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

ACCESS CHICAGO EXPO

Access ChicagoThe Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities hosts Access Chicago EXPO for people with disabilities on Thursday, July 17, 2014, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Navy Pier – Festival Hall A. Access Chicago is a family event that will provide resources, opportunities to make connections and to test the newest products, fun activities, and more!

Visit www.cityofchicago.org/disabilities

STARNET – ILLINOIS STARNET REGION V (CITY OF CHICAGO)

 

starnet LogoIllinois STARNET provides a variety of opportunities for personal and professional growth for those who touch the lives of young children, ages birth through eight, with an emphasis on children with special needs.  STARNET supports family-centered, researched, and effective practices in early childhood education and care. We provide a variety of opportunities for personal and professional growth for those who touch the lives of young children, ages birth through eight, with an emphasis on the preschool years and children with special needs. http://starnetchicago.org/

Phone: 773.553.5596 Fax: 773.553.5595 Email: starnet@cps.edu

Starnet July-December Training Schedule

UIC RCADD Dealing with Bullying Workshop

RCADD logoAbout this Workshop:
Bullying is an issue that happens everywhere in the world. This workshop will describe the characteristics of bullies and their victims. It is our hope that this workshop will raise awareness about bullying, how it affects individuals on a daily basis and help parents and professionals learn how to prevent it. Participants will leave with practical strategies for young children.

Date: July 24, 2014
Location: 4314 S. Cottage Grove, Lower Level Chicago, IL 60652
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
Credits: 2 CPDU’s/CEU’s
Cost: FREE

 Register!

Presented by: Angela Searcy M.S, D.T.
About the Presenter: Angela Searcy M.S., D.T. holds a B.A. degree in English and secondary education with teacher certification though the state of Illinois and a M.S. degree in early childhood development from Erikson Institute, with a specialization in Infant Studies and a credential in developmental therapy.

 

Navigating SSI on FRCD on CAN TV today at 4pm.

Tune in today at  4pm -4:25pm for Family Resource Center on Disabilities  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.  Today we are happy to welcome John E. Marshall from the Social Security Administration to discuss resources and steps parent’s of children with disabilities should know in Illinois.

Additional Resources:

Social Security for Children with Disabilities

Social Security: Disability Benefits

Want to ask a question on-air live ?

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

Initiative to enhance blind people’s access to information and STEM subjects

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Jernigan Institute is collaborating with regional science museums and science centers to enhance blind people’s access to information and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. To accomplish this goal, the NFB will be conducting a number of programs through the National Center for Blind Youth in Science. In addition, the NFB will be working directly with museums to increase the accessibility of their facilities.

During the 2014-2015 school year, the NFB will conduct three regional programs, known collectively as NFB STEM2U. This program will have a few different components. For high school students, we are offering leadership training and a chance to work as apprentices in mentoring younger students. They will also have the opportunity to explore the many study and career options within the STEM fields.

Through participation in NFB STEM2U, elementary school students and their parents will enhance their science skills and learn how to navigate and access the informal learning opportunities at regional science museums.

NFB STEM2U expands on the exciting and innovative work conducted by the NFB in the area of informal STEM education through previous National Center for Blind Youth in Science programs, such as the NFB Youth Slam, NFB Project Innovation, and NFB STEM-X.
Eligible Participants:

  • · blind elementary school-aged students and their parents
  • · blind high school-aged students
  • · teachers who work with blind students

Programs:
· NFB STEM2U Leadership Academy 9/5/14-9/7/14
(Leadership Academy is required for the high school students)

  • · NFB STEM2U Baltimore, MD, 11/6/14-11/9/14
  • · NFB STEM2U Boston, MA, 3/12/15-3/15/15
  • · NFB STEM2U Columbus, OH, 5/14/15-5/16/15

Registration fee: $0

Application deadlines:
· Elementary students and their parents July 31, 2014
· High School students June 15, 2014
· Teachers July 31, 2014

Apply Online at www.blindscience.org/nfb-stem2u

If you have questions or require further information, please contact us by e-mail at STEM@nfb.org or by phone at 410-659-9314, extension 2418.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1322855. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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 Darlene.Loydrake@illinois.gov, 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