SSID Bowling Night

SSID is having a Bowling Night, Sunday, March 30th, from 4:00p - 6:30p at Pheasant Lanes Family Fun Center.

Please send your child with $10 for bowling and food! Parents are welcome to stay or drop off kids.

Please RSVP to Marleee at mcgolds@ilstu.edu.

SSID is a student organization at ISU that focuses on providing volunteer opportunities for students to work with individuals with disabilities.

Where: 
Pheasant Lanes, 804 N. Hershey Road, Bloomington, IL, 61704
Date/Time: 
Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 4:00pm to 6:30pm
Cost: 
$10

State and Local ID and Registration Programs

State of Illinois Disability ID card

Link: http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/dsd_x164.pdf

Emergency Contact Database

Link: http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/drivers/ECD/home.html

If you are an Illinois resident and hold an Illinois driver's license, instruction permit and/or identification card, you are eligible to register your emergency contact information.

The Emergency Contact Database allows you to voluntarily enter one or two individuals to serve as your emergency contacts in the event you are involved in a traffic crash or have a medical emergency where you cannot communicate directly with law enforcement or emergency responders. The Emergency Contact Database also allows you to enter basic medical information such as disabilities, medical conditions or special needs (i.e., drug allergies or taking certain prescription medication).

McLean County Functional Needs Registry (EMA)

Link: http://health.mcleancountyil.gov/244/McLean-County-Functional-Needs-Registry

The McLean County Functional Needs Registry is a program set up to help individuals with special needs during an emergency situation. The program is a voluntary registration by county residents with functional needs to help local emergency responders during an emergency with planning and preparedness, so they know in advance who needs extra assistance.

The registry is 100 percent safe to sign up. Only emergency personnel will be able to see the information provided by county residents. The purpose is to help residents with functional needs get the assistance they need during a weather disaster or some other local emergency.

Town of Normal Early Notification Program

Link: https://www.normal.org/288/Early-Notification-Program

Link: See registration forms attached to the bottom of this page.

he McLean County Early Notification Program is specifically designed to provide responding law enforcement officers with information to assist them in responding to calls involving individuals with special needs. If responding officers are made aware of these special needs prior to arrival, they may be better equipped to understand and appropriately respond to calls involving these residents. The McLean County Law Enforcement community is committed to developing strategies and procedures to enhance our interaction with special needs residents. 

The main purpose of this program is to provide a mechanism for residents with special needs to register their specific information with their local law enforcement agency. Any and all information provided during the registration process will only be used for law enforcement purposes.

City of Bloomington Premise Alert Program

Link: http://www.cityblm.org/government/departments/police/premise-alert-program

The Bloomington Police and Fire Departments have combined forces to offer our citizens the opportunity to participate in the Premise Alert Program. 
The Illinois Premise Alert Program (Public Act 96-0788) provides for Public Safety Agencies in the State of Illinois to allow people with special needs the ability to provide information to Police, Fire and EMS personnel to be kept in a database. The information can then be pro-vided to responders dealing with situations involving Special Needs Individuals.

The Bloomington Fire Department has created a Premise Alert Program form that can be accessed online at: Premise Alert Program (Printable Form). The form can be completed by families, caregivers, or individuals with special needs. The information provided in the form will be entered into databases maintained by the Bloomington Communication Center and may be shared with other police, fire or EMS agencies as need-ed to provide services to the individual.

A Special Needs Individual is hereby defined as: Having a physical or mental impairment, or has or is at increased risk for a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional condition and who also requires health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by individuals generally.

Captain Brad McCollum, Public Information Officer for the fire department said “The Premise Alert Program is a voluntary program that will benefit the special needs citizens of Bloomington by providing emergency response personnel with important information that will aid them in assisting the individual during their emergency.” Bloomington Police Public Information Officer Sara Mayer agrees, “By partnering with the Bloomington Fire Department to offer the Premise Alert Program, our Police, Fire, and EMS personnel will have access to critical information allowing them to better respond to the needs of our citizens.

