UNDERSTOOD: National Center for Learning Disabilities

National Center for Learning DisabilitiesUNDERSTOOD

The National Center for Learning Disabilities is due to launch a new online tool for parents:

Understood is part of a bold new plan to support parents of children with learning and attention issues. Through research and interviews with thousands of parents, we have learned a lot about what people need to help their kids thrive at home, at school and in life. We developed Understood with that in mind.

Here’s just some of what you’ll find on Understood:

  • Personalized resources—all you have to do is tell us what’s important to you and your child
  • Over 1,500 searchable articles, infographics, slideshows, quizzes, and videos, with more added every day
  • State-of-the-art technology that allows you to experience the world through the eyes of children with dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ADHD and executive functioning issues
  • Daily opportunities to connect with experts and get your questions answered
  • A community of parents and experts, creating a safe place to ask and answer questions
  • Tools to help navigate daily parenting challenges, find the technology that’s right for your child, choose a school and more

Visit www.ncld.org for more information.

 

 

FAMILY & SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP FORUMS

FAMILY & SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP FORUMS to learn about CPS’ Join us at the FAMILY & SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP FORUMS to learn about CPS’ Office of Diverse Learner Supports & Services (ODLSS)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2014
Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences
3857 W. 11th Street, Chicago IL
FREE PARKING

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2014
Northside College Prep
5501 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago, IL
FREE PARKING/Street parking

TRANSITION: WHAT’S NEXT 101 PARENT TRAININGS 

On behalf of the Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services (ODLSS) Transition department, we want to invite you to attend the What’s Next 101 (WN101) Parent Modules taking place this school year.
We are excited to present students and families with information pertaining to Transition related topics that will assist Diverse Learners in transitioning to life after high school. WN101 is a series of parent modules focusing on pertinent Transition related information.
We strongly encourage parents to attend each training taking place nearest to your home with the end result being that students and families complete the modules in its entirety.

All sessions will be from 5:00 – 7:00
For additional information and to register for these important workshops, click below/Para registrase favor de visitar
https://docs.google.com/a/cps.edu/forms/d/1nXPEC1GLGbG7dHx57F84LgGKrPeEgcV1a0CAjxNe6Rs/viewform

NORTH SIDE LOCATION Sullivan High School, Social Room
6631 N Bosworth Ave,
Chicago, IL 60626
Dates: October 16th, November 6th, February 12th & May 14th

CENTRAL LOCATION *new location
Brown Elementary School
54 N. Hermitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60612
Dates: October 23rd, November 13th, February 19th, & May 21st

SOUTH SIDE LOCATION
Colman
4655 S. Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60609  Lab 101
Dates: October 30th, November 20th, February 26th, & May 28th

“Living With Autism” Conference

 “Living With Autism”

Arc LogoConference will be taking place on October 9, 2014 at the Hilton Hotel in Lisle, IL.

This conference will examine topics relating to a variety of issues that will help families, professionals, and individuals living with Autism.  Our featured keynote speaker is Arthur Fleischman, author of “Carly’s Voice” and a parent of a remarkable daughter, Carly, who is non-verbal and has severe Autism. Arthur will discuss his family’s journey with Carly and her amazing breakthrough in communication.  Carly’s story has been featured on 20/20, Larry King, Travis Strork of CBS, The Doctors, Holly Robinson Peete, and she has even befriended Ellen DeGenerous!

Barbara T. Doyle, MS will present “Tips and Tricks for Supporting People with Autism Spectrum Disorders Everywhere!”  Parents, friends, families, educators, therapists and anyone working in the adult services delivery system can pick up some ready-to-use support strategies that will help them become a more effective support person to any individual on the Autism spectrum.

Linda Hodgdon, M. Ed., CCC-SLP will present “Capturing the Benefits of Visual Strategies.”
Participants will learn how to best capitalize on the strengths of students with Autism, Asperger’s and related communication challenges by using visual strategies.

*Six Continuing Education Credits for professionals will be available at this conference.

*Financial assistance is available for family members and self advocates.

Register online at www.thearcofil.org/events or check out the brochure here.

For questions, please contact our office at (815) 464-1832

Jobs Galore II” Fair for People with Disabilities -August 12

Jobs Galore IIChicago Lighthouse Teams with MOPD to Host August 12th “Jobs Galore II” Fair for People with Disabilities

In an effort to boost employment prospects for people with disabilities and Veterans, particularly those who are blind or visually impaired, The Chicago Lighthouse is joining forces again with the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) to host a “Jobs Galore III” Fair on Tuesday, August 12th

This event will take place from 11 am to 3 pm at the MOPD field office located at 2102 W. Ogden on Chicago’s near west side.

