2012 Autism, Special Needs, Self Enrichment, LOA & Spiritual Events

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My favorite piece of art to use as a focal point during meditation.

My favorite piece of art to use as a focal point during meditation.


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Time to share events for 2012. These events deal with therapeutic interventions {dietary, animal aided, teaching modalities, etc.}, allergies, legal issues, support, advocacy, conferences, fund raising and family fun. Additionally, I have decided to broaden the spectrum of events that I include on this page. Since our lives involve more than special needs, and it is vital that we take are of ourselves in order to be effective caregivers, in addition to Autism and special needs events, I am including self enrichment, LOA, and spiritual events as well. Some prominent speakers/facilitators include: Dr. Daniel Amen, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dr. Temple Grandin, Carol Gray, Louise Hay, Robert Holden, Ph.D., Barry Neil Kaufman, Caroline Myss, Cheryl Richardson, William Shaw, Ph.D , Eckhart Tolle, Marianne Williamson, Dr. Kurt Woeller, etc.
This is a preliminary list of events. If you have any events to share, please post them in the comment section of this blog and I will add them.
SPECIAL NOTE: The AutismOne Conference is coming up in May, but you must registrar early if you want to have your child included in the child care provided at the conference. Also, preparations for ASCONN’S Annual Fundraising event, Autism Puzzlethon™ on March 3rd are going on now. Additionally, The Seeing Eye, guide dog charity, is now accepting donations of items to be sold during their online auction that begins April 23rd.

January February March April May June
Date(s) Location Event
NOW Internet 12 for 2012 for Autism Scholarships
In the US, having a child with Autism has many financial and emotional challenges, however in some countries the culture deems children with Autism as a “curse” and their lives are constantly endangered because of this belief. Just think of the global impact of parents and child care professionals being able to bring to such countries, knowledge and understanding of those with Autism. The Son-Rise Program taught by the Autism Treatment Center of America, has helped over 25,000 Autism families from more than 80 countries globally, and was awarded the title of “Best Autism Therapy Tool” at the 2011 AutismOne Conference. Please make a tax deductible donation of least $12 dollars now and share this information with at least 12 people. In the “Please use my donation for:” section, please copy and paste, “Son-Rise Program Scholarships [12for2012]“. You can literally help change the world! To donate go to: http://www.autismtreatmentcenter.org/document.php?sectionid=7&documentid=52
For more information watch this video or read my 12 for 2012 blog post.

January 20 Internet Free Webinar William Shaw, Ph.D.: “Unraveling the Cause of the Autism Epidemic: Identifying the Single Most Important Factor”

January 21-March 10 California Positive Action Community Theatre (PACT) Provides inclusive theatre and dance programs to children, teens, and adults with autism and other disabilities. {Winter 8-week sessions begin January 21st.}

January 21 Maine Celebrate YOU! Holistic Health and Wellness Fair

January 21 Nevada You Can Heal Your Life Conference ~ Las Vegas {featured speakers: Louise L. Hay, Cheryl Richardson, Marianne Williamson, Caroline Myss, Robert Holden, Ph.D.}

January 22 California Holistic Living Expo (Sacramento)

January 23 Hawaii Education Seminar – Honolulu, Hawaii — Autism & Asperger’s: Medical, Nutritional, and Dietary Challenges and Treatments

January 23 New York Law of Attraction Focus Group Meeting [The second & fourth Monday of each month 7-9 pm]

January 25 California Living Trusts Workshop

January 28 Arkansas Body, Mind & Soul Expo

January 28-29 Hawaii Mastering the Art of Manifestation with Dr. Wayne Dyer – Maui

January 28 Maryland Saturday Night Alive {Spend your Saturday evening with people of all ages, disabilities, families/caregivers and friends…be encouraged & supported, be part of a vibrant community where everyone is welcome and accepted and learn from each other and make lasting friendships.}

January 28 Washington Community Information Presentation: “The HANDLE® Approach Autism” , Shoreline

January 29 Internet 83rd Anniversary Seeing Eye (The Seeing Eye, Inc. was founded on January 29, 1929 by a group of visionaries that would create the modern guide dog movement. Since that time, our organization has matched over 15,500 Seeing Eye® dogs with people who are blind, enhancing their independence and changing lives. Please consider making a donation so that we may continue our work for another 83 years!)
From the Seeing Eye Frequently Asked Questions page: “How much does a Seeing Eye dog cost?”
“Students pay $150 for their first dog and $50 for each successor dog.” I am profoundly impressed that they provide these dogs for such a low cost to those who need their guidance, in my opinion, it is a testament to Seeing Eye’s exemplary use of donations. Inspiring!