The information provided will be kept confidential and used only to provide City of Bloomington Emergency Responders with the information needed to deal with situations or emergencies involving a Special Needs person. When needed, this information will then be sent to the responding emergency vehicles Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) terminal. The service is offered free of charge. The notification expires 2 (two) years after the date it was submitted. Individuals may update or renew it at anytime by filing a new form.

You can read about this on the City of Bloomington's website here: http://www.cityblm.org/government/departments/police/premise-alert-program

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Autism McLean Basketball Camp

Want to shoot some hoops?
 
Autism McLean is ready for another season of our annual basketball camp! This is a great way for our kids to learn some of the fundamentals of basketball, social skills, and teamwork, all while making friends.

Autism McLean basketball:

  • When: Every Monday from 3/10/2014 - 4/21/2014 (except 3/24), 6:30p - 7:30p
  • When: Northpoint Elementary, 2602 E. College, Bloomington, IL, 61704
  • Registration fee: $10
  • Registration + t-shirt: $20
  • Contact: Autism McLean Sports Director

Please register here: http://autismmclean.org/civicrm/event/register?id=5&reset=1.

About the program:

This camp is open to any kid 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, uniforms, 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!

Where: 
Northpoint Elementary, 2602 E. College, Bloomington, IL, 61704
Date/Time: 
Monday, March 10, 2014 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Monday, March 17, 2014 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Monday, March 31, 2014 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Monday, April 7, 2014 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Monday, April 14, 2014 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Cost: 
$10-20 per child

iCan Bike Program

Autism Society Members,
 
Attached is a brochure and registration form for the Easter Seals iCan Bike program. The purpose of this program is to help children ages 8+ to learn how to ride a traditional two-wheel bicycle without training wheels.

We will be hosting this program from July 7-11, 2014 at the Army National Guard gymnasium in Bloomington. We invite children with a developmental delay or disability to attend this exciting program. Children will attend a 75-minute daily session for 5 consecutive days. We have trained staff and adaptive equipment that helps children learn how to ride at their own pace.

We are looking forward to a fun-filled week of camp this summer. I hope you can join me! If you have any questions, I would be happy to discuss this program with you over the phone. You can contact me at 309-686-1177 x5230 or by email at twellenreiter@ci.easterseals.com.
 
Kind Regards,

Tara Wellenreiter, Easter Seals Peoria-Bloomington iCan Bike Camp Director

Where: 
Army National Guard, 1616 S. Main St. Bloomington, IL 61701
Date/Time: 
Monday, July 7, 2014 - 8:30am to 4:45pm
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 8:30am to 4:45pm
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 8:30am to 4:45pm
Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 8:30am to 4:45pm
Friday, July 11, 2014 - 8:30am to 4:45pm
Cost: 
75

We Can Make Music Too! A Concert for Children with Disabilities

Dr. Kimberly McCord of ISU and her class, Music for the Exceptional Child, will be presenting a concert on March 23 and is inviting all children and their families. A instrument petting zoo will start at 1:30p with the concert to follow at 2:00p.

Children can participate by by singing, playing instruments, or dancing. The setting will be very informal and will be inclusive of children with sensory sensitivity and hearing loss. Children are encouraged to come and be themselves!
 
For more information contact Dr. Kimberly McCord, kamccor@ilstu.edu, 309-438-3365.

Where: 
Kemp Recital Hall, Illinois State University
Date/Time: 
Sunday, March 23, 2014 - 1:30pm

Noodles Night - All Day Long

Autism Awareness Noodles Night will be Tuesday, April 1st (all day long!) at both locations. For dine in and take out. Please join us for a great meal and a good cause! 10% of sales are donated back to ASMC. Please mention ASMC or bring in the attached flyer.

Noodles has been a great supporter of ASMC and we truly appreciate their continued support and partnership. Come eat with us!

