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TAP's November Newsletter

Preparing for Thanksgiving on The Autism Spectrum



There's no doubt about it: Thanksgiving can be tough on everyone. Every magazine, website and radio program has a story about an underdone turkey, a mean-spirited relative or the traffic jam from hell. But even Thanksgiving can be relatively mellow if you're prepared - and if your child with autism and your family members know what to expect. The simplest tools for success include: Read more

Autism Research Participants Needed

African American Parents' Experiences Accessing Services for Children With ASD

Potential Participants: Please consider participating in this study if:
1. You are an African American parent or caregiver of an African American child who has a primary diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder,
2. Your child is in grades K-5 at a public school in Illinois and qualifies for special education and related services, AND
3. Your total yearly family income is more than $19,790 for a family of 3; $23,850 for a family of 4; or $27,910 for a family of 5.
In appreciation for your time, you will receive $50 for participating in this study.
For more information please contact: Jamie Pearson,, 217-333-0260
Hedda Meadan,, 217-333-0260

Impact on Dog Ownership and Autism (No Dog ownership necessary)
Caregivers whose family has children living with autism, with or without dogs, are sought for a 30-60 minutes interview about impact of dog ownership on physical activity in families. This study will examine the effect of dog ownership on the physical activity levels of family living with autism.Barriers and facilitators of owning a dog in family will also be studied. If you are interested in this study or have any questions regarding of the research,please contact one of the researchers at:
Hai Yan (, 217-333-2461
Yan Yang, 217-607-6667
Zezhao Chen, 217-974-0749


November 22 & 23 STARNET is hosting a Mom's Retreat for mothers of young children with disabilities
Villa Maria Retreat Center in Springfield, IL.
Contact Mary Smith at or 217-602-0124 for more information. Deadline to register is Nov.12. and the cost is $35

Autism Kinship Moms Night Out
December 5, 2014 Embassy Suites Hotel
Lombard, IL

This event brings mothers, grandmothers, and friends together for an unforgettable evening of talking and being pampered. The Little Friends Center for Autism Staff will have a panel of experts to provide valuable resources and answer your questions.    
 Autism Speaks will provide staff and services and The Autism Program will provide funding this year! The Arc of Illinois will provide funding for the $69.00 registration fee and hotel if needed.
 Click Here to download the Autism Kinship registration form and The Arc of Illinois Stipend (funding request)
 Questions: 630-305-4196
Spanish speaking staff will be available

The Hope Institute is hosting a series of Parent Nights.  The first event is on November 12th from 6:30- 8:30 pm.  The topic is Planning for your future: Special Needs Estate Planning. To Register, go to For more information, see attached flyer. 

Community Calender

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

November Hours
Mon/Wed/Fri 9 am - 5 pm
Tu/Th 9 am - 6 pm
Sat 9am - 12 pm
Week of Thanksgiving: Call for reduced Hours.
904 W. Nevada Ave. Urbana
TAP Activites


ABA Parent Training - FREE - November 3 and December 1
6:30 - 8:00 pm Presenters: Dr. Meadan & Linda Tortorelli
Introduction to basics of ABA on Nov 3, Behavior Chat Dec. 1
Registration: or 217.244.0928

Autistic License
A Collaborative benefit art show for
The Autism Program

Café Kopi, Downtown Champaign
Contact: Carol Farnum



Community Support Groups &

 CU Autism Network - Fall Meetings
RSVP to 

Thurs. Nov 6 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Speaker: Kevin Polonus, Financial Rep. from Northwestern Mutual in Champaign,  Having a vision for the future.

904 W. Nevada, Christopher Hall, Urbana
CU Autism Network is part of the Autism Society of Illinois

CTF Young Adult Club
 Please contact Cathy Testory at, 217.722.4482
CTF Teen Connect of Champaign
Please contact Cathy Testory at, 217.722.4482 

Monthly gathering of people with ASD/HFA
Moved to Christopher Hall
904 W. Nevada
November 8
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Second Saturday of the month 

RSVP to Alisa Ramshaw Chapman 217.359.0675

Puzzled Minds & The Autism Program  (TAP) Vermilion County Autism Support Group
November 4 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Free New Diagnosis - East Park School Cafeteria, 903 Colfax, Danville, IL

Registration: Becci Cline 217.444.3274
 visit us at  Facebook at Puzzled Minds-Vermilion County 

 Sensory Santa
December 6 12:00 - 4:00 pm
Immanuel Luthern Church, 1930 N. Bowman, Danville

 You must sign up for an appointment so we can plan and offer you the shortest wait possible. Sign up for a private 20-minute appointment with Santa by contacting Lori, PMVC Coordinator, at or 217-840-5627.   Sign up soon to get the best time for you.  Spaces filled quickly last year.

 Around Town
On Going Social Skill Programs
Social Champaign
April Keaton
Kevin Elliott Counseling Group

Other Community Programs
Champaign County YMCA- Larkin's Place
CU Special Recreation
 Borah's Piano Praise - Piano and music lessons.
students with special needs and ASD welcome!
Doctoral of Musical Art in Piano performance 217.766.0759

Check out our website for more information about community events. 

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