This newsletter the the best way to get updates and information about autism and autism services in the Champaign-Urbana area.

TAP's March Newsletter


TAP is not recommended for funding in the Governor's Budget.
You can tell your story about how TAP at UIUC has helped you at this website:



Paula Kluth Workshops
Effingham, IL
StarNet Region IV
March 11 & March 12

March 11: Inclusion: What every parent should know:
March 12: The problem with behavior problems: Supporting Students with Autism and other Disabilities.
Knights of Columbus Hall
1501 W. Fayette Ave.
Effingham, IL
More info? click here

 Puzzled Minds- Workshop- FREE
Improving Communication & Interaction for
Individuals with Autism
April 25  9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Keynote: Joan Gorsuch
Teaching Social
2 breakout sessions:

  • Using Technology to Support Communication
  • Addressing Challenging Behavior

Bremer Conference Center
Danville Area Community College
2000 East Main St, Danville, IL
Register by April 21 by email to
More Info? 217.244.1395

 PACER Videos

PACER has developed two new videos that parents can access on PACER's website. "Special Education: What Do I Need To Know?" is a 37-minute audio/video overview of special education created to help parents of children with disabilities understand what special education is, how a child might begin in special education, how to resolve disagreements, and what role parents play. The presentation, also translated into Hmong, is funded in part by a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education. A new 30-minute video call "Transition Planning for Children with Disabilities" gives a breif overview of the transition planning process for parents and families of children with disabilities. Find both of the new presentations at PACER's Special Education Rights - (Parents Helping Parents) website page. PACER Center

Autism Research Participants Needed

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,

African American Parents' Experiences Accessing Services for Children With ASD
Potential Participants: Please consider participating in this study if:
1. You are an African American parent or caregiver of an African American child who has a primary diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder,
2. Your child is in grades K-5 at a public school in Illinois and qualifies for special education and related services.

In appreciation for your time, you will receive $50 for participating in this study.
For more information please contact: Jamie Pearson,, 217-333-0260
Hedda Meadan,, 217-333-0260

Impact on Dog Ownership and Autism (No Dog ownership necessary)
Caregivers whose family has children living with autism, with or without dogs, are sought for a 30-60 minutes interview about impact of dog ownership on physical activity in families. This study will examine the effect of dog ownership on the physical activity levels of family living with autism.Barriers and facilitators of owning a dog in family will also be studied. If you are interested in this study please contact one of the researchers at:
Hai Yan (, 217-333-2461
Yan Yang, 217-607-6667
Zezhao Chen, 217-974-0749


Community Calendar

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

Newsletter free subscription:
If you would like to receive this newsletter every month, subscribe here

March Hours
We will be closed from
Saturday March 21 - Saturday March 28
for U of I Spring Break

Mon - Fri 9 am - 5 pm
Tuesdays & Thursdays open to 6:00 pm
Saturdays 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
904 W. Nevada Ave. Urbana


Community Support Groups &

CU Autism Network
Thurs., March 5 6:30 - 8:00 pm

2501 Fields S. Dr. Champaign

Speakers: Special Education administrators from Champaign, Urbana and Mahomet school districts
217.621.8429 - call for childcare options
CU Autism Network is part of the Autism Society of Illinois

CTF Young Adult Club
Social opportunities for high school age students

 Please contact Cathy Testory at, 217.722.4482
CTF Teen Connect of Champaign
Social opportunities for middle school age students

Please contact Cathy Testory at, 217.722.4482 

Adults with ASD/HFA
Monthly Gathering:
Saturday March 14
10:30 am - 12:00pm
Christopher Hall
904 w. Nevada, Urbana
For more information:

Puzzled Minds & The Autism Program  (TAP) Vermilion County Autism Support Group 
April 25 Autism conference at Danville Area Community College
 Lori, PMVC Coordinator, at or 217-840-5627.  

Community Choices
Providing employment, housing, social and family support for adults with developmental disabilities.
Monthly meeting: March 12  7:00 - 8:30
St. Matthew's Lutheran Church
2200 S. Philo Rd, Urbana
Hope Family Center
Parent to Parent Program (P2P)

Parent volunteer to become trains as a support Person.  Support Parents are matched to a Referred Parent.  Find out more about this program:
Jennifer Lipscomb 217.588.7528

 Around Town
 Social Skill Programs
Social Champaign
April Keaton
Kevin Elliott Counseling Group

Community Programs


Challenger Baseball League
Ages 6 - 21
April 18 9:30 - 11:30 am
Skills Day & Meet-N-Greet
Stratton School, Champaign, IL
More info? Click here


February 23-April 12

Y Sampler (5 participants needed to make class go)

Regardless of your age or physical ability, we can help you get started. Each week we will try something new, working together in a small group, taking time to answer questions, correct body form, and get you off to a safe start!

Dates:February 23-April 12

Time: 2-3 p.m.

Fees: $35 Member $45 Guest Member


Minecraft Class - NEW!
(7 participants needed to make new class go.) 

Learn more about digging, crafting, saving and collecting resources. Bring your favorite electronic device and join this group.

Days: Tuesdays 4-4:45 p.m.

Fees: $30 Member $50 Guest Member

CU Special Recreation
Provides quality recreational programs and services for Champaign-Urbana residents with disabilities.


Check out our website for more information about community events. 

Forward to a friend
Join us on Facebook
 Friend on Facebook | Forward to Friend 
Copyright © 2015 The Autism Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, All rights reserved.
unsubscribe from this list | update subscription preferences 

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp