Autism Eats events are family friendly and ALL behaviors are welcomed!
December 16, 2017 - BJ's Restaurant Victorville, CA - Brunch and Pictures With Santa! Treats for all the kids.
December 12, 2017 - BJ's Restaurant Corpus Christi, TX - Dinner and Pictures With Santa! Treats for all the kids.
December 10, 2017 - Edison Park Inn Chicago, IL - Dinner and pictures with Santa! Treats for all the kids.
December 3, 2017 - Restaurant 45 Medway, MA - Autism Eats and Dell True Ability Lunch With Santa. Treats for the kids! All behaviors welcome.
November 5, 2017 - Maggianos Skokie IL - Autism Eats Comes to Chicago's North Shore!
Providing autism-friendly non-judgmental environments for family dining, socializing and connecting with others who share similar joys and challenges.
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My name is Brooke Riley, I am 24 years old, and I am from Lowell, Massachusetts. I graduated from Rivier University in Nashua, NH with my bachelor's degree in both elementary and special education. I am now attending Fitchburg State University to obtain my master's in Curriculum and Teaching. I work in the Lowell, MA Public School system as a classroom teacher for students with autism grades 2-4. I absolutely love my job! Some days can be hard, but seeing the children reach important mile stones makes it all worth it. I think my students have taught me more than I have taught them. These kids are so smart, brave, funny, and they have a heart of gold. They motivate me to make a difference in the autism community. I am currently Miss New England Ambassador and with this title, I have been traveling around New England bringing knowledge and awareness to Autism. At a Zumba event to raise money for Autism, I met Lenard. Lenard invited me to some Autism Eats events and I was blown away by how incredible the events were. It's amazing that there is an organization out there that provides a night out for families with autism to mingle with other families who share many of the same joys and challenges. It is also great that the families can go out without the fear of being judged. I will be competing for the title of Miss Greater Nashua America and I will be using Autism Eats as my platform. I would love to bring more attention to this great organization and to get more people and families to attend! Thank you Lenard and Autism Eats for including me in your events and for allowing me to promote you!"
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Going to a family restaurant should be an enjoyable experience. A time to relax, enjoy good food and spend time with your family. Let someone else do the cooking and cleaning.
Unfortunately, for those of us who have a child with autism dining out can be anxiety provoking and stressful. As parents, we may feel that "all eyes are on us" when our kids exhibit certain behaviors, have outbursts or refuse to sit still. Other diners may be disturbed and the well intentioned wait staff doesn't really know the best way to help out.
Many of us decide it is just not worth the effort and that is unfortunate.
We created Autism Eats to bring the fun back to eating out.
Our dinner parties are held in private rooms of restaurants or function facilities. Food is served buffet or family style so there is no waiting. Music and lighting are adjusted to accommodate those with sensory sensitivity. These are family dinners and all attending have a loved one on the spectrum so there is no need to apologize, explain or feel uncomfortable. It is an opportunity to enjoy a night out and socialize with others who have many of the same joys and challenges in common.
Autism Eats provides autism-friendly non-judgmental environments for family dining, socializing and connecting with others who share similar joys and challenges.
In The Press
Have you heard about Autism Eats - I.E. Sep 2, 2017
Autism Eats on The Morning Dose TV August 4, 2017
Sentinel Jessup, GA August 2, 2017
Lenard and Delphine Zohn receive the Professional Center for Child Development 2017 Community Service Children's First Award "In recognition of your efforts to make the world a better place for children and individuals with disabilities".May 2017
Autism Eats event provides a night out without judgment- May 9, 2017 - kenoshanews.com
For families with autistic kids, a chance to dine out without stress or stares- April 27, 2017 - chicagotribune.com
Autism Eats Dinner Event With Red Sox Wally - April 25, 2017 - NBC - Boston
Fenton woman organizes restaurant event for families dealing with autism- April 20, 2017 - Jefferson County Leader
New Dinner Club Offers Stress-Free Environment for Autistic Kids- April 16, 2017 - mommynearest.com
A highly active response to autism- April 8, 2017 - http://www.lowellsun.com
Autism fundraiser at Chelmsford gym- April 3, 2017 - Chelmsford Independent
Families With Autistic Kids Rediscover A Simple Pleasure: Dining Out - March 29, 2017 - www.dose.com
Chicago Autism Eats Club Dinners Fill Up As They Catch Eye Of Kate Winslet - March 29, 2017 - www.dnainfo.com
Autism Eats offers community, fun for families with autistic children - March 17, 2017 - ABC 7
Autism Eats: Helping Parents Dine Out With Kids With Autism.- March 12, 2017 - Fox 32
Autism Eats — (How to Start) Dining Out with Autism- March 7, 2017 - autismawareness.com
Chicago Autism Supper Club: Diners Close To Public So Kids Can Eat In Peace- March 2, 2017 - dnainfo.com
Autism Eats brings dining experience to Marshfield's Harbor Fire- Jan 18, 2017 - wickedlocal.com
Autism Eats comes to Springfield, Illinois- Nov 11, 2016 - Fox Illinois
Local couple hosts 'Autism Eats' events to offer families support, comfort- Nov 18, 2016 - Victorville Daily Press
Autism Eats comes to Springfield, Illinois- Nov 11, 2016 - Fox Illinois
For families with autism, a stress-free night out- Nov 9, 2016- The News Gazette
Springfield restaurant hosting low-stress dinner for families of autistic children- Nov 7, 2016- Springfield State Journal-Register
'Autism Eats' ensures every family enjoys a meal out - Oct 26, 2016 - www.wfmz.com
Autism Eats designs Riverview dining event for families - August 25, 2016 - Tampa Bay Times
Autism Eats in Emmaus: Dining out without stress - July 11, 2016 - The Morning Call, Lehigh Valley PA
Restaurant event for autism families draws a crowd - June 30, 2016 - The Grafton News, Grafton, MA
Autism-Friendly Dinner Club for Families - January 25, 2016 - yahoo.com/parenting
Dad Starts Autism-Friendly Dinner Club for Families - January 8, 2016 - The Mighty.com
Autism Eats supper club offers comfort, community - Boston Globe - December 21, 2015
Andover restaurant hosts dinner for families with autistic kids - The Andover Townsman - November 30, 2015
Certify Your Restaurant
Autism Eats will provide comprehensive Autism awareness training to your management and staff.
Autism Eats certification will allow you to better serve this growing population and their families.
Training and certification elements include:
- What is Autism?
- How to serve an Autism family
- Autism friendly foods
- Sensory/environmental analysis of your restaurant(s)
- Legal rights and obligations
- Public relations
- Autism Eats certification and logo for PR and marketing use
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