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Calendar of Events 2015.2016

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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  

September 3, 2015

What:  Life (Leisure in Full Effect) Open House

Leisure in Full Effect (LIFE) is a NEW year-round adult day program offered by NSSRA.  Designed to provide day programming for residents with disabilities, LIFE is focused on leisure opportunities, life skills and independence. LIFE is specifically for adults, ages 22 and older or high school graduates, who require a minimum of a 1:4 (staff to participant) level of support to be successful in the program. LIFE will be held at Takiff Center in Glencoe.

When:  Thursday, September 3, 2015 Takiff Center, 999 Green Bay Rd., Glencoe

Schedule:  See flyer for more info available below in the Workshops Link

Please RSVP to Manager of Operations Becca Zajler at (847) 509-9400 or bzajler@nssra.org.

Workshops Link

September 3, 2015

What:  Rising Strong:  An Evening with Brene Brown

Time:  7:00 PM

Where:  New Trier High School, Winnetka Campus, Gaffney Auditorium, 385 Happ Road, Winnetka, IL 60093



September 14, 2015

What:  Loras College Articulation (Enhanced Program and Connections Program)

Where:  Lou Malnati's in Buffalo Grove, IL

Time:  5-7pm

The goal of our trip is to provide an opportunity for members of the high school community to learn more about Loras College, as well as the unique programming for students with disabilities.  Registration is also open to any parents or students who may be interested in attending.

During this time we will be announcing our new Connections Program specifically designed to support students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Lynn Gallagher, Director of the Lynch Learning Center, will also provide information about our Enhanced Program for students with Learning Disabilities and/or Attention Deficit Disorder.

Elizabeth Bates (Admission Representative) and I will also be in attendance to provide information about our admission standards, and inform you of recent updates to our institution.  Join us for a complimentary dinner and partake in conversation to learn how Loras College is providing a world class education to our students.

You can sign up for the event at LorasCollegeChicagoVisit.eventbrite.com or by emailingMichael.Canevello@loras.edu

For those who are Registering:

You will be provided with a confirmation email through Eventbrite and provided with a “ticket”.  You will NOT need a ticket to attend the event.  A “ticket” is simply our way of tracking the number of people who will be in attendance.

For those who are unable to attend:

We ask you to please take a moment and respond via email with some feedback as to how we can improve future events.  We are open to suggestions and look to improve on each and every event we host.

September 17, 2015

What:  Dr. Dana Suskind presenting Thirty Million Words: Building a Child's Brain

Where and When:

1:00 p.m.  At the Corboy Law Center 
                 25 E. Pearson Street; Chicago, IL 60611
                 After  her presentation, Dana will be joined by 
                 Michael Kaufman, Director of the Education and 
                 Policy Institute at the Loyola University Chicago 
                 School of Law, for a discussion to be moderated 
                 by Heidi Stevens, "Balancing Act" columnist for 
                 the Chicago Tribune.   
7:00 p.m.  At the Skokie School Auditorium
                520 Glendale Avenue; Winnetka, IL 60093
                After her presentation, Dana will be joined by 
                Dr. Diana Mendley Rauner, President of the 
                Ounce of Prevention Fund, for a discussion 
                to be moderated by Heidi Stevens, "Balancing Act" 
                columnist for the Chicago Tribune.  
Both events are free, open to the public, and will feature a book sale/signing.  Please see the flyer (Workshops Link) or visit the FAN website for additional information.

September 26, 2015

What:  Experience CIP Bloomington:  For young adults with Asperger’s, High-Functioning Autism, ADHD & other Learning Differences, their parents and the professionals who support them.

CIP is excited to invite you to visit and learn about our comprehensive post-secondary program for young adults ages of 18-26 with learning differences.  Please note that if you have already registered for this event that we are looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!

This invitation is open to young adults over age 15 with Asperger’s, high functioning Autism, ADHD, PDD, and other learning differences, their parents, and the professionals and community members who support and work with them. Cost is FREE.

9:30am - 1pm
CIP Berkshire
425 North College Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47404

Click here to Register to Attend!

September 29, 2015

What:  Brain Science and Practice in Action:  What is happening when my child is dysregulated?  Presented by Mary Jo Barrett, MSW

Mary Jo is the Director of the Center for Contextual Change in Skokie.  She is internationally recognized for her work on trauma and the impact of trauma and dysregulation on the brain

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

ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  Register by:  Monday, September 28, 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 or by calling 847-831-5100 ext. 2270.

