DC Autism Buddies is a volunteer-led “Big-Little Buddy” program created by DC Autism Parents (DCAP) to provide one-to-one recreational opportunities for children with autism in the DC Metropolitan Area.
The program is open to children living with autism, ages five to thirteen. The cost of the program is $100 per child ($25 non-refundable application fee is included). This fee and will defray the cost of snacks, supplies, and entertainment.
Each child is paired with a “Big Buddy.” The DC Autism "Big Buddies” are recent college graduates who have been screened individually and interviewed by DCAP to ensure that the best match for your child may be achieved. All Big Buddies are trained by an Autism Specialist.
The program is structured and utilizes visual supports. The goals of DC Autism Buddies include working on the following skills:
Parental supervision at DC Autism Buddies sessions are not required. However, if you child is not potty-trained and/or not using the bathroom independently, you must stay at the program site to assist with your child’s toileting needs.
The program normally meets from 1-3pm on the first and third Saturday of every month from October to May, excluding holidays at a DC Public Charter School in NE DC.
DC Autism Buddies 2012-2013 Calendar
(There will be 12 sessions)
6 Saturday DC Autism Buddies Session 1
20 Saturday DC Autism Buddies Session 2
3 Saturday NO SESSION, Autism Speaks Walk,
Volunteers to Report to National Mall
17 Saturday DC Autism Buddies Session 3
1 Saturday DC Autism Buddies Session 4
15 Saturday DC Autism Buddies Session 5
5 Saturday NO SESSION, Winter Break
12 Saturday DC Autism Buddies Session 6**Special Date**
19 Saturday NO SESSION, MLK Jr. Day Weekend
2 Saturday DC Autism Buddies Session 7
16 Saturday NO SESSION, Presidents Day Weekend
2 Saturday DC Autism Buddies Session 8
16 Saturday DC Autism Buddies Session 9
30 Saturday DC Autism Buddies Make-Up Day If Needed
6 Saturday NO SESSION, Autism Awareness Month
20 Saturday NO SESSION, Autism Awareness Month
4 Saturday DC Autism Buddies Session 10
18 Saturday DC Autism Buddies Session 11
1 Saturday DC Autism Buddies Session 12
DC Autism Buddies Program
DC Autism Parents (DCAP)
P.O. Box 60417/Washington, DC 20011
Please contact DC Autism Parents if you require assistance in completing the application.
Space is limited, children are admitted to the program on a first-come first-serve basis.