ACQUIRED BRAIN INJURY SURVIVORS: Clubhouse day for members of the ABIS support group will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, in the private meeting room at Piccadilly Cafeteria, 2609 Jefferson Highway, Jefferson. For information, visit

AUTISM SEMINAR: Dr. Dmitriy Niyazov, head of the medical genetics section at Ochsner Clinic, will discuss “Autism and Mitochondrial Disease” from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, at St. Clement of Rome Church, 3990 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie. For information or to register, call (504) 464-5733; send email to or visit

HIGH SCHOOL AND AUTISM: “Secondary Success for Students with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders)” is a two-part workshop for secondary educators and family members of individuals with ASD. Sessions will cover employment, relationships and evidence-based educational practices. The first part of the series will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, at the Treen Instructional Technology Center, 2024 Livingston St., Mandeville. The second session will be on Feb. 4. To register, visit or call the LSU Health Sciences Center Human Development Center-LASARD at (504)-556-7585.

‘BOOK OF LIFE’: A special screening of “Book of Life” with a safe and accepting environment for people with autism or related disabilities will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the AMC Elmwood Palace 20, 1200 Elmwood Park Blvd., Harahan. Audience members may get up and dance, walk, shout or sing whenever they want.

PARKINSON’S WALK: Louisiana Walks for Parkinson’s will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Lafreniere Park Foundation Center, 3000 Downs Blvd., Metairie. Registration opens at 9 a.m. For information or to register, visit, send email to or call (504) 952-6659.

DOWN SYNDROME BUDDY WALK: The annual Down Syndrome of Greater New Orleans Buddy Walk will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Zephyr Field, 6100 Airline Blvd., Metairie. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m., and the fee is $10 per person. For information, visit or call (504) 259-6201.

MASQUERADE PARTY: Northshore Families Helping Families will hold a masquerade fundraiser from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at the Vintage Court, 75082 Highway 25, Covington. There will be a buffet, an open bar, entertainment and a silent auction. Tickets are $50; for information or to buy a ticket, call (985) 875-0511.

The Special Needs Calendar lists meetings, workshops, events, etc. of interest to individuals with disabilities/special needs and their families. To send a listing, email Jane Pic Adams at