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Transition Resource Fair at CLC

The Options Fair 2012  will be on April 19, 2012 at the Physical Education Building at the College of Lake County.  It runs from 6pm to 8pm.  If you haven’t been before (or even if you have) you will want to attend this one.

The Options Fair 2012 is put together by a group of special educators around Lake County, and features workshops as well as booths.  It is a great place to learn about what is available in the area, to network, and to learn.

Click here for a list of exhibitors.


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Grayslake (D127) conducts Parent Information Night for Transition Students

What happens after High School for students receiving Special Education services?   Grayslake Community School District (D127) is sponsoring a session to help parents learn the answers.  The meeting will be on March 21 from 7-8:30pm at Grayslake North High School, Room B162.

Speakers include:

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CLC Jobapalooza Set for March 8, 2012

Job Fair for those 15-21The Jobapalooza is a job fair for students between 15 and 21 years of age.  Employers will be interviewing for seasonal, part-time and other workers.  It will be held at the College of Lake County in Grayslake on March 8, 2012 from 6pm-8pm, in the Physical Education Building.

Last year’s fair was packed with applicants, and this year job-seekers are encouraged to prepare for the fair by researching the employers and jobs in which they are interested.  Applicants should concentrate meeting on those employers, be dressed professionally, and have resumes ready for the job.

To find list of employers and positions to be filled is at  (Click on Employer Profile Search.  On the next page click on Search.  All employers will be displayed. You must then research each employer.)

For more information contact the College of Lake County, Career and Placement Services, (847) 543-2059.

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Creating Options Town Hall Meeting — November 9, 2011

The Mayer Kaplan JCC auditorium was packed for a Town Hall Meeting titled “Creating Housing and Full-Life Options for Adults with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities.”    The meeting was convened by a task force concerned with the unmet needs for housing and community services in the area.   The Task Force principally consists of representatives of the Jewish Federation, Jewish Child & Family Services and Keshet.  In addition to launching a pilot project, they hope to develop a model for other communities to adopt and replicate.

Cathy Ficker-Terrill, CEO of the Institute on Public Policy discussed “How to Get from Here to There?”, a summary of current status, trends and opportunities.  Then she emceed a lengthy question and answer session with the audience.  Members were asked to answer three questions:  1)  What is your dream for the future for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities regarding a sustainable model that would allow them to live withing the community? 2)  What do you consider to be the biggest challenge in creating a sustainable model for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities who wish to live within the community? and 3)  How can you help?

Following the lively discussion, attendees were invited to participate in committees studying services, funding, communications, development, and outreach.

For more information email

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Annual Meeting — Lake County Center for Independent Living

Lake County Center for Independent Living

About 100 individuals with disabilities, service providers, legislators, families and volunteers attended the annual meeting of the Lake County Center for Independent lLiving on November 30, 2011. Program highlights included success in helping 10 individuals move from institutions into the community, offering vocational training to over 90 workers, continued efforts to coordinate and integrate transportation services in Lake County.

The LCCIL also invited attendees to attend the social and support groups for the blind, deaf. They also host a cross-disability support group called Words of Wisdom (WOW).  Those in attendance were invited to become members of the organization.  They announced details on their 2012 Legislative Internship program.

Charlie Pugesef was honored as the volunteer of the year. Following the program, attendees partook of a buffet.

The Lake County Center for Independent Living is part of a state-wide network that promotes independent living through advocacy, mentoring education,and referral. For more invormation visit

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Shepherd’s College Earns Accreditation

Shepherd’s College, an innovative, three-year training program for individuals with developmental disabilities, earned accreditation from North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement in December.  It is described in this article from the Journal-Times in Racine.  Shepherd’s College is located in Union Grove, Wisconsin.

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SEDOL Social Work Field Trips — Life after 22

Special Education students “age out” of the public education system when they turn 22 years of age.  After that time, these individuals and their families are required to manage the services they need without help from the school district.  Issues to be addressed in adulthood include housing, employment, health, social life, quality of life and more.

To help parents prepare for this role, the Social Work department of SEDOL has set up a series of field trips for parents to visit the workshops, living facilities, day programs, and camps they may find of interest.  Field Trips include:

  • February 15        Riverside Foundation           Day and Residential Programs
  • March 7               SRACLC                              Day and Recreation Programs
  • March 15             Clearbrook                          Vocational Program
  • Apr 13                 Center for Enriched Living   Day Program
  • Apr 27                 Shepherds College              Post Secondary Training
  • May 2                  Glenkirk Morain CLF            Semi-Indepependent Residential
For more information or to register for a Field Trip, Contact
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