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TAP's September 2015 Newsletter
Champaign and Urbana have set trick-or-treat hours from 5:00 - 7:00 pm on Saturday October 31st.  Here's a great post from The Mighty (a website that shares stories with that they will improve the lives of people facing disease, disorder and disability) that you may find relatable.  We have ready made visual supports for carving pumpkins and trick-or-treating, but we can also tailor these for more specific needs or events.

CU Special Rec has several events this October to celebrate the Halloween spirit.  Registration is required at least a week in advance.  For more information or to register visit their website.

  • October 14th 6:00 - 7:30 pm: Karaoke and Pizza Night (Ages 13-18)
  • October 15th 6:00 - 8:00 pm: Hocus Pocus and Taco Night (Ages 13-18)
  • October 30th 10:00 - 11:30 am: Curtis Apple Orchard (Ages 6-13).

TAP Funding Crisis Update
The TAP central office located in Springfield closed on Sept. 30.  This means there will no longer be a network director or regional coordinators.  The Champaign-Urbana services (including consultations, training, and resources) will stay open into December.  Without the network infrastructure, it is unlikely that TAP will exist in the future in its current form.  What that means for our community is unclear and what we will be planning for in the coming months.  Until that time, we will continue to provide updates and information about autism and autism services.   Did you see us at the Farmer's Market in September?  We had a great time connecting with new and familiar faces.  Find us on October 17th at the disABILITY Resouce Expo! 

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.

Adult Self-Assessment
Researchers from Cardiff and La Trobe Universities have developed a self-report questionnaire to evaluate repetitive and restricted behaviors.  It is difficult to find psychologists who feel qualified to evaluate adults for autism, so this assessment could be a great resource for clinicians.  Read more...

Spotlight on Community Programs
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.

This program serves children with special needs up to 12 years of age (yes, including babies!). Each child in our program receives one-on-one attention and instruction from their new swim buddy as well as a customized lesson plan.  The schedule is not yet finalized and there is still time to sign up for fall lessons by going to their participant application

Research Participant Opportunities
At TAP, we are excited to support cutting edge autism research from the University of Illinois.  These are the projects that are currently recruiting participants.

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 registration website.

I-Pics is...
A research project that teaches parents of young children (ages 2- 6) with autism or developmental delays to use naturalistic communication strategies to improve their children's communication skills .
5 online training modules
Receive one-on-one coaching
You receive $100 when you complete the project!
Contact Hedda: 217.333.0260

Platform Health Project
Are you interested in having your own “cloud” where you can store all of your own or your child’s medical information? We need parents of children with disabilities to participate and give us feedback as we design this service.

If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please contact Aaron Mann at: (student lead on the project) 

 Writing Practices Research
A graduate student in the Dept. of English is researching the writing practices of U of I students with an ASD. This project involves conducting interviews with students who self-identify as having an ASD and are interested in sharing their experiences with writing both in and outside of the classroom. Participants must be 18 or older, have an official ASD diagnosis and be a current or recent U of I graduate.
Contact: Pamela Saunders,

Community Calendar

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

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Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays
9 am - 5 pm
Tuesdays & Thursdays
9 am - 6 pm
Saturdays (after Labor Day)
9 am - 12 pm
904 W. Nevada Ave. Urbana
TAP Programs

Make It Take It

Saturday, November 7th
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Autism Program

Get stocked up and visual supports and structured teaching materials for your classroom with this fun, hands on workshop.  Space is limited (15 teachers) so make sure to RSVP to Linda Tortorelli at or (217)244.0928

Community Support Groups &
Parent Meetings

C-U Autism Network

Thursday, Oct. 1st
6:30 - 8:00 pm

Stephen's Family YMCA

This meeting will feature MeMoves: a tool for self regulation. For more information or to register for child care, please go to their website.

Larkin's Place

Thursday, Oct. 8th
6:30 - 7:30 pm

Stephen's Family YMCA

The Larkin's Place Parent network is a parent to parent meeting.  You can also connect with them through the CU Able Facebook page.

Events, Workshops & Conferences

For Parents, Professionals & Self-Advocates


Thursday, October 1st
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Developmental Services Center, 904 W. Bradley Ave., Champaign

This event is sponsored by the CU Autism Network and will also be offered during their parent meeting on October 1st from 6:30 -8:00 PM at Setphen's Family YMCA.  For more information see the flyer.

Living with Autism Conference

Thursday, October 1st
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Hilton Hotel, Lisle
Cost varies ($95 - $180)

This event is sponsored by the ARC of Illinois.  There will be three featured keynote speakers.  Dr. Patrick Schwartz, Ph.D., "From Possibility to Success: Achieving Successful Outcomes." , Marrea Winnega, Ph.D., B.C.B.A., "Capturing Motivation: The Key to Changing Behavior.”  Carol Stock Kranowitz,  “The Out-of-Sync Child: Understanding Sensor Processing Disorder.” For more information check our the brochure or to register go tho their website and click Events.

Where Hope Grows

Thursday, October 8st
7:00 pm (doors open at 6:00 pm)
Virginia theater, 203 W. Park Ave., Champaign

This movie showing is sponsered by Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation.  Tickets are available in advance at

disABILITY Resource Expo: Reaching Out for Answers

Saturday, October 17th
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fluid Event Center, 601 N. Country Fair Dr., Champaign

This event will be a place for individuals with disabilities and their families to ask questions, get information, share ideas.  Come to learn more about what supportive services, resources, and technology are available in our region.  For more information see their website or Facebook page.   

Fundraiser for Healing Horse Stables

Sunday, October 25th
1:00 - 5:00 pm
Healing Horse stables, 378 County Rd. 100 East, Pesotum

Healing horse stables offers therapeutic riding to promote a balanced integration of body, mind, and spirit.  The fund raiser will feature pony rides, a bake sale, and crafts.

Check out our website for more information about community events. 

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