Parent Empowerment Expo

Final 2018 Parent Empowerment EXPO Flyer for Schools.pptx (1) (3)

The Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services (ODLSS) and the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) invite you to attend the 2018 Parent Empowerment EXPO͘. This important event is a special education and disability resource fair for parents, family members and caregivers of Chicago Public Schools students, ages 3-21, receiving special education services͘.

– Meet with community agencies
– Attend workshops on disability-related topics
– Attend the IEP and Transition clinic

Parents must register online to attend the event! The link is below .

Date: May 5, 2018 Address: 2102 W. Ogden Parent Registration: 8:30 am Event Start Time: 9:00 am Event End Time: 1:30 pm LUNCH IS PROVIDED(PIZZA)!

9th Annual College Summit for Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities

Mayor's Office For People with Disabilities LogoMayor's Office For People with Disabilities LogoThe Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities’ Employment Services Unit will be hosting its 9th annual College Summit for Students with Disabilities.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

MOPD Field Office

2102 W. Ogden Ave.

Chicago, IL 60612

At this event MOPD hopes to expose students with disabilities to the myriad of options at their disposal when it is their turn to decide the next steps in their efforts to reach their desired goals.

What is CCC’s College to Careers (C2C) Program?
The partnerships between City Colleges and industry leaders, the CCC will provide detailed information on its Occupational Programs in six of the fastest-growing fields.

Hot breakfast will be served
Registration: 8:30 am
Program: 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

For more information:
Ph: 312.746.5743
TTY: 312.746.5713
Fax: 312.746.5749

Reasonable Accommodations requests
Pre-registration through 4/13/15 – On site registration available

9th College Work Transition Summit for Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities

Mayor's Office For People with Disabilities LogoMayor's Office For People with Disabilities Logo9th College Work Transition Summit for Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities


Saturday ● April 18, 2015
2102 West Ogden
Chicago, IL

This event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required.
To register please visit:
For more information, please contact
(224) 867-8573

7 Tips for Parents of Children with Disabilities Braving the Cold


Snow Truck Plowing Snow

Snow Truck Plowing Snow

As we approach dangerously cold winter conditions, it is important to prepare and utilize our best options.  If you can avoid leaving your home, please do so.  This is probably the best option, but  it is an option that is not available to a lot of us.   We have to earn livings outside of our home, our children’s schools are open, or our living conditions may not be safe enough for us to remain in.

While venturing out into unforgiving cold effects both people with or without  disabilities. People with disabilities and parents/caregivers of people with disabilities face significant challenges.  Below are immediate actions you can take to prepare for the cold.

  1. Wear multiple layers of clothing, including a scarf around your neck, a winter hat, lined boots and two pairs of socks. Parents:pack extra changes of warm clothes in your children’s back packs.
  2. If your child is able to carry a cell phone, do so.  If not, make sure they have your contact information where you can be reached on their person.
  3. If you or your child utilizes a wheelchair, wrap a small blanket around your legs, tucking it underneath yourself or around your sides when traveling. This will help to maintain body heat. Wheelchair users may consider purchasing pneumatic tires for better traction. Another alternative for some circumstances is to use standard dirt bicycle tires.
  4. Use table salt or clay cat litter to clear ramps – rock salt can poison working assistance animals and also may be slippery.
  5. Remove the tires from your wheelchair and shake debris and ice off them before placing them in your vehicle. Wipe down any metal surfaces (wheelchair tire rims, walkers, etc.) as soon as possible after returning home. This will prevent rusting.
  6. In these frigid temperatures, it is important to stay hydrated.
  7. Dogs can suffer from hypothermia and frostbite, too. Whether you use a working assistance dog or are taking a pet outdoors, consider a dog coat and boots for your dog’s paws. Also, keep a blanket in your vehicle for your dog.

Things to Consider:

  • Using a wheelchair in snow can be strenuous, heavy wheeling – the added exertion could lead to a stroke or heart attack, particularly if you’re unaccustomed to it.
  • If you or your child utilizes a motorized wheelchair, try to have immediate access to a extra battery pack.
  • Never use an extension cord with a space heater. Ovens should not be used to heat homes.  (Warming centers are available, please contact 311 if your family needs to be taken to one.)

 Winter Resources:

Warming Centers



CDC:Winter Weather Checklists




11th Annual Transition Summit for High School Students with Disabilities – Nov. 16


The 11th Annual Transition Summit for High School Students with Disabilities


Students at MOPD Transition Summit 2013

Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities Photo. MOPD Transition Summit 2013

The Summit will include workshops on vital Work Incentives available to youth with disabilities, individual consultations with SSA-certified specialists whose primary function is to meet with students and/or their parents on an individual basis, meet with the Social Security Administration staff specifically assigned to work with this program, as well as the Plan for Achieving Self Support (PASS) Specialist.

Employment Services Unit Work Incentive Planning and Assistance Program
Date:   Nov. 16 –  Check-in: 8:30 A.M.  – Program: 9:00 A.M.—1:00 P.M.
Location: 2102 W. Ogden Avenue, Chicago, IL 60612

Please call to register and request a Reasonable accommodation:

Ph: 312-746-5743

TTY: 312-746-5713

Fax: 312-746-5749

Co-Sponsored by PACE and the Social Security Administration