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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.

Moe's Southwest Grill Supporting Autism McLean, April 20th

Moe's Southwest Grill will be donating 20% of qualifying proceeds to Autism McLean on Wednesday, April 20th at both the Normal and Bloomington locations. Please present the attached flyer for the discount. Join us for a great meal and a good cause!

Where: 
2401 East Empire Street Bloomington, IL 61704
1730 Bradford Lane, Suite #195 Normal, IL 61761
Date/Time: 
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 11:00am to 9:00pm

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 c.luchtefeld@autismmclean.org 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 c.luchtefeld@autismmclean.org 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: http://bit.ly/1Thwkub.
  • 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!

Where: 
310 Wylie Drive, Suite 450, Normal, IL
Date/Time: 
Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 7:00am to 1:00pm

Noodles Night - All Day Long

Autism Awareness Noodles Night will be Tuesday, April 5th (all day long!) at both locations. For dine in and take out. Please join us for a great meal and a good cause! 10% of sales are donated back to Autism Mclean. Please mention Autism McLean when making your order.

Noodles has been a great supporter of Autism McLean and we truly appreciate their continued support and partnership. Come eat with us!

Where: 
Noodles & Company, 305 N Veterans Pkwy #105, Bloomington, IL 61704
Noodles & Company, 609 South Main Street, Normal, IL, 61761
Date/Time: 
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 11:00am to 9:00pm

Girl Talk - A Workshop for Girls with Special Needs and their Moms

Advocate BroMenn will be offering “Girl Talk” for Girls with special needs and their Moms (or caregivers) on Wednesday, April 29, 5:30-7:30pm. This event is for girls 10-15 years old and their mom or caregiver. Cost is $20 per daughter / mom or caregiver pair.  

The event includes:

  • Dinner
  • Safe socializing
  • My changing body
  • Special project
  • Mom’s Chat with Physician

Financial assistance is available. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

To register, please call Health Advisor at 1.800.3.ADVOCATE (1.800.323.8622) or http://www.advocatehealth.com/bromenn, click on “Find a Class” with Event Code: 6W36

Where: 
Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, 1304 Franklin Avenue, Normal, IL, 61761
Date/Time: 
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Cost: 
$20 per daughter/ mom or caregiver pair

Noodles Night - All Day Long

Autism Awareness Noodles Night will be Monday, April 6th (all day long!) at both locations. For dine in and take out. Please join us for a great meal and a good cause! 10% of sales are donated back to Autism Mclean. Please mention Autism McLean when making your order.

Noodles has been a great supporter of Autism McLean and we truly appreciate their continued support and partnership. Come eat with us!

Where: 
Noodles & Company, 305 N Veterans Pkwy #105, Bloomington, IL 61704
Noodles & Company, 609 South Main Street, Normal, IL, 61761
Date/Time: 
Monday, April 6, 2015 - 11:00am to 9:00pm

BNYP Garage Sale Fundraiser for Autism Camp

The Bloomington-Normal Young Professional Kiwanis Club (BNYP), will be hosting their 6th annual Garage Sale Fundraiser for Autism Camp on Saturday, April 11th, 2015.

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 11th, 2015 from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM @ the Crossroads Center, 310 Wylie Drive, Suite 468, 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 the Mission Mart, Home Sweet Home, ReStore, etc.

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 c.luchtefeld@autismmclean.org or 309-319-6006.
  • We will have early drop-off on the following dates/times at the garage sale location:
    • Monday, April 6th from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    • Wednesday, April 8th from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    • Friday, April 10th from 5:00 PM – 7:00 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 c.luchtefeld@autismmclean.org 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: http://doodle.com/r9v5qr3yrpscdx4i.
  • 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!

Where: 
310 Wylie Drive, Suite 468, Normal, IL
Date/Time: 
Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 7:00am to 2:00pm

Girl Talk - Puberty Workshop for Girls with Special Needs and their Moms

Advocate BroMenn will be offering “Girl Talk” for Girls with Special needs and their Moms (Caregivers) on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 5:30-7:30pm. This event will cover issues related to puberty for girls 10-15 years old and have a separate session for parents/ caregivers as well. Cost is 20$ per daughter/ caregiver pair and includes dinner. Please see the attached flyer for more information. Scholarships are available, just indicate your interest in a scholarship when you register.

Please contact Cheree with questions.

Rev. Cheree' Johnson

Coordinator for Church Relations

Advocate BroMenn Medical Center / Advocate Eureka Hospital

(309) 268-3504/ Tie Line 49-3504

cheree.johnson@advocatehealth.com

Date/Time: 
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Cost: 
$20 per daughter/ caregiver pair

How Autism Can Help You Land a Job

"Some employers increasingly are viewing autism as an asset and not a deficiency in the workplace.

Germany-based software company SAP has been actively seeking people with autism for jobs, not because of charitable outreach but because it believes features of autism may make some individuals better at certain jobs than those without autism.

People with autism spectrum disorder—characterized by social deficits and repetitive behavior—tend to pay great attention to detail, which may make them well suited as software testers or debuggers, according to Mr. Velasco, who has two children with the condition.

In addition, these people bring a different perspective to the workplace, which may help with efficiency and creativity as well, he said."

Please check out the excellent article on the Wall Stree Journal and the accompanying embedded video and radio interviews.

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Autism Awareness Month - 2014

Everyone knows someone with autism

The most recent statistic from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that 1 in 68 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. The Autism Society of McLean County 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 the Autism Society of McLean County (ASMC) 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 the Autism Society of McLean County 

The Autism Society of McLean County 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

We have a new membership sign up, if you’re membership is expired or you haven’t joined ASMC , 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.

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