young adults

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

Advocate BroMenn will be offering “Girl Talk” for Girls with Special needs and their Moms (Caregivers) on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 5:30-7:30pm. This event will cover issues related to puberty for girls 10-15 years old and have a separate session for parents/ caregivers as well. Cost is 20$ per daughter/ caregiver pair and includes dinner. Please see the attached flyer for more information. Scholarships are available, just indicate your interest in a scholarship when you register.

Please contact Cheree with questions.

Rev. Cheree' Johnson

Coordinator for Church Relations

Advocate BroMenn Medical Center / Advocate Eureka Hospital

(309) 268-3504/ Tie Line 49-3504

cheree.johnson@advocatehealth.com

Date/Time: 
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Cost: 
$20 per daughter/ caregiver pair

Online Study Helped Needed for Individuals on Spectrum 18 Years or Older

Researchers at Flinders University in Australia invite individuals aged 18 years or older with an autism spectrum disorder to participate in an online study. This research is being  conducted by Rebecca Flower (Rebecca.Flower@flinders.edu.au) under the supervision of Associate Professor Robyn Young (Robyn.Young@flinders.edu.au) and Professor Neil Brewer (Neil.Brewer@flinders.edu.au).

The aim of this project is to understand whether features that may be present in individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder influence their understanding of social situations and appropriate behaviour. 

The project consists of two sessions. Each session is expected to take approximately 1 hour (you may take up to 4 hours to allow for breaks). The second session will occur weeks or possibly months later.

This session will involve questions about demographic information (including age, gender, diagnosis, and any experiences you have had with the criminal justice system) and a set of statements about your preferences and skills. Following this, you will be asked about your interests, and then to watch some short scenarios and answer 1-2 questions after each. 

Participants who complete the study requirements will receive a $10 (AUD) Amazon voucher after each session. 

To participate, please click the following link: http://bit.ly/1iLztCu

Please check out the attached flyer for more information.

Spectrum Dance - For Children with Autism

We are pleased to announce our first dance class for individuals with autism!

A hands-on approach encouraging social interactions, fun, and exercise through music and movement.

Both boys and girls are welcome. Ages 5+

$10 covers all four classes and includes a t-shirt and bracelet.

Please register here: http://autismmclean.org/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=4.

Where: 
Jazzercize, 1531 Fort Jesse Rd, Normal, IL 61761
Date/Time: 
Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Cost: 
$10 per child for the four week session

SSID Valentine's Day Party

SSID is having a Valentine's Day Party for ASMC. There will be pizza, games and crafts! All ages are welcome! 

Please RSVP by 2/10/14 to mcgolds@ilstu.edu.

SSID is a student organization at ISU that focuses on providing volunteer opportunities for students to work with individuals with disabilities.

Where: 
The Autism Place, 706 Oglesby, Normal, IL, 61761
Date/Time: 
Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

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

COUNTRY Youth Classic Golf Tournament - Special Needs Division

The COUNTRY Youth Classic (CYC) igolf tournament is right around the corner. CYC has special needs divisions for ages 3-22 and would love to have your participation. CYC will take place June 24-26.  On Monday, join a fun, family-friendly event - the COUNTRY Skills Challenge. The Skills Challenge consists of three events: Longest Drive, Short Game and Putting. A free meal is offered to contestants and prizes are handed out to the winners of each division during an awards ceremony.

This is a great opportunity for special needs youth ages 3-22 to participate in some friendly competition and meet people from across the country and the world.

Please visit www.countryyouthclassic.com for registration and tournament information. The deadline for registration has been extended until Tuesday, June 18th at noon. 

Date/Time: 
Monday, June 24, 2013 (All day) to Wednesday, June 26, 2013 (All day)

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

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