Autism McLean Fall Sports

Autism McLean is kicking off fall with mixed field games. Games include dodgeball, indoor wiffleball, and several others. There's no cost to sign-up and participate. Our friends at SSID will be there to help the kids in all of their activities.

  • When: Wednesday nights from 10/28/2015 - 12/2/2015, 7:30p - 8:30p
  • Where: Northpoint Elementary School (North Gym), 2602 E College Ave, Bloomington, IL 61704
  • Contact: Autism McLean Sports Director

Please register below.

About the program:

Sports are 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!

Select "Volunteer Coach" if you're willing to help out.
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Northpoint Elementary School (North Gym), 2602 E College Ave, Bloomington, IL 61704
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Join the Jaycees at their Check Presentation to Autism McLean

Join the Jaycees, Friday, October 16th at 7:00 PM, for good drinks, good food, and good times while celebrating the charities that benefitted from Bruegala XVI and the accomplishments of the Jaycees in 2015!

Eastland Suites Hotel & Conference Center - Bloomington 1801 Eastland Drive Bloomington, IL 61704
Friday, October 16, 2015 - 7:00pm
$10 a person

Miller Park Zoo Spooktacular

Show off your Halloween costume and enjoy crafts, up close creepy animal encounters, and of course, candy! The costume parade begins at 2:30 PM. Free with zoo admission.

Miller Park Zoo
Sunday, October 25, 2015 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Free with zoo admission

MOANA - A Sensory Friendly Showing

Autism McLean (AM) is partnering with Wehrenberg Galaxy 14 to present a sensory friendly showing of "MOANA" on December 4th.

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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 December 4th at 1:00 PM, but please be there by 12:30 PM.

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), with 12% off concessions. 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
Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
The movie is free for AM members and $7 for non-member adults and $6 for children. (2-11)

SSID Halloween Dance

Join us for an evening of fall fun! Come dressed in your Halloween costume and enjoy food, music with DJ, games, arts-and–crafts and more at our annual Halloween Dance!

The activity room (Located in the Bowling and Billiards Center @ Illinois State University)
Sunday, October 18, 2015 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Annual Holiday Party

The Autism McLean Holiday Party and Annual Meeting will be held at the Children’s Discovery Museum on Sunday, November 29th from 5:30pm - 7:30pm.

Wear your “ugliest” sweater. We will have prizes for the best or most unique ugly sweater.

Bring the whole family! Pizza and beverages and Hot Chocolate bar will be provided - please bring a side dish or dessert to share.

Photo Booth for your family photos!

Please RSVP below.

The annual meeting/appreciation reception will take place while the children are playing and being supervised by our friends at SSID (ISU). If you know your child will need a 1-on-1 friend, please contact Jacquie by Nov. 22nd at [email protected].

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Children's Discovery Museum, 101 E Beaufort St, Normal, IL, 61761
Sunday, November 29, 2015 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Autism Parent Care Group

Eastview Care Groups are campus-based, supportive small groups that are designed to provide emotional and spiritual growth to individuals who are walking through a variety of life circumstances. The Autism Parent Care Group will be specifically for parents for children on the autism spectrum.

Childcare will be provided. For more information or to register your child(ren), contact Tara Horn at [email protected] or (309) 451-5000.

Eastview Christen Church, 1500 N. Airport Road, Normal, IL
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Yankee Candle® Fundraiser for The Autism Place

Dear Autism McLean Members,

My group, FRIENDS OF T.A.P., has just kicked off our Yankee Candle® Fundraiser and I need your help! We are raising funds for special programs and materials. Our group earns 40% of every dollar you spend.

Simply click here to see the exciting collection of America's Best Loved Candles™, candle accessories, flameless fragrance and assorted gift wrap. Shop online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – everything is shipped directly to you.

If you don't click on my link listed above, you need to enter my Group Number 990085107 and my Seller ID Jenny47 in order for me to receive credit.

Click here for my site

If you are having trouble with the above link, you may copy and paste the following link in to your browser:

Our fundraiser will be running from 22-Sep-2015 through 16-Oct-2015. Please help me by placing your order before the end of our sale. You can continue to order all season – my group will receive credit.

If you have any questions, just reply to this and it will be sent to me.

Thanks, my group and I really appreciate your support!

Thank You

Jenny Baker

Free, 9-week course for family caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses

What is NAMI’s Family-to-Family Program?

The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free, 9-week course for family caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses.  

  • The course is taught by trained family members  
  • All instruction and course materials are free to class participants
  • Over 300,000 family members have graduated from this national program

To pre-register please go to: 

Any questions, please call affiliate NAMI Livingston/McLean Counties at 309-287-9913.

Please see the attachment for more information.

What Does The Course Include?

Current information about schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, and co-occurring brain disorders and addictive disorders

  • Up-to-date information about medications, side effects, and strategies for medication adherence
  • Current research related to the biology of brain disorders and the evidence-based, most effective treatments to promote recovery
  • Gaining empathy by understanding the subjective, lived experience of a person with mental illness
  • Learning in special workshops for problem solving, listening, and communication techniques
  • Acquiring strategies for handling crises and relapse
  • Focusing on care for the caregiver: coping with worry, stress, and emotional overload
  • Guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community
  • Information on advocacy initiatives designed to improve and expand services

Dates: Sept 19, 26, Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov 7, 14

Time: 9:00 – 11:45 am

Where it meets:  Wesley United Methodist Church, 502 East Front Street, Bloomington, IL 61701

Peace, Love Autism Walk and 5k - Premise Alert Program

Officer Law of the Bloomington Police Dept. will be attending our Peace, Love, Autism run/walk to register families to the Premise Alert Program. Officer Law will be available from 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM.  See below on additional information on the Premise Alert Program.

Premise Alert Program

The Bloomington Police and Fire Departments have combined forces to offer our citizens the opportunity to participate in the Premise Alert Program.

The Illinois Premise Alert Program (Public Act 96-0788) provides for Public Safety Agencies in the State of Illinois to allow people with special needs the ability to provide information to Police, Fire and EMS personnel to be kept in a database. The information can then be provided to responders dealing with situations involving Special Needs Individuals.

The Bloomington Fire Department has created a Premise Alert Program form that can be accessed online at: The form can be completed by families, caregivers, or individuals with special needs. The information provided in the form will be entered into databases maintained by the Bloomington Communication Center and may be shared with other police, fire or EMS agencies as needed to provide services to the individual.

A Special Needs Individual is hereby defined as: Having a physical or mental impairment, or has or is at increased risk for a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional condition and who also requires health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by individuals generally.

Captain Brad McCollum, Public Information Officer for the fire department said “The Premise Alert Program is a voluntary program that will benefit the special needs citizens of Bloomington by providing emergency response personnel with important information that will aid them in assisting the individual during their emergency.” Bloomington Police Public Information Officer Sara Mayer agrees, “By partnering with the Bloomington Fire Department to offer the Premise Alert Program, our Police, Fire, and EMS personnel will have access to critical information allowing them to better respond to the needs of our citizens.

The information provided will be kept confidential and used only to provide City of Bloomington Emergency Responders with the information needed to deal with situations or emergencies involving a Special Needs person. When needed, this information will then be sent to the responding emergency vehicles Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) terminal. The service is offered free of charge.

The notification expires 2 (two) years after the date it was submitted. Individuals may update or renew it at anytime by filing a new form.

For more information, please visit our Premise Alert Program page at to download a form or submit one online.


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