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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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IPADDUnite — Listserv Rich with Information &Support : Resource

One of the best networks for parents of those with older children with developmental disabilities is the IPADDUnite Listerv on Yahoo.  IPADDUnite stands for The Illinois Parents of Adults with Developmental Disabilities United, and was begun in September of 2006 by parents Ellen Bronfeld and Laurie Jerue after they attended the same ARC conference.  As the mothers of young adults leaving the school system, they needed more and better information to help their children transition to adult life.  The listserv now serves over 1000 members, mostly from Illinois.  Since its inception there have been about 25,000 messages sent. Continue Reading →

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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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Nemo News at Parents’ Meeting — YL Capernaum

Mary Curran Rhodes, publisher of The Nemo News will speak at the next Parent Meeting of Young Life Capernaum, on Friday, January 25, 2013 from 6:30-7:30pm.  There will be a demonstration of the website and a discussion about improving communications in Lake County.   It will take place at the United Methodist Church of Libertyville, 429 Brainerd Avenue.

Young Life Capernaum is an interdenominational Christian social group with transition age (14-25) individuals with special needs.   Parents meet separately at the same time.  The Libertyville group began last fall.  For more information about Young Life Capernaum or the parent’s group contact Tasha Taylor, , 847-735-9595


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Laremont/Transition Homecoming Dance at SEDOL

About 75 former and current students of Laremont and the SEDOL Transition Programs attended the Annual Homecoming Dance on October 12.  The theme for the dance was “Cheeseburger in Paradise”.   It was held at Laremont School.

Everyone danced to music provided by DJ Eddie Rodriguez, and there was food for all.  The  annual dances started over 25 years ago according to Laremont Principal, Mrs. Mary Sowers.   It began as a Homecoming option for Laremont students, and was expanded to include students who finish their education in the  SEDOL Transition Programs.

“It means a lot to the kids to get together again”, said Mrs. Sowers.  “Everyone likes a Homecoming Dance.  All we are missing is the football game.”



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Bodies, Boundaries and Sexuality: Parent Training

Bodies, Boundaries and SexualityParents and educators from SEDOL and member districts are invited to attend a training session titled “Bodies, Boundaries and Sexuality:  Teaching Youth with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities”.   The session is on Thursday, October 25, 2012 from 7:00pm-9:00pm.  It will be held in the Gym at Laremont School, 17934 W. Gages Lake.  There is no charge for the program, but pre-registration is required.


The session will be conducted by Terri Couwehowen, who is the Clinic Coordinator for the Down Syndrome Clinic at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.  She is the author of several books including “Teaching Children with Down syndrome about their Bodies, Boundaries and Sexuality:  A Guide for Parents and Professionals”, “The Girl’s Guide to Growing Up:  Choices and Changes in the Tween Years”, and her newest book “A Boy’s Guide to Growing Up:  Choices and Changes during Puberty”.   She is a Certified Sexuality Educator with the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists.

Specific areas to be discussed:

  • Reasons sexuality education is critical.
  • Key concepts before transitioning out of school.
  • Roles of parents and professionals.
  • Qualities of a good sexuality education program.
  •  Resources for further education.

This program is sponsored by the SEDOL Transition Program and the Parent Mentor Project.  For more information contact Joy Bux,, 847-986-1126.


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Young Life Capernaum – Libertyville Starts September 28

Young Life Capernaum will hold its first meeting on Friday September 28, 2012 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.  The meeting will be held at the Libertyville United Methodist Church.  Themed “Rockstar Club” night, there will be games and activities for teens and young adults with and without disabilities.  The group plans to meet there on the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month from now until December.

Parents and guardians are also invited to attend a coffee during this meeting.  Cam Traut, the school nurse at Libertyville High School will lead the parent meeting, and explain the program.   She is also Chair of this Christian initiative in Lake County.

Young Life Capernaum began during the 1980′s in California and has grown nationwide since then.  Their website is  A video describing the program can be found at

The purpose of the local group is:

YoungLife Capernaum exists for the special needs population to have leaders in the lives of all the teens and young adults in Lake County who have special needs (no matter how extreme) to show them Jesus’ love as well and to offer them meaningful relationships that surpass the limits of high school (or a specialized school) and also to offer fun events where they can feel safe, confident, enjoy their friends, and be themselves.


For more information about the program contact Tasha Taylor at 847-735-9595.

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