Fall Virtual Job Club Series!

Lighthouse-Job-Club_Fall-2020 FlyerThe Chicago Lighthouse presents
Fall Virtual Job Club Series!

Job seekers benefit from these weekly interactive sessions where participants are exposed to networking opportunities, mock job interviews and other successful job search strategies.  Invited speakers give presentations on various topics such as Social Security benefits, public transportation and money management for people with vision loss, other disabilities or Veterans.

The Chicago Lighthouse Job Club Fall 2020 Flyer

The sessions will be held on:
Wednesdays | 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Beginning  September 16,  2020

Location:
Sessions will be held via Zoom
To Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0qd-CorD0sGNJCa9FPq7AJqRscUafB88Ms

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.  If you need an accommodation or use of a sign language interpreter, please notify us at least one week in advance of the session.

All are welcome!
For questions, contact:
Maureen Reid, Job Placement Counselor/Scholarship Coordinator
Employment Services
Phone: (312) 997-3655
Fax: (312) 445-3640
E-mail:  Maureen.reid@chicagolighthouse.org

A GUIDE TO ADAPTIVE APPAREL FOR YOUR LITTLE ONE

A GUIDE TO ADAPTIVE APPAREL FOR YOUR LITTLE ONEA GUIDE TO ADAPTIVE APPAREL FOR YOUR LITTLE ONE

Adaptive apparel includes garments that have been modified to meet the
needs of individuals with disabilities or individuals who require just a bit
more assistance. There are many growing brands that support children
requiring altered clothing to support parents and caregivers with helping
their little ones get dressed. Occupational therapists help families and
children work on dressing skills through the practice of fine motor skills,
coordination, sequencing, and other related self-care activities. As always,
it is best to discuss the adaptive apparel you are interested in with a
healthcare professional to determine if it is appropriate for your child.

by Lydia Oh, OTR/L

Frequently Asked Questions for Parents of Students with Disabilities Regarding School Year 2020-21

Seal of Illinois LogoFrequently Asked Questions for Parents of Students with Disabilities Regarding School Year 2020-21

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is committed to providing parents and guardians of students with disabilities with the information necessary to prepare for the 2020-21 school year. ISBE has been working in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to provide guidance that ensures that the safety and health of students and adults are of the highest priority. It is important to keep in mind that any plan that local school districts or other serving entities make regarding the 2020-21 school year is also based on keeping everyone safe. Each school community is unique and will decide the format of instruction most appropriate based on what is occurring in the community, the data available, and collaboration with their local health department. Schools may implement in-person learning where a teacher and student are in the same physical space, remote learning where students and teachers are physically separated, and or blended learning where learning is both in-person and remote. School districts must provide remote learning services to any student upon request by their parent or guardian. The successful transition to the new school year for students with disabilities will be best accomplished by strong, ongoing collaboration and communication between families and schools. This document is intended to provide parents and guardians of children with disabilities with answers to common questions that they may have, along with some additional resources, as they prepare for the new school year.

 

Also See:

Part 3 Transition Guidance: Starting the 2020-21 School Year FAQ Last updated: Aug. 17, 2020

Autism Speaks Back to School Toolkit

Back to School: “The New Normal,” IEP Resources, Public Policy, and Advocacy – August 2020 Toolkit

Back to School: “The New Normal,” IEP Resources, Public Policy, and Advocacy – August 2020 Toolkit

This August, the Autism Society of America is dedicated to providing the autism community with the valuable resources necessary for the ever-changing landscape of back to school during COVID-19. Autism Speak’s goal is to provide resources to help autistic individuals and families as they navigate the “New Normal” of education during the COVID-19 crisis this summer.

Below Autism Speaks have compiled a digital toolkit of resources, information, referrals, and support to help autistic individuals and their families navigate Back to School and IEP information, as well as public policy and advocacy highlights to assist in transitions during the pandemic.

Resources for Back to School Adjustments

Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Resources

Public Policy and Advocacy

Affiliate Highlights

Howard County Autism Society’s “Homeschooling Children with Special Education Needs: Important Considerations

Autism Society North Carolina’s “Addressing School Concerns During COVID-19

Post Secondary Transition Assistance by Autism of Society of Iowa

We encourage you to contact the Autism Society affiliate in your area, as our affiliates are often the most knowledgeable about local services. To find an affiliate in your area, click here.

