May 20th, IL Dept of Rehab & Project Search

May 11th, 2015

Program update:
Time change 6:30 pm to start

DuPage Family Disability Network (DFDN)

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 Open Meeting
Lisle Library
Meeting Rooms A/B
Lisle, IL 60532
6:30pm to 8:45pm

DFDN is pleased to present information ON:

The IL Department of Human Services: Division of Rehabilitation Services
(DRS)
AND

Project Search, Transition Program (Central DuPage Hospital)

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Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS)

We are pleased to welcome back Mary Beth Scholten, DHS-DRS

From DHS_DRS:

What can we expect from our DRS as we move into 2015 and beyond for Adult
services?

The process and roles.

MaryBeth will touch on the following topics and how the DHS will
move forward in addressing the needs of persons individual has a most
significant disability, a very significant disability. (Some of these
programs are pilots)

Some of the new directions/Goals:

Discuss the Illinois Employment First Blueprint
-DD/VR collaboration
-Changes in Supported employment
-The Discovery Process
-Vision Quest

Staff Development and Training

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Speakers:

Mary Beth Scholten – The Assistant Bureau Chief (ABC) for Region 2 with the
Division of Rehabilitation Services, which covers the DuPage area.
Previous to this position I was the Rehabilitation Services Supervisor in
the Rockford VR office. I’ve been with the state for over 27 years.

Kathryn E. Kaniewski, M.S., CRC Transition Advisor
STEP
DHS/DRS
Chicago, Il

Project SEARCH team at Central DuPage Hospital
Kati Curby, Team teacher
Hailey, Team job coach

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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: 95
(630) 971-1675

DFDN:Wednesday, April 22 , 2015: Tony Records

April 10th, 2015

Program update: SPECIAL LOCATION and Start Time
Time change 6:30 pm to start

DuPage Family Disability Network (DFDN)

Wednesday, April 22 , 2015 Open Meeting
******ST. JOAN OF ARC********
(Across from Lisle Library)
Parish 820 Division St.
Lisle, IL 60532
6:30pm to 8:45pm

DFDN is pleased to present information ON:
Tony Records; from EQUIP FOR EQUALITY:
Involved in “A Place to Call Home”
Court Monitor for Ligas.

Will speak to us on multiple topics:

*Access to affordable housing for community living: The lack of accessible
and affordable housing continues to be an obstacle to serving individuals
in the most integrated setting. What is the current status with the state
of Illinois, partially in DuPage County?
*Accessing the “Community Living Initiative” to its fullest.
*Consider — Person Centered Planning moving to Person Centered Thinking.
How do we start moving in this direction?
*Alternative opinions that have pursued. (New was of thinking.)
*Long range considerations for consumer/family/co-op owned living
arrangements.
*Working with the State budget constraints and concerns about compliance
with Ligas.
*What are the tools/assistance CMS will provide Illinois to meet its
obligation? Are consumers/families aware of these and how to contribute to
the process? CMS has committed to provide targeted technical assistance
help them meet their obligations under the ADA to serve individuals in the
community, to ensure that services meet the needs and preferences of each
individual.

Please Note Change:
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The IL Department of Human Services: Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS)
AND
Project Search have been rescheduled for May 20th

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Tony Records has been the President of Tony Records and Associated, Inc.,
(TRA),Since 1992 a human services consulting firm in Bethesda, Maryland.
Mr. Records has more than 40 years of experience and has consulted in 22
states with regard to services and supports for people with disabilities.

Mr. Records has been recently involved in several projects of national and
statewide significance. These are just a few of the very numerous projects
that Mr. Records is involved in:

* Currently serving as the Monitor of the Ligas v. Hamos case involving
more than 12,000 class members who have requested community services in
Illinois.

* Currently serving as the Remedial Expert in the landmark Messier
v.Southbury Training School case Connecticut to ensure that all class
members are offered services in the most integrated setting.

* Provides training for states on Best Practices in Protection from Harm
for people with disabilities in residential settings.

* Administered a grant with the Illinois Council on Developmental
Disabilities to establish individual Microboards and Human Service
Cooperatives.

