Educators: Join Our New Special Education Resources Group!

Transition coordinators and special education professionals encounter different types of problems in teaching every day. Students with disabilities face different obstacles than their peers. Some of those struggles include advocating for themselves through IEPs and discovering what their next steps will be after high school.

Space to Share Special Education Resources

To help educators navigate these issues, Center for Independent Futures has started a brand new LinkedIn group this week! By joining Special Education: Sharing Ideas & Resources, special education professionals will be entering a community designed to facilitate discussion around topics like these.

Logo for LinkedIn group "Special Education: Sharing Transition Ideas & Resources"This LinkedIn group is open to any and all school staff seeking to create inclusive learning environments for all students, and it can be found in the “featured groups” section of our LinkedIn profile. In this group, we will operate with the understanding that every student deserves access to all opportunities of a full life, regardless of ability, race, gender, or sexuality.  

Our hope is that this group will become a place where educators can brainstorm with other educators and share resources with each other. We will brainstorm discussion topics from time to time, and when we find resources on transition curriculum, IEPs, or classroom inclusion, we will pass those onto all of the group’s members.

When someone joins the group, we don’t want them to hesitate to start discussions about issues. A key step in helping students achieve their hopes and dreams is identifying obstacles and developing plans to address them. Now, educators in this group can apply that strategy to classroom problems they have and crowdsource the solutions!

Find Out More About LinkedIn Group

You can join the group by following this link or by clicking on the group under “featured groups” on our business page. For more information about the group or help joining, email Connor Larsen or call (847) 328-2044.

Meet and Greet in Highland Park

Among the struggles of achieving an independent life, individuals with disabilities often feel isolated socially. At Center for Independent Futures, we offer a wide variety of social clubs and activities for our participants to engage with their interests in a community setting. Our activities calendar is currently full of fun events in Evanston, but we are creatingTwo participants pose with artwork made in Art Club, an activity that could expand to Highland Park after meet and greet. opportunities to be active in more communities.

In the Evanston area, we host several different clubs for participants. For movie lovers, we have Saturday Cinema, where members vote on the monthly film and participate in discussions after each movie. Our participants who want active lifestyles can take part in yoga, walking club, and even a biking club in the warmer months. With so many options to choose from, anyone can find an activity that interests them.

Goal of Meet and Greet

We are excited to announce Center for Independent Futures is planning to expand our activities calendar to the Highland Park area. We will be hosting a Meet and Greet at West Ridge Center for adults with disabilities and their families. Center for Independent Futures wants to hear from Highland Park residents about what kinds of activities you want to see come to the community.

Center for Independent Futures staff will be present on Tuesday, March 20, from 4:00 – 6:30 to meet the Highland Park community. Feel free to drop in for lively discussions, snacks, and beverages. Creating relationships is an important part of Center for Independent Futures, and we are excited to start building in Highland Park.

For more information, reach out to DeeDee Goldman dgoldman@independentfutures.com.

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