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ILS Lunchtime Webinar – Your Rights in the Vocational Rehabilitation Process, IL DHS DRS Client Assistance Program

December 8, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Please join us on Tuesday, December 8th for the Illinois Life Span Program Lunchtime Webinar, Your Rights in the Vocational Rehabilitation Process, presented by Kari L. Branham, CAP Manager, Julie Baker, CAP Advocate/Complaint Investigator, Valerie Berryman, CAP Advocate/Complaint Investigator and Ryan Boyer, CAP Advocate/Complaint Investigator from IL DHS Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) Client Assistance Program (CAP).

Participants will:

  • Understand CAP’s role in the Vocational Rehabilitation Process
  • Learn their rights and responsibilities in the Vocational Rehabilitation Process
  • Learn strategies for self-advocacy

Register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Please note that there are no CEUs provided for our lunchtime webinars. Thank you!

Name(s) of Presenter(s):

Kari L. Branham, CAP Manager
Julie Baker, CAP Advocate/Complaint Investigator
Valerie Berryman, CAP Advocate/Complaint Investigator
Ryan Boyer, CAP Advocate/Complaint Investigator

About the Presenters:

Julie Baker began her State service in 2014 with the Bureau of Disability Determination Services, as a Disability Claims Adjudicator. She was promoted to a Staff Development Specialist for the Bureau of Training and Staff Development in July 2018, developing and presenting training curricula for other State employees. Prior to her State service, Julie served as a QIDP, working with individuals having intellectual disabilities. She then worked as a foster care caseworker, eventually promoting to the adoption and licensing specialist for that agency. Finally, before beginning her career with the State, Julie contracted for the Federal government, conducting background investigations for employees requiring federal security clearances. In this position, Julie also provided training and mentoring for new employees. She is currently a CAP Advocate/Complaint Investigator for the Illinois Client Assistance Program. Julie enjoys helping others to realize their potential, and helping others learn to self-advocate. She is a mom to a very busy twelve-year-old son, and two spoiled cats. In her free time, Julie enjoys movies and spending time with friends and family.

Valerie Berryman is a Client Assistance Program (CAP) Advocate/Complaint Investigator with State of Illinois, Department of Rehabilitation Services.  She has assisted many Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) customers with various needs successfully.  A strong believer of self-advocacy, Valerie helps VR customers understand the power in speaking up for one’s self to achieve their goal of self-support and competitive employment.  Valerie enjoys early morning running sessions and winter baking during the holidays.

Ryan Boyer grew up and lived in the St. Louis area, before moving to Springfield in 2013. After graduating college, he worked as a special education teacher, serving children and young adults with autism. He later began state service within the Illinois Department of Revenue, working as a tax specialist. He transferred to DHS in 2017, where he worked as a disability adjudicator before joining the Client Assistance Program. As a Client Assistance Program Advocate/Complaint Investigator, Ryan investigates various issues experienced by VR customers. Through problem solving and mediation, he seeks to resolve these issues while maintaining healthy relationships between the customers and DRS staff. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys spending time with family, being outdoors, or reading a good book.

Kari Branham is the Manager for the Client Assistance Program. She has worked in the public social service arena for the majority of her career. Kari has 27 years of service with the Department of Human Services. She has been involved in various Federal Disability Program initiatives and has served on a variety of workgroups and committees to better serve the needs of individuals with disabilities in the community and the workplace. Kari has also been the recipient of two Social Security Administration, Disability Program, national honor awards. She enjoys spending time with family, long walks at the park, and listening to music of all genres.


December 8, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Event Category:




Illinois Life Span Program