Options Fair 2023

The Options Fair 2023 will be hosted at York High School, 355 W St Charles Rd Elmhurst, IL 60126.

These programs are offered to the public free of charge.

Date & Time of the event: Wednesday, October 11, 2023 , 6-8:30PM

Address: 355 W St Charles Rd Elmhurst, IL 60126.

Video Presentations:

Letter to Families

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Students with IEPs or 504 plans and their families are invited to attend the Options Fair Wednesday, October 11, 6:00-8:30 pm at York Community High School, 355 W. St. Charles Rd. Elmhurst, IL 60126. 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 at 6:00pm will include:

  • Understanding the Alphabet Soup of Government Benefits
    • Sherri Schneider Family Benefit Solutions Inc.
  • College Accommodations ADA vs. IDEA
    • Samantha Salvato, MA, LCPC

Options Fair 2023 Agenda (October 11, 2023)

Time & Location6:15 PM – Campbell Gym6:15 PM – South Gym
DescriptionPlanning for Transition:Legal IssuesTarget Audience: Families with students aged 14-22 who are interested in legal planning. This engaging informative presentation will introduce families to the issues and decisions they will need to make as their student approaches adulthood (marked by the 18th birthday).  Special needs planning attorneys will explain Decision Making Tools such as Powers of Attorney and Guardianship, Government Benefits (SSI, SSDI, Medicaid, Medicare)  Special Needs Trusts, ABLE accounts and the importance of Parents’ Estate Planning.College Accommodations: ADA vs. IDEA Target Audience: College-bound students and families  This engaging informative presentation will compare and contrast the support provided at colleges/universities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) versus those that were provided under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in high school.
PresentersKatie Clancy, Jennifer Sabourin and Kate Schye Clancy & Associates, Attorneys at Law 901 Warrenville Rd,  Suite 201Lisle, IL 60532 Office –(773) 929-9000 www.clancyassociates.comSamantha Salvato, MA, LCPC Manager of the Center for Access and Accommodations at College of DuPage 425 Fawell Blvd.Glen Ellyn, IL 60137 Office:  (630) 942-3540 salvatos24@cod.ed

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