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Monday, November 4, 2013

Early Registration/Welcome 6:00-8:00 p.m. (Dinner on your own)

$50.00 Registration fee is required for all attendees, including personal assistants. Financial assistance for registration fee is available. (Please mail or fax your registration if you are requesting a Stipend.)

Attending this event gives your permission for your photo to be in brochures, websites, etc. If you do not want your picture taken and published, please contact Janet Donahue at 815-464-1832. 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Registration, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Entertainment included

8:00 a.m. - Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00-10:15 a.m. -  General Session 1

Keynote Speakers: Anthony and Nicholas Billups - "Special"

This presentation is a powerful, inspirational story of two brothers and their relationship. Anthony was 20 years old and had dreams of being a pitcher for the Major Leagues when he suddenly lost his sight.  During his stay at the hospital, he couldn't see the frets on his guitar, so he felt out the few basic chords and started writing songs.  After 2 months of blindness, his vision inexplicably returned.  After a year, Anthony moved to Nashville and for the last 4 years he has made a living playing music and selling his art around Nashville.  Anthony wrote the song "SPECIAL" for his younger brother Nick, born with a rare Ring 9 chromosome disorder.  Nick is a two-time special Olympic gold medalist and often joins his brother to get a taste of life as a country star as he joins Anthony on stage to perform their favorite Garth Brooks songs together.  This is a very Special presentation you do not want to miss!

10:45-11:45 a.m. - 

"Putting the "U" in Community" presented by Megan Norlin, Krescene Beck and Ron Mulvaney

"Microboards and Cooperatives in Real Life: A Panel Discussion" presented by Jessica Martin, Allison Stahl, Tony Stahl, Missy Kichline and Vicki Niswander

"WERQ" presented by Rebecca Romberger

"Gearing Up for College Success" presented by Anita Moore

"How Can I Be A Sexual Self-Advocate?" presented by Susan Kahan, Tia Nelis and    Linda Sandman

"The Internet is a Cool Self-Advocacy Life Skill. Learn It!" presented by JJ Hanley

12:00 -2:00 p.m. - Lunch and Open Mic Session

2:15-3:15 p.m. -

"Putting the "U" in Community" presented by Megan Norlin, Krescene Beck and Ron Mulvaney

"Ligas Round Table: Q & A with the Monitor" presented by Tony Records

"WERQ" presented by Rebecca Romberger

"Lost Child? The Story of a Sister and Brother" presented by Alyssa Ruzzin

"How Can I Be A Sexual Self-Advocate?" presented by Susan Kahan, Tia Nelis, Linda Sandman

"The Internet is a Cool Self-Advocacy Like Skill.  Learn It!" presented by JJ Hanley 

3:30-5:30 p.m. - Free Time, Including an opportunity for a "Drumming for Health" session by Phyllis Mueller from 3:30-4:15 and 4:45-5:30 

5:30-7:00 p.m. - Dinner and a Movie: "Lester Pritchard: A Driving Force in Illinois for People with Disabilities"

7:30-10:0 p.m. - Entertainment - Dance: DJ Barry Jones, and Wii Game Entertainment System - (Optional Cash bar) 

Dance Theme-- SUPER HEROS!  Costumes encouraged at Dinner and the Dance!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Breakfast and Lunch included

8:00 a.m. - Hot Breakfast

9:00 - 10:30 a.m. - General Session 2

"Going Home in Illinois" - Special Guest: Governor Pat Quinn and Director Kevin Casey

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon - 

"I Can Do it Myself: Case Examples Using Mobile Technology" presented by Kathy Hooyenga and Patricia Politano

"Permanent Supportive Housing 101" presented by Betsy Benito and John Fallon

"Hello, Legislator...Let's Talk" presented by Susy Woods

"Going Home Campaign: Living a Full Life in the Community" presented by Kim Morreale

"Everyone Works!" presented by Janice Weinstein, Psy. D. and Emily Raming

"Understanding and Managing Your Government Benefits" presented by Sherri Schneider

12:00-1:00 p.m. - Lunch (Included in registration)

1:00-2:00 p.m. - Keynote Speaker: Tim Harris -- "If You Dream It, You Can Do It"

The famous quote from Walt Disney, "If you can dream it, your can do it" has been the driving force behind the life of Tim Harris.  Born in 1986 with Down Syndrome, Tim's life has been defined by exceeding expectations.  As a 2004 graduate of Eldorado High School in Alburquerqe, New Mexico, Tim was elected homecoming king by the highest margin of votes in school history and was also voted Student of the Year by the administration, faculty, and staff.  In the fall of 2004, Tim moved to Roswell, New Mexico to attend Eastern New Mexico University.  Tim lived in a college dorm and graduated in 2008 with certificates in Food Service, Office Skills, and Restaurant Hosting.  Since opening his restaurant, "Tim's Place," in 2010 in Albuquerque, he quickly drew attention as "The World's Friendliest Restaurant" and has been featured in multiple national news and human interest stories.  Tim's Place has a delicious breakfast and lunch menu, with his most famous item being his "Tim Hug," with over 40,000 hugs (free of charge), served to date.  Tim's positive attitude and love of people brings "joy and magic" to everyone that he meets.

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