2018 Annual Holiday Party

The Autism McLean Holiday Party and Awards will be held at the Children’s Discovery Museum on Sunday, December 2nd from 5:30pm - 7:30pm. Everyone is welcome! We will provide pizza and beverages - please bring a side dish or dessert to share (we encourage your child's favorite, whatever that may be).

We will have volunteers to help with the kids, Santa Clause, treat bags, and tons of fun. Our annual board meeting and recognition will take place promptly at 5:45 to 6:15. If you are interested in serving on our board, please contact Nikki Michalak at: nakempe@ilstu.edu. If you have someone you would like to recognize, please contact Jacquie at: j.mace@autismmclean.org.

Where: 
Children's Discovery Museum, 101 E Beaufort St, Normal, IL, 61761
Date/Time: 
Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Cost: 
Free

2018-2019 Winter Bowling Camp

Let's bowl!
 
Autism McLean is setting up the pins for another season of our annual bowling camp!
 
Autism McLean Winter Bowling Camp:

  • When: Saturdays, 11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22, 12/29, 1/5, 1/12, 1/19, and 1/26, 2/2 from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Where: Pheasant Lanes, 804 N. Hershey Road, Bloomington, IL, 61704
  • Regisration fee: All member children camp fees will be covered by Autism McLean. Non-member children camp fees are $36. If adults would like to bowl on a team with their kid(s), they will need to pay $36 for the 12-week season.
  • Contact: Kelly Woith or Erik Heinonen

Please register here: https://autismmclean.org/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=55

About the program:

Bowling is open to anyone who wants to be there. As long as they want to bowl, they are welcome to join us. Our mission statement is simple: provide our kids the same experience as any other kid who bowls. This means, of course, practice, frustration, achievement, sharing, communicating, bonding, turn taking, following directions and friendship.

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

Where: 
Pheasant Lanes, 804 N. Hershey Road, Bloomington, IL, 61704
Date/Time: 
Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, December 22, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, December 29, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, January 5, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, January 12, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Cost: 
All member children camp fees will be covered by Autism McLean. Non-member children camp fees are $36. If adults would like to bowl on a team with their kid(s), they will need to pay $36 for the 12-week season.

Trick or treat for children with autism and special needs

Bring all of your special trick-or-treaters out to the Courtyard for a fun family event. There will be 20 rooms throughout the hotel designiated for this event. So that all children can participate, the treats will be mostly non-food items with a special few allergy-friendly exceptions.

This is an open event for all children with special needs!

Where: 
Courtyard, 310A Greenbriar Drive, Normal, Illinois 61761
Date/Time: 
Sunday, October 21, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Cost: 
Free

Fall Family Camp, October 12-14 at Timber Pointe

Dear Families, Timber Pointe Outdoor Center is hosting its first ever Fall Family Camp, October 12-14 and we would like your family to participate at no cost, thanks to Illinois Police Benevolent & Protective Association!

For families dealing with the effects of having a  child with a disability, time spent at camp is a wonderful way to relax for a weekend. As a family, you will be able to witness and participate with your child or children going down the zip line, riding a horse and so much more. It will give your family a chance to have fun, and to meet other families who understand what you are going through. Timber Pointe will create an environment in which participants will gain and learn new tools to help families become stronger.

For more information and to register, click here: https://timberpointe.campbrainregistration.com/

Where: 
20 Timber Pointe Lane, Hudson IL 61748
Date/Time: 
Friday, October 12, 2018 - 4:00pm to Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 11:00am
Cost: 
Free

Soccer camp

Want to play some soccer?

Autism McLean is ready for another season of our soccer camp! This is a great way for participants to learn the fundamentals of soccer, social skills, and teamwork, all while making friends.

  • When: Every Tuesday from 9/4/2018 - 10/9/2018, 5:30p - 6:30p
  • Where: Community Soccer Fields, 3803 Ireland Grove Road, Bloomington, IL, 61704
  • Cost: $25 per child (t-shirt included)
  • Contact: Emmanuel Calmes

Please register here.

About the program:

This camp is 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!

Where: 
Community Soccer Fields, 3803 Ireland Grove Road Bloomington IL, 61704
Date/Time: 
Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Cost: 
$25 per child (includes t-shirt)

Incredibles 2 - A Sensory Friendly Showing

Autism McLean (AM) is partnering with Marcus Theaters (formerly Wehrenberg Galaxy 14) to present a sensory friendly showing of "Incredibles 2" on June 23.

The lights are turne up and sound is turned down. It’s OK if people need to get up and move around or talk.

