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TAP's February Newsletter


We can make these visual supports for you!

The ATN@Work: Visual Supports Ease Medical Visits for Kids with Autism
Clinicians at Vanderbilt Medical Center have created a model program demonstrating how visual supports can empower young patients with developmental disabilities and ease them through their medical visits.


Helping Your Child Negotiate Romantic Relationships

Of the many strategies OAR contributor Laura Shumaker tried to teach her son about dating, love, and relationships, the following five tips she shares in this month’s How To have been the most successful



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

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

AAC Boot Camp - $250
Eastern Illinois University
Charleston, IL

February 21 - to May 13
13 week program using online & face-to-face meetings for AAC users & family members to improve their AAC skills

Beth Bergstrom, SLP-CCC

Click here for more information

 Family Matters Parent Training
& Information Center

Parent Empowerment Call
February 5, 2015 from any phone
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Topic: I Care Very Much, But I'm Tired (Compassion Fatigue)
Call: 1.800.260.0702
Access code: 344776
Questions? 1.618.838.9382

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.

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February Hours
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

904 W. Nevada, Urbana
Saturday, February 28
10:00 am - 11:30 pm
Registration required:

Community Support Groups &

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

2501 Fields S. Dr. Champaign

Speaker: Susy Woods, Illinois Assistive Technology Project.  Free IEP support
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 February 14
10:30 am - 12:00pm
Christopher Hall
904 w. Nevada, Urbana
For more information:

Alisa Chapman 217.359.0675

Puzzled Minds & The Autism Program  (TAP) Vermilion County Autism Support Group 
 Feb. 23 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Two Roads Counseling
712 W. Fairchild, Suite 4 , Danville
Topic: Emotional Regulation
Jessica Nemecz, MA, LCPC
Save the Date! 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: Feb. 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



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.


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