February 1 Internet Free Webinar “Brain Inflammation, Microglial Activation and Autism” with Dr. Kurt Woeller

February 3 China Dr. Daniel Amen (Change your Brain, Change your Life) — Hong Kong

February 4 – March 3 Internet/Phone “Nourishing the Special Needs Mom – The 5 Week Transformation in Body, Mind & Spirit” is completely virtual – held over the phone and internet. “I help parents with dietary interventions for their children and this time, I’m focusing the support on mom and her needs.”

February 4 Georgia TACA Family Night at the Gwinnett Gladiators Hockey Game

February 5 New Jersey Support The Seeing Eye by purchasing discounted tickets to select New Jersey Devils games. Tonight NJ Devils vs. Pittsburgh Penguins. From the Seeing Eye Frequently Asked Questions page: “How much does a Seeing Eye dog cost?”
“Students pay $150 for their first dog and $50 for each successor dog.” I am profoundly impressed that they provide these dogs for such a low cost to those who need their guidance, in my opinion, it is a testament to Seeing Eye’s exemplary use of donations. Inspiring!

February 8 Connecticut Designing Child-Specific Interventions for Children on the Autism Spectrum

February 8-11 New York Integrative Healthcare Symposium

February 11-12 New York The HANDLE Approach to Autism Spectrum Disorder, Ossining

February 12 United Kingdom The HANDLE One Day Introductory Course (Level 1) Manchester

February 13 New York Law of Attraction Focus Group Meeting [The second & fourth Monday of each month 7-9 pm]

February 14 Internet PAALS (Palmetto Animal Assistance Life Services) Puppy Love Ball Fundraiser

February 18 Illinois Autism and the Autonomic Nervous System

February 18 Washington Community Information Presentation: “The HANDLE® ADD/ADHD (Can I have your attention, please!)”, Shoreline

February 19-24 Massachusetts The Autism Treatment Center of America Son-Rise Program Start-Up {Son-Rise Program the “Best Autism Therapy Tool” award winner 2011 AutismOne Conference}

Note: If you click on this video and Ustream indicates that it can not find the video, try again. I just did and it works.

February 24 United Kingdom The HANDLE One Day Introductory Course (Level 1) , London

February 25-26 United Kingdom The HANDLE Basics Course – London

February 27 New York Law of Attraction Focus Group Meeting [The second & fourth Monday of each month 7-9 pm]

February 28-29 Illinois Social Cognition and School Success in Autism Spectrum Disorders

February 29-March 1 Georgia 2012 Georgia “Across the Spectrum” Autism/Asperger Conference featuring Keynote presentations by Dr. Temple Grandin and her mother Eustacia Cutler

March 1-3 Minnesota The 32nd Symposium on Intervention for Persons with Special Needs

March 3 Connecticut/Internet ASCONN’S Annual Fundraising event, Autism Puzzlethon™ (Raise $250.00 online and get a 2012 ASCONN Annual Conference Registration FREE!) {Note: Details for the 2013 Puzzlethon T-shirt Art Contest also found at this link.}

March 3-4 Pennsylvania Holistic Healing & Metaphysical Expo

March 8 Global World Kidney Day

March 9-11 Massachusetts Happiness Option Weekend: Take-home Tools for Personal Happiness {This is an Option Institute Event. The Option Institute was co-founded by best selling author, Barry Neil Kaufman.}

