Community Forums on Transition

Mayor's Office For People with Disabilities LogoMayor's Office For People with Disabilities LogoANNOUNCING
Community Forums on Transition

What is Transition? Transition is change. Transition is movement.
For our children who have disabilities, transition means moving from SCHOOL TO ADULT LIFE!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mayors Office for People with Disabilities, MOPD, 2102 W. Ogden Avenue, Chicago, IL 60612

If you are the parent, guardian or representative of a student with an IEP or a diagnosed disability in a secondary school in Illinois, you should attend this important community event to learn about resources available to help your child prepare for life after high school.

Representatives from the Illinois Department of Human Services’ Division of Rehabilitation
Services (DRS), Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), and the Division of Mental
Health (DMH) along with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) will be available to share information, listen to your concerns and help answer questions. This is an opportunity to engage in a dialogue and have your voices heard so please plan to attend a meeting in your area:

For more information or to request an accommodation, please contact:Darlene Loydrake at, 312.814.3871 (V) 888-440-8994 (TTY)

2-day In-Person Educational and Support Opportunity to Primary Caregivers

Shriners Hospital 2-day In-Person Educational and Support Opportunity to Primary Caregivers 

Shriners Hospital in Chicago is offering a 2-day in-person educational and support opportunity to primary caregivers (i.e. parents) of youth with spinal cord injuries ages 7-12. Youth must have sustained their injury at least one year ago and both the primary caregiver and child must speak fluent English. All travel, hotel accommodations, and meals will be taken care of by us.

Unfortunately, we must limit this to one caregiver (the “primary” caregiver) of each child for this study.

This program (“Parent Forum”) will be offered during two weekends in August:
•August 2-3, 2014 OR
•August 16-17, 2014

Parents/caregivers are only being asked to attend one of these Parent Forums and it’s their choice! Both weekend programs are exactly the same – we’re just offering two weekend options to accommodate busy schedules.

Contact Anne Riordan, MA
Project Coordinator
Shriners Hospitals for Children
2211 N. Oak Park Avenue
Chicago, IL 60707-3392
(p) 773.385.5511
(f) 773.385.5488

Way to Grow:Support Group Meeting

Mothers on a Mission, Inc. & West Suburban Special Recreation

Way to Grow:Support Group Meeting

Monday, May 19th, 2014
Long Term Planning for Special Needs Situations

Location: The Town of Cicero Community Center- Room 106 & 107
2250 S. 49th Avenue in Cicero, IL
Time: meetings will start PROMPTLY@ 6:00pm until 7:45pm

How to think about it, how to do it and how to pay for it

What resources do we have to work with?
What are some good basic goals for a long-term plan?
What are the basic strategies to work towards your goals?
What is the State of the State of Illinois in adult services?
What is the role of a financial advisor, attorney and other professionals in the long term planning process?

Presented by
Alexandra Baig, MBA
Financial Advisor
Waddell and Reed, Inc.

For more information call: 708-357-4117
Español, por favor llame: Margarita or Eli at 708-656-8340
Specialized Child Care offered by West Suburban Special Recreation Association!

10th Annual Transition Conference “Stepping Stones of Transition”

Stepping Stones of TransitionThe 10th Annual Transition Conference for high school aged students and young adults with disabilities, their family members and teachers, vocational professionals, caregivers, health care professionals, college students pursuing careers in special education and community advocates will be held in Springfield, Illinois on October 27-28, 2014.

The conference, titled “Stepping Stones of Transition” will be held at the Springfield Crowne Plaza and will invite participants to imagine the possibilities for students with disabilities in the areas of independent living, education and training, employment, community integration, health care, mental health, and self-advocacy. Conference sessions will be organized into 4 tracks: Education, Community, Employment and Health.

Monday, October 27, 2014 8:00 AM – Tuesday, October 28, 2014 1:00 PM

Crowne Plaza Springfield
3000 S. Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, Illinois 62703 USA

More Information
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Last Date to Register!
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

MOPD: AccessChicago July 17, 2014

AccessChicagoAccessChicago: July 17, 2014, Navy Pier, Hall A, 10am – 5pm

AccessChicago is the perfect event for people with disabilities of all ages!

  • Test products, services and connect with community organizations to learn about available disability-related social services.
  • Take part in various adaptive sports and recreational demonstrations.
  • Learn about legal rights of people with disabilities.
  • Participate in a free health screening.

