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TAP's May Newsletter



I am pleased to inform you that DHS is releasing the TAP funding for the 4th quarter of FY2015!

This would not have been possible without everyone's dedicated advocacy!  Thank you for every phone call, email and signature.  We can be proud of what, together, we have accomplished! Please thank your elected officials for their role in the resolution of the funding crisis.

Now on to the FY2016 budget. Please continue to submit your comments about how funding cuts to TAP will impact those you care about who live with ASD!
TAP is still not recommended for funding in the Governor's FY16 Budget.
You can tell your story about how TAP at UIUC has helped you at this website:
Autism Research Spotlight

No MMR-Autism Link in Large Study of Vaccinated vs Unvaccinated Kids
Study of over 95,000 children included 15,000 unvaccinated 2 to 5 year olds and nearly 2,000 kids already considered at risk for autism. Measles-mumps-rubella vaccination produced no increased risk of autism, even in high-risk families.

ARC Living with Autism Conference
June 10, 2015
Hilton Hotel, Springfield, IL
 Register at:

Save the Date! October 13 & 14
All Kids Can Succeed! Teaching Social, Behavior, Problem Solving Skills and Inclusion to the Student/Child with ASD

Medinah Banquet Hall
550 N. Shriners Dr.
Addison, IL 60101
Click Here To Register!

You can also contact: Lori, PMVC Coordinator, at or 217-840-5627

Community Programs

Check out all the Spring & Summer Programs

CU Special Recreation
Time to register for Summer!

Provides quality recreational programs and services for Champaign-Urbana residents with disabilities.

Yoga for Kids on the Farm
Saturdays April 24 - May 16
Sidney, IL
1 pm - 3pm - Ages 4 - 7
Register online or call:

Research Participation
Can you help with a research study?  A doctoral student at the U of I Urbana-Champaign is recruiting parents to take part in a research survey about what parents do to support the language and communication development of their children with language and communication delays. The survey link 

Community Calendar

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

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Starting May 7 - August
Monday through Friday
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Closed Saturdays
904 W. Nevada Ave. Urbana


Community Support Groups &

CU Autism Network
Thursday May 7 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Stephens Family Y, Community Room
2501 Fields South Drive, Champaign
Speaker: Deb Harper from Skill Sprout
Service model includes educational, behavioral & rehabilitative services for ages birth to 25 years.
To register children email:
Visit our website at 

CTF Young Adult Club
Social opportunities for high school age students

 Please contact Cathy Testory at, 217.722.4482
CTF Teen Connect of Champaign
Social opportunities for middle school age students

Please contact Cathy Testory at, 217.722.4482 

Adults with ASD/HFA
Monthly Gathering:

Saturday May 9
10:30 am - 12:00pm
Christopher Hall
904 w. Nevada, Urbana
For more information:, 217.244.0928

Community Choices
Art Show and Sale
Thursday May 21 5 - 8 pm
Indi-go Artist Coop
9 E. University, Champaign
Providing employment, housing, social and family support for adults with developmental disabilities.
Monthly meeting: May 7,  7:00 - 8:30
St. Matthew's Lutheran Church
2200 S. Philo Rd, Urbana

disability Resource Expo
Wine Tasting & Basket Raffle

Thursday June 11 4 - 7 pm
Art Mart - Lincoln Square, Urbana
Individual Tix $20 Couple $30
 Around Town
 Social Skill Programs
Social Champaign
April Keaton
Kevin Elliott Counseling Group


Check out our website for more information about community events. 

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