Ferdinand - A Sensory Friendly Showing

Autism McLean (AM) is partnering with Wehrenberg Galaxy 14 to present a sensory friendly showing of "Ferdinand" on December 30th.

The lights are turne up and sound is turned down. It’s OK if people need to get up and move around or talk.

The movie starts at 10:30 AM, but doors open at 10:00 AM. Please be early if you are going to order concessions.

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). 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!

Wehrenberg Galaxy 14, 1111 Wylie Drive, Bloomington, IL 61701
Saturday, December 30, 2017 - 10:30am to 12:30pm
The movie is free for AM members and $7 for non-member adults and $6 for children. (2-11)

2017-2018 Winter Bowling Camp

Let's bowl!
Autism McLean is setting up the pins for another season of our annual bowling camp!
Autism McLean Winter Bowling Camp:

  • When: Saturdays, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 11/25, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 12/23, 1/6, 1/13, 1/20, 1/27 from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Where: Pheasant Lanes, 804 N. Hershey Road, Bloomington, IL, 61704
  • Regisration fee: All member children camp fees will be covered by Autism McLean. Non-member children camp fees are $30. If adults would like to bowl on a team with their kid(s), they will need to pay $30 for the 10-week season.
  • Contact: Kelly Woith or Erik Heinonen

Please register here: https://autismmclean.org/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=48.

About the program:

Bowling is open to anyone who wants to be there. As long as they want to bowl, they are welcome to join us. Our mission statement is simple: provide our kids the same experience as any other kid who bowls. This means, of course, practice, frustration, achievement, sharing, communicating, bonding, turn taking, following directions and friendship.

We look forward to seeing you there and watching our kids succeed!

Pheasant Lanes, 804 N. Hershey Road, Bloomington, IL, 61704
Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, December 23, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, January 6, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
All member children camp fees will be covered by Autism McLean. Non-member children camp fees are $30. If adults would like to bowl on a team with their kid(s), they will need to pay $30 for the 12-week season.

Trick or Treating Event for Children with Autism and Special Needs

Bring all of your special trick-or-treators out to the Courtyard for a night of family fun. We will have at least 20 rooms throughout the hotel designated for this event. So that all children can participate, our treats will be mostly non-food items with a few exceptions of some allergy friendly candy.

This is open event for all children with special needs. Feel free to invite any of your friends who would benefit from this event.

Special "thank you" to Total Spectrum and the Bloomington-Normal Courtyard for donating the treats and the space.

Courtyard Bloomington Normal, 310A Greenbriar Drive, Normal, Illinois, 61761
Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Spider Saloff sings the Great American Songbook—a benefit for Autism McLean

A Gala Evening -- internationally renowned jazz cabaret icon Spider Saloff, sings the Great American Songbook!

  • Concert and art display with silent auction
  • All concert proceeds to benefit Autism McLean!

Advance Tickets on sale at: https://autismmcleanssgala.eventbrite.com

  • $35  General Admission – single seat
  • $20  Autism McLean member discount (for AM members and individuals with autism. Financial assistance available – inquire at [email protected])
  • $250  Table Sponsor – (sponsors receive a reserved table for 4)

Tickets at the door: $50 - single seat

(All Tickets include one complimentary beverage and cabaret snack)

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018

Time: Silent Auction Preview opens 6:00 pm, Cabaret Show begins 7:30 pm

Where: Illinois Wesleyan University, Memorial Center Main Lounge, 104 E University Ave, Bloomington, IL (Link to Map) (Parking Map)

Help us spread the word: Download a flier to share!

About Spider Saloff:  spidersaloff.com

Sample the sounds of Spider at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PKKdX-zKGk.

  • “If there is a greater, more electric and sensitive singer on the planet than spider saloff, my ears eagerly await.” –Rick Kogan, Chicago Tribune
  • “Rarely have I heard so many musical ideas from one set of pipes with the talent and self assurance to carry them off.  Her jazz phrasing is flawless.” –Back Stage

Illinois Wesleyan University Memorial Center Main Lounge
Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 6:00pm

SSID Halloween Party

Dress up in your favorite costume and come join us for snacks, music, games, and fun fall activities! All ages welcome. All ages are welcome. Parents may stay or drop off. Snacks will be available, but feel free to bring something to share also.

Please RSVP to [email protected] by October 7th to ensure enough help and snacks.

