IL ABLE: A Tool to Help Build Financial Wellness for People with Disabilities

IL-ABLE--A-Tool-to-Help-Build-Financial-Wellness-for-People-with-DisabilitiesIllinois Achieving a Better Life Experience or IL ABLE accounts give people with disabilities greater financial independence while preserving federal benefits. IL ABLE is a savings and investment plan that makes it possible for people with disabilities and their families to save and invest their money for expenses related to living with a disability. IL ABLE accounts can help solve a long-time predicament that many people with disabilities face: how to build financial wellness without risking federal government benefits like SSI and Medicaid.
During this webinar, participants will learn IL ABLE account basics and how an IL ABLE account can increase the financial independence of many individuals. Topics will include eligibility to own an IL ABLE account and who can open an account, contributing to, saving, and spending with an IL ABLE account, and the benefits of owning an IL ABLE account.

Introducción al programa de rehabilitación vocacional – seminario en línea

RAISE BannerEsta sesión proporcionará una descripción básica de los servicios disponibles del sistema de rehabilitación vocacional para personas con discapacidades. Cubrirá la elegibilidad, el desarrollo del Plan Individualizado de Empleo, los servicios disponibles y los factores financieros a considerar.
Fecha: lunes 24 de enero de 2022
Hora: 2pm ET
Presentado por:
Ron Hager, abogado gerente de educación y empleo de la Red Nacional de Derechos de las Personas con Discapacidad (NDRN)
Amy Scherer, abogada sénior de personal para rehabilitación vocacional
Se ofrecerá interpretación al español y ASL (lenguaje de señas americano)

Lunch and Learn Webinar: Youth Programs for Chicago Youth

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Presented by Access Living’s Youth and Employment Institute

Access Living offers multiple opportunities and award-winning virtual programs for youth with disabilities to learn, grow, build community, and prepare for their futures. In this presentation, you will learn about:
-Access Living’s Youth Team and their Youth Focused Programs,
-What Youth will gain from participating in these programs.
-How youth can access these programs,
-And participation criteria,

Family wellness & back to school fair

Family wellness & back to school fairFree health services and information for all in the family.
August 9, 2018 • 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
3212 W. George • Corner of Kedzie & George

For more information:
(773) 278-2020 |
(773) 267-2880 |

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Children’s Services
•Back-to-School Physicals
•Child Immunizations (must bring child’s records)
•School Bags/Supplies
•All Kids Health Insurance Registration (please bring one pay stub)
•Dental screenings & services
•Children’s Identification cards

Adult Services
•City of Chicago CityKey Program
•All Kids, Family Care & Moms and Babies Health Insurance Registration
•Blood Pressure Screenings
•Glucose Screenings
•Cholesterol Screenings
•Drug Abuse Information
•Learn about agencies & services
•Secretary of State (State IDs & Vehicle stickers)
•CountyCare Health Insurance Registration
Free giveaways and special guest surprises!

Learning Disabilities Association of Illinois presents 2017 Fall Workshops

LDA 2017

2017 LDA Workshop Series

September 9 What Is a Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate IEP?

Sara Jozwik, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Illinois State University

With the increasing population of students who are English Learners and who are identified as in need of special education, it is critical that the IEP team members understand how to write appropriate IEPs for our English Learners.Illinois State University

551 DeGarmo Hall
250 S. University Street
Normal, IL  61761

September 16 Legal Issues re: Students with Learning Disabilities and their IEPs

Matt Cohen, Attorney at Law

How do IEP team members write relevant and appropriate IEPs for students
with learning disabilities. What are some of the common mistakes in writing
IEPS that have been found in the courts. Come to learn about what you, as an
IEP team participant, need to know about crafting a meaningful IEP.

Saint Xavier University
4th floor Boardroom
3700 W. 103rd Street
Chicago, IL

September 23 Navigating the IEP Process – Guidance for Parents and Teachers

Kathleen Loftus, Ed.D., Adjunct Professor, NEIU
Steven Glink, Attorney at Law
This workshop focuses on the critical components of the IEP meeting,
including what needs to be included, what teachers should know, what parents
should ask, and what happens if you don’t agree with the decision of the other IEP team members. Also included are some components of the Transition Plan meeting for graduating high school students with IEPs.
NEIU is co-sponsoring this workshop.

