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Second D. 202 “Next Steps” training focuses on resources, advocacy

Sam Knight and Missy Martin of Joliet’s Disability Resource Center (DRC) will share information about the agency and its programs and resources the second of District 202’s “Next Steps Transition Program” meetings for this school year, on Tuesday, October 17, 2017.

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. 

Knight is an Independent Living Advocate with DRC and Martin is the DRC’s Interim Executive Director.  The DRC acts as a resource for persons with disabilities. It provides information about their rights, responsibilities and support services; promotes advocacy; and raises community awareness about disability issues, according to its website.

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:                                               

December 19, 2017 – Featuring Kristina Zappavigna, Trinity Services

January 16, 2018 --     Featuring Joseph Parvis, Department of Rehabilitative Services

February 20, 2018       Topic TBD

March 20, 2018           Topic TBD

April 17, 2018             Topic TBD

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





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