The activity room (Located in the Bowling and Billiards Center @ Illinois State University)
Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

8th Annual BNYP/Autism McLean Garage Sale Fundraiser for Autism Camp

BNYPThe Bloomington-Normal Young Professional Kiwanis Club will be hosting the 8th annual Autism McLean Garage Sale Fundraiser on Saturday, October 14, 2017. All proceeds from the garage sale will be given to Autism McLean for Autism Camp. Here are the details:

Here’s how you can help:

  • Donate garage-sale worthy items for the garage sale. If you’re interested in donating in advance of the garage sale please contact Craig Luchtefeld, at [email protected]. The more items donated, the more money we can raise, and the more kids we can send to camp!
  • We will have early drop-off on the following dates/times at the garage sale location:
    • Monday, October 9th from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Wednesday, October 11th from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Friday, October 13th 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 [email protected] and we'll do our best to 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, we'd very much appreciate the help! You can register to volunteer here: http://bit.ly/BNYPGSF.
  • 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!

YouthBuild McLean County, 360 Wylie Drive #305, Normal, IL
Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 7:00am to 1:00pm

2017 Autism McLean's "Rocking Autism" Walk and Kids Fun Run

Register today for the "Rocking Autism"  Walk & Kids Fun Run. Our event will be at Tipton Park on Saturday, September 16, 2017.

  • Event festivities will begin at 9:00 AM
  • The Kids Fun Run will start at 10:30 AM
  • The 1 Mile Walk will start at 11:00 AM

We hope to see you out at Tipton! All proceeds benefit our local community and families that are impacted by autism. Please consider joining the event and also helping us fundraise to better serve our community.


  • Register online for Autism Walk and the Kids Fun Run by clicking here.
  • Register offline via a paper form for the Kids Fun Run/Walk (Sorry Registration is closed for t-shirt guarantee) Please join us at 9:00 am Sept. 16th for walk-up regitration.
  • If interested in recruiting others to our cause, feel free to use the attached document as a way of drumming up participation in the Kids Fun Run/Walk or to make a monetary contribution if they can't participate.
  • Vendors can register by visiting our vendor sign-up page.
  • Volunteers can register on our volunteer sign-up page.

Register by September 1, 2017 to guarantee a t-shirt.


  • If you'd like to create a fundraising page (individual or team) to help fundraise for the Kids Fun Run/Walk, you may do so here.
  • If interested in donating without registering for the Kids Fun Ran/Walk, you may do so here.
  • If interested in pledging offline, download the paper form here.
  • There will be several awards for teams and individuals who raise the most money.


Please let us know if you have any questions or would like to help out in any way.

Thanks in advance for your support!

Tipton Park, 2201 Stone Mountain Blvd, Bloomington, IL
Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Chuck E. Cheese Sensory Sensitive Sundays

Chuck E. Cheese's is proud to support families who have children with autism and special needs. They now offer a sensory-friendly experience on the first Sunday of every month. The trained and caring staff is there to make sure each guest has a fun filled visit. 

The Sensory Sensitive Sundays experience includes: 

1. Less crowding and noise

2. Dimmed lighting

3. Show and music turned off or down

4. Limited appearances by Chuck E. 

5. Food and games are offered

Chuck E. Cheese coupons can be found here.

Chuck E. Cheese, 1701 Empire Bloomington, IL 61704
Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Sunday, June 4, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Sunday, July 2, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Sunday, August 6, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Sunday, September 3, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Sunday, November 5, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Sunday, January 7, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Sunday, February 4, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Sunday, April 1, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am

TAP Pizza Ranch Fundraiser

Please consider joining TAP @ Pizza Ranch, Monday, April 17th from 5-8 pm where 10% of your dine in, carry out or delivery goes to Friends of The Autism Place. No flyer needed! 

Pizza Ranch, 1211 Holiday Dr., Bloomington, IL, 61704
Monday, April 17, 2017 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

University of Illinois Wheelchair Basketball Teams vs. Be Strong Coaches and Members

Members of the University of Illinois men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball teams will compete on Saturday, April 8, 2017 against Be Strong. Be Strong is a functional training gym located in Normal, and they have agreed to have a team of ten to fifteen individuals represent LIFE CIL as our home team for the 2017 event.

Doors open and activity starts at 10:00 AM with the game starting at 11:00 AM.

The University of Illinois Wheelchair Basketball Teams have continued to support LIFE CIL and have continually agreed to help make this event possible.

To learn more about the Men’s U of I wheelchair basketball team and get an idea of who might be in town to play in April, please visit http://disability.illinois.edu/athletics/mens-wheelchair-basketball. For the same information on the women’s U of I wheelchair basketball team, please visit http://disability.illinois.edu/athletics/womens-wheelchair-basketball.

To learn more about LIFE CIL’s home team for 2017, Be Strong, please visit their website.  Be sure and read the member spotlight.  You will see that hard works pays off!  Be Strong’s website: https://be-strong.squarespace.com/#be-more-be-strong.

Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Kingsley Junior High, 303 Kingsley St, Normal, IL 61761
Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 10:00am
$5 per ticket, children under 5 are free


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