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FAN-Family Action Network:  http://www.familyactionnetwork.net/

The Parent Education Consortium of the North Shore (PEC) from FAN:  is comprised of representatives from the community and parent/teacher organizations who offer programming on parenting topics through joint planning and shared resources
More Info: www.peccalendar.org   
February Calendar


September 18, 2014

Protected Tomorrows Present: Parent Created Housing

When: 6:00-8:00 pm

Where: Protected Tomorrows Life Care Center 103 Schelter Road, Lincolnshire, IL
60069

Description: When waiting lists are too long and funding is not available for residential solutions for your adult children with disabilities, what can you do? Learn how one group of Lake County parents created a successful supportive living home for their adult children. It did not take years of red tape or millions of dollars. It is an ongoing project for the families that takes trust, cooperation and common sense. Guest Speaker: Judy Millar, a founding member of The Builders Group*, will discuss her involvement in a successful parent created housing model in which her daughter, Katie, lives with three other adults.

Website  Register: http://builders-9-14.eventbrite.com    
 Space is Limited! RSVP’s are required! Refreshments will be served!

*The Builders Group: A group of north suburban parents working together to explore and create residential solutions for their adult children with developmental disabilities, and share the information with other families.


September 19, 2014

The Family Action Network's first speaker of the 2014-15 season (flyer attached) will be Jennifer Senior, best-selling author of All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenting.  She will be appearing at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 19th in the Cornog Auditorium on New Trier's Northfield Campus (7 Happ Road in Northfield, Illinois).  This event is free and open to the public.

http://www.familyactionnetwork.net/

Workshop Flyer Link


September 22, 2014

What:  When Teens Push Your Buttons;  How To Maintain Your Sanity and Still Be A Good Parent

Presenter:  Gary R. Hill, Psy.D, LMFT, CSADC, GRH Consulting

Where:  Glenbrook South High School

Time:  7:00pm

Workshop Flyer Link


October 14, 2014

Tuesday, October 14th 9am-12:00pm

Highland Park Country Club 
1201 Park Avenue West
 
Intellectual and Developmental Disability Resource Forum
 
Best Practices and the Pathway to Resources
 
Providers will be on site with information

Speakers include:
Moderator: Chris Kennedy
Joanell Voigt, Community Alternatives Unlimited
Sherri Schneider, Family Benefits Solutions
 
For more information call:  Senator Morrison's office at 847.945.5200

October 18, 2014

What:  Pro Bono Supplemental Needs Planning Program

An in-depth presentation that discusses supplemental needs and estate planning for families with children that have special needs.

After the presentation, eligible attendees may choose to participate in the program’s next stage: the creation of coordinated estate planning documents, including supplemental 
needs trusts for the child with special needs.
 
When: Saturday, October 18, 2014, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 
 
Where: Laschen Community Center, Marimac Room, 2nd floor, 294 Evergreen Drive, Vernon Hills. Park across the street at the  golf course.
 
How: Please visit www.dsnp.info for a full explanation of the program, to review eligibility limitations, and to register for the presentation. The presentation will be limited to 12 families, based on order of registration.
 
Cost: There is no charge to participate in this program.
 

October 21, 2014

What:  Choices:  A regional post-secondary planning night for students with disabilities who are college bound.  

Where:  Vernon Hills High School, 145 Lakeview Parkway, Vernon Hills, Illinois 60061
http://vhhscougars.org

Time:  6pm Breakout Sessions, 7pm College Fair (will not open before 7pm)

Cost:  Free

See http://www.postsecondarychoices.org for more information.  

Workshop Flyer Link


October 22, 2014

What:  Social Connections for Students with Special Needs

Presenter:  Hollie Sobel, PhD, The Family Institute at Northwestern

Where:  Glenbrook South

Time:  7:00pm

Workshop Flyer Link


October 23, 2014

What:  Depression, Too, is a Thing with Feathers

Presenter:  Andrew Solomon, Ph.D

Where:  Gaffney Auditorium at New Trier High School, 385 Winnetka Avenue, Winnetka, IL.  

Time:  7:00pm

Sponsored by the Familiy Action Network.  His presentation, Depression, Too, is a Thing with Feathers, will examine how depression functions across history, across cultures, and across socioeconomic categories.  He will pay special attention to the ways in which some resilient individuals manage to integrate depression into their lives, allowing them to experience various degrees of success in spite of the chronic, persistent nature of the disease.  (For a preview of this truly gifted and inspirational speaker, please check out Dr. Solomon's TED Talk on the FAN website.)
 
