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West Suburban Special Recreation Association !



Specialized Child Care offered by West Suburban Special Recreation Association !

Location: The Town of Cicero Community Center - Room 106 & 107
2250 S. 49th Avenue in Cicero, IL
Date: Monday, November 20th, 1014 
Time: Meeting will start PROMPTLY @ 6:00 p.m.until 7:45 p.m.

Guest Speaker: Alexandra Bedard
Topic: Growing up with Autism

For information/or to reserve your spot, call: 708-357-4117

Espanol, por favor llame: Margarita or Eli at 708-656-8340

Parents raising children with disabilities are invited to join us at The Cicero Community Center, where your children will receive specialized child care, and you can join other families as we come together to enjoy each others
company.   We will enjoy some good food, share ideas, and talk about the future of our Support Group.  Children will enjoy making Christmas ornaments and more! 

Call our office for more information:   708-357-4117


Mark your Calendars:
Saturday, October 24th 2015
BOO at the Bowling Alley
Striker Lanes in Berwyn

Click here for more information.

FRCD - Providing Parents of Children with Disabilities with Information, Training, Assistance, and Support. Phone: 312-939-3513; Fax: 312-854-8980;
All Workshops are FREE!
Registration is Required. Please visit or call 312-939-3513 to register for workshops.
For more information and for a full listing of  trainings, click here          

FRCD - Proveyendo a padres con hijos con discapacidades con información, entrenamiento, ayuda y apoyo. Voz(312)939-3513 TDD (312)939-3519; Fax (312)854-8980;

Todos Los Talleres son Gratuitos! 
Pre Incripcion es Necesaria
Por favor vísite o llame al 312-939-3513 para saber en que lugar se estará impartiendo el taller.


Please join us in celebrating the 1 Annual YEP Family Resource Fair taking place at the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD), Field Office on October 22 from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm. MOPD is located at 2102 W. Ogden, Chicago, IL 60612.
Presented by:
The Office of Diverse Learners Supports & Services (ODLSS)
The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD)
Families and students are encouraged to participate. We will have agencies from all over the city there to share their information and services with you. Come and see all that Chicago has to offer.
Please contact Mariel Hamer at for additional information.
See attachment for more details.

Little Friends and Resource Center for Autism and Developmental Delays (RCADD) present a FREE workshop: 
“Walk in my Autism” 
Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. 
Resource Center for Autism and Developmental Delays, 
 10 S. Kedzie, Room 205 (training room), Chicago, IL, 60612.  
See attachment for more details and to register.

Centro de Recursos para el Autismo y los Retrasos en el Desarrollo
"COMPRENDIENDO EL AUTISMO - Resumen para Padres y Profesionistas"
Es un taller creado para apoyar a padres y proveedores a entender las características de los Trastornos del Espectro de Autismo (TEA), con un énfasis en la detección temprana.
Presentado por:  José Ovalle-TAP y Dra. Lucy D. Perez-Harck, Psy.D.-UIC
Cuándo:  Miércoles, 9 de octubre, 2013
Hora:  10:00 am- 12:00 pm
Lugar:  Garfield Community Service Center, 10 S. Kedzie, Room 205, Chicago IL, 60612 
Previa registración necesaria. Por razones de seguridad, no se permiten niños 
Llame al  (312-746-5447) y pregunte por Grace
Correo electrónico:

Family & Time Magazine and Moraine Valley Community College host: 
Autism & Special Needs Seminar,
 Saturday, November 16, 2013, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
 Moraine Valley Community College 
9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills, IL 60465-2478.

See attachment for more details
CONFERENCES FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH HEARING LOSS SEMINAR/Conferencia Para Padres Que Tienen Hijos Con Pérdida de Audición
Save the Date:  November 2, 2013; March 15, 2013; April 26, 2014. For more information contact: Andrea Marwah;; 708-409-8800 x 244 
Separe la Fecha:  2 de noviembre de 2013; 16 de marzo de 2014; 28 de abril 2014.  Para más información comuníquese con: Andrea Marwah:
The University of Illinois at Chicago is offering free training for parents of students with disabilities.
Training will cover:
•         The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
•          The reauthorization process
•          How to speak to legislators about your concerns
When: October 22 from 9:30am to 12:30pm AND October 29from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Where: 1640 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago, IL
To register, please contact Meghan Burke @ or 312-413-5557
See attachment for details
 Entrenamiento para Padres en Como Influir en Hacer Cambios en el Proceso Legislativo  
La Universidad de Illinois en Chicago está ofreciendo este entrenamiento gratis para padres de niños con discapacidades.
El entrenamiento será realizado en dos reuniones.  Nosotros proveeremos botanas y un pequeño  reembolso por cada reunión.  También,  pedimos que los padres estén de acuerdo en:

