Portillo's for Good Fundraiser for Autism McLean

Portillo’s has always believed in serving up a better tomorrow and giving back to organizations and people who support our local communities. 20% of sales will be donated to Autism McLean for those that come in with the attached flyer or show it on their phone at checkout. This applies to dine-in, carry-out, or drive thru.

Portillo's, 202 Landmark Drive, Normal, IL
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 4:00pm to 8:00pm

Let’s Talk About Housing – an Autism Friendly Community Poster Board Q&A

Join us for a Poster Presentation / Talks on what housing is available in this area. We will have people who can answer questions. This first meeting will be followed up with another one March 19th - where we can delve further into the housing topic and hopefully start dreaming up what we really want!

Purpose: For anyone interested appropriate, safe, supportive residential options for adults with autism in McLean County

Register Here: https://goo.gl/forms/0TDacCvRpESmCrfy1

February 19:

  • Housing types/models
  • Levels of support for residents
  • Eligibility requirements
  • Financial support
  • Listening Sessions:
  • Talk with other parents/guardians
  • Share your needs, concerns, and challenges
  • Share your ideas, solutions, and dreams

March 19:

  • Speakers representing Funding and Housing followed by Q&A
ISU Alumni Center, Normal, IL
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Return of the Spider Woman - a Benefit Concert for Autism McLean

Join us at Heartland Community College's Astroth Community Education Center Auditorium.

Internationally renowned jazz cabaret icon Spider Saloff returns to the Twin Cities singing The Great American Songbook at a benefit concert for Autism McLean. Doors open at 6 pm for drinks and light noshing catered by Baxter’s American Grille, and includes one complimentary alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage AND great company! The concert program begins 7:30 pm.

Purchase tickets here!

Thanks to our generous donors, ALL ticket proceeds benefit Autism McLean.

Heartland Community College, Astroth Community Education Center Auditorium, 1500 W Raab Rd, Normal, Illinois 61761
Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

We asked local candidates about autism

Are you aware of our local effort to be an Autism Friendly Community and the needs of local people with autism?

Autism McLean recently invited candidates running for local office in the April 2, 2019 election to share about their familiarity with autism and local efforts to be an autism friendly community: Bloomington & Normal Councils, Unit 5 and District 87 school boards, and Heartland Community College trustees. We did this to ask their awareness of autism and encourage future attention to issues of concern for people with autism.

This is inquiry is not a candidate endorsement. Rather, our intent is to encourage awareness among candidates about the presence and needs of our local autism communityHere are the responses we received.

2019 Basketball Camp

Want to shoot some hoops?
Autism Mclean is ready for another season of our annual basketball camp! This is a great way for our kids to learn some of the fundamentals of basketball, social skills, and teamwork, all while making friends.

Autism McLean basketball:

  • When: Thursdays - 03/21, 04/04, 04/11, 04/25, 05/02
  • Where: Northpoint Elementary South Gym - 2602 E College Ave, Bloomington, IL 61704
  • Time: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Registration fee: $10 (includes t-shirt)
  • Contact: AM Sports Director

Please register by March 18th, if possible, so we can get t-shirts ordered.

Please register here: https://autismmclean.org/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=57.

About the program:

This camp is open to any kid who wants to be there. As long as they want to play, they are welcome to join us.

Our mission statement is simple: provide our kids the same experience as any other kid who plays a sport. This means, of course, uniforms, practice, frustration, achievement, daydreaming, running, sharing, communicating, bonding, teamwork, turn taking, following directions and friendship.

Parents can help coach (which really means play and share the experience)

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

Northpoint Elementary South Gym - 2602 E College Ave, Bloomington, IL 61704
Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Normal Public Library Autism Friendly Open House

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

Who: Everyone

Where: Normal Public Library, 206 W. College Ave., Normal , IL 61761

When: January 23rd, 6:00 to 7:00 pm




Normal Public Library, 206 W. College Ave., Normal , IL 61761
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Meet Your Community Night

What: Meet real police officers, fighter fighters, doctors, and more at the Children's Discovery Museum! Children will encounter uniformed professionals they may encounter during various social situations while also enjoying play time in the museum! Sensory Friendly accommodations will be provided.

When: Friday, February 22, 6:00-8:00pm; Sensory Friendly Soft Open from 5:30-6:00pm

Cost: FREE with Admission

RegisterRegister online.

Children's Discovery Museum, 101 E Beaufort Street, Normal, IL
Friday, February 22, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
FREE with Admission

Sensory Friendly Night Children’s Discovery Museum

When: Friday, January 25

Time: 5:30-7:30 pm

What: It’s a family night of play for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other sensory processing differences at the Children’s Discovery Museum!

Your family will experience all three floors of interactive exhibits in a comfortable and inclusive environment. Sensory friendly accommodations will be provided along with special sensory activities. 

Cost: This FREE event is provided by Autism McLean.

Advance registration is required and space is limited.

Register at: ChildrensDiscoveryMuseum.net 

Go to Celebrate” - click on “Special Events” - Click on “Register Here!” under the Sensory Friendly Family Night! 

Children's Discovery Museum, 101 E Beaufort Street, Normal, IL
Friday, January 25, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Mary Poppins Returns - A Sensory Friendly Showing

Autism McLean (AM) is partnering with Marcus Theaters (formerly Wehrenberg Galaxy 14) to present a sensory friendly showing of "Mary Poppins Returns" on Saturday, December 22.

The lights are turned up and sound is turned down. It’s OK if people need to get up and move around or talk.

The movie starts at 10:30 AM, but doors open at 10:00 AM. Please be early if you are going to order concessions.

All families who have a child with special needs welcome.

There is no cost for AM members. Non-member adults are $7 for and $6 for children (ages 2-11). If you are not an AM member, please view the benefits of being a member and consider joining us. Events like this are often free for our members. Learn more about joining Autism McLean as a member.

Please register here for the movie.

We are looking forward to a great turnout!

Marcus Theaters (formerly Wehrenberg Galaxy 14), 1111 Wylie Drive, Bloomington, IL 61701
Saturday, December 22, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:30pm
The movie is free for AM members and $7 for non-member adults and $6 for children. (2-11)

2018 Annual Holiday Party

The Autism McLean Holiday Party and Awards will be held at the Children’s Discovery Museum on Sunday, December 2nd from 5:30pm - 7:30pm. Everyone is welcome! We will provide pizza and beverages - please bring a side dish or dessert to share (we encourage your child's favorite, whatever that may be).

We will have volunteers to help with the kids, Santa Clause, treat bags, and tons of fun. Our annual board meeting and recognition will take place promptly at 5:45 to 6:15. If you are interested in serving on our board, please contact Nikki Michalak at: [email protected]. If you have someone you would like to recognize, please contact Jacquie at: [email protected].

Children's Discovery Museum, 101 E Beaufort St, Normal, IL, 61761
Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm


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