ISU Basketball Game for Teens

  • Who: ASMC Teens (13-19 years of age), up to 10 teens can attend
  • What: ISU basketball game
  • Where: ISU Redbird Arena, Ticket Office
  • When: Saturday, January 26, 6:30p
  • Cost: $5/person

Please RSVP with Jill Enchelmayer.
 
Parents: The maximum is 10 teens, so let me know asap if your teen will be attending so he/she can be guaranteed a spot.

You will be able to drop your teen off with the SSID group and pick them up when the game is finished (the games usually last 2 hours).
 
*Helpful tip: When attending loud events, try sound reducing earphones. It may highly increase enjoyment of the game by not having to worry about when there will be a loud noise. These earphones can be purchased at any hardware type store for under $20.

Date/Time: 
Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 12:30pm

Hire Autistic People; Here's Why

A good article from inc.com: http://www.inc.com/margaret-heffernan/hire-autistic-people-heres-why.html

Chantal Sicile-Kira is a leading authority on adolescent and early-adult autism. She's written five books on the subject, the latest of which Jeremy co-authored. A passionate advocate for the autism community, she is adamant that autistic adults can and will be valued employees.

"Lots of people are pushed into academic qualifications and that's fine," she says. "But then the system breaks down after high school. It's important for people on the autism spectrum to take an extra school year to learn life skills: self advocacy, relationships, organization. If they can do this, they can become employable. It's utterly wrong that they should end up pushing shopping carts when, a year earlier they were getting high grades."

"It will be an economic failure if the new wave of high school graduates can't be employed. All these kids have talent and ability and a tremendous capacity to contribute. We have to stop thinking that all employees have to be the same, with the same skills, the same attributes."

Read the whole article here: http://www.inc.com/margaret-heffernan/hire-autistic-people-heres-why.html

Starplex Cinemas Presents Movies for Children With Special Needs

The Starplex hosts a sensory friendly movie monthly for children who might be overstimulated attending a typical movie experience. Starplex turns the lights up and the sound down so the movie is more enjoyable for children that can not handle or do not enjoy all that stimulation. Children are free to walk around and vocalize during the movie.

Special screenings will happen the 2nd Saturday of each month.

January 12 - Monsters, Inc.
February 9 - The Little Mermaid
March 9 - Toy Story

One free child admission with adult ticket purchase. Seating is limited - first come, first serve.

Please check out the Starplex site for more information.

Date/Time: 
Saturday, January 12, 2013 - 10:00am
Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 10:00am
Saturday, March 9, 2013 - 10:00am
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Winter Swim Event at YMCA

It's cold outside, so you know what that means...get out your swimsuit and goggles. What?

That's right- meet us at the YMCA pool on Saturday, January 19, from 6:00-8:00. Don't forget your beach towels and pool toys.

Bloomington-Normal YMCA

602 S. Main Street

Bloomington, IL 61701

Date/Time: 
Saturday, January 19, 2013 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
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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: https://www.facebook.com/autismmclean/photos_stream?tab=photos_albums.

Register:

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.

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