Source: Indys Child Parenting Magazine

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January 2011 Special Needs Calendar

by Carrie Bishop

January 01, 2011

Check out whatís happening in Indianapolis this month for the special needs community...

What: Autism Family Resource Center Spanish-Speaking Support Group

When: Jan. 5, 6-8 p.m.

Where: Easter Seals Crossroads, Indianapolis

Cost: Free

Contact: Dana Renay at 317-658-2973

What: Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome (D.A.D.S.) meeting

When: Jan. 11, 6 p.m.

Where: Georgeís Neighborhood Grill in Avalon Crossing, Indianapolis

Cost: Free to fathers, uncles, brothers and friends of individuals with Down syndrome

Contact: Mehida Perez at or 317-925-7617, R.S.V.P. to register@dsindiana.org

What: Autism Family Resource Center Grandparentsí Support Group

When: Jan. 12, 5:30-7 p.m.

Where: Easter Seals Crossroads, Indianapolis

Cost: Free

Contact: Diane Quillico at 317-882-1914 or Linda Knoderer at 317-816-1381

What: Down Syndrome Indiana Kokomo parent group meeting

When: Jan. 13, 6 p.m.

Where: Whiskey Creek Woodfire Grill, Kokomo

Cost: Free

Contact: Mehida Perez at Mehida@dsindiana.org or 317-925-7617, R.S.V.P. to register@dsindiana.org

What: Karaoke Night at the Monon Community Center

When: Jan. 14, 6-7:30 p.m.

Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel

Cost: $6

Contact: Brooke Taflinger at btaflinger@carmelclayparks.com

What: Minority Family Down Syndrome Network meeting

When: Jan. 18, 6 p.m.

Where: The Marott Community Room, Indianapolis

Cost: Free

Contact: Mehida Perez at Mehida@dsindiana.org or 317-925-7617, R.S.V.P. to register@dsindiana.org

What: Autism Family Resource Center Parentsí Support Group

When: Jan. 19, 5:30-7 p.m.

Where: Easter Seals Crossroads, Indianapolis

Cost: Free

Contact: Erica OíNeil or Katy Messuri at 317-466-1000

What: Cuenta Conmigo Hispanic Parent Group meeting

When: Jan. 19, 6 p.m.

Where: The Marott Community Room, Indianapolis

Cost: Free

Contact: Mehida Perez at Mehida@dsindiana.org or 317-925-7617, R.S.V.P. to register@dsindiana.org

What: STAR Autism Support Training

When: Jan. 20 and 21, 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Where: Central Indiana Educational Services Center, Indianapolis

Cost: $300, registration required

Contact: Visit www.iidc.indiana.edu for more information, or contact Kim Davis at kdavis@indiana.edu or 812-855-6508 with content-related questions; for registration contact Donna Beasley at dbeasley@indiana.edu or 812-855-6508

What: Fantastic Fridays at the Monon Community Center

When: Jan. 21, 6-8:30 p.m.

Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel

Cost: $10

Contact: Brooke Taflinger at btaflinger@carmelclayparks.com

What: Down Syndrome Indiana parent network meeting

When: Jan. 25, 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Where: St. Lukeís United Methodist Church, Indianapolis

Cost: Free

Contact: Mehida Perez at Mehida@dsindiana.org or 317-925-7617, R.S.V.P. to register@dsindiana.org

What: Teen Night Out at the Monon Community Center

When: Jan. 28, 5-9 p.m.

Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel

Cost: Free

Contact: Brooke Taflinger at btaflinger@carmelclayparks.com



What: Muscle-Up at the Monon Community Center

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays in January, 3-4 p.m.

Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel

Cost: $30

Contact: Brooke Taflinger at btaflinger@carmelclayparks.com

What: Gym Games at the Monon Community Center

When: Wednesdays in January, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel

Cost: $20

Contact: Brooke Taflinger at btaflinger@carmelclayparks.com

What: Special Needs Tae Kwon Do at the Monon Community Center

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays in January, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel

Cost: $84

Contact: Brooke Taflinger at btaflinger@carmelclayparks.com

What: Easter Seals Crossroads Parentsí Night Out, East

When: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th Friday of every month, 6-10 p.m.

Where: Easter Seals Crossroads, Indianapolis

Cost: Free

Contact: Anna Marie House at 317-466-2006

What: Easter Seals Crossroads Parentsí Night Out, South

When: 1st Friday of every month, 6-10 p.m.

Where: Indian Creek Christian Church, Indianapolis

Cost: Free

Contact: Anna Marie House at 317-466-2006

What: Easter Seals Crossroads Parentsí Night Out, North

When: 3rd Friday of every month, 6-10 p.m.

Where: Trinity Wesleyan Church (Kids Kastle), Fishers

Cost: Free

Contact: Anna Marie House at 317-466-2006

What: Easter Seals Crossroads Parentsí Night Out, West

When: 4th Friday of every month

Where: Speedway United Methodist Church, Speedway

Cost: Free

Contact: Anna Marie House at 317-466-2006

What: Game Night at the Monon Community Center

When: Wednesdays in January, 6-7 p.m.

Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel

Cost: $20

Contact: Brooke Taflinger at btaflinger@carmelclayparks.com

Know of an upcoming event benefitting Indianapolisí special needs community? Email Carrie Bishop at freelancewritercarrie@gmail.com.