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ASD Fitness Center Plans To Re-Open On July 1

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Jun 222020
 

The ASD Fitness Center, 307 Racebrook Road, Orange, will be re-opening on Wednesday, July 1.

The Fitness Center is dedicated to working with youth and adults with autism and other special needs. Their services will be limited to one-on-one personal training.

As they progress through reopening the center will eventually offer its usual schedule of group classes that include karate, yoga cardio dance, sports, and team building.

All state recommended safety and sanitation measures will be strictly followed to protect staff and customers.

Call 203-553-9508 or e-mail www.asdfitnesscenter.com  to schedule your free assessment and get started on the road to health and fitness today.

 

 

 

Olympian Coming To Orange

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Jul 182017
 

The ASD Fitness Center, 307 Racebrook Road, Orange, will host a meet and greet with Olympic Rower Dan Walsh, tonight, July 18 at 6:30 p.m.

Walsh, a two-time Olympian and Bronze Medalist in Rowing will celebrate with local Special Olympic Athletes

Walsh is a Norwalk native and graduate of Brien McMahon High School. He won a bronze medal with the United States Men’s 8+ at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. His professional rowing career spans 15 years, including 11 years on U.S. Rowing’s Senior National team, a bronze medal at the 2006 World Championships, and two Olympic Games.

This event includes pizza and refreshments, and opportunities for photos and autographs.

Due to limited availability, you must RSVP.

Email: asdfitnesscenter1@gmail.com or call 203-553-9508

Fundraiser To Benefit Bethany Leapley ASD Scholarship Fund

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Mar 222017
 

Adam and Dedra Leapley were inspired to create a specialized gym for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) based on their own experience of raising a child with ASD. In May 2014, the ASD Fitness Center, opened at 307 Racebrook Road.
The Center serves families in the greater New Haven area from ages 5 to young adult. The 5,000-square-foot fitness center is staffed by special education teachers with fitness certifications. Trainers provide one to one training with children as well as memberships for families in need and group classes. Scholarships provide children with access to a full gum membership, which includes two or three one-on-one sessions and a group class every week.
Prior to opening the center, Adam and Dedra founded The Bethany Leapley ASD Scholarship Fund.  The charity is a registered 501(c)(3) with the goal being to raise funds for families in need of financial support so they can send their children to the ASD Fitness Center to receive one on one personal training and attend small adaptive group classes.
Their largest annual fundraiser is a Wine and Beer Tasting event.  This year the 4th annual event will take place at St. Barbara’s Church, 480 Racebrook Road, on Saturday, April 22 beginning at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $100 each/ $725 – table of 8/ $900 – table of 10
The event Emceed by Tony Terzi, includes live acoustic music by The Mediums, a silent auction, speakers, fine wine, craft beer, Hors D’oeuvres from OLA restaurant, and desserts from Thurston Foods, Inc.
Tickets can be purchased at WWW.BETHANYLEAPLEYASDFUND.ORG or by check payable to the Bethany Leapley ASD Scholarship Fund, mailed to: Bethany Luna, 17 Cannonball Road, North Haven, CT 06473.
If you are unable to attend but would like to make a donation, click HERE or send a check to the above listed address.

A Heartwarming Holiday Event

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Dec 122016
 

img_1058On Sunday, Dec. 11, the ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) Fitness Center in Orange hosted a very special event for its members.
Now in its second year, the ASD Fitness Center, a specialized gym designed for those with special needs, welcomed Santa Claus to sit with the members aged 5-21 in a quiet space set up in the gym.
About 30 members attended the event, first making something beautiful in a craft room, then coming to Santa’s room where they had a very short wait in a hallway before coming inside for a one-on-one with the jolly old elf himself.
For many of the members, this was the first time they had an opportunity to meet Santa, who greeted each one by name, often receiving a big hug the moment they met.
The center’s co-founder Dedra Leapley took photos of the encounters for parents who did not have their own cameras.
Santa grinned from ear to ear between visits. He said he loved being part of the event. “It saves the kids from having to stand in line at a mall, which could be difficult for them,” he said. “This way they can come in and spend as much time as they want with me, to talk or share their Christmas lists — do whatever they please without being rushed.”
Santa told Leapley that he loved seeing the kid’s faces, but the real joy was watching the parents’ reaction to their children’s excitement.
Some of the kids were comfortable enough to share stories with Santa, including discussions they had last year.
The Christmas lists were varied, from dolls or cars to playdoh or coloring books. But perhaps the best Christmas wishes Santa heard that day was from a pre teen who wants his own YouTube channel, Peace on Earth and a joke book. After sharing some jokes, and a high-five.
Parents smiled from the sidelines and told Orange Live that this was the happiest they’d seen their children in a long time. “It’s wonderful what they do here,” one mom said. “This is his second year meeting Santa. It’s so well thought out and rewarding for the kids.”
If you have a child with Autism, check out the ASD Fitness Center to see what they have to offer to enrich his or her life.

