Register now for the 2013 Aloha Winter Ball
The Autism Society of Hawaii would like to invite all special needs high school students on Oahu to the second annual Aloha Winter Ball at the Japanese Cultural Center on Saturday, Nov. 23, 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Feel free to forward to any parent or teacher you think will be interested. Details on the Aloha Winter Ball are available here.
The Japanese Cultural Center is located at 2454 S. Beretania St.
Here's a clip from 'Olelo's winter ball coverage from last year.
RSVP's are required to firstname.lastname@example.org by Nov 16; it will be $5 to attend.
Scholarships are available; please email for more information. Hope to see you there!
Young adults learning center proposed
Hawaii Autism Foundation sponsored two presentations on Oahu by Ed Lynch which he gave the last week in October, one at Shriners and one at Toho No Hikari on the Pali. He talked about Mychal's Place, his dynamic Lifelong Learning Center in Southern California, and how his vision became a reality.
SECOH (Special Education Center of Hawaii) is considering working with Hawaii Autism Foundation and our community to offer an innovative and creative Life Long Learning Center designed to help our children reach their full potential. They may be able to have their Diamond Head site ready for a group of 30 young adults by as early as May, 2014. They also have a site that they are developing on the Windward side in Kailua and are redesigning their Kalihi and Ewa Beach locations to serve a younger population.
They are interested in meeting with parents of children who will be aging out of the school system this year and in the next six years to talk about what elements of a Lifelong Learning Center are most important to them (e.g. job training, independent living skills, computer lab, art and music, kitchen, community outreach and volunteer work, sports activities etc.).
This is a great opportunity to be in on the start of a program that you help design for our children on the spectrum. SECOH needs to know there is interest before they proceed and we are asking that as many of you as possible attend.
We will be meeting at their Diamond Head Site
Tuesday, November 19
708 Palekua Street
PLease RSVP by Friday, November 15 to Andrea Jepson, Interim Executive Director, Hawaii Autism Foundation – email@example.com or 263-8202
'Creating a Willing Learner' Workshop Set for Nov. 21
With millions of children already diagnosed with autism, and tens of thousands being diagnosed every year, parents and teachers need real help…..and they need it NOW. Addressing the varied needs of a child with autism can be overwhelming for parents and teachers, often leaving them with more questions than answers: Which skills do I teach? When do I teach them? How do I teach them?
This free workshop scheduled on Nov. 21, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Kaka’ako Conference Room, (across Kincaid’s), 1050 Ala Moana Blvd. Honolulu, HI 96814, will outline how to zero in on the core deficits that define the diagnosis: functional communication, social skills, and cooperation.
This training is based on the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) with an emphasis on teaching verbal behavior (VB). The presenter will demonstrate, through extensive use of video case studies, how the principles of ABA can be applied effectively across settings and people to improve quality of life for children with developmental disabilities and their caregivers.
Specifically, participants will learn about practical strategies that can help them to:
- Engage a child that shows little or no interest in interacting with others
- Expand a child’s interests and activities
Teach functional communication skills to vocal and non-vocal children
- Engage children in meaningful social situations with their peers)
- Teach a child to cooperate with routine demands
Establish instructional control so a child can learn at a rate commensurate with their ability
Workshop facilitator Thomas M. Caffrey is the parent of a child with autism who brings personal passion to his work. His mission is to provide targeted and sustained training to teachers and other professionals who work with children who have autism in public school settings. This drive was born from a desire to help his daughter, Alicia, and other children like her. Tom received a Bachelor in Education from Arizona State University and a Master in Education from Georgian Court University. In addition, he earned a post-graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from Penn State University. Tom is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
Tom Caffrey is an internationally recognized speaker, having presented over 300 conferences and workshops on Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism. Tom’s extensive use of video featuring actual case studies and his ability to make complex material understandable has made the science accessible to thousands of professionals and parents. Tom recently finished his most important work to date – a comprehensive video-based training series that zeros in on everyday challenges that parents of children with autism face, with titles that include Overcoming Irrational Fears, Expanding Interests, Getting Kids to Eat, Making Friends, etc. To learn more about Tom, please visit www.tomcaffrey.com.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 368-1191.
Surf Camp Offered in Waikiki on Nov. 30, Hilo on Dec. 7
Surf Healing presents a surf camp for children with autism on Nov. 30, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Kuhio Beach Park in Waikiki.
The event is presented by Zane Aikau and the Paskowitz Experience and AFAM (Art.Film.Fashion.Action.Music).
A surf camp is also planned in Hilo at Rchardson Beach Park on Dec. 7.
Register at www.surfingshealing.org. For more information, contact Zane Aikau at 391-7638 or email@example.com.
Dr. Bolman's 'Hard Autism Facts'
Based on my 30-year history with autism, my level of optimism/wishful thinking has declined considerably as I look at our situation in Hawaii. Yes, we are making progress but, no, we are not making meaningful, lasting progress. Let me explain why I think so.
Fact 1: To begin with the hardest fact: Autism is a neurological condition -- a form of childhood dementia. Because of the marked differences in severity, the mild forms look like a learning disability, and some of these young people manage to achieve a normal life, so we tend to focus on hope. However, the majority of the cases represent serious long-term impairment in the ability to think, learn, relate, adjust and plan.
For better or worse, it’s the childhood equivalent of Alzheimer’s disease. The reason this fact is so important is because without a specific label, Autism is seen as a "condition" or a "difference," NOT as a serious brain condition that jeopardizes the child’s future as an independent person if the child does not get intensive, continuing treatment and support throughout childhood and adolescence. READ MORE...
Shop at Foodland, Help the Autism Society
If you shop at Foodland and have a Maika'i card, you can designate the Autism Society of Hawaii as the recipient of your donation and Foodland and Western Union Foundation will partially match your contribution.
Just designate The Autism Society of Hawaii (number 78671 on the list of organizations at the cash register) as the recipient of a donation up to $249 per Maika'i card.
For more details on Foodland's Give Aloha program, visit http://www.foodland.com/our-community/give-aloha.