March 10 Georgia Autism Mama Retreat: Strategies for Sanity and Serenity

March 10 Illinois The Alexander Leigh Center for Autism (ALCA) 6th Annual Charity Event, “A Gift of Change” – Chicago Marriott Northwest in Hoffman Estates, IL. The evening will include silent and live auctions, raffles and dinner. Doors open at 5:00 p.m., Dinner Seating at 7:00 p.m. Event Tickets are available now, $75 adult, $25 child. Visit ALCA’s website, http://www.alexanderleighcenterforautism.com, for a preview of live and silent auction items. All proceeds benefit the Alexander Leigh Center for Autism, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For additional information, please contact ALCA at (815) 477-2522.

March 10 North Carolina Hope Thru Horses Open House / Easter Egg Hunt (Adults $10 / Kids $5)

March 10-11 Pennsylvania PawAbilities Benefit for Susquehanna Service Dogs

March 11-16 Massachusetts Optimal Self-Trust: Make Decisions with Absolute Confidence {This is an Option Institute Event. The Option Institute was co-founded by best selling author, Barry Neil Kaufman.}

March 11-16 Massachusetts Power Dialogues: Fundamentals of The Option Process® Counseling Method {This is an Option Institute Event. The Option Institute was co-founded by best selling author, Barry Neil Kaufman.}

March 11 New Jersey Support The Seeing Eye by purchasing discounted tickets to select New Jersey Devils games. Tonight NJ Devils vs. Philadelphia Flyers. Official Seeing Eye Night (March 11, 2012) will feature:
* Demos with Seeing Eye® dogs & puppies in training
* NJ Devils Mystery Puck Sale – Every puck is guaranteed to be signed by a Devils player or coach and will be individually wrapped so the identity remains a surprise until after purchase. Each puck is $20 and all proceeds will benefit The Seeing Eye!
* Seeing Eye giveaways while supplies last.
From the Seeing Eye Frequently Asked Questions page: “How much does a Seeing Eye dog cost?”
“Students pay $150 for their first dog and $50 for each successor dog.” I am profoundly impressed that they provide these dogs for such a low cost to those who need their guidance, in my opinion, it is a testament to Seeing Eye’s exemplary use of donations. Inspiring!

March 12 New York Law of Attraction Focus Group Meeting [The second & fourth Monday of each month 7-9 pm]

March 17-18 California Dr. Wayne Dyer: I Can Do It! IGNITE – San Jose

March 17 Arizona Gladiator Rock’N Run

March 18 Massachusetts Empower Yourself: Going for (and Getting) What You Want {This is an Option Institute Event. The Option Institute was co-founded by best selling author, Barry Neil Kaufman.}

“If you’re going to sit, sit…if you’re going to stand, stand…do not wobble.” :-) You will understand that if you watch this video.

March 20 Michigan Food Allergy Children’s Team (FACT) support group, allergist Dr. Ben Song, regularly attends to provide updates on current research and answer general questions. Located at 2340 Oak Valley Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48103 in “Gretchen’s House Child Care,” across from the Ann Arbor Pittsfield Branch Library.

March 22-25 Texas Pan American Allergy Association – Plano

March 23-24 Louisana 9TH ANNUAL RIDE FOR AUTISM OVERNIGHT MOTORCYCLE POKER RUN

March 24 California SPECIAL NEEDS TRUSTS – A Workshop for Families and Professionals serving the Special Needs Community

March 24 Indiana 2012 Autism Expo–Carmel

March 25 Arizona You Can Create An Exceptional Life {featured speakers: Louise L. Hay, Cheryl Richardson, Barbara Carrellas}

March 26 New York Law of Attraction Focus Group Meeting [The second & fourth Monday of each month 7-9 pm]

March 29-April 1 Kentucky International College of Integrative Medicine Conference “Rapid Therapeutic Response”

March 29-30 Maryland The HANDLE Approach to Neruodevelopmental Differences–Silver Spring

March 30-31 Arizona Autism Society of Greater Phoenix 13th Annual Autism/Asperger’s Conference (Dr. Temple Grandin, Friday Keynote “Life with Autism” and Dianne Craft, MA, CNHP, Saturday Keynote)

March 31-April 1 Maryland The HANDLE Approach to Autism Spectrum Disorder—Baltimore

March 31 North Carolina Hope Thru Horses Women’s Retreat

April 1st~~~~Autism Awareness Month Begins~~~~
Show your spectrum of colors!!!


