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:


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

Many thanks to Easter Seals of Central Illinois for allowing us to use Timber Pointe Outdoor Center and for our friends at the Sportsman's Club for offering their financial assistance.

20 Timber Pointe Lane Hudson, IL, 61748
Monday, June 4, 2018 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Friday, June 8, 2018 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
$225 for members; $250 for non-members

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:

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:

Many thanks to Easter Seals of Central Illinois for allowing us to use Timber Pointe Outdoor Center.

20 Timber Pointe Lane Hudson, IL, 61748
Monday, June 4, 2018 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Noodles Fundraiser April 19th Both Stores



10% of sales will benefit Autism McLean.

Normal, IL, Main Street & Osage | 309-454-3900


Bloomington, IL, 305 N Veterans Pkwy | 309-661-6300

Dine In or Take Away


Main Street & Osage, Normal, IL
305 N Veterans Pkwy, Bloomington, IL
Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 11:00am to 9:00pm

Easter Bunny Cares at Eastland Mall

Come out Sunday, March 18th, from 9am - 11am for Bunny Cares, a special sensory-friendly event for children with special needs and their families to enjoy a visit and photos with the Easter Bunny in a calming environment. Families will enjoy activity stations and beverages. Lights and music will be muted where possible. More information can be found here.

Please RSVP in advance by reserving one ticket per group. Photo packages are available for purchase during the event. RSVP by clicking HERE.

Eastland Mall, 1615 East Empire St. Bloomington, IL
Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Sensory Story Time at Bloomington Public Library

Sensory Story Time invites children of all ages and all 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, 205 E. Olive St., Bloomington, IL
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 2:00pm
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 2:00pm
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 2:00pm
Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 2:00pm
Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 2:00pm
Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 2:00pm

Save the Date - Autism Friendly Community Celebration

Save the date for an Autism Friendly Community Celebration. We will attempt another visual of our AFC logo using Colored Umbrellas.

We will need 240 people to hold umbrellas for the event.

Please save the date and think about who you can nominate as being Autism Friendly (Teacher, organization, employer, shop owner, grocery store, mailman) – We want you to invite them too.

More details to come!

Uptown Normal Circle
Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 11:00am

2018 Basketball Camp

Want to shoot some hoops?
Autism Mclean is ready for another season of our annual basketball camp! This is a great way for our kids to learn some of the fundamentals of basketball, social skills, and teamwork, all while making friends.

Autism McLean basketball:

  • When: Thursdays - 03/22, 04/05, 04/12, 04/19, 04/26, 05/03
  • Where: Northpoint Elementary South Gym - 2602 E College Ave, Bloomington, IL 61704
  • Time: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Registration fee: $5 - Free for members
  • T-shirts, if needed, will be provided for free.
  • Contact: AM Sports Director

Please register here:

About the program:

This camp is open to any kid 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, uniforms, 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!

Northpoint Elementary South Gym - 2602 E College Ave, Bloomington, IL 61704
Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
$5 for non-members; free for members

Looking for Teen Girls on the Autism Spectrum for Research Study

Ball State University is looking for teen girls on the autism spectrum to be in a research study. Participants will be asked to read sentences about things teens think, feel and do at different times. They will be asked to say how true each sentence is about themselves.

The purpose of this study is to look for patterns in responses on a personality questionnaire for adolescents. Answers from teen girls on the autism spectrum will be compared with those from teen girls with and without other diagnoses. The findings may help to better understand the thoughts, feelings and behaviors of teen girls on the autism spectrum.


  • Girls between the ages of 12 and 18 years
  • Must have received one of the following:
    • Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Autistic Disorder, or Asperger’s Disorder; or
    • Special education eligibility under Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Must read at or above the 4th grade level

ALL participants will receive:

  1. A $40 gift card of choice when the completed questionnaire is returned!
  2. Entry into a drawing for a chance to win one of six $100 VISA gift cards at the end of the study!

To be in the study or find out more about it, please contact Liz Freeman Floyd (

Early CHOICES Inclusion Town Hall

Join Early CHOICES and STARNET for an evening focused on the experiences of families who have children with disabilities, and how preschool inclusion made a difference in their lives. We will hear from providers who support children too. We know inclusion is upheld in the law, research has shown it is effective and federal guidelines support it; now we listen to the great things that happen for children with disabilities and their families when they are meaningfully included in their early childhood community.

Register here:

Heartland Community College, 1500 W. Raab Rd.,Normal, Il
Monday, March 12, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

4th Annual Family Fun Night/Hero Awards

It's the 4th annual HEAL (Heroes Embracing Autistic Lives, Inc. - A Miskulin Family Foundation) HERO awards at the ISU Alumni Center.

  • 5-7 PM: Family Fun Night ($5 for adults, children are free)
  • 7:30 PM: HERO Awards ($10 for adults, children under 18 are free)

Visit the H.E.A.L. Foundation website or their Facebook page.

ISU Alumni Center, 1101 South Main Street, Normal, Illinois 61761
Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 5:00pm to 8:30pm
$5 for adults at Family Fun Night; $10 for adults at the HERO awards; children under 18 are free


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