Free, 9-week course for family caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses

What is NAMI’s Family-to-Family Program?

The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free, 9-week course for family caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses.  

  • The course is taught by trained family members  
  • All instruction and course materials are free to class participants
  • Over 300,000 family members have graduated from this national program

To pre-register please go to: http://namilivingstonmclean.org/classes/ 

Any questions, please call affiliate NAMI Livingston/McLean Counties at 309-287-9913.

Please see the attachment for more information.

What Does The Course Include?

Current information about schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, and co-occurring brain disorders and addictive disorders

  • Up-to-date information about medications, side effects, and strategies for medication adherence
  • Current research related to the biology of brain disorders and the evidence-based, most effective treatments to promote recovery
  • Gaining empathy by understanding the subjective, lived experience of a person with mental illness
  • Learning in special workshops for problem solving, listening, and communication techniques
  • Acquiring strategies for handling crises and relapse
  • Focusing on care for the caregiver: coping with worry, stress, and emotional overload
  • Guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community
  • Information on advocacy initiatives designed to improve and expand services

Dates: Sept 19, 26, Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov 7, 14

Time: 9:00 – 11:45 am

Where it meets:  Wesley United Methodist Church, 502 East Front Street, Bloomington, IL 61701

Peace, Love Autism Walk and 5k - Premise Alert Program

Officer Law of the Bloomington Police Dept. will be attending our Peace, Love, Autism run/walk to register families to the Premise Alert Program. Officer Law will be available from 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM.  See below on additional information on the Premise Alert Program.

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 provided 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: http://www.cityblm.org/pap. 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 needed 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.

For more information, please visit our Premise Alert Program page at www.cityblm.org/pap to download a form or submit one online.

1st Annual Fundraiser for Autism Acceptance

1st Annual Fundraiser for Autism Acceptance brough to you by Heroes Embracing Autistic Lives, Inc. - A Miskulin Family Foundation

Please join us on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at Adkisson’s Family Restaurant in Downs, Illinois (Located at 209 S. Seminary in Downs, IL across the street from PaPa G’s Pizza and the Fire Station) 

  • Family Events - Donations at the Door
  • Adults $10.00 includes meal; children $5.00 (10 or under) includes meal
Family Activities  12:00pm - 5:00pm* Bounce House, Zoo Lady, Funbelievable Balloons
Meal Served  2:00pm - 5:00pm BBQ Sandwich, Baked Beans, Potato Salad & Cole Slaw
Silent Auction 12:00pm - 5:00pm Favorite Sports Team Memorabilia Plus Much More
  • Special Event Featuring Jon’s Ride for Acceptance 
    • Riders check-in at Adkisson’s starting at 10:00am & Leaving at 11:00am
    • Solo rider $20.00 (includes fundraiser admission)
    • Passengers $10.00 (includes fundraiser admission)
  • Raffle and Bake Sale All Day & Night
  • DJ & Karaoke from 5:00pm – 12:00am 
  • Grand Prize Raffle – LG 50” LED HD TELEVISION - Tickets $10:00 

*Management respectfully requests no children after 9:00pm

In Memory of Jon Michael Miskulin; 1993 ~ 2013.

Visit the H.E.A.L. Foundation website: www.jonsheroes.org

Where: 
Adkisson’s Family Restaurant, 209 S. Seminary, Downs, IL
Date/Time: 
Saturday, August 29, 2015 (All day)

Courtyard NFL Kickoff Party and Fundraiser for Autism Run/Walk

Join the Courtyard of Bloomington Normal in the Bistro for free appetizers, one free drink, raffles and the first NFL game of the season! Tickets are $15.00 and may be purchased at the front desk. All ticket proceeds will go to Autism McLean's autism run/walk.

Like Courtyard of Bloomington Normal on Facebook for more information.

Where: 
Courtyard Marriott, 310A Greenbriar Dr, Normal, IL
Date/Time: 
Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 6:00pm
Cost: 
$15 tickets

Starplex Cinemas Presents Sensory Friendly Screenings

The Starplex hosts a sensory friendly movie monthly for anyone 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 those that can not handle or do not enjoy all that stimulation. Moviegoers 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 $6 adult ticket purchase. Seating is limited - first come, first serve.

Please check out the Starplex site for more information.

Where: 
Starplex Cinemas, 201 McKnight St, Normal, IL 61761
Date/Time: 
Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 10:00am
Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 10:00am
Saturday, December 12, 2015 - 10:00am
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Autism McLean Night at Grady's Family Fun Park

Come and join us for a night of fun at Grady's Family Fun Park, Wednesday, August 5th at 5:00pm.

Each person that wants to ride rides will pay $12 and pick 3 rides to ride. Choices are:

  • Round-up
  • Tilt-a-Whirl
  • Sizzler
  • Paratrooper
  • Bumper Boats
  • Bumper Cars
  • Go-Karts
  • Miniature Golf

In addition each family will receive a coupon for 10% off of pizza. 

