The Glenbrook community offers an array of resources, training, and assistance to support families in making community connections that will promote improved outcomes for students into adulthood.
This page is designed to provide access to various resources that students, families, educators and other professional staff may want to utilize to assist students in planning for their post-secondary lives.
- Career Exploration
- College Resources
- Development Disabilities
- Department of Rehabilitative Services
- Financial Aid for Post-Secondary Education
- Glenbrook Special Education Parent Association
- Health Care Resources
- Job Resources
- Mental Health and Safety Resources
- Career Cruising Link (Contact your school's Transition Coordinator)
- Career Cruising Administration Link (For Teachers and Staff Access Only)
- Illinois Career Information System
- Illinois workNet
- GBN Naviance (Juniors and Seniors access - Contact the college counselor at GBN for more information.)
- GBS Naviance (Juniors and Seniors access - Contact the college counselor at GBS for more information.)
- ACT Student Link
- ACT Services for Students with Disabilities
- Affordable Colleges Online
- Affordable College Online Resources for Students with Disabilities
- Choices (Choices is a post secondary planning night for students with disabilities who are college bound. There are also many tips and resources that students and families can access.)
- Glenbrook North College Resource Center
- Glenbrook South College and Career Center
- HEATH at George Washington University College/University Information and Disability Support Services
- Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities
- Think College (Think College is a national initiative to create inclusive PSE opportunities for students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.)
- Think College Illinois
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital Adult Downs Syndrome Center
The mission of the Adult Down Syndrome Center is enhancing the well-being of adolescents, 12 and older, and adults with Down syndrome using a team approach to provide comprehensive, holistic, community-based health care services.
APSE: Association for Persons in Supported Employment
The Arc of Illinois
Aspire: Aspire is a private, not-for-profit provider of developmental disability and behavioral health services.
Community Alternatives Unlimited (CAU)
Local PAS (Pre-Admission Screening Agency)
8765 West Higgins Road
Chicago, IL 60631-2793
- Community Alternatives Unlimited (CAU) is a private not-for-profit organization, incorporated in the state of Illinois as a 501(c)3. CAU is the first case management agency in Illinois that provides independent case management services to individuals with a wide range of disabilities, including developmental disabilities, mental health needs, hearing, visual and physical impairments.
- CAU provides case management services to several niche markets including individuals with developmental disabilities, mental health needs, and child welfare challenges.
- PAS stands for Pre-Admission Screening. PAS services are provided by agencies that act as the "front door" for entry into the developmental disabilities system.
Choices: College fair for Students with Disabilities who are college bound. Also has other resources for college planning. Check out the website daily for updates and other info on the fair.
Glenkirk: Glenkirk provides quality, lifetime supports and services that empower individuals with intellectual disabilities to participate fully in all areas of community life. Glenkirk offers a variety of residential, day and employment programs, as well as respite, behavioral and home-based services.
IGAC: Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission
North/Northwest Cook and Lake County Workgroup
- Meets Monthly, usually on the third Thursday of the month at 9:30 am.
- Meets at Center for Enriched Living at 280 Saunders Road, Riverwoods, IL 60015, 847.948.7001
- Membership and attendance are open to anyone with an interest in developmental disability issues.
Our Place of New Trier: The mission of Our Place of New Trier Township is to support teens and adults with developmental disabilities so that they can live productive, meaningful lives in their home community with family and friends.
PUNS Selection For Services: Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services (PUNS)
- Benefits for Children with Disabilities
- Supplemental Security Income
- The Work Site: for all things Ticket to Work (TTW) Information
- Registration for Work Incentive Seminar Events (WISE): You can register for one of the monthly, national Work Incentives webinars.
State of Illinois Department of Developmental Disabilities: The Illinois Division of Developmental Disabilities provides services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
The Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS), a state agency, to which students can be connected while in high school under the school's STEP contract. DRS provides two main benefits upon graduation: possible financial assistance for college/training or assistance in finding/maintaining employment. To qualify, a student must have an IEP or 504 Plan and a valid social security number. Students can be referred as early as 2nd semester sophomore year and as late as first semester senior year. For transition students, they can be referred during their senior year or first year of transition services. Not only is it a smoother process for students to be linked to DRS during high school, but our high school Special Education Department benefits financially, based on the number of open cases and those working in competitive employment.
Financial Aid General Information
- Affordable Colleges Online College Scholarships and Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities
- FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid
- Federal Student Aid: Office of the U.S. Department of Education
- Overview of the Financial Aid Process (videos)
- Naviance GBN
- Naviance GBS
- NSSED Foundation
- Think College Paying for College
- Chicago Lighthouse Scholarship
- NSSED Kinnett Scholarship for College/Further Education
- NSSED Foundation Accepting Scholarship Applications - link will be updated once information is received from NSSED
- Marianjoy Scholarship
- Midwest Student Exchange Program
- National Center for Learning Disabiltiies Scholarships and Awards
The Glenbrook Special Education Parent Association is an Organization of parents of young adults with disabilities form all Glenbrook Schools. By partnering with the Glenbrook staff, the North Suburban Special Education District (NSSED) and other experts, our purpose is to provide parents with education resources, and networking opportunities to better prepare our children for the future.
