Sponsored by the Southern Illinois Professional Development Center - part of the Illinois Community College Board Service Center Network

Monday, August 14, 2017

Dates and Locations Set for New Institutes to Credential Special Learning Needs Resource Specialists

Thanks to our hosts, College of DuPage and Illinois Central College! 

Dates for College of DuPage are: October 20, 2017, December 1, 2017 and March 16, 2018.

Date for Illinois Central College are: October 27, 2017, December 15, 2017 and March 2, 2018.

For more information access the full application at:

If you have questions, contact Sarah Goldammer at sgoldam@siue.edu

Looking forward to great new groups!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Mental Health in our Classrooms

Check out 2 new online professional development units available on the iLEARN site:
Unit 28: The Unseen Among Us: Mental Health in Our Classrooms
Unit 29: Bipolar Disorder: What It Means to You and Your Classroom 

For access, email sipdctrainer@gmail.com and ask for admission to the Transitioning Continuum. If you already have access, simply log into iLEARN and check out the new units! Each of the units comes with resources and may be counted as one professional development credit for Illinois adult education teachers if the assignment is completed.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Advocacy for Students with Autism Workshop - August 2, 2017

Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support is excited to host Milt Wright and Richard Pimentel in an engaging day discussing advocacy – August 2, 2017 from 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM at the Holiday Inn and Suites (3202 East Empire Street, Bloomington, IL 61704). The goal of the day is to provide participants with ideas to help students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD):

• Discover their own value as individuals
• Learn positive lessons that their impairment have taught them
• Learn ideas to overcome negative stereotypes and cultivate positive social interactions
• How to effectively disclose their disability to ask for a reasonable accommodation
Participants will have the opportunity throughout the day to engage in activities, brainstorm innovative ways to adapt the ideas presented to specifically serve students with Autism, and obtain materials that can be used to support families as they help their teen successfully learn to self-advocate.

We invite Special Education teachers and administrators, Community College Student Service Personal, Career Counselors, Adult Education providers, parents of students with ASD and anyone who wants to learn more about empowering students with autism.

There is not a cost to attend but we do ask that everyone register.

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: