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Support Needs

Monday, October 31, 2016

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 or video 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 1, 2016

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: Chad Murphy-Price - "Unlock Your Potential"

Through the eyes of a young adult with special needs, this session will provide you with a unique blend of different challenges and experiences facing youth with special needs in today's society. From successfully graduating college, to living on your own for the first time, to training a mobility impaired services dog, we will cover it all with a little humor mixed in. This session will also provide you tips and strategies on how to overcome some challenges you are facing.

10:45-11:45 a.m. - 

"Acting B-A-D: A Patient Advocacy Strategy" presented by Andres Gallegos

"Woo Hoo...I've Got a Job Interview! Now What?" presented by  Nathan Joerndt and Krescene Beck 

"WERQ" presented by Rebecca Romberger

"Your Vote Counts: What are Your Rights to Vote" presented by Teresa Moore and Nancy Ward

"Self-Advocates and Sexuality: We Have Rights!" presented by Tia Nelis and Linda Sandman

"Journey to Living in the Community" presented by Adam Cooper, Courtney Gibson, Nicole Mills, John Paschedag, Julie Verdu and Barb Cadle

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

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

"Breaking Barriers-My Journey" presented by Heather Clark

"Still Living on Our Own: Challenges and Successes" presented by Adam Cooper, Donnie Edwards, Sam Kichline, Annie Niswander, Sarah Shobe and Michelle Spurlock

"Expect the Best: How to Get the Most Out of Your Support Staff" presented by Representatives of Developing Social Connections

"Your Vote Counts: What are Your Rights to Vote" presented by Teresa Moore and Nancy Ward

"Starting a Next Chapter Book Club in Your Community" presented by Mary Mathis, Pamela Scott and Tabitha West

"The 7 Steps: Talking to Lawmakers Made Easy" presented by Adam Ballard

3:30-5:30 p.m. - Free Time!  Visit the Photo Booth in the Conference Room 4 Lobby!

5:30-7:00 p.m. - Dinner: Costumes are encouraged at the Dinner and the Dance!

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

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

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:  Greg Fenton, Director of Developmental Disabilities, DHS

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon - 

"The Next Phase of Self-Advocacy in Illinois???" presented by Sandra Clymo, Kim Estes, Michael Johnson and Melissa Justice

"Life Choices Initiatives" presented by Jayma Bernhard Page

"Introduction to ACT (Advocates Creating Transformation)" presented by Tia Nelis, Leanne Roth and Cathy Yadamec

"Your Vote Counts: What are Your Rights to Vote" presented by Teresa Moore and Nancy Ward

"Is Suppotive Housing for You? It's Your Choice!" presented by John Fallon and Julie Nelson

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

12:00-1:00 p.m. - Lunch and Recap the Summit

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