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

Autism Parent Care Group

Eastview Care Groups are campus-based, supportive small groups that are designed to provide emotional and spiritual growth to individuals who are walking through a variety of life circumstances. The Autism Parent Care Group will be specifically for parents for children on the autism spectrum.

On Feb 16, the Autism Parent Group is excited to have Dayna Abraham, Owner of "Lemon Lime Adventures" and author of "Sensory Processing 101." She will be coming to the Autism Parent Care Group to share her insights as a Parent of a child with SPD. Check out her website at

Childcare will be provided. For more information or to register your child(ren), contact Tara Horn at [email protected].

Eastview Christen Church, 1500 N. Airport Road, Normal, IL
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

SSID Valentine's Day Party

SSID is having a Valentine's Day Party for Autism McLean. There will be snacks, games, and fun Valentine's Day related activities for the kids.

Questions? Please contact Jami Kunde at [email protected]

SSID is a student organization at ISU that focuses on providing volunteer opportunities for students to work with individuals with disabilities.

Activity Room in the Bowling and Billiards Center at ISU
Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Closing the Gap Project - Discussing the Needs of People with Mental Heath Concerns

The National Alliance on Mental Illness in McLean County (NAMI Livingston McLean) and the Neighbors Association of Normal (NAN) will host the Closing the Gap Project:

When: Sat, Feb 6, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

Where: Town of Normal Community Activity Center, 1110 Douglas Street, Normal, IL, 61761

This forum will include representatives from the judicial system, politicians, law enforcement officers, the medical community, and local tax payers. We will join together to discuss the needs of people with mental heath concerns. How their unique needs are being met in our community will be addressed with the intention of bringing everyone to the table to acknowledge what is working and pinpoint things that can be improved for the benefit of those with mental illness as well as the entire community.

This discussion will focusing on three important topics:

  1. What support and educational programs are available locally for the mentally ill and their families?
  2. How can the needs of the mentally ill be met more humanely when they encounter the legal and judicial system?
  3. What are good strategies for advocating for better mental health care and services?

In addition to Judge Yoder, Jason Chambers, and Capt. Ken Hall, IL State Police (Ret), Ed Quijano, the Asst. Vice President, of Enterprise Change Management, at State Farm, will be the facilitator of the discussion.

Contact Larry Shapiro at [email protected] or 309-454-7077 for more information. 


Town of Normal Community Activity Center, 1110 Douglas Street, Normal, IL, 61761
Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 10:00am

2016 Dodgeball Tournament - Dodging for Autism

Dodgeball Tournament

  • March 5th from 3-6 PM @ Heartland Fitness and Recreation Center (FRC). Sign in and t-shirt pick will start at 1:30 PM with the tournament starting at 3:00 PM.
  • 8-Person Teams - Age 13+ (Waiver must be signed by a parent/guardian)
  • $200 per team ($25 per person with a no-cost substitute).
  • Payments are due in full by Feb 20th to be guaranteed a t-shirt. Payments must be made by Feb 27th to be guaranteed a slot in the tournament.
  • Payments can be made via PayPal/credit card or check.
  • The payment screen will appear after submitting this form.
  • Each team member must sign a waiver! Please download and sign the attached waiver and bring it to the tournament.

If you want to sign-up but do not yet know all of the team members, submit the form with as much of the information that you have. You may work with Jacquie Mace to update the missing information once you have it.

Want to play but know that you won't be able to put together a team of 8? Sign-up on as an individual, and, as soon as we have enough for a team of 8, we'll let you know! Register here.

For more information, contact: Jacquie Mace at 309.661.9440 or [email protected].

Heartland Fitness & Recreation Center 1500 W. Raab Rd., Normal, IL 61761
Saturday, March 5, 2016 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm
$200 per team

2015 Autism McLean Award Winners

Every year, we like to formally recognize individuals and organizations who make a difference in the lives of people living with autism. Here are this year's award winners:

Above and Beyond "Autism Champion" - Recognizes members of the local community who have made a direct impact on families and individuals with autism. These champions make a positive difference in the lives of individuals and help make McLean County an Autism Friendly Community.

Community Partner - Presented to the outstanding organization that has provided support and partnership to the Autism Society of McLean County and the autism community.  These partners are committed to advancing the acceptance of autism and dedicated to making McLean County an Autism Friendly Community. Without good partners, we cannot succeed!

Excellent Educator - This award acknowledges and recognizes a teacher or other professional who has directly impacted our individuals with autism, whether it be through their dedication to enhance the future of all individuals with autism, direct teaching of an individual, training of others on techniques, volunteering their time to further the educational efforts, commitment to furthering their own knowledge or involvement in collaborating on projects related to autism.

Gold Star Member - For a member of the society who has made a direct impact on the organization, in the lives of the families and individuals affected by autism, or through personal triumphs in their own lives.

  • Ed Hampton

Shine Award - Presented to the outstanding individual who has provided support and partnership to Autism McLean. The recipient of the Shine award stands out as someone who is enthusiastic and devoted to improving the lives of individuals on the autism spectrum.

  • Staci Rogers, LPN

Visionary Employer Award - This award is presented to a local employer who stands out because of their dedication to the special needs community with the employment of individuals with special needs.

Check out the Pantagraph coverage here:

#GivingTuesday 2016 supporting Autism McLean

On Tuesday, November 29, 2016, the Autism McLean will join non-profits, educational institutions and many organizations across the country to commemorate a national day of philanthropy. Launched in 2012, #GivingTuesday unifies charities, corporations, small business, and individuals from across the globe to show that the world gives as good as it gets.

We invite you to make a contribution to Autism McLean this #GivingTuesday. Autism McLean is here to serve as a voice for our children and adults with autism, to help create a system that will not only help support those that need to be supported, but to bring enough awareness of and about autism that our children will find acceptance and hope that with that they will find a meaningful place within our community.

We hope you will support Autism McLean on #GivingTuesday and encourage your friends, families and colleagues to do the same. We are a simply an avenue. You are what makes this organization what it is! All proceeds will help fund activities in McLean County. Your donation will help families and individuals with autism find resources, educational support, training, and social opportunities in the community.

Donate now.


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