Social Group for Adults on the Spectrum

Co-Directors: Betsy Drillon, John Fischer, and Virginia Moody

Where: Normal Public Library

When: First Thursday of the month, 6:30-7:30 or closing time, through Sep 1.


  • The Cafe is for adults on the spectrum who would like to meet other adults on the spectrum.
  • This group is geared toward those who do not require language, cognitive or behavioral supports.
  • At the monthly get-togethers, participants get acquainted with each other and group-focused activities available at the library.
  • The group decides at the meeting what activity they want to do the next month.

If you feel you would fit with this group, feel free to come during the set meeting times.

Normal Public Library, 206 W College Ave, Normal, IL 61761
Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Angry Birds Movie - A Sensory Friendly Showing

Autism McLean (AM) is partnering with Wehrenberg Galaxy 14 to present a sensory friendly showing of the "Angry Bird Movie" on Saturday, May 21. 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 11:00 AM, but please be there by 10:40 AM.

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), with 12% off concessions. 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!

Wehrenberg Galaxy 14, 1111 Wylie Drive, Bloomington, IL 61701
Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
The movie is free for AM members and $7 for non-member adults and $6 for children. (2-11)

Annual Parent/Caregiver Night Out

Come hang out any time between 5:00 - 8:00 PM. We will have a drawing for gifts and great conversations with friends!

Childcare: Free - provided by ISU-SSID students at Eastview Christian Church.

RSVP: Jacquie - with number of children for childcare at [email protected]  or 309.661.9440

Alexander’s Steakhouse, 1503 E College Ave, Normal, IL 61761
Friday, April 22, 2016 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Participants are responsible for their own meals

Extreme Motors is sponsoring Autism McLean, March 25th - April 2nd

Extreme Motors is sponsoring Autism Mclean from March 25th – April 2nd. They are creating awareness with the attached video that will also air on the major networks.
Also for every test drive in any of their three stores, Extreme Kia, Nissan, Hyundai they will donate $5.00 to Autism Mclean.

Please take time to go out and test drive a car, share with friends, and let Extreme Motors how much we appreciate their support!

Extreme Kia, Extreme Nissan, and Extreme Hyundai
Friday, March 25, 2016 (All day) to Saturday, April 2, 2016 (All day)

Easter Egg Hunt for Children with Disabilities

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.

  • 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM: Pictures with the Easter Bunny
  • 10:00 AM: The Easter Egg Hunt
The Miracle League Baseball Diamond (North of the Corn Crib where the Cornbelters play)
Saturday, March 26, 2016 - 9:30am to 11:00am

2nd Annual LEGO Building Competition at the Gingerbread House

The Gingerbread House is excited to host their 2nd Annual LEGO Building Competition beginning the first of March! Children ages 3-13 may participate, but their creation must be done completely on their own!

Bring your entry to Gingerbread House Too (the purple building) between the 1st and 17th of March! Images of your entry will be added to an album on Facebook for votes (likes on the photos)! Other rules and guidelines are on the images posted on this page!

603 Hannah St, Bloomington, Illinois 61701
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 (All day) to Thursday, March 17, 2016 (All day)

Chili's Give Back Program Benefiting H.E.A.L - Feb 6 through May 6

Chili's Give Back program, benefiting Heroes Embracing Autistic Lives (H.E.A.L), Inc., a Miskulin Family Foundation, spreading autism acceptance will be run from February 6th through May 6th.

15% of your DINE IN or CARRY OUT (excluding tax), from Chili's Bar & Grill - Bloomington/Normal, will be donated to the H.E.A.L Foundation - in memory of Jon Miskulin.

Please bring in the attached coupon and present it to the Chili's server.

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, March 3-April 27,  3:00-5:00 PM (We will not meet 3/23); Showcase performance is Friday, April 29, 6:00 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
Friday, April 29, 2016 - 6:00pm

Independent Kinsmen's 2nd Annual Benefit For Autism

50/50 raffle, silent auction, food and drinks available for purchase. Kids are welcome!

Maguire's Bar & Grill, 220 North Center Street, Bloomington, IL 61701
Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm

BNYP Garage Sale Fundraiser for Autism Camp

The Bloomington-Normal Young Professional Kiwanis Club (BNYP), will be hosting their 7th annual Garage Sale Fundraiser for Autism Camp on Saturday, April 16th, 2016.

All proceeds from the garage sale will be given to Autism McLean for Autism Camp.

Here are the details:

  • The garage sale will be on Saturday, April 16th, 2016 from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM @ the Crossroads Center, 310 Wylie Drive, Suite 450, Normal, IL (near Farm & Fleet and next to Wehrenberg Theaters)
  • The garage sale itself will be a “name your own price” garage sale – no listed prices. The goal is to sell each and every item.
  • All unsold donated items will be given to Mission Mart and Habitat for Humanity's ReStore.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Donate items for the garage sale. If you’re interested in donating in advance of the garage sale please contact Craig Luchtefeld, at [email protected] or 309-319-6006.
  • We will have early drop-off on the following dates/times at the garage sale location:
    • Monday, April 11th from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    • Wednesday, April 13th from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    • Friday, April 15th from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    • We’ll have volunteers to help unload and sort your items.
  • If you have items you’d like to donate but cannot make one of the early drop-off dates, please contact Craig Luchtefeld at [email protected] or 309-319-6006 and we’ll work out a time to retrieve your items.
  • If you’d like to volunteer to help unload or sort items at any one of the early drop-off times, the help would be very much appreciated! You can register to volunteer here:
  • If you’d like to make a monetary donation in lieu of donating garage sale items, we’d welcome the donation!

So, please, help us get the word out for this fundraising event and do some garage sale-ing!

310 Wylie Drive, Suite 450, Normal, IL
Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 7:00am to 1:00pm


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