This event is free and open to the public, and no advance registration is required.  CPDUs will be available. 
 
 

October 25, 2014

Visions Transition Workshop

Workshop topics will include an overview of the Dept. of Human Services (DHS), home based waiver funding, Department of Rehabilitative Services, SSI Benefit Planning and a panel discussion on alternative housing options.  More info to come. 

Advance registration is required

While there is no fee for these sessions, advance registration is required as space is limited. Please register here: http://goo.gl/S3hGbj or email mkober@nssed.org your name, home telephone number, home school district to register. Any Questions contact Susan Hans 847.831.5100 ext. 2228 

Workshop Flyer Link


October 27, 2014

Topic:  PUNS Registration Evening

Where:  NSSED, 760 Red Oak Lane, Highland Park

Time:  6-9pm

Bring your family member with developmental disabilities, their social security number, and medicaid card (if you have one).

RSVP and questions email: vklein@nssed.org

WHEN YOU EMAIL TO CONFIRM WE WILL SET UP A SPECIFIC APPOINTMENT FOR YOU, TO MINIMIZE WAITING AND TO SERVE YOU MORE EFFECIENTLY. This meeting is confidential and will take approximately 30 minutes.

This meeting is intended to register first time PUNS applicants only (annual renewal of the PUNS information is required and can be done by phone with CAU).

PUNS is a survey tool called the Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Service (PUNS). 

Workshop Flyer Link


November 10, 2014

Topic: Navigating the Illinois Disability System or Climbing Mt. Everest: Which is Harder?

Presented by:  Ed McManus, Developmental Disability Consulting, Wilmette, Illinois

Location: NSSED Technology Center-Rubloff Building, 776 Red Oak Lane, Highland Park 

Workshop Flyer Link

The Monday Education Series is intended to provide families a basic understanding of the support and agencies available outside of the educational system. It is particularly helpful if your son or daughter is in high school and you are planning for their transition. It is also a great place to network with others who have similar interests and concerns. This year, the series is designed to follow and provide detailed information on topics introduced during Visions, NSSED Transition Workshop to be held on October 25, 2014. Workshop topics will include an overview of the Dept. of Human Services (DHS), home based waiver funding, Department of Rehabilitative Services, SSI Benefit Planning and a panel discussion on alternative housing options.

All Sessions are 7:00 to 8:30 PM 

Advance registration is required

While there is no fee for these sessions, advance registration is required as space is limited. Please register here: http://goo.gl/S3hGbj or email mkober@nssed.org your name, home telephone number, home school district to register. Any Questions contact Susan Hans 847.831.5100 ext. 2228 


November 14, 2014

What:  William Deresiewicz: "Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life" 

Time:  7:00 p.m.

Where:  Cornog Auditorium on New Trier's Northfield Campus.

http://www.familyactionnetwork.net/

Workshop Flyer Link


November 19, 2014

What:  Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and bestselling author Ron Suskind will discuss   his latest book, Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism.  Program sponsored by the Wilmette Public Library.

Time:  7:00 p.m. 

Where:  Community Recreation Center, 3000 Glenview Road, Wilmette

Workshop Flyer Link


November 19 2014

What:  ELSA (Elmhurst Learning and Success Academy) Open House

Join us November 19th at 6:00p.m. for an information session about the Elmhurst Learning and Success Academy (ELSA). Meet with ELSA faculty, staff and current students and learn more about this innovative program for young adults with disabilities. 

If you are an educator or already involved with the ELSA program please share this e-mail with anyone you feel would benefit from learning more about ELSA.

Reserve your space by November 15th.

Contact ELSA at elsa@elmhurst.edu or (630) 617-3300

Driving directions to Elmhurst College.

Campus map.

Workshop Flyer Link


November 2014

What:  Behind the Orange Curtain:  A Look At The Prescription Drug Epidemic

Presenter:  Sara Watts, MA, LPC, Rosecrance

Where:  TBA

Time:  TBA


December 1, 2014

Topic: Topics: Understanding the Home-Based Support Services Program.

Presented by:  Lisa Lew, Clearbrook

Location: NSSED Technology Center-Rubloff Building, 776 Red Oak Lane, Highland Park 

Workshop Flyer Link

The Monday Education Series is intended to provide families a basic understanding of the support and agencies available outside of the educational system. It is particularly helpful if your son or daughter is in high school and you are planning for their transition. It is also a great place to network with others who have similar interests and concerns. This year, the series is designed to follow and provide detailed information on topics introduced during Visions, NSSED Transition Workshop to be held on October 25, 2014. Workshop topics will include an overview of the Dept. of Human Services (DHS), home based waiver funding, Department of Rehabilitative Services, SSI Benefit Planning and a panel discussion on alternative housing options.

