Lunch and Learn Webinar: Youth Programs for Chicago Youth

Young disabled African American  sitting in front of a computer .

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,

Interested in exploring employment and transitioning to a job? Anixtercenter can Help!

Anixtercenter logoInterested in exploring employment and transitioning to a job? Anixtercenter can Help!

Anixtercenter offers unique employment support program, located at the Westin 0’Hare Hotel (Rosemont, IL), offers on-the-job evaluation services for people with disabilities.



  • 10-week program provides an individual with an opportunity to experience community-based employment
  • Real work experience in a hospitality environment, learning skills that can be transferred to other jobs.
  • On-site support from Anixter Center and Westin staff
  • Management feedback on individual’s marketable skills, including endurance and dexterity, communication, problem-solving abilities, and work attitude
  • Upon completion of the 10-week program, placement services may be provided
  • Daily transportation allowance
  • Easy access to public transportation
  • Eligibility:
    • At least 18 years old
    • High school diploma or GED equivalent
    • Open case with Illinois Department of Human Services

Tom Jahncke, Manager

Employment Services,  Anixter Center

847-507-0976 /

Hiring Event for Youth with Disabilities

Save the Date Hiring Event Flyer October 12, 2017 SAVE the date

Are you between ages 18 – 24?

Hiring Event for Youth with Disabilities
2525 Cabot Dr. Suite 302 Lisle, IL 60532 630-955-2070

Time: 10am-12pm
WorkNet DuPage Career Center will be hosting a hiring event for youth with disabilities. The event will provide youth with an opportunity to speak to employers who have current job openings. Youth are encouraged to bring a resume and be prepared to discuss their interests, skills and abilities with employers. Make sure to check the website to the right for updates and to register for the event as we approach the event.

Research Study: Are you a parent of a student with an intellectual and/or developmental disability between the ages of 14-24?

Think Work LogoAre you a parent of a student with an intellectual and/or developmental disability between the ages of 14-24?

Are you interested in how Facebook Messenger might be used as a tool to coach families on planning for employment?

Please join us for a research study on how to increase family knowledge, attitudes and expectations around employment.

The purpose of this study is to test the impact of an individualized motivational communication strategy on planning for employment in the community. We are also exploring how individuals with I/DD and family members use information and supports to develop an employment vision and move from that vision to an employment outcome. All participants will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 Amazon gift card in appreciation of their time and effort in participating in this study.

To register, or to get more information, please contact John at or 617-287-4345.


Collage of diverse familiesLunch and Learn Webinar: Dissecting the IEP Part 5: Transition

Do you find your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) document cumbersome and overwhelming? Would you like to feel better prepared for your child’s next IEP meeting?  This 6 part webinar series breaks down the components of the IEP to ensure that you have clear an understanding of your child’s IEP.

This webinar will focus on the transition to the post-secondary education portion of the IEP process and questions parents should be asking.


Special Education: Transition Webinar Series

Family Matters LogoSpecial Education: Transition Webinar Series Presented by Family Matters PTIC

Guardianship and Alternatives to Guardianship

Join us for a webinar on Aug 11, 2016 at 12:00 PM CDT.

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The speaker will review guardianship versus some less intrusive and restrictive alternatives to guardianship and discuss the pros and cons of each alternative. Consent issues such as right to terminate life support systems, right to refuse medical treatment, residential placement decisions, etc. will be discussed. Many persons with cognitive disabilities are under guardianship even though there may be other options available to them and their families. By addressing these options and their pros and cons, families and individuals will gain knowledge of a variety of alternatives that may better fit their needs.

Building Bridges from School to Adult Life for Students with Disabilities: What Families Need to Know and Do

 Join us for a webinar on Aug 31, 2016 at 12:00 PM CDT.

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Research tells us that all youth should be actively planning (bridge building) to make successful transitions to adult life, especially youth who disabilities! Parents/families and their students who have disabilities have a vehicle for this bridge-building in the IEP transition plan and should take advantage of the opportunity to consider and plan for all facets of adult life, as well as the community services and relationships that could add strength to the “bridge”. Proactive partnerships between community service providers, schools, and families are essential in creating dynamic person-centered transition plans, maximizing available resources and supporting the dreams and self-determination of youth with disabilities. This webinar will provide information to parents/families about secondary transition; the critical role of parent/family in assisting transition planning teams; parents/families assisting their young adults to successfully navigate between the education and adult service systems; and, supporting the use of a variety of tools that increase the participation of young adults and their families in building a solid bridge from school to adult life.

Preparing Students with Disabilities for Successful Transition to College

 Join us for a webinar on Sep 15, 2016 at 12:00 PM CDT.

This webinar will NOT be archived! You must attend the live webinar in order to receive the handouts!

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The transition to college can be challenging for students with disabilities, but with the proper preparation, they can enjoy success! Author and Columbia University learning consultant Elizabeth C. Hamblet explains how the system for accommodations works at college, describes students’ rights and responsibilities within that system, and shares what the research says are the skills and knowledge correlated with success at college. She also reviews the paperwork students need to apply for accommodations and discusses what accommodations may be available.

Taking A T Along – Transitions for People Who Use Assistive Technology

Join us for a webinar on Sep 21, 2016 at 12:00 PM CDT.

This webinar will NOT be archived! You must attend the live webinar in order to receive the handouts!

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No matter how simple or complex your child’s transition may be, the new start always means that steps must be taken to ensure that AT that was working well in one environment is used in the new environment , and AT use is re-examined and adapted to meet new environmental demands. With the right kind of skills and supports leading up to and during transitions, continuity of AT use is much more likely.

This webinar about AT and transition will invite participants to use three aspects of effective transition preparation as a basis for helping individuals who use AT to plan their transitions from school to post-school living and work environments. We will address AT skills for Independence; Self-determination and AT; and activities to ensure quality transition planning. Participants will learn about ways to help students leaving high school to be as independent as possible in their AT use and as prepared as possible to use it in post-high school environments.

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

NEXT STEPS:Planning Ahead: Future Finances

Mom and DaughterDuring this workshop, parents step away from daily activities of family life to learn information and strategies useful for shaping secure futures for their children. Through a case study, participants review the range of on-going family supports related to adult life in the community for a young person with disabilities. Guest speakers share their expertise regarding resources for financial and estate planning. During the session, parents will begin to write a “letter of intent” that provides future care givers with guidance in understanding the needs and desires of the person with disabilities and his family.

Social Wellness and Social Success Groups now open for Registration!

Social Wellness Group The Social Wellness Group is intended for children ages 9-12 with a High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Children must be able to participate and gain from a 60-minute group session.

Wednesdays Beginning Jan. 15, 2014
6:00 – 7:00 PM
Outings 6:30-8:00 PM
The Social Success Group is intended for middle school students in 6th-8th grades with a High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder.The Social Success Group is intended for students middle school students in 6th-8th grades with a High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder. They must be able to participate and gain from a 60-minute group session and various community outings.

Mondays Beginning January 13, 2014
6:00-7:00 PM
Outings 6:30-8:00