To Register click here

Workshops Link

September 30, 2015


Where:  Glenbrook District Office - 3801 W. Lake Ave, Glenview, 60025

When:  7:00 p.m to 8:30 p.m. 

Sponsored by The Special Education Parent Association.

Leonard F. Koziol, Psy.D., provides services in both clinical neuropsychology and forensic psychology.  He is author of the book, The Myth of Executive Functioning Missing Elements in Conceptualization, Evaluation, and Assessment.

Dr. Koziol will provide a short review of executive functioning, provide the latest updates and trends and treatment options.  He will offer practical solutions at home and in the classroom and how to look for qualified help outside of school.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Ginna Pugh: ginnapugh@sbcglobal.net

Patty Baeckelandt: baeckelandt@gmail.com

October 8, 2015

EVERYONE WORKS! A Disability Employment Roundtable TotalLink2 Community through an investment of the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities

When: Thursday, October 8, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM (CDT)
Where: Walgreens University 6 Parkway North Deerfield, IL 60015

October 9, 2015

What:  Sherry Turkle, Ph.D., "Reclaiming Conversation:  The Power Of Talk In A Digital Age"

Time:  7:00 PM
Skokie School Auditorium, 520 Glendale Ave., Winnetka, IL 60093

Family Action Network:  www.familyactionnetwork.net

Monday, October 12, 2015

What:  Anne-Marie Slaughter, Ph.D., "Unfinished Business:  Women, Men Work, Family"

Time:  7:00 PM

Where:  New Trier High School, Northfield Campus Cornog Auditorium, 7 Happ Rd., Northfield, IL 60093

Family Action Network:  www.familyactionnetwork.net

October 14, 2015

What:  Julie Lythcott-Haims, "How To Raise An Adult"
Time:  7:00 PM
Where:  Glenbrook North High School Auditorium, 2300 Shermer Rd., Northbrook, IL 60062

Family Action Network:  www.familyactionnetwork.net

October 19, 2015

What:  Navigating the Illinois Disability System or Climbing Mt. Everest: Which is Harder?Presented by Ed McManus, Developmental Disability Consulting

Time:  9:30 - 11:30 AM

Where:  NSSED Technology Center, Arbor Academy Building, 776 Red Oak Lane, Highland Park, IL. 

Register Here

October 20, 2015

What:  An Evening with Andrew Solomon, Ph.D.

Where:  Cahn Auditorium, Northwestern University, 600 Emerson Street, Evanston, IL

When:  7:00 PM

More Info:  FAN Website at http://www.familyactionnetwork.net/

October 21, 2015

What:  Choices Fair

Description: Choices is a regional postsecondary planning night for students with disabilities who are college bound.  There is no cost to students and their families to attend the fair.

Where:  Niles North High School

Time and Agenda:  See the Choices website below for the evening agenda

For more information please visit the Choices website at www.postsecondarychoices.org

October 24, 2015

What:  Visions:  Transition Planning for Parents

Where:  Highland Park High School

Time:  8:30-2:00pm

Where: Highland Park High School Library 

More info: Visions provides a comprehensive presentation to outline Transition Planning for the parents of any student with an IEP. A general overview of the four areas of transition will be presented: Independent Living, Social Life/Recreation, Employment, and Education. 

To Register Click Here

October 28, 2015

What:  ADHD: What Parents Need to Know about Diagnosis, Coexisting Challenges and Treatment.  Sponsored by the Glenbrook 225 Special Education Parent Association.  

This presentation will address the importance of considering co-morbidities (e.g. anxiety, depresssion, learning disabilities including executive functioning challenges), treatment options (medical treatment and misconceptions about medications), non-medical intervention, and some particular concerns relative to teenagers.

Dr. Fialkow is Board Certified in Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry and has been in private practice in Northfield for 21 years.  He has been consulting to Jewish Child and Family Services for 23 years, as well as the Winnetka schools, and was previously a consultant to SEDOL (the Special Education District of Lake County) for 15 years.         Dr. Fialkow is the parent of two teenage sons, (a senior at Glenbrook North and a new college freshman at the University of Illinois).

