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Come celebrate Autism Awareness Month with us on Friday, April 12th from 6:00p - 9:00p at the Entourage Lounge in Bloomington! There will be a silent auction and Dan Brady as the celebrity bartender. Proceeds benefit the Autism Society of McLean County.
Entourage Lounge, 909 N Hershey Rd, Bloomington, IL, 61704
Autism Awareness Noodles Night will be April 2nd (all day long!) at both locations. For dine in and take out. Please join us for a great meal and a good cause! A portion of all sales are donated back to ASMC.
Noodles has been a great supporter of ASMC and we truly appreciate their continued support and partnership. Come eat with us!
Noodles & Company, 305 N Veterans Pkwy #105, Bloomington, IL 61704
Noodles & Company, 609 South Main Street, Normal, IL, 61761
The Cafe provides ongoing support, trainings and discussions on the many areas of autism that families are challenged with. Come join other family members to share your knowledge and problem solve. This month's topic is: working with your school team.
Childcare provided by ISU SSID. Trainings and discussion will be facilitated by Illinois Autism Training and Technical Assistance Project.
RSVP to Jacquie at 309-824-4555 so as to ensure proper coverage.
Please see the attached flyer for more information.
The Autism Place, 706 East Oglesby Ave., Suite 303, Normal, IL, 61761
Stan and Janetta Bauer have invited the Autism Society of McLean County members and families to visit their farm. They have been raising alpacas for over eight years.
Alpacas are gentle, clean, shy animals that make wonderful pets. They are herd animals, which means they like to be with other alpacas—to eat, walk and play together. A baby alpaca is called a cria. Youngsters enjoy rolling in the dirt and in snow.
Alpacas are prized for their luxurious fiber, so they get a haircut (are “sheared”) once a year before summer. The Bauers develop wearable items created from the fiber produced by their alpacas on their farm. An alpaca sweater or blanket is a cherished possession, frequently handed down from one generation to the next.
The Bauers will share their story of getting their alpacas and show how they take the fiber from shearing the animal to finished product, including spinning, knitting, weaving and felting. Janetta Bauer also works as a speech therapist with autistic children at the Baby Fold.
Who: ASMC members and families are invited. All ages are welcome.
Where: der Bauernhof Farm (German for “the farmer’s house). Located just east of Bloomington on Route 9 - at the corner of Route 9 and the Bentown/Holder Road, five miles east of the Bloomington airport. Look for a large farm bungalow and barn on your right as you go east on Route 9. Another landmark to notice - the farm is located in front of the first windmill east of Bloomington.
As a part of Money Smart Week, Attorney Steve Newbold of COUNTRY Financial and NewboldLaw is presenting a Seven Step Planning for Children with Special Needs. This workshop will cover special needs trusts, estate planning tips and include a Q&A session. Open to parents, caregivers and trustees.
Where: Calvary United Methodist, Room 111, 1701 N Towanda Ave, Normal, IL, 61761
When: Tuesday, April 23, 6:15p - 7:15p
RSVP: Steve Newbold by phone or email
Steve Newbold, Attorney, NewboldLaw, Special Needs Legal Services
The garage sale itself will be a 'name your price' garage sale - no listed prices. The goal is to sell each and every item.
Donations will gladly be accepted anytime before the 6th. For more information, contact Craig Luchtefeld: firstname.lastname@example.org or 309-319-6006. All donations are tax deductible. All unsold donations will be given to Home Sweet Home, Mission Mart, ReStore, etc.
So, come out and donate and/or be a buyer. The money is all going for a good cause!
ASMC has had an extraordinary opportunity this year, thanks to a partnership with the Multicultural Leadership Program: An MCLP project team has been working since fall 2012 to help ASMC plan a new autism employment mentoring program. This new mentoring program, "Bridges to Work", is focused on helping adults on the autism spectrum work on employment networking and job preparedness skills.
The team conducted a small 6-week program pilot, with three adult mentees with autism and three adult volunteer mentors, who worked one-on-one through a series of activities planned by the MCLP team — including how to prepare for job interviews, mock interview experiences, resume writing, and job shadowing opportunities. The Autism Society of McLean County has been working for several years now on employment awareness through its Diversity’s Missing Piece steering committee. Together with our MCLP project team, we are hoping to build “Bridges to Work” into an ongoing ASMC program.
MCLP project team will present a summary of their project on Saturday, March 9th at Heartland Community College Astroth Auditorium. Five MCLP community project teams will present throughout the morning from 8:00 to 10:45 am. The ASMC team presentation is last, so they will begin approximately 10:00. ASMC members are invited and encouraged to attend.
Final Community Project Presentations:
Sat., March 9, 8:00-10:45 am (ASMC team presents at 10:00 am)
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.