Our partnerships with schools and agencies put our person-centered approaches in the hands of teachers and human service professionals working to support individuals to build full, independent lives. By sharing tools and resources, we help schools like Stevenson High School prepare students for the transition after graduation.
Partnering with a Blue Ribbon School
Since opening in 1965, STEVENSON HIGH SCHOOL has been a recipient of four Blue Ribbon Awards for Excellence in Education. As one of the best high schools in America, Stevenson’s Special Education Division works diligently to understand its students as individuals and help them choose their paths through self-advocacy.
As part of Stevenson’s Transition Team, Megan Sugrue has worked to build a program based on teaching the vital skills necessary for life after high school. The Full Life Process has been an essential addition to their program. “The Full Life Process curriculum is high quality, visually appealing, and focused on skills attainment,” Megan says. “The online application makes it easy for me to find the lesson plans and resources relevant for individual students.”
Working with the online application, Stevenson students are able to have a voice in creating the life they envision. “Some students don’t see themselves as people with strengths,“ relates Marney Orchard, a Center for Independent Futures School and Agency Consultant working with the Stevenson team. “I love how this process allows students to reflect, recognize their talents, and express what they want for their future.”
Moving Forward with Stevenson High School
Megan has become an advocate for the Full Life Process with other educators. “In addition to the curriculum, professional development and training to use the platform are provided,” Megan tells her peers. “Center for Independent Futures’ professional, responsive, and personable support staff are available to problem solve and troubleshoot as needed.”
Using the Full Life Process, Megan’s days as a transition educator are smoother and more efficient. The Stevenson team is beginning to bring data collected from the Full Life Process into Individualized Education Plan meetings. We are excited to continue supporting transition programs like Stevenson’s across the state of Illinois and beyond.
Are you ready to get your bingo on? Join us on Sunday, July 1st at Hamburger Mary’s for HamBINGO!
Hamburger Mary’s, located in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood at 5400 N Clark Street, offers an evening of risque, charitable fun. At Hamburger Mary’s, you will find gourmet burgers, house-brewed beers, and an evening unlike any other in the city.
What is HamBINGO?
This isn’t your grandma’s church bingo: At HamBINGO, the numbers are called by in-house diva Honey Brown and can be a little outside of the box. Leave the kids at home and get ready for a fun night!
For $15, you can purchase ten games of bingo, and you will be able to play twenty games of bingo for $25. All of the proceeds from bingo and raffle tickets benefit Center for Independent Futures, supporting our vision of a future where individuals with disabilities have access to all opportunities of a full life.
Join Us at Hamburger Mary’s
Tell your friends about this unique event, and invite them to come along! The more, the merrier we say – so come, drink, and be MARY with us July 1st at 8:00 pm. Find out more about the restaurant’s offerings on their website, and contact Niki Moe Horrell at (847) 328-2044 for more information.
BLOG UPDATE 6/15: Hamburger Mary’s now accepts reservations, so don’t forget to let them know you are coming in on July 1st to support Center for Independent Futures!
When families of individuals with disabilities consider the future, one question looms large: Where will my loved one live, and who will support them to live the fullest life possible?
With the present housing crisis for individuals with disabilities growing, that is the question that Center for Independent Futures supports families to answer with the New Futures Initiative™. We help families of individuals with disabilities discover housing models that fit their needs, working with agencies like Families Creating Communities for Adults with Special Needs (Families CCAN).
Families CCAN is designing innovative housing models with families in Pennsylvania, using the knowledge and tools they learn from participating in our New Futures Initiative™ training. In 2016, Families CCAN brought their first family group to Evanston, where they toured our Community Living Options. They began to create a picture for their loved ones’ futures and went back to Philadelphia with the tools they need to bring their vision to life.
On May 19th and 20th, Center for Independent Futures is welcoming a second family group from Families CCAN to our office where they will begin the training to develop their own housing model. We are excited to continue building our relationship with this organization whose mission aligns so closely with our own. Two members of the Families CCAN team who observed the last family group training will co-lead this training as part of the process to become certified New Futures Initiative facilitators.
Throughout the weekend, the family group will have the chance to meet with our participants, staff, board, and other community members, as well as see our Community Living Options firsthand. After exploring different options, this group will determine their own vision and criteria before embarking on creating their own community living opportunities. Dr. Paul Arntson, Northwestern Professor Emeritus and Asset Based Community Development Emeritus Faculty Member, will join the training to share his expertise on community organizing and building, critical approaches that groups must apply in order to successfully reach their goals.
We can’t wait to meet this new family group. Our community is looking forward to this special visit!