New CDC autism survey reflects the experience of TAP network partners in Illinois

A new survey released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may indicate that official autism prevalence rates of 1 in every 88 school age children, may be understated. The report, released yesterday by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, indicates that the prevalence rate may be as high as 1 in every 50 school age children. While more research is needed, the survey of nearly 100,000 families does reflect the experiences of The Autism Program of
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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum Autism Awareness Celebration

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum has generously offered free admission to youth with autism spectrum disorder and one accompanying parent/adult chaperone in celebration of Autism Awareness Month. In order to receive the free admission you must contact TAP at 217-525-8332 before March 22. We will not be able to add any additional guests after that date. Please note that you must be on the list…no free admissions will be granted on the day of the event. Siblings or
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Autism Awareness Night with the Rockford IceHogs

The Rockford lceHogs are pleased to host the inaugural Autism Awareness Night on Saturday, March 30, 2013! Tickets are just $15 with $5 from every ticket purchased through this order form, online or by mentioning Autism Awareness Night by phone will be donated to help The Autism Program (TAP) Service Center, a program of Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago – Rockford Region. If your group purchases 25 or more tickets each member of the group will be given an exclusive lceHogs
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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
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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
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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
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A special statement concerning our national tragedy

Last Friday, the unimaginable events that transpired at Sandy Hook Elementary School forever changed our society and left our nation mourning for the unnecessary loss of so many young lives. As a network, we offer our deepest sympathies to the families of Sandy Hook. As a community, we are heartbroken. As a nation, we must now collectively seek a cause for these events and subsequently address the complex issues that lead to such tragedies. However, we cannot stress enough, the
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A letter from Tara Glavin-Javaid

This past week has been a very difficult one for children and families across our nation. Words cannot express the sorrow that we feel for the victims of last Friday’s tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. Our hearts and thoughts go out to the families who have suffered this unspeakable loss. Unfortunately, this tragedy will also be especially difficult for the families of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Recent media coverage has created a misleading perception of those in our community who
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December Center Spotlight – Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago

Happy Holidays from the staff of Easter Seals Metro – Chicago. In recent months we have had a significant increase in Family and Educator Consultations with new clients being referred from early intervention providers, diagnostic clinics, and school administrators. In November, we hosted an Open House for families, teachers and professionals to come and check out our new space and learn more about our program. We had an amazing turn out and would like to thank our fellow Network Partners
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September Center Spotlight – Foundation for Autism Services Today and Tomorrow

The Foundation for Autism Services Today and Tomorrow (FASTT) is an organization founded to establish vocational and employment programs for adults with autism in Southern Illinois. There has been a lot of excitement at FASTT this summer. We were awarded a brand new 2012 14-passenger bus from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). FASTT submitted a grant to IDOT in 2010, and waited patiently for approval of the grant. FASTT Fest is our silent auction and wine tasting event, which
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