The Lighthouse will be pre-screening candidates for more than 100
positions, ranging from entry level to management. Included will be
call center supervisors, call center agents, mailroom processing
clerks and retail sales associates.

Candidates must be able to work with a database and navigate
through a windows environment; type a minimum of 25 words per
minute with 90 – 95% accuracy; possess basic math skills; and be
able to maintain a flexible work schedule, including days, nights,
weekends and holidays.

Seminars will be offered during the Job Fair. MOPD and Chicago
Lighthouse information will also be available.

Limited free parking is available at the 2102 W. Ogden location. The
site is also close to public transportation, including the #157 CTA bus
route and the Pink and Blue rapid transit lines. In addition, the
Lighthouse will provide shuttle service every 30 minutes between its
headquarters building at 1850 W. Roosevelt Road and 2102 W.
Ogden.

For additional information on the event, call Dominic Calabrese at
312/997-3662.

Ligas Family Advisory Council Needs Your Input.

Arc LogoThe Ligas Family Advisory Council and PAS/ISC agencies are currently reviewing the draft changes to thLigas Transition Service Plan Form and Ligas Transition Plan Instructions.  We are sharing them with you as well in case you or your members have comments.  We have asked for comments back by 8/8/14, but if you need more time, please let me know.

Please submit your comments to Jim Eddings (jim.eddings@illinois.gov)  by August 8, 2014

Way to Grow Support Group Meeting

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

FREE!!!

Location: The Town of Cicero Community Center- Room 106 & 107
Time: meetings will start Way to Grow

Support Group Meeting PROMPTLY@ 6:00pm until 7:45pm
Monday, August 18th, 2014

The Family Resource Center on Disabilities
Questions and Answers!
Back to School/Getting Prepared/IEP’s

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!

KNOW YOUR OPTIONS: LIGAS FAMILY ADVOCATES INFORMATIONAL SESSION

Arc LogoRound Table Discussion with Kevin Casey, Director of Developmental Disabilities,

LIGAS FAMILY ADVOCATES INFORMATIONAL SESSION

Friday, August 8, 2014
Heritage Plaza- Bethune Room
1551 West 95th Street
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Chicago, IL. 60643

(Located across the street from Third Baptist Church-Free parking in Church parking lot)

NO PARKING IN CURRENCY EXCHANGE LOT

**Cost: Free – Light Lunch provided to participants**

REGISTRATION: There is no cost – but you will need to register so that we can have an accurate count for lunch. Please register by calling The Family Support Network (FSN) at 708-331-7370 or emailing Cynthia at Cynthia@familysupportnetwork.org.

*(If you need a vegetarian lunch, please let us know when you call to register.)

The Department of Human Services (DHS)
Come to the table and let your Voices Be Heard in Springfield ……..

This will be a rare opportunity for families to meet directly with Director Casey to share their experiences/concerns in their efforts to obtain services. It will also be an opportunity for families and individual’s to share with each other the creative ways they are using their Home Base and CILA Funding.

The Ligas Family Advocates (LFA’s) team are here to help you connect with other families and inform you about additional options through the Ligas Family Advocate Program.

  • Have you heard about the Ligas Consent Degree and want to know what it is all about?
  • Are you a Ligas class member who recently received a letter stating you are eligible to apply for services and you want to know ALL the options available to you and your family?
  • Have you been approved for funding and not sure what options are available for you/your loved one? Laura Miller, attorney Equip for Equality, will answer questions about the Ligas lawsuit.
  • John Fallon, Senior Program Manager CSH, will be sharing some information about “Supportive Housing”.

Understanding Autism: An Overview for Parents & Professionals

RCADD logoRESOURCE CENTER FOR AUTISM AND DEVELOPMENTAL DELAYS

“Understanding Autism: An Overview for Parents & Professionals”

When: July 23rd, September 17th, November 19th, 2014 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Where: 10 S. Kedzie, Room 205

“Understanding Autism: An Overview for Parents & Professionals”

When: July 9th, September 3rd, November 5th, 2014 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Where: 4314 S. Cottage Grove, Lower Level Canteen Room
To register online visit rcaddsouth.eventbrite.com
To register by phone call 312-747-8311