Hello and thank you for visiting us at the Central Illinois Autism Association! Whether you have joined us as an individual with autism, caregiver, professional, friend, or community member just wanting to know more we welcome you to the community!
Here at CIAA our main goal is support those with autism within our community regardless of where they fall on the spectrum. Our aim is to help make each individual as independent and successful as they can be along with supporting their employers, family members, and friends.
Throughout the year we hold various fundraisers that we turn into mini grants for the community. We offer these grants to families, teachers, therapists, or anyone else who is supporting an individual with autism. Grants can be used for communication devices, sensory needs, adaptation materials, and more.
Advocacy is also important to us! We give free autism trainings to local businesses as well as creating free visuals for those in need in order to make our community more autism friendly. We also offer awards for professionals and peers who go above and beyond for individuals with autism.
You may be familiar with our old name as the Peoria Autism Society. Effective on January 1st, 2018 we disbanded from the Autism Society of America in order to keep more funds local! Please feel free to contact with any questions about this changeover.
We’re glad you’re here, and we hope to help you as much as we can! Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have!
Wheels and Heels Virtual Event
Sept 1 – Oct 17
Show your support for CIAA this year by moving from wherever you are! For 7 straight weeks, we will be giving you different challenges to complete weekly by running, walking, or riding. We’ll be keeping connected through our event Facebook page, where you share posts or pictures of you and your family moving together to support a good cause!
About Our Grants
- Up to $500
- For Families, Teachers, and Therapists
- Can be used for:
- and more…
The mission of the Central Illinois Autism Association is to provide information and support to individuals affected by autism spectrum disorders, their families, friends and the professional communities with who they interact through public awareness, education, legislation and research.
- To promote and advocate for the general welfare of persons with autism.
- To further the advancement of all improvement and preventable studies, research, therapy, care and cure of persons with autism.
- To develop a better understanding of the problems of persons with autism by the public in our area.
- To promote the education and training of persons with autism and to foster the development of integrated care on their behalf.
- To promote the establishment of adequate diagnostic, therapeutic, educational, and recreational facilities for persons with autism.
- To further the education and training of parents and professional personnel for training, educating, and caring for persons with autism.
- To serve as a clearinghouse for gathering and disseminating information regarding persons with autism.
- To solicit and receive funds for the accomplishment of the above purposes.