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2014 ASMC Run/Walk

It is that time a year again to sign up for our Annual Run/Walk for Autism. Our event will again be at Tipton Park on Saturday, September 20, 2014. The 5K run will be at 9 a.m., following the results of the run will be our Kids Fun Run at 11! The walk will be at 12. We hope that you will consider joining our event as it will benefit our local community and families that are impacted by autism.

We again are hoping to raise $20,000. We need your support. Please consider joining the event and also helping us fundraise to better serve our community.

For more information and to register for the 5K, kids run, or walk, click the following link: https://autismmclean.org/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=10.

Vendors can register here: http://autismmclean.org/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=11.

Register by September 8, 2014 to guarantee a t-shirt.

If you are interested in a yard sign, please contact Jacquie Mace at mace.jacquie@comcast.net. Please let me know if you should have any questions or would like to help out in any way.

Thanks in advance for your support, Katie Kelley, Run/Walk Coordinator, Autism Society of McLean County

Tipton Park, 2201 Stone Mountain Blvd, Bloomington, IL
Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

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!!!

Grady's Family Fun Park, 1501 Morrissey Dr, Bloomington, Illinois 61701
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 5:00pm
$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

Accessible Children's Concert

Kim McCord of ISU is teaching a graduate course on Music and Disability this summer at the University of Illinois and is planning an accessible concert, similar to previous concerts held at ISU. This convert will be in a fairly large concert hall but with a stage that is accessible so children are able to come on stage and see and play the instruments. There will be an interpreter and everything will be accessible. 
During this concert, one doctoral student in percussion will perform on a 4 octave marimba and will also have different instruments. Shakers will be given away so children can play along. The entire concert will be uploaded to a private YouTube channel afterwards that you can access if your child wants to enjoy the music.
Everyone is welcome but the music will mostly be geared toward children ages 5-10. Parking is free and if you need help or assistance there will be students available to help move wheelchairs or explain where best to park and enter the building.

Please contact Kim with any questions: kamccor@ilstu.edu.

For parking information or assistance contact: jdassow2@illinois.edu or carter5@illinois.edu.


Music Building - University of Illinois School of Music
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 6:30pm

Wings and Prayers Ministry

Dear Friends,

Just a reminder that our next Wings & Prayers Service will be held on Sunday, June 15th at 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.


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

Crossroads Chapel, 1049 JC Parkway, Bloomington, IL
Sunday, June 15, 2014 - 3:00pm to 3:45pm

ASMC Baseball and Soccer Camp

ASMC is ready for another season of our annual baseball and soccer camps. This year, they'll be combined - and free! This is a great way for our kids to learn some of the fundamentals of baseball/soccer, social skills, and teamwork, all while making friends.

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

  • When: Every Monday from 6/16/2014 - 7/21/2014, 6:30p - 7:30p
  • When: Eugene Field Vocational Training Center located at 412 E. Cypress in Normal
  • Contact: ASMC Sports Director

Please register below.

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!

Select "Volunteer Coach" if you're willing to help out.
Child 1
Child 2
Child 3
Child 4
Monday, June 16, 2014 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Monday, June 23, 2014 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Monday, June 30, 2014 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Monday, July 7, 2014 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Monday, July 14, 2014 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Monday, July 21, 2014 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Vacation Bible School for Children on the Autism Spectrum and Their Sublings

2014 VBS-A: Vacation Bible School for Children on the Autism Spectrum and Their Siblings

The mission begins:

  • July 28th – August 1st, 5:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. at Eastview Christian Church, 1500 Airport Road, Normal, IL 61761.
  • Register before June 30, 2014 for a t-shirt
  • Cost is $15/child or $30/family maximum - dinner is included 

Discover, Decide, Defend

While investigating at Agency D3, kids will collect and log evidence about life of Jesus. 

As special agents, they will examine eyewitness reports, physical proof, and biblical accounts to uncover and defend the truth about how Jesus really is.

See the attached forms for sign-up & volunteering, or, contact Kelly Woith - kmwoith1@gmail.com

Visit Eastview Christian Church Kids/ Student Tab at http://www.eastviewchurch.net/kids-students

Eastview Christian Church, 1500 Airport Road, Normal, IL 61761
Monday, July 28, 2014 - 5:00pm to 7:45pm
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 5:00pm to 7:45pm
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 5:00pm to 7:45pm
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 5:00pm to 7:45pm
Friday, August 1, 2014 - 5:00pm to 7:45pm
Cost is $15/child or $30/family maximum - dinner is included

Safety & Information Training for Families, Caregivers, and Educators - Free Workshop

Register for this free workshop:

  • Where: Heartland Community College, ACEC 2210 (located in the Astroth Community Education Center)
  • Date/Time: Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Cost: Free

Author Dennis Debbaudt's Autism Risk & Safety conference sessions are designed to identify issues of risk and provide strategies to help manage ASD risks at home, school and in the community. Dennis Debbaudt’s conference presentation also provides the best tools and options for parents, care providers, educators and persons with autism when developing partnerships with law enforcement, first response, and criminal justice agencies.

  • Proactive disclosure tools‐options
  • Wandering
  • Contact with police and first responders
  • Safety at home and when traveling
  • 911 data base alerts
  • Developing an autism emergency handout
  • Sharing deescalation techniques
  • Developing IEP goals for safety
  • Reducing victimization
  • Safety & Risk life skills training

McLean County EMA will be present to demonstrate and answer questions about the the GPS Tracker (LOLA). Normal Police Department will have a table to register individuals for the Early Notification Program.

Sponsored by the Autism Society of McLean County and co‐ sponsored by The Able Center, MTU 8, McLean County EMA, and the Normal Police Department

Heartland Community College, ACEC 2210 (located in the Astroth Community Education Center)
Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Music is the Medicine / Anthony Gomes Benefit Concert

On Friday, May 16, Billboard recording artist Anthony Gomes will bring his scorching style of Blues to the Castle Theater in Bloomington. The release of his latest album “Up 2 Zero” represents a full-circle return to his love of high energy, guitar-driven blues rock. The new collection of songs combines straight ahead power blues compositions with tracks that incorporate soul-injected melodic moments.

The Music Is The Medicine Foundation (MiTM), founded by blues artist Anthony Gomes in 2010, is a national non-profit organization that was created to positively impact people's lives through the healing power of music and the belief that music can inspire tangible change in the world.

MiTM will be presenting a check to the Autism Society of McLean County to bring music to their annual summer camp for kids with autism. MiTM will also be presenting a presenting a guitar to the HEAL Foundation in the memory of Jon Miskulin.

Tickets are $15. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit The Castle website here.

Please come out to enjoy some excellent blues and support a wonderful foundation!


The Castle Theatre Bloomington, IL
Friday, May 16, 2014 - 8:00pm

ASMC Offers iPad Grant

Looking for an iPad to help your child communicate, learn skills, or be more independent? ASMC is offering a new iPad Grant for current members of the Autism Society of McLean County.

The grant deadline is May 30th and will be awarded by June 15. Click the link for more information: http://autismmclean.org/content/asmc-ipad-grant.

Want to know more about how using a tablet computer can help someone with autism? Check out this recent story on CNNUsing tablets to reach kids with autism.




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