Autism Programming at the
Hormel Historic Home
In 2009, with the addition of the 6000 square foot banquet hall, the leaders of the Hormel Historic Home made the commitment to increase programming offerings that benefit the community of Austin. With the rise in diagnosed cases of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, we decided to offer a space where the needs of families affected by ASD could be met.
We now offer the Circle of Friends Day Camp for kids entering 1st through 5th grade and All Access Community Explorations, a 10 session camp for youth entering 6th through 12th grades. In 2015 we added Camp Just for Me in order to meet the needs of kids on the Spectrum who need greater assistance. CJFM is a 5 session program for up to 10 young people ages 7-17.
In order to allow our younger campers to get together throughout the year we started the ASD Recreation and Teen Nights Program which offers parents a few hours off and the kids a fun night of socializing and activity at the Austin YMCA. ASD Recreation night programming is currently available for youth in K-12th grades.
In 2017, the Hormel Historic Home created " Autism Friendly Austin (part of the Hormel Historic Home)" with the goal of making the entire community of Austin aware of how those on the spectrum can be included in the community. The AFA initiative has trained and qualified businesses and services providers as Autism Friendly and has hosted a variety of activities dedicated to raising awareness of Autism throughout the year.
Downloadable Social Narrative to assist those with sensory processing disorders when visiting the Hormel Historic Home.
The autism programming at the Hormel Historic Home relies on fundraising and donations. All money raised remains in Mower County to support youth on the Autism Spectrum. Thank you for considering making a tax deductible donation today.
Long version, 9 minutes
Short version, 3 minutes
Resources to help families cope with the COVID-19 pandemic
Carol Gray Pandemics and the Corona Virus Social Story
Dealing with Coronavirus Anxiety
Narative to explain coronavirus situation
How to cope with school closures resource
A Guide to Dental Care for Children with Autism
Music Therapy at home resource Toneworks Music Therapy Services LLC.
Visit Autism Speaks for more resources
Autism Parenting Magazine Resources
Ideas for at home activities
TV Shows: Atypical and The Good Doctor
Movies: The Temple Grandin Movie
Books (Adult): Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night, House Rules
Books (Young Readers): Rules
ASD Parent/Caregiver Network: Healthy Relationships for All Abilities
Learn more about the programming by view the videos below.
More videos available on YouTube
Our annual Stepping Out for Autism Walk is held in the springtime.