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September Family Meetup @ Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden
September 22, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Join an informal, fun meetup for families living with autism and related conditions who seek casual social connections with peers. Enjoy the soft woodchipped trails under a cool leafy canopy at the Wildflower Garden. These are flexible gatherings. Come as you are and participate as you please! All children must have supervising parent or caregiver.
When you arrive, look for Beth near the drinking fountain and bathrooms. She’s usually with her two children, carrying the large picnic basket with a CEA sign on it.
Location information: The parking lot is a paid lot with a pay station near the entrance. The garden is fully fenced (aside from a front and back gate). Click here for map. Check out a social story about the garden. Enjoy gorgeous flowers and fewer bugs at this time of year.
What will we do?
This meetup will flip the order of our usual meetup routine. At 3:30 we will gather near the interpretive center in the garden to chat, snack, and do a craft. At 4:00, those interested can join a family hike/scavenger hunt led by a naturalist (click here to RSVP, optional). Join for as much or as little as you’re able. The interpretive center patio can be a meeting point for those who opt out of the hike.
Note: Eloise Butler staff members have undergone training related to autism and related conditions and have been in conversation with CEA about engaging families with autism.
Why CEA Monthly Meetups?
We may have formal supports in schools and clinics, but it’s often through informal connections with other parents and kids that we feel heard, understood, and not so alone. Social isolation and chronic stress are very common for families affected by autism and related disabilities. Social connections are central to our overall well-being. They build our capacity to navigate and grow through challenges.
What would YOU show up for?
Our intention is connection, so let us know what kind of community you want to be a part of. What activities would you show up for? What times work best for your family? What locations do you love or want to explore?
Find us on meetup.com or check our Facebook Page: Communities Engaging Autism.