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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Youth Internship at LCCIL

Are you still working on your plans for the summer?  How about building your resume while working at the Lake County Center for Independent Living.  Their “Voyager:  Summer Youth Internship” is seeking teens with disabilities who want to work on advocacy projects and gain more skills.

Among the skills they will be using are Office Skills such as typing and filing, Systems Advocacy, Event Planning, Project Management and more.

For more information contact Matt at 847-949-4440  The deadline for applications is May 20.

View the application here.

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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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‘Tis the Season: Walk, Run and Wheel for Charity

There are about 15 weekends every summer that can be used for outdoors fundraising events that benefit the disability community.  These include fairs, 5Ks and more.   These events are wonderful community builders as they raise vital funds for programs.   TheNemoNews is creating a ‘master list’ of summer events, so that any supporter, athlete or outdoors person can easily find a way to  have fun and do good in our area.

To get on the list, fill out the following form:

If you have questions, contact

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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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Working and SSI/SSDI — LCCIL Workshop

The Social Security Administration has rules regarding work and income for recipients.   They also have special programs to encourage work.   The Lake County Center for Independent Living (LCCIL) is holding a workshop on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 from 1-2:30 pm  to help SSI and SSDI recipients understand the impact of working on their benefits.  The workshop will be at their offices at 377 N. Seymour Avenue in Mundelein.  An RSVP is requested.

To RSVP, contact Matt Rosenberg at 847-949-4440 or by email at


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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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Round Lake Parent Connection April 10

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Scott Nixon from Life’s Plan, Inc. will discuss Special Needs Trusts at Round Lake High School next week.  The meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 10, 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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Shepherds Ministries Launches Summer Camp Discovery

SC BumperShepherds Ministries (in Union Grove, Wisconsin) will offer three one-week residential summer camp sessions for individuals with intellectual disabilities this year.  “Camp Discovery”  will target students aged 13-21 as they discover “purpose and possibility” in their lives.  The camps will feature field trips, sports, devotions, life skills and counseling.  Empowerment, goal setting and collaboration are themes in the camp.  The fee for each week is $700.

“We encourage students to discover their abilities over their disabilities in everything we do at Shepherds Ministries” said Brian Canright, Transition Coordinator at the College.  “We try to create a space where the student’s abilities can  surface and build possibility.”

Some (but not all) campers  are attending the camp to try out life at Shepherd’s College.  The College offers 3-year programs  in horticulture or culinary arts during the school year.  Shepherds Ministries offers a variety of residential and day services as well as sponsoring Shepherds College.

Click here for the Discovery Camp webpage.  (  The sessions will be held:

  • June 17-23 for ages 13-17
  • June 24-30 or July 1-5 for ages 18-21,

Shepherds Ministries has a Christian spiritual component in all their offerings.  Programs are open to anyone interested.   For more information about Camp Discovery contact Andrea Humphrey at 262-878-5620, ext. 1423,


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McHenry 377 Board Advocates Prepare for April 9 Vote

McHenry 377Disability advocates in McHenry County are advancing their efforts to pass a referendum to form a 377 Board (What is a 377 Board).  The vote takes place on April 9, 2013.  If passed, McHenry County will realize some $9M per year to serve those with developmental disabilities.

The website Vote Yes McHenry County Developmental Disabilities Board ( plainly presents the problem, proposed solution and plans for service.  It contains information and materials for advocates to use in the final days of the campaign.

This initiative is being watched by advocates around the state who face the same issues of inadequate services for family members, slow state payment to providers and increasing need among families.  A similar initiative in Kane County  (See  is aiming for a 2014 vote.  Kane advocates will be collecting signatures at polling places in Kane County on April 9th.   They need 8,000 more signatures  for placement of the referendum on the 2014 ballot.

For more information  on the McHenry initiative  contact Cindy Sullivan, Executive Director, Options & Advocacy for McHenry County, 815.477.4720 x 233,   or Patrick Maynard, PhD, President/CEO, Pioneer Center for Human Services, 815.759.7044,

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