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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.

Let's Go to the Zoo

Join the ASMC and SSID at the Miller Park Zoo, Sunday, April 21st, from 12:00p - 2:00p.

  • Children under 10 can enjoy the day with the their family
  • Children/teens 10 and over, can be dropped off to enjoy the zoo with our friends from SSID
  • Please bring a sack lunch
  • You will need money for zoo admission.

If interested, please RSVP here: ssidisu@gmail.com

Where: 
Miller Park Zoo, 1020 S Morris Ave, Bloomington, IL 61701
Date/Time: 
Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

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

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.

Date/Time: 
Friday, March 22, 2013 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

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

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

ASMC 10+ Valentine's Party

  • Who: ASMC 10 through  Early 20s Young Adults
  • What: February Teen Event
  • Where: The Autism Place, 706 Oglesby, Normal, IL, 61761
  • When: Friday, February 15, 6:00-9:00 pm
  • RSVP: mcgolds@ilstu.edu

Date/Time: 
Friday, February 15, 2013 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

ISU Basketball Game for Teens

  • Who: ASMC Teens (13-19 years of age), up to 10 teens can attend
  • What: ISU basketball game
  • Where: ISU Redbird Arena, Ticket Office
  • When: Saturday, January 26, 6:30p
  • Cost: $5/person

Please RSVP with Jill Enchelmayer.
 
Parents: The maximum is 10 teens, so let me know asap if your teen will be attending so he/she can be guaranteed a spot.

You will be able to drop your teen off with the SSID group and pick them up when the game is finished (the games usually last 2 hours).
 
*Helpful tip: When attending loud events, try sound reducing earphones. It may highly increase enjoyment of the game by not having to worry about when there will be a loud noise. These earphones can be purchased at any hardware type store for under $20.

Date/Time: 
Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 12:30pm

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