Marcfirst Family Camp

Marcfirst will hold its very first camp Saturday, September 21 through Sunday, September 22. Camp will be held at East Bay Camp at Lake Bloomington. Family Camp Weekend is designed for middle school age children with an intellectual or developmental disability. Camp is for families – this includes parents, siblings or other individuals that form the students’ support system.

Camp is designed to provide entertainment, relaxation and exciting new activities for all children in the family and respite for the parents. Food, lodging, and activities are included in the price for camp. If you are interested in a weekend designed with fun activities, meeting new people or getting better acquainted with friends you already know contact Emily at Marcfirst 309-451-8888 ext. 265 or [email protected].

East Bay Camp, 24248 Ron Smith Memorial Hwy, Hudson, IL, 61748
Saturday, September 21, 2013 (All day) to Sunday, September 22, 2013 (All day)

ASMC Baseball Camp

Let’s play ball!

ASMC is ready for another season of our annual baseball camp! This is a great way for our kids to learn some of the fundamentals of baseball, social skills, and teamwork, all while making friends.

For registration, t-shirts, and more, please click here:

Contact the ASMC Sports Director with any questions, comments, or concerns.

About the program:

This camp is open to any kid 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, uniforms, 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!

Eugene Field Vocational Training Center, 412 E. Cypress, Normal, IL, 61761
Monday, July 1, 2013 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm
Monday, July 8, 2013 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm
Monday, July 15, 2013 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm
Monday, July 22, 2013 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm
Monday, July 29, 2013 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm
Monday, August 5, 2013 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm
Registration fee: $10
Registration + t-shirt: $20

COUNTRY Youth Classic Golf Tournament - Special Needs Division

The COUNTRY Youth Classic (CYC) igolf tournament is right around the corner. CYC has special needs divisions for ages 3-22 and would love to have your participation. CYC will take place June 24-26.  On Monday, join a fun, family-friendly event - the COUNTRY Skills Challenge. The Skills Challenge consists of three events: Longest Drive, Short Game and Putting. A free meal is offered to contestants and prizes are handed out to the winners of each division during an awards ceremony.

This is a great opportunity for special needs youth ages 3-22 to participate in some friendly competition and meet people from across the country and the world.

Please visit for registration and tournament information. The deadline for registration has been extended until Tuesday, June 18th at noon. 

Monday, June 24, 2013 (All day) to Wednesday, June 26, 2013 (All day)

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].

Let's Go to the Zoo

Join the ASMC and SSID at the Miller Park Zoo, Sunday, April 21st, from 12:00p - 2:00p.

  • Children under 10 can enjoy the day with the their family
  • Children/teens 10 and over, can be dropped off to enjoy the zoo with our friends from SSID
  • Please bring a sack lunch
  • You will need money for zoo admission.

If interested, please RSVP here: [email protected]

Miller Park Zoo, 1020 S Morris Ave, Bloomington, IL 61701
Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Visit the Bauer’s Alpaca Farm

Stan and Janetta Bauer have invited the Autism Society of McLean County  members and families to visit their farm. They have been raising alpacas for over eight years.

Alpacas are gentle, clean, shy animals that make wonderful pets.  They are herd animals, which  means they like to be with other alpacas—to eat, walk and play together. A baby alpaca is called  a cria. Youngsters enjoy rolling in the dirt and in snow. 

Alpacas are prized for their luxurious fiber, so they get a haircut (are “sheared”) once a year  before summer.  The Bauers develop wearable items created from the fiber produced by their  alpacas on their farm.  An alpaca sweater or blanket is a cherished possession, frequently  handed down from one generation to the next. 

The Bauers will share their story of getting their alpacas and show how they take the fiber from  shearing the animal to finished product, including spinning, knitting, weaving and felting.   Janetta Bauer also works as a speech therapist with autistic children at the Baby Fold.

  • Who: ASMC members and families are invited. All ages are welcome.
  • Where: der Bauernhof Farm (German for “the farmer’s house). Located just east of Bloomington on Route 9 - at the corner of Route 9 and the Bentown/Holder Road, five miles east of the Bloomington airport. Look for a large farm  bungalow and barn on your right as you go east on Route 9. Another landmark to notice - the farm is located in front of the first windmill east of Bloomington.
  • When: Sunday, April 14, 2013, 1:00p - 3:00p 
  • RSVP: by April 10 to [email protected]

Check out the attached flyer for more information.

Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Paint With Us

The Autism Society of McLean County (ASMC) is looking for art created by children with autism to be auctioned at Blueline in April to raise money for awareness, programs and activitiesCanvasses, paper, paint, and brushes will be supplied. Bring your child for some painting fun or you are welcome to drop donations off at The Autism Place (TAP) anytime before March 16th. If donating art, please include your child/adults first name and age.

All proceeds from the auctioned art will benefit community activities and programs sponsored by the Autism Society of McLean County. Thank You!

Where: The Autism Place, 706 Oglesby, Normal, IL, 61761

When: March 16th, 2013 11:00a to 5:00p

Saturday, March 16, 2013 - 11:00am to 5:00pm


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