Community Events

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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.

Sunday May 19, 10am 
Dragons Love Tacos (Sensory Friendly Performance)
Theatre of Youth, 203 Allen St, Buffalo, NY 14201.
AGES 4+  TOY is committed to increasing access and inclusion for our community’s children and families affected by autism spectrum disorders and other sensory, social, and cognitive disabilities. Tickets are only $5 per person with the code “1N68”.

Wednesday May 22, 8:30am – 1:30pm
Live Learn Earn Play (LLEaP) into the Future
Erie Community College, North Building K 6205 Main St, Williamsville, NY 14221
Conference is for transition age Students (16-21) with Severe Disabilities participating in the Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential, their parents/families, and teachers. Students (and their support staff) will have an opportunity to participate in hands on activities that support the areas of Live, Learn, Earn and Play as well as Self-Determination. Parents/Families and Teachers will attend workshops that focus on OPWDD eligibility, Care Coordination Services, Agency Supports and Self-Determination. All participants will have an opportunity to meet with local agency providers and gather resources to help inform their decisions on who will provide adult supports. Pizza lunch will be provided to all attendees. Register here.

Thursday, May 30, Doors Open 8am
Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day 
The Conference Center Niagara Falls, 101 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls, NY 14303. Features: Innovative Workshops – Concession Service – Agency and Vendor Fair -Art Gallery – Live Concert – Awards Luncheon – Open Reception Register here

Thursday, May 30, 5pm – 7:30pm
Autism & Social Skills – Pathways to Success
N. Tonawanda Learning Center 1350 Ruie Rd, Rm 194, N. Tonawanda, NY 14120.
Free workshop for parents, caregivers, and family members to learn about social challenges for children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Strategies to use at home, school, and within the community to help a child be successful will be reviewed. Dinner provided. RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY
email: info@parentnetworkwny.org | call: 716.332.4170

Saturday, June 1, 9am – 2pm
Leadership in Special Education Conference
Daemen College, Wick Hall, 4380 Main St, AmherstNY 14226. 
FREE CONFERENCE  OPEN TO PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS OF INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES. Guest speaker: Chris Suriano, Assistant Commissioner on Special Education for New York State Department of Education. Roundtable discussions on Autism, mental health, special education, learning disabilities, developmental disabilities and more! When registering, please share a question you hope will be answered so we can prepare our Keynote speaker in advance. Lunch provided. RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY email: info@parentnetworkwny.org | call: 716.332.4170

Saturday, June 1, 10:00am
Sensory Friendly Film Series
Flix Stadium 4901 Transit Road  Lancaster, NY 14043.
Dipson sensory friendly family film series slated to run the first Saturday of every month at 10am. The films will be presented with the theatre lights on and the sound lowered.  Dipson Theatres, Inc. acknowledges the needs of social engagement and environmental factors affecting people on the autism spectrum, and hope that this family film series will create an entertainment venue for families to enjoy new releases in a presentation that will suit unique and special needsMovie: Alladin

Sunday, July 28, 9:00 am – Noon
Sensory Friendly Sunday at the Strong Museum of Play
One Manhattan Square, Rochester, NY 14607.
Tickets must be purchased in advance and are limited to 250 people to create a calmer, more sensory friendly environment.  Tickets include a visit to the Butterfly dome and families are welcome to stay after the museum opens to the general public at noon. This is a great opportunity to visit the Strong!

Friday, September 6, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm 
Au-Some Aquarium 
Aquarium of Niagara, 701 Whirlpool St. Niagara Falls, NY 14301.
$10 per FAMILY for non-members of the aquarium and free for members.  Au-Some aquarium features theme-related art activities, gluten free snacks, a sensory friendly sea lion show and touch tanks.  It provides a supportive environment dedicated to people who can benefit from a calmer and more sensory friendly time to visit the aquarium.  The theme for September is Seals and Sea Lions.

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