COVID-19 Webinar Series | Shifting Services in Community-Based Organizations: Meeting the Needs of People with IDD

Health Matters ProgramPlease join Health Matters for our twelfth webinar in the COVID-19 Webinar Series. This webinar series will discuss COVID-19 issues and practical strategies for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their supports.
August 11, 2020 at 1 PM CDT / 2 PM EDT
Shifting Services in Community-Based Organizations: Meeting the Needs of People with IDD
Susan L. Silberman, PhD, Senior Director, Research & Evaluation at National Council on Aging (NCOA), Washington, DC

August 18, 2020 at 1 PM CDT / 2 PM EDT

Employment Resilience: People with IDD are Critical Frontline Workers 

Erin Riehle, MSN, RN, Founder and Senior Director, Project SEARCH

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NEW! August 25, 2020 at 1 PM CDT / 2 PM EDT

Addressing Emotional Health Needs of People with IDD During a Pandemic:  A Model Demonstration Project to Promote Engagement and Comfort During a Crisis 

Ande Kolp, Executive Director of The Arc Maryland and Rachel London, Executive Director of the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council

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This presentation will highlight findings from recent National Council on Aging (NCOA) surveys of its community-based organizations (CBOs) partners and grantees. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, CBOs are on the front lines providing services and programs to millions of older adults. How are CBOs working during COVID? What services and programs are continuing and which ones have been put aside? What are the most pressing needs of older adults during COVID? Surveys from April and July 2020 will be discussed, sharing insights on the ability of CBOs to serve older adults at this critical time.

NCOA is a trusted national leader working to ensure that every person can age well. Since 1950, our mission has not changed: Improve the lives of millions of older adults, especially those who are struggling.

 
Learning Objectives
  1. Present the findings from National Council on Aging surveys of its community-based organization (CBO) partners and grantees.
  2. Describe how CBOs are working during COVID-19 pandemic.
  3. Delineate the services and programs that have taken priority and which ones have been put aside.
  4. Understand the most pressing needs of older adults with IDD during COVID-19 pandemic.
PLEASE NOTE
1. Webinars are free.
2. CEUs are not offered for the webinars.
3. Webinars and materials will be recorded and archived on YouTube.
4. Captioning will be available HERE. For disability accommodations email Jasmina Sisirak (jsisirak@uic.edu) at least 10 days before the webinar.
5. These webinars will be held on Webex platform. You can test your connection with Webex before joining the meeting HERE.
COVID-19 Webinar Series is presented by the HealthMatters Program (https://www.healthmattersprogram.org), Department of Disability and Human Development, College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago through continued partnership with Project SEARCH (https://www.projectsearch.us) funded by the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council, Grant # 17CH03FA20 and Aspire (https://aspirechicago.com).

 

May 26, 2020 at  1PM CDT / 2PM EDT
Where’s the Outrage: COVID-19 Response Now and Moving Forward
Nicole T. Jorwic, J.D., Senior Director of Public Policy, The Arc United States

RECORDING AVAILABLE HERE

 
June 2,2020 at 1 PM CDT / 2 PM EDT
Protecting Ourselves, Protecting Others Part 1: What to Wear at Work and Why
Melissa L. Desroches, PhD, RN, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Tufts University

RECORDING AVAILABLE HERE

 
June 9, 2020 at 1 PM CDT / 2 PM EDT
Protecting Ourselves, Protecting Others Part 2: Caring for Someone Infected with COVID-19 in their Home
Melissa L. Desroches, PhD, RN, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Tufts University

RECORDING AVAILABLE HERE

 
June 16, 2020 at 1 PM CDT / 2 PM EDT
Talking about COVID-19: Resources for People with IDD
Kathy Service, RN, MS, FNP-BC, CDDN, National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices

RECORDING AVAILABLE HERE

 
June 23, 2020 at 1 PM CDT / 2 PM EDT
Impact of COVID-19 on Organizations Serving Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Donna Martin, Director of State Partnerships & Special Projects, American Network of Community Options (ANCOR)
 
June 30, 2020 at 1 PM CDT / 2 PM EDT
Survival Coalition and The Arc Wisconsin: Determining What’s Needed Now and in the Future in Response to COVID-19
Lisa Pugh, Executive Director of The Arc Wisconsin
 
July 7, 2020 at 1 PM CDT / 2 PM EDT
Preparing Your Employees for the Impact of COVID-19: Updates from Providers
Ed Kaul, Chief Executive Officer ARCA and Eligio Velasquez, 2020 Direct Support Professional of the Year
RECORDING AVAILABLE HERE
 
July 14, 2020 at 1 PM CDT / 2 PM EDT
Communicating COVID-19 Updates to People with IDD, Caregivers, and Stakeholders
Maggie Hassler, Director of Executive Communications at Aspire
RECORDING AVAILABLE HERE
 
July 21, 2020 at 1 PM CDT / 2 PM EDT
Even During a Crisis, People with Disabilities have Rights
Robin Jones, MPA, COTA/L, ROH,  Director of the Great Lakes ADA and Accessible IT, Department of Disability and Health, University of Illinois at Chicago
Barry Taylor, Vice President for Civil Rights and Systemic Litigation, Equip for Equality
 
July 28, 2020 at 1 PM CDT / 2 PM EDT
Hospitalized People with IDD Need their Caregivers: They Aren’t Visitors
Sarah H. Ailey, PhD, APHN, Professor, Rush University

L&D Matter Tutoring Resource for students with LD and DD.

L&D Matter graphicL&D Matter is a 100% student-run volunteer organization that assists children with learning and intellectual disabilities through the buddy program and advocates for their needs and educates the community about what it means to have a disability through our Ambassador Program. The purpose of the Buddy Program is to mentor students with cognitive disabilities such as Down syndrome and Autism with their academics and assist with developing social skills. The mentors are students from the Illinois and Mathematics and Science Academy who are passionate about improving the quality of life for their peers with disabilities.

