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GUEST COMMENTARY: Illinois rebalancing care for developmental disabilities

GUEST COMMENTARY: Illinois rebalancing care for developmental disabilities

Before Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn took office, Illinois institutionalized more people than any other state in the nation. We are now changing under the direction of the governor to improve the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities in Illinois.

October 27, 2013 12:00 am
Q&A COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE SYSTEM COO JOHN GORSKI

Q&A COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE SYSTEM COO JOHN GORSKI

A Q&A with Community Healthcare System's COO John Gorski

September 08, 2013 10:15 am

Transitional Employment Program for area developmentally disabled teens wins Work Olympics

A group of south suburban developmentally disabled teens participating in the Transitional Education Program at Advocate South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest recently won the 2013 Work Olympics trophy at the fifth annual Work Olympics after winning 13 out of 18 total events.

April 26, 2013 12:00 am

DCS official: First leg of pilot project went 'better than planned'

INDIANAPOLIS | The first phase of state officials' plan to close the gap in mental health services for children has been a success, one official said.

February 03, 2013 9:20 pm Related

Child welfare advocates question state's plan for children in need

While many child welfare advocates said Indiana's plan to close the gap in mental health services for children is a step in the right direction, others fear the proposal is nothing more than "blowing smoke."

September 23, 2012 12:00 am Related

State officials offer solution to meet mental health needs of children

INDIANAPOLIS | State officials unveiled a plan Monday hoping to ensure parents don't have to plead guilty to neglect in order to secure services for their children with mental illnesses or developmental disabilities.

September 17, 2012 12:30 pm Related

Advocates urge Legislature to return 'safety net' to law relating to children

INDIANAPOLIS | Crown Point resident Jill Garner battled emotion Monday as she testified before a legislative committee about her struggle to secure appropriate mental health services for her 12-year-old son.

September 17, 2012 12:12 pm

Officials: Mentally ill children who don't get help can end up in criminal justice system

A developmentally disabled Crown Point teen was handcuffed by police and taken to the juvenile detention center after ramming a broom handle into his parents' bedroom door.

May 19, 2012 8:10 pm
Central Illinois teacher finds jobs for students with disabilities

Central Illinois teacher finds jobs for students with disabilities

Natalie Curiel, 24, works during a recent lunch hour rush at Culver's in East Peoria, Ill. Curiel, a graduate of the special eduction program Life Academy at East Peoria High School, has been working at Culver's for nearly three years.

May 09, 2012 12:00 am
Central Illinois teacher finds jobs for students with disabilities

Central Illinois teacher finds jobs for students with disabilities

Erika Ridge, right, a teacher at East Peoria High School's Life Academy, and Culver's employee Natalie Curiel, center, celebrate after Culver's trainee Tito Wouimet put a neat knot into a trash bag during a recent training session at the East Peoria restaurant. Ridge, who has a degree in spe…

May 09, 2012 12:00 am
Gary mayor is Buds and Blossoms speaker

Gary mayor is Buds and Blossoms speaker

HOBART | BRIDGES Development Foundation and Friends of The Arc Northwest Indiana are hosting their ninth annual banquet, Buds and Blossoms, An Evening with Karen Freeman-Wilson, on Wednesday at Avalon Manor, 3550 E. U.S. 30.

April 19, 2012 12:00 am

Gala to fund expansion of programs for people with disabilities

CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Tickets are still available for SouthSTAR Services' St. Patrick's Day gala, which takes place March 17 at the Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park.

March 05, 2012 12:00 am

The Arc of Illinois advocates for the disabled at the White House

CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Nancy Webster, Terri Devine, Dorelia Rivera, Bob Okazaki, Dan Strick and Tony Paulauski joined 150 leaders of The Arc from across the country to attend a White House community leaders briefing on Feb. 10.

February 20, 2012 12:00 am
Gala to fund expansion of programs for persons with disabilities

Gala to fund expansion of programs for persons with disabilities

SouthSTAR Services, based in Chicago Heights, is hosting a fundraising gala in March to help expand services to is clients with developmental disabilities. Pictured from left are clients of the agency's group home in Park Forest, Wesley Simmons, Kevin Ryan, Brian Denton, Robert Keenan and Je…

January 30, 2012 12:00 am
New director strives to make lives enjoyable for clients

New director strives to make lives enjoyable for clients

As the new executive director at the Center for Possibilities, Renae Brantley is committed to improving the quality of life for children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families.

October 20, 2011 12:00 am

Disabled residents can attend Halloween costume party

SOUTH HOLLAND | Thornton Township Special Services Department is hosting a Halloween costume party for disabled residents from 6 to 9 tonight at Thornwood High School, 17101 South Park Ave.

October 20, 2011 12:00 am

Center aims to improve quality of life

HOBART | Center for Possibilities is a private, state licensed child care center with 51 years of experience serving children 2 to 6 with developmental disabilities.

August 04, 2011 12:00 am

Arc Bridges improves the welfare of persons with disabilities

The mission of Arc Bridges is to improve the welfare of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

June 16, 2011 12:00 am
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