Understanding the Puzzling Pieces of Autism

Summer Programs

marguerite-74886_1280The information and resources contained on this web page are for educational and informational purposes only and are not considered to be a full endorsement from the Autism Society of Iowa. 

 

ASI Offers Programming Grants.  The purpose of the grant is to encourage existing community recreation and leisure programs, to include individuals within the autism spectrum, by providing financial support to develop successful integration opportunities. 

For more information on Programming Grants available through ASI, click here. 

Grant applications will be accepted from January 1 until March 15. After review, grants will then be distributed on April 15.

 

SUMMER PROGRAMS

 

2018 ASK RESOURCE CENTER SUMMER CAMP LIST – Check out this link for a more comprehensive list put together by ASK Resource Center, of summer activities for those with autism and other special needs.

 

Art Spectrums – Des Moines Art Center – Des Moines, IA

  • Art Spectrums is a free program for children and teens on the autism spectrum. Art Spectrums provides an opportunity for participants to exercise their creativity and build their self-esteem through sensory experiences that aid in the development of cognition, communication, and motor skills.
  • Participants visit and discuss a work of art in the museum for inspiration and then make their own artwork in the studio.
  • For more information, click here or contact Kara Fedje, museum educator, via email: kfedje@desmoinesartcenter.org or call: 515-271-0349.

 

Courage League Sports – Ankeny, IA

  • Courage League Sports is a non-profit adaptive sports and recreational facility that offers year-round programming for children and adults who aren’t able to go full speed due to a physical, cognitive or emotional disability. By adapting the pace, equipment, or nature of an activity, Courage League can provide a safe and accessible environment where participants can go at their own speed.
  • Where:  100 N. Ankeny Blvd (next to Palmers Deli)
  • Phone: 515-421-4021 or http://www.courageleaguesports.org/ankeny

 

Courage League Sports – Urbandale, IA (Des Moines, IA area)

  • Click here for upcoming Courage League Clinics and Camps!
  • Courage League Sports is a non-profit adaptive sports and recreational facility that offers year-round programming for children and adults who aren’t able to go full speed due to a physical, cognitive or emotional disability. By adapting the pace, equipment, or nature of an activity, Courage League can provide a safe and accessible environment where participants can go at their own speed.
  • Where:  4405 121st St. Urbandale, IA 50323
  • Melissa Clarke-Wharff, Founder/President   melissa@courageleaguesports.com  Phone: 515-423-9930
  • Porshia Perkins, Development Coordinator
  • Phone: 515-421-4020 or http://www.courageleaguesports.org

Forest Avenue Library Calming Room – Des Moines, IA

Mondays and Wednesdays: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Thursdays: 4:00 – 6:00 PM · 1326 Forest Avenue, Des Moines, IA

Do you need a calm place to play? Then come to the Forest Avenue Calming Room for a sensory interactive experience! This is an unsupervised, drop-in program for youth. Children under 10 years old must be accompanied by a caregiver over 12 years old.

 

Hawkeye Community College – Waterloo, IA

  • Summer Tech Camps
  • Minecraft Designer Camp for Kids on Autism Spectrum
    • July 30–August 3, 2018
      Ages 8–12 meet from 9:00am–12:00pm.
      Ages 13–18 meet from 1:00–4:00pm.
  • To view a flyer, click here.
  • Scholarships are available.
  • Click here for more information on dates, times, scholarship and registration information.

 

Kids in Harmony- Adaptive Social Music Groups

  • Kids in Harmony offers high quality early childhood music enrichment and provides clients with board certified music therapists to meet their individual needs.
  • For more information, click here.

 

Metro West Kids Learning Center – Clive, IA (Des Moines, IA area)

 

Sensory Saturdays at East Side Library – Des Moines, IA

Third Saturday of the Month: 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
2559 Hubbell Avenue, Des Moines, IA

The East Side Library invites families and children with special needs to borrow materials and enjoy the library’s sensory stations. We will reduce the lighting and have areas set up to encourage activity or provide calming spaces. Our friendly staff will be on hand to answer questions and help you find materials that are perfect for your family!

 

Sturgis Youth Theatre Summer Production – University of Northern Iowa

 

Sports Leagues For Those With Disabilities  

      • The Miracle League – Kiwanis
        • Are you between 5 and 18 years old? Registration is now open! Click here for info and registration!
        • Are you 19 and over? Plan to join one of the Miracle League adult teams! Registration is now open! Click here for info and registration!
        • For more information call 515-280-5017 or http://www.kiwanismiracleleague.org
      • Challenger Sports League, Helping Kids with Special Needs Participate in Sports, (515) 276-0477 or http://www.challengersports-ia.org/mission.html
      • Special Olympics, http://www.soiowa.org
      • Link Associates (Soccer), Kids through age 18, any ability level, 515.262.8888

 

Camp High Hopes – Sioux City, IA

  • Camp High Hopes offers year-round therapeutic recreation programs and respites in Sioux City, IA designed to enrich the lives of youth and adults with diagnosed disabilities, chronic illnesses, and other special needs.
  • For more information call 712-224-2267 or click here!

 

Camp Winnebago – Caledonia, MN

  • At Camp Winnebago we focus on providing children and adults with developmental and cognitive disabilities fun recreational, social and educational activities in a safe and caring environment.  Each summer we offer eight weeks of camp.  Our youth week is specifically geared for kids ages 5 to 15.  For individuals ages 16 and older we offer a young adult week.
  • For more information contact Anne Selness director@campwinnebago.org or at 507-724-2351 or visit their website at www.campwinnebago.org