Time:  7:00PM - 8:30PM

Where:  Glenbrook District Office - 3801 W. Lake Ave, Glenvew, 60026

November 4, 2015

What:  BEST:  A Resource Fair for students with specials needs, their parents/guardians and professionals

  • Guest Speaker 6:30-7:30 - Community Alternatives Unlimited Resource Fair 7:30-9:00
  • Meet with professionals representing :  Apprenticeship & Trade Programs Employment Services, Health Services, Recreational Opportunities, Residential Options, Vocational Programs, Education Opportunities Government Programs, Legal Resources, Referral Resources & Information Transportation Information

When:  Wednesday, November 4, 2015 6:30-9:00

Where:  Niles North High School, 9800 Lawler Ave. Skokie, IL 60077 Families Entrance #2 Vendors’ Entrance #12


November 4, 2015

What:  ELSA Fall Information Session: Join us on campus to learn more about this innovative, four-year college experience program for young adults with disabilities offered by Elmhurst College. The presentation will feature ELSA faculty, staff and students describing our curriculum, admission process, and our newset addition on-campus housing.

Where:  Prospect Room, Frick Center, Elmhurst College 

Time:  6pm

RSVP: Online here or e-mail elsa@elmhurst.edu or call the School for Professional Studies 630.617.3300.

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Driving directions to Elmhurst College

November 6, 2015

What:  To Graduation, and Beyond!  Planning for Success in Transition and Employment

Full-day workshop with leading autism researcher Brenda Smith Myles, PhD.

Are you worried about your son or daughter's transition from high school to adulthood? Do you work with young adults who have high potential for success, but an unclear path to independence?

Led by a world-renowned researcher and author in the fields of autism and developmental disabilities, this workshop will help you overcome the barriers often faced by individuals with ASD or learning differences, while in transition to independent living and employment.

Participants completing the workshop will be able to: 
  • Identify skills that can lead to independence in work and post-secondary education settings.
  • Describe mindfulness and self-regulation interventions. Learn to manage anxiety associated with transitions.
  • Discuss comprehensive planning system for successful employment.
  • Obtain transition resources and strategies that lead to success in employment and independence.

Download the brochure PDF for the speaker's bio, registration fees, and more information on this one-of-a-kind collaborative workshop.


November 10, 2015

Where:  Have Dreams, 2020 Dempster St., Evanston, IL 60202

What:  Have Dreams Open House

Time:  4:00 to 5:00 PM

RSVP:  Sara LaMontagne, 847.905.0702 x 223 or at slamontagne@havedreams.org

See flyer for more information here:  Workshops Link

November 11, 2015

What:  Marsha Linehan: Balancing Acceptance and Change: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and the Future of Skills Training

Where:  Cornog Auditorium at New Trier Northfield Campus

Time:  7:00 PM

Workshops Link

November 16, 2015

What:  Understanding the Home-Based Support Services Program Presented by: Lisa Lew

Time:  9:30 - 11:30 AM

Where:  NSSED Technology Center, Arbor Academy Building, 776 Red Oak Lane, Highland Park, IL. 

Register Here

November 16, 2015

What:  Isabel Wilkerson: Our Racial Moment of Truth

The Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Warmth of Other Suns captivates audiences with the universal human story of migration and reinvention, and examines what we can glean from the Great Migration to better inform present-day racial issues.  She will discuss the persistence of racial injustice as a national challenge, and what history can teach us as we work to resolve it.

Where:  Evanston Township High School Auditorium 

Time:  7:00 PM

Workshops Link

December 1, 2015

What:  Steve Silberman: Different, Not Less: NeuroTribes and the Future of Neurodiversity 

Where:  Cornog Auditorium at New Trier Northfield Campus

Time:  7:00 PM

Workshops Link

December 3, 2015

What:  Transitioning to College for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Where:  College of Lake County, Grayslake Campus, Room T333
Time:  6pm to 7pm

RSVP to Toni Witz at:  awitz@clcillinois.edu or V:  847.543.2856

Workshops Link

December 14, 2015

What:  Overview of the Dept. of Rehabilitative Services (DRS) Vocational and Home Support Services, Presented by Teri Michaels

Time:  9:30 - 11:30 AM

Where:  NSSED Technology Center, Arbor Academy Building, 776 Red Oak Lane, Highland Park, IL. 

Register Here

January 11, 2015

What:  Benefit Planning, Pass Plans and Work Incentive Programs, Presented by:  Marcie Frawley, Griffin-Hammis Consulting

Time:  9:30 - 11:30 AM

Where:  NSSED Technology Center, Arbor Academy Building, 776 Red Oak Lane, Highland Park, IL. 

