ASD Local Supports

If you or someone you know is looking for help with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Arc Midstate is here to help! We currently offer the following supports and services:       Parent Connect!       A great way for parents/caregivers of children with special needs to connect, relax and learn about resources. Sessions will include various of topics of interest for all, followed by informal facilitated sharing and networking in smaller groups. Parents/Caregivers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down Syndrome, Fragile X, Spina Bifida or other special needs are all welcome to participate. On site skilled child care available for children up to age 10 year old, with advanced registration only. Location:   Hope Covenant Church - 336 4th Ave So, St. Cloud, MN (enter the east door) Register by the Monday before each meeting by calling 320.251.7272 or email info@arcmidstate.org. Dates: September 28th - Topic IEP's, October 12th - Family Voices, October 26th - Self Advocate Sharing, November 9th - Parent Panel, November 30th - to be announced.     Time: 6:00 – 7:30 PM Refreshments provided      

Sibsday Events

With the exception of mothers, siblings spend more time with children who have special needs than any other family member. The sibling relationship is the longest-lasting relationship in the family.  For this reason Arc Midstate conducts Sibsday events to celebrate the unique role that siblings play in the life of their brother or sister with special needs.  Sibsday events are held quarterly and include a wide variety of interactive and team building games to help the children get to know each other and have fun. Events also include a time for sharing the joys, frustrations and challenges of having a sibling with a special need. Arc Midstate Sibsday events are open to children ages 7 – 12 years who have a sibling with a developmental disability or related need.  Watch our Facebook page for event dates and information.  We need more participants to re-launch the Sibsday Program.  Sign up by emailing info@arcmidstate.org include SIBLING in the subject line.    

Parent to Parent – Mentors

If your child has a special need – so do you! We match parents who have children with any special need with trained volunteer parents to help them with the life changes involved in parenting a child with special needs. Emotional support and information geared to your families needs. For more information e-mail us or call us at 320.251.7272.    

Advocacy

Individuals who need assistance in navigating the complex maze of governmental, health care, and educational agencies. Our goal is to help families and individuals receive services they need and equip them to advocate for themselves. Need help? Contact us at 320.251.7272    

Additional Local Autism Resources

Arc Midstate works to ensure that the rights of people with developmental disabilities, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Fragile X, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and other conditions, are protected, and they are supported to live, learn, work, and play as they choose. Visit our Membership page to Join as a Member   ASD Directory - last updated August 2016