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Spring Semester Hours
The Resource Room will be open Mon-Thurs 9am-6pm, Friday 9am-5pm, and Saturdays 9am-noon 

Resource room number: 217.244.1395

Our friends just call us TAP.  We focus on facilitating collaborations between agencies, schools, and individuals that enhance the community’s capacity and quality of services for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and their families.  Find more information about TAP on our website or follow us:
By: Autistic Self Advocacy Network

What is Autism Acceptance Month?

April is Autism Acceptance Month. During Autism Acceptance Month, we focus on sharing positive, respectful, and accurate information about autism and autistic people.

Autism Acceptance Month promotes acceptance and celebration of autistic people as family members, friends, classmates, co-workers, and community members making valuable contributions to our world. Autism is a natural variation of the human experience, and we can all create a world which values, includes, and celebrates all kinds of minds.

In a nutshell, Autism Acceptance Month is about treating autistic people with respect, listening to what we have to say about ourselves, and making us welcome in the world.

You probably know an autistic person already. Get to know us a little bit better.

Community Calendar: Don't Miss a Thing! Activities in the C-U Area this Month
Free Parent Workshop
Tuesday, April 9 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Southwest Elementary School
14794 Catlin-Tilton Road
Danville, Illinois
Supporting Language and Social Development for Children with Special Needs

-How best to support your child with language and social development
-About Autism Spectrum Disorders
-How to Access resources available for all children through The Autism Program 
Please RSVP for childcare: 217.444.3274

CU Autism Network
10th Annual Autism Walk and Resource Fair
Saturday, April 13  11:30 - 2:30 pm

Stone Creek Golf Club
2600 S. Stone Creek Blvd
Urbana, IL

Great Link

Help support research by participating in these studies:

Seeking participants for Infant Brain Imaging Study: Brain development in Autism
to identify symptoms of autism sooner.

Infants 0 - 6 months old and at least one older full sibling diagnosed with autism. Expectant parents encouraged to contact us.
Travel to St. Louis when infants are 6, 12, and 24 months
infants complete developmental testing and MRI scan
Reimbursement for study related expenses and $100 compensation per visit. 
Contact us: Lisa Flake 888.845.6786 or email
Visit for more information.

Sibling training for Future Planning
The U of I is offering a training to siblings of adults with disabilities.  Siblings who complete this training will participate in workshops to facilitate future planning for their sibling with disabilities, develop a letter of intent, and share their experiences with other siblings.  A total of $100 in compensation if the training is complete.
contact: Chung eun Lee: - 202.390.7690

Feinstein Institute for Medical Research
Northwell Health - ASD Wandering Study

We are recruiting parents of children with ASD who wander to participate in a new, online research study called :the Family Experiences with Wandering (FEW) Study. 
Click the following link to learn more and access the Screening Questionnaire: Click here
email questions to:



Free Autism Webinars

The Arc of IL, IL Lunchtime Webinar - Early Intervention & Speech-Language Pathology: A Training for Family and Collaborative Professionals on Apr 09, 2019 12:00 PM CDT at
This webinar will discuss information regarding Early Intervention (EI) services, EI services specific to speech-language therapy, programs/services within The Arc, and advocacy tools. We will begin with defining EI and continue with an overview in how individuals and families can acquire services for children ages birth-3 years old. Additionally, we will discuss how speech language pathologists are involved in EI both in evaluations and interventions. We will conclude with information regarding the Arc and advocacy tools for families.

Monarch Center for Autism offers free monthly webinars, presented by experts, on autism-related topics including Behavior, Transition Planning, Mental Health, Visual Supports, Technology, and more. 
All webinars are recorded, archived, and available on our website.
Please join us for an upcoming webinar. Details and registration are  on our website.  
Thursday, April 11 from 3-4pm EST: “Co-Morbid Disorders and Treatment Issues in Adolescents with Autism.” Presented by Dr. Christine Barry (Pediatric Neuropsychologist at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center).

The Child and Family Law Center Free Webinars/Presentations 
Click Here
Click Here to register

 FREE webinars that might be helpful to families to help navigate through the Special Education world. A Parent's Perspective: Special Education Process and Article 7 is this week’s feature webinar. It focuses on the school process and how Article 7 can benefit you and your child as you navigate through school. This webinar is presented by Jennifer Littlefield from IN*SOURCE. You can find more FREE webinars at the HANDS website



Autism in the News

Resources within Reason

Many free resources and toolkits to help children with learning and attention issues
Click Here

Autism Spectrum Disorder Resources
Click Here

Autism Certification Center
ASD Strategies in Action: Real-Life, Practical, Evidence-Based
Many Faces of Autism - a free course that will introduce you to characteristics of ASD

Click Here

OAR Organization for Autism Research publishes and provides free resources to support families, educators, and clinical professionals. This page includes a complete list of all of the resources we offer to individuals and families at no cost.
Click Here

Autism Speaks Tool Kits are free resources on topics ranging from toilet training and new diagnoses to housing and post secondary education
Click Here

Area Support Groups

Which one is for you?

CU Autism Network
Facebook group
10th Annual Autism Walk & Resource Fair
Saturday, April 13 11:30 - 3:00
NEW LOCATION: Stone Creek Golf Club, Urbana
To register got to: or day of event
Register by April 1 to reserve a walk t-shirt

CU Able
Facebook group.
Parent Network Meeting
Where: Stephens Family YMCA, Community Room
Description: Open meeting/discussion for all parents of kids with disabilities.  Meet other parents who "get it".  Childcare is free for YMCA members, $5.00 for non members.
Puzzled Minds 

Danville area support group for families and professionals.    For more information contact

Adults on the Spectrum
This groups meets once each month to  talk and socialize together. Members currently range in age from the early twenties to the fifties. All are welcome!
Every second Saturday 1- 2:30 in the lobby of Christopher Hall
Check out Facebook page.

Vermilion-Iroquois Disability Connection 
 Meets every last Tuesday of the month at 6:00pm at Hoopeston First Church of God. 
Call or text Margo -(815)471-0828
Facebook page

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