April 9 New York Law of Attraction Focus Group Meeting [The second & fourth Monday of each month 7-9 pm]

April 10-11 California Eckhart Tolle and Kim Eng– San Francisco (Event to be recorded for TV. Can attend one or both days.)

April 11 California SPECIAL NEEDS TRUSTS – A Workshop for Families and Professionals serving the Special Needs Community

April 13-14 Brasil II Curso Internacional Tratamentos Biomedicos para Autismo e outros Transtornos Desenvolvimento

April 13 New York Parent Panel: A Dose of Hope — Speaker: Attorney Elizabeth McCoy

April 14-15 Georgia Dr. Wayne Dyer: I Can Do It! 2012 – Atlanta

April 14-15 North Carolina Body Mind Spirit Expo (Asheville)

April 15-20 Massachusetts The Autism Treatment Center of America Son-Rise Program Maximum Impact {Son-Rise Program the “Best Autism Therapy Tool” award winner 2011 AutismOne Conference}

Note: If you click on this video and Ustream indicates that it can not find the video, try again. I just did and it works.

April 15-18 Massachusetts Nutrition & Health Conference (Boston)

April 19 NJ/NY/CT Chuck E. Cheese’s Donates 15% to the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association

April 21 Indiana 2012 Evansville Autism Expo – April 21, 2012 at The Centre

April 22 – 27 Massachusetts The Autism Treatment Center of America Son-Rise Program Start-Up {Son-Rise Program the “Best Autism Therapy Tool” award winner 2011 AutismOne Conference}

Note: If you click on this video and Ustream indicates that it can not find the video, try again. I just did and it works.

April 23-May 2 Internet The Seeing Eye 2012 Online Auction
From the Seeing Eye Frequently Asked Questions page: “How much does a Seeing Eye dog cost?”
“Students pay $150 for their first dog and $50 for each successor dog.” I am profoundly impressed that they provide these dogs for such a low cost to those who need their guidance, in my opinion, it is a testament to Seeing Eye’s exemplary use of donations. Inspiring!
Watch and listen to Seeing Eye founder, Morris Frank, in this incredible footage from The Seeing Eye archive.

April 23 New York Law of Attraction Focus Group Meeting [The second & fourth Monday of each month 7-9 pm]

April 27-29 Georgia Autism Family Weekend at the Lake

April 27 South Carolina Party With PAALS—An UN-gala Event Disco Inferno (Palmetto Animal Assistance Life Services)

April 28 Connecticut 22nd ANNUAL STATEWIDE CONFERENCE ON AUTISM {Featuring keynote speaker Carol Gray, The creator of Social Stories™ and “comic book conversations” returns to Connecticut with a completely new presentation: “Taming the Social Context Jungle: Teaching and Interpreting Social Context” and Speaker from the Spectrum, Dr. Stephen Shore, “Friendship, Dating and Deeper Relationships”…”Plus local, regional and national exhibitors, and the larges Autism bookstore in Connecticut!”}

April 28 North Carolina Hope Thru Horses Women’s Retreat

April 29 Connecticut/Massachusetts 2012 Connecticut and Western Massachusetts Kidney Walk

April 29-May 4 Massachusetts Wide Awake: Self Structured, Dynamic Program for Advanced Option Process® Students {This is an Option Institute Event. The Option Institute was co-founded by best selling author, Barry Neil Kaufman.}

May 5-6 Canada Dr. Wayne Dyer I Can Do It! 2012 – Vancouver

May 5 North Carolina Hope Thru Horses Open House (Adults $10 / Kids $5)

May 6 Pennsylvania Lancaster Kidney Walk

May 9-13 Washington DC National Kidney Foundation 2012 Spring Clinical Meetings

May 12 United Kingdom A HANDLE Introduction to Autism—Brighton

May 13 – 18 Massachusetts The Autism Treatment Center of America Son-Rise Program New Frontiers {Son-Rise Program the “Best Autism Therapy Tool” award winner 2011 AutismOne Conference}

Note: If you click on this video and Ustream indicates that it can not find the video, try again. I just did and it works.

