Let's Go to the Zoo

Join the ASMC and SSID at the Miller Park Zoo, Sunday, April 21st, from 12:00p - 2:00p.

  • Children under 10 can enjoy the day with the their family
  • Children/teens 10 and over, can be dropped off to enjoy the zoo with our friends from SSID
  • Please bring a sack lunch
  • You will need money for zoo admission.

If interested, please RSVP here: ssidisu@gmail.com

Where: 
Miller Park Zoo, 1020 S Morris Ave, Bloomington, IL 61701
Date/Time: 
Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Night Out for Autism

Come celebrate Autism Awareness Month with us on Friday, April 12th from 6:00p - 9:00p at the Entourage Lounge in Bloomington! There will be a silent auction and Dan Brady as the celebrity bartender. Proceeds benefit the Autism Society of McLean County.

Where: 
Entourage Lounge, 909 N Hershey Rd, Bloomington, IL, 61704
Date/Time: 
Friday, April 12, 2013 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Noodles Night - All Day Long

Autism Awareness Noodles Night will be April 2nd (all day long!) at both locations. For dine in and take out. Please join us for a great meal and a good cause! A portion of all sales are donated back to ASMC.

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 2, 2013 - 11:00am to 9:00pm

ASMC Parent Support Cafe

The Cafe provides ongoing support, trainings and discussions on the many areas of autism that families are challenged with. Come join other family members to share your knowledge and problem solve. This month's topic is: working with your school team.

Childcare provided by ISU SSID. Trainings and discussion will be facilitated by Illinois Autism Training and Technical Assistance Project.

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

Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Where: 
The Autism Place, 706 East Oglesby Ave., Suite 303, Normal, IL, 61761
Date/Time: 
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Visit the Bauer’s Alpaca Farm

Stan and Janetta Bauer have invited the Autism Society of McLean County  members and families to visit their farm. They have been raising alpacas for over eight years.

Alpacas are gentle, clean, shy animals that make wonderful pets.  They are herd animals, which  means they like to be with other alpacas—to eat, walk and play together. A baby alpaca is called  a cria. Youngsters enjoy rolling in the dirt and in snow. 

Alpacas are prized for their luxurious fiber, so they get a haircut (are “sheared”) once a year  before summer.  The Bauers develop wearable items created from the fiber produced by their  alpacas on their farm.  An alpaca sweater or blanket is a cherished possession, frequently  handed down from one generation to the next. 

The Bauers will share their story of getting their alpacas and show how they take the fiber from  shearing the animal to finished product, including spinning, knitting, weaving and felting.   Janetta Bauer also works as a speech therapist with autistic children at the Baby Fold.

  • Who: ASMC members and families are invited. All ages are welcome.
  • Where: der Bauernhof Farm (German for “the farmer’s house). Located just east of Bloomington on Route 9 - at the corner of Route 9 and the Bentown/Holder Road, five miles east of the Bloomington airport. Look for a large farm  bungalow and barn on your right as you go east on Route 9. Another landmark to notice - the farm is located in front of the first windmill east of Bloomington.
  • When: Sunday, April 14, 2013, 1:00p - 3:00p 
  • RSVP: by April 10 to info@autismmclean.org

Check out the attached flyer for more information.

Date/Time: 
Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Skill Sprout Mayoral Proclamation and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

You're Invited!

In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, join us for an Open House, Mayoral Proclamation, and Ribbon Cutting at the new Skill Sprout Clinic in Normal, IL.

  • Where: 706 Oglesby, Suite 200, Normal, IL, 61761
  • When March 28, 2013
    • Open House: 11:00a - 1:00p
    • Ribbon Cutting: 1:15p
  • RSVP: Abby 309-585-2857

Join the honorable Mayor Chris Koos, autism advocates, and friends of Skill Sprout to promote awareness, collaborate, and highlight free autism screenings.

Check out the attached flyer for more information.

Date/Time: 
Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 11:00am to 1:15pm

Free Special Needs Workshop

As a part of Money Smart Week, Attorney Steve Newbold of COUNTRY Financial and NewboldLaw is presenting a Seven Step Planning for Children with Special Needs. This workshop will cover special needs trusts, estate planning tips and include a Q&A session. Open to parents, caregivers and trustees.

  • Where: Calvary United Methodist, Room 111, 1701 N Towanda Ave, Normal, IL, 61761
  • When: Tuesday, April 23, 6:15p - 7:15p
  • RSVP: Steve Newbold by phone or email

Contact Information:

For more information on Money Smart Week, visit: http://moneysmartweek.org.

Date/Time: 
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 6:15pm to 7:15pm

Kiwanis/ASMC Autism Camp Garage Sale Fundraiser

The Bloomington-Normal Young Professionals Kiwanis Club will be hosting a garage sale fundraiser for ASMC's Autism Camp on Saturday, April 6th from 7:00 AM - 2:30 PM at 1717 RT Dunn Drive, Suite E (near Dairy Queen, The Great Escape, Razor's Edge, etc.).

The garage sale itself will be a 'name your price' garage sale - no listed prices. The goal is to sell each and every item.

Donations will gladly be accepted anytime before the 6th. For more information, contact Craig Luchtefeld: c.luchtefeld@autismmclean.org or 309-319-6006. All donations are tax deductible.  All unsold donations will be given to Home Sweet Home, Mission Mart, ReStore, etc.

So, come out and donate and/or be a buyer. The money is all going for a good cause!

Date/Time: 
Saturday, April 6, 2013 - 7:00am to 2:30pm

March Teen Event - Dinner and Pottery Painting

  • Who: ASMC youngsters - ages 10+
  • What: Dinner and pottery painting
  • Where:
    • Dinner: Kentucky Fried Chicken (501 N. Prospect, Bloomington, IL)
    • Pottery: Artful Designs (502 N. Prospect, Suite 24, Bloomington, IL)
  • When: Friday, March 22
    • Dinner and Pottery: 5:30p - 7:30p
    • Pottery only: 6:30p - 7:30p
  • Cost: $20/person
  • RSVP: Marlee Goldsworthy

Please indicate if your child will have dinner and paint pottery or just paint pottery.

Date/Time: 
Friday, March 22, 2013 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Planning Underway for New ASD Employment Mentoring Program

ASMC has had an extraordinary opportunity this year, thanks to a partnership with the Multicultural Leadership Program: An MCLP project team has been working since fall 2012 to help ASMC plan a new autism employment mentoring program. This new mentoring program, "Bridges to Work", is focused on helping adults on the autism spectrum work on employment networking and job preparedness skills.

The team conducted a small 6-week program pilot, with three adult mentees with autism and three adult volunteer mentors, who worked one-on-one through a series of activities planned by the MCLP team — including how to prepare for job interviews, mock interview experiences, resume writing, and job shadowing opportunities. The Autism Society of McLean County has been working for several years now on employment awareness through its Diversity’s Missing Piece steering committee. Together with our MCLP project team, we are hoping to build “Bridges to Work” into an ongoing ASMC program.

You’re invited:

MCLP project team will present a summary of their project on Saturday, March 9th at Heartland Community College Astroth Auditorium. Five MCLP community project teams will present throughout the morning from 8:00 to 10:45 am. The ASMC team presentation is last, so they will begin approximately 10:00. ASMC members are invited and encouraged to attend.

Final Community Project Presentations:

Learn More:

MCLP Class of 2013 Graduation:

Consider supporting our ASMC-MCLP project team by registering to attend the MCLP Class of 2013 Graduation Celebration Dinner on April 13. Tickets must be purchased in advance by March 28.

Date/Time: 
Saturday, March 9, 2013 - 8:00am to 10:45am

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