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DFDN: Project SEARCH (24+) Employment Training Opportunity

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

DuPage Family Disability Network (DFDN)

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017                                           Open Meeting
Lisle Library
Room A
Lisle, IL 60532
6:30pm to 8:45pm

DFDN is pleased bring an opportunity to DuPage County
for members of DFDN, consumers,

Our guest:

Beth Hooton, Associate Director of Employment Services at Helping Hand Center

“Project SEARCH- Ages 24+

Project SEARCH is an international internship program that takes place entirely in the workplace. Externs (Interns) in the program participate in three 10-week internships at a job-site while completing classroom training. During the program, interns work with job specialists from Helping Hand Center to seek competitive employment in the community.  Externs (Interns) over the age of 24 to receive training at Brookfield Zoo and students graduating from high school receive training at AMITA Health LaGrange.”

10/2016 – 6/30/2017 was the first year of Helping Hand Center’s new, one-of-a-kind program: Brookfield Zoo. Project SEARCH. The program focuses on providing internship opportunities for adults seeking employment, with partnership from the zoo and their staff. Each intern participates in three Exter/internships in at least three different departments. At orientation, Project SEARCH interns and staff were treated to an orientation and demonstrations from some of the staff and trainers at the zoo. Starting the year out on a wild adventure.

With this first year coming to a close and graduation just around the corner we are looking to October 2017 when we will be starting the second year of Project SEARCH for persons 24+.
DuPage Family Disability Network is hosting:

Discussion on Project Search (Ages 24+)
People who have disabilities, their family’s, professionals, educators will
all benefit from this presentation.

****************** Registration by e-mailing address below:

dfdn@dfdn.org
1. Name:
2. Number Attending:
3. Parent or Organization:

Look forward to seeing
everyone,

Board Members of DFDN
2017

Facilities provided by:

Lisle Library
777 Front St.
Lisle IL 60532                                                                                  Capacity: 35                        (Room A only)
(630) 971-1675

DFDN 9/29: Community Capacity Building

Friday, August 26th, 2016
Program:  Start of 2016 -2017 Calendar Year

 **********Please Registration *********

    Time 6:30 pm to start
           MEETING ROOMS A & B


                     DuPage Family Disability Network  (DFDN)

Thursday, September 29th, 2016    Open Meeting
                                   Lisle Library

                                   Lisle, IL 60532
                                   6:30pm to 8:45pm

         DFDN is pleased bring an opportunity to DuPage County
           for members of DFDN, consumers, family members and care-
           givers to interact with DHS-DDD's new capacity building
           subject matter expert.

           Jennifer Elders.

Our guest:
Jennifer Elders, DHS-DDD

"Jennifer, currently a Social Program Planner III in the Bureau of
Community and Clinical Services, has agreed to serve as the Division's
capacity building subject matter expert.

For some time, the Division has been exploring ways of expanding capacity
in our service models to meet current and future needs. The terms
"capacity building" and "community capacity building" are concepts that
many organizations utilize in the development and enhancement of systems
to address the desires of their respective consumers. Importantly, an
overarching goal for DDD this year is building capacity to increase
independence. DDD's capacity building efforts are intended to promote
person centered planning and to develop strategies to address individuals'
habilitative and health service needs, create more employment
opportunities, and eliminate barriers to community inclusion, to name a
few. We have determined that our capacity building objectives can best be
accomplished through the assignment of staff dedicated to this effort.

Jennifer joined the Division in 2013 and has assisted in compliance with
the Ligas Consent Decree. Her prior experience includes working for
community developmental disability providers and Memorial Medical Center
in Springfield."


**********Registration by e-mailing address below:

dfdn@dfdn.org
1.     Name:
2.     Number Attending:
3.     Parent or Organization:

Look forward to seeing
everyone,

Board Members  of DFDN
2016

Facilities provided by:

  Lisle Library
  777 Front St.
  Lisle IL 60532               Capacity:90
  (630) 971-1675

April 28, 16: Legal, public benefits and financial facts

Monday, April 11th, 2016
*********Location and Time change*********


"Legal, public benefits, and financial facts - Families who care for
people with Disabilities"

Sponsored by Connect-Disability Ministry Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church

              And DuPage Family Disability Network

When: Thursday, April 28, 9:30 -11:30 am.

Where: Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church,
       815 S. Washington St., Naperville, IL

Planning for the future is important for all of us.

For families caring for someone with a disability financial planning,
retirement, and understanding public benefits impact the quality of lives
for our loved ones with disabilities.

Attorney Lara Duda will address-

Decision-Making for Your Loved One with a disability: Guardianship and
Other Legal Options

This presentation will provide an overview of legal decision-making
options, such as guardianship, powers of attorney, and the Illinois Health
Care Surrogate Act, for adults with diminished capacity.

Lara Duda is a Partner at Peter J. Latz & Associates LLC, a law firm
serving Cook and surrounding counties. Lara’s practice concentrates on
probate, guardianship, and estate planning matters, including disabled
adults and minors guardianship administration; contested guardianships;
decedent's estate and trust administration, elder and special needs law,
and mental health law.