  • Participar en un grupo de enfoque para dar a cada participante una oportunidad de compartir sus preocupaciones con la ley de “educación especial” en los Estados Unidos.
  • Completar dos encuestas para evaluar la eficacia del entrenamiento
  • Ser grabado en un video breve (menos de 5 minutos) expresando sus preocupaciones sobre la ley educativa para niños con discapacidades.
  • Finalmente, contestar preguntas sobre el impacto del entrenamiento después de 6 meses.
Lugar: La Clínica  Familiar de UIC, 1640 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago
Fecha: 21 de octubre y 28 de octubre, 2013, 9:30am to 12:30pm
Para registrarse o para más información,  puede comunicarse con: Maria Limon, 773-574-3868;
Learning Disabilities Association of America hosts:
Executive Functioning and School Success
by Michael Gladstein.
When:   Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Where:  Lincoln Park High School, Main Building, Main Entrance, Room 103
                  2001 North Orchard Street Chicago, IL 60614
See attachment
AYSO VIP Program provides a quality soccer experience for children whose physical or mental disabilities make it difficult to successfully participate on mainstream teams. We recognize that everyone needs to feel a sense of belonging and acceptance. The VIP program    offers that acceptance and carries the philosophy of "Everyone Plays®" to new heights - giving everyone a chance to play. The VIP program offers children ages 4-18 with special needs the chance to: 
Play Soccer - Meet Friends - Have Fun     
Please register at the website AYSO418.ORG – look for the button or link for “VIP SPECIAL NEEDS”
Por favor, haz la registracion en el internet al website AYSO418.ORG – usa el boton en el website por “VIP”
The Chicago Park District offers a variety of programs for students with special needs.  
Please refer to the attached program guide for details.


Lekotek is a place where families of children with disabilities play, grow and learn.  Lekotek is a family based program and we encourage the entire family to participate in the family play sessions.  The National Lekotek Center is located at 2001 N Clybourn Ave Chicago, IL and we have a remote site in Skokie.

The “Refer a Family” Program - rewards professionals, in the Chicagoland area, who refer a family to the Lekotek therapeutic play program.  For each referral you will receive: 1 toy raffle entry and 1 continuing education/training webinar.  Our Therapeutic Play Sessions are conducted by Family Play Specialists using toys and play as a way to help children with special needs reach their full potential. The unique thing about Lekotek is that we provide the toys/tools for families to continue working on their everyday goals and their therapy goals including the entire family!
Professional Toy Lending Library - Many professionals are joining up to take advantage of the new Professional Toy Library membership the National Lekotek Center is offering.  If offers a wide range of toys including; off the shelf, adaptive and switch operated toys as well as continuing education trainings.  These toys will allow you to enrich your services to the children you serve. Membership includes; 60 toys per year, 12 training webinars (CEU’s may apply to your profession) and benefits for the families that you currently serve.
For more information contact Hayley Anderson | Manager of Family Services and Partnerships @773-528-5766x407

Illinois Includes Inclusion Conference, Oak Brook  May 9th and 10th, 2013
Building community and creating supports so every learner and worker can succeed. Come and learn from some of the best inclusion advocates in the country!  Speakers include Bill Henderson, a former principal of the award-winning William Henderson Inclusion Elementary School in Boston, Massachusetts & author of The Blind Advantage – How Going Blind Made Me a Stronger Principal and How Children with Disabilities Made our School Better for Everyone; Paula Kluth, consultant, author, advocate, and independent scholar who works with teachers and families to provide inclusive opportunities for students with disabilities and to create more responsive and engaging schooling experiences for all learners; Norm Kunc,  a self-advocate with who is known around the world for his incredible disability rights advocacy. Norm travels the world presenting sessions on topics like inclusive education, behavioral support, ability and opportunity, conflict management, school culture, and many more; Patrick Schwarz
is a dynamic and engaging professor, author, motivational speaker and leader in Education (Inclusive Education, Special Education, General Education, ) and . He is a professor at National-Louis University in Chicago.  For more information, go to or call 773.766.7461.
Check out this great video:
 Great Video on  YouTube:Mothers on a Mission Playground BuildOn October 8, 2011, the North Berwyn Park District and the City of Berwyn teamed up with BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois, Mothers on a Mission, and KaBOOM! to build a great new place for ALL kids to play! Produced by Alkaye Media: (630) 971-8700 -
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