CHICAGO HEIGHTS | On Saturday, at Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park, SouthSTAR Services will be honoring ABC7 feature reporter Karen Meyer at their annual Gala: Casino Royale: A Night of Giving Dangerously.
Meyer’s features deal with issues pertaining to people with disabilities and appear on the ABC 7 Sunday Morning News and on ABC7 Saturday Morning News. Profoundly deaf since birth, Meyer’s life and work have been inspirational for those with disabilities. She serves as the president of Karen L. Meyer and Associates, a consulting firm specializing in disability issues, since 1992. She also directs DePaul University's Office of Students with Disabilities and has taught at DePaul since January 2003. Meyer has been widely recognized by her peers, receiving numerous awards, including a 2011 Emmy Award for her features on individuals living with a full spectrum of disabilities.
“Karen was the first person who came to mind when choosing our STAR of the year,” remarked Dan Strick, president and CEO of SouthSTAR Services. “Like SouthSTAR, she is a tireless advocate for people living with disabilities, and has featured our programs in several of her segments.” This past summer, for example, Meyer came to SouthSTAR Services to highlight their unique “Dare to Dream” program offered to incoming consumers as well as other life-changing services they provide for more than 500 children and adults with developmental disabilities throughout Chicago Southland and Northwest Indiana.
SouthSTAR Services provides job training, employment, day services, senior care, residential services, case management, support and home-based services to nearly 500 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, residing in the Chicago area and Northwest Indiana. For more information about the programs and services provided, visit SouthSTAR Services’ website at http://www.southstarservices.org.