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:

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!

Northpoint Elementary, 2602 E. College, Bloomington, IL, 61704
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
$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
Kind Regards,

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

Army National Guard, 1616 S. Main St. Bloomington, IL 61701
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

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,, 309-438-3365.

Kemp Recital Hall, Illinois State University
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!

Noodles & Company, 305 N Veterans Pkwy #105, Bloomington, IL 61704
Noodles & Company, 609 South Main Street, Normal, IL, 61761
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 ( under the supervision of Associate Professor Robyn Young ( and Professor Neil Brewer (

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:

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.

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

Thank you for your consideration.


Ayshah Alahmari


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.


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:

We are looking forward to a great turn out!

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

Spectrum Dance - For Children with Autism

We are pleased to announce our first dance class for individuals with autism!

A hands-on approach encouraging social interactions, fun, and exercise through music and movement.

Both boys and girls are welcome. Ages 5+

$10 covers all four classes and includes a t-shirt and bracelet.

Please register here:

Jazzercize, 1531 Fort Jesse Rd, Normal, IL 61761
Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
$10 per child for the four week session

ASMC Parent Support Cafe - February

Cafe's are for parents of children with ASD, learning difference, and other special needs. Come join other family members to share your knowledge and problem solve through round table discussions. This month's topic: open discussion.

Childcare provided by ISU's SSID at Skill Sprouts. Trainings and discussion will be facilitated by Illinois Autism Training and Technical Assistance Project.

RSVP to Jacquie via email or at 309-824-4555 so as to ensure proper coverage.

Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Sponsored by the Autism Society of McLean County and Illinois Autism Training and Technical Assistance Project.

706 Oglesby Ave., Normal, IL, 61761, Conference Room 104 (between TAP and Skill Sprouts)
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm


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