Understanding Public benefits for your loved one with a disability will
significantly improve the quality of your loved one’s life and help your
retirement planning.

Alexandra Baigwill from Waddell & Reed Financial addresses these points-

- How to establish eligibility for Social Security benefits based on
disability

- What are the benefits for which a person with a disability can be
eligible for?

- How does each one work and how are they different?

- How are benefits for different family members interdependent?

- Can working too much result in loss of benefits?

- How do Social Security's work incentives work?

Alexandra Baig, MBA, CFP® Financial Advisor



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**********Registration is required, e-mailing  below:

dfdn@dfdn.org
1.     Name:
2.     Number Attending:
3.     Parent or  Organization:

Look forward to seeing
everyone,

Board Members  of DFDN
2016

Facilities provided by:

 Our Saviour's Lutheran Church
 815 S. Washington St
 Naperville, IL

WIPA: Work Incentives Planning and Assistance

Thursday, October 8th, 2015
Time change 6:30 pm to start


                    DuPage Family Disability Network  (DFDN)
Wed, October 21st, 2015    Open Meeting
                                  Lisle Library
                                  Meeting Rooms A/B
                                  Lisle, IL 60532
                                  6:30pm to 8:45pm

        DFDN is pleased to  present information ON:


"WIPA services effective August 2015 are for SSA Disability Beneficiaries
currently working, have a job offer, or are seriously ready to start
employment. "

"What is Work Incentives Planning and Assistance
 Time change 6:30 pm to start


                    DuPage Family Disability Network  (DFDN)
Wed, October 21st, 2015    Open Meeting
                                  Lisle Library
                                  Meeting Rooms A/B
                                  Lisle, IL 60532
                                  6:30pm to 8:45pm

        DFDN is pleased to  present information ON:


"WIPA services effective August 2015 are for SSA Disability Beneficiaries
currently working, have a job offer, or are seriously ready to start
employment. "

"What is Work Incentives Planning and Assistance

We are a federally funded program created to help individuals receiving
SSI/SSDI make informed choices about being employed.

If you are working, have a job offer or ready to start employment, we will
help you understand how working is affecting your benefits.

We will explain Social Security work incentives in addition to state
benefits, such as Medicaid, subsidized housing, TANF, food stamps,
worker's compensation and unemployment benefits. Our Work Incentive
Planning and Assistance (WIPA) Program will give you the information you
need to make the best choice about your future".

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Speakers: Janice Williams and Britney Qualls

Ron Mulvaney, CWIC/WIPA Program Director Illinois Assistive Technology
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**********Registration, e-mailing  below:

dfdn@dfdn.org
1.     Name:
2.     Number Attending:
3.     Parent or  Organization:

Look forward to seeing
everyone,

Board Members  of DFDN
2015

Facilities provided by:

 Lisle Library
 777 Front St.
 Lisle IL 60532               Capacity:  90
 (630) 971-1675

DFDN, Sept. 17 Supportive Housing

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

Program: Yes, Shorter Notice Then Usual (Special Request)

Limited space **********Registration is required *********

Capacity: 45

Time change 6:30 pm to start
DuPage Family Disability Network (DFDN)
Thursday, September 17th, 2015 Open Meeting
Lisle Library
Meeting Room A (only for 9*17)
Lisle, IL 60532
6:30pm to 8:45pm

DFDN is pleased to present information ON:

How Supportive Housing Could Work for People with
Developmental Disabilities –

Why are other disability populations getting a chance
at getting their own apartment and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are only offered a chance to live in groups?

What can the community do to get additional options through community actions. This session will discuss the current system and how it has evolved and what to do to request something different.

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Speaker: John Fallon
Senior Program Manager-CSH

John has over 30 years of experience in the mental health field, which includes providing residential and outreach services to adolescents, children, persons who are homeless, as well as persons in correctional and health care settings. As a Senior Program Manager with CSH’s Illinois Program, John works on the implementation of several Olmstead consent decrees for persons with mental health and developmental disabilities as CSH assists the State in transitioning to use supportive housing as an option for housing instead of institutional care. John also works on integrating health care providers into supportive housing, frequent user initiatives, and Medicaid Capacity Development for service providers and developers adapting to a changing health care environment. Mr. Fallon also worked as part of the CSH Returning Home Initiative, a multi-million dollar national initiative to develop permanent supportive housing for homeless persons who frequently cycle through the criminal justice system. Prior to joining CSH, Mr. Fallon worked for 18 years at Thresholds, directing two specialized teams who helped place people from Cook County Jail back into the community, serving individuals who typically had a record of 50 arrests, 20 psychiatric hospitalizations, and decades of homelessness prior to program enrollment. Because of the program’s success, it was awarded the American Psychiatric Association’s Gold Achievement Award for small, community-based programs in 2001. John earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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**********Registration is required, e-mailing below:

dfdn@dfdn.org
1. Name:
2. Number Attending:
3. Parent or Organization:

Look forward to seeing
everyone,

Board Members of DFDN
2015

Facilities provided by:

Lisle Library
777 Front St.
Lisle IL 60532                                      Capacity: 45
(630) 971-1675
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