Adult Life

Information for parent/guardians of people with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) to help navigate adult life. Resources are available in the state of Illinois. Topics include: College, Housing, Transition, Transportation, Voting, Work.

College

January 29, 2014

Postsecondary Educational Opportunities Guide from AutismSpeaks for students exploring their options for postsecondary education (college, trade schools, employment options).

December 17, 2011

Tips for navigating college, written BY college students with autism FOR prospective college students with autism. NOTE: This is 160 pages long!
 

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Housing

August 11, 2014

Alternative Housing Options for Individuals with Disabilities A Guide for Forming and Implementing Community Partnerships

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Housing

Also refer to Resources - Ligas for information on residential services

April 24, 2017

Questions and answers for interviewing CILAs

April 24, 2017

George Braddock pioneered the implementation of person-centered planning principles to homes for people with disabilities. In his 25 years as a licensed general contractor and housing consultant, he has been involved in more than 1,500 projects guided by these principles. Creative Housing Solutions, LLC was established so the knowledge and expertise gained from this significant work would be utilized elsewhere and continue to be improved upon. Work has been provided to families, provider agencies, non-profit housing organizations and governments.

April 24, 2017

Presentation by George Braddock of Creative Housing Solutions

April 24, 2017

Basic Building Program by George Braddock

April 24, 2017

Barrier-Free Building Program by George Braddock

April 24, 2017

Medically Assisted Building Program by George Braddock

April 24, 2017

Physically Assisted Building Program by George Braddock

April 24, 2017

Safe and Sound Building Program by George Braddock

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Transition

August 07, 2018

Building a meaningful day

September 21, 2014

Power point on Special Education Law by attorney practice that specializes in special education law, guardianship and mental health issues for children and adults

February 15, 2014

Great short summary of the resources available for transition to adulthood.

February 13, 2014

Comprehensive guide to self-determined, transition planning

May 10, 2013

Flowchart showing available employment services from high school/transition to DRS to DDD.

February 24, 2012

Helping Youth Develop Soft Skills for Job Success: Tips for Parents & Families. Soft skills are every day interpersonal skills that job seekers need to succeed on the job. This booklet gives families strategies and practice exercises to help them help their children with these skills. Soft skills include communicating, interpersonal, decision making, and lifelong learning skills.

January 03, 2012

WEEK AT A GLANCE planner template, created by Laurie Jerue and Cyndi Perez, for NapervilleWorks families and presented at ISBE Transition Institute October 2011.

January 03, 2012

DAY AT A GLANCE planner template, developed by Laurie Jerue and Cyndi Perez, used by NapervilleWorks families and presented at ISBE Transition Institute October 2011.

June 29, 2010

Helping Youth Develop Soft Skills for Job Success: Tips for Parents & Families. Soft skills are every day interpersonal skills that job seekers need to succeed on the job. This booklet gives families strategies and practice exercises to help them help their children with these skills. Soft skills include communicating, interpersonal, decision making, and lifelong learning skills.

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Transportation

July 31, 2012

Instructions for applying for Reduced Fare or Circuit Breaker Free Ride on fixed RTA/Metra/PACE routes

July 31, 2012

From Easter Seals, a community toolkit for advocates, agencies or others to use in finding creative solutions to transportation.

July 28, 2016

Marianjoy's Driver Rehabilitation Center

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Voting

September 08, 2012

IPADD Voter Education Tool Kit (6th Edition 2012)

April 18, 2012

Yes, this is from Ohio, but the teaching materials and guided discussion questions apply to us all. Great resource for anyone wanting to teach voting concepts. Workbook that accompanies the Project Vote online.

October 30, 2006

The Communication Board visuals to go with the Voter Unit.

October 30, 2006

The higher level readers' version of the same Voter Issue.

October 30, 2006

Sample of this online weekly newspaper highlighting current events. 'Regular' version is for emerging or non-readers. Yearly subscription costs $82/year for newspaper only OR $136 for paper + activities.

October 17, 2006

Parts of this may read upside down & I don't know why! However, if you print this out, it's the ARC of the US brochure which explains the voting process (rights and responsibilities) in simple language.

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Work

May 10, 2013

One page flowchart explains how one accesses various employment services from high school/transition to DRS/VR to DDD.

May 10, 2013

Overview and side-by-side comparisons of employment services available to help young adults with I/DD attain employment outcomes. Includes high school/transition services, IDHS/DRS/VR services.

April 23, 2013

Seeking Jobs: A Parent's Guide to Getting Jobs for Youth with Disabilities is designed for parents who have students with disabilities who are soon to enter the workforce. 

March 20, 2013

Job Ideas generated by IPADD members based on actual jobs our individuals are doing. Get some ideas or inspiration here.

November 16, 2011

Success stories and practical strategies for parents and staff looking for ways to support people with DDs in community volunteering. Great stuff!

January 15, 2011

Easy-to-read discussion of employment-related challenges and opportunities for those with ASDs.

July 28, 2016

Questions & Answers about Persons with Intellectual Disabilities in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

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