Events

3rd Annual Racing for Autism Awareness @ Bakersfield Speedway

Saturday, April 29th – Autism Awareness Race Night
Sprint Cars and Stock Cars!
Time: 1-4pm  Location: Bakersfield Speedway 5001 North Chester Avenue Extension, Bakersfield, CA 93308
See, Touch, Sit in and even Sign your very own race car!
2017 Autism Awareness night at the races with Autism Society-Kern Autism Network to raise awareness and donate to Autism Society-Kern Autism Network by hosting a pre-race event allowing children to see, touch, sit in and even put their very own handprints on the cars that will be racing that night!
To register your child with autism to participate click here

Adults on the Spectrum

Support Group Meeting.
10:00 am – 11:30 am
Starting in September 2016-May 2017
Location of meetings: Vary due to outings scheduled
Location of community activities vary please call for updates 661-489-3335.
A support group with a social meeting focus on helping those on the spectrum, 18 and older, to come together with others diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. An ability to share similar interests, interact and support one another with friendship. Occasional outings are planned out in the community on a monthly basis. See calendar for meeting dates which are once a month on a Saturday. This group is for males and females.

Autism Spectrum Disorders Seminar Series 2016-2017

SAVE THE DATES:
Join Kern Autism Network-Autism Society Affiliate in our newest approach at providing up to date information to families, educators, therapist, SLP, MFT, LSW, doctors and community at large. These series of seminars will occur throughout the 2016-2017 school year with speakers in the field of autism expertise, with topics meant to address the entire autism spectrum as defined by the DSM-5. The 1st Series starts in the Fall 2016 with others to follow throughout the school year, see Calendar for future dates. This and future events replace the Annual Autism Awareness Conference!

Our 3rd series topic: John Elder Robison-Neurodiversity – The Social, Medical, and Legal Perspectives; Author of Raising Cubby, Look Me In The Eye, Switched On and Be Different

Time: 8:30-Noon

Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Location: Canyon Hills Assembly of God Church-Room 205

Our 4th series topic: Emily Rubin, MS, CCC-SLP Director, Educational Outreach Program Marcus Autism Center

Time: 8:30-3 p.m. This is the only FULL DAY SEMINAR due to complete SCERT Model Training

Morning Session: (9:00am – 12:00pm): The SCERTS Model; A framework for navigating evidence-based practices for children with autism

Afternoon Session (1:00pm to 3:00pm): Application of the SCERTS Model across developmental stage

Date: Thursday, May 11, 2017

Location: Canyon Hills Assembly of God Church-Room 205

*****REGISTER FOR SEMIMARS: click here.*****

Bowling for Autism Awareness & Acceptance

In recognition of Autism Awareness, the Kern Autism Network-Autism Society brings you “Bowling for Autism Awareness”. This activity will include in its price of $15 per person: 2 hours of bowling and shoe rental. So come out and enjoy the fun with other families and BOWL FOR AUTISM AWARENESS! NOTE: The fee is ONLY for those participating in the bowling lanes that can accommodate 6 participants in required shoes. The fee is for all ages per person bowling. To attend the fun is FREE. A list of participating paid bowlers will be checked in to obtain shoes upon arrival. Many times it has been shared that, families need a time where they can just be a family without judgement in an environment that allows the whole family to have fun! This event occurs- January 2017 and May 2017. Register click here.

Location: AMF Southwest Bowling Lanes 3610 Wible Lane-Bakersfield, CA 93311

Family Autism Support Group

Support Group Meeting.
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Starting in August thru May
Canyon Hills Assembly of God Church-Room 205
7001 Auburn Street
Bakersfield, CA, 93306
This support group is intended for parents, friends, professionals or other caretakers. No students, please. The focus of this group is to offer support for those dealing with individuals who have a diagnosis on the Autism Spectrum including High Functioning Autism or Asperger Syndrome. NOTE: Childcare is available, but please RSVP, to ensure we have adequate childcare coverage 661.489.3335. See calendar for dates.

Fun Social LEGO® Workshops

Children’s workshop addressing fine motor and social skills.
10:00 am – 12:30pm
Canyon Hills Assembly of God Church-Gymnasium
7001 Auburn Street
Bakersfield, CA 93306
Each of these workshops will be thematic in nature with loads of LEGO’S to interact with peers of all ages and community support. A family friendly event catered for the child/young adult with autism. Workshops operate during the school year and start back up in October 2016.  The last one for the school year is April 2017.

To find the next LEGO Workshop and/or register for an upcoming LEGO Workshop, click here.

Sibling Support Group

Support Group Meeting.
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Starting in August thru May
Canyon Hills Assembly of God Church
7001 Auburn Street
Bakersfield, CA, 93306
A support group for the siblings who have an autistic brother or sister. This support group is to help the sibling better understand the challenges of growing up with a sibling that has autism and obtain friendships with others going through the same. Activities, videos and discussions will be presented. Ages 6 and up. See calendar for dates.