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 -

Visit Eastview Christian Church Kids/ Student Tab at

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:

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:

If you need help with the cost, please visit our 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.


Avanti's Dinner Buffet for Adults with Disabilities

SSID is hosting a dinner buffet at Avant's Diner in Bloomington for individuals with disabilities 18+. 

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.

*Salad, sandwiches, pasta, and pop will be served in Avant's private banquet room  

Please RSVP to Marlee Goldsworthy at


Avanti`s Italian Restaurant, 3302 E Empire St, Bloomington, IL
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
$10 Per Person

Autism Awareness Month - 2014

Everyone knows someone with autism

The most recent statistic from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that 1 in 68 children have autism. That staggering statistic emphasizes how important it is that the central Illinois community becomes aware of the difficulties of living with autism. The Autism Society of McLean County provides imperative programming to people of all ages living with autism and families whose lives are affected by autism.

April is Autism Awareness month and the Autism Society of McLean County (ASMC) has planned a month packed full of events to raise awareness about autism. Also, look for our Autism Awareness  Electronic Billboards on Veterans Parkway!

About the Autism Society of McLean County 

The Autism Society of McLean County is an all volunteer based group that strives to educate the central Illinois area about autism and fund programs that better the lives of individuals and families of those with autism. For more information, contact

Join us

We have a new membership sign up, if you’re membership is expired or you haven’t joined ASMC , please view the benefits of being a member and consider joining us. Events like movies and Children’s Discovery Museum are often free for our members.

Autism Presentation – Masonic Lodge

Nikki Michalak will give an overview of autism and Marty Murphy an adult with autism will speak about what it’s like to live with autism. Bring family members and friends!

Masonic Lodge, 302 E Jefferson St, Bloomington, IL 61701
Monday, April 28, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm


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