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!

Children's Discovery Museum
Friday, October 4, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

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.

Normal Public Library 206 W. College Ave. Normal , IL 61761
Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Sensory Story Time at Bloomington Public Library

Sensory story Time encourages children of all ages and abilities to engage their senses with specialized stories, music, and activities. A portion of each session will be reserved for sensory play and socialization for children with autism or other special needs. caretakers, siblings, and children of all abilities are encouraged to attend.

Bloomington Public Library, Story Room
Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 2:00pm
Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 2:00pm
Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 2:00pm
Saturday, December 21, 2019 - 2:00pm

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.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

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!

3803 Ireland Grove Road, Bloomington, IL, 61704
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$10 per child (t-shirt included)

Family Swim Night at Fairview

Autism McLean (AM) is partnering with Fairview Family Aquatic Center for a private, after-hours swim event. Everyone is welcome!

There is no cost for AM members. Non-member swimmers can attend for $5. 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 to swim.

Fairview Family Aquatic Center, 801 N. Main Street, Normal, IL, 61761
Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 8:30pm to 10:30pm
Free for AM members and $5 for non-members

Toy Story 4 - A Sensory Friendly Showing

Autism McLean (AM) is partnering with AMC Classic Normal 14 to present a sensory-friendly, private showing of "Toy Story 4" on Saturday, June 29.

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 for the movie here.

We are looking forward to a great turnout!

AMC Classic Normal 14, 201 McKnight Street, Normal, IL, 61761
Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 10:30am to 1:00pm
The movie is free for AM members and $4 for non-members

Autism-Friendly Summer Program from GBC aba

GBC aba is thrilled to provide a blended social skills program that provides naturalistic opportunities to interact with peers in a supported environment. Programming is designed by BCBAs (Board Certified Behavior Analysts) who also train staff and supervise social skills groups on a regular basis. Find more information here.

All ages and skill levels are welcome to join the autism friendly summer program!

  • Dates: June 10th- August 2nd
  • Time: 1:00-4:00 pm
  • Participation is weekly. There is no Camp the week of July 4th.

Each session will have the option to be separated by age groups. Children will build social skills through various group activities based on the weekly themes.

Examples of weekly activities:

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Group Games
  • Story Telling
  • Snack Time
  • Structured Free Play

Different payment options are available to best fit the needs of the family. GBC aba accepts most insurances and offers private pay options.

Call or email GBC aba at 312-882-1024 or [email protected] to reserve your spot today!

15th Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference

The 15th Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference for transition aged youth and young adults with disabilities, their family members and teachers, vocational professionals, caregivers, health care professionals, college students pursuing careers in special education, resident physicians and community advocates will be held at The Gateway Center in Collinsville on October 17 and 18, 2019.

The goals of the Illinois Statewide Transition Conference are to promote effective, person-centered transition planning to address as aspects of adult life for youth with disabilities.

The conference, titled “Stepping Stones of Transition”, invites participants to imagine the possibilities for students with disabilities in the areas of independent living, education and training, employment, community integration, health care, and self-advocacy. Conference sessions are organized into 4 tracks: Education, Health, Community and Employment.

Education: Instructional delivery models, accommodations and modifications, program development, evidence-based practices, advocacy, and/or other resources for transition age youth receiving services in secondary, post-secondary settings, adult service agencies or community-based organizations.

Health: The health track offered on Thursday is intended for pediatric and adult providers and others who play a role in transition. The breakout sessions will include generalized talks about the transition process, the core elements of health care transition and practical guidelines for implementing transition process in physician practices. The Health Plenary session (D1) will further build capacity and supports for improving transition outcomes for youth with special health care needs/disabilities.

Community: Independent living skills such as getting an apartment, preparing to live as independently as possible, community based-instruction, recreation and leisure, healthcare, financial literacy, online etiquette, community participation and personal safety in public and giving back (volunteering).

Employment: Competitive/integrated employment opportunities, hiring people with disabilities, internships and job shadowing experiences for high school students, partnerships between high schools, colleges, VR agency, employers, nonprofits, workforce development boards, students and their families, and programs improving employment opportunities for in school and out of school youth. Emphasis on youth and how they can appropriately advocate for themselves both on the job and before the job.

Registration Deadline is September 13, 2019. Registration can be found here.

The Gateway Center, 1 Gateway Dr, Collinsville, IL 62234
Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 7:00am to 5:00pm
Friday, October 18, 2019 - 7:00am to 5:00pm
fees vary depending on registration type and length

iAM Social Camp

iAM Social Camp is a social camp geared toward adults and older teens who are no longer enrolled in public school. The camp will be headed by Jacquie Mace, Nikki Michalak, and Unit 5 (teacher of the year) Shawn Mann.

The focus of the camp will be community and recreational activities to encourage social engagement and build social skills.  Camp cost: 275.00, 75.00 will be set aside for each attendee's activities, the other 200.00 will cover supply cost and teacher fees.

We will have no more than 18 campers enrolled. Campers must not have significant behavioral challenges. Campers must be independent enough to not need an individual aid. There will be a lot of navigating the community, but campers will always be with an adult – the ratio will be 1 adult to 6 campers at times.

Campers are responsible for getting themselves to and from camp. Many times we take personal vehicles to get to our community locations.

Please contact [email protected] with questions or for a camp application.

Chiddix Jr. High, 300 S Walnut St, Normal, IL 61761
Monday, June 17, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Friday, June 21, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Monday, June 24, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Friday, June 28, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
200.00 + 75.00 activity fee - (total 275.00 for both weeks)


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