Autism Cafe - Activity-Focused Social Gathering for Adults Living with Autism

The Autism Cafe is a monthly activity-focused social gathering for adults living with autism.

Interested attendees are welcome to gather the first Thursday of 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, 206 W. College Avenue, Normal, IL 61761
Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Safety & Information Training for Families, Caregivers, and Educators - Free Workshop

Register for this free workshop:

  • Where: Heartland Community College, ACEC 2210 (located in the Astroth Community Education Center)
  • Date/Time: Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Cost: Free

Author Dennis Debbaudt's Autism Risk & Safety conference sessions are designed to identify issues of risk and provide strategies to help manage ASD risks at home, school and in the community. Dennis Debbaudt’s conference presentation also provides the best tools and options for parents, care providers, educators and persons with autism when developing partnerships with law enforcement, first response, and criminal justice agencies.

  • Proactive disclosure tools‐options
  • Wandering
  • Contact with police and first responders
  • Safety at home and when traveling
  • 911 data base alerts
  • Developing an autism emergency handout
  • Sharing deescalation techniques
  • Developing IEP goals for safety
  • Reducing victimization
  • Safety & Risk life skills training

McLean County EMA will be present to demonstrate and answer questions about the the GPS Tracker (LOLA). Normal Police Department will have a table to register individuals for the Early Notification Program.

Sponsored by the Autism Society of McLean County and co‐ sponsored by The Able Center, MTU 8, McLean County EMA, and the Normal Police Department

1 Start 2 Complete
Heartland Community College, ACEC 2210 (located in the Astroth Community Education Center)
Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Music is the Medicine / Anthony Gomes Benefit Concert

On Friday, May 16, Billboard recording artist Anthony Gomes will bring his scorching style of Blues to the Castle Theater in Bloomington. The release of his latest album “Up 2 Zero” represents a full-circle return to his love of high energy, guitar-driven blues rock. The new collection of songs combines straight ahead power blues compositions with tracks that incorporate soul-injected melodic moments.

The Music Is The Medicine Foundation (MiTM), founded by blues artist Anthony Gomes in 2010, is a national non-profit organization that was created to positively impact people's lives through the healing power of music and the belief that music can inspire tangible change in the world.

MiTM will be presenting a check to the Autism Society of McLean County to bring music to their annual summer camp for kids with autism. MiTM will also be presenting a presenting a guitar to the HEAL Foundation in the memory of Jon Miskulin.

Tickets are $15. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit The Castle website here.

Please come out to enjoy some excellent blues and support a wonderful foundation!


The Castle Theatre Bloomington, IL
Friday, May 16, 2014 - 8:00pm

Avanti's Dinner Buffet for Adults with Disabilities

SSID is hosting a dinner buffet at Avant's Diner in Bloomington for individuals with disabilities 18+. 

Who is SSID? Students Supporting Individuals with Disabilities is a student organization at Illinois State University that provides volunteer opportunities for students to work with individuals with disabilities in the community.

*Salad, sandwiches, pasta, and pop will be served in Avant's private banquet room  

Please RSVP to Marlee Goldsworthy at [email protected]


Avanti`s Italian Restaurant, 3302 E Empire St, Bloomington, IL
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
$10 Per Person

Online Study Helped Needed for Individuals on Spectrum 18 Years or Older

Researchers at Flinders University in Australia invite individuals aged 18 years or older with an autism spectrum disorder to participate in an online study. This research is being  conducted by Rebecca Flower ([email protected]) under the supervision of Associate Professor Robyn Young ([email protected]) and Professor Neil Brewer ([email protected]).

The aim of this project is to understand whether features that may be present in individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder influence their understanding of social situations and appropriate behaviour. 

The project consists of two sessions. Each session is expected to take approximately 1 hour (you may take up to 4 hours to allow for breaks). The second session will occur weeks or possibly months later.

This session will involve questions about demographic information (including age, gender, diagnosis, and any experiences you have had with the criminal justice system) and a set of statements about your preferences and skills. Following this, you will be asked about your interests, and then to watch some short scenarios and answer 1-2 questions after each. 

Participants who complete the study requirements will receive a $10 (AUD) Amazon voucher after each session. 

To participate, please click the following link:

Please check out the attached flyer for more information.

Need Your Help - Defining Characteristics of Individuals with Asperger Disorder or High-Functioning Autism Survey

If you are the parent of a child, adolescent, or adult with high-functioning autism (HFA) or (DSM-IV) Asperger Syndrome (AS), a professional who supports a learner with HFA/AS, or a person on the spectrum, please follow this link to help Brenda Smith Myles and her colleagues update the Asperger Syndrome Diagnostic Scale (ASDS):

Also, please follow the link and complete a brief survey and ask others to do the same. Your help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

If you have questions, please contact Stacey Jones Bock at [email protected].

Planning Underway for New ASD Employment Mentoring Program

ASMC has had an extraordinary opportunity this year, thanks to a partnership with the Multicultural Leadership Program: An MCLP project team has been working since fall 2012 to help ASMC plan a new autism employment mentoring program. This new mentoring program, "Bridges to Work", is focused on helping adults on the autism spectrum work on employment networking and job preparedness skills.

The team conducted a small 6-week program pilot, with three adult mentees with autism and three adult volunteer mentors, who worked one-on-one through a series of activities planned by the MCLP team — including how to prepare for job interviews, mock interview experiences, resume writing, and job shadowing opportunities. The Autism Society of McLean County has been working for several years now on employment awareness through its Diversity’s Missing Piece steering committee. Together with our MCLP project team, we are hoping to build “Bridges to Work” into an ongoing ASMC program.

You’re invited:

MCLP project team will present a summary of their project on Saturday, March 9th at Heartland Community College Astroth Auditorium. Five MCLP community project teams will present throughout the morning from 8:00 to 10:45 am. The ASMC team presentation is last, so they will begin approximately 10:00. ASMC members are invited and encouraged to attend.

Final Community Project Presentations:

Learn More:

MCLP Class of 2013 Graduation:

Consider supporting our ASMC-MCLP project team by registering to attend the MCLP Class of 2013 Graduation Celebration Dinner on April 13. Tickets must be purchased in advance by March 28.

Saturday, March 9, 2013 - 8:00am to 10:45am

Hire Autistic People; Here's Why

A good article from

Chantal Sicile-Kira is a leading authority on adolescent and early-adult autism. She's written five books on the subject, the latest of which Jeremy co-authored. A passionate advocate for the autism community, she is adamant that autistic adults can and will be valued employees.

"Lots of people are pushed into academic qualifications and that's fine," she says. "But then the system breaks down after high school. It's important for people on the autism spectrum to take an extra school year to learn life skills: self advocacy, relationships, organization. If they can do this, they can become employable. It's utterly wrong that they should end up pushing shopping carts when, a year earlier they were getting high grades."

"It will be an economic failure if the new wave of high school graduates can't be employed. All these kids have talent and ability and a tremendous capacity to contribute. We have to stop thinking that all employees have to be the same, with the same skills, the same attributes."

Read the whole article here:

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