Autism Awareness Turns a Corner in 2013

The national tragedy at Newtown, Connecticut and ensuing debate over misleading news reports involving autism marked the end of a year in which we recognized increased autism prevalence rates and a need to better focus our public education about autism and developmental disabilities. Despite the challenges our community faced in 2012, the new year has offered new hope for public awareness through several positive, high profile news stories. At the end of 2012, Connor and Cayden Long were named the 2012 Sports Illustrated Kids Sportskids of the Year. Connor is the older brother of Cayden, who lives with cerebral palsy
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TAP Celebrates 10 Years of Helping Illinois Families

Join us throughout 2013 as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP). In 2003, Illinois legislative leaders created TAP to address the rising prevalence of ASDs. Back then, TAP started with three regional centers and has now expanded to become the largest statewide network of autism service and resource providers in the nation. There was a time in Illinois when parents faced an uncertain future for their children. Before TAP, Illinois providers struggled to keep up with the growing rate of autism diagnoses and families desperately needed affordable, supportive services. Now, parents can find the
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February Center Spotlight – Easter Seals Rockford

Greetings from Easter Seals Rockford, It is hard to believe that we are already welcoming the month of February. The weather has been unpredictable; one day reaching the sixties…the next in the teens along with rain, sleet, snow and heavy winds, all within a matter of one day. In addition to the unpredictable weather the flu is running rampant. I wonder if anyone else is counting down to spring and summer? I would first like to acknowledge and send appreciation to the Easter Seals (TAP) Rockford team. While I have been on leave Brenda and Emily have a done a
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