Win/Win for Employers and People with Autism—effective models and supports for employment

a workshop by Marcfirst and Autism McLean - Diversity's Missing Piece

People with autism and other cognitive disabilities have much to offer local businesses. Learn how businesses can tap the unique abilities of this hidden pool of high-potential employees, while strengthening diversity and productivity in the workplace.

  • Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 
  • Time: 8 to 10 am
  • Location: McLean County Chamber of Commerce
  • Instructor: Anne Taylor, Marcfirst
  • Fee:  $10 for McLean County Chamber of Commerce members/$15 for Chamber non-members

Register through the McLean County Chamber of Commerce.

For CE CREDIT: This program, 235150, is approved for 2 (HR (General)) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

2203 East Empire Street, Bloomington, IL 61704
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 8:00am to 10:00am
$10 for McLean County Chamber of Commerce members/$15 for Chamber non-members

BNYP Garage Sale Fundraiser for Autism Camp

The Bloomington-Normal Young Professional Kiwanis Club (BNYP), will be hosting their 6th annual Garage Sale Fundraiser for Autism Camp on Saturday, April 11th, 2015.

All proceeds from the garage sale will be given to Autism McLean for Autism Camp.

Here are the details:

  • The garage sale will be on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM @ the Crossroads Center, 310 Wylie Drive, Suite 468, Normal, IL (near Farm & Fleet and next to Wehrenberg Theaters)
  • The garage sale itself will be a “name your own price” garage sale – no listed prices. The goal is to sell each and every item.
  • All unsold donated items will be given to the Mission Mart, Home Sweet Home, ReStore, etc.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Donate items for the garage sale. If you’re interested in donating in advance of the garage sale please contact Craig Luchtefeld, at or 309-319-6006.
  • We will have early drop-off on the following dates/times at the garage sale location:
    • Monday, April 6th from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    • Wednesday, April 8th from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    • Friday, April 10th from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    • We’ll have volunteers to help unload and sort your items.
  • If you have items you’d like to donate but cannot make one of the early drop-off dates, please contact Craig Luchtefeld at or 309-319-6006 and we’ll work out a time to retrieve your items.
  • If you’d like to volunteer to help unload or sort items at any one of the early drop-off times, the help would be very much appreciated! You can register to volunteer here:
  • If you’d like to make a monetary donation in lieu of donating garage sale items, we’d welcome the donation!

So, please, help us get the word out for this fundraising event and do some garage sale-ing!

310 Wylie Drive, Suite 468, Normal, IL
Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 7:00am to 2:00pm

Behavioral Health Issues Conference

Audience: Healthcare providers and community caregivers (teachers, healthcare professionals, family members, social workers, etc.)

Conference Objectives

  • Identify local and state-wide resources for both professional and family caregivers (i.e. Autism Speaks 100 day tool kit).
  • Define behavioral health issues as related to underlying conditions such as autism and psychosocial disorders.
  • Discover new approaches to setting goals and limitations while caring for behaviorally challenged patients/family members using the Love and Logic Model.
  • Express concerns regarding management of co-existing relationships with siblings and other family members while caring for a patient with behavioral health issues.
  • Examine legal and ethical principles as well as documentation with regard to advanced care directives for the patient/family member with a behavioral health disorder.
  • Discuss strategies to advocate for patients/family members with behavioral health disorders or developmental delays.


8:00-8:15AM Welcome and Introductions
8:15-9:45AM A.M. Session Keynote Speaker
9:45-10:00AM Break
10:00-11:30AM Keynote Speaker
11:30-11:45AM Door Prizes
11:45AM-12:00PM Transition to Lunch and Learn
12:00-12:50PM Lunch and Learn Sessions
12:50-1:00PM Transition to Afternoon Session
1:00-2:30PM Afternoon Session Keynote Speakers "Love and Logic Model"
2:30-2:45PM Break
2:45-3:45PM "Love and Logic Model"
3:45-4:00PM Evaluations and Door Prizes


Questions? Please contact Lori Wagner at (309) 672-5548 or

Sponsored by Methodist College, UnityPoint Health- Methodist, and the  UnityPoint Health-Methodist|Proctor Foundation