The movie starts at 10:30 AM, but doors open at 10:00 AM. Please be early if you are going to order concessions.

All families who have a child with special needs welcome.

There is no cost for AM members. Non-member adults are $7 for and $6 for children (ages 2-11). If you are not an AM 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 Autism McLean as a member.

Please register here for the movie.

We are looking forward to a great turnout!

Where: 
Marcus Theaters (formerly Wehrenberg Galaxy 14), 1111 Wylie Drive, Bloomington, IL 61701
Date/Time: 
Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:30pm
Cost: 
The movie is free for AM members and $7 for non-member adults and $6 for children. (2-11)

Camp Takoda

Camp Takoda is dedicated to providing a valuable experience for children on the autism spectrum (ages 6-21) in a natural outdoor setting on Lake Bloomington. Children have the opportunity to engage in typical camp activities including: canoeing, swimming, horseback riding, games, and much more in a safe and supportive atmosphere. At Camp Takoda we have a high counselor-to-camper ratio to ensure that all campers are safe and positively encouraged to participate in each activity offered.

Our goal is to always provide a comfortable and motivating environment that will help each camper develop their individual abilities with an emphasis on building self-confidence, social skills, and independence - all in a fun setting!

Timber Pointe Outdoor Center's 170 wooded acres bordering four miles of shoreline on Lake Bloomington offers an incredible array of outdoor activities:

  • Social Skills
  • Swimming
  • Horseback Riding
  • Boating
  • Crafts
  • Hiking
  • Archery
  • Hay Rack Rides
  • and more...

For camp pictures, check out our Facebook picture albums here: https://www.facebook.com/autismmclean/photos_stream?tab=photos_albums.

Register:

If you do not have a child attending and would like to assist at camp, you may register for camp as a volunteer.

Many thanks to Easter Seals of Central Illinois for allowing us to use Timber Pointe Outdoor Center and for our friends at the Sportsman's Club for offering their financial assistance.

Where: 
20 Timber Pointe Lane Hudson, IL, 61748
Date/Time: 
Monday, June 4, 2018 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Friday, June 8, 2018 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Cost: 
$225 for members; $250 for non-members

Camp Pathfinder

Camp Pathfinder is geared specifically to siblings and friends of people living with autism. Camp is located at Timber Pointe Outdoor Center (TPOC) and run in parallel with Camp Takoda.
 
The goal of Camp Pathfinder is to provide opportunities for siblings/friends to experience the majesty of TPOC and be recognized for their care and support of their siblings/friends. Having a sibling/friend with special needs creates a unique relationship.

Camp Pathfinder will not interfere with our Takoda campers. We are focused on providing an experience that will be special for our Pathfinders and leave them with a sense of accomplishment and confidence.

Register for camp here: https://autismmclean.org/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=52.

Timber Pointe Outdoor Center's 170 wooded acres bordering four miles of shoreline on Lake Bloomington offers an incredible array of outdoor activities. Camp Pathfinder consists of:

  • Canoeing
  • Swimming
  • Hiking
  • High and Low Ropes Course
  • Zip line
  • Confidence Building
  • Friendship
  • Horses
  • Target Sports

For camp pictures, check out our Facebook picture albums here: https://www.facebook.com/autismmclean/photos_stream?tab=photos_albums.

Many thanks to Easter Seals of Central Illinois for allowing us to use Timber Pointe Outdoor Center.

Where: 
20 Timber Pointe Lane Hudson, IL, 61748
Date/Time: 
Monday, June 4, 2018 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Cost: 
$200

Noodles Fundraiser April 19th Both Stores

THURSDAY | APRIL 19TH  

11-9PM

10% of sales will benefit Autism McLean.

Normal, IL, Main Street & Osage | 309-454-3900

&

Bloomington, IL, 305 N Veterans Pkwy | 309-661-6300

Dine In or Take Away

 

Where: 
Main Street & Osage, Normal, IL
305 N Veterans Pkwy, Bloomington, IL
Date/Time: 
Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 11:00am to 9:00pm

Easter Bunny Cares at Eastland Mall

Come out Sunday, March 18th, from 9am - 11am for Bunny Cares, a special sensory-friendly event for children with special needs and their families to enjoy a visit and photos with the Easter Bunny in a calming environment. Families will enjoy activity stations and beverages. Lights and music will be muted where possible. More information can be found here.

Please RSVP in advance by reserving one ticket per group. Photo packages are available for purchase during the event. RSVP by clicking HERE.

Where: 
Eastland Mall, 1615 East Empire St. Bloomington, IL
Date/Time: 
Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am

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