Register Here

January 26, 2016

What:  Cyberbullying - Empowering Parents to become Proactive instead of Reactive

Presented by Derek R. Randel, Randel Consulting, Inc.  This presentation will focus on understanding our digital footprint and all the risks involved.  In addition, Derek will cover how to distinguish between typical peer behavior and bullying, the role of parents in supervising use of the internet, problems that arise (e.g. sexting, etc), and legal ramifications.  District staff will be present and can address school resources to address bullying. 

Derek speaks nationally on how to remove the yelling from your home, how to protect your child from bullying, and how educators can start to solve the school violence problem.  Derek has his Masters Degree in Secondary Education and has 12 years experience as a math teacher.  He teaches common sense techniques that can be implemented immediately.  He is also a certified step-family coach through the Step-Family Foundation in New York City.  Derek currently holds a level 5 rank in Krav Maga and he is a Certified Alpha Krav Maga Instructor.

Where:  Glenbrook District Office - 3801 W. Lake Ave, Glenview, 60026

Time:  7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Ginna Pugh: ginnapugh@sbcglobal.net

Patty Baeckelandt: baeckelandt@gmail.com

January 30, 2016

GAP Year Fair

Location: New Trier High School

Address: 385 Winnetka Avenue, Winnetka, Illinois 60093

Event Time: 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Scheduled Speaker: Coming Soon

Speaker Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm




February 8, 2016

What:  Social Security Benefit Planning, Presented by Sheri Schneider, Family Benefit Solutions, inc.

Time:  9:30 - 11:30 AM

Where:  NSSED Technology Center, Arbor Academy Building, 776 Red Oak Lane, Highland Park, IL. 

Register Here

February 24, 2016

What:  ELSA Information Session and Transition Fair

Where:  Frick Center, Elmhurst College

Time:  6:00PM to 9:00 PM

The ELSA Information Session is designed for students and their families to visit Elmhurst College and learn more about the Elmhurst Learning & Success Academy (ELSA), the only four-year college experience program for young adults with disabilities in Illinois.

After the ELSA Information Session, 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 the Ray Graham Association, Rubin Law, Family Benefit Solutions and SEASPAR.  

There will also be 3 Workshops that will allow guests to learn about financial resources including Social Security & Medicaid, future care plans, and estate planning & financial services.

More details about the transition fair, workshops and to RSVP please visit online, or e-mail elsa@elmhurst.edu phone (630) 617-3300

ELSA Transition Fair Flyer

March 7, 2016

What:  PUNS evening 

Where:  NSSED offices in Highland Park

Time:  6:00-9:00pm. 

CAU (Community Alternatives Unlimited) will be conducting individual, confidential interviews with first time registrant families.  Each interview will last approximately 30 minutes and families need to register for their slot ahead of time by contacting me at vklein@nssed.org.

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March 14, 2016

Things I Wish I'd Known Presented by Parent Panel

Time:  9:30 - 11:30 AM

Where:  NSSED Technology Center, Arbor Academy Building, 776 Red Oak Lane, Highland Park, IL. 

Register Here

April 11, 2015

What:  Preparing Your Student to Achieve Meaningful Integration into the Workplace and Community  

Presented by: J. J. Hanley, Associate director, Ventures Search Inc.

Time:  9:30 - 11:30 AM

Where:  NSSED Technology Center, Arbor Academy Building, 776 Red Oak Lane, Highland Park, IL. 

Register Here

April 12, 2016

What:  ELSAPalooza Transition Fair

Where:  Elmhurst College (ELSA Program)

Time:  9am to 1pm

More info to come

April 20, 2016

What: Best Practices to Prepare for an Effective Transition, presented by Dr. Patrick Schwarz

Where:  National Louis University, North Shore Campus, 5202 Old Orchard Road, Public Forum Room (353)

Time:  8:30am to 12:15pm


May 5, 2016

What:  7th Annual Horizons Conference

Begin planning your exciting college career!  You will learn about disability services on a college campus and speak with current students and staff.  You'll have the opportunity to tour the UW-Whitewater campus and learn more about finiancial aid and advising!  Let us help you get a head start on yoru future.  

Where:  University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Center for Students with Disabilities

Register:  http://www.uww.edu/csd/

Last day to register is May 2, 2016.