Events

  • Our next parent support meeting will be held on Saturday, April 16th at the Beverly Branch of the Chicago Public Library located at 1962 West 95th Street. Meeting time is 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

  • Saturday, April 16, 11:00 am - 1:00 p.m.
    PLEASE NOTE LOCATION & TIME CHANGE FOR THIS MEETING!
    Beverly Branch of the Chicago Public Library
    1962 West 95th Street (Damen Avenue) , Chicago, IL. 60643

    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) CARES Program "TSA Cares provides passengers with disabilities and medical needs another resource to use before they fly, so they know what to expect when going through the screening process," said TSA Administrator John Pistole. "This additional level of personal communication helps ensure that even those who do not travel often are aware of our screening policies before they arrive at the airport."

Since its inception, TSA has provided information to all travelers through its TSA Contact Center and Customer Service Managers in airports nationwide. TSA Cares will serve as an additional, dedicated resource for passengers with disabilities, medical conditions or other circumstances or their loved ones who want to prepare for the screening process prior to flying.

ERASERMITT® BACKGROUND INFORMATION, Aysia Lewis, Inventor
Aysia Lewis developed a product for the 2005 FXW Invention Convention in Chicago as part of a 5th grade class assignment. The nine-year-old had long noticed her teachers losing their board markers and erasers. The oversized mitten she designed not only solved that problem, but also cleaned without the dust or chemicals of standard board erasers. Aysia has received the Chatham Business Association Junior Entrepreneur Invention Award for her product. Erasermitt, Incorporated was then formed in January 2009, with the help of her parents, and schools continuing to be among their most enthusiastic customers.
Today, Erasermitt, Inc. is MBE certified, and currently a vendor of Staples Advantage and Promotional Products Division, Amazon.com, IMS/GROUP II Communications (McDonalds Corporation), Archdiocese of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools, University of Chicago, University of Illinois Chicago, and Metropolitan Water Reclamation.

  • AGENDA
     
    11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.            Refreshments, Meet & Greet

    11:30 a.m. - 12:30 noon         Guest Speakers:Julisa Medrano and Ernest Love from TSA CARES &                                                               Duane Lewis  from Erasermitt®

    12:30 noon - 1:00 p.m.          News and Events in the Autism Community

      •      • CPDUs are available for Illinois educators who pre-register; include a note in your registration email to: kevans@chicagoautism.org.
      •      • Children 17 and under are not allowed in the general meeting but are welcome in respite.  Persons 18 and over w/ASD who find the meeting overstimulating are also welcome in respite (See details below). 

       

    RESPITE CARE
    Free respite care for children with autism is provided by professionally trained staff. However, ADVANCE RESERVATIONS are required. Send your request to kevans@chicagoautism.org by Friday, April 15th. Include your name and the name and age of your loved one with autism. We limit respite care size to 20 to ensure safety and personalized care.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

“Dancing for Autism” New Jerusalem Grand Lodge & Queen Esther Grand Lodge are hosting a dance to support Autism Awareness at the Grand Ballroomlocated at 6351 S. Cottage Grove.   A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to Chicagoland Autism Connection to help us offset administrative cost associated with our programs, advocacy, social outings and other events.   This event will have free refreshments, a cash bar and vendors.  CAC will have a table at this event.  We want to thank New Jerusalem Grand Lodge & Queen Esther Grand Chapter in advance for their support and generous donation.  A special note of thanks to Parent/Supporter/ Bro. Carlos Payne for selecting our group to receive the donation.   Tickets are $15.00 (You can purchase tickets at our next monthly meeting scheduled forSaturday, April 16, 2016 or contact us:  773-329-0375for more information.  PURCHASE TICKETS TODAY AT THE CAC MEMBERSHIP TABLE

Saturday, May 14, 2016
SIGN UP FOR THE WALK AT THE CHICAGOLAND AUTISM CONNECTION/AUTISM SPEAKS WALK TABLE TODAY!!!
Chicagoland Autism Connection (CAC) will host a team for the 2016 Autism Speaks Walk at Soldier Field.  We encourage you to walk with us on Saturday, May 14thfor another opportunity to bring awareness to the community.  If you are unable to walk, please sign-up to volunteer at our booth during the resource fair!  T-Shirts  from CAC are available for purchase for $10!  Walkers raising over $150 individually will receive a free commemorative t-shirt from Autism Speaks.  You can create your own team within our team!  More information on transportation and other details will be made available following the Autism Speaks kickoff meeting in late March.  “The Autism Speaks Walk is an inspirational and impactful opportunity to raise money and awareness to help change the future for all those who struggle with autism. Participating in Autism Speaks Walk empowers you to make a difference and provides you with an opportunity to honor someone with autism. Everyone is touched by autism in a different way.”  A special note of thanks to Jill Payne, Parent and Supporter for spearheading the team this year! Stay tuned for more details.  Registration for the walk is open now! http://www.autismspeakswalk.org/chicago/2016cacsupporters.  
GET YOUR T-SHIRT AT THE MONTHLY MEETING!!!

 

June 4th, 2016 3rd Annual Benefit Golf Outing

CAC GOLF OUTING 2016:

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CAC GOLF OUTING 2016 - Donation:


 

2016 MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL:

The 2016 Membership Renewal Form will be available at the meeting. Please be sure to renew your membership for the 2016 calendar year at the meeting to take advantage of discounts throughout the calendar year. Remember: Membership is good January 1st through December 31st.

