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TAP's April 2016 Newsletter
Celebrate Autism Acceptance Month! 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.  

Autism in the News
In a new study, researchers showed that preschoolers with autism gain more language and initiate more communication when their classroom teachers use a simplified version of the JASPER method, a behavioral therapy that emphasizes shared attention and child-directed play. Autism Speaks helped fund the research. Read More

Mapping out your child's financial future can seem like a daunting task, but having a plan in place can help ease your fears. The Autism Speaks Special Needs Financial Planning Tool Kit was created to provide you with all the information you need to develop that plan. Read More

New research underscores the importance of physicians addressing the neurological and mental health issues commonly associated with autism -- with numbers suggesting that these conditions are driving the higher rates of premature death long associated with autism. These conditions include seizures (epilepsy), anxiety and depression. Read More

Has your Medicaid insurance been denied for ABA coverage? 
If so, attorney Robert H. Farley would like to hear from you.  He might be able to help. (630)369-0103 or

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
SUMMER CAMP Guide is out! 
Camps fill up early, register now

Camp Guide or 217.239.2849

CU Special Recreation has many awesome activities.  Check it out

Tom Jones Challenger Baseball League
April 16 9:30 am
Skills Day Meet 'n Greet

Registration open now

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





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


Beyond the Tabletop: Using ABA in the Real World
TAP and Skill Sprouts Parent Training - Free

April 27th 6:30 pm - 7;30 pm
904 W. Nevada, Urbana, IL
Registration required: Call Nallely at 800.773.1682 ext 505 or email:


Community Support Groups &
Parent Meetings

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

Thursday, April 7  6:30 - 8:00 pm
Panel of 3 adults with autism sharing what it was like growing up on the spectrum.

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

C- U Autism Walk Sunday, April 24th 2016
Champaign County Fair Grounds
11:30 am - 3:30 pm

Check it out

HFA - Group for High Functioning Autistic Adults

The next meeting of HFA will be 
10:0o am April 9th

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.
March 31 - 6:30 pm Family Education Series:
Sexual Safety


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
April 26 Process of Transition
May 24 Natural Supports
June 28 Success Stories 

Events, Workshops & Conferences

For Parents & Professionals

Brain Gym & Mind-Body Learning Skills in Education Seminar
April 23 10 am - 5 pm
Hilton Garden Inn, Champaign IL

Check it out

Attorney Robert H. Farley Presenting
Protecting assets, supporting rights of every individual, acquiring guardianship etc.

April 29 12 pm - 6:30 pm Free
Richland Community College - Decatur, IL
More information or rsvp:

Striking the Balance: Staying out of power struggles with children while understanding and helping their confusing behavior
April 23 8:30 am - 1 pm

Carle Forum, Urbana, IL
$15 NAEYC members
$25 N0n-members
call: 217.333.3252 email

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


Check out our website for more information about community events. 

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