All Sessions are 7:00 to 8:30 PM 

Advance registration is required

While there is no fee for these sessions, advance registration is required as space is limited. Please register here: http://goo.gl/S3hGbj or email mkober@nssed.org your name, home telephone number, home school district to register. Any Questions contact Susan Hans 847.831.5100 ext. 2228 


December 8, 2014

What:  Claude Steele: "Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can   Do" 

Time:  7:00 p.m. 

Where:  Evanston Township High School.

http://www.familyactionnetwork.net/


December 10

What:  Identity as a Bridge Between Us:  Join administrators from Evanston Township High School (Marcus Campbell), Northwestern University (Tim Dohrer), North Shore Country Day (Rachel Nagler), Y.O.U., YWCA Evanston-North Shore, and the Family Action Network for a free workshop examination of identity. 

Where:  In the Large Community Room at the Evanston Public Library (1703 Orrington Avenue)

Time:  One session from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and the other from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  

RSVPs are REQUIRED for the workshops at https://bit.ly/SteeleWorkshop. Capacity is limited; sign up for the morning or evening session, or both! 


January 14, 2015

What/Where/When:  The Family Action Network (FAN) is proud to announce that Wes Moore, bestselling author and dynamic television personality, will be appearing onWednesday, January 14, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Cornog Auditorium on New Trier's Northfield Campus (7 Happ Road).

 
His presentation, The Work: My Search for a Life that Matters, posits that the truest form of success is found not when we attain financial wealth, but when our personal passions, talents, and ambitions intersect with the needs of the world around us.  What greater gift can we give to our students than showing them a career path that will offer them personal fulfillment, and that may just help heal the world at the same time?
 
This event is free and open to the public, and no advance registration is required.  CPDUs are available for educators.  

Workshop Flyer Link


January 14, 2015

What:  Apps to Foster your Child’s Independence: Tweens, Teens, & Beyond!

When:  Wednesday, January 21, 2015,   9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Where:  NSSED Technology Center-Rubloff Building, 776 Red Oak Lane-Highland Park IL 60035

ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Register by: Monday, January 19, 2015. You may register online by using the calendar/workshop link at www.nssed.org. Please notify us if you need special accommodations. For additional information, contact Ellen Hill at ehill@nssed.org .
 

January 27, 2015

What:  Spring Information Session for PSP on Tuesday, January 27

Where:  Southlake Campus in Vernon Hills, 1120 South Milwaukee Ave. 
 
The event is Free and will begin at 6 p.m.

Anyone interested can register at www.clcinfosessions.eventbrite.com or get more information from our website www.clcillinois.edu/professional/personalsuccessprogram

Michael Garamoni
Program Coordinator, Continuing Professional Development
College of Lake County


January 29, 2015

What:  Managing Stress and Anxiety, Sponsored by Glenbrook 225 Special Education Parent Association

Learn strategies to help adolescents build a competitive edge/function in uncomfortable and stressful situations.

Time:  8:30am to 10:00am 

Where:  Lyceum (Room 103) at Glenbrook South High School, 4000 West Lake Avenue, Glenview, IL  http://www.glenbrook225.org/gbs/home

Who:  Jackie Rhew, LPC, CADC - Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Substance Abuse Specialist

Jackie received her Bachelor of Social Work from Valparaiso University and her Master of Clinical Psychology from Capella University.  Currently Jackie is the Assistant Director of the School Anxiety/Refusal Program at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital in Hoffman Estates.  Her past experience has focused in with adolescents and young adults dealing with eating disorders, self injury, substance abuse, grief issues, trauma, depression, and anxiety. 

Workshop Flyer Link


January 31, 2015

What:  USA Gap Year Fair
Date: January 31, 2015 
Location: New Trier High School,  Winnetka Campus, 385 Winnetka Avenue. 

  • 12:00 -1:00  Gap Year Panel with Jane Sarouhan from Center for Interim Programs in Gaffney Auditorium
  • 1:00 - 3:00   Gap Year Fair in Student Cafeteria

For more information please visit: http://usagapyearfairs.org/ to register click HERE


February 5, 2015

SPECIAL NEEDS PARENT FORUM

When: Thursday, February 5, 2015 | 6:30 pm-8:00

Key Note Speaker at 7:15: Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Jeff Salt

Where: Attea Middle School, 2500 Chestnut Avenue, Glenview, IL

Description: Supporting Community Involvement for your Child—Every parent wants their child to participate in positive community experiences as part of a rich and fulfilling Childhood.  Also meet representatives from the community in a open forum and learn about program offerings for children with special needs

More Info:  See Flyer


February 8, 2015

Special Needs in the Jewish Community: Helping Each Other Grow and Learn

Time:  1:00 p.m.

