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Fifth D. 202 “Next Steps” training about assistive technology

Ron Mulvaney, director for the Social Security Administration’s Illinois Assistive Technology Program-Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA), will discuss “Preparing for Work While in School” at the fifth of District 202’s “Next Steps Transition Program” meetings for this school year, on Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the District 202 Administrative Center, 15732 Howard Street, Plainfield. The “Next Steps” program helps parents and caregivers plan, transition and advocate for their children with disabilities. 

Mulvaney’s program covers 102 counties in Illinois. WIPA serves individuals receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or Social Security Disability Insurance/Disabled Adult Child (SSDI/DAC) benefits that are ready to start employment.

The program aims to provide information about Social Security Work Incentives, options available to maintain healthcare while working, and the impact of employment upon other public benefits, both state and federal.

This is the fourth year that District 202 is offering the Next Steps Transition training for community members interested in helping parents and caregivers plan, transition and advocate for their children with disabilities.

The Next Steps team comprises District 202 Vocational Education staff focused on improving delivery of services to families of students with disabilities; increasing family awareness of disability options and resources; and linking families in need to agencies that can support them with issues related to transition, said Dee Graves, District 202’s assistant director of private placement and transition.

“Next Steps” team members include Kathy Thomason, who coordinates the Work Training Program at Joliet Junior College; Plainfield Academy Vocational Coordinator Colleen Goldenberg; Project SEARCH teacher Colleen Kelly; and Work Training Program and Plainfield Academy teacher Sarah Bell.

Additional Next Steps trainings will be held regularly throughout this school year. All trainings will start at 6:30 p.m. Community members can attend as many of the trainings as they want.

“Next Steps” trainings are scheduled for:                                              

March 20, 2018           Mary Anne Ehlert, Protected Tomorrows, about post-secondary transitions

April 17, 2018             Jireh Garnett, Services Inc., about life services coordination

For more information, please contact Dee Graves at (815) 577-4023 or