Supporting The Spectrum

Supporting The Spectrum
The Autism Conference is an annual event sponsored by the Autism Professional Learning and Universal Supports Project (A+), the Autism Training and Technical Assistance Project (ATTA), and Autism McLean.   The conference goals are to promote awareness and acceptance, increase understanding and implementation of evidence-based practices and interventions, and outline services around autism. The conference will provide professional development and networking opportunities for families, students, individuals with autism, educators, and professionals.   This year’s conference will be held in-person at Heartland Community College in Normal, IL and include a virtual option. Check back periodically as we release information about speaker line ups, networking events, and more!
Where: Heartland Community College Astroth Community Education Center Normal, IL  Who: K-12 Teachers, Parents, Postsecondary Student Supports Price: $25.00 Credits: 5 ISBE Professional Development Hours  



One of the primary purposes of Autism Mclean (AM) is to ensure that individuals with autism obtain access to the community. Because it is our goal to serve the entire spectrum and community of individuals with autism we have set aside stipend money for children, adolescents, and adults in the community to ensure they have the same opportunities for recreational and social activities as their peers.

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Illinois ABLE Account

Illinois ABLE Account

IL ABLE “Achieving a Better Life Experience” accounts give people with disabilities and their families greater financial independence while preserving benefits. A high-quality, low-cost IL ABLE savings and investment account can be opened by an eligible individual, or Authorized Individual, at any time, no matter what state you live in.

  • Savings in an IL ABLE account are not counted in determining entitlement to any federal needs-based benefits. This includes such programs as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Medical Assistance (Medicaid), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), housing assistance programs, and federal financial aid for higher education.
  • If you receive SSI, you can save up to $100,000 in your IL ABLE account and still receive your monthly SSI benefits. At $100,000, SSI benefits are temporarily suspended until the account balance falls below $100,000, and benefits resume. Account Owners will not have to reapply for SSI benefits.
  • Even if the ABLE account exceeds $100,000, beneficiaries will not lose Medicaid benefits.

Getting Started Kit

Picture of the "Getting started" tote bag

Have you just received a diagnosis? Know someone who has? Our Getting Started Kit, can help get you started on your journey. Each kit has

  • A folder with fact sheets and local provider information
  • A First Steps booklet
  • Brochures from local organizations who can help
  • Small gift items for local organizations

All packaged in a reusable tote bag. Each kit has been assembled by an individual with autism.…