2016 Autism McLean's Peace, Love, Autism Run/Walk

It's that time! Register today for the Peace, Love, Autism run/walk. Our event will be at Tipton Park on Saturday, September 17, 2016.

  • The 5K will start at 9:00am
  • The kids fun run will start at 10:30am
  • The 1 mile walk start at 11:00am

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.

You can win!

Trophies will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for both male and female in the following age categories:

  • 19 and under
  • 20-24
  • 25-29
  • 30-34
  • 35-39
  • 40-44
  • 45-49
  • 50 +

Trophies will also be given to

  • The fastest overall male
  • The fastest overall female
  • The endurance trophy for the male and female who take the longest to finish the race. :)
  • Highest fundraising child (12 and under)
  • Highest fundraising adult
  • Highest fundraising team


Register by September 2, 2016 to guarantee a t-shirt.


Yard signs and more information

If you are interested in a yard sign, please contact Jacquie Mace at [email protected]. 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 17, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Seedling Encore - A Theatre Experience for Adults with Disabilities!

What is Seedling Encore? Seedling Encore, an extension of Seedling Theatre, is a troupe of adult actors with disabilities who participate in an eight week session to develop, rehearse and perform a theatrical showcase. Showcases are shorter than traditional full length productions (30-60 min.) so that rehearsal time can be used to focus on and fine tune acting skills as well as prepare a polished program for public performance.

Who can participate? Seedling Encore is for adults with disabilities ages 18 and up. Participation may be limited based on number of applications received and available staff.  If this is the case, participation will be determined by dates applications are received (first come, first served).

When Will Seedling Encore Meet? Wednesdays, August 31 - October 19 from 3:00-5:00 PM. The showcase performance is Saturday, October 22 at 4:00 PM.

Where Will Seedling Encore Meet? First Christian Church, 401 W. Jefferson, Bloomington, IL

Session Fee: $50.00 (Scholarships Available: contact Diane Walker 309-824-7921 or email: [email protected]).

How Can I Sign UP?!!! Email Diane Walker at [email protected] to get on her mailing list. Registration information for each session will be sent via email. Also, watch for notices in community news outlets, Facebook pages, etc.

*Diane Walker, Seedling Encore Artistic Director
2841 County Rd. 600 N
El Paso, IL  61738

(309) 824-7921

[email protected]

*Diane Walker, Artistic Director of Seedling Encore has over 30 years’ experience performing, teaching and directing theatre in education and community settings.  Her passion for people with disabilities and the performing arts stem from parenting her own actor, James, who has Down syndrome.

First Christian Church, 401 W. Jefferson, Bloomington, IL
Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 4:00pm

Wehrenberg Theatres Presents Sensory Friendly Screenings

Wehrenberg Theatres is hosting a sensory friendly movie, monthly, for anyone who might be overstimulated attending a typical movie experience. The show will run with brighter auditorium lights and lower sound. If a higher volume is needed, feel free to ask for a headset at the Guest Services Desk, where they can amplify the dialog from the show. Wehrenberg will also have available Closed Captioned devices for those that would like to read the words from the movie.

With Starplex no longer offering this sensory friendly movie option, Wehrenberg is stepping in to fill the void. Attendance will dictate whether this will continue beyond August.

Special screenings will happen the 2nd Saturday of each month.

Tickets to Sensory Saturday Shows are $5 per person.

Wehrenberg Bloomington Galaxy 14 Cinema, 1111 Wylie Drive, Bloomington, IL 61705
Saturday, July 9, 2016 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
$5 per person

2016 Vacation Bible School for Children with Autism (and their siblings)

The 9th annual Vacation Bible School (VBS-A) for children with autism and their siblings is almost here! VBS-A will be held Sunday, July 31st through Thursday, August 4th from 5:00 – 7:45 p.m at First Baptist Church. Meals will be served from 5:00-5:45 daily. 

Registration deadline is July 8, 2016 (t-shirts will not be available to anyone not registered by the deadline)

Please contact Kelly Woith @ [email protected] for more information. Volunteers should contact Krissy Dodson with any questions @ [email protected].

Cost: $20.00 per participant ($40.00 per family maximum) for t-shirts, CD, dinner, and supplies.

Stipends are available upon request.

Make checks payable to Autism McLean with VBS-A in the memo line. Forms are available below or email Kelly at [email protected].

