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TAP's February 2016 Newsletter
 Stop on in, we are open!
We are committed to providing support to the Champaign/Urbana autism community with the services we provide through our resource center through the month of May, 2016.  

Spotlight on Community Resources
Part of the mission of TAP is to help spread word to the autism community about the resources and programming that is available in the area.  We try to feature at least one program each month.

Larkin's Place at the Y Winter 2016
Session I: Jan 4 - Feb 21

Music Play, Video Game Club, Fitness Club, Handwriting Group, and much more! or 217.239.2849

Spotlight on Research

We are excited to share cutting edge research with our community so you can better know what is being done to understand autism and better serve individuals and families.

Research Participant Opportunities
Understanding ASD Among Illinois Children
Help policy makers understand the experiences of Illinois families with a child with an autism spectrum disorder!

Without information about the experiences and needs of families in our state, policy makers cannot allocate resources to address unmet needs. A joint effort by Northern Illinois University, the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Chicago involves a survey for families of children with a child 18 years or younger who was diagnosed with ASD in the state of Illinois.  The purpose of this survey is to advance understanding of diagnosis and service experiences in order to meet unmet needs and improve outcomes for Illinois children.
If you are the parent of a child 18 years or younger who was diagnosed with ASD in the state of Illinois and would like to participate in the survey, please use the following link to begin:
If you would like to complete a paper copy of the survey, or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Lucy Bilaver at (815) 753-2436 or We greatly appreciate your interest in this study, and are confident that this project will serve to better understand the experiences and needs of Illinois families with a child with ASD.

Understanding Mealtimes on the Spectrum
This study targets parents of elementary and middle school children with autism and has two parts: (1) we record a family meal in the home and (2) we interview one parent and the child with autism. Families receive a $25 after the dinnertime observation and a $50 after the interviews.  For more information call Sarah Curtiss at 217-300-5994 or go to the registration website.

Open Discussion About College Experiences of Students Who Self-Identify as Disabled or Neurodivergent
Do you identify as cognitively disabled or neurodivergent (e.g. Autism, ADD, learning disability)? If so, please come join our open discussion about your college experiences. The discussion will be led by an informal space for sharing experiences in higher education--particularly as they relate to disability/difference. In addition, your thoughts will help us shape future research in a way that will hopefully be more meaningful to our campus community.
The discussion will be held at room 114, Huff Hall, on February 6th, from 12:00 noon to 1:30pm. by February 4th If you do not send an RSVP, you are still welcome to join us. Free pizza will be served on a first-come, first-eat basis! A $25 Amazon gift card will be raffled among attendees who send an RSVP to by February 4th. If you do not send an RSVP, you are still welcome to join us. 



Community Calendar

Don't miss a thing!  Activities in the C-U area this month.

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TAP at The University of Illinois will remain open until May 30, 2016!
Regular Hours:
Monday through Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday, Open until 6:00 pm
Saturdays 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
904 W. Nevada Ave. Urbana

Community Support Groups &
Parent Meetings

C-U Autism Network - Stephens Family YMCA Community Room 2501 Fields Dr. Champaign

Thursday, February 4 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Siblings and Autism presented by
Dr. Laurie Kramer

RSVP required: by Jan. 20
For more information or to register for child care, please go to their website.

HFA - Group for High Functioning Autistic Adults

The next meeting of HFA will be 
February 13, Saturday 10:30 - 12:00 pm

Christopher Hall: 904 W. Nevada, Urbana
High-Functioning Autistic Adults-HFA

CU Able: The Larkin's Place Parent Network: Stephen's Family YMCA

The Larkin's Place Parent network is a parent to parent meeting.  Childcare is provided by the YMCA child watch at no charge. You can also connect with them through the CU Able Facebook page.
Saturday, February 20 9:00 - 11 am
How to be your child's best advocate 
Equip for Equality: Mike Shea

Click here to register on facebook


Family Information Meetings: Partners for Employment - FREE

If you have a child with a disability who is either an adult, or approaching adulthood in the next few years, come and learn about the Employment First Initiative in Champaign County and how it will influence adult services in the near future! Six meetings will be held. Come to some or all!
Location: Hayes Center - 1311 W. Church Street, Champaign
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
RSVP : Michelle Petty 217.356.9176 x 423  or
Hannah Sheets 217.621.1090
February 23 ABLE Act
March 22 How Will Employment Affect Benefits
April 26 Process of Transition
May 24 Natural Supports
June 28 Success Stories 


Events, Workshops & Conferences

For Parents & Professionals

Parents of children with ASD &
Executive Functioning Issues Group
Begins February 17 for 8 Weeks
Wednesdays 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Elliott Counseling 
for more information: 217.398-9066


Transition Planning Committee

Tuesday, February 16th
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Champaign Public Library
200 W. Green St., Champaign

Learn about the key elements of transition, including a transition timeline, and how to put together a good transition plan.  Hear about what happens at “age of majority,” and learn how you can work with the school and other organizations to support the student’s transition to adult life. Contact Jim Mayer at 217-892-8877 with questions.

FREE Webinar Series
From Newbie to Ninja 
Join Family Matters for one or all and increase your special education skills: Click on links to register

Februry 4, 2016  
Extended School Year Services

Click Here: Extended School Year Services
March 3, 2016
Click Here: Productive IEP Meetings

Executive Function Workshop
April 11, 2016 Indianapolis, IN
Brenda Smith Myles, PhD.
More information and registration link >>




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