An Instructional Contra Dance Series

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: Third Thursday of each month

Where: Normal Public Library (in the basement)

Time: 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Who: The whole family (you don’t have to dance – come visit too)

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.

Do I have to bring a date? NO! But you will need a dance partner – that can be anyone on the dance floor – we are trying to have some student volunteers there to be partners, but parents, friends, and siblings can be partners too

This is a planned monthly get-together for people on the autism spectrum, their family, mentors, and friends.

More information can be found on the Normal Public Library website.

Normal Public Library 206 W. College Ave. Normal , IL 61761
Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Presentation on supports available once selected from the PUNS list

Who: All guardians, parents, families, and students who are currently on the PUNS list. Students or parents who are interested in being placed on the PUNS list. Educators, professionals, etc. PUNS (Prioritization for Urgency of Need for Services) is a statewide database of individuals with developmental disabilities who are in need of services.

About: Megan Mutti, from the ARC of Illinois, will give an informational session on CILA services, Home-based Supports, ICFDD, Supportive Housing, I-CILA, and related services and supports. Maria Burkhart from CISA will also be on hand to enroll or update individuals on the PUNS list! If enrolling on the PUNS list for the first time, please bring a copy of your most current IEP/Re-Eval and Social Security Number.

Cost: Free!

When: Tuesday April 30th, 2019, 6:00pm (presentations last 1-2 hours)

Where: The Chateau 1621 Jumer Drive, Bloomington, IL. Please park in the back of the hotel, enter though the conference center doors, and follow the signs to the Bonaparte room.

RSVP to Emily Kull at: [email protected] or by phone at: 309-888-5120 x1210.

The Chateau 1621 Jumer Drive, Bloomington, IL
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Blaze Pizza Fundraiser for Autism McLean

Blaze Pizza is committed to supporting local organizations like Autism McLean. Bring in the attached flyer or show it on your phone before paying. Blaze Pizza will donate 20% of proceeds from your meal back to Autism McLean.

Blaze Pizza, 1601 E. College Ave. Normal, IL 61761
Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Chipotle Fundraiser for Autism McLean

Chipotle does more than just roll burritos. Come in to the Chipotle at 1601 East College, Avenue Suite B in Normal on Monday, April 15th from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. Bring in the attached flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to ensure that 33% of the proceeds will be donated to Autism McLean.

Monday, April 15, 2019 - 4:00pm to 8:00pm

Applebee’s Short Stack for a Tall Cause - Pancake Fundraiser

Delicious pancakes, bacon and drink for $5.00 - Autism McLean keeps $4.00 of every ticket sold.

Tickets in advance not required, but preferred. Purchase tickets here!

If you don't want to buy online, ask one of our board members for tickets or email [email protected] to reserve yours (pay at the door).

Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar, 502 N Veterans Pkwy Bloomington, IL 61701
Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 8:00am to 10:00am
$5 a ticket

Portillo's for Good Fundraiser for Autism McLean

Portillo’s has always believed in serving up a better tomorrow and giving back to organizations and people who support our local communities. 20% of sales will be donated to Autism McLean for those that come in with the attached flyer or show it on their phone at checkout. This applies to dine-in, carry-out, or drive thru.

Portillo's, 202 Landmark Drive, Normal, IL
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 4:00pm to 8:00pm

Let’s Talk About Housing – an Autism Friendly Community Poster Board Q&A

Join us for a Poster Presentation / Talks on what housing is available in this area. We will have people who can answer questions. This first meeting will be followed up with another one March 19th - where we can delve further into the housing topic and hopefully start dreaming up what we really want!

Purpose: For anyone interested appropriate, safe, supportive residential options for adults with autism in McLean County

Register Here:

February 19:

  • Housing types/models
  • Levels of support for residents
  • Eligibility requirements
  • Financial support
  • Listening Sessions:
  • Talk with other parents/guardians
  • Share your needs, concerns, and challenges
  • Share your ideas, solutions, and dreams

March 19:

  • Speakers representing Funding and Housing followed by Q&A
ISU Alumni Center, Normal, IL
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Return of the Spider Woman - a Benefit Concert for Autism McLean

Join us at Heartland Community College's Astroth Community Education Center Auditorium.

Internationally renowned jazz cabaret icon Spider Saloff returns to the Twin Cities singing The Great American Songbook at a benefit concert for Autism McLean. Doors open at 6 pm for drinks and light noshing catered by Baxter’s American Grille, and includes one complimentary alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage AND great company! The concert program begins 7:30 pm.

Purchase tickets here!

Thanks to our generous donors, ALL ticket proceeds benefit Autism McLean.

Heartland Community College, Astroth Community Education Center Auditorium, 1500 W Raab Rd, Normal, Illinois 61761
Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

We asked local candidates about autism

Are you aware of our local effort to be an Autism Friendly Community and the needs of local people with autism?

Autism McLean recently invited candidates running for local office in the April 2, 2019 election to share about their familiarity with autism and local efforts to be an autism friendly community: Bloomington & Normal Councils, Unit 5 and District 87 school boards, and Heartland Community College trustees. We did this to ask their awareness of autism and encourage future attention to issues of concern for people with autism.

This is inquiry is not a candidate endorsement. Rather, our intent is to encourage awareness among candidates about the presence and needs of our local autism communityHere are the responses we received.

2019 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 - 03/21, 04/04, 04/11, 04/25, 05/02
  • Where: Northpoint Elementary South Gym - 2602 E College Ave, Bloomington, IL 61704
  • Time: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Registration fee: $10 (includes t-shirt)
  • Contact: AM Sports Director

Please register by March 18th, if possible, so we can get t-shirts ordered.

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 21, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm


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