Our Special Education Parent Association Representatives are:
Patty Baeckelandt (GBS/NSSED Liaison)
Michelle Burnstein (GBN)
Moira Hathcock (GBS/GBOC Liaison)
Karen Hitzeman (GBS)
Eryn Levis (GBS/504 Representative)
Google SlideDeck: District-wide Special Education Informational Meeting for Incoming Freshman
Video: District-wide Special Education Informational Meeting for Incoming Freshman
Substitute Decision Making Options for Young Adults With Disabilities
- Presented by Amy Handler Kasallis, Law Office of Amy Handler Kasallis
- View Presentation Slides
- View Recording
- Presented by Dina Scolan, LCPC Clinical Supervisor, The OCD Anxiety Center
- OCD is a chronic and debilitating condition. This presentation on OCD will define the disorder, provide case scenarios, as well as outline the rationale and implementation of Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). Parents will be provided tools and tips for what they can do at home to help their teen challenged with OCD.
- View Presentation
Parenting Your Anxious Child During Anxious Times: Tips, Strategies and Tools
- Presented by Dina Scolan, LCPC - Clinical Supervisor at the OCD & Anxiety Center
- Dina Scolan is a licensed clinician and professional counselor with over 25 years of experience in the mental health field. She is currently a clinical supervisor at The OCD and Anxiety Center in Oakbrook and prior to that has worked in all levels of the healthcare system including inpatient, PHP and IOP. She specializes in anxiety disorders and has extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Exposure and Response prevention and works with children, teens and adults.
- Date: June 2, 2021
- Zoom; 6:30 - 8 p.m. (link will be provided following registration)
- Downloadable PDF of the PowerPoint Presentation 'Helping Your Anxious Child'
- 'Parenting Your Anxious Child' Webinar
- If you are planning to attend and need interpretation services, please email us with the language interpretation needed. Sponsored by the Glenbrook Special Education Parent Association. If you have any questions regarding this presentation, please contact:
- Presented by: Dr. Doug Bolton
- Tuesday, February 16, 2021
- Zoom; 7 p.m. (please see attached flyer for registration)
- Presented by: Sherri Schneider - Founder of Family Benefits Solutions, Inc.
- Date: February 16, 2021
- Sherri has over 40 years of experience assisting individuals with special needs and their families with navigating and acquiring the needed benefits: SSI, SSA, SSDI, Medicaid, and Medicare. This informative presentation will cover when, how, and where to apply for the various government benefit programs. Emphasis will be placed on securing Illinois Medicaid as it is required when applying for any of the Developmental Disability Waiver Services. You do not want to miss this presentation!
- If you have any questions regarding this presentation, please contact:
- Patty Baeckelandt (GBS/NSSED Liaison)firstname.lastname@example.org
- Michelle Burnstein (GBN) email@example.com
- Moira Hathcock (GBS/GBOC Liaison) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Karen Hitzeman (GBS) email@example.com
- Eryn Levis (GBS/504 Representative) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sherri Schneider Benefits 101 PowerPoint Presentation 2.16.2021
- Sherri Schneider Benefits 101 Acronyms Supplement
- Adolescent Health Transition Project at the University of Washington
- Children with Special Health Care Needs In Illinois the Division of Specialized Care for Children
- Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS)
- Illinois Assistive Technology Project
- Illinois Employment and Training Center
- Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living
- SSI The Work Site
- Supplemental Security Income/Benefits for Children with Disabilities
- University of Illinois at Chicago Transition Resources
A job coach is available at Glenbrook North, Glenbrook South and at Glenbrook Off Campus. Job coaches can provide various levels of assistance to students in employment areas such as:
- searching for potential jobs
- applying for jobs
- interviewing for jobs
- training for jobs
- maintaining employment
SOFT SKILL WORK RESOURCES
- Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success from the Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy
DISCLOSURE OF DISABILITY
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) per the Office of Disability Employment Policy
- APSE: Association of People Supporting Employment
- Department of Rehabilitative Services, State of Illinois
- Disability Resources from the Department of Labor
- Glenview Public Library Employment Resources
- Illinois Department of Employment Security
- Illinois workNet
- Northbrook Public Library Jobs and Careers
- U.S. Department of Labor Hiring People with Disabilities
- U.S. Department of Labor Disability Resources
Compass Health Center
We are a premier, comprehensive, evidence-based psychiatric facility providing hospital intensive care in a supportive non-hospital environment.
