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: http://www.eclre.org/events/31218-inclusion-townhall-central-il.aspx.

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

HuHot Mongolian Grill VIP Invitation

Enjoy a free meal at the new HuHot Mongolian Grill, January 9th

Click on the picture to make your reservation.

Help HuHot train their new army of cooks and servers before they serve the rest of Bloomington-Normal.

Your grill meal is FREE. Appetizer and dessert sales from the event will go to Autism Mclean which helps make McLean county an autism-friendly community - one business, one organization at a time.

Please choose only ONE time slot, and plan to arrive at the time you choose. Unfortunately, because of the large demand for tickets, a table cannot be guaranteed if late for your seating. 


1. One reservation per email address – we will be matching tickets with a list at the door.

2. No groups larger than 4.

3. Please limit your meal time to 1 hour so that all our guests can enjoy the pre-opening party.

HuHot Mongolian Grill, 2103 N Veterans Pkwy Suite 324 Bloomington, IL 61704
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 11:00am to 7:30pm

2017 Annual Holiday Party

The Autism McLean Holiday Party and Awards will be held at the Children’s Discovery Museum on Saturday, December 2nd 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).

This year we will focus more on the recognizing individuals in the community with our awards and less on business so we all have more time to visit.

We will have volunteers from ISU to help supervise the kiddo’s in the museum. We will also be visited by Santa and have treat bags for the kids.

Children's Discovery Museum, 101 E Beaufort St, Normal, IL, 61761
Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Ferdinand - A Sensory Friendly Showing

Autism McLean (AM) is partnering with Wehrenberg Galaxy 14 to present a sensory friendly showing of "Ferdinand" on December 30th.

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

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

All families who have a child with special needs welcome.

There is no cost for AM members. Non-member adults are $7 for and $6 for children (ages 2-11). 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!

Wehrenberg Galaxy 14, 1111 Wylie Drive, Bloomington, IL 61701
Saturday, December 30, 2017 - 10:30am to 12:30pm
The movie is free for AM members and $7 for non-member adults and $6 for children. (2-11)

2017-2018 Winter Bowling Camp

Let's bowl!
Autism McLean is setting up the pins for another season of our annual bowling camp!
Autism McLean Winter Bowling Camp:

  • When: Saturdays, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 11/25, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 12/23, 1/6, 1/13, 1/20, 1/27 from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Where: Pheasant Lanes, 804 N. Hershey Road, Bloomington, IL, 61704
  • Regisration fee: All member children camp fees will be covered by Autism McLean. Non-member children camp fees are $30. If adults would like to bowl on a team with their kid(s), they will need to pay $30 for the 10-week season.
  • Contact: Kelly Woith or Erik Heinonen

Please register here: https://autismmclean.org/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=48.

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!

Pheasant Lanes, 804 N. Hershey Road, Bloomington, IL, 61704
Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, December 23, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, January 6, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
All member children camp fees will be covered by Autism McLean. Non-member children camp fees are $30. If adults would like to bowl on a team with their kid(s), they will need to pay $30 for the 12-week season.

Trick or Treating Event for Children with Autism and Special Needs

Bring all of your special trick-or-treators out to the Courtyard for a night of family fun. We will have at least 20 rooms throughout the hotel designated for this event. So that all children can participate, our treats will be mostly non-food items with a few exceptions of some allergy friendly candy.

This is open event for all children with special needs. Feel free to invite any of your friends who would benefit from this event.

Special "thank you" to Total Spectrum and the Bloomington-Normal Courtyard for donating the treats and the space.

Courtyard Bloomington Normal, 310A Greenbriar Drive, Normal, Illinois, 61761
Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Spider Saloff sings the Great American Songbook—a benefit for Autism McLean

A Gala Evening -- internationally renowned jazz cabaret icon Spider Saloff, sings the Great American Songbook!

  • Concert and art display with silent auction
  • All concert proceeds to benefit Autism McLean!

Advance Tickets on sale at: https://autismmcleanssgala.eventbrite.com

  • $35  General Admission – single seat
  • $20  Autism McLean member discount (for AM members and individuals with autism. Financial assistance available – inquire at info@autismmclean.org)
  • $250  Table Sponsor – (sponsors receive a reserved table for 4)

Tickets at the door: $50 - single seat

(All Tickets include one complimentary beverage and cabaret snack)

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018

Time: Silent Auction Preview opens 6:00 pm, Cabaret Show begins 7:30 pm

Where: Illinois Wesleyan University, Memorial Center Main Lounge, 104 E University Ave, Bloomington, IL (Link to Map) (Parking Map)

Help us spread the word: Download a flier to share!

About Spider Saloff:  spidersaloff.com

Sample the sounds of Spider at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PKKdX-zKGk.

  • “If there is a greater, more electric and sensitive singer on the planet than spider saloff, my ears eagerly await.” –Rick Kogan, Chicago Tribune
  • “Rarely have I heard so many musical ideas from one set of pipes with the talent and self assurance to carry them off.  Her jazz phrasing is flawless.” –Back Stage

Illinois Wesleyan University Memorial Center Main Lounge
Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 6:00pm

SSID Halloween Party

Dress up in your favorite costume and come join us for snacks, music, games, and fun fall activities! All ages welcome. All ages are welcome. Parents may stay or drop off. Snacks will be available, but feel free to bring something to share also.

Please RSVP to ssidisu@gmail.com by October 7th to ensure enough help and snacks.

The activity room (Located in the Bowling and Billiards Center @ Illinois State University)
Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

8th Annual BNYP/Autism McLean Garage Sale Fundraiser for Autism Camp

BNYPThe Bloomington-Normal Young Professional Kiwanis Club will be hosting the 8th annual Autism McLean Garage Sale Fundraiser on Saturday, October 14, 2017. All proceeds from the garage sale will be given to Autism McLean for Autism Camp. Here are the details:

Here’s how you can help:

  • Donate garage-sale worthy items for the garage sale. If you’re interested in donating in advance of the garage sale please contact Craig Luchtefeld, at c.luchtefeld@autismmclean.org. The more items donated, the more money we can raise, and the more kids we can send to camp!
  • We will have early drop-off on the following dates/times at the garage sale location:
    • Monday, October 9th from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Wednesday, October 11th from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Friday, October 13th from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • We'll have volunteers to help unload and sort your items.
  • If you have items you'd like to donate but cannot make one of the early drop-off dates, please contact Craig Luchtefeld at c.luchtefeld@autismmclean.org and we'll do our best to work out a time to retrieve your items.
  • If you'd like to volunteer to help unload or sort items at any one of the early drop-off times, we'd very much appreciate the help! You can register to volunteer here: http://bit.ly/BNYPGSF.
  • If you'd like to make a monetary donation in lieu of donating garage sale items, we'd welcome the donation!

So, please, help us get the word out for this fundraising event and do some garage sale-ing!

YouthBuild McLean County, 360 Wylie Drive #305, Normal, IL
Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 7:00am to 1:00pm


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