Northeastern Illinois University
Lech Walesa Hall
5500 N. St. Louis
Chicago, IL 60625

October 14 Why Kids Hate School: ADHD, Anxiety, Depression,
How to Approach Students Who Don’t Want to Be in Your Class

Mike Viles, IL CEC, Clarissa Hug, Special Education Teacher of the Year

This workshop focuses on reluctant learners and why they don’t want to come
to school. It also will provide a whole array of strategies for working with
students who don’t want to come to school. How do you get them to come to
school and how do you keep them there?

Saint Xavier University
4th floor Boardroom
3700 W. 103rd Street
Chicago, IL

October 21 Putting the Bite in the BIP: Writing Effective Behavior Intervention Plans

Bev Johns, Professional Fellow, MacMurray College

This session is a must for all IEP team members working with students whose
behavior interferes with learning. How do you choose which behaviors to
focus on, how do you assess those behaviors, how do you write appropriate
present levels and goals pertaining to behavior, and how do you write an
effective and positive behavior intervention plan (BIP).

Saint Xavier University
4th floor Boardroom
3700 W. 103rd Street
Chicago, IL

November 18 Child-Family-Community:The Power Trio for English Learners with Disabilities

Meg Carroll, Ed.D., Professor, Saint Xavier University

When considering the needs of students who are English Learners, how do
parents, educators, and members of the community work together to meet the
students’ needs? Practical suggestions and resources.

Saint Xavier University
4th floor Boardroom
3700 W. 103rd Street
Chicago, IL

Registration: 8:30 a.m. Workshop: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Registration Fees: Educators, $40/workshop for members and $50 for non-members.
Parents (not a teacher seeking professional development credit) = $25 for members and $35 for non-members.
Students = $25

Registration on site is additional $10 per workshop.
Refund Policy= registration fee less $20 if cancelled 10 days prior to workshop. No other refunds will be made
Registration fee covers the cost of handouts and continental breakfast

***New for this year: Special Educators who bring a General Educator with them each receive a 50% discount on their registration
Parent scholarships for membership and to attend workshops for free are available through the Janet Lerner Memorial Membership Scholarships. For details contact LDA of IL office.
Contact LDA of Illinois at: Register online at:
10101 South Roberts Road, Suite 205 Palos Hills, IL 60465 Tel: 708.430.7532

March with FRCD at the 14th Annual Disability Pride Parade!

Join Family Resource Center on Disabilities (FRCD) for a day of solidarity, awareness, and celebration of disability pride.

Saturday, July 22, 2017
Parade: 11:00 am-12:30 pm
Post Parade Festivities: 12:30 pm

We will meet at the staging area at  401 S. Plymouth Court at 10:15 a.m. Post-parade festivities will begin 12:30 p.m. at Daley Plaza at Washington and Dearborn.

The overall mission of the Disability Pride Parade is to change the way people think about and define “Disability”. Now is the time to promote the belief in society that Disability is a natural and beautiful part of human diversity in which people living with Disabilities can take pride.

Contact Paula Wills at or call FRCD’s Office at 312-939-3513.

There is no registration fee, but we ask that you register to march with FRCD.  If feasible, please wear purple t-shirts, but not mandatory.

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Individual Consult FlyerIndividual Consults

Presented by Consuelo Puente and Maria Castillo, Family Resource Center on Disabilities

With extensive experience in special education issues and
activities, Consuelo is a creative and energetic attorney, bilingual parent
trainer, and the mother of two adult sons on the Autism Spectrum. Maria
Castillo is an active and experienced Parent Volunteer who specializes in
the needs of Spanish-speaking families.

Date: Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Hours: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Place: Disability Resource Center, 77 N. 129th Infantry Drive Joliet, IL 60435

*Do you have a child in special education?
*Do you need assistance IN ENGLISH OR SPANISH in filling out forms?
*Do you have questions on topics such as parent and student rights under
the Individuals with Disabilities Educational Act (IDEA,) IEPs, The

Transition Process, Transition Planning, Medicaid, Social Security, PUNS,
or Guardianship?


Contact Maria Castillo at or call her at 312-375- 8136 to reserve your free consultation time now!

Entrance is FREE, but please call to register!

Who We Are, What We do

FRCD T-ShirtDo you understand how the special education system works in Illinois? Family Resource Center on Disabilities is here for you to help you navigate this complex system. Learn what your local Parent Training and Information Center can do for you.