Options Fair 2022

The Options Fair 2022 will be hosted at Downers South High School at 1436 Norfolk Street Downers Grove, IL 60516

These programs are offered to the public free of charge. No pre-registration is required

Date & Time: Monday, October 17, 2022 , 6-8 PM

Address: 1436 Norfolk Street Downers Grove, IL 60516

Letter to families

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Students with disabilities and their families are invited to attend the Options Fair Monday, October 17, 6:00-8:00pm at Downers Grove South High School 1436 Norfolk Street, Downers Grove. The OPTIONS FAIR was established to offer students with special needs an opportunity to meet with colleges and universities, trades/certification programs, as well as agencies that can provide services after high school. This program is free to the public and no pre-registration is required. 

More than three dozen colleges and universities will attend, along with another three dozen other agencies focused on options after high school. 

The fair is divided into four clusters:

  • College degree programs with information regarding admissions and accommodations.
  • College experience programs for those interested in continuing their education formally after high school with a focus on developing vocational, social, independent living and academic skills for employment and beyond.
  • Trades/certification programs with information regarding admissions and training opportunities in trades such as automotive, skilled manufacturing, HVAC, welding, and computer technology
  • Adult agencies/services that will provide insight about accessing state funding and services, obtaining government benefits, guardianship, long-term financial planning, day programs and more.

Presentations will include:

6:10 – 7:00  College Experience Panel

  • Elizabeth Potter, M.D. Outreach Development Specialist
    • P.A.C.E at National Louis University
  • Tracy Kline, Program Coordinator, Developmental Education
    • COACH Program at College of Dupage
  • Timothy Ahlberg, Assistant Director of Admission Elmhurst University
    • ELSA Program at Elmhurst University

6:45- 7:15 Understanding the Alphabet Soup of Government Benefits 

  • Sherri Scheinder Family Benefit Solutions Inc.

7 -7:50 College Accommodations ADA vs. IDEA

  • Samantha Salvato, MA, LCPC

Parent / Guardian Entrance & Maps