#GivingTuesday 2016 supporting Autism McLean

On Tuesday, November 29, 2016, the Autism McLean will join non-profits, educational institutions and many organizations across the country to commemorate a national day of philanthropy. Launched in 2012, #GivingTuesday unifies charities, corporations, small business, and individuals from across the globe to show that the world gives as good as it gets.

We invite you to make a contribution to Autism McLean this #GivingTuesday. Autism McLean is here to serve as a voice for our children and adults with autism, to help create a system that will not only help support those that need to be supported, but to bring enough awareness of and about autism that our children will find acceptance and hope that with that they will find a meaningful place within our community.

We hope you will support Autism McLean on #GivingTuesday and encourage your friends, families and colleagues to do the same. We are a simply an avenue. You are what makes this organization what it is! All proceeds will help fund activities in McLean County. Your donation will help families and individuals with autism find resources, educational support, training, and social opportunities in the community.

Donate now.

MOANA - A Sensory Friendly Showing

Autism McLean (AM) is partnering with Wehrenberg Galaxy 14 to present a sensory friendly showing of "MOANA" on December 4th.

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The lights are turne up and sound is turned down. It’s OK if people need to get up and move around or talk.

The movie starts December 4th at 1:00 PM, but please be there by 12:30 PM.

All families who have a child with special needs welcome.

There is no cost for AM members. Non-member adults are $7 for and $6 for children (ages 2-11), with 12% off concessions. If you are not an AM member, please view the benefits of being a member and consider joining us. Events like this are often free for our members. Learn more about joining Autism McLean as a member.

Please register here for the movie.

We are looking forward to a great turnout!

Where: 
Wehrenberg Galaxy 14, 1111 Wylie Drive, Bloomington, IL 61701
Date/Time: 
Sunday, December 4, 2016 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Cost: 
The movie is free for AM members and $7 for non-member adults and $6 for children. (2-11)

2016-2017 Winter Bowling Camp

Let's bowl!
 
Autism McLean is setting up the pins for another season of our annual bowling camp!
 
Autism McLean Winter Bowling Camp:

  • When: Saturdays, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17, 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25 from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Where: Pheasant Lanes, 804 N. Hershey Road, Bloomington, IL, 61704
  • Regisration fee: All member children camp fees will be covered by Autism McLean. Non-member children camp fees are $30. If adults would like to bowl on a team with their kid(s), they will need to pay $30 for the 10-week season.
  • Contact: Kelly Woith or Erik Heinonen

Please register here: https://autismmclean.org/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=42.

About the program:

Bowling is open to anyone who wants to be there. As long as they want to bowl, they are welcome to join us. Our mission statement is simple: provide our kids the same experience as any other kid who bowls. This means, of course, practice, frustration, achievement, sharing, communicating, bonding, turn taking, following directions and friendship.

We look forward to seeing you there and watching our kids succeed!

Where: 
Pheasant Lanes, 804 N. Hershey Road, Bloomington, IL, 61704
Date/Time: 
Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, December 10, 2016 -
11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, December 17, 2016 -
11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, January 7, 2017 -
11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, January 14, 2017 -
11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, January 21, 2017 -
11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, January 28, 2017 -
11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, February 11, 2017 -
11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, February 18, 2017 -
11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, February 25, 2017 -
11:00am to 12:00pm
Cost: 
All member children camp fees will be covered by Autism McLean. Non-member children camp fees are $30. If adults would like to bowl on a team with their kid(s), they will need to pay $30 for the 10-week season.

Autism Cafe - Activity-Focused Social Gathering for Adults Living with Autism

The Autism Cafe is a monthly activity-focused social gathering for adults living with autism.

Interested attendees are welcome to gather the first Thursday of each month for a themed social hour with other adults on the spectrum in a safe, quiet environment.

Color Communication Badges will be available.

Where: 
Normal Public Library, 206 W. College Avenue, Normal, IL 61761
Date/Time: 
Thursday, November 3, 2016 -
6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, December 1, 2016 -
6:30pm to 7:30pm
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Autism McLean Fall Sports

Autism McLean is kicking off fall with a variety of inside games. There's no cost to sign-up and participate. Our friends at SSID will be there to help the kids in all of their activities.

  • When: Tuesday nights from 10/18 - 11/15, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Where: Northpoint Elementary School (South Gym), 2602 E College Ave, Bloomington, IL 61704
  • Contact: Erik Heinonen, Sports Director with any questions: erheinonen@gmail.com

No need to register - just show up!

About the program:

Sports are open to any child 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, 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: 
Northpoint Elementary School (South Gym), 2602 E College Ave, Bloomington, IL 61704
Date/Time: 
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 -
6:00pm to 7:00pm
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 -
6:00pm to 7:00pm
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 -
6:00pm to 7:00pm
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 -
6:00pm to 7:00pm
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 -
6:00pm to 7:00pm
Cost: 
Free

ISU Football Game

Come join us for a fun night at Hancock Stadium, cheering on the ISU Redbirds!

Sign up before the end of this month so that seats can be reserved! To sign up or if you have questions, please contact Erin Kasik at ssidisu@gmail.com.

Where: 
ISU Hancock Stadium (drop-off at 5:30 and pick-up at 9:45 at the circle drive of U-High)
Date/Time: 
Saturday, October 15, 2016 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm
Cost: 
$20 a ticket

Peace, Love, Autism 5K Results are Now Online

The Peace, Love, Autism 5K results are now online and can be viewed here.

SSID Halloween Party

Dress up in your favorite costume and come join us for snacks, music, games, and fun fall activities! All ages welcome. There is no cost for attending, we just want to show the kids how special they are to us! Hope to see you there!

Please RSVP to Jami Kunde at ssidisu@gmail.com.

Where: 
The activity room (Located in the Bowling and Billiards Center @ Illinois State University)
Date/Time: 
Sunday, October 23, 2016 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Cost: 
Free

Autism Parent Care Group

Eastview Care Groups are campus-based, supportive small groups that are designed to provide emotional and spiritual growth to individuals who are walking through a variety of life circumstances. The Autism Parent Care Group will be specifically for parents for children on the autism spectrum.

Childcare will be provided. For more information or to register your child(ren), contact Tara Horn at thorn@eastviewcc.org.

Where: 
Eastview Christen Church, 1500 N. Airport Road, Normal, IL
Date/Time: 
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm

Life Animated at the Normal Theater

From Academy Award® winning director Roger Ross Williams, LIFE, ANIMATED is the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. This emotional coming-of-age story follows Owen as he graduates to adulthood and takes his first steps toward independence. The subject of his father Ron Suskind’s New York Times bestseller, Owen was a thriving three year old who suddenly and inexplicably went silent – and for years after remained unable to connect with other people or to convey his thoughts, feelings or desires.

Now Playing Aug 5, 7, 11, and 14 at the Normal Theater.

Where: 
209 North St., Normal, IL 61761
Date/Time: 
Sunday, August 7, 2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Thursday, August 11, 2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Saturday, August 13, 2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Cost: 
$7 General Admission, $5 Students and under 13

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