Who We Are

The Autism Program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Our friends just call us TAP*.

We are a community-focused program of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and the Department of Special Education at the University of Illinois.  Our Resource Room is housed in the Family Resiliency Center and provides a place where families and professionals can find information or preview materials that might be helpful to them.

We focus on:

  1. Providing a resource and referral center for parents and professionals.
  2. Developing and evaluating model programs in training, treatment, and family support.
  3. Facilitating collaborations between agencies, schools, and individuals that enhance the community’s capacity and quality of services for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and their families.

Many different types of materials are available in the TAP Resource Room.  All of our materials are free, and can be customized to meet individualized needs. TAP staff and student interns are available to meet in person or via phone/email to collectively brainstorm creative problem-solving solutions. Many of our materials can also be translated to Spanish. These materials include:

  • Books and DVD’s for checkout
  • Teaching kits containing structured teaching activities for checkout
  • Learning aids
  • Flyers, articles, brochures, and booklets from local, state, and national organizations which are free to the public

Come visit us or check out our online resource room!


Funding and support for TAP has been provided by:

  • The Illinois Department of Human Services, through a contact with the Hope Institute for Children and Families
  • Private donors to the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES) and to TAP
  • The Carle Foundation
  • The Christie Foundation
  • The Department of Human Development & Family Studies
  • The Family Resiliency Center
  • The Department of Psychology
  • The Department of Special Education

2 thoughts on “Who We Are

  1. Hi I don’t know this is the right place to ask this but my seven-year-old son is showing signs of autism and the school has told us at parent-teacher conferences that he’s doing it at school as well I myself and his mother are trying to find a way to get him diagnosed with it if he has it and find ways to help him because it’s messing with his school so if this is the right spot for that I would like someone to contact me and maybe set something up so we can get my son the help he needs

    • Hi Bruce,
      If you are in the Champaign-Urbana area, please call us and we can direct you to places that assess for autism. Our number is 217 244-1395. There is a group providing free autism screenings this Saturday at our program, 904 W. Nevada, Urbana. You need to make an appointment with this group. Call Reginia Meza at 312 996-8905 to set this up. I will email you the flyer. Your can also request an assessment be completed by your school. Do it in writing. This will be an educational assessment and not a medical one. You will still want a medical diagnosis. Even with a medical diagnosis, the school will need to do an assessment as to how his difficulties are effecting his education and see if he is eligible for and Individualized Education Plan (IEP). This can all be confusing and it might be easier if you call us. -Anne


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