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DSCC's new Family Liaison, Violet Wiker

Meet DSCC’s New Family Liaison

January 19th, 2017

Violet Wiker will build relationships and give families a voice. Executive Director Thomas Jerkovitz is pleased to introduce Violet Wiker as the new Family Liaison for the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Division of Specialized…

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Outdoor Recreation Opportunities

July 5th, 2016

Several federal and state sites have accessible areas and programs. For over 2000 federal recreation sites, a lifetime pass is available for people with disabilities. The pass offers free entry to sites that normally charge…

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Annual Play Day at Holiday World

May 31st, 2016

On “Play Day” Holiday World opens its doors just for children with special needs One day each year, Holiday World & Splashing Safari park provides Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center of Indiana with a limited amount of tickets so children…

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Board Member Honored for Rural Healthcare

September 25th, 2015

Dr. Kathy Swafford, a pediatrician in Southern Illinois, honored for excellence in rural healthcare. The Illinois Rural Health Association awarded Dr. Swafford the Rural Physician of Excellence Award on September 14, 2015. The award recognizes Dr….

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Registration Open for Camp Little Giant

May 28th, 2015

Specialized camping programs are available near Carbondale. Camp Little Giant offers programs for individuals with physical and developmental disabilities, visual and hearing impairments, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, autism, ADD/ADHD, traumatic brain injuries and special needs individuals….

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Accessible Vehicle Giveaway

April 15th, 2015

NMEDA is giving away 4 wheelchair accessible vehicles for National Mobility Awareness Month. One vehicle in each of the four categories will be given: for a caregiver for a senior battery-powered vehicle general category To…

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Kid at the dentist getting his teeth checked

Special Needs Dental Program in Southern Illinois

March 2nd, 2015

This program is the only one in Illinois, outside of Chicago, that currently offers dental anesthesia for children on Medicaid. The Special Needs Dental Program says its goal is to provide high-quality, compassion dental car,…

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Funding for School Screenings

June 11th, 2014

Public health departments receive $37,000 to help identify children with special needs. Ten health departments in Southern Illinois received funding to purchase screening equipment that helps schools identify children with special health care needs. The…

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