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 mcgolds@ilstu.edu


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 info@autismmclean.org.

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

Night Out for Parents & Caregivers

Childcare: Childcare Provided by TAP from 5-9 (Donations welcome)
RSVP: Jacquie at info@autismmclean.org or 309.661.9440
Come join other parents for a relaxing evening out. Door Prizes!!
Participants will be responsible for their own meals.

Alexander’s Steakhouse, 1503 E College Ave, Normal, IL 61761
Friday, April 25, 2014 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Rosati’s in Normal Fundraiser

Benefit: 25% of dine-in and 20% of carry-out proceeds - MUST MENTION ASMC!

Rosati's Pizza, 1720 Bradford Ln, Normal, IL 61761
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 11:00am to 10:00pm

Starplex Cinemas Presents Movies for Children With Special Needs

The Starplex hosts a sensory friendly movie monthly for children who might be overstimulated attending a typical movie experience. Starplex turns the lights up and the sound down so the movie is more enjoyable for children that can not handle or do not enjoy all that stimulation. Children are free to walk around and vocalize during the movie.

Special screenings will happen the 2nd Saturday of each month.

One free child admission with adult ticket purchase. Seating is limited - first come, first serve.

Please check out the Starplex site for more information.

Starplex Cinemas, 201 McKnight St, Normal, IL 61761
Saturday, September 14, 2013 - 10:00am

Meatheads in Bloomington Fundraiser

Benefit: 10% of sales benefit Autism Camp – MUST MENTION ASMC!

Meatheads, Ste. 107, 305 N Veterans Pkwy, Bloomington, IL 61704
Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 4:00pm to 9:00pm

Kiwanis/ASMC Autism Camp Garage Sale Fundraiser

The Bloomington-Normal Young Professional Kiwanis Club, will be hosting our 5th annual Autism Society of McLean County (ASMC) Garage Sale Fundraiser on Saturday, April 5th, 2014.

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

Here are the details:

  • The garage sale will be on Saturday, April 5th, 2014 from 7:00a to 2:30p @ the Crossroads Center, 310 Wylie Drive, Suite 466, 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 garage-sale worthy items for the garage sale. If you’re interested in donating in advance of the garage sale please contact Craig Luchtefeld, at c.luchtefeld@autismmclean.org or 309-319-6006. The more items donated, the more money we can raise, and the more kids we can send to camp!
  • We will have early drop-off on the following dates/times at the garage sale location:
    • Monday, March 31st from 5:00p – 7:00p
    • Wednesday, April 2nd from 5:00p – 7:00p
    • Friday, April 4th from 5:00p – 7:00p
    • 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 c.luchtefeld@autismmclean.org 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, we’d very much appreciate the help! You can register to volunteer here: http://doodle.com/hemwtziybp5rw9kd.
  • 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 466, Normal, IL
Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 7:00am to 2:30pm

Jim Gill's Contagious Tunes Tour

Check out Jim Gill's Contagious Tunes Tour - "spreading music play to familes far and wide".

  • Where: Heartland Community College
  • When: Wednesday April 9th, 6:15 pm – concert at 6:30 pm
  • Cost: Free

Limited seating – first come first serve

See attached flyer

Fun for the whole family!!

Heartland Community College's Astroth Community Education Center Auditorium
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 6:15pm

Free Webinars

The ABLE Center is pleased to host a free online webinar. Kim Pomares, Developer of Mendability, and Dr. Jennifer Huffman, Developmental Neuropsychologist/Owner of The ABLE Center, will present a free webinar entitled, "How to use smell and touch to prime your child's brain for therapy." 

For those of you close to The ABLE Center, Anne Totheroh, SLP, and Dr. Huffman will be in clinic to discuss aromatherapy and sensory enrichment with children with autism spectrum. Space in clinic is limited; therefore, please RSVP to ensure availability. 

Click on the link below to register for this free webinar.


Other webinars:

llinois Autism Training and Technical assistance Project

March 21

Behavior Series, part 3:  Change the Environment, Change the Behavior

Parents will learn the skills such as sensory modulation controls, rewards, visuals, environmental organizations to reinforce, stop or deter their child's behavior.

4:30pm -6:30pm

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March 22

Transitions Happen Every Year

Each year our children transition. Those transitions may include new team members, new buildings, and new environments.   This session will explain how to utilize a variety of tools to help smooth the yearly transitions.

10:00am -12:00 noon

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April 2

Autism’s Seven Considerations for Your Child’s IEP

The 7 Autism Considerations, part of the IL School Code, should be included in all IEPs.   This session will discuss the language, what is included and how to collaborate with the school team to include in your annual IEP.

4:00pm -6:00pm

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April 5

How To Plan A Person Centered IEP - Discussion

Review of the changes made in regards to the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and how these changes may affect the education of person with ASD.

10:00am -12:00 noon

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April 9

Behavior Module 1: Why Do They Do That?

Understand what behavior is, the possible causes and responses to your child's behaviors in the home.

4:00pm – 6:00pm

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April 10

Independence In the Home

When systems are established they help motivate, create structure and enables your person with ASD to be successful.  

11:00am – 1:00pm

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April 16

More Than A Label: Autism Basics One Parent to Another

 This interactive discussion is reflective of the challenges, fears and dreams of raising a person with ASD.  A panel of parents will be sharing their top strategies and tips.

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Click Here

April 18

DSM-V & What That Means to Autism

Review of the changes made In regards to the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and how these changes may affect the education of persons with ASD.

11:00am – 1:00pm

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April 23

Behavior Module Part 2: Breaking the Behavior Cycle

Learn the impact of our behaviors reinforce, contribute, reshape and can prevent your child's behavior.   Skills presented: positive reinforcement, ignoring, reinforcement and clear communication help to reinforce, stop or deter your child's behavior and other techniques

4:00pm – 6:00pm

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April 26 When Do You Tell Them About Their Diagnosis? Determining when and if to tell your child they have Autism is tricky.  Knowing your child ,who can help support you, and tips to prepare when the time does come is important for parents. 10:00am – 12:00 noon Click Here


Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 6:00pm


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