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  • Special Olympics Delaware’s Summer Bowling League – Mondays, July 10 – August 21 [REGISTRATION DUE JUNE 30]
    Games every Monday 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Bowlerama in New Castle. This summer, SODE will hold a bowling league in which teams of three SODE members meet to bowl two frames every Monday for seven weeks. See the Summer Bowling League flier for more information and to register.

  • Autism Delaware Annual Beach Picnic – August 20
    10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Cape Henlopen State Park, in Lewes. Autism Delaware is hosting its annual family picnic at the beach. Bring swimming and beach gear. Grilled food and beverages will be provided, and attendees are asked to bring a side dish. Park entrance fees apply. To register, contact Gail Hecky by email at gail.hecky@delautism.org or phone at 302-644-3410.

  • Autism Delaware Summer Beach Camp – August 21 – 24
    9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. each day, at the Children’s Beach House, in Lewes. Autism Delaware’s one-week, Monday to Thursday day camp is a highly structured program for youth with ASD emphasizing building new peer relationships, exploring new activities and making gains in independence. Thirty campers, ranging from rising third graders to 17-year-olds, will have the opportunity to participate in activities including kayaking, sailing, swimming at the beach and in the pool, a low ropes course and arts and crafts. The camp uses a “Challenge by Choice” approach that encourages campers to try new things, but never forces them into an activity. The program staff consists of Autism Delaware staff and Children’s Beach House Camp Counselors, as well as teachers, paraprofessionals and therapists with autism training and experience. To be considered for a spot, complete and submit the Summer Beach Camp application packet by May 19. If you have any questions, contact Dafne Carnright by email at dafne.carnright@delautism.org or by phone at 302-644-3410.

  • Back-to-School Night and Family Resource Fair – August 24
    5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School, in Wilmington. This information night for families and students at MPES will include representatives from community service providers, including DATI, after-school programs, health services and early education programs.

  • Autism Delaware’s Summer Arts ‘n Crafts – August 29
    2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Lewes Public Library, in Lewes. Children 8+ years old and their families are invited to join experienced Autism Delaware volunteers for an afternoon of arts and crafts projects. To learn more or register, call 302-644-3410.

  • Adaptive Lacrosse Experience Nights – August 30
    6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Cape Henlopen High School, in Lewes. Atlantic Adaptive Lacrosse is beginning a league that will have an eight-week season starting September 9 for children and young adults with physical and cognitive differences. It has no firm age limit but AAL suggests players be between six years old and their mid-twenties. The two Lacrosse Experience Nights are for parents and children to learn more about the program, meet the volunteers running the program and try out the sport itself. For more information, visit the Atlantic Adaptive Lacrosse webpage.

  • Family SHADE Networking Breakfast – September 6
    8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. at the Rockford Center, 100 Rockford Drive, in Newark. Representatives from organizations serving children with special healthcare needs, as well as other interested members of the public, are invited to attend Family SHADE’s Networking Breakfast. Each organization that attends will have an opportunity to share information about upcoming activities and new initiatives with the group. Attendees are welcome to bring flyers and brochures to share with others. For more information and to RSVP, contact Bhavana Viswanathan at bhavana@udel.edu or 302-831-8374.

  • Down Syndrome Association of DE’s Bohemia Bay Day – September 9
    12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Bohemia Bay Yacht Harbor, in Chesapeake City, MD. The Down Syndrome Association of Delaware is hosting this event, which will include boat rides, lunch and the chance to relax on the beach and by the pool. Attendance is free. For more information and to RSVP, visit the Bohemia Bay Day event page.

  • Special Olympics Delaware Families Day at the Beach – September 16
    Starts at 9:00 a.m. ay Cape Henlopen State Park, in Lewes. The beach gathering is a chance for families and volunteers to meet other SODE families from across the state. For more information, call 302-831-4653 or email info@sode.org.

