Sensory Story Time at Bloomington Public Library

Sensory Story Time invites children of all ages and all abilities to engage their senses with specialized stories, music, and activities. A portion of each session will be reserved for sensory play and socialization for children with autism or other special needs. Caretakers, siblings, and children of all abilities are encouraged to attend.

Where: 
Bloomington Public Library Story Room, 205 E. Olive St., Bloomington, IL
Date/Time: 
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 2:00pm
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 2:00pm
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 2:00pm
Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 2:00pm
Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 2:00pm
Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 2:00pm

Save the Date - Autism Friendly Community Celebration

Save the date for an Autism Friendly Community Celebration. We will attempt another visual of our AFC logo using Colored Umbrellas.

We will need 240 people to hold umbrellas for the event.

Please save the date and think about who you can nominate as being Autism Friendly (Teacher, organization, employer, shop owner, grocery store, mailman) – We want you to invite them too.

More details to come!

Where: 
Uptown Normal Circle
Date/Time: 
Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 11:00am

2018 Basketball Camp

Want to shoot some hoops?
 
Autism Mclean is ready for another season of our annual basketball camp! This is a great way for our kids to learn some of the fundamentals of basketball, social skills, and teamwork, all while making friends.

Autism McLean basketball:

  • When: Thursdays - 03/22, 04/05, 04/12, 04/19, 04/26, 05/03
  • Where: Northpoint Elementary South Gym - 2602 E College Ave, Bloomington, IL 61704
  • Time: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Registration fee: $5 - Free for members
  • T-shirts, if needed, will be provided for free.
  • Contact: AM Sports Director

Please register here: https://autismmclean.org/civicrm/event/register?id=50&reset=1.

About the program:

This camp is open to any kid 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, uniforms, 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: 
Northpoint Elementary South Gym - 2602 E College Ave, Bloomington, IL 61704
Date/Time: 
Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Cost: 
$5 for non-members; free for members

Looking for Teen Girls on the Autism Spectrum for Research Study

Ball State University is looking for teen girls on the autism spectrum to be in a research study. Participants will be asked to read sentences about things teens think, feel and do at different times. They will be asked to say how true each sentence is about themselves.

The purpose of this study is to look for patterns in responses on a personality questionnaire for adolescents. Answers from teen girls on the autism spectrum will be compared with those from teen girls with and without other diagnoses. The findings may help to better understand the thoughts, feelings and behaviors of teen girls on the autism spectrum.

Participants

  • Girls between the ages of 12 and 18 years
  • Must have received one of the following:
    • Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Autistic Disorder, or Asperger’s Disorder; or
    • Special education eligibility under Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Must read at or above the 4th grade level

ALL participants will receive:

  1. A $40 gift card of choice when the completed questionnaire is returned!
  2. Entry into a drawing for a chance to win one of six $100 VISA gift cards at the end of the study!

To be in the study or find out more about it, please contact Liz Freeman Floyd (lfreemanfloy@bsu.edu)

Early CHOICES Inclusion Town Hall

Join Early CHOICES and STARNET for an evening focused on the experiences of families who have children with disabilities, and how preschool inclusion made a difference in their lives. We will hear from providers who support children too. We know inclusion is upheld in the law, research has shown it is effective and federal guidelines support it; now we listen to the great things that happen for children with disabilities and their families when they are meaningfully included in their early childhood community.

Register here: http://www.eclre.org/events/31218-inclusion-townhall-central-il.aspx.

Where: 
Heartland Community College, 1500 W. Raab Rd.,Normal, Il
Date/Time: 
Monday, March 12, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

4th Annual Family Fun Night/Hero Awards

It's the 4th annual HEAL (Heroes Embracing Autistic Lives, Inc. - A Miskulin Family Foundation) HERO awards at the ISU Alumni Center.

  • 5-7 PM: Family Fun Night ($5 for adults, children are free)
  • 7:30 PM: HERO Awards ($10 for adults, children under 18 are free)

Visit the H.E.A.L. Foundation website or their Facebook page.

Where: 
ISU Alumni Center, 1101 South Main Street, Normal, Illinois 61761
Date/Time: 
Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 5:00pm to 8:30pm
Cost: 
$5 for adults at Family Fun Night; $10 for adults at the HERO awards; children under 18 are free

HuHot Mongolian Grill VIP Invitation

Enjoy a free meal at the new HuHot Mongolian Grill, January 9th

Click on the picture to make your reservation.

Help HuHot train their new army of cooks and servers before they serve the rest of Bloomington-Normal.

Your grill meal is FREE. Appetizer and dessert sales from the event will go to Autism Mclean which helps make McLean county an autism-friendly community - one business, one organization at a time.

Please choose only ONE time slot, and plan to arrive at the time you choose. Unfortunately, because of the large demand for tickets, a table cannot be guaranteed if late for your seating. 

Also: 

1. One reservation per email address – we will be matching tickets with a list at the door.

2. No groups larger than 4.

3. Please limit your meal time to 1 hour so that all our guests can enjoy the pre-opening party.

Where: 
HuHot Mongolian Grill, 2103 N Veterans Pkwy Suite 324 Bloomington, IL 61704
Date/Time: 
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 11:00am to 7:30pm

2017 Annual Holiday Party

The Autism McLean Holiday Party and Awards will be held at the Children’s Discovery Museum on Saturday, 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).

This year we will focus more on the recognizing individuals in the community with our awards and less on business so we all have more time to visit.

We will have volunteers from ISU to help supervise the kiddo’s in the museum. We will also be visited by Santa and have treat bags for the kids.

Where: 
Children's Discovery Museum, 101 E Beaufort St, Normal, IL, 61761
Date/Time: 
Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Cost: 
Free

Ferdinand - A Sensory Friendly Showing

Autism McLean (AM) is partnering with Wehrenberg Galaxy 14 to present a sensory friendly showing of "Ferdinand" on December 30th.

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: 
Wehrenberg Galaxy 14, 1111 Wylie Drive, Bloomington, IL 61701
Date/Time: 
Saturday, December 30, 2017 - 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)

2017-2018 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, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 11/25, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 12/23, 1/6, 1/13, 1/20, 1/27 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 $30. If adults would like to bowl on a team with their kid(s), they will need to pay $30 for the 10-week season.
  • Contact: Kelly Woith or Erik Heinonen

Please register here: https://autismmclean.org/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=48.

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 4, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, December 23, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, January 6, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Cost: 
All member children camp fees will be covered by Autism McLean. Non-member children camp fees are $30. If adults would like to bowl on a team with their kid(s), they will need to pay $30 for the 12-week season.

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