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February 15, 2017 to March 22, 2017 from 7-9:30pm at New Trier Northfield Campus
March 2, 2017 to April 6, 2017 from 7-9:30pm at Lutheran General Hospital

Nami Basics for Parents

FREE, six week course offered for parents or family caregivers of school-age children and adolescents with mental health issues. Classes include:

• Understanding the illnesses that are causing the behavioral difficulties

• The biology of mental illness; getting an accurate diagnosis—, anxiety disorders, depression,

ADD, ODD, OCD, childhood bipolar disorder, and others

• Tools for the toolbox -communication skills, problem solving, crisis preparation, handling challenging behaviors, and the impact on family members

• Record keeping and dealing with the systems your child is involved in school, mental health, and juvenile justice

• Taught by trained teachers who are also the parents of children with emotional or behavioral difficulties

See flyer for more information:   BAS-FLY-2017-023-NTN-PKR-pix


September 20, 2016

APS: Brain Science and Practice in Action: What is happening when my child is dysregulated?
When: Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 7:00-8:30 pm
Where: NSSED Training Center, 776 Red Oak Lane, Highland Park, IL 60035  Follow the signs to Arbor Academy

Register Here

September 27, 2016

Changing Habits:  Interventions to Modify OCD presented by Alice Belgrade.  See attached flyer for more info such as location, etc. 

Time:  7 to 8:30 pm


September 27, 2016

Life Planning and the ins- and outs- of Special Needs Trusts. Deerfield Coalition is hosting a workshop for families caring for people with special needs.  

When: Tuesday, Sept 27, 2016-Two sessions: 1:30-3pm & 6:30-8pm

Where: Deerfield Library, 920 Waukegan Rd, Deerfield, IL 60015

Seating is limited — To reserve, please RSVP indicating which session you will attend to:  mb@expedientmeans.com         see flyer for additional information

October 17, 2016

Choices:  A Regional College Fair for Students with Disabilities Who Are College Bound:  

Time 6pm to 9pm
Where:  Lake Forest High School
See www.postsecondarychoices.org for more information

October 24, 2016

PUNS Registration Evening
Monday, October 24th, 2016 from 6:00-9:00pm
NSSED offices, 760 Red Oak Lane, Highland Park
NSSED is offering this convenience for our families.  Bring your family member with developmental disabilities, their social security number, current IEP, and Medicaid card (if you have one).

RSVP and questions email: vklein@nssed.org

See the attachment below for more information


October 25, 2016

Autism in Love
6:15 to 8:45 PM
Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Lane, Northbrook, IL
Autism in Love Flyer

November 3, 2016

GNCY-Glenview Northbrook Collation for Youth presents: Understanding Social Media in Your Child’s World
9:30 am—11:00 am at Glenbrook Hospital—Rooms A1/A2

November 15, 2016

Housing Meet and Greet:  Evening networking meeting in Deerfield

See flyer for additional information and how to RSVP:  A-House-United.docx

November 16, 2016

What:  ELSA informational Night.  6PM

December 5, 2016

8th Biennial Congratulatory Legislative Breakfast Sponsored by The North/Northwest Cook County and Lake County Work Group for people with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities
Chevy Chase Country Club Devonshire Room 1000 N. Milwaukee Avenue Wheeling, Illinois 60090


January 12, 2016

Autism Home Support Services:  Meaningful Solutions for Problem Behavior Associated with Autism-Parent Presentation
Thursday, January 12, 2017 6:30-8:30PM
Northfield Park District,  401 Wagner Road Northfield, IL 60093
See Flyer Below for More Info


January 12, 2016

P.L.A.C.E.  Public Library Access and Community for Everyone

Deerfield Public Library (Ongoing Program-See Deerfield Public Library for Upcoming Events:  http://deerfieldlibrary.org/)


a new program series geared specifically towards our adult patrons with intellectual, cognitive, and developmental disabilities, as well as their parents and caregivers. The program series is called P.L.A.C.E. and it stands for Public Library Access and Community for Everyone.

