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.

Wednesday, October 10, 6pm – 8pm
How to Protect My Child’s Future Through Guardianship, Wills & Trusts
Autism Services, 40 Hazelwood Drive, Amherst, NY 14228. You will learn who needs a guardian, when to start the process, and the importance of a Will and how to protect future services. RSVP now! You can call (716) 332-4170 or email

Friday, October 12, 5:30pm – 8pm
Au-Some Evening at Explore & More Children’s Museum.
300 Gleed Avenue, East Aurora, NY.  Free for families with autism.  This fun night features art activities, gym activities, music therapy, friends from Paws for Love and more. The theme for October is Halloween fun and opportunities to practice trick or treating!

Saturday, October 13, 8:45am – 12:45pm
Mental Health and ASD: Bridging the Gap
Classics V Banquet Center, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd, Amherst, NY. Presenter: Dr. Michael Cummings, MD. This workshop will provide an overview of mental health issues that co-occur in those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Dr. Cummings will also explore the role of commonly used psychiatric medications, as well as their pros and cons to the individual. This workshop will also discuss how to interface with the individual’s mental health provider to maximize treatment outcomes. In addition, Dr. Cummings will discuss the APIC Program (Access to Psychiatry Through Intermediate Care). Ticket/ Registration is required.

Saturday, October 13, 1pm – 4pm
GiGi’s Buffalo Fall Festival
Pendleton Park Playground, 6570 Campbell Boulevard, Pendleton, NY. Celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month, and learn about  GiGi’s Buffalo mission @ Mason’s Mission (an amazing park with swing sets, visual and audio tools, a slide, and even a merry-go round – all accessible for individuals with special needs) for live music, backyard games, playground fun, drinks and snacks, and prizes. Bring your cooler and enjoy a fall afternoon in WNY! Admission is free for all and learn what GiGi’s will bring to Buffalo at our information station.

Sunday, October 21, 1:30pm activities & 2:30pm concert
BPO Kids – Exceptional Kids – Symphonic Spooktacular
Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo, NY. Wear your Halloween costume and enjoy some of the spookiest music ever composed, then join the costume parade across the Kleinhans stage. Special Discounted Rate: $15 per family per concert (includes all members in household) TO PURCHASE TICKETS: PHONE: (716) 885-5000 and please ask for Rachael and mention “BPO Kids Exceptional Kids” Parking: Is available in the lot for $5 per concert or on the street for free – however we will be able to give you $5 to offset parking charge if you sign in at our welcome table in the lobby.

Tuesday, October 23, 10am – 12pm
Individualized Education Program (IEP): Practical Advice for Families
West Side Community Services, 161 Vermont Street, Buffalo, NY. An IEP is like a special, unique recipe to help a child succeed. This workshop teaches parents or caregivers all about the recipe-writing process, including who writes it. Review tips and tools to help you gain confidence and to become more involved in the planning and creation of your child’s IEP. This Session is Bilingual (Spanish and English). RSVP now! You can call (716) 332-4170 or email

Thursday, October 25, 7pm – 8:30pm
Finding the Best Graduation Option for Students with Disabilities
Williamsville Central School District Conference Rooms, 105 Casey Road, East Amherst, NY.
Presenters: Parent Network of WNY & WCSD Transition Team. Families of middle or high school students with disabilities will learn about NYS diploma options, differences between Skills & Achievement and Career Development & Occupational Studies (CDOS) Credentials, and determining the best pathway for your child. RSVP now! You can call (716) 332-4170 or email

Friday, October 26, Noon – 9pm
Sensory Day at Splash Lagoon Water Park 
Peach Street, Erie, PA.  Special pricing ($29.95) and overnight packages are available.

Friday, October 26, 7pm – 8:30pm
SnapFit at Rolly Pollies at all three locations
Children with special needs and their families and friends are invited to enjoy SN@P open play for fun in a relaxed and supportive environment. We lower the music, limit participants and work with each family to create the best environment possible for each child to play! Sn@P FIT Gym is for children ages 12 and under.  The cost is $15.00 for the first child and $5.00 each additional sibling.  Reservations are required 24 hours in advance. Call to reserve your spot: East Amherst 716.689.6151, Orchard Park 716.662.7424, North Buffalo 716.833.3318

Tuesday, October 30, 6pm – 8pm
Understanding School Behavior Plans
Parent Network of WNY, Training Room B, 1000 Main Street, Buffalo, NY. Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA) look at behaviors to understand the underlying reasons for a child’s disruptive actions. This workshop helps parents or caregivers by explaining the FBA process. RSVP now! You can call (716) 332-4170 or email

Thursday, November 15, 8:30am – 3pm
The Wildly Engaged Inclusive Classroom
Grapevine Banquets, 333 Dick Road, Depew, NY. Parent Network of WNY is hosting this interactive presentation providing teachers, therapists and parents with countless ways to improve student engagement with practical and easy to implement ideas. Presented by Julie Causton, PhD, Founder and CEO of the Inclusive and Special Education Program in the Department of Teaching and Leadership at Syracuse University. Early Bird Registration by October 26 is $120; $150 after. Reserve your spot: (716) 332-4170 or email

Sunday, December 16, 10am
Sensory Friendly performance of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at Theatre of Youth
203 Allen Street, Buffalo, NY. With the code “1N68”, tickets can be purchased online or through the box office for only $5 per ticket.  Ages 3+ are welcome!

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