Orange Dunkins Has A Sweet Way To Support The ASD Fitness Center

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Mar 302016
 

43704be6-89d9-405d-aa02-e67c018cf127Two Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in Orange, (297 Boston Post Road and 377 Boston Post Road) will donate $1 for each ASD Fitness Center Donut sold on Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2.

Saturday, April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day, and the local Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owner in Orange, is hosting a fundraiser to support the ASD Fitness Center, a local fitness organization serving individuals on the autism spectrum for two days beginning April 1 and ending on World Autism Day.

Guests are invited to support the ASD Fitness Center by purchasing a specialty “ASD Fitness Center” donut for the price of $1. The franchisee will donate the purchase price of each of these branded donuts sold on April 1 and 2 to provide scholarships for families in need to use the ASD Fitness Center, also located in Orange.

The mission of the ASD Fitness Center is to provide a safe, comfortable and structured environment for empowering individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder to improve their level of physical fitness.

On Friday, an employee from ASD Fitness Center will be at the Dunkin’ Donuts, along with franchisee Nicole Ball of the D’Andrea Group, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., providing information for anyone interested in learning more about the gym.

As a longtime Special Olympics coach and a past teacher of children on the autism spectrum, Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee owner Nicole Ball is eager to invite the community to support the ASD Fitness Center.

“The Fitness Center not only provides important opportunities for children with autism to exercise and explore sensory-based fitness, it also provides a community for families with children with special needs, which is invaluable to them,” Ball said. “We hope the community will come to our two Dunkin’ Donuts in Orange and support this organization on World Autism Awareness Day.”

 

“Purchasing just one ‘ASD Fitness Center’ donut could make all the difference for a family who can benefit so much from this gym,” Ball said. “And of course it comes with the added benefit of getting to eat a delicious donut from Dunkin’ Donuts.”

The ASD Fitness Center, 307 Racebrook Road, serves families in the greater New Haven area from ages 5 to young adult. The 5,000-square-foot fitness center is staffed by special education teachers with fitness certifications. Trainers provide one to one training with children as well as memberships for families in need and group classes. Scholarships provide children with access to a full gum membership, which includes two or three one-on-one sessions and a group class every week.

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Back to Health and Networking Event  

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Mar 302015
 

fitness-centerThe Orange Chamber of Commerce will host a Spring Back to Health and Networking Event at ASD Fitness, Tuesday March 31 from 6-8pm.

Meet with local businesses for everything you need to get you and your family health/wellness information.

$15 for non members.

For more info: orangectchamber.com or call Anna at 203.795.3328

Autism Scholarship Fundraiser Planned

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Feb 272015
 

ASD Fitness CenterMartha Leary, CCC-SLP will be the Keynote Speaker at a Wine & Craft Beer Tasting in support of the Bethany Leapley Autism Spectrum Disorder Scholarship Fund at St. Barbara’s Church Hall, 480 Racebrook Road, on Saturday, Feb. 28, beginning at 7 p.m.

Leary has learned from people with autism, their supporters and families for nearly 40 years. She has lectured extensively in the United States, Canada, Ireland, Australia and England.

The Guest Speaker is Dr. Ruth Eren. Ed. D., Professor of Special Education / Chairman of the Department of Special Education / Reading Director at the Center of Excellence on ASD Disorders at Southern Connecticut State University.

WTNH News Anchor Jim Watkins will DJ-Emcee the event.

Tickets are $125 per person, $800 for a table of eight, $1,000 for a table of ten.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.BethanyLeapleyASDFund.comvia PayPal at ASDcharity@gmail.com or by sending a check payable to the Bethany Leapley ASD Scholarship Fund to Bethany Luna, 17 Cannonball Road, North Haven, CT 06473. The event last year was sold out.

If you are unable to attend, but would still like to donate, you may do so by check or PayPal to the above address.

