Who We Are

The Autism Program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Resource Room is NOW OPEN – but because of reduced student staffing we ask that you call (217-244-1395) to make an appointment to be sure someone will be there to help! 

We are excited to let you know that our resource center at 904 W. Nevada in Urbana is now open. Hours are:

  • Monday: 9am-6pm
  • Tuesday: 9am-6pm
  • Wednesday: 9am-6pm
  • Thursday: 9am-6pm
  • Friday 9am-5pm
  • Saturday: 9am-noon (by appointment only) 

Visiting the resource center will be a bit different due to Covid-19. Although the resource center will be open (with no play area), the relatively small space will require more limited access. Only 2 people at a time will be allowed in the room. Masks will be required, as well as keeping physical distance (6 feet) from staff and other patrons. We strongly encourage you to make an appointment to schedule a day and time to come visit. Call us at 217 244-1395. When you call for an appointment, we will talk with you about what you are looking for help with so we can be prepared to assist you more quickly when come in. We strongly discourage just “dropping in”. “Walk-ins” may need to wait outside until those with appointments have left.

Newly hired Wellness Associates will be monitoring the front door and only allowing in students who have been following the twice-weekly COVID testing requirements. When you come to the door you will need to call us at 217 244-1395 and we will come to get you.  

If you are picking up custom materials, we ask that you park and call us (217 244-1395) from your car. We will then bring the materials out to you.

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!


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.

Funding is provided in whole or in part by The Autism Program of Illinois and the Illinois Deptartment of Human Services.

Additional funding and support for TAP has been provided by:

  • 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

Join us for our fun fall groups!

~FREE SOCIAL AND EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING ZOOM GROUPS~

For all social groups, contact Joan Story Gorsuch M.Ed. at gorsuch@illinois.edu

For all executive function groups, contact Dr. Jeanne Kramer SLPD CCC-SLP at jjkramer@illinois.edu

This summer, TAP had the privilege of working with three University of Illinois students, who were selected for our supported internship program. These three students participated in a social skills for the workplace group as well as individual executive functioning and job skills training sessions throughout the 2019-2020 school year. This was all a part of the Microsoft Accessibility Lighthouse Initiative, which funded campus-wide efforts to make classrooms more accessible as well as equip students with autism for the workplace. During their internship, they participated in creating a group project presentation on Autism and the Brain. They also each contributed an individual project to the TAP Resource Room. See links below to check out their creative work.

How To Be Funny More Than Half of the Time, by Eitan Margalit

https://uofi.box.com/s/i5xim0ac882gpc8efwxbofx9kxta5eyk

Famous celebrities and historical figures with Autism, by Jake Ingledew

https://uofi.box.com/s/z0w2xz8r0e77elkblpwhbn4d5r3iwaez

Idea Book, by Eric Dobek

https://uofi.box.com/s/3bv0or4loxbvaeib0ls78bpojg5ivd61

9 thoughts on “Who We Are

    • Grace, we are not currently running any programs for girls of this age. Often in the summer we do so check back with us in May. If you are looking for Social Skills training, you might want to try Joan Gorsuch at 217 766-8807 or jgorsuch@socialchampaign.com. Kevin Elliot counseling also sometimes offers social skills training. Their number is 217 398-9066. Feel free to call me with any questions: Anne at 217 244-1395.

  1. Any summer camps for a 14yo male with low functioning autism? He’s currently in a childcare facility his mom works at and is not aware of his surroundings and is getting much more physical which can harm a young child 12mo-3yo and his family is low income. Any guidance is helpful!

    • Hi Pamela, I’m not sure what you mean by home remedies. There is no cure for autism at this time but there are evidence based practices in working with children on the spectrum. You might want to look up information on Applied Behavior Analysis. If you want more information on that, email me at theautismprogram@illinois.edu and I will email you some tool kits we have. If there are specific issues you want to work on, let me know and I will see if I can find some information for you.

  2. Hello.

    I’m looking for a local CU Attorney who can help open a Trust for a Autistic young man who is receiving Social Security Disability.

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