Temple Grandin to speak at ISU: "The World Needs All Kinds of Minds"

Temple Grandin, often considered the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world, will be the keynote speaker for Science and Technology Week 2019 at Illinois State University.

Her talk, “The World Needs All Kinds of Minds,” will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in the Brown Ballroom of the Bone Student Center. Sponsored by the College of Applied Science and Technology, the talk is free and open to the public. A book signing will immediately follow the lecture.

A prolific author, Grandin’s book Emergence: Labeled Autistic stunned the world as it challenged the assumption that an autism diagnosis was virtually a death sentence to achievement or productivity in life. Her life story was made into an HBO feature film starring Claire Danes. The movie received seven Emmy awards, a Golden Globe, and a Peabody Award. Grandin is sought after globally to speak about her experiences with autism, cattle handling, and the humane treatment of animals. Her TED talk has been viewed by over 4.8 million people.

She is the author of Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism, among others. Her books Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human were both New York Times bestsellers.

Grandin, who holds a Ph.D. in animal science from the University of Illinois, is a designer of livestock handling facilities in the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and other countries. In North America, almost half of the cattle are handled in a center track restrainer system that she designed for meat plants.

She has been featured internationally in the media including National Public Radio, major television programs such as the BBC special “The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow,” ABC’s Primetime Live, The Today Show, CNN’s Larry King Live, 60 Minutes, 48 Hours, and 20/20, and has been featured in Time, People, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, and The New York Times, among others. In 2010, Time Magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people.

Brown Ballroom of the Bone Student Center, 200 N University St, Normal, IL 61761
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 7:00pm

Be a Hero day and HERO Awards

Join HEAL (Heroes Embracing Autistic Lives, Inc. - A Miskulin Family Foundation) as they host a wonderful Be a Hero Day to celebrate autism acceptance in McLean County! The event will include a balloon artist, Wild Style face painter, photo booth, carnival games, silent auction, sensory room, autism, special needs resource tables, a light meal, and 55" HD TV raffle!

  • 4:30 PM: Be a Hero day
  • 7:30 PM: HERO Awards

Visit the H.E.A.L. Foundation website or their Facebook page.

ISU Alumni Center, 1101 South Main Street, Normal, Illinois 61761
Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 4:30pm to 8:30pm

Local Housing and Autism – 2019 AFC Community Discussions

Through its Autism Friendly Community (AFC) partnerships, Autism McLean gathered local residential providers and support services to help local families understand the services currently offered and to identify future needs. Public events focused on housing needs for people with autism were held February 19 and March 19, 2019 at the Illinois State University Alumni Center in Normal. Read a summary and related resources.

Our next event will be held 6-8 pm on May 21 at the Normal Public Library Community Room. Join us for an evening of visioning and brainstorming -- focused on future needs, dreams and goals, exploring how to meet growing housing needs in the community. Parents, caregivers, advocates and adults with autism are invited to participate: Sign up to attend.

4th Annual Accessible Easter Egg Hunt

The Aktion Club of Bloomington-Normal (a Kiwanis group for adults with disabilities) is hosting an easter egg hunt for families who have a child with a disability. Siblings and friends of children with disabilities are welcome to join in the fun.

The Miracle League Baseball Diamond (North of the Corn Crib where the Cornbelters play)
Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Autism Cafe - A social gathering for adults with autism

The Autism Cafe is a monthly activity-focused social gathering for adults living with autism. Interested attendees are welcome to gather 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 Community Room, 206 W. College Ave. Normal , IL 61761
Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

An Instructional Contra Dance Series

What is Contra Dancing? It has been in the USA since the 1700’s. People walk in repeating patterns to folk music. A caller first explains the movements and tells you what pattern to do.

When: Third Thursday of each month

Where: Normal Public Library (in the basement)

Time: 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Who: The whole family (you don’t have to dance – come visit too)

How is it Autism Friendly? Contra dancing is a wonderful opportunity to be around others. It is easily accommodated for people with ASD or other social/sensory issues. So you can participate without needing to talk, touch or make eye contact, unless you want to.

Do I have to bring a date? NO! But you will need a dance partner – that can be anyone on the dance floor – we are trying to have some student volunteers there to be partners, but parents, friends, and siblings can be partners too

This is a planned monthly get-together for people on the autism spectrum, their family, mentors, and friends.

More information can be found on the Normal Public Library website.

Normal Public Library 206 W. College Ave. Normal , IL 61761
Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Presentation on supports available once selected from the PUNS list

Who: All guardians, parents, families, and students who are currently on the PUNS list. Students or parents who are interested in being placed on the PUNS list. Educators, professionals, etc. PUNS (Prioritization for Urgency of Need for Services) is a statewide database of individuals with developmental disabilities who are in need of services.

About: Megan Mutti, from the ARC of Illinois, will give an informational session on CILA services, Home-based Supports, ICFDD, Supportive Housing, I-CILA, and related services and supports. Maria Burkhart from CISA will also be on hand to enroll or update individuals on the PUNS list! If enrolling on the PUNS list for the first time, please bring a copy of your most current IEP/Re-Eval and Social Security Number.

Cost: Free!

When: Tuesday April 30th, 2019, 6:00pm (presentations last 1-2 hours)

Where: The Chateau 1621 Jumer Drive, Bloomington, IL. Please park in the back of the hotel, enter though the conference center doors, and follow the signs to the Bonaparte room.

RSVP to Emily Kull at: [email protected] or by phone at: 309-888-5120 x1210.

The Chateau 1621 Jumer Drive, Bloomington, IL
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Blaze Pizza Fundraiser for Autism McLean

Blaze Pizza is committed to supporting local organizations like Autism McLean. Bring in the attached flyer or show it on your phone before paying. Blaze Pizza will donate 20% of proceeds from your meal back to Autism McLean.

Blaze Pizza, 1601 E. College Ave. Normal, IL 61761
Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Chipotle Fundraiser for Autism McLean

Chipotle does more than just roll burritos. Come in to the Chipotle at 1601 East College, Avenue Suite B in Normal on Monday, April 15th from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. Bring in the attached flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to ensure that 33% of the proceeds will be donated to Autism McLean.

Monday, April 15, 2019 - 4:00pm to 8:00pm

Applebee’s Short Stack for a Tall Cause - Pancake Fundraiser

Delicious pancakes, bacon and drink for $5.00 - Autism McLean keeps $4.00 of every ticket sold.

Tickets in advance not required, but preferred. Purchase tickets here!

If you don't want to buy online, ask one of our board members for tickets or email [email protected] to reserve yours (pay at the door).

Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar, 502 N Veterans Pkwy Bloomington, IL 61701
Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 8:00am to 10:00am
$5 a ticket


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