Girl Talk - A Workshop for Girls with Special Needs and their Moms

Advocate BroMenn will be offering “Girl Talk” for Girls with special needs and their Moms (or caregivers) on Wednesday, April 29, 5:30-7:30pm. This event is for girls 10-15 years old and their mom or caregiver. Cost is $20 per daughter / mom or caregiver pair.  

The event includes:

  • Dinner
  • Safe socializing
  • My changing body
  • Special project
  • Mom’s Chat with Physician

Financial assistance is available. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

To register, please call Health Advisor at 1.800.3.ADVOCATE (1.800.323.8622) or, click on “Find a Class” with Event Code: 6W36

Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, 1304 Franklin Avenue, Normal, IL, 61761
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
$20 per daughter/ mom or caregiver pair

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.

Starplex Cinemas, 201 McKnight St, Normal, IL 61761
Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 10:00am
Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 10:00am
Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 10:00am

Spring Dance / Sock Hop

What: Spring Dance / Sock Hop

When: Sunday, April 26th

Where: ISU (exact location TBD)

Time: TBD

Cost: Free

Join Autism McLean and SSID for a fun afternoon of dancing to the oldies!

ISU (exact location TBD)
Sunday, April 26, 2015 (All day)

Teen Movie Day with SSID

What: Paul Bart Mall Cop 2

Where: Starplex Cinemas

When: Sunday, April 19th

Time: 3:00 – Please be there between 2:30 - 2:40

Cost: Buy Your own

A great way for your teens to get out without you. ISU SSID students will chaperone. Teens should be able to behave appropriately for a 2 hour movie. Please plan on picking the kids up at 4:45 pm.

Starplex Cinemas, 201 McKnight St, Normal, IL 61761
Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 2:30pm to 4:40pm
Buy your own tickets

2nd Annual Parent/Caregiver Night Out

A great night to enjoy supper and visit with friends child free. Come hang out any time between 5:30 - 8:30 PM. We will have a drawing for gifts as well!

Childcare: childcare provided by TAP from 5-9 (donations welcome)

RSVP: Jacquie - with number of children for childcare at  or 309.661.9440

Alexander’s Steakhouse, 1503 E College Ave, Normal, IL 61761
Friday, April 17, 2015 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Participants are responsible for their own meals

Noodles Night - All Day Long

Autism Awareness Noodles Night will be Monday, April 6th (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 Autism Mclean. Please mention Autism McLean when making your order.

Noodles has been a great supporter of Autism McLean 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
Monday, April 6, 2015 - 11:00am to 9:00pm

Shake and Egg! Music for All

Sensory Concert through the School of Music

This is a interactive, inclusive, sensory-friendly concert for all ages. All attendees will receive a shaker egg that they can keep. All abilities and disabilities will be welcome. An interpreter for people with hearing loss will interpret the concert.

For additional information contact Kim McCord: 309-438-3365.

ISU Center for the Performing Arts, 351 S. School Street, Normal IL 61761
Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Seedling Encore - A Theatre Experience for Adults with Disabilities!

What is Seedling Encore?  Seedling Encore, an extension of Seedling Theatre, is a troupe of adult actors with disabilities who participate in an eight week session* to develop, rehearse and perform a theatrical revue. Revues are shorter than traditional full length productions (30-60 min.) so that rehearsal time can be used to focus on and fine tune acting skills as well as prepare a polished program for public performance.

Who can participate? Seedling Encore is for adults with disabilities ages 18 and up.

When Will Seedling Encore Meet?  Our Spring 2015 session will be held Wednesdays, 3:00- 5:00 p.m., beginning March 25 and continuing through the May 13.   (We will not meet Wed. 4/1).

Our Seedling Encore Showcase (public performance) will be Saturday, May 16, at 4:00 p.m.  Pre-showcase rehearsal begins at 3:00.

Where Will Seedling Encore Meet?  First Christian Church, 401 W. Jefferson, Bloomington, IL.

Session Fee: $50.00 (Scholarships Available: contact Diane Walker 309-824-7921 or email:

How Can I Sign UP?!!! Fill out the attached application form, include a check to The Illinois Theatre Consortium, and mail to:

**Diane Walker, Seedling Encore Director

2841 County Rd. 600 N

El Paso, IL  61738


*First Christian Church will be unavailable Wed. April 1st, so the Spring 2015 session of Seedling Encore will only meet 7 times.  Future sessions will meet 8 times.

**Diane Walker, Artistic Director of Seedling Encore has over 30 years experience performing, teaching and directing theatre in education and community settings.  Her passion for people with disabilities and the performing arts stems from parenting her own actor, James, who has Down syndrome.

First Christian Church, 401 W. Jefferson, Bloomington, IL
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Lego Contest at the Gingerbread House!

Have your child build a Lego display using their favorite Legos and drop off to enter at the Gingerbread House starting March 2nd! Once received, customers will be able to vote on the displays both in-store and on Facebook until the last day, March 29th!

What will your little one create?? 

  • One entry per person
  • Entries may be dropped off at Gingerbread House between March 2 - March 29. The longer they are on display, the more they can be voted on!
  • Entries must remain at Gingerbread House until the end of the contest. Please pick up your entries by Monday, March 30. 
  • Voting will take place in store and on the Gingerbread House Facebook Page. Each like will count as a vote. In-store votes can be made once per day per person. Note: Votes made in-store and online will not be the only deciding factor in determining the winners. Votes will account for 50% of the decision: the other 50% of the decision will be based on input from a Celebrity Guest Judge!
  • Participants should construct their Lego creation ON THEIR OWN! No Help from MOM OR DAD! Creation can be a set built according to directions or creative use of loose bricks to make an original structure.


  • Ages 3 – 5
  • Ages 6 – 8
  • Ages 9 – 13

Prizes - Gingerbread House Gift Cards! 

  • Overall Winner: $50 Gift Card 
  • Category Winner 1st Place: $25 Gift Card 
  • Category Winner, 2nd Place: $15 Gift Card 

Autism Services in Illinois at Risk - Your Help Needed!

Dear Parent Supporters of The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP);

Now, more than ever, your child needs your support!

As you may have heard, Governor Bruce Rauner’s recent budget proposal eliminated funding for The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP). We understand our state faces a tough budget year.  We’re willing to SHARE the sacrifice, but in this budget we ARE the sacrifice.

TAP relies on state funding to provide children like yours with screening and diagnostic services for possible autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The program also offers a variety of other resources and services, including social skills groups, ABA therapy, consultation and training. Studies have shown that early intervention can decrease the symptoms associated with ASD and the need for more expensive services later in life.

Overall, the TAP network is unlike any other program in the nation and is vital to improving the quality of life for thousands of families statewide. Without TAP, many children with ASD could go undiagnosed and others may not have access to the care they need.

We believe TAP funding can be restored before a final budget is approved, but it will take hard work from parents like you!

Here’s how you can help:

  • Visit and share your story of how TAP has improved the quality of life for your family. You should also upload a picture of your child.
  • While visiting the website, sign our petition to let our elected leaders know just how much TAP means to you and your family.
  • Send an email to Illinois legislative leaders to insist TAP funding is restored. 
  • Send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper calling for restoration of TAP funding.
  • Organize parents like you to support one another and hold events to draw attention to this issue.
  • If you participate in Facebook, visit our new page, Save TAP, and encourage your Facebook friends to support our efforts.

You know how much TAP means to your family. Now it’s time that our elected leaders know it, too.

We must act now. Our children deserve our support! 


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