The Post CARD
A Publication of the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities Spring 2001
We are happy to say that our first Sibshop, held on Saturday March 31, was
a great success. Sibshops, a concept created by Donald Meyer, are half-day
events designed to create a welcoming atmosphere that allows siblings to talk
about what's great and what's not-so-great about having a sibling with special
needs. Most of all, Sibshops are a place to have fun!
We began our day with activities that allowed the participants and adult
facilitators to get to know one another. We learned about each other's favorite
things and played a "unique" kind of charades. We got to know each other even
better with a guessing game designed to test our question-asking skills. Our
water relay was a big hit, but perhaps the most fun was our group juggling ses-
sion. None of us could juggle on
our own, but as a team, we were
unstoppable! For lunch, we
went crazy with Super Nachos.
It turns out that our partici-
pants are some of the best
dicers, slicers, and graters in
the business. Our cupcake
dessert was a great way to
transition into our discussion
activities, getting to know a little about our siblings' likes and dislikes, strengths
Our afternoon discussion activities gave us an opportunity to be both silly
and serious while talking about our siblings with disabilities. The participants,
ages eight to fourteen, shared their experiences and helped each other come up
with solutions to problems that only they can understand. We talked about
dealing with friends who don't always understand about disabilities and parents
who don't always understand about siblings' needs. The group came up with lots
of ways to help their siblings, and even more ways to
have fun with them. In the end, we got to reflect on
the afternoon, sharing our favorite Sibshop moment.
We hope that this will be the first of many
Sibshops to come. Special thanks to Caroline Raye,
Jennifer Nye, and Robbin Anderson, who gave their
time to be adult facilitators. Very special thanks to
Margie and Ed Garlin, without whose generous dona-
tions our Sibshop would have never come into being.
If you would like more information about upcoming
Sibshops for children of any age, or you would like to
learn more about them, please contact Danielle Liso at
Future Trainings are being planned.
Upcoming topics include:
Social Security Disability Benefits
Look for training calendars
in the mail or check out
our on-line calendar at our website:
Please note that
we have a new and
easier to remember
It is loaded with
current news about
dates, links to other
autism sites, and
The Diocese of St. Augustine with the help of the Autism Society of
Florida will once again be holding a week-long camp (July 22-26) for children
with autism and related disabilities. The camp is held in Clay County on the St.
John's River. Activities include swimming, boating, fishing, dances, a reptile
show, a petting zoo, and much more. Each camper will have a one-on-one buddy.
The cost for the camp is $150.00. APPLICATIONS ARE DUE MAY 1, 2001
and can be obtained by contacting:
Director of Ministry for Persons with Developmental
Disabilities for the Diocese of St. Augustine
134 E. Church Street
Jacksonville FL 32202
UPDATE on the 6th Annual Autism
Awareness Benefit Race & Auction
& Special Events
Events listed in this section are offered by
agencies outside of CARD. CARD does not endorse
any of them and information is provided as a service
to our constituents and to these organizations.
2nd Annual Gulf Gallop 5K Run
When: April 21, 2001
Where: Cedar Key, FL
Contact: Karen Arnold
This event is held to promote disability awareness
and proceeds will benefit the Family Network on
Disabilities of North Central Florida.
6th Annual Golf Classic & Dinner/Auction
When: Saturday, May 5, 2001
Where: Glen Lakes Country Club
This event is held by the Autism Society of
America and the Autism Society of Florida.
FSU CARD 2001 Summer Institute
"Empirically Supported Intervention
Strategies for Preschool Children with
Autism Spectrum Disorders"
When: June 18-22, 2001
Where: Tallahassee. FL
The Family C.A.F.E. (3rd Annual)
A Statewide Conference on Families
When: May 18-20, 2001
Where: Kissimmee, FL
or call FbLRS for a registration
form at 800/533-0326 or
The 6th Annual Autism Awareness Benefit Race and Auction was held on
March 5, 2000 at the Gatorback Race Track in Gainesville. The race at-
tracted participants from around the world. It was a great success and
money raised from this event will be used to help promote autism awareness,
send parents to autism related conferences, and fund sibshops. Please con-
tact Ed or Margie Garlin at Great Southern Racing Productions, Inc. (904/
462-9623) if you'd like information about next year's race.
THANKS ED AND MARGIE FOR YOUR HARD WORK AND DEDICATION
Local Support Groups
Asperger Syndrome Support Group (G'ville) Suwannee Area Parent Support Group
Robbin Anderson 352/846-3700 Janet Tice 904/294-3321
Family Network on Disabilities (G'ville) Hernando County Parent Support Group
Melinda Morrisson 352/380-2604 Sharon Mechler 352/797-7022 x217
Autism Society of Marion County Citrus County Parent Support Group
Pat Hawk 352/591-3120 Viki Reich 352/637-9710
Our Boat Support Group (Bradford Co.) Autism Support Group of Hillsborough Co.
Liz Gibson 352/468-2861 Robyn Tolliver 813/920-0459
Putnam County Autism & Related Disabilities
Kelly Murphy 904/312-0429
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