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Illinois Life Span Program Monthly Webinars

After each monthly webinar, a copy of the presentation as well as any additional resources will be posted here. Please note that the information presented was accurate and up to date at the time it was presented. We have archived past webinars for informational purposes but cannot guarantee accuracy of webinar information after the presentation date.


June 1, 2021 – How Can the Early Intervention Clearinghouse Support You?

During this presentation, attendees will learn about how the Early Intervention Clearinghouse can support them and their families. Specifically, attendees will learn about the evidence-based books, DVDs, and other resources available at the Early Intervention Clearinghouse; the online resources including tip sheets and resource guides; and the technology loan program. In addition, attendees, will learn how to borrow resources and technology from the Early Intervention Clearinghouse. Our presenter for this webinar is Dr. Meghan Burke.  Meghan is an associate professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has a brother with Down syndrome as well as a child with autism.

Please click here for webinar recording: EI Clearinghouse Webinar Recording
Please click here for webinar presentation slides: EI Clearinghouse Webinar Presentation
Passcode: LifeSpanWebinar060121!


June, 2021 – An Introduction to Developmental Disability Resources, Organizations, and Terms

A webinar from The Illinois Life Span Program and Family to Family Health Information Center of The Arc of Illinois.

Please click here for webinar recording: Introduction to DD Resources
Please click here for webinar presentation slides: Introduction to DD Resources Presentation


May 4, 2021 – SIBS: Where We Have Been and Where We Are Going

Presented by Tara Conley of Supporting Illinois Brothers and Sisters (S.I.B.S.)  Like many grassroots organizations S.I.B.S. was created out of an unmet need in IL.S.I.B.S. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide support to siblings of people with disabilities in Illinois by connecting them with information, networking opportunities, and resources in order to enhance the quality of life for their entire families. S.I.B.S. began with the dream of one sibling and grew into the first established Illinois non-profit organization in 2007 that supports siblings in Illinois across the lifespan. While support and advocacy have been focused on parents and people with disabilities, siblings have often been left out of the conversation. Siblings play an important role in the lives of their brother or sister with disabilities and have their own unique needs and experiences that should be discussed and addressed. S.I.B.S. strives to partner with people with disabilities, parents, and providers in order to advocate with our siblings so that we can impact services. After all we are stronger together!

Please click here for webinar recording: SIBS – Where We Have Been, Where We Are Going
Webinar Password: w8y&M@@J


April 13, 2021 – For Those Who Fly with Service Animals, New Rules Mean Big Changes”, presented by Melanie Brunson, Chair of the Advocacy Committee for Guide Dog Users, Inc.

Participants will learn about

  • the new definition of the term “service animal” which is now limited to dogs only;
  • psychiatric service animals are now considered service animals and can travel with their handler on an airplane;
  • new rules for passengers traveling with emotional support animals;
  • new rules that allow airlines to require passengers traveling with service animals to provide information about their animal’s health and training before they can fly;
  • and other changes you may want to know about before you decide to travel again by air!

Please click here for webinar recording: For Those Who Fly with Service Animals


March 30, 2021 – Ditch The Diapers: Toilet Training for Children with Special Needs, Presented by Laura Brown, M.Ed. Disability Specialist at the Resource Center for Autism and Developmental Delays

Participants will learn answers to these common questions:

• How to know if my child is ready? • What do I need to set my child up for success and how do I use visuals? • Do I need to use a reward or motivator? • How do I tackle common problems such as being scared to flush, using too much toilet paper, and other issues?
Please click here for webinar recording: Ditch the Diapers Webinar
Please click here for webinar presentation slides: Ditch the Diapers Presentation


March 9, 2021 – Overview of Equip for Equality, Presented by Barry C. Taylor, Vice President for Civil Rights and Systemic Litigation and Olga Pribyl, Vice President for Special Education and Pro Bono Services

Equip for Equality is a non-profit organization, and since 1985 has been designated by the Governor to serve as the Protection and Advocacy agency for people with disabilities in Illinois. Barry and Olga will be providing information about Equip for Equality’s work on behalf of people with disabilities in Illinois, including people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They will highlight Equip for Equality’s work in five priority areas: Abuse and Neglect, Special Education, Community Integration, Discrimination, and Self-Determination.

Please click here for webinar recording: Overview of Equip for Equality Webinar
Please click here for presentation slides: Overview of Equip for Equality Presentation


February 9, 2021 – What is a Center for Independent Living? Presented by Shelley Richardson, Executive Director for the Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) of Illinois!

Participants learned about the 5 Core Services of CILs in IL, the Illinois Network of CILs, A Brief History and Philosophy of the Independent Living Movement, and more!

Please click here for webinar recording: What is a CIL Webinar
Webinar passcode: Ea3.&%k5
Please click here for presentation slides: What is a CIL Presentation


December 15, 2020 – Post-Secondary Transition Planning and Services, presented by Emily Wilson, Skadden Fellow and Attorney, and Amanda Klemas, Supervising Attorney with Equip for Equality.

All students with disabilities between ages 14.5 to 22 years old have the right to receive individualized transition services through special education to prepare them for post-secondary education, employment, and independent living. This training will walk through the development and implementation of a student’s transition plan, what to do if your child’s transition plan is not appropriate, as well as special issues impacting students of transition-age, such as becoming a legal adult, graduation, and remote learning.

Please click here for webinar recording: Post-Secondary Transition Planning Webinar Recording
Please click here for webinar presentation slides: Equip for Equality Transition Planning Webinar Presentation
Please click here for post-webinar survey: Post Secondary Transition Webinar Survey
Handouts:
Transition Timeline from Equip for Equality
Special Education Clinic Flyer


December 8, 2020 – Your Rights in the Vocational Rehabilitation Process, from the IL DHS Division of Rehabilitation Services Client Assistance Program

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

Please click here for webinar recording: Your Rights in the Vocational Rehabilitation Process
Use the following passcode to view recording: M.=d36a.
Please click here for webinar presentation slides: Your Rights in the VR Process Presentation
Webinar Follow Up Survey: December 8, 2020 Webinar Survey