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Polar Express Holiday Party - Wear Your PJ's

The ASMC Holiday Party and Annual Meeting will be held at the Children’s Discovery Museum on Sunday, November 30th from 5:30pm - 7:30pm.

Bring the whole family! Pizza and beverages will be provided - please bring a side dish or dessert to share. Santa and Elves will stop by to listen to Christmas wishes and pass out treats.

Please RSVP below.

The annual meeting/appreciation reception will take place while the children are playing and being supervised by our friends at SSID (ISU). If you know your child will need a 1-on-1 friend, please contact Jacquie by Nov. 23rd at info@autismmclean.org.

Annual Awards

Nominate someone who has made a difference in the life/lives if people with autism.

Click here to make your nomination.

The board will review all nominations. Awards will be announced and presented at the Holiday Party.

Where: 

Children's Discovery Museum, 101 E Beaufort St, Normal, IL, 61761

Date: Sunday, November 30th , 2014

Time: 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Cost: Free

Where: 
Children's Discovery Museum, 101 E Beaufort St, Normal, IL, 61761
Date/Time: 
Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Big Hero 6 Movie Day - A Sensory Friendly Showing

ASMC is partnering with Wehrenberg Galaxy 14 to present a sensory friendly showing of Big Hero 6 on November 8th. The lights are brought up and sound is turned down. It’s OK if people need to get up and move around or talk.

The movie starts at 11:00 AM, but please be there by 10:30 AM.

All families who have a child with special needs welcome.

There is no cost for ASMC members. Non-member adults are $7 for and $6 for children (ages 2-11), with 12% off concessions. If you are not an ASMC member, please view the benefits of being a member and consider joining us. Events like this are often free for our members. Learn more about joining ASMC as a member.

Please register here for the movie.

We are looking forward to a great turn out!

Where: 
Wehrenberg Galaxy 14, 1111 Wylie Drive, Bloomington, IL 61701
Date/Time: 
Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 10:30am
Cost: 
The movie is free for ASMC members and $7 for non-member adults and $6 for children.

Heartland Theater Production - Falling

How do you love someone who is very difficult to love? Playwright and IWU alum Deanna Jent has called Falling “a day in the life of a ‘typical’ family who are caring for a teenage son with severe autism.” As Josh gets older and bigger, his parents struggle to handle him, his sister wishes she had a family like everyone else’s, and his grandmother can’t understand how things got so out of control. ISU’s Lori Adams, who directed this heartbreaking family drama in sold-out, award-winning runs in St. Louis and New York, now brings Falling home to Heartland. [Mature Themes/Mature Language]

http://heartlandtheatre.org/season/#falling

Performances: November 6, 7 and 8; 13, 14, 15 and 16; 20, 21, 22 and 23 – 2014

Where: 
1110 Douglas Street, Normal, IL
Date/Time: 
Thursday, November 6, 2014 (All day)
Friday, November 7, 2014 (All day)
Saturday, November 8, 2014 (All day)
Thursday, November 13, 2014 (All day)
Friday, November 14, 2014 (All day)
Saturday, November 15, 2014 (All day)
Sunday, November 16, 2014 (All day)
Thursday, November 20, 2014 (All day)
Friday, November 21, 2014 (All day)
Saturday, November 22, 2014 (All day)
Sunday, November 23, 2014 (All day)
Cost: 
$12-$15

Miller Park Zoo Spooktacular

Date: 10/26/2014
Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Miller Park Zoo

Show off your Halloween costume and enjoy crafts, up close creepy animal encounters, and of course, candy! The costume parade begins at 2:30 PM. Free with zoo admission.

http://4.17.232.139/parks/Miller-Park-Zoo/upcoming-events.asp.

Where: 
Miller Park Zoo
Date/Time: 
Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Cost: 
Free with zoo admission

A Day in the Park with SSID!

Come share an afternoon full of fun at the Miller Spray Park (located in front of Miller Park Zoo) with ISU students! Water, snacks, and toys will be provided! It  is suggested that you wear comfortable clothes / shoes that  can get wet and bring a towel!

Please email Marlee Goldsworthy at mcgolds@ilstu.edu to RSVP or with any additional questions.

We hope to see you there!

Who is SSID? Students Supporting Individuals with Disabilities is a student organization at Illinois State University that provides volunteer opportunities for students to work with individuals with disabilities in the community.

Where: 
Miller Park Zoo, 1020 S Morris Ave, Bloomington, IL 61701
Date/Time: 
Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Cost: 
Free

ASMC Fall Sports

ASMC is kicking off fall with a new sports theme this year - field games. Games include kickball, flag football, tag, etc. and they will randomly rotate. There's no cost to sign-up and participate. Our friends at SSID will be there to help the kids in all of their activities.

T-shirts will be available, for free, for any child that doesn't already have a sports camp t-shirt.