Our first P.L.A.C.E. program will be on Thursday, January 12 from 6:00 –  8:30 p.m. Please join us for an evening of community, conversation, and fun with a sensory-friendly viewing and film discussion of Rob Reiner’s beloved classic, “The Princess Bride.” Come enjoy this sweet, funny, and exciting adventure film for the first time, or as a repeat viewing. Light refreshments will be served, and parents and caregivers are encouraged to attend. Click here to register. We hope you can join us!

These programs are planned in collaboration with the Deerfield Coalition, a local nonprofit organization that provides support for people with disabilities, and their families.

If you have any questions or special requests, please feel free to contact Vicki at vkarlovsky@deerfieldlibrary.org.

January 17, 2017

Lifetime Care and Estate Planning Needs for Individuals with Disabilities and their Families

Presented by: Nancy Spain from Spain and Varnet P.C

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 9:30-11:30 am

New Trier Northfield Campus

Board Room C234 Second Floor, North Entrance 7 Happ Road
Northfield IL 60093


January 28, 2017

USA GAP Year Fair

Glenbrook North students are invited to attend the USA GAP Year Fair being held at New Trier High School on January 28th at the Winnetka Campus located at 385 Winnetka Ave., Winnetka, IL 60093. The fair will run from 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM with a panel presentation from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM and the fair, with GAP Year representatives, from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

GAP Year programs are opportunities for students to participate in experiential learning (typically) between high school and college.  Families will hear of some of the reasons for participating in a GAP year and will have the opportunity to talk with representatives from a variety of programs.  
Families are strongly encouraged to preregister https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gap-year-fair-2017-chicago-il-registration-27500769542?aff=Chicago2017USAGYF


February 6, 2017


Do you receive SSI, SSDI, Medicaid or Medicare (or will you?), and do you work (or want to work?).  Then this FREE workshop is for you!  Search Inc. and No Boundaries will host Britney Qualls, Community Work Incentive Coordinator, to present Benefits Planning: The Work Incentive Planning and Assistance Program(WIPA) on Monday, February 6, 2017, from 6:30pm - 8:00 pm at No Boundaries, 824 Dempster St., Evanston.

Who should attend?
Adults with disabilities who work or want to work
Transition students and/or their families
Family Members and others who support individuals with disabilities
Transition Coordinators
Service Providers

You will learn:

  • How earnings from work affect monthly cash benefits, Medicaid, food stamps, subsidized housing, and more etc.
  • SSI and SSDI work incentives and how they can be applied
  • Healthcare options available to Social Security beneficiaries while working
  • Ticket to Work program
  • How to get free employment services to assist in finding employment

Seating is limited, so you must RSVP for this special event by February 3! Click here to register!

No Boundaries is physically accessible and is a short walk from the CTA, Pace and Metra stops.  Metered street parking on Dempster St. Free parking on side streets.

February 22, 2017

ELSA Transition Fair & Info Session  
6:00 p.m.

Frick Center at Elmhurst College

  • The annual ELSA Transition Fair and Info Session will feature keynote speaker Randy Lewis, retired Senior VP of Supply Chain at Walgreen's Co. and noted author of No Greatness Without Goodness.

    After hearing Randy Lewis speak, guests can attend the Transition Fair to learn about numerous programs and services available to young adults who are transitioning from high school into young adulthood. The goal of the fair is to assist students with reaching their post-secondary goals. Over 20 service providers from the special education community will be on hand, including, Rubin Law, Family Benefit Solutions, and ASPIRE.

    The last event of the evening will start at 8:00 pm with the ELSA Information Session which is designed for students and their families to learn more about the Elmhurst Learning and Success Academy (ELSA), the only four-year college experience program for young adults with disabilities in Illinois.

    Please RSVP online or be e-mail at elsa@elmhurst.edu or call (630) 617-3300

    6:00 - 6:45 p.m. Randy Lewis Keynote Address (Prospect Room)
    6:45 - 8:00 p.m. Transition Fair (Founders Lounge)
    8:00 - 8:30 p.m. ELSA Info Session (Prospect Room)

    Randy's book can be purchased through Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Bring a copy and have it autographed. All proceeds go to charity.

