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Hele for AutismHele for Autism & Resource Fair

Join us each April for our Hele for Autism & Resource Fair held at picturesque Magic Island.

  • Network with service providers and agencies that provide support services.
  • Find out about events for children and adults on the autism spectrum.
  • Enjoy live music as you and your family walk for Autism around Magic Island.
  • Register for the 2020 Hele for Autism & Resource Fair

 

Sensory Friendly Film imageSensory Friendly Films

A special opportunity for individuals on the autism spectrum as well as their family and friends to enjoy their favorite films. We welcome individuals to be themselves while enjoying the film in a safe and accepting environment. In order to provide a more comfortable setting for individuals on the spectrum, the movie auditorium keeps their lights turned slightly up (dim lights will remain on) and the sound turned slightly down. Some individuals may stim (flapping of hands, clapping, tapping, rocking, etc.), express themselves verbally (make noise(s)) in various ways as well as roam about the auditorium-this allows the individual to be themselves without fear of being judged. Because some may have strict, special dietary needs, families are permitted to bring their own gluten-free, casein-free snacks from home.

 

Look Im Flying imageLook I’m Flying!

Take some of the stress out of your future travel by joining the Autism Society of Hawaii and Delta Airlines for Look I’m Flying! Give your loved one the opportunity to experience what it is like to travel. Participants will experience going through TSA, sitting at the gate, and even boarding an aircraft with trained staff.

Dinning Differently imageDining Differently

An opportunity for individuals on the spectrum as well as their family and/or friends to enjoy a meal at a restaurant in a sensory friendly and accepting environment. The Autism Society of Hawaii partners with various restaurants by reserving a section of the restaurant in advance-creating a quieter, less chaotic and more accepting environment for the individuals to enjoy their meal. The staff are briefed on what to expect to ensure a pleasant experience.

Everything with those on the spectrum is about repetition, the more they are exposed to certain situations the easier it gets for them to adjust.

Our goal is to do this often enough where families will get comfortable enough to venture out on their own knowing that they can get through a meal without a melt down occurring.