COVID-19 UPDATE: We are continuing have fun with Virtual Bingo and Uno.
The Social Chase Parents and Friends have donated over $1000 in bingo prizes for the Social Chasers. We thank you all!
The Social Chase is a program started by Helen Taylor, a mom, to organize fun events for late teens to young adults on the spectrum and with special abilities. It is a parent support group; parents must remain with The Social Chasers during the events. We have "Free to Be Me" events at the bowling alley, go kart racing, board game nights, hockey games, and The Art of Yum cooking classes (www.theartofyum.com)
Helen also started The Social Chase program on Skye Cable XIII as a platform to share about living with autism and special needs and abilities, social challenges, as well as provide educational information. Hosts Ali and Chase live on the spectrum. The crew are local teenagers who received video/audio certification from Skye Cable Summer Bootcamp and a young man on the spectrum. Note: The Skye Cable XIII had technical difficuties with the microphone but the conversations were more important than the noise. :-)
The Social Chase hosts Helen and Chase had an open conversation with Dr. Jou and his Yale SPARK team Annie, Cheyanne, and Aniela about the SPARK research program. We discussed the Most Frequently Asked Questions to understand the benefit of the study and how YOU can make a difference in the autism community.
As a parent of an individual of a child of the spectrum I have angst about certain studies. I thought I cannot be the only one! I asked Dr. Roger Jou if we can interview him to discuss what people mostly ask about the study and a few of my inquires. We also thank the Arezzini family for sharing their experience participating in the study.
Episode 1 - Guest Christine Faressa, founder of Sun, Moons and Starts and Learn About Autism with Hosts Chase, Helen and Michael
Episode 3 - Segment 1: Guests Donna Swanson, co-founder of Focus Center for Autism with Cam. Segment 2: Darin D'Amico and his son Luca. Hosts Chase and Helen
Episode 5 - The Social Chase hosts, Sarah and Helen, welcomes Beau to share the inception of the Special Olympics Unified Sports, how it is all around the world, and the positive impacts of getting involved with Special Olympics.
Episode 8-1 - Hosts Chase and Sarah interviewing guest Helen Pappas. Helen shares her passion for photography and inspires us with good advice about self advocating. Helen was also selected for Autism Speaks' Spectrum Spotlights.
Episode 9 - Hosts Chase and Sarah interview Audra Mae Talbot. Audra is a mother of two children who are autistic, military wife and an autism advocate.
Episode 2 - Guests Helen Saunders and Kolyn with Hosts Ali and Chase. Continued Learn About Autism with Hosts Chase, Helen and Michael
Episode 4- Segment 1: Guest Tracey Foskey, founder of Total Joy are You in New Haven. Segment 2: Guests Noreen Simmons and Darlene. Hosts Chase, Ali and Helen
Episode 6 - 1. Hosts Chase and Ali with guest Shannon Cavallo 2. Host Ali with the Lucatino Family's (Team Giancarlo - Western Connecticut Autism Speaks Walk) autism journey with their son,
Episode 7 - Hosts Chase and Ali talked with Judith Ursitti, mom, advocate and the Director of State Government Affairs with Autism Speaks, about the journey with her son Jack who has severe autism, non-verbal and a intellectual disability. Andrew Arboe shares about his experience in learning how to drive and how he advocates for individuals on the spectrum. Andrew Komarow discovered he has autism as an adult and he is helping others on the spectrum with financial knowledge and valuable information about autism on his website
Episode 8-2 - Hosts Chase and Sarah welcome Peter Klein, founder/developer of the LetsBeSocial101.com. Peter was inspired to start his own website to help others find resources and activities for individuals with special needs. Peter is also a Special Olympics athlete.
Episode 10 - Hosts Chase and Sarah The Social Chase Episode 10 with Guests Meghan Cave, M.Ed. BCBA LBA (CT) and Justyna Balzar, M.Ed. BCBA LBA (CT),founders of The Hangout Spot, LLC