Engaging Fathers

When you look around your office waiting room, how often do you see fathers there with their children? All too many of us are likely to say, “not very often except for diagnostic evaluations or intakes.” What about meetings to discuss early intervention Individual Family Service Plans (IFSPs) or school Individual Education Plans (IEPs)? Again the answer is most commonly, “not very often.” Mothers generally ...
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Local Walgreens Collaborates with SIUC

The Autism Program of Illinois and the TAP Center at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale would like to extend our gratitude to Kyle Dannells and Matt Hughes at the Walgreens located at 206 S Wall St in Carbondale, IL. Kyle, assistant store manager and Matt, store manager hired 26-year-old Damen Dukes, a client at the SIU TAP Center who has high-functioning autism. “I was shocked and honored” said Damen who had never been hired so quickly. Damen works part-time at
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An Update from The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP) at The Hope Institute for Children and Families

The TAP Center at The Hope Institute for Children and Families is starting the second month of their new preschool program for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) under the age of five. The group meets for two hours following a typical preschool routine that incorporates group play, circle time, structured group activities, and one-on-one work with a trained therapist.
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The Autism Program of Illinois announces new partnership to protect Illinois families

The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP) today marked Autism Awareness Month and its tenth anniversary by announcing a new collaboration to help make Illinois’ highways safer for those with autism spectrum disorders and other cognitive and physical differences. At a state Capitol news conference, TAP officials announced a partnership with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to make materials for that agency’s Yellow Dot program available at TAP centers across Illinois. Launched in 2011 by IDOT in cooperation with the
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Announcing the opening of RCADD South

We are pleased to announce the opening of the Resource Center for Autism & Developmental Delays - South Location. Be sure to visit our center with an extensive lending library of resources including books, software, games, home teaching kits and visual supports is available to parents, caregivers, teachers, and others seeking resources for young children with autism spectrum disorders or other developmental delays.
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Celebrate Autism 2013 – Easter Seals

On behalf of Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago, I invite you to participate in a very special program called “Celebrate Autism!” This is an opportunity for you to share an inspirational story with dozens of parents, teachers, therapists, family members, professionals, and individuals who have been touched by autism. We will feature your story along with dozens of others on a special “Celebrate Autism” webpage filled with stories and insights which will appear in April on Easter Seals Web site (www.eastersealsandautism.com).
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Autism Awareness Month – A look at TAP events around Illinois

  Join us throughout April as the The Autism Program celebrates Autism Awareness Month. Across the state, TAP network partners are offering a full schedule of fun and exciting events designed to celebrate the individuals we serve, increase public awareness of autism spectrum disorders, and provide valuable resources to the parents of children with autism. Below you will find events categorized by your region of Illinois Jump to Northern Illinois Jump to Central Illinois Jump to Southern Illinois Or view
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March Center Spotlight – Trinity Services, Inc.

Happy March! Trinity Services’ Autism and Family Resource Center is revving up for Autism Awareness Month with special events and increased legislative advocacy! March is an exciting time for Trinity Services as we rev up for Autism Awareness Month and work diligently to protect autism services for families in Illinois.  This past month, several of us traveled to Springfield to meet with our TAP partners and advocate for autism service. Our team included Kelly Vinquist, Ashley Barnish, Sherry Ladislas, and
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