  • When: Every Monday from 9/15/2014 - 10/27/2014, 5:30p - 6:30p
  • When: Eugene Field Vocational Training Center located at 412 E. Cypress in Normal
  • Contact: ASMC Sports Director

Please register below.

About the program:

Sports are open to any child who wants to be there. As long as they want to play, they are welcome to join us.

Our mission statement is simple: provide our kids the same experience as any other kid who plays a sport. This means, of course, practice, frustration, achievement, daydreaming, running, sharing, communicating, bonding, teamwork, turn taking, following directions and friendship.

Parents can help coach (which really means play and share the experience)

We look forward to seeing you there and watching our kids succeed!

Guardian
Select "Volunteer Coach" if you're willing to help out.
Child 1
Child 2
Child 3
Child 4
Where: 
Eugene Field Vocational Training Center, 412 E. Cypress, Normal, IL, 61761
Date/Time: 
Monday, September 15, 2014 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Monday, September 22, 2014 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Monday, September 29, 2014 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Monday, October 6, 2014 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Monday, October 13, 2014 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Monday, October 20, 2014 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Monday, October 27, 2014 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Cost: 
Free

Special Needs Music Therapy

Music therapy is the use of clinical, evidence-based music interventions by a board-certified professional to help achieve positive change.  Through singing, instrument play, and more, participants will be addressing various academic, social, physical, and emotional goals.  No musical expertise or experience is needed in order to benefit from music therapy!

  • Next Class: Saturday’s - Beginning August 30th   9:00-9:50 am
  • Cost: $72 -
  • People can purchase a 6 session punch card for $72, and they just sign up for the sessions they would like to attend
  • Drop-In Rate (if class is not full): $15 – ½ off to test the class for any first time visitor through November 1 (space limited)

Holistic Health Center

http://www.fullertherapeutic.com/

1100 N Beech, Building #11

Normal, IL 61761

309-451-3838

Where: 
Holistic Health Center, 1100 N Beech, Building #11, Normal, IL, 61761
Date/Time: 
Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 9:00am to 9:50am
Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 9:00am to 9:50am
Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 9:00am to 9:50am
Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 9:00am to 9:50am
Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 9:00am to 9:50am
Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 9:00am to 9:50am
Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 9:00am to 9:50am
Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 9:00am to 9:50am
Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 9:00am to 9:50am
Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 9:00am to 9:50am
Cost: 
$72

Wings and Prayers Ministry

Dear Friends,

Just a reminder that our next Wings & Prayers Service will be held on Sunday, August 17th, 3pm at Crossroads Chapel. Since it is Father’s Day we will be celebrating our Fathers and men who are like fathers in our lives. Please share the following Summer Worship service flyer with your networks as widely as possible. We want to get the word out about this ‘differently abled’ service, open to all but especially for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families and loved ones. Please feel free to contact me as listed below with any questions you may have.

Blessings,

Rev. Cheree' Johnson
Coordinator for Church Relations
Advocate BroMenn Medical Center / Advocate Eureka Hospital
(309) 268-3504/ Tie Line 49-3504
cheree.johnson@advocatehealth.com

Where: 
Crossroads Chapel, 1049 JC Parkway, Bloomington, IL
Date/Time: 
Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 3:00pm to 3:45pm

ASMC Night at Grady's Family Fun Park

Come and join us for a night of fun at Grady's Family Fun Park, Wednesday, July 23rd at 5:00pm.

Each person that wants to ride rides will pay $12 and pick 3 rides to ride. Choices are:

  • Round-up
  • Tilt-a-Whirl
  • Sizzler
  • Bumper Boats
  • Bumper Cars
  • Go-Karts
  • Miniature Golf.

In addition each family will receive a coupon for 10% off of pizza. 

When arriving at Grady's, report to the Golf House and tell them you are with ASMC.

It'll be a great night of family fun, come out and join us!!!

Where: 
Grady's Family Fun Park, 1501 Morrissey Dr, Bloomington, Illinois 61701
Date/Time: 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 5:00pm
Cost: 
$12 per rider

Help Us Pick a New Name

Dear Members,

We are seeking your help in choosing a new name for the Autism Society of McLean County.

In the past year we have been threatened with legal action from the Autism Society of America if we continue to use “Autism Society” in our name. While it is with a heavy heart that we have to do this, we know that it is our members not our name that makes this organization what it is. With that in mind; we believe that it would be appropriate for the members to help choose our new name.

After careful thought and much discussion we have narrowed the choices to what you see below. Please help us by choosing your favorite.

We look forward to continuing to work together with you in partnership, and trust that you are as excited as we are as we continue to grow and diversify to better serve McLean County.

Thank you!

Jacquie Mace, President
Autism Society of McLean County
www.autismmclean.org
309.661.9440

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