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2017 Hydrocephalus Association Scholarships

January 25th, 2017

Financial assistance available for teens and young adults living with hydrocephalus. Applications are now available for the Hydrocephalus Association’s 2017 Scholarship Program, which provides financial assistance to capable and promising teens and young adults who live with the ongoing challenges…

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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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How to Organize Your Child’s IEP Records

October 25th, 2016

Helpful instructions for how to create an IEP binder for your child. Understood.org features an effective way that you can organize your child’s individualized education program (IEP) materials to better track progress and improve communication with their IEP…

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All Kids Vaccination Program Changes

September 19th, 2016

Your child will still receive the same vaccinations, but your provider will bill your All Kids insurance differently. The Illinois Department of Pubic Health announced changes coming to the way providers bill insurance for vaccinations. Although…

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Connecting with the Community at the State Fair

August 16th, 2016

“Everyone has a story and we need to listen…” This weekend I was one of many Specialized Care for Children staff who worked our tent at the State Fair.  Besides seeing tons of adorable kids, I met a lot of…

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AMC Sensory Friendly Films

July 12th, 2016

Special movie showings for guests and families living with autism or other speical needs. AMC has partnered with the Autism Society to launch the Sensory Friendly Film Program, a national organization which aims to improve the…

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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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Double Value SNAP Tokens at Farmer’s Market

June 23rd, 2016

Old Capitol Farmer’s Market can double the value of your SNAP benefit! When you shop Springfield’s Old Capitol Farmer’s Market, turn your SNAP benefit into double value tokens. As an example, the market can scan your…

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