link below:

https://www.santikos.com/Booking/palladium-imax/4352121

 

CAMPfest: FREE EVENT!- Sat. March 25th 11am-4pm

Join us for an afternoon in the Texas Hill Country!

 

CAMPfest is a free, family-friendly event, and is open to the public. 

Activities include face painting, archery, nature, outdoor cooking, 

arts & crafts, bounce house, caricatures, carnival games, 

tractor rides, and music recreation.

 

New to CAMP? Take a tour of our facility, attend a Question & Answer Session, and receive on-site application assistance.

You will also have an opportunity to visit with local agencies at the Resource Fair.  

 

Saturday March 25, 2017, 11 am to 4 pm

Camp CAMP, 515 Skyline Drive
Center Point, TX 78010
Lunch will be provided by Whataburger so please register online by clicking RSVP below so we know you're coming!
 
The splash pad will be open, so bring a bathing suit and towel!
(weather permitted)

Click here to download a CAMPfest flyer.
 

 

Summer Recreation Resource Fair- Sat. Feb 25 9-11 am

Featuring over 30 organizations (including ABA Center for Excellence, so come see us!) offering summer programs, respite, camps, support groups, recreation, and many more resources for kids and adults with special needs. 

Saturday February 25th from 9-11 am

Location:  The Arc of San Antonio, Pam Stephens Center, 6530 Wurzbach Rd., SATX 78240.

**No Registration required!!**

For more information please contact Brooke Kearney, 210-430-4300 ext. 122, BKearney@arc-sa.org

Dares, Drugs and Dangerous Teen Trends: February 22, 2017, 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

Are you really in the know about drugs, dares, and dangerous technology trends? This training is designed to increase drug, alcohol, and technology awareness for all members of the school community. Parents attending this training will learn the latest trends and will be amazed at the different ways our students are hiding drugs. You will also learn about dangerous apps and technology trends affecting the school community.
**Interpreter provided by request. Call 210-370-5466 by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, February 20th. **
 
 Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
 
This training will be provided via webinar. Please emailkimberly.baumgardner@esc20.net to receive the webinar link.