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TAP's August 2015 Newsletter

Starting a New IEP Advocacy Year: Back to School Tips

We are offering this event TWICE:
Tuesday, August 11th 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Wednesday, August 12th 6:30 - 8:00 PM

Free Event: Registration Required

You have had your annual review and wrote new goals for the coming year.  Now what???
Join us for a workshop on how to get the most out of your child's IEP this coming school year.  Learn how to interpret your child's IEP and partners with your school staff to ensure your child is making adequate progress toward the goals you have set.  Please bring your child's IEP.  This will be an interactive event presented by Linda Tortorelli & Shelia Krein and sponsered by TAP at UIUC.

For more information or to register contact: Linda Tortorelli at or 217-244-0928

Summer at TAP
This summer we have been focused on maintaining operations to the best of our abilities.  As a state grant funded agency, we will not receive any funding until the state budget is passed.  Although we hope to be in the budget during the next fiscal year, at this time we are operating from donations.  We anticipate that we will be able to do so throughout the fall semester.  

Although we have had reduced hours, we have still had fun this summer.  Our Social Thinking group lead by Joan
Gorsuch has been meeting with the help of our returning intern Alison Dey.  We have also been able to provide introductory trainings at Community Elements and Kevin Elliott Counseling Group

In August, look for us at the Urbana's Farmers Market.  We'll be in the last row (closet to the food trucks) with back to school resources, farmers market visual supports, and fun games.  We hope you'll stop by and say "hi."  We're also very excited about our IEP advocacy workshop (posted above).  We think it will be a great way to start the school year off on the right foot. 

 Thinking About Fall

The Champaign Urbana Special Recreation (CUSR) fall program flyer is out.  There is an activity each day of the month so we hope you can find something up your alley.  Remember that you can also request accommodations for non-CUSR programs.

Registration begins August 11th for fall programs at the YMCA.  Did you know that the YMCA has sensory rooms?  These are for children who need a break from all the action or just a fun place to explore.

 Research Participation
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.

We are computer science, engineering and design students who are working on this exciting project. We are creating a website called Platform Health, the first place for you to independently access and own all of your health records. 
If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please contact Aaron Mann at: (student lead on the project) 

Community Calendar

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

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Monday through Friday
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Closed Saturdays & Sundays
904 W. Nevada Ave. Urbana

Dance and Movement Camp

Tuesdays at 6:00 -6:30
August 18th to September 22nd
Gallo Dance Studio
308 Meadow St., Saint Joseph
$50 for six week registration
Children of all ages welcome.  Must have an adult caregiver present who is willing to participate when necessary.
Contact Michelle for more information or to register at  Must register by August 7th. 

Independent Living Skills Training

Tuesday, August 18th 6:00 - 7:30 PM
1317 E. Florida Ave., Urbana
Learn the basics of independent living and your rights as a person with a disability.
Contact for more information.

Superstar Yoga

Monday, August 24 4:15 - 5:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church of Urbana
602 W. Green St., Urbana
Free: registration required
A fun and empowering yoga practice for youth (ages 13+) with special needs.  No equipment or previous yoga experience necessary.
To register or for more information contact Rachel Bass-Guennewig at
Education and Workshops

Day Camp for Early Educators: Resources and Supports for Children with Autsim

Wednesday, August 5th 10:00 - 2:00
Urbana Early Childhood School
2202 E. Washington St., Urbana
Presented by Sandy Valentine and sponcered by Starntet.  Spend the day learning more about young children with autism and hearing about great ideas that can be used in the classroom, community, and home.  We will be making some fun things that can be used with all kids to address sensory and communication challenges.

Executive Dysfunction: A Crash Course for Parents

Saturday, September 12th 9:00 - 12:00
The Vineyard Church,
1500 N. Lincoln, Urbana
This workshop is presented by Jill Fahy, M.A., CCC-SLP and sponsored by Family Maters.  Participants will gain insights and strategies to assist children who forget to turn in homework, always have messy rooms, or are unable to finish work on time.
Registration required by Sept 2 or call 866.436-7842.

Community Support Groups &

CU Autism Network
No meetings in June/July/August
Watch for summer events

Danville Autism Support Group Puzzled Minds – Vermilion County Autism Support Group
For more information, contact Lori Acree, Coordinator, at 217-840-5627 or or Sheila Krein, TAP Parent Liaison, or at 217-306-6751.

CTF Young Adult Club & Teen Connect are on hold until the budget crisis is resolved.
 Please contact Cathy Testory at, 217.722.4482



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