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

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 13th the toy store will donate 10% of sales for the day to our organization!

How can you help? Simply stop by the Gingerbread House on November 13th  and pick up a few selections from your holiday shopping list.  Not in town? Don’t worry, you can now shop ONLINE with free delivery options!! 10% of the total sales that day goes to us!

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!

For more information about the Gingerbread House Toy Store and the 12 Days of Giving program, checkout their website at www.gingerbreadhousetoys.com

2019-2020 Winter Bowling Camp

2019-2020 Winter Bowling Camp

Let’s bowl! Autism McLean is setting up the pins for another season of our annual bowling camp! This year is at a new location: Twin City Lanes!

Autism McLean Winter Bowling Camp:

  • When: Saturdays, 11/16, 11/23, 11/30, 12/7, 12/21, 12/28, 1/4, 1/11, 118, 1/25, 2/1, and 2/8 from 11:15 am – 12:15 pm.
  • Where: Twin City Lanes, 1006 East Lincoln Street, Bloomington, IL 61701.
  • Register: at the Autism McLean Membership website. Must register by 11/13!
  • Registration fee: For families with an active membership: $20 per child up to a max of $50 for 3+ children. Non-member children and adults who want to bowl are $60 each. Everyone will bowl one game. If lanes are available, people can bowl a second game for $3.00
  • ContactKelly Woith

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!

Not an active Autism McLean member? Learn more about joining AM as a member. A membership will save you money if you money on this event and on other events throughout the year (in addition to all of the other membership benefits!)…

2019 Annual Holiday Party

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].

Frozen Formal

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

Trick or treat for children with autism and special needs

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.

SSID Halloween Dance Party

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.

Noodles Fundraiser for Autism McLean – Wed, October 23

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.

Children’s Discovery Museum Sensory Friendly Night

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!

Contra Dance Workshops

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.…