Methodist College, 415 Northeast Saint Mark Court, Peoria, IL 61603
Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 8:00am to 4:00pm
$35 (fee waived for UnityPoint Health employees). Payment can be made via check (made out to Methodist College). Please send payments to: Lori Wagner, 415 St. Mark Ct. Peoria, IL 61603

"HOME" Movie Day - A Sensory Friendly Showing

AM is partnering with Wehrenberg Galaxy 14 to present a sensory friendly showing of "HOME" on March 28th. 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 AM members. Non-member adults are $7 for and $6 for children (ages 2-11), with 12% off concessions. 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 ASMC as a member.

Please register here for the movie.

We are looking forward to a great turn out!

Wehrenberg Galaxy 14, 1111 Wylie Drive, Bloomington, IL 61701
Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 10:30am
The movie is free for AMmembers and $7 for non-member adults and $6 for children.

Independent Kinsmen Autism Awareness Benefit

50/50 raffle, silent auction, face painting, food, games, Brad the picture guy, and great drink specials.

Raffle tickets available at Maguires with $10 donation 

  • 1st - 42" flat screen
  • 2nd - 32" flat screen
  • 3rd - $100 prepaid Visa

Kids are welcome and Autism McLean will be present with information and to accept check. T-shirts and other support gear for sale as well.

Maguire's Bar & Grill, 220 North Center Street, Bloomington, IL 61701
Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

2015 Dodgeball Tournament

Dodgeball Tournament

  • February 27 from 6-9 PM @ Kingsley Jr. High, 303 Kingsley St, Normal, IL 61761.
  • 8-Person Teams
  • $160 per team.
  • Payments are due in full by Feb. 13th for t-shirts. Payments made after the 6th will not receive shirts. Payments must be made by Feb. 20th to be guaranteed a slot in the tournament.
  • Payments can be made via PayPal or check.
  • The payment screen will appear after submitting this form.
  • Each team member must sign a waiver! Please download and sign the attached waiver and bring it to the tournament.

If you want to sign-up but do not yet know all of the team members, submit the form with as much of the information that you have. You may work with Jacquie Mace to update the missing information once you have it.

For more information, contact: Jacquie Mace at 309.661.9440 or

Team Information
Team Captain
Team Member 2
Team Member 3
Team Member 4
Team Member 5
Team Member 6
Team Member 7
Team Member 8
Reserve Team Member
303 Kingsley St, Normal, IL 61761
Friday, February 27, 2015 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
$160 per team

Winter Bowling Camp

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

  • When: Saturdays, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20, 1/3, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31 from 11:00a - 12:00p
  • Where: Pheasant Lanes, 804 N. Hershey Road, Bloomington, IL, 61704
  • Regisration fee: All child league fees will be covered by Autism McLean. If parents would like to bowl on a team with their kid(s), they will need to pay $25 for the 8 week season.
  • Contact: Kelly Woith or Erik Heinonen

Please register here:

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!

Pheasant Lanes, 804 N. Hershey Road, Bloomington, IL, 61704
Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, January 3, 2015 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
All child league fees will be covered by Autism McLean. If parents would like to bowl on a team with their kid(s), they will need to pay $25 for the 8 week season.

Teen Movie Night

For teens who would like a night out without their parents! Must be able to attend without the need for 1 on 1. SSID volunteers will be there to hang out with the teens! Bring money for your ticket and snacks!

  • Movie: Interstellar PG-13
  • Location: Starplex in Normal, 201 McKnight, Normal, IL, 61761 
  • Date: Saturday, November 15th
  • Time:  We will meet at 5:45, the movie begins at 6:00 pm (the movie should end at 9:00) 

Contact Lindsey at 773-577-6244 for more information.

201 McKnight, Normal, IL, 61761
Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

SSID-ISU Halloween Dance

Join us for an evening of fall fun! Come dressed in your Halloween costume and enjoy food, music with DJ, games, arts-and – crafts & more at our 2014 Halloween Dance!

Bowling and Billiards Center (Located in the Bone Student Center @ Illinois State University)
Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

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


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

Date: Sunday, November 30th , 2014

Time: 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Cost: Free

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


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