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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.


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


November 10, 2020 – Self-Care: Holiday Edition

Presented by Susie Ortega, LCSW. Ms Ortega is a bilingual, Spanish-speaking, therapist and licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) with a Masters in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. She has extensive experience working with individuals, couples, families and groups. 

 This webinar . . .

  • will explore impact of fatigue on families, review tips for self-care and ways to manage stress during the holiday season
  • will include and practice breathing exercises that everyone can use
  • will review body’s response under stress and highlight importance of a mind-body connection.

Click here for webinar recording: Self-Care Holiday Edition
Use the following passcode to view recording: n2ZIJ2&&
Click here for webinar presentation slides: Self-Care Presentation
Click here to complete Follow Up Survey: Follow Up Survey


October 20, 2020 – Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Special Education Updates

Presented by Barbara Moore, Director of Department of Special Education for ISBE. Participants will receive an overview of ISBE’s Department of Special Education’s responsibilities for the general supervision of local educational agencies in their implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  Key projects and services of the Department will be highlighted.  Participants will learn about resources available to parents, including those associated with the recent COVID19 pandemic.

Click here for webinar recording: ISBE Special Education Update Webinar
Click here for presentation slides: ISBE Update Webinar Slides
Click here to complete Follow Up Survey: Survey Link


October 13, 2020 – The HCBS Final Rule: Countdown to Implementation Webinar

Our presenters for this webinar are Leanne Mull, Blue Tower Solutions, Inc. and Tavarus Wesley, Arc Board member ICDD member, Alliance Board Chair. Tavarus and Leanne will provide an overview of the HCBS setting rule and give examples of how families, people receiving services, ISC’s and provider agencies can work together to implement the new rule. There will also be an update on the Illinois Transition Plan.

Click here for webinar recording: HCBS Rule Final Countdown to Implementation Recording
Use the following Passcode to view recording: jHHWn0!X
Click here for presentation slides: HCBS Final Rule – Countdown to Implementation Presentation
Click here for Follow-Up Survey: Oct. 13 Webinar Survey


September 15, 2020 – The Role & Mission of the Great Lakes ADA Center In Spanish

Seminario ofrecido en español por medio social del Internet sobre el Papel y la Misión del Centro ADA Great Lakes con Claudia Díaz, directora asociada del esta agencia.  

Este seminario proporcionará a los participantes información sobre los servicios y recursos disponibles del Centro ADA Great Lakes, miembro de la Red Nacional ADA. Después de la sesión, los participantes:

• Comprenderán la misión del Centro ADA Great Lakes
• Conocerán los servicios principales provistos por el Centro ADA
• Tendrán una comprensión básica sobre la Ley Estadounidense de Personas con Discapacidades (ADA) que se inició hace 30 años

Click here for webinar recording: Spanish – Role & Mission of the Great Lakes ADA Center
Click here for webinar presentation: Presentation in Spanish


September 8, 2020 – The Role & Mission of the Great Lakes ADA Center

Presented by Claudia Diaz, Associate Director, Great Lakes ADA Center and Peter Berg, Project Coordinator of Technical Assistance, Great Lakes ADA Center

This session will provide participants with information about the services and resources available from the Great Lakes ADA Center, a member of the ADA National Network. Following the session participants will:

Understand the mission of the Great Lakes Center

Know the core services provided by the ADA Center

Gain a basic understanding of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Click here for webinar recording: The Role & Mission of the Great Lakes ADA Center Webinar
Click here for Presentation: The Role & Mission of the Great Lakes ADA Center Presentation
Click here for Follow-Up Survey: September 8 Webinar Survey