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The Resource Room will remain closed until further notice 
We are offering some services and support through our virtual resource room and web based platforms. Emails are being responded to by:
Anne Hall: 
Linda Tortorelli:
Resource room number: 217.244.1395

(Please leave a message. We will return calls)
Our friends just call us TAP.  We focus on facilitating collaborations between agencies, schools, and individuals that enhance the community’s capacity and quality of services for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and their families.  Find more information about TAP on our website or follow us:
TAP Virtual Resource Room
During these uncertain and stressful times, we would like to offer you support and resources that might be useful as you stay at home.  

Please take a moment to fill out the survey for what types of resources you might find helpful during this time.


You can email Anne Hall at and Linda Tortorelli at if you have questions or are in need of resources. We will do our best to help you.  We are all working from home, so our response might be delayed, but we will do our very best to help support you in whatever ways we can.



TAP is excited to launch a NEW Autism Awareness campaign and hope that you will all help us spread the word across Illinois! During the month of April, TAP will be giving away window clings FREE of charge! We are offering an Awareness and/or an Emergency Response cling (both pictured below). 

Our Cling Facebook Event Page can be found HERE. (SHARE!)

Website and Registration can be found HERE.

Autism Awareness Month 2020
Tuesday’s @ TAP
6:30 – 8:00 pm
Live Webinar – Registration information to follow
Tuesday, April 7
Myth Busters: Truths and lies about autism
What is autism anyway? What should I expect when I meet someone who is on the autism spectrum? Do I seek a diagnosis? Should we tell anyone? Does it look the same in boys versus girls? Families, friends, coworkers, employers- come and get all your questions answers as we set the record straight about the issues surrounding autism.
Expert Panel: Amy Cohen, PhD, Director of Psychology Services; Noa Hannah, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor, BCBA and Speech Language Pathologist: Barbara T. Doyle, MS Autism Consultant; Linda Tortorelli, Director of The Autism Program at University of Illinois.
Presenters: Jeanne Kramer, SLP and TAP Resource Specialist and Hena Thakur, M.S. and doctoral candidate in psychology.
Tuesday, April 14 - Tips and Strategies for Picky Eaters
Presenter: Lisa Crane SLP – specializes in food issues
Tuesday, April 21
Sleep and Autism in Youth
A talk about sleep processes as well as the challenges that are often experienced by youth with ASD. A discussion will then follow regarding appropriate techniques and further recommendations to help with sleep. 
Presenter: Dustin Hardan, M.A. Dustin is currently a graduate student at the University of Illinois within the Clinical/Community Psychology Division who researches sleep in children and adolescence. He is also a clinician at the UIUC Autism Clinic
Autism Speaks Covid 19 Information and Resources
Understood - Corona virus News and Tools
OAR - Seminar on Crisis and Safety in the ASD Poplulation
Covid-19 for the Disability Community
Mental Health and Anxiety during Covid-19
Plain Language Information on Social Distancing 

FREE On line Autism Educational Websites:  These on line trainings are a great way to learn about strategies and interventions that are helpful for people on the autism spectrum.

Autism Internet Modules The Autism Internet Modules were developed with one aim in mind: to make comprehensive, up-to-date, and usable information on autism accessible and applicable to educators, other professionals, and families who support individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). 

Autism Navigator -  A unique collection of web-based tools and courses that uses extensive video footage to bridge the gap between science and community practice.

The National Professional Development Center 

NPDC has worked to develop free professional resources for teachers, therapists, and technical assistance providers who work with individuals with ASD. Resources include detailed information on how to plan, implement and monitor specific evidence-based practices.

Websites for Free Pictures, Social Stories, Other Activities

Indiana Resource Center - Many great supports

Infinite Reach: excellent visual supports.

Practical Autism Resources - Printable

Living Well with Autism : variety of visual supports plus safety aids

Geneva Centre for Autism. Variety of visual supports & video that teaches how to use them.

Visual tools and cue cards.

do2learn -Games, stories, visuals, educational materials

Autism Classroom
Find out helpful information about Autism, online trainings, request consultative support, download tons of free materials, post a question, message the Chatboard message board, and listen to audio podcasts.

Set BC Provides a wealth of classroom resources and training modules on assistive technology. Click on “Picture Set” for visuals which can be found in the middle column under “Our Students”. Dental vocabulary and Public vs Private activity

Building Blox - Offers specialized teaching tools for teachers of students with developmental disabilities. Their products are developed by  experienced classroom special education teachers and speech therapists. Products from other sources are also featured. Structured Task Ideas

ABA Resources Provides practical resource materials for families and professionals using educational strategies for children with autism. Facilitates the delivery ABA services to families through the provision of resource materials at a free and/or affordable cost.

Pic Search
Search the web for images. An image search service with more than 3,000,000,000 pictures.

Noblesville Schools : common visual for schools and social stories

Head start inclusion: social stories with Spanish translations.

5 Point Scale

Websites for social stories

ABA Resources

The Watson Institute- Resources PowerPoint on how to use schedules (click on “practical strategies”) - go to “Materials Exchange” and then “Social Pragmatics” –go to “Resources” and then search for “Social Narratives”

Social Stories for Special Needs Kids

Sesame Street and Autism

Website for social skill training ideas, strategies and visuals

 Autism Teaching Strategies – Lots of free, downloadable, social skills visuals, tips and lesson ideas. Great for anyone leading social skill groups.-

Michelle Garcia Winner – Social Thinking



Free On-line learning Opportunities about ASD

Autism Spectrum Disorder Resources
Click Here

Autism Certification Center
ASD Strategies in Action: Real-Life, Practical, Evidence-Based
Many Faces of Autism - a free course that will introduce you to characteristics of ASD

Click Here

OAR Organization for Autism Research publishes and provides free resources to support families, educators, and clinical professionals. This page includes a complete list of all of the resources we offer to individuals and families at no cost.
Click Here

Autism Speaks Tool Kits are free resources on topics ranging from toilet training and new diagnoses to housing and post secondary education
Click Here

Area Support Groups

Which one is for you?

Facebook group

CU Able
Facebook group.
Parent Network Meeting
Description: Open meeting/discussion for all parents of kids with disabilities.  Meet other parents who "get it".  
Puzzled Minds 

Danville area support group for families and professionals.    For more information contact

Adults on the Spectrum
This groups meets once each month to  talk and socialize together. Members currently range in age from the early twenties to the fifties. All are welcome!
Check out Facebook page.

Vermilion-Iroquois Disability Connection 
 Meets every last Tuesday of the month at 6:00pm at Hoopeston First Church of God. 
Call or text Margo -(815)471-0828
Facebook page

Community Choices
Options for support for family members with adult children with Developmental Disabilities as well as free groups for adult members

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