    Driving directions to campus
    Campus Map
  • ELSA_TransFair2017Flyer

February 25, 2016


Best Buddies would like to create an opportunity for students and their peer buddies from Lake County and Cook County high schools to gather and have a fun afternoon of games and friendship.  Our 5th Annual Carnival is scheduled to take place Saturday, February 25th from  12:00 PM until 2:30 PM

The cost is $5.00 a person and that includes lunch and all the activities.  We are hoping for a big turnout and a lot of fun!

We (DISTRICT 128)  will send more information as we get closer to the event!  Have a great school year and we look forward to getting together with all of you in February!

Lindsay Recsetar & Nancy Stevens

Best Buddies Sponsors – Libertyville High School

March 20, 2017

PUNS Registration Evening
Monday, October 24th, 2016 from 6:00-9:00pm
NSSED offices, 760 Red Oak Lane, Highland Park
NSSED is offering this convenience for our families.  Bring your family member with developmental disabilities, their social security number, current IEP, and Medicaid card (if you have one).

RSVP and questions email: vklein@nssed.org

See the attachment for more information puns-information-2016-17

April 3, 2017

Parent Education Series on Funding, Housing and Employment

The NSSED Parent Education Series on Funding, Housing and Employment helps families learn and understand their options for supporting their child outside of the school system. After the school years, parents become the main advocate (case manager) for their child, so it is important to learn about the options that are available to create a set of supports in the community. These 2 hour workshops are free and open to the community.

Pre-registration is requested click on this link to register or email: (ehill@nssed.org).

Questions can be directed to Susan Hans, NSSED Parent Mentor at (831) 5100 x 2228 (shans@nssed.org).

April 8, 2017

How to Administer a Special Needs Trust

This seminar is for Parents, Trustees and Successor Trustees of Special Needs Trusts and OBRA '93 Trusts, and will address the unique needs that families have in planning for the financial and legal future of their relative with a disability.  Topics will include:

  • Negotiating the Social Security Maze;
  • Preserving Eligibility for Government Benefits through Proper Estate Planning;
  • Special Needs Trusts;
  • ABLE Accounts;
  • Guardianship and Less Restrictive Alternatives, and the Implications for Consent;
  • Health Care Proxies (Advanced Directives); and
  • Selecting a Knowledgeable Attorney.
April 11, 2017
  • ELSA-PALOOZA 9!   10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

April 18, 2017

  • The Parents Role in Teaching Sexuality to Adolescents with Special Needs
    Laura Crowley, Robert Crown Center for Health Education
    21 Salt Creek Lane, Hinsdale, Illinois 60521

    9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

    New Trier Northfield Campus
    Board Room C234 Second Floor, North Entrance
    7 Happ Road
    Northfield IL 60093
April 19, 2017

Acess and Disability Servicees Open House/ Parent and Student Information Night

Harper College
J Theater– Building J, Room 143 
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm 

 In order to ensure you will be fully prepared for the transition from high school to college, we are inviting you to a Parent/Student Information Night hosted by Access and Disability Services at Harper College. This meeting will provide information about services and accommodations for students with disabilities who are on Section 504 or IEP plans. 

Although you may havealready visited Harper College, this program will review valuable information including the following: 

 Admission requirements 

 Financial aid 

 Differences between high school and college for students with disabilities 

 Support services 

 Accessing accommodations 


April 24, 2017

Higher Education and the Student with Autism presented by Dr. Jane Thierfield Brown

College of Lake County, Room AO11

6-730 PM 


June 4, 2017

Sixteenth Annual Community Health Conference:  Raising Resilient Children Prioritizing Mental Health

Beth Emet The Free Synagogue
1224 Dempster Street, Evanston, Illinois 60202

There is no charge, but a voluntary fee of $45 is appreciated.  To learn more, call 312-467-2552.  Visit our website: www.naomicoheninstitute.org  

Register at Eventbrite


August 14 to August 17, 2017

P.A.C.E. Summer Experience Program

P.A.C.E at NLU is offer a summer experience program for students who are interested in learning about or attending P.A.C.E at NLU in the future.  P.A.C.E. is a three-year post-secondary program designed to meet the transitional needs for young adults with multiple intellectual, learning, and developmental disabilities.  See the downloadable pdf below.