xMinds For Students

Annual Self-Advocacy Workshop

This two-session interactive workshop helps teens understand their own strengths and challenges, familiarizes them with the accommodations listed in their own IEP, and prepares them to participate in their own IEP meetings. Participation limited to 10 students. Two Saturdays in October, Rockville location. $120 for members, $150 for non-members.

Annual “Be Safe” Workshop

This interactive workshop led by Montgomery County police officers, prepares autistic teens how to safely interact with police. Weekday evening in March, Silver Spring location. Participation limited to 20 students. Discounted price for members, $25 for non-members.

Annual Autistic Self-Advocate Speaker

Every year xMinds hosts an adult “self-advocate” speaker to share his or her experiences of living on the autism spectrum and answer students’ questions. These events are quite inspiring for students (and their parents). Weekday evening in January or February, Silver Spring location. Free for members, $15 for non-members.

Volunteer Service Opportunities

To help students on the autism spectrum gain valuable work experience, xMinds offers middle and high school students volunteer opportunities both assisting at speaker events and providing administrative office support. These volunteer hours count toward students’ service learning requirements, which teens on the autism spectrum often have difficulty meeting.

Socializing with Peers

Student workshops, self-advocate speaking events, and student volunteer work all create opportunities for students on the spectrum to meet and socialize with their peers. xMinds staff are always on hand to facilitate and support these valuable interactions.

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