May 14 New York Law of Attraction Focus Group Meeting [The second & fourth Monday of each month 7-9 pm]

May 15 Michigan Food Allergy Children’s Team (FACT) support group, allergist Dr. Ben Song, regularly attends to provide updates on current research and answer general questions. Located at 2340 Oak Valley Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48103 in “Gretchen’s House Child Care,” across from the Ann Arbor Pittsfield Branch Library.

May 16 California SPECIAL NEEDS TRUSTS – A Workshop for Families and Professionals serving the Special Needs Community

May 19 North Carolina Hope Thru Horses Women’s Retreat

May 20-25 Massachusetts Fearless: Move Past Your Fears {This is an Option Institute Event. The Option Institute was co-founded by best selling author, Barry Neil Kaufman.}

May 20-25 Massachusetts Calm Amid Chaos: Make Peace with Challenging Events {This is an Option Institute Event. The Option Institute was co-founded by best selling author, Barry Neil Kaufman.}

May 23-27 Illinois 2012 AutismOne Conference

June 9 Montana Billings Kidney Walk

June 11 New York Law of Attraction Focus Group Meeting [The second & fourth Monday of each month 7-9 pm]

June 15 New York Dr. Daniel Amen (Change Your Brain Change Your Body)

June 15-17 New York “Presence Through Movement” with Kim Eng

June 16-17 Florida Body Mind Spirit Expo (Orlando)

June 17 – 22 Massachusetts The Autism Treatment Center of America Son-Rise Program Start-Up {Son-Rise Program the “Best Autism Therapy Tool” award winner 2011 AutismOne Conference}

Note: If you click on this video and Ustream indicates that it can not find the video, try again. I just did and it works.

June 17-20 New York A Retreat With Eckhart Tolle

June 23-24 Canada Dr. Wayne Dyer I Can Do It! 2012 -Toronto

June 25 New York Law of Attraction Focus Group Meeting [The second & fourth Monday of each month 7-9 pm]

June 26 Massachusetts Boston Higashi School “The Annual Celebration is the culmination of the school year. These stage performances consist of Music and Physical Education. All performances reflect the daily guidance throughout the year.”…”This opportunity makes Daily Life Therapy® at Boston Higashi School very unique. Additionally the high school students plan and operate several “Higashi Stores” selling snacks, T-Shirts, Higashi goods and their own hand made ceramics.”

Reminder: 12 for 2012 for Autism Scholarships continues. :-)

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4 Responses to 2012 Autism, Special Needs, Self Enrichment, LOA & Spiritual Events

  1. Stephani says:

    I’d like to add the group support program running February 4th – March 3rd. It’s called “Nourishing the Special Needs Mom – The 5 Week Transformation in Body, Mind & Spirit” and is completely virtual – held over the phone and internet. I help parents with dietary interventions for their children and this time, I’m focusing the support on mom and her needs. Here is the link for complete information and registration:
    http://nourishingjourney.com/index.php/nourishing-the-special-needs-momthe-5-week-transformation-for-body-mind-spirit/

    Thanks, Stephani

  2. The Alexander Leigh Center for Autism (ALCA) 6th Annual Charity Event, “A Gift of Change” will be held on March 10, 2012 at the Chicago Marriott Northwest in Hoffman Estates, IL. The evening will include silent and live auctions, raffles and dinner. Doors open at 5:00 p.m., Dinner Seating at 7:00 p.m.

    Event Tickets are available now, $75 adult, $25 child. Visit ALCA’s website, http://www.alexanderleighcenterforautism.com, for a preview of live and silent auction items.

    All proceeds benefit the Alexander Leigh Center for Autism, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For additional information, please contact ALCA at (815) 477-2522.

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