Who We Are

The Autism Program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

COVID-19 Update (August 11, 2020)

We are excited to let you know that our resource center at 904 W. Nevada in Urbana will be re-opening soon (however the children’s play area will remain closed). Beginning August 17th we will be open from 10 am-3 pm Monday-Friday. Our hours will be extended when our students return on August 24th.

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 reserve 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. “Walk-ins” may need to wait outside until those with appointments have left.

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.

We look forward to seeing you soon.


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 is provided in whole or in part by The Autism Program of Illinois and the Illinois Dept. 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

8 thoughts on “Who We Are

  1. Good evening. I was wondering if you had any information in regards to having an assistant or caregiver in our area. Southern Illinois. when our son is not in school he gets very bored. My fiance and myself both work and the only person we have at this time to help with him is my fiance dad which is 73 but has copd. He gets very bored being 15 and is starting to wonder off and it’s very dangerous. any direction you can send us I will be very happy to check out especially with spring break coming up and then summer break. Thank you. Dee Richardson

    • Hi Dee, We are in Urbana, IL. I”m not sure where you are in Southern Illinois. If you are near a University or Community College, those are good places to advertise for an assistant. Sometime the school aides will also help with this kind of thing. If there are after school activities that your son might be interested in, sign him up for some. In our area we also have Special Recreation program through the Park District and our local YMCA. Those programs often have schools-out camps during spring break.

      • Thank you for the information. I will reach out to john a logan college and siu university and see if they offer anything. Thank you so much for the information

    • 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.

  2. 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.

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