events

SSID's Valentine's Day Dance

SSID is having their annual Valentine's Day Dance for Autism McLean on Saturday,  Feb 11 from 12:30 - 2:30 PM at ISU's Bowling and Billiards Center. There will be snacks, games, and fun Valentine's Day related activities for the kids.

Please RSVP to Jacquie Mace.

Where: 
Activity Room in the Bowling and Billiards Center at ISU
Date/Time: 
Saturday, February 11, 2017 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
Cost: 
Free

Annual Holiday Party

The Autism McLean Holiday Party and Annual Meeting will be held at the Children’s Discovery Museum on Sunday, November 20th from 5:30pm - 7:30pm.

Bring the whole family! Pizza and beverages will be provided - please bring a side dish or dessert to share (we encourage your child's favorite, whatever that may be).

Please RSVP below.

The annual meeting/appreciation reception will take place while the children are playing and being supervised by our friends at SSID (ISU). If you know your child will need a 1-on-1 friend, please contact Jacquie by November 13th at mace.jacquie@comcast.net.

Where: 
Children's Discovery Museum, 101 E Beaufort St, Normal, IL, 61761
Date/Time: 
Sunday, November 20, 2016 -
5:30pm to 7:30pm
Cost: 
Free

Autism McLean Fall Sports

Autism McLean is kicking off fall with a variety of inside games. There's no cost to sign-up and participate. Our friends at SSID will be there to help the kids in all of their activities.

  • When: Tuesday nights from 10/18 - 11/15, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Where: Northpoint Elementary School (South Gym), 2602 E College Ave, Bloomington, IL 61704
  • Contact: Erik Heinonen, Sports Director with any questions: erheinonen@gmail.com

No need to register - just show up!

About the program:

Sports are open to any child 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, 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!

Where: 
Northpoint Elementary School (South Gym), 2602 E College Ave, Bloomington, IL 61704
Date/Time: 
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 -
6:00pm to 7:00pm
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 -
6:00pm to 7:00pm
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 -
6:00pm to 7:00pm
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 -
6:00pm to 7:00pm
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 -
6:00pm to 7:00pm
Cost: 
Free

ISU Football Game

Come join us for a fun night at Hancock Stadium, cheering on the ISU Redbirds!

Sign up before the end of this month so that seats can be reserved! To sign up or if you have questions, please contact Erin Kasik at ssidisu@gmail.com.

Where: 
ISU Hancock Stadium (drop-off at 5:30 and pick-up at 9:45 at the circle drive of U-High)
Date/Time: 
Saturday, October 15, 2016 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm
Cost: 
$20 a ticket

Rising Star Open Gym

Rising Star Academy is opening their big gym on Saturday, August 20 from 3:30 - 5:30 PM for kids 5-18.

  • Cookies and punch provided
  • Parent supervision required
  • Must fill out registration form and bring with you

Please RSVP to Katelynn Garman garmank@unit5.org by August 15th.

Where: 
Rising Star Academy, 2902 Gill Street, Bloomington, IL
Date/Time: 
Saturday, August 20, 2016 -
3:30pm to 5:00pm

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.

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

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

Swim Event at YMCA

Meet us at the YMCA pool on Saturday, May 14th, from 6:00-7:30 PM. Bring your swimsuit and towel.

Where: 
Bloomington-Normal YMCA, 602 S. Main Street, Bloomington, IL, 61701
Date/Time: 
Saturday, May 14, 2016 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Cost: 
Free
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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 info@autismmclean.org.

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.

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!

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

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