2017 Autism McLean's "Rocking Autism" Walk and Kids Fun Run

Register today for the "Rocking Autism"  Walk & Kids Fun Run. Our event will be at Tipton Park on Saturday, September 16, 2017.

  • Event festivities will begin at 9:00 AM
  • The Kids Fun Run will start at 10:30 AM
  • The 1 Mile Walk will start at 11:00 AM

We hope to see you out at Tipton! All proceeds benefit our local community and families that are impacted by autism. Please consider joining the event and also helping us fundraise to better serve our community.


  • Register online for Autism Walk and the Kids Fun Run by clicking here.
  • Register offline via a paper form for the Kids Fun Run/Walk (Sorry Registration is closed for t-shirt guarantee) Please join us at 9:00 am Sept. 16th for walk-up regitration.
  • If interested in recruiting others to our cause, feel free to use the attached document as a way of drumming up participation in the Kids Fun Run/Walk or to make a monetary contribution if they can't participate.
  • Vendors can register by visiting our vendor sign-up page.
  • Volunteers can register on our volunteer sign-up page.

Register by September 1, 2017 to guarantee a t-shirt.


  • If you'd like to create a fundraising page (individual or team) to help fundraise for the Kids Fun Run/Walk, you may do so here.
  • If interested in donating without registering for the Kids Fun Ran/Walk, you may do so here.
  • If interested in pledging offline, download the paper form here.
  • There will be several awards for teams and individuals who raise the most money.


Please let us know if you have any questions or would like to help out in any way.

Thanks in advance for your support!

Tipton Park, 2201 Stone Mountain Blvd, Bloomington, IL
Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Chuck E. Cheese Sensory Sensitive Sundays

Chuck E. Cheese's is proud to support families who have children with autism and special needs. They now offer a sensory-friendly experience on the first Sunday of every month. The trained and caring staff is there to make sure each guest has a fun filled visit. 

The Sensory Sensitive Sundays experience includes: 

1. Less crowding and noise

2. Dimmed lighting

3. Show and music turned off or down

4. Limited appearances by Chuck E. 

5. Food and games are offered

Chuck E. Cheese coupons can be found here.

Chuck E. Cheese, 1701 Empire Bloomington, IL 61704
Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Sunday, June 4, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Sunday, July 2, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Sunday, August 6, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Sunday, September 3, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Sunday, November 5, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Sunday, January 7, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Sunday, February 4, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Sunday, April 1, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am

TAP Pizza Ranch Fundraiser

Please consider joining TAP @ Pizza Ranch, Monday, April 17th from 5-8 pm where 10% of your dine in, carry out or delivery goes to Friends of The Autism Place. No flyer needed! 

Pizza Ranch, 1211 Holiday Dr., Bloomington, IL, 61704
Monday, April 17, 2017 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

University of Illinois Wheelchair Basketball Teams vs. Be Strong Coaches and Members

Members of the University of Illinois men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball teams will compete on Saturday, April 8, 2017 against Be Strong. Be Strong is a functional training gym located in Normal, and they have agreed to have a team of ten to fifteen individuals represent LIFE CIL as our home team for the 2017 event.

Doors open and activity starts at 10:00 AM with the game starting at 11:00 AM.

The University of Illinois Wheelchair Basketball Teams have continued to support LIFE CIL and have continually agreed to help make this event possible.

To learn more about the Men’s U of I wheelchair basketball team and get an idea of who might be in town to play in April, please visit http://disability.illinois.edu/athletics/mens-wheelchair-basketball. For the same information on the women’s U of I wheelchair basketball team, please visit http://disability.illinois.edu/athletics/womens-wheelchair-basketball.

To learn more about LIFE CIL’s home team for 2017, Be Strong, please visit their website.  Be sure and read the member spotlight.  You will see that hard works pays off!  Be Strong’s website: https://be-strong.squarespace.com/#be-more-be-strong.

Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Kingsley Junior High, 303 Kingsley St, Normal, IL 61761
Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 10:00am
$5 per ticket, children under 5 are free

Independent Kinsmen's 3rd Annual Benefit For Autism

50/50 raffle, silent auction, food and drinks available for purchase. Kids are welcome! All proceeds go to Autism McLean to support local families!

Maguire's Bar & Grill, 220 North Center Street, Bloomington, IL 61701
Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm

SSID's Valentine's Day Dance

SSID is having their annual Valentine's Day Dance for Autism McLean on Saturday,  Feb 11 from 12:30 - 2:30 PM at ISU's Bowling and Billiards Center. There will be snacks, games, and fun Valentine's Day related activities for the kids.

