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Autism Awareness Month

Everyone knows someone with autism

The most recent statistic from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that 1 in 88 children have autism. That staggering statistic emphasizes how important it is that the central Illinois community becomes aware of the difficulties of living with autism. The Autism Society of McLean County provides imperative programming to people of all ages living with autism and families whose lives are affected by autism.

April is Autism Awareness month and the Autism Society of McLean County (ASMC) has planned a month packed full of events to raise awareness about autism.

About the Autism Society of McLean County 

The Autism Society of McLean County is an all volunteer based group that strives to educate the central Illinois area about autism and fund programs that better the lives of individuals and families of those with autism. For more information, contact info@autismmclean.org.

Sibshop's Fun, Food, and Friends in March

For children ages 7‐14 who have a sibling with special needs. Sibshops provide a fun and safe place for siblings to meet other children in the same situation, share experiences, feelings, and discuss joys and challenges. Class size limit is 20.

Participants must register by March 4th. Register below.

For additional information, contact Jacquie Mace at mace.jacquie@comcast.net or 309‐824‐4555.

In the event that we do not have enough children registered for a group, Sibshops will be canceled for that month.

Sponsored By Illinois Autism Training & Technical Assistance Project The Autism Society of McLean County.

Where: 
Jazzercise, 1531 Fort Jesse Rd, Normal, IL, 61761
Date/Time: 
Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Cost: 
Free

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: Puberty.

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

Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Where: 
706 Oglesby Ave., Normal, IL, 61761, in the conference room between TAP and Skill Sprouts
Date/Time: 
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

ASMC Holiday Party and Annual Meeting/Appreciation Reception

The ASMC Holiday Party and Annual Meeting/Appreciate Dinner will be held at the Children’s Discovery Museum on Sunday, December 1st from 5:30p -7:30p.

Pizza and beverages will be provided - Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. A jolly, old elf may stop by to listen to Christmas wishes.

Please RSVP at http://autismmclean.org/2013-holiday-party.

The annual meeting/appreciation reception will take place while the children are playing and being supervised by our friends at SSID. The new ASMC Board of Directors will be announced.

Recognition of individuals/organizations who make a difference in the lives of people living with autism. Go to http://autismmclean.org/2013-annual-appreciation-awards to nominate an individual or organization for an award of appreciation.

Where: 
Children's Discovery Museum, 101 E Beaufort St, Normal, IL, 61761
Date/Time: 
Sunday, December 1, 2013 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

SSID's Annual Halloween Dance

Boo! You’re invited to… SSIDs annual Halloween Dance. Who is SSID? Students Supporting Individuals with Disabilities is a registered student organization at Illinois State University that focuses on providing volunteer opportunities for students to volunteer with individuals with disabilities.

Join us for an afternoon of music, dancing, snacks, and crafts! There will be a contest for best costume, so please feel free to dress up!

All ages, disabilities and siblings are welcome!

If you have any questions, or to RSVP, please email Marlee Goldsworthy at mcgolds@ilstu.edu.

Where: 
Circus Room in the Bone Student Center, 100 N University St, Normal, IL, 61761
Date/Time: 
Sunday, October 27, 2013 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

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: Visuals.

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

Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Where: 
706 Oglesby Ave., Normal, IL, 61761, in the conference room between TAP and Skill Sprouts
Date/Time: 
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

A Day in the Park with SSID!

SSID is hosting a day in the park with the families from the Autism Society. 

Who is SSID? Students Supporting Individuals with Disabilities is a student organization at Illinois State University that provides volunteer opportunities for students to work with individuals with disabilities in the community.

We will be meeting by the Miller Park playground near the zoo to play games and have snacks. Parents are welcome to drop off their kids or stay. All ages and siblings are welcome.

Please email Marlee Goldsworthy at mcgolds@ilstu.edu to RSVP by September 22nd, or with any additional questions.

We hope to see you there!

 

Where: 
Miller Park Zoo, 1020 S Morris Ave, Bloomington, IL 61701
Date/Time: 
Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

ASMC Football Camp

Are you ready for flag football?

ASMC is ready for another season of our annual football camp! The idea of organized sports seemed impossible, but at least we had catch, right? Special kids don’t have the same opportunities as “normal” kids. That’s just the way it is, right?

What kid doesn’t like to play tag, to run, be chased and play? I know our kids do. With our flag football camp, our kids will get the chance to play!

For registration, t-shirts, and more, please click here: https://member.autismmclean.org/Sports/Football.php.

Contact the ASMC Sports Director with any questions, comments, or concerns.

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!

Where: 
Eugene Field Vocational Training Center, 412 E. Cypress, Normal, IL, 61761
Date/Time: 
Monday, September 23, 2013 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Monday, September 30, 2013 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Monday, October 7, 2013 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Monday, October 14, 2013 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Monday, October 21, 2013 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Monday, October 28, 2013 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Cost: 
Registration fee: $10
Registration + t-shirt: $15

Marcfirst Family Camp

Marcfirst will hold its very first camp Saturday, September 21 through Sunday, September 22. Camp will be held at East Bay Camp at Lake Bloomington. Family Camp Weekend is designed for middle school age children with an intellectual or developmental disability. Camp is for families – this includes parents, siblings or other individuals that form the students’ support system.

Camp is designed to provide entertainment, relaxation and exciting new activities for all children in the family and respite for the parents. Food, lodging, and activities are included in the price for camp. If you are interested in a weekend designed with fun activities, meeting new people or getting better acquainted with friends you already know contact Emily at Marcfirst 309-451-8888 ext. 265 or emilykull@marcfirst.org.

Where: 
East Bay Camp, 24248 Ron Smith Memorial Hwy, Hudson, IL, 61748
Date/Time: 
Saturday, September 21, 2013 (All day) to Sunday, September 22, 2013 (All day)

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.

Where: 
Starplex Cinemas, 201 McKnight St, Normal, IL 61761
Date/Time: 
Saturday, September 14, 2013 - 10:00am
Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 10:00am
Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 10:00am
Saturday, December 14, 2013 - 10:00am
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