2016 Dodgeball Tournament - Dodging for Autism

Dodgeball Tournament

  • March 5th from 3-6 PM @ Heartland. Sign in and t-shirt pick will start at 1:30 PM with the tournament starting at 3:00 PM. (ALL TIMES ARE STILL APPROXIMATE - final details to come soon)
  • 8-Person Teams - Age 13+ (Waiver must be signed by a parent/guardian)
  • $200 per team ($25 per person with a no-cost substitute).
  • Payments are due in full by Feb 20th to be guaranteed a t-shirt. Payments must be made by Feb 27th to be guaranteed a slot in the tournament.
  • Payments can be made via PayPal/credit card or check.
  • The payment screen will appear after submitting this form.
  • Each team member must sign a waiver! Please download and sign the attached waiver and bring it to the tournament.

If you want to sign-up but do not yet know all of the team members, submit the form with as much of the information that you have. You may work with Jacquie Mace to update the missing information once you have it.

For more information, contact: Jacquie Mace at 309.661.9440 or info@autismmclean.org.

Team Information
(color not guaranteed)
Team Captain
Team Member 2
Team Member 3
Team Member 4
Team Member 5
Team Member 6
Team Member 7
Team Member 8
Reserve Team Member
Where: 
Heartland
Date/Time: 
Saturday, March 5, 2016 -
3:00pm to 6:00pm
Cost: 
$200 per team

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.

On Feb 16, the Autism Parent Group is excited to have Dayna Abraham, Owner of "Lemon Lime Adventures" and author of "Sensory Processing 101." She will be coming to the Autism Parent Care Group to share her insights as a Parent of a child with SPD. Check out her website at http://lemonlimeadventures.com.

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, January 19, 2016 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm

SSID Valentine's Day Party

SSID is having a Valentine's Day Party for Autism McLean. There will be snacks, games, and fun Valentine's Day related activities for the kids.

Questions? Please contact Jami Kunde at ssidisu@gmail.com

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

Where: 
Activity Room in the Bowling and Billiards Center at ISU
Date/Time: 
Saturday, February 13, 2016 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Cost: 
Free

Closing the Gap Project - Discussing the Needs of People with Mental Heath Concerns

The National Alliance on Mental Illness in McLean County (NAMI Livingston McLean) and the Neighbors Association of Normal (NAN) will host the Closing the Gap Project:

When: Sat, Feb 6, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

Where: Town of Normal Community Activity Center, 1110 Douglas Street, Normal, IL, 61761

This forum will include representatives from the judicial system, politicians, law enforcement officers, the medical community, and local tax payers. We will join together to discuss the needs of people with mental heath concerns. How their unique needs are being met in our community will be addressed with the intention of bringing everyone to the table to acknowledge what is working and pinpoint things that can be improved for the benefit of those with mental illness as well as the entire community.

This discussion will focusing on three important topics:

  1. What support and educational programs are available locally for the mentally ill and their families?
  2. How can the needs of the mentally ill be met more humanely when they encounter the legal and judicial system?
  3. What are good strategies for advocating for better mental health care and services?

In addition to Judge Yoder, Jason Chambers, and Capt. Ken Hall, IL State Police (Ret), Ed Quijano, the Asst. Vice President, of Enterprise Change Management, at State Farm, will be the facilitator of the discussion.

Contact Larry Shapiro at LarryShapiro@comcast.net or 309-454-7077 for more information. 

 

Where: 
Town of Normal Community Activity Center, 1110 Douglas Street, Normal, IL, 61761
Date/Time: 
Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 10:00am

2015 Autism McLean Award Winners

Every year, we like to formally recognize individuals and organizations who make a difference in the lives of people living with autism. Here are this year's award winners:

Above and Beyond "Autism Champion" - Recognizes members of the local community who have made a direct impact on families and individuals with autism. These champions make a positive difference in the lives of individuals and help make McLean County an Autism Friendly Community.

Community Partner - Presented to the outstanding organization that has provided support and partnership to the Autism Society of McLean County and the autism community.  These partners are committed to advancing the acceptance of autism and dedicated to making McLean County an Autism Friendly Community. Without good partners, we cannot succeed!

Excellent Educator - This award acknowledges and recognizes a teacher or other professional who has directly impacted our individuals with autism, whether it be through their dedication to enhance the future of all individuals with autism, direct teaching of an individual, training of others on techniques, volunteering their time to further the educational efforts, commitment to furthering their own knowledge or involvement in collaborating on projects related to autism.

Gold Star Member - For a member of the society who has made a direct impact on the organization, in the lives of the families and individuals affected by autism, or through personal triumphs in their own lives.

  • Ed Hampton

Shine Award - Presented to the outstanding individual who has provided support and partnership to Autism McLean. The recipient of the Shine award stands out as someone who is enthusiastic and devoted to improving the lives of individuals on the autism spectrum.