Besides exhibitors, AccessChicago brings a host of engaging activities that educate and entertain all ages. From bingo to basketball, petting zoos and magic, arts and craft etc. there’s bound to be something for everyone!  Great family event! Fun activities for children!

New This Year!
Attendees can sign up online in advance via Eventbrite! Click here to sign up for AccessChicago early to avoid lines, enter raffles, sign up for MOPD news alerts mailing lists, and more!
Exhibitors can now sell products and services at Access Chicago!

AccessChicago is FREE…and open to the public. So bring your family and/or your friends and make it a fun-filled day!


Tune in every Thursday at 4pm -4:25pm for our a live call-in  talk show FRCD on CAN TV,  where we discuss special education rights, parent advocacy and resources for families of children with disabilities.

Want to ask a question on-air live ?

Call 312-738-1060 during the show and ask your questions.

NEXT STEPS Transition: Making it in the Real World/Roadmaps to the Future

Father and daughterFor all young people, the transition from student life in school to adult life in the community is complicated. For students with disabilities and their families, this change can be particularly challenging, overwhelming and exciting. For young people to experience transitions to satisfying adult lives there must be teamwork among students, parents, educators and others. During this workshop, participants review the three critical goals of transition, consider practical opportunities which promote their achievement, become familiar with pertinent federal legislation and understand the important roles of family members in the transition

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires transition planning for all students with disabilities. Is a transition plan a written document? If so, who writes and signs it? Is transition planning a meeting? If so, who attends? This workshop is designed to give parents, students, educators and adult service providers answers to these questions and more. Participants learn how transition planning can be incorporated into
students’ on going special education plans. They discuss the influence of competency testing, graduation requirements, diplomas, integration and curriculum emphasis on transition plans. Sample transition forms are reviewed and participants develop transition goals.

Self-Employment Guide for People with Disabilities

Self-Employment Guide for People with Disabilities

tatewide Independent Living Council of IllinoisOne of the objectives of the Statewide Independent Living Council of Illinois in the new State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) within the Employment Priority Area, is that Statewide Independent Living Council of Illinois would identify resource material regarding self-employment (year 1 of the SPIL-2013-2014), develop a resource guide (year 2 of the SPIL 2014-2015) and distribute the resource guide to all CILs (year 3 of the SPIL- 2015-2016) so that they could in turn distribute the resource guide to 200 customers during the third year of the SPIL.

The council reports- because of their work on developing the Toolbox to Employment Seminars- they were able to identify and update a Self-Employment Guide for People with Disabilities that was developed by Health and Disability Advocates years ago and updated, for the council, by Marsie Frawley with Griffin-Hammis Associates.

Statewide Independent Living Council of Illinois is sharing this Guide with the Centers, the Employment Advisory Group members and our Board Members. It is encouraged for the CILs to use and distribute this guide with their consumers.

10th Annual Piecing It All Together Conference

PIAT South Logo10th Annual Piecing It All Together Conference

March 14 & 15, 2014

Morris University Center
Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville

PIAT South (Edwardsville) Conference Registration

PIAT brings school and mental health professionals, along with parents/caregivers/youth, together under one roof to hear the same message of hope for kids living with mental health conditions.

PIAT S 2014 trifold final

The Bradley Cameron Association : Membership Get Together

The Bradley Cameron Association Cordially Invites you to attend their “Membership Get Together”

Saturday February 22, 2014
9:30am – 12:00pm
The Bank is located 645 East 87th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60619
At the Seaway Bank in the Community Room

Refreshments will be served

For more information or to RSVP call: 773 746-1574

Come and make new friends, and go fun places!
If you have a disability or special need that has limited your ability to participate in activities or make friends then come on out and see what The Bradley Cameron Association has to offer.

At the meeting you will get the opportunity to learn more about what we do and how we fit into the community. We are looking for youth between the ages of 16-26 who have the desire to be socially active but may be challenged because of their special need or disability. We are looking to build community among the many young adults in the Chicago-land area who are looking to become involved or increase their level of activity in the community.
Some young adults with disabilities may not have difficulty becoming engaged with others, but many do find this difficult. The difficulty does not arise because of their lack of desire, sometimes the mobility issue or having someone who understands their needs is the issue, for this reason we are inviting you and those whom you serve to find out more about The BCA.

We are waiting for you!