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Monday, June 19, 2017

Webinar Today - Still Time to Register!

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Monday, June 19th at 2pm EST
"Developing Self-Advocacy Skills for Special Learning Needs and ALL Students"
Presented by:
Sarah Goldammer

Preparing our students to transition into the post secondary or workforce requires that we understand the principle of self-advocacy and the importance of integrating self-advocacy instruction for adult education students. This session will provide an overview of the components of self-advocacy: know self, decision-making skills, knowledge of rights and responsibilities, knowledge of own needs, knowledge of laws, and effectively requesting reasonable accommodations.

Webinar space is limited to 500 and provided on first come, first serve basis.


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Tommy Hilfiger, Fashion Icon With Dyslexia, Gives Advice to His Younger Self in a New Campaign

“I was embarrassed to talk to my teachers and my family about it…” Tommy Hilfiger  

Before he found success in the fashion world, Tommy Hilfiger struggled to find the courage to ask for the help he needed for his dyslexia. Speaking up about learning and attention issues encourages kids and parents to seek out the resources they need to flourish in school, at home, and beyond. Click here  to hear Tommy's story.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

disabilityworks Video Series

From the Illinois Department of Commerce Office of Employment and Training

disabilityworks Video Series Now Available

​The disabilityworks video series is now available at www.disabilityworks.org!
This informational series of short videos covers a broad range of topics for jobseekers with disabilities and employers, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, reasonable accommodation, how to seek services under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Vocational Rehabilitation, and much more! Check them out today!
You can also check out each of the playlists on YouTube:

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Technology Resources for Special Learning Needs in the Adult Education Classroom

Thursday, May 18, 2017

More Advice from David W. Carson

 From Survival Guide for College-Bound L.D. Students, page 70:

Life's Lesson - Open Up

  • Don't fight the battle alone
  • Don't suffer in quiet isolation
  • Don't shut others out
  • Don't turn inward
  • Don't hide
  • Don't live in denial
  • Don't feel small
  • Don't be afraid
  • Free yourself and say, "I have an L.D."
  • Let others know of your L.D. so they can help you
Check out his book with tons of practical suggestions for student success and learn more about his story at his website: http://www.dcarsonldcoach.com/

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Survival Guide for College-Bound L.D. Students

A few years ago I had the pleasure of hearing David W. Carson speak at the LDA Conference. I purchased his book, Survival Guide for College-Bound L.D. Students. Here is a quote from page 42:

"When you change what you believe, you change what you do. So I stopped feeling sorry for myself, stopped drinking, and started visualizing a better life for myself."


Here is some quick facts about David W. Carson:

  • failed college 3 times
  • tested for a learning disability - age 25
  • graduated college - 3.91 GPA
  • author - Survival Guide for College-Bound L.D. Students
  • used by over 45 colleges nationwide
Check out his book with tons of practical suggestions for student success and learn more about his story at his website: http://www.dcarsonldcoach.com/

Monday, April 24, 2017

Congratulations to the Newest Resource Specialists in Illinois! Thanks for your hard work and for all you do for your students!

Congratulations to the Resource Specialists completing April 7, 2017:
Gregg Beglau, Kankakee Community College, Ana Abendschein, Parkland College,
Susan Cunningham, Rend Lake College, and
Diann Duke, Peoria Adult Transition Center
Sue Cunningham, Diann Duke, Ana Abendschein, and Mabinty Tarawallie
complete their culminating activity.
Ana Abendschein shares information on success strategies for her student.
Edwin Vega, Gregg Beglau, and Rob Lang work together to complete their culminating activity.

Mabinty Tarawallie explains steps for success for her student.