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]


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

1110 Douglas Street, Normal, IL
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)

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.

Miller Park Zoo
Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
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.

Miller Park Zoo, 1020 S Morris Ave, Bloomington, IL 61701
Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

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!

Select "Volunteer Coach" if you're willing to help out.
Child 1
Child 2
Child 3
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Eugene Field Vocational Training Center, 412 E. Cypress, Normal, IL, 61761
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

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


1100 N Beech, Building #11

Normal, IL 61761


Holistic Health Center, 1100 N Beech, Building #11, Normal, IL, 61761
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

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.


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, 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!!!

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

2014 ASMC Run/Walk

It is that time of the 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.

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


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