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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

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)

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: a chat with Marty Murphy - a one hour presentation followed by Q&A. Marty is an adult with autism. She delivers insightful and a humorous look into what it is like to live with autism..

Childcare provided at TAP. 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 Baby Fold Centennial Training Center, 612 Oglesby Ave., Normal, IL, 61761
Date/Time: 
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

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 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Need Your Help - Defining Characteristics of Individuals with Asperger Disorder or High-Functioning Autism Survey

If you are the parent of a child, adolescent, or adult with high-functioning autism (HFA) or (DSM-IV) Asperger Syndrome (AS), a professional who supports a learner with HFA/AS, or a person on the spectrum, please follow this link to help Brenda Smith Myles and her colleagues update the Asperger Syndrome Diagnostic Scale (ASDS): https://survey.illinoisstate.edu/coe/teachered/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=78KI973M.

Also, please follow the link and complete a brief survey and ask others to do the same. Your help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

If you have questions, please contact Stacey Jones Bock at sjbock@ilstu.edu.

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

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

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