When arriving at Grady's, report to the Golf House and tell them you are with Autism McLean.

It'll be a great night of family fun, come out and join us!!!

Where: 
Grady's Family Fun Park, 1501 Morrissey Dr, Bloomington, Illinois 61701
Date/Time: 
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 - 5:00pm
Cost: 
$12 per rider

2015 Autism McLean's Peace, Love, Autism Run/Walk

It's that time! Register today for the Peace, Love, Autism run/walk. Our event will be at Tipton Park on Saturday, September 19, 2015.

  • The 5K will start at 8:00am
  • The kids fun run will start at 9:30am
  • The 1 mile walk start at 10:00am

We hope to see you out at Tipton! All proceeds benefit our local community and families that are impacted by autism. Please consider joining the event and also helping us fundraise to better serve our community.

You can win!

Trophies will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for both male and female in the following age categories:

  • 19 and under
  • 20-24
  • 25-29
  • 30-34
  • 35-39
  • 40-44
  • 45-49
  • 50 +

Trophies will also be given to

  • The fastest overall male
  • The fastest overall female
  • The endurance trophy for the male and female who take the longest to finish the race. :)
  • Highest fundraising child (12 and under)
  • Highest fundraising adult
  • Highest fundraising team

Register

Register by September 4, 2015 to guarantee a t-shirt.

Yard signs and more information

If you are interested in a yard sign, please contact Jacquie Mace at mace.jacquie@comcast.net. Please let us know if you have any questions or would like to help out in any way.

Thanks in advance for your support!

Where: 
Tipton Park, 2201 Stone Mountain Blvd, Bloomington, IL
Date/Time: 
Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 8:00am to Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 11:00am

2015 VBS for Children with Autism (and their siblings)

We are getting ready to embark on our 8th annual Vacation Bible School for children on the Autism Spectrum and their typically developing siblings. Eastview Christian Church has again graciously opened its doors to us and this year’s “Journey Off the Map” themed VBS‐A is scheduled for Monday, July 20 – Friday, July 24 from 5:00 – 7:45 p.m.

Registration Deadline is June 26, 2015 (t-shirts will not be available to anyone not registered by the deadline)

Cost: $20.00 per participant ($40.00 per family maximum) for t-shirts, CD, dinner and supplies. 

Stipends are available upon request. Please contact Kelly Woith @ kmwoith1@gmail.com for more information.

(Make checks payable to Autism McLean with VBS-A in the memo line). Forms are available below or email me at kmwoith1@gmail.com.

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Vacation Bible School - Autism

c/o Kelly Woith

1233 Rutledge Road

Bloomington, IL 61704

Where: 
Eastview Christian Church, 1500 Airport Rd, Normal, IL 61761
Date/Time: 
Monday, July 20, 2015 - 5:00pm to 7:40pm
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 5:00pm to 7:40pm
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 5:00pm to 7:40pm
Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 5:00pm to 7:40pm
Friday, July 24, 2015 - 5:00pm to 7:40pm
Cost: 
Cost: $20.00 per participant ($40.00 per family maximum)

Starplex Cinemas Presents Sensory Friendly Screenings

The Starplex hosts a sensory friendly movie monthly for anyone 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 those that can not handle or do not enjoy all that stimulation. Moviegoers 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 $6 adult ticket purchase. Seating is limited - first come, first serve.

Please check out the Starplex site for more information.

Where: 
Starplex Cinemas, 201 McKnight St, Normal, IL 61761
Date/Time: 
Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 10:00am
Saturday, August 8, 2015 - 10:00am
Saturday, September 12, 2015 - 10:00am
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The Miracle League Summer 2015 Season Information

The Miracle League offers children and adults with disabilities a way to participate in baseball at their own skill level. Each player is assigned a buddy for game day that assist them throughout the 2 inning game. Every player bats each inning. They swing at the ball until they hit it, either on their own, with a tee or with the assistance of a buddy. They then make their way around the bases with their buddies at their side. In the outfield, the players may actively participate or do their own thing! This is baseball at its best! Families and Players love the DJ’s music, the MC, and the 2nd inning stretch when they sing Take Me Out to the Ball Game. The MC announces every play, just like the major leagues!

The Miracle League has a winter season, spring season and fall season. Winter games are held indoors at Heartland Community College in the Sports Complex. Spring and fall games are hosted at the Pony Fields on the intersection of Towanda Barnes Rd and Ireland Grove Road. Currently, the Miracle League is building our own rubberized Field behind the Cornbelter’s Stadium on Raab Road. Upon completion, all games will be held there!!!

Attached are the Miracle League player and volunteer registration forms. For more information and the summer schedule, our website is www.MiracleLeagueCI.com. Or if you have any questions, please contact the Miracle League’s office located at the offices of Uncle Bill’s Self Storage, at 421 Kays Drive Normal, or call (309) 451-4500.

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