Spotlight on Community Resources
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.
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!
Stacie@sf-ymca.net or 217.239.2849
Spotlight on Research
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org by February 4th. If you do not send an RSVP, you are still welcome to join us.