HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS: Representatives of the New Orleans Health Department and Medical Reserve Corps will discuss hurricane preparedness strategies for families, especially those with members with autism and other disabilities, during a workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at the Robert E. Smith Library, 6301 Canal Blvd., New Orleans. The workshop is presented by the Autism Society of Greater New Orleans, Families Helping Families of Southeast Louisiana, and the Metropolitan Human Services District. For information, call (504) 464-5733 or (504) 599-0245.

AUTISM SPECTRUM SURVEY: Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are conducting an online survey for adults with autism spectrum disorders who would like to express their attitudes, experiences and opinions. Participants must be 18 years or older, have a diagnosis or identify with a diagnosis within the autism spectrum, and be able to complete an online survey. For information, visit

UP21 FOUNDATION: The UP21 Foundation, dedicated to understanding people with Trisomy 21 Down’s Syndrome, is sponsoring a gathering at 9 a.m. Thursday, July 31, at the Kids Konnection Playground, 21490 Koop Drive, Mandeville. Refreshments will be provided. For information, send email to

POOL PARTY: Down Syndrome of Greater New Orleans is sponsoring a Zephyrs pool party at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, at Zephyr Field, 6000 Airline Drive, Metairie. A limited number of discounted tickets are available for $10; additional tickets are $25. There is no lifeguard on duty and all children must be supervised. To purchase tickets, call Craig at (504) 250-0666 or David at (504) 914-1033.

INTERACT NOLA: The Arc-GNO and InterACT NOLA, which provides theater/art experiences for individuals with disabilities and special needs, will host a Bright ’n’ Tight 2-Night fundraiser at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at Southport Hall, 200 Monticello Ave., New Orleans. Tickets are $20 and include a small dinner and one beer ticket. For information, call (504) 837-5105 or (504) 897-0134.

ROCK, RIDE AND RESCUE: Sunpie Barnes and the Sunspots will be the featured performers at the Rock, Ride and Rescue fundraiser benefiting the Greater New Orleans Therapeutic Riding Center, the LA/SPCA Off-Site Adoption Fund, Happy Trails Therapeutic Riding Center and Molly the Pony Foundation.

The event will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at Rock ’n’ Bowl, 3016 Carrollton Ave., New Orleans. There will be a silent auction and a cash bar. Tickets are $10 per person. To direct the money from your ticket purchase to a particular agency, buy your ticket in advance from the agency, because ticket sales on the day of the event will be split.

FAMILY EMPOWERMENT ROUNDTABLE: Magellan Behavioral Health in Louisiana will host a discussion with parents of children who may benefit from services available through the Louisiana Behavioral Health Partnership from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, at 330 N. Jefferson Davis Parkway, New Orleans. Discussions will include services available, effective advocacy, understanding the importance of family voice and choice, and developing relationships between families and community partners. For information, contact Michelle Rigling at (504) 218-5795 or

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