Please RSVP to Jacquie Mace.

Activity Room in the Bowling and Billiards Center at ISU
Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm

Autism Friendly Open House at the Normal Public Library

Please join us at the Normal Public Library for an open house for individuals and families living with Autism Spectrum Disorders. 

This event is designed to be a low-stress visit to the library to explore books, activities, and resources that meet the special needs of these families. 

The Normal Library has put together a Social Story you can share with your kiddo’s/young adults if you are planning on attending. Please see attached.

Library card sign-ups will be available. Bring your photo ID and proof of current address in Normal or your current Bloomington library card.

Open to all ages. Questions? Call 309.454.4668 or email kids@normalpl.org.

Normal Public Library, 206 W College Ave, Normal, IL 61761
Children's Department (2nd floor)
Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

The 2017 Penguin Project Informational Meetings

Calling all individuals with disabilities, ages 10 - 24 and peer mentors, ages 12 - 24! The Penguin Project McLean County will be performing a Broadway Musical in June 2017.

What is the Penguin Project?

The Penguin Project is a group of individuals who take to the stage to perform a modified version of a well-known Broadway musical. This production is unique, however, because all of the roles are filled by individuals with disabilities. Performers with disabilities are paired with same age peer mentors who support them throughout the rehearsal and performance schedule.

Artists with Disabilities

The Penguin Project is open to any individual age 10 to 24 with a disability. This includes all disabilities (ie - cognitive, learning, motor, hearing and visual impairments, genetic disorders, neurological disorders).

Peer Mentors

The Penguin Project utilizes a “peer mentor” system, linking each artist with an age level peer who does not have a disability. The peer-mentors work side-by-side with their partners, assisting them throughout the entire rehearsal process and on stage.

Community Partners

In McLean County a core group of individuals from Bloomington Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts, Kiwanis Club of Normal, Easter Seals & the community joined forces to present the first Penguin Project of McLean County production in June 2009. A strong core of volunteers & community partners continue to support the program. Preparation is underway for our 9th production.

Be a Penguin!

Director Jackie Gunderson & her staff invite all interested actors, mentors, & volunteers to become a member of the Penguin Project McLean County family. Informational meetings for this year’s production, will be held at University High School Rehearsals will begin in late February. The production will take to the stage June 3 – 4, 2017.

Informational Meeting Dates/Times

Join us for an Informational Meeting on Jan. 17 or 18 at 6:15 pm at University High School. Email penguinprojectmclean@gmail.com or visit us at www.penguinprojectmclean.org for more information. Like Penguin Project McLean County on Facebook

University High School, 500 Gregory St, Normal, IL 61790
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 6:15pm
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 6:15pm

2016-2017 Winter Bowling Camp

Let's bowl!
Autism McLean is setting up the pins for another season of our annual bowling camp!
Autism McLean Winter Bowling Camp:

  • When: Saturdays, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17, 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25 from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Where: Pheasant Lanes, 804 N. Hershey Road, Bloomington, IL, 61704
  • Regisration fee: All member children camp fees will be covered by Autism McLean. Non-member children camp fees are $30. If adults would like to bowl on a team with their kid(s), they will need to pay $30 for the 10-week season.
  • Contact: Kelly Woith or Erik Heinonen

Please register here: https://autismmclean.org/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=42.

About the program:

Bowling is open to anyone who wants to be there. As long as they want to bowl, they are welcome to join us. Our mission statement is simple: provide our kids the same experience as any other kid who bowls. This means, of course, practice, frustration, achievement, sharing, communicating, bonding, turn taking, following directions and friendship.

We look forward to seeing you there and watching our kids succeed!

Pheasant Lanes, 804 N. Hershey Road, Bloomington, IL, 61704
Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, December 17, 2016 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, January 7, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, January 14, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
All member children camp fees will be covered by Autism McLean. Non-member children camp fees are $30. If adults would like to bowl on a team with their kid(s), they will need to pay $30 for the 10-week season.

Autism Cafe - Activity-Focused Social Gathering for Adults Living with Autism

The Autism Cafe is a monthly activity-focused social gathering for adults living with autism.

Interested attendees are welcome to gather the first Thursday of each month for a themed social hour with other adults on the spectrum in a safe, quiet environment.

Color Communication Badges will be available.

Normal Public Library, 206 W. College Avenue, Normal, IL 61761
Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm


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