2019 Annual Holiday Party

The Autism McLean Holiday Party and Awards will be held at the Children’s Discovery Museum on Sunday, December 1st from 5:30pm - 7:30pm. Everyone is welcome! We will provide pizza and beverages - please bring a side dish or dessert to share (we encourage your child's favorite, whatever that may be).

We will have volunteers to help with the kids, Santa Clause, treat bags, and tons of fun. Our annual board meeting and recognition will take place promptly at 5:45 to 6:15. If you are interested in serving on our board, please contact Nikki Michalak at: [email protected]. If you have someone you would like to recognize, please contact Jacquie at: [email protected].

Where: 
Children's Discovery Museum, 101 E Beaufort St, Normal, IL, 61761
Date/Time: 
Sunday, December 1, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Cost: 
Free

Frozen Formal

Come join us for a frozen night filled with snacks, photo opportunities, table activities, and plenty of dancing at this year's SSID's Special Needs Friendly Frozen Formal.

The formal will be located in the Circus Room in the Bone Student Center at Illinois State University. This event is special needs friendly and will include sensory supports for all guests who want one. Come with a date, group, or as a single party - This event is open to ALL individuals in 7th grade and older

We cannot guarantee your ticket if your name is not on the RSVP list! Each ticket is $5. Cash and check ONLY will be accepted AT THE DOOR for all guests. There will also be select merchandise sold during the event for those interested.

Must register: https://ssidfrozenformal.app.rsvpify.com

Where: 
ISU Bone Student Center – Circus Room
Date/Time: 
Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Cost: 
$5.00 at the door

Trick or treat for children with autism and special needs

Bring all of your special trick-or-treaters out to the Bloomington-Normal Courtyard for a fun family event. There will be 20 rooms throughout the hotel designiated for this event. So that all children can participate, the treats will be mostly non-food items with a special few allergy-friendly exceptions.

This is an open event for all children with special needs!

We do need volunteers to hand out candy so please let us know if you’re available to help.

Where: 
Bloomington-Normal Courtyard, 310A Greenbriar Drive, Normal, Illinois 61761
Date/Time: 
Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Cost: 
Free

SSID Halloween Dance Party

Dress up in your favorite costume and come join us for music, dancing, snacks and crafts! Everyone is welcome!

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.

Where: 
The party room located in the Bowling and Billiards Center @ Illinois State University
Date/Time: 
Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Cost: 
Free

Noodles Fundraiser for Autism McLean - Wed, October 23

A Noodles Fundraiser will be held on Wednesday, October 23rd from 4-9 PM at the Normal location, 609 S. Main Street. For dine in and take out. Please join us for a great meal and a good cause! 10% of sales are donated back to Autism Mclean. Please mention Autism McLean when making your order.

Noodles has been a great supporter of Autism McLean and we truly appreciate their continued support and partnership.

Where: 
609 S. Main Street, Normal, IL
Date/Time: 
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 4:00pm to 9:00pm

ABLEs Account Seminar

Did you know you can now save up to $100,000 without it affecting your child’s benefits?

Come learn more at this free presentation by Illinois State Treasurer Michael W. Frerichs

Where: 
Normal Community West High School , IMC
Date/Time: 
Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 7:30pm
Cost: 
No Cost

Children's Discovery Museum Sensory Friendly Night

Join us for a family night of play, designed specifically for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other sensory processing differences! Your family will experience all three floors of interactive exhibits in a comfortable and inclusive environment. Sensory friendly accommodations will be provided along with special sensory activities. This FREE event is presented in partnership with Autism McLean. Advance registration is required and space is limited.

Register here!

Where: 
Children's Discovery Museum
Date/Time: 
Friday, October 4, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Cost: 
Free

Contra Dance Workshops

What is Contra Dancing? It has been in the USA since the 1700’s. People walk in repeating patterns to folk music. A caller first explains the movements and tells you what pattern to do.

When: Thursday, September 19th, October 17th, and November 21st

Where: Normal Public Library Community Room

Time: 6:30 – 7:30 pm

How is it Autism Friendly? Contra dancing is a wonderful opportunity to be around others. It is easily accommodated for people with ASD or other social/sensory issues. So you can participate without needing to talk, touch or make eye contact, unless you want to. The dance is a repetition of various patterns that are walked. So no fancy Michael Jackson moves are required. You dance with a partner, but that can be anybody in the dance! Almost nobody attending knows how to do this, so no worries about looking silly.

More information can be found on the Normal Public Library website.

Where: 
Normal Public Library 206 W. College Ave. Normal , IL 61761
Date/Time: 
Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Sensory Story Time at Bloomington Public Library

Sensory story Time encourages children of all ages and abilities to engage their senses with specialized stories, music, and activities. A portion of each session will be reserved for sensory play and socialization for children with autism or other special needs. caretakers, siblings, and children of all abilities are encouraged to attend.

Where: 
Bloomington Public Library, Story Room
Date/Time: 
Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 2:00pm
Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 2:00pm
Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 2:00pm
Saturday, December 21, 2019 - 2:00pm

Sensory Issues and Behavior Webinar

Join Family Matters for a webinar beginning on Oct 09, 2019 at 1:00 PM CDT and October 16, 2019

Register now!

In this FREE 2 part webinar series you will learn how sensory processing issues can affect children socially, emotionally, academically, and behaviorally. You will learn ways to help children at home and school using sensory diets and strategies to help them regulate their senses. You will also learn about ways to help the school understand your child's sensory difficulties and accommodations that can be added to the IEP or 504 Plan to address those needs.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

If accommodations are needed please call two weeks prior to training, 866-436-7842.

Family Matters is funded by the U.S. Department of Education with additional support from Community Support Systems. The contents of this announcement were developed under a grant from the US Department of Education, #H328M150037. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the US Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

Date/Time: 
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

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