* On a voluntary basis , Mr. Records provides individual advocacy
assistance to several individuals with disabilties and their families
in Maryland.

* From 2000-2002, Mr. Records was a consultant with the Office for Civil
Rights ( OCR) of the US Department of Human Services to provide technical
assistance to OCR staff in evaluating state’s planning documents regarding
Olmstead compliance

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:
******ST. JOAN OF ARC********
(Across from Lisle Library)
Parish 820 Division St.
Lisle IL 60532 Capacity: 100+
(630) 963-4500

(DFDN),March 18, 2015 (UPDATE) The Everyone Work! Project

March 17th, 2015

Presentation: Total Link2 Community

Time change 6:30 pm to start

DuPage Family Disability Network (DFDN)
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 Open Meeting
Lisle Library
Lisle, IL 60532
6:45pm to 8:45pm

DFDN is pleased to present information ON:

Please Note Change:
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Program update:

The Everyone Work! Project: (As scheduled)
Customized Employment, Innovation & Collaboration
Will be presenting at the March 18th meeting.

The
IL Department of Human Services: Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS)
AND
Project Search have been rescheduled for May 20th

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The Everyone Work! Project:
Customized Employment, Innovation & Collaboration

For the first time Dr. Janice Wienstien, Total Link2 Community

Customized Employment: Everyone Works!

The Everyone Works! Project is funded in part by the Illinois Council on
Developmental Disabilities as a way to bring the best practice of
customized employment to the state of Illinois. Through partnership with
key stakeholders including; schools, families and community agencies,
Total Link2 Community has developed competitive, inclusive employment for
more than 30 individuals living with intellectual and developmental
disabilities. Janice Weinstein will share stories about stakeholders
working together to make employment happen for everyone. Janice will
review the process of customized employment, which encompasses 6 key
steps; discovery of personal genius, capturing discovery through profiles,
person centered collaboration, portfolio development and job development.
Participants will learn firsthand what this process looks like and how we
can create partnerships in order to develop and sustain inclusive
employment.

DuPage Family Disability Network is offering an opportunity to present
these topics and have questions answered at our March 18, 2015 meeting.

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Janice Weinstein, Psy,D. is the executive director of Total Link2
Community. Janice is responsible for overseeing the Everyone Works!
project, an investment of the Illinois Council on Developmental
Disabilities (ICDD). She also oversees a second employment project funded
by and in collaboration with the Department of Rehabilitative Services –
BIP. This project is a pilot that incorporates Customized Employment and
salient aspects of the IPS Model of Supported Employment for persons with
intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Total Link2 Community has been instrumental in bringing Customized
Employment to the state of Illinois by providing training to schools,
agencies and private providers in partnership with the ICDD and the
Department of Rehabilitative Services. Total Link2 Community has also
worked closely with NSSED (Northern Suburban Special Education District
Cooperative) to use the Discovery model with students in transition in
order to create sustainable outcomes for students with intellectual and
developmental disabilities who have more complex support needs. Total
Link2 Community has successfully used the model of customized employment
to place 30 individuals with ID/DD in inclusive employment settings
including microenterprise. Total Link2 Community also provides; monthly
webinars, consultation and ongoing training for stakeholders committed to
using the principles and strategies of Customized Employment.

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 Public Library
777 Front Street
Lisle IL 60532 Capacity: 95
630-971-1675

March 18, 2015 Presentation: Division of Rehabilitation & The Everyone Work! Project

February 26th, 2015

The evening will start at 6:30 pm

Presentation: Division of Rehabilitation And Link2 Community

DuPage Family Disability Network  (DFDN)
Wednesday, March 18, 2015    Open Meeting
Lisle  Library
Lisle, IL 60532
6:30pm to 8:45pm

DFDN is pleased to  present information ON:

IL Department of Human Services:Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS)

AND

The Everyone Work! Project:
Customized Employment, Innovation & Collaboration

We are pleased to welcome back Mary Beth Scholten, DHS-DRS
AND
For the first time Dr. Janice Wienstien, Total Link2 Community

From DHS_DRS:
What can  we expect from our DRS as we move into 2015 and beyond for Adult
services?

The process and roles.