Where:  TLC Northbrook, 2548 Jasper Court, Northbrook (Northbrook Community Synagogue Building)

Description: Panel Discussion with local experts covering all areas of expertise and Q&A.  RESOURCE FAIR to follow with dozens of local organizations and ancillary services for families of children with all types of special needs, from early intervention to adulthood. Event is free, however reservation are greatly appreciated 847.272.7255

More info: Flyer or go to tlcnb.com


February 9, 2015

Topic: Panel Presentation on Alternative Housing Options.

Location: NSSED Technology Center-Rubloff Building, 776 Red Oak Lane, Highland Park 

Workshop Flyer Link

The Monday Education Series is intended to provide families a basic understanding of the support and agencies available outside of the educational system. It is particularly helpful if your son or daughter is in high school and you are planning for their transition. It is also a great place to network with others who have similar interests and concerns. This year, the series is designed to follow and provide detailed information on topics introduced during Visions, NSSED Transition Workshop to be held on October 25, 2014. Workshop topics will include an overview of the Dept. of Human Services (DHS), home based waiver funding, Department of Rehabilitative Services, SSI Benefit Planning and a panel discussion on alternative housing options.

All Sessions are 7:00 to 8:30 PM 

Advance registration is required

While there is no fee for these sessions, advance registration is required as space is limited. Please register here: http://goo.gl/S3hGbj or email mkober@nssed.org your name, home telephone number, home school district to register. Any Questions contact Susan Hans 847.831.5100 ext. 2228 


February 25, 2015

Special Needs Trusts and Guardianships - Presented by Amy Handler Kasallis, Esq., Deerfield

When:  Wednesday, February 25, 2015 | 7:00p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Where:  NSSED Technology Center, 776 Red Oak Lane, Highland Park

Description:  This very informative session will provide thorough understanding of special needs trusts-how they are written and used to serve your son or daughter’s future.

More Info Flyer   to register click here


February 25, 2015

What:  ELSA Transition Fair

Where:  Frick Center at Elmhurst College

What:  The ELSA Transition Fair is designed for students and their families to learn about programs and services available to them as they consider their plan for transitioning from high school to post-secondary education. The goal of the Transition Fair is to assist students with reaching their post-secondary goals. 


At this event, attendees can meet with over 20 service providers from the special education community, including the Ray Graham Association, Rubin Law, Family Benefit Solutions, PACT, Inc., SEASPAR and many more. This year, the event also features a panel discussion on financial planning for the future, and participants can attend two breakout sessions to learn more about post-secondary college experience programs at Elmhurst College (ELSA)National-Louis University (PACE)and Shepherds College

Agenda
6:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Transition Fair
6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Panel Discussion: Financial Planning for the Future 
7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Post-Secondary Breakout Session (choose one)*
8:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Post-Secondary Breakout Session (choose one)*

*Post-secondary programs featured during the breakout sessions include: Elmhurst Learning and Success Academy (ELSA), Professional Assistance Center for Education (PACE) and Shepherds College.

Learn more and register by February 20. 
Contact ELSA at elsa@elmhurst.edu or 630-617-3752or click the button below to register online.


March 2, 2015

Topic: Overview of the Dept. of Rehabilitative Services (DRS) Vocational and Home Support Services.

Presented by: Teri Michaels, NSSED DRS Transition Specialist

Location: NSSED Technology Center-Rubloff Building, 776 Red Oak Lane, Highland Park 

Workshop Flyer Link

The Monday Education Series is intended to provide families a basic understanding of the support and agencies available outside of the educational system. It is particularly helpful if your son or daughter is in high school and you are planning for their transition. It is also a great place to network with others who have similar interests and concerns. This year, the series is designed to follow and provide detailed information on topics introduced during Visions, NSSED Transition Workshop to be held on October 25, 2014. Workshop topics will include an overview of the Dept. of Human Services (DHS), home based waiver funding, Department of Rehabilitative Services, SSI Benefit Planning and a panel discussion on alternative housing options.

All Sessions are 7:00 to 8:30 PM 

Advance registration is required

While there is no fee for these sessions, advance registration is required as space is limited. Please register here: http://goo.gl/S3hGbj or email mkober@nssed.org your name, home telephone number, home school district to register. Any Questions contact Susan Hans 847.831.5100 ext. 2228 


March 9 , 2015

PLEASE JOIN US FOR AN INFORMATIVE PUNS Program (survey tool called the Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Service), Registration will ensure that individuals are on a state waitlist for future services.

