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TAP's May 2016 Newsletter
Reduced Hours for May & June

Our students will be leaving us after the first week in May.  We want to thank them for all their hard work this semester.  They have been outstanding!
We will remain opened with reduced hours for the month of May & June.  Unless funding returns, we will be closing our doors for good on June 30. 

Autism in the News
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

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

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 will remain open until June 30, 2016!
Reduced Hours:
Monday through Friday 10 am - 3 pm
Open - MAY 19th only from 1:30 - 3:00 pm for the Ligas Event

904 W. Nevada Ave. Urbana



Community Support Groups &
Parent Meetings

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

Thursday, May 5 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Been There, Done That

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


HFA - Group for High Functioning Autistic Adults

May 7, Saturday 10:00 am 
Christopher Hall: 904 W. Nevada, Urbana
High-Functioning Autistic Adults-HFA

CU Able: The Larkin's Place Parent Network: Stephen's Family YMCA

Thursday, May 12 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.


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
May 24 Natural Supports
June 28 Success Stories 

Events, Workshops & Conferences

For Parents & Professionals

Ligas Family Advocate Meeting- FREE
Know your Options
Ligas Court Monitor Ronnie Cohn special guest!
May 19, Thursday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Brookens Administrative Center
1776 E. Washington, Urbana, IL 61802
Lyle Shields Meeting Room

Free Webinar: Sexuality, Legal Issues and Adolescent /Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum 
Register Here

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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