by Tom Blessing
Special Education Attorney with Hollingsworth & Zivitz
Many of the children I represent in my special education law practice have
autism, so I’m a big supporter of the non-profits who do such important
work to help families who cope with autism every day. Tomorrow, Answers
for Autism is having its family festival (formerly walk) in Carmel—less
than 10 minutes from my office. This free event is a great opportunity
for your children to get some fresh air and exercise is an accepting,
sensory-friendly environment. Who knows—you may even run into a
special education lawyer and get some free legal advice.
Note: Due to some of our patron’s sensitivity needs, we ask that
you leave your dogs at home. Service animals of course are welcome.
The weather forecast for Saturday looks amazing…and hot!
Please bring some water or other cool beverage for yourselves. We will
have some water at the event at no cost – but we may run out. Our
food vendors may have drinks to purchase as well.
Schedule of events
All of our activities will be available from 10 am to 2 pm. Festival t-shirts
are available to purchase at our Welcome Center; each shirt costs $10.
We have a limited amount of Youth Medium & Large, and Adult Medium,
Large, X-Large, and 2X-Large sizes.
A new concept we have this year is our “Meet-Ups”. These sessions
are designed for folks to meet others with similar focuses, and share
information informally. Each session lasts 10-15 minutes, or as long as
folks wish to discuss. J
The meet up will be at the tables next to the food vendors, and under the shade.
Here are our discussion topics, and scheduled times.
10:15 am -- IEP's and 504 plans
11:00 am -- Adults on the spectrum, diagnosing adults AND Newly diagnosed children
11:30 am -- Transitioning to adulthood / skills and jobs
12:00 pm -- Sensory Processing Disorders
12:30 pm -- Educators of People on the Autism Spectrum
At 1:30 pm, to close our event, we will have our drawing for the Answers
for Autism Quilts and then our Balloon Release.
Update on road construction in Carmel. What are the best driving directions to Coxhall Gardens?
The best way to arrive at the park is to use the back entrance from Hoover Road.
Drive west on 116th Street from US 31 (Meridian). You can go past the Road Closed signs for
local traffic at Ditch Road. Turn right onto Hoover Road, and you will
see the park on your left.
Some quick information for you to better help enjoy your time at the Family
Do I have to register for the event? Does it cost money to attend?
No, there is no registration required, and there is no fee to attend.
There will be items available to purchase if desired. Items sold by Answers
for Autism can be purchased with cash, check, or credit card (Visa, MC,
Discover, AmEx). Some of the other vendors may not take checks or credit cards.
Will there be an actual walk?
No, we will not have a formal walk, but patrons of course are welcome to
walk the path as in the past.
Additional information can be found at our website:
or our Facebook page:
Answers For Autism
6525 East 82nd Street, Suite 210-L
Indianapolis, IN 46250