Department of Human Services, State of Illinois Mental Health Services
Every individual who suffers from a mental condition has different circumstances that will require a unique set of services/level of care to address their specific needs. The Division of Mental Health (DMH) provides a wide variety of services at all levels for adults and children throughout the state. These services are offered through hundreds of DMH partners called "Providers" (i.e. mental health clinics, agencies and hospitals). Providers serve as 'front doors' to enter the publicly funded system of mental health care.
Erika's Lighthouse is a 501(C)(3) charitable organization based in Winnetka, Illinois. Founded in 2004, our mission is to "shed light on adolescent depression" through understanding, early identification, education and most of all, stigma busting.
Family Institute of Northwestern University
The Institute offers a wide range of high quality mental health counseling services through our staff practice and sliding-fee scale clinic, where we are committed to serving at-risk, under-resourced communities. We have locations in Evanston, Chicago, Northbrook and LaGrange in addition to several satellite offices. We offer flexible daytime, evening and Saturday hours. In addition to serving individuals, couples, children and adolescents, and families, we also offer group therapy and specialized counseling services.
Family Service Center
The Family Service Center offers individual, couples, and family therapy for a wide range of emotional, relationship, and substance abuse problems. The staff of highly experienced mental health professionals provides up to date, affordable, and quality care at three convenient locations. The Center also offers a range of community and professional educational programs throughout the year.
Family Service: Prevention, Education, and Counseling NFP
Family Service is a community organization with a customized approach to delivering proven, high quality counseling and education services to the family, regardless of socio-economic backgrounds.
The Harbour is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing emergency shelter, transitional housing, and case management to homeless, locked-out, and runaway youth in the north and northwest suburbs of Chicago.
Josselyn Center for Mental Health
The Josselyn Center has been a pioneer in providing quality mental health services to families and individuals of all socioeconomic backgrounds on Chicago's north shore. In 1967, the Center moved to its current location in Northfield, Illinois, near Willow Road and the Edens Expressway, where it continues to serve the communities of Bannockburn, Deerfield, Glencoe, Glenview, Golf, Highland Park, Highwood, Kenilworth, Lake Forest, Lincolnshire, Northbrook, Northfield, Riverwoods, Wilmette and Winnetka. The Josselyn Center is a community mental health organization providing individual, family and group counseling for the full range of mental health and substance abuse problems. We are pleased to offer these services on a sliding fee scale to the people residing, working or attending school in fifteen north suburban Chicago communities.
The Lake County Haven
The Haven fulfills its mission by providing shelter, housing, and professional services in support of its residents and graduates.
NAMI Cook County North Suburban:
NAMI, The National Alliance on Mental Illness, is a grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons and their families affected by mental illness through support, education, advocacy, and research. NAMI CCNS is a grass roots organization and an affiliate of the NAMI National organization. Our affiliate was started in the early 1990’s by a group of family members who were all dealing with the challenges of loved ones with mental illness. They offered a Family to Family class and that was the beginning of our affiliate, which now serves over 17 communities in our catchment area.
Northshore University Health Systems Psychiatry and Behavioral Science
Our programs for teens include inpatient services, a partial hospitalization program, intensive outpatient services, a chemical dependency program, eating disorders program and a therapeutic day school. Additionally, we offer an educational program to schools targeting the stigma of mental illness called, "There's No Such Thing as Crazy." We also offer a wide range of services for individuals suffering from depressive or anxiety disorders. These include skilled medication management, specialized individual and group therapy techniques such as cognitive behavior therapy and dialectical behavior therapy, and services for patients with concurrent medical and emotional health needs. Numerous other programs exist within the Department: neuropsychological testing, professional life coaching and stress management and mediation. Finding the right treatment for emotional problems can be difficult. To simplify this, our Access program, staffed by mental health professionals, will help guide you to the right services and schedule your appointment.
Rogers Memorial Hospital
Rogers Behavioral Health in Skokie provides PHP and IOP level of care for children, adolescents, and adults with OCD, anxiety, mood disorder, or eating disorder.
Rosecrance is a private not-for-profit organization offering behavioral health services for children, adolescents, adults and families throughout the country. With more than 20 locations in the Chicago and Rockford areas, Rosecrance offers comprehensive addiction services for adolescents and adults, including prevention, intervention, detoxification, inpatient and outpatient treatment, experiential therapies, dual-diagnosis care and family education. Rosecrance also offers high-quality, efficient and effective outpatient mental health services for children, adults and families through a variety of programs. Rosecrance serves more than 14,000 families each year.
Thresholds provides a comprehensive, individualized program of mental health services that include psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery programs, outreach programs, housing, educational advancement, social opportunities and employment services.
Turning Point is an outpatient mental health center that exists to provide expert care and relief, no matter who you are or what your situation might be. We guide you through the most frightening and difficult steps and decisions you face and help to ensure that you maintain your legal rights. We provide solid support, every step of the way, recognizing each client’s efforts to change, stabilize and grow.
Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook