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

Check out the attached flyer for more information.

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.

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:

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: 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!

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.

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.

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

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.

Saturday, March 9, 2013 - 10:00am
Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 10:00am
Saturday, May 11, 2013 - 10:00am
Saturday, June 8, 2013 - 10:00am
Saturday, July 13, 2013 - 10:00am
Saturday, August 10, 2013 - 10:00am

Light It Up Blue

April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day, and to celebrate, thousands of people are coming together to Light It Up Blue. Join Autism Speaks to Light It Up Blue and help shine a light on autism!

Autism awareness is more important than ever – 1 in 88 American children are on the autism spectrum – a 78% increase in only six years. This increase can only be partly explained by improved diagnosis and awareness.

Please join our efforts and support Autism Speaks Light It Up Blue.

Visit for more information.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 (All day)

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.

  • What: October topic is "Visuals"
  • Where: 706 Oglesby Ave., Normal, IL, 61761, in the conference room between TAP and Skill Sprouts
  • When: Thursday, March 14th, 2013, 6:00p - 8:00p
  • RSVP: Jacquie at 309-824-4555 so that we can ensure proper coverage.

Childcare provided by ISU SCEC

Trainings and discussion will be facilitated by Illinois Autism Training and Technical Assistance Project

Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Paint With Us

The Autism Society of McLean County (ASMC) is looking for art created by children with autism to be auctioned at Blueline in April to raise money for awareness, programs and activitiesCanvasses, paper, paint, and brushes will be supplied. Bring your child for some painting fun or you are welcome to drop donations off at The Autism Place (TAP) anytime before March 16th. If donating art, please include your child/adults first name and age.

All proceeds from the auctioned art will benefit community activities and programs sponsored by the Autism Society of McLean County. Thank You!

Where: The Autism Place, 706 Oglesby, Normal, IL, 61761

When: March 16th, 2013 11:00a to 5:00p

Saturday, March 16, 2013 - 11:00am to 5:00pm


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