Return forms to:

Vacation Bible School - Autism

c/o Kelly Woith

1030 Ibis Dr. Apt. 8

Bloomington, IL 61704

First Baptist Church, 2502 E College Ave, Bloomington, IL 61704
Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 5:00pm to 7:45pm
Monday, August 1, 2016 - 5:00pm to 7:45pm
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 5:00pm to 7:45pm
Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - 5:00pm to 7:45pm
Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 5:00pm to 7:45pm
Cost: $20.00 per participant ($40.00 per family maximum)

Skill Sprout sibling support group for children who have a sibling with special needs

This weekly support group is specially designed for siblings of children with special needs (e.g., Autism, ADHD, Down Syndrome, etc.) We realize that this type of sibling relationship can be unique and complex. During this weekly support group, we will teach your child basic skills and strategies to improve the quality of relationship with his or her sibling. The planned activities will also help children express their feelings in a safe comfortable atmosphere, share common joys and struggles of having a sibling with special needs and build friendships with other siblings. This group will be run by trained mental health staff.

Who this program is for: siblings of children with special needs, ages 7 - 12 years old

Dates/times: Wednesdays from 4:00 - 5:00 PM, June 15th - July 27th

Where: 706 Oglesby, Suite 200, Normal, IL 61761

Cost: $120 for 8 weeks

Limited space available. Call today for more information or to register your child in this support group.

For more information or to register, please call our intake coordinator at (800) 773-1682 x304 or email [email protected].

Skill Sprouts, 706 Oglesby, Suite 200, Normal, IL 61761
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
$120 for 8 weeks

iAM Social Camp for adults on the spectrum

Camp Leaders: Laura & Mike Dickenson

Dates: June 20th – July 1st (Mon. – Fri.) 

Times: 9:00 to 3:00

Limited Number of Attendees: 15 max

Camp Criteria

  • Minimum age 18—Must be able to follow along as a group
  • No significant behaviors (E.G., Running, aggressiveness, self-injurious)
  • Must be able to provide own assistive technology needs
  • We cannot dispense medication
  • No need for 1 on 1
  • Not enrolled  in public school
  • Students who have “walked” at graduation but have are not returning for a super senior year may attend.
  • Must provide own transportation to and from camp

Planned Activities (may change due to transportation or weather)

  • Bowling
  • Zoo
  • Eating out
  • Mini-golfing
  • Grady’s (If transportation goes there)
  • Swimming
  • Family Cook-Out on the last Friday

Please contact [email protected] with questions or for a camp application.

Chiddix Jr. High, 300 S Walnut St, Normal, IL 61761
Monday, June 20, 2016 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Friday, June 24, 2016 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Monday, June 27, 2016 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Friday, July 1, 2016 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
200.00 + 75.00 activity fee - (total 275.00 for both weeks)

Ice Skating at the Pepsi Ice Center, June 7

Stay cool in June. Join us at the Pepsi Ice Center for some ice skating! We reserved the ice, you pay for skates ($2 rental). All ages are welcome!

Pepsi Ice Center, 201 S Roosevelt Ave, Bloomington, IL 61701
Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$2 skate rentals

Support us when you shop!

Did you know that you can help support Autism McLean just by shopping? Every time that you shop at Schnucks or Amazon, a portion of your purchase price can be donated back to Autism McLean. Here's how:


Your purchases create automatic contributions of up to 3% of your purchase price. Access your personal reports online to see how much you have earned.

  1. Pick up a card at any Schnucks Store.
  2. Register your card by signing up with eScrip. When searching for your nonprofit, select "Autism McLean". 
  3. Shop at Schnucks and have your card scanned when you check out.


AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization.

  1. Go to http://smile.amazon.com (from your computer or your mobile device).
  2. On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Search and select "Autism Society of McLean County". AmazonSmile will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.
  3. To ensure that you're always using AmazonSmile when shopping from your computer:
    1. If you use Chrome as your web browser, you can install the Smile Always extension.
    2. If you use Firefox as your web browser, you can install the Smile Redirect extension.
    3. If you use Safari as your web browser, you can install the KeepOnSmiling extension.

Sugar Mama Bakery Supporting Autism McLean

Yummy goodness for a good cause, what better excuse to have a treat!

Sugar Mama Bakery is donating 10% to Autism McLean for “Mother’s Vanilla” cupcakes for the rest of April.
Stop in to get your treat and support Autism McLean at the same time!

Sugar Mama Bakery, 116 W North St, Normal, IL 61761
Saturday, April 23, 2016 (All day) to Saturday, April 30, 2016 (All day)

Autism Awareness Month - 2016

Everyone knows someone with autism

The most recent statistic from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that 1 in 45 children have autism. That staggering statistic emphasizes how important it is that the central Illinois community becomes aware of the difficulties of living with autism. Autism McLean provides imperative programming to people of all ages living with autism and families whose lives are affected by autism.

April is Autism Awareness Month and Autism McLean has planned a month packed full of events to raise awareness about autism. Also, look for our Autism Awareness electronic billboards on Veterans Parkway!

About Autism McLean

Autism McLean is an all volunteer based group that strives to educate the central Illinois area about autism and fund programs that better the lives of individuals and families of those with autism. For more information, contact [email protected].

Join us

Please view the benefits of being a member and consider joining us. Events like movies and Children’s Discovery Museum are often free for our members.


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