CONTACT L&D Matter
1500 Sullivan Rd, Aurora, IL 60506, USA
landdmatters@gmail.com

L&DMatter Info

Online Sibshops for Illinois children and teens

Sibshop LogoOnline Sibshops for Illinois children and teens

Zoom Sibshops are for children and teens who have a sibling with disabilities. Sibshops are a fun, sib-focused time to connect and relax with other siblings who get what being a sib is all about!

For the adults who run them and for the agencies that sponsor them, Sibshops are evidence of their loving concern for the family member who will have the longest-lasting relationship with a person who has a disability. However, for the children and teens who attend them, Sibshops are fun events where they will meet other sibs (usually for the first time), have fun, laugh, talk about the challenges AND joys of having a sib with disabilities, play some great games, learn something about the services their brothers and sisters receive.

 Especially during this time when many families are spending more time at home, siblings are experiencing all kinds of feelings. Meeting other sibs, talking, and playing games with one another can help your child feel less alone and more prepared to handle different experiences and situations that arise.

 Siblings who have attended previous Sibshops are welcome to attend this Sibshop as well! There is no cost to attend the Sibshop!

Sibshops:

Tuesday, August 4, 3-4:30pm CT (ages 8-12)
https://www.sibsnetwork.org/event/sibshop-ages-8-12-aug-04-20/

Thursday, August 6, 3-4:30pm CT (ages 13-18)
https://www.sibsnetwork.org/event/sibshop-ages-13-18-aug-06-20/

After registration, a Zoom link will be emailed.

 If you have questions, please contact Tara Conley at info@sibsnetwork.org.

Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Shares Learning Recommendations For Fall 2020

First Page of Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) - Fall 2020 Learning Recommendations
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) as sharing their Fall 2020 Learning Recommendations, developed with the help of 58 educators from across the state. These educators shared their time, energy, and wisdom to create a compass to guide all 852 Illinois districts through the uncharted terrain that lies ahead. The recommendations provide a collective hope and aim to limit instructional loss, provide students with predictable structure and reliable routine, target learning gaps with additional supports, and offer all students opportunities for deep learning.
You can download the recommendations at this link
Note: Special Education guidance starts on page 45.

COVID-19 Webinar Series -Hospitalized People with IDD Need their Caregivers: They Aren’t Visitors

HealthMatters-Program-LogoHospitalized People with IDD Need their Caregivers: They Aren’t Visitors

Presented by Sarah H. Ailey, PhD, APHN, Professor, Rush University

This presentation will provide an overview on the need to implement hospital visitation policies for people with IDD. Best practices policies that advocate for the rights of people with IDD to have a caregiver with them while hospitalized to help make decisions and provide reassurance and calmness is a matter of life and death. Implementation of strategies that support healing for people with IDD if caregivers cannot be present will also be discussed.

PLEASE NOTE

1. The webinar is free.
2.CEUs are not offered for the webinar.
3. Webinar and materials will be recorded and archived on YouTube.
4. For disability, accommodations email Jasmina Sisirak (jsisirak@uic.edu) at least 10 days before the webinar.

COVID-19 Webinar Series is presented by the HealthMatters

Program(https://www.healthmattersprogram.org), Department of Disability and Human Development, College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago through continued partnership with Project SEARCH (https://www.projectsearch.us) funded by the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council, Grant # 17CH03FA20 and Aspire (https://aspirechicago.com). www.HealthMattersProgram.org

Upcoming Webinars:

August 4, 2020 at 1 PM CDT / 2 PM EDT
Health Matters Now More than Ever: The Triple Burden of Disease for People with IDD

Jasmina Sisirak, PhD, MPH, Co-Director of the HealthMatters Program, Department of Disability and Health, University of Illinois at Chicago and Jennifer Eastman, MBA, Director of Community Living Policy at Maryland Department of Disabilities

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August 11, 2020 at 1 PM CDT / 2 PM EDT
Shifting Services in Community-Based Organizations: Meeting the Needs of People with IDD
Susan L. Silberman, PhD, Senior Director, Research & Evaluation at National Council on Aging (NCOA), Washington, DC
REGISTER

August 18, 2020 at 1 PM CDT / 2 PM EDT
Employment Resilience: People with IDD are Critical Frontline Workers
Erin Riehle, MSN, RN, Founder and Senior Director, Project SEARCH
REGISTER

Take Action: CPS’ Reopening Preliminary Framework: Attend Virtual Meetings

Illinois Raise Your Hands LogoLearn How you can provide feedback to CPS’ Reopening Preliminary Framework

On Friday, July 17, CPS released their School Reopening 2020: Preliminary Framework.

You can read the CPS Preliminary Reopening Framework here: English | Spanish

Here’s how you can provide feedback…

1) CPS has an online survey here.

2) CPS is hosting public, virtual meetings the week of July 27 – July 31. Dates, times, and registration links are below.

This information was compiled by Illinois Raise your Hands.  If you would like to learn more visit: the Illinois Raise Your Hands website .