Time:  6:00-9:00 pm

Where: NSSED offices, 760 Red Oak Lane, Highland Park

Description: NSSED is offering this convenience for our families. It is our goal to have every student in the ELS Program registered for the PUNS. All individuals, regardless of age, should be registered. Eligible students qualify if they have a developmental disability. This is the time to think about what your loved one with a disability needs to be successful, either in your home or in the community. Keep in mind that this is NOT the time to be proud.  It is time to let your needs be known and inform the state of your needs as well. The process for filling out the PUNS survey involves a face-to-face meeting with a caseworker, the person with the disability, and a family member or guardian. 

RSVP and questions email:  vklein@nssed.org

WHEN YOU EMAIL TO CONFIRM WE WILL SET UP A SPECIFIC APPOINTMENT FOR YOU, TO MINIMIZE WAITING AND TO SERVE YOU MORE EFFECIENTLY.  This meeting is confidential and will take approximately 30 minutes.

More Info: Click here for additional information    See FLYER


March 11, 2015

PACE Program Overview 10:00-11:00

Wednesday, March 11th
Transition Program-Conference Room #270  (This is the Transition Center above Little Louie's in downtown Northbrook)
1340 Shermer Rd., Northbrook, IL 
Jeannine at jbolton@nssed.org or 847-878-7658
 

March 12, 2015

The College of Lake Country is hosting an Illinois Regional College Fair and they invite you to join them! Come meet representatives from many in-state colleges and universities.

Where: College of Lake County (Grayslake) PE Building

When: Thursday, March 12th 6:00 - 8:00pm

www.clcillinois.edu/collegenight


March 19, 2015

Topic:  The Most Common Parent Trap: What can I do if my teen has started using drugs?

This workshop is for parents of teens who are experimenting or in a pattern of use with alcohol and drugs.  

Attend this workshop to receive valuable information on how to help recapture the relationship your family had before drugs and alcohol entered your child's life.

David Lee is the founder of Indiana  based Intervention Services, the largest intervention service provider in North America.  Mr. Lee has more than 10 years of experience in interventions, addiction counseling, family systems, and recovery.  His professional background includes development of the S.M.A.R.T. model of interventions, CEO of Sober Solutions, Inc., and Program Developer and Director of the  A Forever Recovery Program in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Where:  Glenbrook South High School Lecture Hall (Lyceum Room #103)

Time:  7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

If you have any questions, please email:

Ginna Pugh: ginnapugh@sbcglobal.net

Patty Baeckelandt: baeckelandt@gmail.com

You can find information on all of these seminars and events as well as others being offered in the area at:

http://www.glenbrooktransition.org


April  20, 2015

Co-Sponsored by District 225 Parent Group and NSSED

Topic: Understanding Illinois’ Work Incentives Planning and Assistance program.

Presented by:  Wendy Partridge, Illinois Assistive Technology Program, Springfield, IL.

Location:  Glenbrook South High School, 4000 W Lake St, Glenview, IL 

7:00PM to 8:30 PM

Advance registration is required

While there is no fee for these sessions, advance registration is required as space is limited. Please register here: http://goo.gl/S3hGbj or email mkober@nssed.org your name, home telephone number, home school district to register. Any Questions contact Susan Hans 847.831.5100 ext. 2228 


May 4, 2015

Topic: How to Build a Meaningful Day for your Young Adult.

Location: NSSED Technology Center-Rubloff Building, 776 Red Oak Lane, Highland Park 

Workshop Flyer Link

The Monday Education Series is intended to provide families a basic understanding of the support and agencies available outside of the educational system. It is particularly helpful if your son or daughter is in high school and you are planning for their transition. It is also a great place to network with others who have similar interests and concerns. This year, the series is designed to follow and provide detailed information on topics introduced during Visions, NSSED Transition Workshop to be held on October 25, 2014. Workshop topics will include an overview of the Dept. of Human Services (DHS), home based waiver funding, Department of Rehabilitative Services, SSI Benefit Planning and a panel discussion on alternative housing options.

All Sessions are 7:00 to 8:30 PM 

Advance registration is required

While there is no fee for these sessions, advance registration is required as space is limited. Please register here: http://goo.gl/S3hGbj or email mkober@nssed.org your name, home telephone number, home school district to register. Any Questions contact Susan Hans 847.831.5100 ext. 2228