Research has proven that exercise is beneficial to those with ASD, however not everyone affected has the ability to afford the expense of supervised training and is in need of financial assistance.

The ASD Fitness Center is located at 307 Racebrook Rd, Orange.

All funds collected will be used to award scholarships to those in need to attend the ASD Fitness Center — A facility specifically designed to provide a safe, comfortable and structured environment for empowering individuals with ASD to improve their level of physical fitness.

Like the Bethany Leapley ASD Scholarship Fund on Facebook.

For more information, contact the group at ASDscholarship@gmail.com or visit www.bethanyleapleyasdfund.com

In addition to tickets, there are other ways to support the Scholarship Fund.  Donations for the silent auction are welcomed and there are four levels of sponsorship available:   Platinum $5000 (Full page program ad, table of 10, banner identification, and website & social media identification);  Gold  $3000 (Half Page program ad, table of 10, banner identification, and website & social media identification);  Silver  $1500 (Quarter page ad, table of 8, banner identification, and website & social media identification);  and Bronze $500 (Quarter page ad, banner identification, and website & social media identification).

 

Originally Published on: Jan 28, 2015 @ 10:26

Second publishing on: Feb 9, 2015 @ 15:16

Third publishing on Published on: Feb 12, 2015 @ 0:01

Autism Spectrum Disorder Fundraiser on Feb. 1

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Jan 302014
 

Fred R. Volkmar, MD

Fred R. Volkmar, MD

Fred R. Volkmar, MD and Pam Ventola, Ph.D. will be the guest speakers at the Wine & Craft Beer Tasting Fundraiser  sponsored by the Bethany Leapley Autism Spectrum Disorder Scholarship Fund at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road, Saturday, Feb 1 at 7 p.m.

The event, emceed by television and radio talent Tony Terzi, includes hors d’oeuvres and desserts, a silent auction, and entertainment provided by DJ Jay.

Volkmar is the Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology and the Director of the Yale University Child Study Center at Yale University School of Medicine.  He also is the Chief of Child Psychiatry at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Ventola is the Assistant Professor at the Yale Child Study Center.  Both presenters are honored to participate in this first annual event to raise funds for scholarships awards to children and adults for the soon-to-be opened Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Fitness Center in Orange.

 About the Center

The ASD Fitness Center, scheduled to open in April , is a facility designed specifically to provide a safe, comfortable and structured environment for empowering individuals with ASD to improve their fitness, nutrition and social/emotional well being.

Founders Adam and Dedra Leapley were inspired to create a specialized gym for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) based on their own experience of raising a child with ASD.

“We believe in an overall healthy mind and body and introduced our son to a personal trainer last year who had experience with ASD individuals,” said Adam Leapley. “This led to his improvement physically, emotionally, and socially.”

Recognizing his son’s talent for mentoring others on the Spectrum through his work with “Unified Sports,” the “Best Buddies” program and the “Autism Spectrum Resource Center,” Leapley said he thought that a specialized gym would give his son the opportunity to translate his strength for working with others into a career.

After floating the idea to professionals in the field of ASD, he found there was a great enthusiasm for this unique concept and decided to move forward in launching the ASD Fitness Center.

“The ASD Fitness Center is the first of it’s kind in our region,” Leapley said.  “All of our trainers have a special education background and will offer one-on-one training and small group fitness classes.  Our intake and evaluations are thorough and Individual Fitness Plans (IFP) will be created for each member to achieve specific goals in the areas of nutrition and functional skills. “

The Wine and Craft Beer Tasting Fundraiser event is planned to coincide with the opening of the gym to financially support youth and adults who will benefit by attending the gym’s program.

Tickets for the Fundraiser are $100 per person and must be purchased in advance.  Tickets pan be purchased ONLINE or via Pay Pal at ASDcharity@gmail.com.  Payments made by checks should be payable to The Bethany Leapley ASD Scholarship Fund and mailed to: Rick Polio, Fundraiser Chair at 17 Ironwood Way, Orange, CT 06477.  Donations also are graciously accepted.

For information about the Fundraiser or the ASD Fitness Center,  email ASDcharity@gmail.com or call Fundraiser Chairman Rick Polio, MBA and lifelong resident of Orange, at (203) 641-1696.   To learn more about the ASD Fitness Center,  visit www.asdfitnesscenter.com.

Originally Published on: Jan 14, 2014 @ 14:22