MaryBeth will touch briefly on the following topics and how the DHS will
move forward in addressing the needs of persons individual has a most
significant disability, a very significant disability. (Some of these
programs are pilots)

Some of the new directions/Goals:

Discuss the Illinois Employment First Blueprint
-DD/VR collaboration
-Changes in Supported employment
-The Discovery Process
-Vision Quest

-Project Search (Transition Program)

Staff Development and Training

Customized Employment: Everyone Works!

The Everyone Works! Project is funded in part by the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities as a way to bring the best practice of customized employment to the state of Illinois.  Through partnership with key stakeholders including; schools, families and community agencies, Total Link2 Community has developed competitive, inclusive employment for more than 30 individuals living with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Janice Weinstein will share stories about stakeholders working together to make employment happen for everyone.  Janice will review the process of customized employment, which encompasses 6 key steps; discovery of personal genius, capturing discovery through profiles, person centered collaboration, portfolio development and job development.  Participants will learn firsthand what this process looks like and how we can create partnerships in order to develop and sustain inclusive employment.

DuPage Family Disability Network is offering an opportunity to present these topics and have questions answered at our March 18, 2015 meeting.

***********************************************

Mary Beth Scholten – The Assistant Bureau  Chief (ABC) for Region 2 with the
Division of Rehabilitation Services,  which covers the DuPage area.
Previous to this position I was the  Rehabilitation Services Supervisor in
the Rockford VR office. I’ve been  with the state for over 27 years.

Janice Weinstein, Psy,D. is the executive director of  Total Link2 Community.  Janice is responsible for overseeing the Everyone Works! project, an investment of the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities (ICDD).  She also oversees a second employment project funded by and in collaboration with the Department of Rehabilitative Services – BIP.  This project is a pilot that incorporates Customized Employment and salient aspects of the IPS Model of Supported Employment for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Total Link2 Community has been instrumental in bringing Customized Employment to the state of Illinois by providing training to schools, agencies and private providers in partnership with the ICDD and the Department of Rehabilitative Services. Total Link2 Community has also worked closely with NSSED (Northern Suburban Special Education District Cooperative) to use the Discovery model with students in transition in order to create sustainable outcomes for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities who have more complex support needs.  Total Link2 Community has successfully used the model of customized employment to place 30 individuals with ID/DD in inclusive employment settings including micro-enterprise. Total Link2 Community also provides; monthly webinars, consultation and ongoing training for stakeholders committed to using the principles and strategies of Customized Employment.

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 Public Library
777  Front Street
Lisle IL 60532               Capacity:  95
630-971-1675

The Facts about the ABLE Act February 26, 2015

January 31st, 2015

Thursday, February 26, 2015

DuPage Family Disability Network (DFDN)

Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church
9:30am-11:30am. Registration will start at 9:00am.

Fellowship Center
815 S. Washington St
Naperville, IL 60540

We hope you can all make it to learn how to
better access your community.

The Disability Ministry of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church presents
“Brian Rubin, the Facts about the ABLE Act”

A Special Needs Trust or Able Account… how do we choose when we want to
protect the financial interests of our loved ones with disabilities.
Protecting your child with a disability with a Special Needs Trust is
important.

Now that Congress has approved the ABLE Act, the question for families is
whether to do an ABLE Account or a Special Needs Trust.
It is all very complicated for the lay person.

Brian Rubin is a well respected attorney who has dedicated his legal career
to the financial protection of individuals with disabilities.
He will outline the need for a trust for a person with a disability and
provide information on the pros and cons of the newly approved ABLE Act.
Brian Rubin, is an Officer and Member of the Board of Directors of the
Special Needs Alliance, and is President of the Arc of Illinois.

Please visit his web site at www.rubinlaw.com.

To register for the February 26 presentation, click on this link.
https://secure.accessacs.com/access/eventlogin.aspx?id=hsC25lt38GAS9kGGS7yk9A==&site=143758&ReturnUrl=events%2fwz_people.aspx&ChurchID=2990&EventID=80787&sn=143758

Cindi Swanson
Disabilities Ministry Coordinator
Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church
Naperville, IL