Fall Term starts September 21, 2015:
KindTree - Autism Rocks is dedicated to Serving and Celebrating People on the Autism Spectrum through Art, Recreation and Community. With warm hearted whimsy, an open sense of family and a deep level of caring, we reach inside ourselves to embrace our flaws, gather our strengths, and offer our love while reaching out to people on the autism spectrum, their families and care givers. Through the power of self-advocacy in an atmosphere of acceptance and respect, autistic and neuro-normal people alike can work toward self-realization.
"Kindtree is the best!!! They have helped promote so many artist with autism and I should know, for I am one of those artists!
Hundreds of hours are volunteered by community members to help with our programs and events. Area businesses and individuals are generous in their support through donations of food, equipment, scholarships, and more. KindTree Productions Inc is a 501c3 non-profit. Go here to learn more.
What KindTree - Autism Rocks does:
Our annual Summer Camp/Retreat for autists and their caregivers is KindTree - Autism Rocks' founding event and the only event of its kind since 1997. Parents and caregivers can bring their autistic loved ones and relax with them over the weekend, knowing that they are in a safe and nurturing environment. The retreat is designed around the needs of those in the autism spectrum. The curriculum is a flexible but reliable balance of structured and non-structured activities, illustrated with photographs modeled after the Lovaas technique which accommodates autists’ visual and concrete way of thinking.
Scheduled activities include arts and crafts, Karaoke, pinata, campfires, late night movies, concerts, talent show, "human car wash", outdoor games, swimming and boating on Siltcoos Lake, and more. The retreat is a time for rejuvenation and solidarity. Autists are accepted and enjoyed for themselves, not forced into a procrustean neuro-normal mold. Caregivers and parents swap stories. Autists and neuro-normal people get to know each other. Magic happens.
This is some of the greatest autistic fun there is.
"STiLE" Program, Skills Training for an Independent Living Experinece (STiLE) provides group skill training to adults on the autism spectrum and others with developmental disabilities by providing disability related supports that encourage community engagement, healthy habits, communication, socialization, independence and work readiness. Now offering Jewelry Creation, Arts and Communication, "Let's Make it Tasty" cooking groups, and Boundaries with Nel Applegate. More to come...
The Annual Mask Making and Karaoke Party is an event in fall bringing together members of the autism community to wear their own costume, make their own mask, and sing their own song. Other fun-raising events can occur anytime...
The Peer Support Group, conceived for people with high-functioning autism and Aspergers, has been meeting monthly for three years. Cheryl Nel Applegate, a retired professional in the developmental disabilities field, is the facilitator. There are regulars and new arrivals often join; they range from 19 to 50 years old. They share stories and discuss different challenges posed by living with autism spectrum disorders. It's a safe place. Other groups include an Advocacy Group, Social Skills Group, and Peer Support Group in Cottage Grove.
The Art Program displays and promotes art works created by people who have autism spectrum disorders. We proudly participate in Eugene's exciting "Holiday Market" event every Thanksgiving Day Weekend, offering for sale cards, prints and a wide variety of original art produced by people with autsm. This event creates income for the artists and lets everyone know who they are. Art from our annual juried show - Autism Artism 20?? - has appeared at the Oregon Developmental Disabilities In-Service in Salem, the Hilyard Community Center, The Unitarian-Universalist Church, Lane Community College, DIVA, Lane ESD, Lane County Courthouse, Territorial Vineyards, New York University, the Island Park Gallery, The New Zone Gallery, the Jazz Station, Passion Flower Designs, and Maude Kerns Art Center. We celebrate our artists with a gala opening, giving people a chance to rub elbows with some notable autists, and autists palpable proof of their self-worth and a market for their art.
"Reaching Out--Reaching In" newsletter goes out to over 1300 households, and our eFLASH! goes out monthly to over 900 e-mails. In addition to publicizing upcoming KindTree - Autism Rocks events, our newsletter contains writings by people with autism spectrum disorders, reports on medical discoveries, a community-wide calendar, and other news in the autism community. Other communication and outreach venues include the KindTree Blog and our Facebook Page.
www.kindtree.org, our award-winning interactive web site, is replete with important links, a notecard sales portal, news and information, and more.
KindTree - Autism Rocks P O Box 40847 Eugene, OR 97404 541-935-0700 email@example.com
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