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

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.



Play Ball!

The Miracle League of Central Illinois was developed for you to have fun playing baseball with other kids. When you play, you can:

  • Make new friends!
  • Play baseball in a supportive environment.
  • Have fun with your own “buddy” who will help you play!
  • Attend all functions/fundraisers of The Miracle League to see your “buddy” and teammates and to support the organization!

Sign up here: http://www.miracleleagueci.com/play

If you need help with the cost, please visit our Recreational Grant: http://www.autismmclean.org/content/recreational-grant.

Girl Talk - Puberty Workshop for Girls with Special Needs and their Moms

Advocate BroMenn will be offering “Girl Talk” for Girls with Special needs and their Moms (Caregivers) on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 5:30-7:30pm. This event will cover issues related to puberty for girls 10-15 years old and have a separate session for parents/ caregivers as well. Cost is 20$ per daughter/ caregiver pair and includes dinner. Please see the attached flyer for more information. Scholarships are available, just indicate your interest in a scholarship when you register.

Please contact Cheree with questions.

Rev. Cheree' Johnson

Coordinator for Church Relations

Advocate BroMenn Medical Center / Advocate Eureka Hospital

(309) 268-3504/ Tie Line 49-3504


Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
$20 per daughter/ caregiver pair

How Autism Can Help You Land a Job

"Some employers increasingly are viewing autism as an asset and not a deficiency in the workplace.

Germany-based software company SAP has been actively seeking people with autism for jobs, not because of charitable outreach but because it believes features of autism may make some individuals better at certain jobs than those without autism.

People with autism spectrum disorder—characterized by social deficits and repetitive behavior—tend to pay great attention to detail, which may make them well suited as software testers or debuggers, according to Mr. Velasco, who has two children with the condition.

In addition, these people bring a different perspective to the workplace, which may help with efficiency and creativity as well, he said."

Please check out the excellent article on the Wall Stree Journal and the accompanying embedded video and radio interviews.



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