With headlines over the weekend about a seven-year-old boy with Autism drowning in a neighbor’s pool in Seminole, the Pinellas Autism Project would like to share the following tips for keeping kids safe around water.
Sunday, April 15, from 11 am to 4 pm on Sunset Beach. SPAP 1st Anniversary Party. Surfing, Food, Live Music. Tickets: https://squareup.com/store/PinellasAutism
Join us for food, fun and prizes at Punky’s on Central Avenue. Ten rounds of Bingo for 10 bucks. There’s also a 50/50 and other prizes. Proceeds help fund the South Pinellas Autism Project’s summer camp. #grandcentralevent
To register for camp, you need three things:
- A completed SPAP enrollment form: Click Here.
- A YMCA enrollment form: Click Here.
- Payment of $35 registration fee and 1 week of camp, $150.
The YMCA charges $120 a week for camp. SPAP charges an additional $30 to operate our sensory-friendly, ASD-friendly camp.
SPAP was founded by two St. Pete parents with a child on the Spectrum. There are far too few services for families affected by Autism in Pinellas County, and SPAP aims to change that. Camps are but one of our many initiatives. We hope you will get involved with our organization, participate in our programs, help us raise money and fulfill our mission to “Transform the World for Families Affected by Autism.” We are planning a sports program and an after school program for the fall.
You can register your child for free (save $35), if you come to Healthy Kids Day at Central Campus on April 29. This is a good opportunity to see where camp will be, ask questions, meet other families, etc. For details on Healthy Kids Day, click the image. Note that you need to come to the event on Central Campus, which is located at 5185 45th Street North; St Petersburg, FL 33714. This is the address for camp.
If your family needs assistance with the YMCA’s tuition, you can apply for a scholarship by completing this form: Click Here.
Now, to help fund “Summer on the Spectrum,” which costs more than the $30 a week fee, we have a number of events coming up, which we hope you will attend and invite friends and family to attend as well.
- Easter Egg Hunt, April 15, 9:30 am to 11:30 am. Free.
- Healthy Kids Day, April 29. Free.
- SPAP Anniversary Beach Party, April 30. $20 for Adults, $5 for Kids. (You can get tickets by clicking here. Come join us for a day of sun, fun and great food. Free surfing lessons for the kids.
- Bingo Night at Punky’s Bar and Grill, May 3.
- Bowling for Autism, June 3. Kids bowl free.
- Bingo Night at Hamburger Mary’s, June 28.
We originally planned to serve 30 kids this summer. We have 43 inquiries. We don’t like saying no, so we are working hard to expand the camp to 40. If I sent you a link to this post via text, you are already on the list, which was first-come, first-served. If you are seeing this post from Facebook or our website, please confirm that I have you on the list. Text your name, cell, email, child’s name, age and gender to 727-483-1305. I will acknowledge your text and tell you what number the child is on the list.
To really make this summer work for everyone, we need families and businesses to support us and participate.
I’ve donated the last year of my life, working full time for no pay to get SPAP rolling. I want to create a world that supports my son on the Spectrum. I appreciate your patience and more than anything, your commitment to your child and mine.
Finally, if you have any questions, concerns, ideas, please contact Matt Wiseman at 727-483-1305. Text is best, but you are welcome to call.
See you at camp,
The South Pinellas Autism Project is proud to announce that “Summer on the Spectrum,” — a day camp for kids with Autism and other neurodevelopment challenges — is now open for registration.
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Come join our camp-within-a-camp for kids with ASD. Kids go to the regular YMCA camp and check in with SPAP where we will have specially trainined counselors and volunteers. Kids participate in the main camp as much as they like, then come to the sensory area for some laid back fun. Kids can bring their electronic devices and comfort items and leave them in the sensory area. For information, call 727-483-1305.
Here is a clip from “The Imitation Game,” a 2014 movie about the life of Alan Turing, who invented the computer. Turing is believed to have had Asperger’s Syndrome (AS). Certainly the character in this clip was inspired by people with AS. This scene shows how they can have social and communication issues in the workplace, notwithstanding their particular genius.
Interest in what’s called neurodiversity is growing at American companies. This year, the accounting firm EY (formerly known as Ernst & Young) has been piloting a program to employ people with autism in order to explore the benefits of having workers of different cognitive abilities, such as greater productivity and building a more talented workforce.