Community Events

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Tuesday, October 15, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Functional Behavior Assessment Workshop
Hosted by Parent Network of WNY at The Community Room at Dash’s Market
1770 Hertel Ave., Buffalo, NY 14216
Participants will learn about the Functional Behavior Process and how to help students with challenging behaviors through the Special Education Process. Register today!

Thursday, October 17, Noon – 1:00 pm
Bullying: An Introduction for Families
Starbridge, Inc. Webinar
Bullying is an increasingly serious problem in schools. Families, teachers, and children need help and support in knowing how to respond. Join us for a webinar to learn definitions of bullying under the law, how to recognize it, and how to work with schools to respond in a way that ends it.  Registration is required.

Friday, October 18, Noon – 1:00 pm
My kid is really smart, but… Webinar about Twice exceptionality
Starbridge, Inc. Webinar
Twice exceptionality (2e) is when a person is both gifted, meaning they have abilities in one or more areas well beyond those of same-aged peers, and has a disability. Join us for an introduction to twice exceptionality, and learn the role of strengths-based and whole child strategies, challenging behavior as a communication tool, what to do if you suspect your child is twice exceptional, and insight on the twice exceptional experience from a parent’s perspective. Registration is required.

Friday October 18, Noon – 1:30 pm
Support & Networking for WCSD Special Education & Gifted Programming
Hosted by WSEPTSA at Sorrentino’s Spaghetti House, 5640 Main St, Williamsville, NY 14221
Meet others supporting exceptional education. Bring your questions, ideas, or concerns.
Enjoy complimentary casual cuisine.

Sunday, October 20, 10:00 am 
Sensory-Friendly Theatre
Theatre of Youth, 203 Allen St, Buffalo, NY 14201
Sensory Friendly Performance of “Pete the Cat.” Enjoy live theatre in a comfortable and supportive environment. Children can move around and meet the actors after the show. Tickets are only $5 per person and can be purchased online or through the box office with the code “1N68”

Mondays, October 21, November 4 & November 25, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Got Stress? We Can Help!
Hosted by C-HOPE at Amherst Alliance Church, 3915 Millersport Hwy, Amherst, NY 14228
Registration required. FREE Three Session Series: Families caring for an individual with intellectual or developmental disabilities will learn coping skills shown to reduce stress and anxiety. You must attend all three in-person sessions and view three additional virtual sessions from home. Register:

Thursday, October 24, 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Special Education Panel/ Roundtable
WCSD Conference Rooms, 105 Casey Rd, East Amherst, NY, 14051
Free & open to all interested in Special Education. Special Education Expert Panel including WCSD Special Ed Coordinators followed by Roundtable Dialogues. Submit questions you would like to see discussed here:

Thursday, October 24, 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Gifted Programming Panel/ Roundtable
WCSD Conference Rooms, 105 Casey Rd, East Amherst, NY, 14051
Free & open to all interested in Gifted Programming. Gifted Programming Expert Panel featuring WCSD Gifted Programming Coordinators followed by Roundtable Dialogues. Submit questions you would like to see discussed here:

Sunday, October 27, 1:30 pm (pre-concert); 2:30 pm concert
BPO Exceptional Kids – A Magical Spooktacular
Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo, NY 14201
Pre-Concert activities begin at 1:30 pm and the show starts at 2:30 pm. Doors to the concert hall open at 2:00 pm.  Tickets are $15 per family & parking voucher is available for tickets purchased in advance. TO PURCHASE TICKETS: (716) 885-5000 ask for Rachael & mention “BPO Exceptional Kids.” A Magical Spooktacular: An interactive story of magic in the orchestra comes to life with The Conductor’s Spellbook, plus bewitching music from the Harry Potter franchise will make this an enchanting afternoon! Wear your costume and join the parade across the Kleinhans stage!

Friday, November 1, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm 
Au-Some Aquarium 
Aquarium of Niagara, 701 Whirlpool St. Niagara Falls, NY 14301.
Please join us for a night at the aquarium just for families with autism, sensory and/or physical challenges. We will have a sensory friendly sea lion show at 7:00 pm, art activities, gluten free snacks and a touch tank. $10 for non-members of the aquarium or FREE for members of the aquarium. The theme for November is PENGUINS.

Friday, November 8, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm 
Au-Some Evening at Explore & More Children’s Museum
Explore & More Children’s Museum,130 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14202.
FREE but reservations are required in advance.

Sunday, January 12, 9:00 am – Noon
Sensory Friendly Sunday at the Strong Museum of Play
One Manhattan Square, Rochester, NY 14607.
Tickets required. Enjoy The Strong before it opens to the public at an exclusive event designed for children with special sensory, developmental, or physical needs. Explore the museum in a comfortable and accepting environment that features fewer guests, light and sound reduction, extra visual safety signage, and designated quiet areas that include sensory friendly toys. Also enjoy story readings and a free visit to the relaxing Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden before noon. *Registrants may choose to stay after the museum opens at noon to the public.

Sundays, 9am – 11am 
Sensory Sunday at SkyZone
425 Cayuga Road · Cheektowaga, NY 14225.
No music will be played and this time is dedicated to families who can benefit from a calmer and quieter environment.  Special pricing of $10 per jumper or $25 per family.

Sundays, 2pm – 4pm
CAUSE Program at Daemen College
4433 Main St, Amherst, NY, 14226.
Center for Allied and Unified Sport and Exercise (CAUSE) at Daemen College provides opportunities for people with disabilities (ages 6 – 18) to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience the camaraderie and sportsmanship that comes with athletics participation. In addition, CAUSE provides a supported venue for caregivers to access athletic-based care, participate in health and wellness programs, or simply experience the joy of watching a loved one compete. Registration is required.

First Sunday of Every Month, 9:00am – 11:00am
Chuck E. Cheese Sensitive Sunday
4994 Harlem Rd., Amherst, NY 14226 & 4408 Milestrip Rd., Buffalo, NY 14219. Chuck E. Cheese’s is proud to support families who have children with autism and other special needs. We offer a sensory-friendly experience on the first Sunday of every month opening our stores two hours before their normal opening time. Our Sensory Sensory events include a trained and caring staff that work to ensure each guest has a fun-filled visit. We realize that the Chuck E. experience can be very stimulating for any child, so our mission is to create an event that allows ALL kids to be a kid.

Community Calendars

Autism Spectrum Disorders Community Calendar

Bee Group Newspapers WNY Events Calendar

Down Syndrome Parents Group of Western New York

Fantastic Friends of WNY

Learning Disabilities Association of WNY Upcoming Events

Parent Network of Western New York Events Calendar

Starbridge, Inc. Event Calendar

Western New York Family Magazine Events Calendar

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