  • Staci Rogers, LPN

Visionary Employer Award - This award is presented to a local employer who stands out because of their dedication to the special needs community with the employment of individuals with special needs.

Check out the Pantagraph coverage here: http://www.pantagraph.com/print-specific/pantagraph/briefs/healthdigest/article_e9fb8515-0956-5a00-b401-654f161bba73.html

Special Needs Cheer Camp - January 3, 2016

What:

A cheer camp hosted by the Illinois State Cheerleaders in which participants will learn new cheer material and perform what they have learned at the game later that day! (Pizza provided before the game) 

Who are the Participants:

Individuals with disabilities, ages 13 to 21 

Where: 

Cheer camp will be held in Horton Fieldhouse at Illinois State University and later in Redbird Arena for the performance.  

When: 

The cheer camp will be held on January 3, 2016.  We will meet in Horton Fieldhouse at 12 pm to begin working/learning the cheer material and having some fun! The performance will be during the halftime of the Women’s Basketball game on January 3, 2016 at 2:00 pm. (game begins at 2) 

Additional Information:

Cheer Camp and admission is free for the participant as well as his/her personal care provider. Family and friends will need to purchase tickets but can purchase them at a reduced cost! 

***Individuals interested in signing up can contact me at 1(815) 990-9867! I will add the participant and participant’s number and email to the list and answer any further questions 

We can’t wait to see you there!!!

Where: 
ISU Horton Field House, 180 N. Adelaide Street, Normal IL 61761
Date/Time: 
Sunday, January 3, 2016 - 12:00pm

SSID Bowling for Teens

Students Supporting Individuals with Disabilities (SSID), a student organization at ISU that focuses on providing volunteer opportunities for students to work with individuals with disabilities, is inviting teens for some bowing at the ISU Bowling and Billiards Center, Friday, November 13 from 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM. This is event is free for teens with ASD. 

We hope to see you there!

Where: 
ISU Bowling and Billiards Center, 400 W Locust St, Normal, IL 61761
Date/Time: 
Friday, November 13, 2015 -
5:00pm to 6:00pm

The Gingerbread House's 12 Days of Giving, Benefiting Autism McLean

The Gingerbread House is in the giving spirit and Autism McLean is going to benefit! On November 11th the toy store will donate 10% of sales for the day to our organization!

How can you help? Simply stop by the Gingerbread House (603 South Hannah Street, Bloomington) on Wednesday, November 11th and pick up a few things from your holiday shopping list. 10% of the total sales that day goes to us! Store hours are 9 AM - 7 PM.

That’s it. Simple and elegant, no coupons, no letting them know the purchase is for our group. Check off a to-do, get some great quality toys, and help support our organization!

Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Where: 
603 South Hannah Street, Bloomington, IL, 61704
Date/Time: 
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 -
9:00am to 7:00pm

2015-2016 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, 12/12, 12/19, 1/2, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27 from 11:15 AM - 12:30 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 $20. If adults would like to bowl on a team with their kid(s), they will need to pay $25 for the 10-week season.
  • Contact: Kelly Woith or Erik Heinonen

Please register here: https://autismmclean.org/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=29.

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 12, 2015 -
11:15am to 12:30pm
Saturday, December 19, 2015 -
11:15am to 12:30pm
Saturday, January 2, 2016 -
11:15am to 12:30pm
Saturday, January 9, 2016 -
11:15am to 12:30pm
Saturday, January 16, 2016 -
11:15am to 12:30pm
Saturday, January 23, 2016 -
11:15am to 12:30pm
Saturday, January 30, 2016 -
11:15am to 12:30pm
Saturday, February 13, 2016 -
11:15am to 12:30pm
Saturday, February 20, 2016 -
11:15am to 12:30pm
Saturday, February 27, 2016 -
11:15am to 12:30pm
Cost: 
All member children camp fees will be covered by Autism McLean. Non-member children camp fees are $20. If adults would like to bowl on a team with their kid(s), they will need to pay $25 for the 10-week season.

Autism McLean Fall Sports

Autism McLean is kicking off fall with mixed field games. Games include dodgeball, indoor wiffleball, and several others. 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: Wednesday nights from 10/28/2015 - 12/2/2015, 7:30p - 8:30p
  • Where: Northpoint Elementary School (North Gym), 2602 E College Ave, Bloomington, IL 61704
  • Contact: Autism McLean Sports Director

Please register below.

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!

Guardian
Select "Volunteer Coach" if you're willing to help out.
Child 1
Child 2
Child 3
Child 4
Where: 
Northpoint Elementary School (North Gym), 2602 E College Ave, Bloomington, IL 61704
Date/Time: 
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 -
7:30pm to 8:30pm
Wednesday, November 4, 2015 -
7:30pm to 8:30pm
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 -
7:30pm to 8:30pm
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 -
7:30pm to 8:30pm
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 -
7:30pm to 8:30pm
Cost: 
Free

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