Kelly Hunter and The Tempest

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British theatre actress Kelly Hunter returns to South Bend for interactive workshop Shakespeare at Notre Dame announces two performance-based drama workshops for individuals with autism (ages 8-18) with acclaimed British theatre artist Kelly Hunter, artistic director of London’s Flute Theatre and developer of the Hunter Heartbeat Method. Ms. Hunter will be offering workshops for those interested in learning about sensory-based theatre practices developed specifically for individuals with autism. Through a series of drama games that encourage eye contact and facial expression, participants will...

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New series of autism Social Skills groups starts in January

Three new, age-specific, social skills groups begin in January at the LOGAN Autism Learning Center – Southwest Michigan. The groups will meet one day a week for a total of six weeks at the center, 1651 E. Nickerson Avenue, Benton Harbor The cost is $10 per session or $55 for the six-week series. Two separate groups for adolescents Two of the groups will meet from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, beginning January 16. Additional dates for these two groups will be January 23, 30; February 6, 13 and 20. The intermediate group will be geared for children in late elementary and early middle-school...

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“Shark attack!” inspires #GivingTuesday campaign

Beckett Murray loves taking his shoes off and running around barefoot. Staff at the autism center he attends asked his mom to bring in some slippers, to keep his toes warm. She brought in his favorite pair, plush gray shark slippers, with a gaping red, toothy mouth. Soon after, the shark attacks began. Whenever staff spotted Beckett, they’d playfully call out, “Shark attack!” and Beckett would pounce with his slippers. “That connection he had with all the people, the staff, that was a major connection for him,” said his adoptive mom, Cathy Murray. Beckett’s personality...

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United Federal Credit Union partners with LOGAN ALC

Generous gift pays for autism classroom in Benton Harbor BENTON HARBOR, Michigan (November 8, 2017) – A $30,000 gift to LOGAN from United Federal Credit Union (UFCU) will help pay for a classroom for children with autism. Officials from UFCU visited the LOGAN Autism Learning Center (ALC) in Benton Harbor today and met some of the children who will benefit from their generosity. They presented the gift to LOGAN in a hallway decorated with children’s artwork. In addition to dedicating the classroom, UFCU has been providing coloring sheets to the community as part of as their “YOU COLOR –...

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Shop ’til you drop at LOGAN Holiday Bazaar

Find unique gifts, cards and more   Artists in The Studios Adult Day Services at LOGAN are on a deadline. They’re putting the finishing touches on their projects for the fourth annual Holiday Bazaar. From 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., on Saturday, November 4, the public is invited to LOGAN Center to walk our gallery and browse through the artwork. Everything on display will be available for purchase or special order. All proceeds benefit the artists and The Studios program. Don’t miss your chance to buy truly beautiful items handmade by participants of The Studios Adult Day Services at LOGAN....

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150 families needed for new research project

Want to be part of a research project designed to improve programs for all LOGAN families? Now’s your chance. We’re looking for 150 families in the greater Michiana area, including southwest Michigan, northern Indiana and even Fort Wayne, to participate in the Supporting Parent-Adolescent Relationships and Communication project. The study will evaluate the effectiveness of an intervention program for families with an individual with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Over the course of several months, families will receive information about communication, conflict resolution...

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NIH awards $3.5 million to Shaw Center for Children and Families

By Brittany Collins Kaufman University of Notre Dame The National Institutes of Health awarded a new $3.5 million grant to the University of Notre Dame’s William J. Shaw Center for Children and Families in support of a project for families that include a child with intellectual or developmental disabilities. The project is a collaboration out of the Shaw Center between Mark Cummings, Notre Dame Endowed Chair in Psychology, and Joshua John Diehl, chief strategy officer for autism services at LOGAN Community Resources Inc. in South Bend. The new Supporting Parent-Adolescent Relationships and Communication...

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INvestABLE Indiana gives families the ability to save

LOGAN had the honor August 22 to be a host launch site for INvestABLE, the Indiana ABLE Act savings plan for Hoosiers with disabilities. The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) allows individuals with disabilities and their families to save for many daily, disability-related expenses on a tax-deferred basis. Most important, these savings do not limit their ability to benefit from Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid and other federal programs. A summary of the plan highlights follows: Tax advantages Earnings may compound federally on a tax-deferred basis Withdrawals are tax-free,...

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Planning ahead brings parents “peace of mind”

Emily and Josh Carroll know firsthand how vigilant parents must be to secure the best future possible for their children. Their youngest child, Asher Reed,  was born with a chromosome deletion causing multiple medical and developmental issues, including hearing loss and autism. Asher attends LOGAN’s Sonya Ansari Autism Learning Center at Granger, where he has surpassed every goal set for him so far. “He is working hard day after day towards the best life possible for himself; you better bet I plan to also do the same for him,” Emily said. Emily reviewed the INvestABLE Indiana...

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Dr. Todd Graham will be missed

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA (July 26, 2017) – Matt Harrington, President and CEO of LOGAN, issued the following statement regarding the tragic death today of Dr. Todd Graham, a longtime LOGAN supporter, volunteer and donor: The LOGAN family is very saddened by the passing of Dr. Todd Graham. He was an active and generous supporter of LOGAN and a strong advocate for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, particularly children with autism. Dr. Graham will certainly be missed. Matt Harrington LOGAN President/CEO   MEDIA CONTACT Nancy Miller Director of Marketing and Communications LOGAN 574-289-4831

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