Monthly Bowling

Chicagoland Autism Connection will host its first bowling outing on Sunday, February 21, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Arena Lanes, 4700 W. 103rd Street, Oak Lawn, IL. 60453

CAC paid members are eligible for one child to attend free and $10 for each additional person with ASD or sibling through January 2016. (Value of $100) NON-MEMBERS-$12.00 per person

Price includes: 2 hours of bowling, shoe rental, slice of cheese pizza, 12 oz. soda, fun, networking and end of the year awards ceremony. Parent, guardian or sibling must be present.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT OUR MONTHLYMEETINGS & BOWLING OUTINGS!!


PAST EVENTS:

 


Bogan Technical Computer High School - 3939 West 79 St., Chicago, IL. 60652

To register for this event, please visit: http://cac2016springfling.eventbrite.com

 

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CPR Certification

 

+Saturday, Nov 7th, 2015 11th Annual Night of the Stars

 

+Saturday, July 25th Picnic and Water Park Party

 

+Saturday, June 20th CAC Monthly Meeting at Easter Seals School, 1939 West 13th St. in Chicago

 

Sunday, June 21st “A Team” and “Junior A Team” Bowling

 

 

Sat. June 6th, 2015 - 2nd Annual CAC Benefit Golf Outing " Come Tee Off With Us"

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April 18, 2015 - 16th Annual Spring Fling for Autism Awareness

 

Sunday, Oct 5th - Field Trip to the Silver Stallion (Black Cowboy) Ranch

 

Saturday, Nov 1st, 2014 - “Night of Stars” Family and Friends Dinner Dance

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SATURDAY, July 26, 2014 - ANNUAL PICNIC AND WATERPARK PARTY

 

Saturday, June 07, 2-14 Benefit Golf Outing

 

Saturday, April 5 - 15th - Annual "Spring Fling for Autism Awareness" Resource Fair

 

Dec 1, 2013 THE CHICAGOLAND AUTISM CONNECTION TRAVELS TO NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY’S AUTISM AWARENESS DAY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL GAME

Nov. 2nd, 2013 ~ 9th Annual Night of Stars Family & Friends Dinner Dance
6:00-11:00 p.m. - Hilton Oak Lawn 94th and Cicero, Oak Lawn

Thanks to the following companies for their generous donations to the "Night of the Stars" Dinner Dance:

All Blown Up Balloon Creations • Aveda Institute • Better Images Barber Salon • Chicago Bears, • Chicago Bulls • Chicago Cubs • Chicago White Sox • Chiropractic Care • Coopers Hawk Winery, Orland Park • Costco Wholesale • Goodman Theater • Dr. Temple Grandin • Hilton Oak Lawn and Whitney’s Café • Lou Malnati’s, Chicago • Paula Kluth • Marcus Theaters Corp. • Method Home Products • NBC 5 Chicago • Panera Bread – South Holland • Park Cleaners • Performance Mailers Inc. • Seaway National Bank • Sidley Austin LLP • Southwest Airlines • Trader Joe’s Chicago Loop • Urban Oasi

Congratulations to Wanda Bethel Satkas on her selection as the "State of Illinois Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities' 2013 Advocate of the Year".  Wanda, co-founder of CAC and for many years the CEO, was recognized at a ceremony in Springfield this past May.  Additionally, Wanda is among a group who will be honored by Creativity United at the "We Dream in Color" event on Sunday, July 21st at the DuSable Museum.  This program celebrates individuals who have learned to embrace their color to enhance the lives of others.  There will be food and a roster of tremendous entertainers.  Tickets are $100 (VIP Meet & Greet), $50 (General Admission), and $35 (Show Only).  For tickets and additional information call (773) 621-3372 or visitwww.weliveandremember.com.  The VIP Meet & Greet is at 5:00 p.m., the Reception is at 5:15 p.m., and the Show begins at 6:30 p.m.  Let's show up and thank Wanda for her many years of hard work on behalf of the autism community!!

July 27th Waterpark Party

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8th Annual "Night of Stars" Dinner Dance

Saturday, November 10, 2012
6:00-11:00 p.m. - Hilton Oak Lawn
94th and Cicero, Oak Lawn

14th Annual "Spring Fling for Autism Awareness" Resource Fair ~ April 6th

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Saturday, April 6 ~ 7:45 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences
3857 West 111th Street, Chicago

~ April 13th...

CHICAGOLAND AUTISM CONNECTION (CAC) & THE “A” TEAM HOST A FAMILY OUTING TO MEDIEVAL TIMES Saturday, April 13, 2013 @ 4:30 PM. (Bus pick-up at 3:00 p.m.)

Sunday, June 9th...

CHICAGOLAND AUTISM CONNECTION (CAC) & THE “A” TEAM HOST A FAMILY OUTING TO SHEDD AQUARIUM Sunday, June 9, 2013 @ 2:00 PM entry/Oceanarium, 3:30PM aquarium, and 4:00PM special exhibition. (Bus pick-up at 1:00 PM sharp)


 

Next CAC Monthly Meeting, April 16th

April 9, 2016 - Spring Fling for Autism Awareness -

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