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Transportation “Listening Session” May 24

Community leTransporationaders hope to hear from citizens about the transportation needs of the disabled and elderly on Thursday, May 24th at 7pm.  This “Listening Session” will be held at Lake Forest High School.  It is one of a series of sessions conducted by the Lake County Center for Independent Living.  Findings from these sessions will be presented to PACE to help address county-wide needs.

This listening session will focus on the needs in the townships of Morraine, West Deerfield, Libertyville, Vernon Hills and Fremont.  A collaborative committee of supervisors and others is currently studying special needs for transportation in those townships.

For more information about the initiative or the meeting contact Laura Mellon, Lake County Center for Independent Living, at 847-949-4440 or

A similar initiative in 2010 was very successful.  It resulted in the “Lake County Northwest Demonstration Dial-a-Ride Project” which provides additional transportation services for a coalition of townships including Antioch, Avon, Grant, and Lake Villa.

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Over the last weeks and months, I’ve talked to several of you about developing to serve the communication needs of Lake, McHenry and Kenosha Counties.  You may be aware that the news feed is now active and developing a little every day.   At this time, I’d like to ask you to support development of in four ways (and none of them cost anything!)

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    This allows me to count the number of people I am reaching.  That helps me monitor growth and “reach”.  At some point I will need to know these numbers in order to attract the paid advertising that will allow to continue long-term.You will receive 1 email daily containing the story of the day, Monday thru Friday.In order to subscribe, go to the area behind the image of the submarine on the front page.  There is a place to enter your email address.  I believe you will be sent an email to verify your subscription.   This is to prevent “spam”.If you signed up at the CLC Options Fair or the Woodstock Autism Fair, I would appreciate it if you signed up as above.  For the same reasons.
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Venture Crews in Lake County

At least two Boy Scout Venture Crews in Lake County have male and female members with special needs.  Venture Crew 273 ( is based in Vernon Hills and has an emphasis on outdoor adventures.  For information, follow the link above or contact Steve Cerve, Crew Advisor,

Horsefeathers Therapeutic Riding Center also sponsors Venture Crew 333. The Crew meets on Sunday afternoons and has a special interest in horsemanship.   For more information contact Nick Coyne,  or Kristi Horowitz at 847 234– 2411,

Boy Scout Venturing is a youth development program for young men and women between 14 and 21.  Individuals with special needs may continue beyond age 21.  Venturing’s purpose is to provide positive experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults.

Readers are asked to use the comment section to let others know about any other Venture Crews in the area.


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Ligas Overview at McHenry College May 3

The recent The Ligas Consent Decree is having a large effect on housing for adult individuals with developmental disabilities.  The Decree extends not only to those who live in a private ICD/FF, but also to those living in their family home and seeking services.  Mr. Tony Records is the Court Monitor for implementing the decree.  He will speak on Thursday, May 3, at 7pm at McHenry County College, Room B-166-167.

The meeting is hosted by the Self Advocacy Council of Northern Illinois.  From the flyer:

The disability system in Illinois is changing and knowing about these new changes in service planning will offer individuals more opportunities for community inclusion and
new community living opportunities!


For more information about the program,  contact Cathy Christensen, Self Advocacy Council of Northern Illinois, 815-382-1530,

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TheNemoNews returns April 19

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Upcoming Events 
The next day, April 19, TheNemoNews will have a booth at the Options Fair held at the College of Lake County.  Then on April 20, TheNemoNews will have another booth at the Autism Fair in Woodstock.


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SSI Job Funding Cuts Still Loom

There is still time to write to your congressperson in support of renewing funding for the PASS/WIPA program.  See our story dated March 22, 2012.

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Woodstock Autism Fair-April 20

Woodstock Autism FairYou can expect to visit booths that offer resources and support to the Autism Community at the upcoming Autism Fair in Woodstock.  So far there are vendors representing doctors, therapists, chiropractors, support groups, service providers, and more. Information about supplements and social groups will be available.

The Autism Fair will take place in Woodstock on Friday, April 20, 2012.  The fair will be held from 5:30pm-7:30pm at:

Spectrum Support, LLC
1575 W. Lake Shore Drive
Woodstock, IL 60098

The fair is being hosted by School District 155, Options & Advocacy and Spectrum Support.  For more information contact Dorene Swanson at Options & Advocacy
At (815) 477-4720 ext. 249,

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Emergency Respite Funding Now Available for Individuals with Special Needs

Funding is currently available for families in need of emergency respite care for individuals with special needs in Illinois.  There is no age limit on the person to be cared for (birth to 100+).  The funding for this project is available until September 30, 2012.

Called the Lifespan Emergency Respite Program, the purpose is to help families with children or adults with special needs deal with an urgent need for respite care in the absence of any other funding source.  The program does not provide the particular respite caregiver, although a list of caregivers can be found on the website. There are other rules for eligibility and limits on expenses that are described on the website.

For more information visit the Illinois Respite Coalition or contact  Nancy Fidler, Illinois Respite Coalition at or 630-529-2871 x3231

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