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.
  • Funds you withdraw from your IL ABLE account to use for housing expenses must be spent within the same month you make the withdrawal or your SSI benefits may be affected.
  • Assets in your IL ABLE account are not subject to certain Medicaid recovery requirements.
  • For Illinois residents, under Illinois state law, the Illinois Department of Health and Family Services (the Illinois Medicaid agency) is not permitted to recover benefits from an IL ABLE account upon the death of the Account Owner, except in specific, limited situations. See the Plan Disclosure Documents and check with your public benefits specialist about your specific circumstances.

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Getting Started Kit

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.…

Sonic the Hedgehog – A Sensory Friendly Showing

Autism McLean (AM) is partnering with AMC Classic Normal 14 to present a sensory-friendly, private showing of Sonic the Hedgehog on Saturday, February 22.

The lights are turned up and sound is turned down. It’s OK if people need to get up and move around or talk. All ages are welcome.

The movie starts at 11:00 AM, but doors open at 10:30 AM. Please be early if you are going to order concessions.

There is no cost for AM members. Non-member tickets are $4. If you are not an AM member, please view the benefits of being a member and consider joining us. Events like this are often free for our members. Learn more about joining Autism McLean as a member.

Please register here for the movie.

We are looking forward to a great turnout!…

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

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

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

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.

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