  • Autism Delaware’s Autism 101 – September 18
    7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Autism Delaware offices in Newark and Lewes. Also available via video conference on computer, smartphone or telephone. Autism Delaware is providing a training to new parents and families with children with autism. The presentation covers the following topics: What is autism? What does autism look like? How do I support my child with autism? For more information or to register, contact Annalisa Ekbladh at 302-224-6020 x218 or by email at annalisa.ekbladh@delautism.org.

  • Delaware’s 7th Annual Caregiver Conference – September 20
    9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Executive Banquet & Conference Center, in Newark. Presented by Easter Seals and the Department of Health and Social Services, this annual event brings together hundreds of Delaware’s most dedicated caregivers and the service providers that enable them to provide the best care possible to their loved ones. If you have questions or would like to register, call 302-544-0684 or email karync@vitalmagonline.com. For more information, see the Caregiver Conference flier.

  • Autism Delaware’s Blue Jean Ball – September 22
    7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. at Nassau Valley Vineyards, in Lewes. Presented by Hertrich Toyota, the Blue Jean Ball will feature a dance, a wine and beer tasting, live and silent auctions and music by a local rock band, Love Seed Mama Jump. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Autism Delaware’s website.

  • The Culinary School Training Class – begins September 25 [APPLICATIONS OPEN NOW]
    14-week course at the Food Bank branches in Newark and Milford. The Food Bank of Delaware’s Culinary School is offering its biannual training course for adults with disabilities, which will introduce students to work in a commercial kitchen and culminate with a two-week paid internship at a food service company, restaurant or catering company. To learn more, including contact information and the application process, visit The Culinary School’s webpage.

  • Dover Sensory-Friendly Roller Skating – September 28
    6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Dover Skating Center, in Dover. Autism Delaware is hosting a roller skating party, which will feature subdued music and regular lighting. Admission is free, and roller skates can be brought from home, purchased or rented for $3. To register, contact Gail Hecky at 302-644-3410 or by email at gail.hecky@delautism.org.

  • Delaware Memorial Bridge Run to Acceptance for Special Olympics – October 1
    Starts at 7:00 a.m. at the Delaware Memorial Bridge, in New Castle. This new benefit 5K run, which will cross the bridge, is open to law enforcement officials and first responders. For more information, to register and to donate, visit the SODE website.

  • Understanding Positive Behavior Supports and Services – October 3
    6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Shue-Medill Middle School, in Newark. Learn about the Positive Behavior Supports offered by Delaware schools to support all students and address negative behavior in the classroom. The session will cover how PBS services and supports impact students and how parents can access them. To register, visit the PIC of DE website.
  • Family SHADE Networking Breakfast – October 4
    8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. at the Parent Information Center of Delaware, 13 Bridgeville Road, in Georgetown. Representatives from organizations serving children with special healthcare needs, as well as other interested members of the public, are invited to attend Family SHADE’s Networking Breakfast. Each organization that attends will have an opportunity to share information about upcoming activities and new initiatives with the group. Attendees are welcome to bring flyers and brochures to share with others. For more information and to RSVP, contact Bhavana Viswanathan at bhavana@udel.edu or 302-831-8374.

  • Social Skills Workshops – October 11 & 18
    5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the John W. Collette Education Resource Center, 35 Commerce Way, in Dover Hosted by the Parent Information Center and facilitated by CDS specialists, these two sessions will share information about programs that teach elementary and secondary students how to make and keep friends. On October 11, parents will learn about reinforcing effective social skills at home. October 18 will be an interactive session bringing parents and children together to practice. For more information, contact Nicole Roberts at robertsn@udel.edu.

  • Autism Delaware Fall Festival – October 14
    11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Killens Pond State Park, in Felton. The Fall Festival includes pumpkin decorating, a hayride and a hotdog lunch. To reserve a spot, contact Gail Hecky at 302-644-3410 or gail.hecky@delautism.org.
  • CLSC Open House – November 2
    5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at CDS, 461 Wyoming Road, in Newark Meet CLSC program students and instructors from this innovative college opportunity for students with intellectual disabilities. Topics covered will include goal setting, campus life, academic opportunities, internships and life after CLSC. For more information about the Open House, contact Candy Greenleaf at candygre@udel.edu.

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