SPECIAL MOVIE SCREENING: People with autism and their families can enjoy favorite films monthly through the Sensory Family Films program of AMC Theaters and the Autism Society. The lights are turned up and the sound is turned down; the audience can dance, walk, shout or sing. “How to Train Your Dragon 2” will be screened as part of the program at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 21, at AMC Elmwood Palace 20, 1200 Elmwood Park Blvd., Harahan, (504) 733-2029; and also at the AMC Westbank Palace 16, 1151 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, (504) 263-2298. For information, visit www.amctheatres.com/programs/sensory-friendly-films.
SPEECH ’N’ MOTION CAMP: Pediatric occupational and speech therapists facilitate the Speech ’N’ Motion Camp, which creates a fun environment to motivate children to interact with others. Pediatric occupational and speech therapists facilitate the program. Write from the Start is a multi-sensory handwriting program that includes music, art, games and manipulatives to build hand skills. Both programs accommodate children with a variety of disabilities such as autism, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, Asperger’s, and children with fine and gross motor delays and sensory disorders. For information, contact Kimberly Pizzo, Crane Rehab Center, 101 River Road, #112, Jefferson, at (504) 828-7696.
LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND: Free summer programs for blind or visually impaired youth ages 6-22 are available through the Lighthouse for the Blind. STARS (Students Together Acquiring Recreational Skills) offers activities such as swimming, arts and crafts, cooking, technology training and music. The Choice camp for ages 14-20 assists teens in healthy life choices as they transition to adulthood through career exploration, skill development, self-awareness, team-building, social skills, technology training and goal planning. For information, call Calvin Lee at (505) 899-4501 or visit www.lhb.org. Lighthouse is at 123 State St., New Orleans.
BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP: The Northshore Brain Injury Support Group will meet at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 21, in the conference room at St. Tammany Parish Hospital, 1202 S. Tyler St., Covington. For information, contact Ann Mejia at (985) 640-0498 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAGNOLIA FAMILY ASSOCIATION: Lawyer Joel Mendler will discuss estate planning for people with disabilities and their families when the Magnolia Family Association meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 26, at the Nims Center, 100 Central Ave., Jefferson. Use the River Road entrance.
EMPLOYMENT FORUM: Dawn M. Hosey will speak on “Launching Successful Adults, Creating a Successful Future” during a Family Forum to be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at the Lindy C. Boggs International Conference Center at the University of New Orleans, 2045 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 248, New Orleans. Additional speakers will be Dr. Stephanie Campo and David Gallegos. The forum is sponsored by the Metropolitan Human Service District and Families Helping Families of Southeast Louisiana. To register contact Elizabeth Springs at (504) 943-0343 or email@example.com.
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS WORKSHOP: Northshore Families Helping Families will hold an emergency preparedness workshop from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, at the St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Center, 510 E. Boston St., Covington. Speakers will include Dexter Accardo, parish director of homeland security and emergency preparedness, and John Tobin, development administrator of public health. For information, 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 place a listing, email Jane Pic Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org.