Seven Steps to Securing the Future For Your Child With Special Needs

You are invited to a free workshop: Seven Steps to Securing the Future For Your Child With Special Needs sponsored by Central Illinois Down Syndrome Organization

This free workshop is suitable for all families with a child or relative with special needs. Every family with a child with special needs must do some legal and financial planning to help ensure that their child lives a fulfilling life in their community, even after we parents are gone. The stakes are enormous. If the child inherits more than the allowed assets, that one glitch could cause the child to lose their health insurance and other benefits. This free, informative workshop will explain the planning process that is designed to include your entire family's needs in coordination with those unique needs of your child with a disability.

  • Who:
  • Where: Calvary United Methodist Church, Rooms L2-L4, 1700 North Towanda Avenue, Normal, IL (corner of Towanda Avenue and Raab Rd)
  • When: Thursday, Feb 21, 2013, 6:30p - 8:00p

There is no fee to attend this workshop however reservation is recommended.

Reserve your spot at snewbold@newboldlaw.com.

Date/Time: 
Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

ISU Basketball Game for Teens

  • Who: ASMC Teens (13-19 years of age), up to 10 teens can attend
  • What: ISU basketball game
  • Where: ISU Redbird Arena, Ticket Office
  • When: Saturday, January 26, 6:30p
  • Cost: $5/person

Please RSVP with Jill Enchelmayer.
 
Parents: The maximum is 10 teens, so let me know asap if your teen will be attending so he/she can be guaranteed a spot.

You will be able to drop your teen off with the SSID group and pick them up when the game is finished (the games usually last 2 hours).
 
*Helpful tip: When attending loud events, try sound reducing earphones. It may highly increase enjoyment of the game by not having to worry about when there will be a loud noise. These earphones can be purchased at any hardware type store for under $20.

Date/Time: 
Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 12:30pm

Hire Autistic People; Here's Why

A good article from inc.com: http://www.inc.com/margaret-heffernan/hire-autistic-people-heres-why.html

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: http://www.inc.com/margaret-heffernan/hire-autistic-people-heres-why.html

Starplex Cinemas Presents Movies for Children With Special Needs

The Starplex hosts a sensory friendly movie monthly for children who might be overstimulated attending a typical movie experience. Starplex turns the lights up and the sound down so the movie is more enjoyable for children that can not handle or do not enjoy all that stimulation. Children are free to walk around and vocalize during the movie.

Special screenings will happen the 2nd Saturday of each month.

January 12 - Monsters, Inc.
February 9 - The Little Mermaid
March 9 - Toy Story

One free child admission with adult ticket purchase. Seating is limited - first come, first serve.

Please check out the Starplex site for more information.

Date/Time: 
Saturday, January 12, 2013 - 10:00am
Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 10:00am
Saturday, March 9, 2013 - 10:00am
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Winter Swim Event at YMCA

It's cold outside, so you know what that means...get out your swimsuit and goggles. What?

That's right- meet us at the YMCA pool on Saturday, January 19, from 6:00-8:00. Don't forget your beach towels and pool toys.

Bloomington-Normal YMCA

602 S. Main Street

Bloomington, IL 61701

Date/Time: 
Saturday, January 19, 2013 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
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Camp Takoda

Camp Takoda is dedicated to providing a valuable experience for children on the autism spectrum (ages 6-21) in a natural outdoor setting on Lake Bloomington. Children have the opportunity to engage in typical camp activities including: canoeing, swimming, horseback riding, games, and much more in a safe and supportive atmosphere. At Camp Takoda we have a high counselor-to-camper ratio to ensure that all campers are safe and positively encouraged to participate in each activity offered.

Our goal is to always provide a comfortable and motivating environment that will help each camper develop their individual abilities with an emphasis on building self-confidence, social skills, and independence - all in a fun setting!

Timber Pointe Outdoor Center's 170 wooded acres bordering four miles of shoreline on Lake Bloomington offers an incredible array of outdoor activities:

  • Social Skills
  • Swimming
  • Horseback Riding
  • Boating
  • Crafts
  • Hiking
  • Archery
  • Hay Rack Rides
  • and more...

For camp pictures, check out our Facebook picture albums here: https://www.facebook.com/autismmclean/photos_stream?tab=photos_albums.

Register:

If you do not have a child attending and would like to assist at camp, you may register for camp as a volunteer.

Many thanks to Easter Seals of Central Illinois for allowing us to use Timber Pointe Outdoor Center and for our friends at the Sportsman's Club for offering their financial assistance.

Basketball camp

Want to shoot some hoops?
 
Autism Mclean is ready for another season of our annual basketball camp! This is a great way for our kids to learn some of the fundamentals of basketball, social skills, and teamwork, all while making friends.

Autism McLean basketball:

  • When: Tuesday's - March 21, April 4, April 11, April 18, April 25, May 2
  • Where: Northpoint Elementary School Gym - 2602 E College Ave, Bloomington, IL 61704
  • Time: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Registration fee: $5 - Free for members
  • T-shirts, if needed, will be provided for free.
  • Contact: AM Sports Director

Please register here: http://autismmclean.org/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=35.

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!

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