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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Excellent Resource from the Autism Training Technical Assistance Project

Check out this new website: http://autismcollegeandcareer.com/ 

You'll find excellent information for students, families, educators, employers, and community members - in other words - everyone!

The Autism Training and Technical Assistance Project (ATTA) seeks to develop and present resources that assist individuals with Autism in their transition from secondary education to postsecondary education or employment.

The ATTA also seeks to provide training and support to important stakeholders as they work to provide an equitable experience for individuals with autism.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Try wordle in your classroom

Thanks to Sara Flier-Layton for the following classroom resource recommendation. Sara is part of the central-southern cohort of the Institute to Credential Special Learning Needs Resource Specialists.


Wordle is a work/concept mapping website that we have used for brain storming as part of writing activities, but also as a way of "artistically" display related thoughts, emotions, or just adjectives in general.

I was first introduced to this program while in an adult dysfunctions class.  I loved it so much, I still use it!

Sara Flier-Layton
Adult and Alternative Education
Lake Land College

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Stand Up, Speak Up: Students with College Accommodations

Thanks to Susan Cunningham of Rend Lake College for sharing her expertise. Susan has extensive experience assisting college students in her role as Disability Access Services Coordinator at Rend Lake. We certainly hope to have Susan present at additional conferences!                              

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

See you at the Forum for Excellence next week!

Special Learning Needs Sessions – Forum for Excellence

The Unseen Among Us: Mental Illness in our Classrooms
Tuesday, September 19 – 2:00-3:00 pm – Redbird E – Bevan Gibson, Southern Illinois Professional Development Center

Connecting Students with Intellectual Disabilities to College: College for Life and Supported College Transition Programs
Wednesday, September 20 – 11:00am-12:00pm – Redbird G – Kathy Haberer & Krista Clayton, Lewis & Clark Community College

Stand Up, Speak Up: Students with College AccommodationsWednesday, September 20 – 1:30-2:30pm – Beaufort – Susan Cunningham, Rend Lake College

For more information: http://icsps.illinoisstate.edu/pd/forum-for-excellence/

Hope to see you next week! Please stop me and share what fabulous things you're doing in your classroom.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

What Do YOU Know about Learning Disabilities? What Do YOU NEED to Know?

Sign up for the Institute to Credential Special Learning Needs Resource Specialists to learn about specific learning disabilities and how you can best help your students to realize success!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Technology Ideas for Special Learning Needs

Check out the newest professional development as part of the Illinois Transitioning Continuum on iLEARN:
Technology Ideas for Special Learning Needs 
Discover a variety of technology resources and ways to incorporate them into your adult education classrooms. Explore applications to assist students with special learning needs as well as technology resources and classroom applications appropriate for ESL, ABE, and ASE students.

This session was originally presented as a live webinar in June. It is now archived and available for one professional development credit for adult educators in Illinois. Email sipdctrainer@gmail.com for access to the Transitioning Continuum. If you already have access, log in and take a look!

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!