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Charles Fox on Parental Advocacy at Protected Tomorrows

Special Education Attorney Charles P. Fox will discuss effective advocacy at IEP meetings on Tuesday, May 14th,  at Protected Tomorrows.  The meeting will be from 7-8:30pm at the Protected Tomorrows LifeCare Center, 103 Schelter Road, Lincolnshire.

Mr. Fox’s practice concentrates exclusively on special education law and related issues.  His firm assists parents by providing legal representation at IEPs, mediations and due process hearings.   The parent of a grown son with with a disability, he has years of direct experience with advocacy.

An RSVP is required to attend this session.  Contact Teri Bodeman at 847.522.8086 x236

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Affordable Housing in Lake County?

There will be a housing “listening” session on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 from 1:00-2:30pm.  It will take place at the Lake County Center for Independent Living at 377 N. Seymour Ave. in Mundelein.  They will discuss the need for affordable and accessible housing in Lake County.  Strategies for working together to increase options will be discussed.

To RSVP contact Matt or Kaja at 847-949-4440 or email


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Epilepsy Workshop at Countryside Association

logo“Understanding Epilepsy”  will be presented by Countryside Association on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 6:30pm-8:30pm.  Tracy Schultz lead the workshop.  She is the Directory of Education a the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago.  The meeting will take place at 21154 W. Shirley Rd in Palatine.  It is free of charge, and open to the public.  An RSVP is requested.

The Workshop will identify the causes and characteristics of epilepsy as well as medications and treatments.   Emergencies and first aid will be covered.  Related cognition and behavioral traits will also be discussed.

For additional information contact Larissa Olson, 847-540-3736

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TACA Seminar on Saturday, April 20

Talk About Curing Autism has arranged a full afternoon of learning for those attending their Autism Learning Seminar on Saturday April 20, 2013.  The session is from 1-5pm at Home State Bank in Crystal Lake.  It is free, but an RSVP is required.   Three speakers will be featured:  Micki Moran, JD, Michelle Burr, and Dr. Greg Brown.

Micki Moran, JD, will discuss “Getting Everything You Can Out of Your IEP Meeting“.  She is a founding partner of The Child and Family Law Center of the North Shore.   Her practice is founded on the philosophy that children and their families often require a multidisciplinary approach to intervention.

Michelle Burr is offering “Parenting 101:  Back to Basics” for parents desiring optimal family functioning.  Recently she created “Survivor:  Parenthood” a company with a series of practical workshops to adress families needs in an effective and economic way.

Finally, Dr. Greg Brown will present “Chronic Lyme Disease and the Autism Spectrum Disorders”.   As research continues, it becomes clearer that chronic infection is a major player in autism spectrum disorders.  Dr. Brown will explore the issues around Lyme.  He is an Internist and Medical Director at the ARCH Medical Center in Franklin, Wisconsin.

To register for the session, go to  For more information contact Linda Betzold, 847-922-5392,

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Options Transition Fair at CLC on April 16

Options 2013 FlyerThe 2013 Options Transition Fair will be held on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 from 6-8pm a the College of Lake County.   The Fair features booths and workshops of interest to transition aged  individuals with disabilities, community and education professionals and families/caregivers.    It focuses on Lake County Area resources.   The website is

Last year there were over 50 booths representing education, employment, vocational and day programs, government programs,  health services, recreational opportunities, referral sources and information, residential programs, transportation resources, vocational programs and trade schools.  A directory of booths and other services will be available on the website after the Fair.

Speakers include Cassie Diaz-Bello, Joy Bux and Priscilla Cuba from SEDOL.   They will present  “Checklist for life,”  a discussion of the many elements involved in transition planning.    “Work Rights Under the ADA” will be offered by Jessica Madrigal, Great Lakes ADA Center.  In addition , Joe Chiappetta, Director of Workforce Development, will discuss “Disabilityworks”, a project of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.

Those who have attended the Fair before should note that it will be held in a different building  this year — in the Lower Level C Wing Conference Center.  Parking is available in lots 4, 5, 6, 7 and 7A.

Sponsoring organizations include Adlai Stevenson High School, Barrington High School, College of Lake County, Deerfield/Highland Park High Schools, Glenbrook High Schools, Lake County Center for Independent Living, Libertyville/Vernon Hills High Schools, New Connection Academy, Special Education District of Lake County, and Waukegan High School/SEPTAC.

For more information contact Karen Adams at the CLC Office for Students with Disabilities at (847) 543-2454.

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Parent Connections Meeting at Round Lake High School

Shanta Frierson from the Lake County Center for Independent Living (LCCIL) will speak on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and how it helps in the educational system and beyond.  The meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 from 6:30pm-8pm . It will be held at the Round Lake High School Commons.  Attendees are advised to enter through door #29 after 7pm.  (Door #1 will be open until 7pm.)

There will be activities for students who attend.  Parents are welcome to bring a treat to share.  Y se hablan Espanol alla.

The Parent Connections program reaches out to parents and students in ELS (Educational Life Skills), LOP (Learning Opportunities Program), COP (Career Opportunities Program) and other classrooms in the Round Lake area with a special emphasis on middle and high school.  For more information, contact Cindy Josefson, 847-546-7539 or Monica Young, 847-740-3314.

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Business Plan Class at UIC

The University of Illinois Chicago is offering a free business plan writing class for adults with disabilities that have open vocational rehabilitation cases with the Department of Rehabilitation Services.  The class is free of charge to those that meet these requirements.

Classes will begin on Monday, March 4th.  They will meet every Monday and Thursday fr0m 10am-12pm for eight weeks.  (March 4 – April 25, 2013)

The book for the class is “Business Plan in a Day” by Rhonda Abrams, Second Edition.  Students will have to buy the book which costs about $15.  (Nemo found some on-line .pdf files.)

If you are interested  or know somebody that is interested please complete the form that is attached to this article.  Complete and return the application to the instructor, Varun Saripella, by February 25th.  For more information about the UIC Business Plan Program, contact Shawn Dimfl,, at 312-413-8993.

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Rivkin Law Offers Discounted Supplemental Needs Planning Session — Feb 2

The next information session for the Discounted Supplemental Needs Planning Program (DSNP) will take place Saturday, February 2, 2013 from 9:30-11:30am at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, 30 Riverwoods Rd, Lincolnshire.  This is an in-depth presentation that discusses estate planning for families with children with special needs. The program is free and limited to 12 families.  For more information click here. 

The DSNP program  is offered by Rivkin & Rivkin (a law firm specializing in estate planning and special needs planning). will offer low-cost legal planning for a limited number of eligible families that qualify for the services.  The planning services can include special needs trusts, simple wills, and power of attorney documents.

To participate in DSNP, the families need to be Illinois residents, have relatively modest assets, have not yet done estate or supplemental needs planning, and believe that the actual cost of such legal services would be a significant burden to their family.   Each candidate family will need to attend an education session and, if they opt to participate, complete materials online.

“We know that there are many parents in the area who face the many challenges of raising a child with special needs.  One of those challenges is obtaining a simple, but high-quality, estate plan that provides for their family – including protecting public benefits eligibility for a child who currently, or might one day, qualify for such benefits.  Our firm is committed to improving the quality and affordability of this planning, and we are excited about the opportunity to assist some of these families through our DNSP program.”  -according to Denise Kaplan of Rivkin & Rivkin, LLC.

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Patrick Schwarz to Speak at Therapeutic Links

give_him_the_whale_hDr. Patrick Schwarz will speak at Therapeutic Links  (15 Commerce Drive, Suite 111) in Grayslake on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 7:30pm.    He is an expert in the areas of autism,  inclusive teaching and human services.  Teachers, parents, and other professionals are encouraged to attend the session.  There is no charge to attend, but pre-registration is encouraged.   To reserve your spot, please contact Sharon at (847) 548-3458 by January 14th  or email Continue Reading →

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Personal Success Program Seminar — January 14, CLC

psp flyerAn information session describing the Personal Success Program (PSP)  at the College of Lake County will be held on Monday, January 14, 2013 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm.  The meeting will take place at the Southlake Campus in Vernon Hills (1120 South Milwaukee Avenue.   The event is free, but pre-registration is required.  The program brochure is here. 

PSP is an initiative of  The Workforce and Professional Development Institute (WPDI) at the College of Lake County with vocational offerings for individuals with mild to moderate cognitive impairment.  The aim is to gain skills that may lead to entry-level employment.  Many classes are co-taught by a content expert and a special education teacher.

Programs offered this spring include Career Exploration, Keyboarding, Food Service, Computer Skills and Childcare.  New programs this spring include Pet Care and Retail Skills.

For more information on the PSP program contact the WPDI at 847–543-2615.

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