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.

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.…

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.

Soccer Camp – 2019

Soccer Camp – 2019

Want to play some soccer?

Autism McLean is ready for another season of our soccer camp! This is a great way for participants to learn the fundamentals of soccer, social skills, and teamwork, all while making friends.

  • When: Every Tuesday from 9/3/2019 – 10/1/2019, 5:30p – 6:30p
  • Where: Community Soccer Fields, 3803 Ireland Grove Road, Bloomington, IL, 61704
  • Cost: $10 per child (t-shirt included)
  • Contact: Emmanuel Calmes

Please register here.

About the program:

This camp is 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!…

Camp Pathfinder

Camp Pathfinder

Camp Pathfinder is geared specifically to siblings and friends of people living with autism. Camp is located at Timber Pointe Outdoor Center (TPOC) and run in parallel with Camp Takoda.
 
The goal of Camp Pathfinder is to provide opportunities for siblings/friends to experience the majesty of TPOC and be recognized for their care and support of their siblings/friends. Having a sibling/friend with special needs creates a unique relationship.

Camp Pathfinder will not interfere with our Takoda campers. We are focused on providing an experience that will be special for our Pathfinders and leave them with a sense of accomplishment and confidence.

Register for camp here: https://members.autismmclean.org/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=52.

Timber Pointe Outdoor Center's 170 wooded acres bordering four miles of shoreline on Lake Bloomington offers an incredible array of outdoor activities. Camp Pathfinder consists of:

  • Canoeing
  • Swimming
  • Hiking
  • High and Low Ropes Course
  • Zip line
  • Confidence Building
  • Friendship
  • Horses
  • Target Sports

For camp pictures, check out our Facebook picture albums here: https://www.facebook.com/autismmclean/photos_stream?tab=photos_albums.

Files (these are included in the camp registration links above but are provided here for reference):

Many thanks to Timber Pointe Outdoor Center.…

Camp Takoda

Camp Takoda

Camp Takoda is dedicated to providing a valuable experience for children on the autism spectrum (ages 6-21) in a natural outdoor setting on Lake Bloomington. Children have the opportunity to engage in typical camp activities including: canoeing, swimming, horseback riding, games, and much more in a safe and supportive atmosphere. At Camp Takoda we have a high counselor-to-camper ratio to ensure that all campers are safe and positively encouraged to participate in each activity offered.

Our goal is to always provide a comfortable and motivating environment that will help each camper develop their individual abilities with an emphasis on building self-confidence, social skills, and independence – all in a fun setting!

Timber Pointe Outdoor Center's 170 wooded acres bordering four miles of shoreline on Lake Bloomington offers an incredible array of outdoor activities:

  • Social Skills
  • Swimming
  • Horseback Riding
  • Boating
  • Crafts
  • Hiking
  • Archery
  • Hay Rack Rides
  • and more…

For camp pictures, check out our Facebook picture albums here: https://www.facebook.com/autismmclean/photos_stream?tab=photos_albums.

Register:

If you do not have a child attending and would like to assist at camp, you may register for camp as a volunteer.

Files (these are included in the camp registration links above but are provided here for reference):

Many thanks to Timber Pointe Outdoor Center.