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TAP's June 2016 Newsletter
Reduced Summer Hours for June & July
We have secured a small amount of additional money, and are working on potential other funding that could keep us open for the semester.  If you would like to make a donation to TAP to help keep us going, please visit our website and click on the "Donate to TAP" button or contact Linda Tortorelli at  
Thank you for your support!
We will be open June: Mon - Fri - 10 am - 3 pm 
July: Mon - Thur. 10 am -  3 pm closed Fridays.  


Autism in the News
Understanding the complexity of depression in kids & teens with autism. Ground breaking study on depression in young people with autism and the physical and behavioral issues that often accompany it.  Read more

Free Resource: Life Journey through Autism: Navigating the Special Education System

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.

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

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

New Nutrition, Gut Microbiome and Autism Study.
Newly diagnosed 4-7 year old children needed for study relationship between diet, gut microbiome and autism symptoms. Parents will complete questionnaires and food records and will collect samples of their child’s stool 3 time points. A $30 gift certificate ($10 per sample) will be provided for completing the study. Call (217) 333-2685 or e-mail

Parent/Teacher perspectives of transition to employment for individuals with significant disabilities- University of Illinois
My name is Kimberly Patton and I am a doctoral student in Special Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  
We are looking for potential participants who meet the following conditions:
 (a) Parents or guardians of a transition-aged youth (i.e. between the ages of 14.5-22) with a significant disability (i.e., intellectual disability, autism, or multiple disabilities) who also participates in the alternate assessment, 
 (b) Parents or guardians are willing to identify and provide contact information for the special education teacher for their child, AND
(c) The child currently attends school in the state of Illinois.  
 To begin the survey, click here

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 contact Dr. Lucy Bilaver at (815) 753-2436 or

Understanding Mealtimes on the Spectrum
University of Illinois

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

National Survey of Parents of Children with Special Needs
Follow this link for an opportunity to participate in a Research Study focused on you as a Parent of a child(ren) with special needs and how you handle your everyday stressors. Note: Each parent can participate individually.

Fathers of Children with Autism Needed
If you are the father of a child with autism (moderate to severe), ages 5 to 12, and you co-parent this child with a female partner, we need your help for an online survey.
The study concerns the support needs of fathers of children with autism. The world does not know enough about you and your needs for support! 
Survey Here



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 is remaining open, with limited hours, through the summer.
Reduced Hours:
June: Monday through Friday 10 am - 3 pm
July: Monday through Thursday 10 am - 3 pm
Closed Fridays

904 W. Nevada Ave. Urbana



Community Support Groups &
Parent Meetings

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

No monthly meetings in June, July, August by Jan. 20
For more information or to register for child care, please go to their website.

HFA - Group for High Functioning Autistic Adults : June 11, 10 am

 The next meeting of Adults on the Spectrum will be Saturday, June 11th from 10am to 11:30am. Our new meeting place is the Courtyard Café of the Illini Union. The address of the Illini Union is 1401 West Green Street, Urbana, Illinois.  Our table will have an “Adults on the Spectrum” sign. 

High-Functioning Autistic Adults-HFA

Penguin Project: CU Theater Company
Creating Access to Community Theater for young artists: FREE

Informational Meeting
Ages: 10 - 21
June 14 6:30 pm or June 22 6:30 pm
Temple Baptist Church
1100 Broadmoor Drive - 217.352.4085

Thursday, July 14 at 6:30 pm
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.


Mom's Retreat - July 23 & 24
St. John's Neuman Center
Champaign, IL
All meals & overnight accommodations—only $40 per person. Sponsored by STARNET
Click Here to Register Now!

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 : DSC 217.356.9176 x 423
Hannah Sheets 217.621.1090
June 28 Success Stories 

Events, Workshops & Conferences

For Parents & Professionals

Panel Discussion at PACE this summer on the first Thursdays of July and August: July 7th and August 4th from 3-5 p.m. . The goal of the discussion is to have an open conversation between parents and their young adult children on how to encourage independence during the transition into adulthood, and to discuss common issues that come up while navigating this transition. Topics will vary from marriage to college/higher education to home ownership, and everything in-between. This is a very informal panel and we hope to address all questions on our list, but we’ll allow conversation to flow as questions come up. This is a FREE event!  All are welcome!
PACE 1317 E. Florida Ave, Urbana

Free Webinar: Decision Making for your Young Adult with Mental Health Challenges or Developmental Disabilities
June 29 7 - 7:30 pm
In this webinar, presented by Joe Scally, J.D., of The Child and Family Law Center, we'll examine the criteria for when parents can and should make decisions for their young adult children. We'll discuss various legal approaches for doing so including Guardianship, Powers of Attorney, and other forms of surrogates for disabled adults.

NEW ABA Provider doing business in Champaign County: Call for more information.
David Jaques, PhD, BCBA
Visions LLC 
(314) 560-7063


Check out our website for more information about community events. 

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