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 Pathfinder

Camp Pathfinder is geared specifically to siblings and friends of people living with autism. Camp is located at Timber Pointe Outdoor Center (TPOC) and run in parallel with Camp Takoda.
 
The goal of Camp Pathfinder is to provide opportunities for siblings/friends to experience the majesty of TPOC and be recognized for their care and support of their siblings/friends. Having a sibling/friend with special needs creates a unique relationship.

Camp Pathfinder will not interfere with our Takoda campers. We are focused on providing an experience that will be special for our Pathfinders and leave them with a sense of accomplishment and confidence.

Register for camp here: https://autismmclean.org/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=52.

Timber Pointe Outdoor Center's 170 wooded acres bordering four miles of shoreline on Lake Bloomington offers an incredible array of outdoor activities. Camp Pathfinder consists of:

  • Canoeing
  • Swimming
  • Hiking
  • High and Low Ropes Course
  • Zip line
  • Confidence Building
  • Friendship
  • Horses
  • Target Sports

For camp pictures, check out our Facebook picture albums here: https://www.facebook.com/autismmclean/photos_stream?tab=photos_albums.

Many thanks to Easter Seals of Central Illinois for allowing us to use Timber Pointe Outdoor Center.

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.

Files (these are included in the camp registration links above but are provided here for reference):

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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