Where: 
Noodles & Company, 305 N Veterans Pkwy #105, Bloomington, IL 61704
Noodles & Company, 609 South Main Street, Normal, IL, 61761
Date/Time: 
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 11:00am to 9:00pm

Online Study Helped Needed for Individuals on Spectrum 18 Years or Older

Researchers at Flinders University in Australia invite individuals aged 18 years or older with an autism spectrum disorder to participate in an online study. This research is being  conducted by Rebecca Flower (Rebecca.Flower@flinders.edu.au) under the supervision of Associate Professor Robyn Young (Robyn.Young@flinders.edu.au) and Professor Neil Brewer (Neil.Brewer@flinders.edu.au).

The aim of this project is to understand whether features that may be present in individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder influence their understanding of social situations and appropriate behaviour. 

The project consists of two sessions. Each session is expected to take approximately 1 hour (you may take up to 4 hours to allow for breaks). The second session will occur weeks or possibly months later.

This session will involve questions about demographic information (including age, gender, diagnosis, and any experiences you have had with the criminal justice system) and a set of statements about your preferences and skills. Following this, you will be asked about your interests, and then to watch some short scenarios and answer 1-2 questions after each. 

Participants who complete the study requirements will receive a $10 (AUD) Amazon voucher after each session. 

To participate, please click the following link: http://bit.ly/1iLztCu

Please check out the attached flyer for more information.

Research Study Help Needed

Dear ASMC,

My name is Ayshah Alahmari, and I am a graduate student under the direction of Dr. Steve Mertens in the Master’s degree program in the School of Teaching & Learning at Illinois State University. I am conducting a research study to explore parents’ perspectives about education services offered to their children with autism, and to examine the level of parental satisfaction regarding their student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP). The results of the study will be used to examine ways that both parents and educators can improve IEP meetings to better serve students with autism.

Since the research is focusing primarily on parents of school age children with autism (K-12 students) who attend schools in Central Illinois, I am seeking your help to reach a large number of parents of children with autism. I will keep all the data I collect completely confidential, and I will not use any school’s name nor any parents or their students’ names in any research report. Any information that I present will not be linked to any personal information that could be used to identify individual students. I am confident that I have taken the necessary steps to ensure that my research will be conducted in ways that meet ethical standards. This is the link of my survey, including the consent letter, which I wish to reach all parents/guardians of children with autism.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Children_With_Autism

If you have any questions regarding this study please feel free to contact me at aalahma@ilst.edu or (309) 433-6679. You may also contact my professor, Dr. Steve Mertens at smertens@ilstu.edu or (309) 438-8182.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Ayshah Alahmari

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Help Us Pick a New Logo

As the Autism Society of McLean County continues to move forward and grow, we thought it was time for a fresh look. Therefore, we have been in the process of designing a new logo. With members being the driving force of all we do, we would like your input on the new logo. We have narrowed the options to two and would appreciate your guidance in selecting the final design.
 
Please take look at the two finalist and choose which you would like to represent the Autism Society of McLean County.

Thanks!

The Lego Movie - A Sensory Friendly Showing

ASMC is partnering with Wehrenberg Galaxy 14 to present a sensory friendly showing of The Lego Movie. The lights are brought up and sound is turned down. It’s OK if people need to get up and move around or talk.

Download the attached coloring pages for the kids. Color them, scan them, and then email us (or give them to us at the movie) and we'll post them on our Facebook page.
 
We will also be giving away two lego sets, one for a girl and one for a boy. The kids will be handed a ticket when they arrive.

The movie starts at 11:00 AM, but please be there by 10:30 AM.

All families who have children and adults with autism welcome. 

The movie is free for ASMC members and $5.50 for non-members. Learn more about joining ASMC as a member.

Please register here: http://autismmclean.org/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=3.

We are looking forward to a great turn out!

Where: 
Wehrenberg Galaxy 14, 1111 Wylie Drive, Bloomington, IL 61701
Date/Time: 
Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 10:30am
Cost: 
The movie is free for ASMC members and $5.50 for non-members

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