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A Series of Transition EventsSpecial Olympics AwardISBE Parent Survey

A Series of Transition Resource Presentations for Families 2022-2023 School Year


The Maine and Niles Special Education teams will host informational sessions to take place once a month beginning in September.  Example topics include financial planning, living arrangement possibilities, employment opportunities and supports, community resources, etc. The information provided would be helpful for families of students with a disability of all ages as they plan for the future.  Parents/Guardians, students, and staff are encouraged to attend.  Below is a calendar of events.

These events will be presented virtually until further notice.  Links to participate in the presentation will be shared with those that RSVP’d ahead of the event.  Resources shared at the presentations will be linked online for future reference. 

Join the mailing list: If you would like to receive emails about these sessions including announcements about the topics covered, any changes to meeting dates, reminders for meetings, etc. please sign up here: Join the Mailing List

Note about Presentations Materials: Please note that the views and opinions expressed by the presenter are their own and do not necessarily reflect that of District 207 or District 219.

Important Note about Recording of Presentations: All presentations will be recorded and, when possible, will be shared after for families to access in the future.  Please note that, if you choose to attend the live virtual event, you are consenting to be part of this recording. 

Archived Presentations and Resources: Over the past few school years the Maine and Niles Special Education teams have presented on similar topics. A list of prior events with handouts is available on the links below.

 2021-2022 Transition Presentations    2020-2021 Transition Presentations    2019-2020 Transition Presentations


Session 1
Wednesday, September 21, 2022 | 6:30 pm

LOCATION: Online via Zoom
TIME: 6:30 pm
PRESENTER: Cheryl Lipton – Center for Disability & Elder Law
PRESENTATION HANDOUTS: RTA Maine_Niles Presentation Flyer 9-15-21
DESCRIPTION: Informational session about guardianship to families with young adults with disabilities who are transitioning to adulthood. This is appropriate for anyone that would like more general information about guardianship. If you already have guardianship, this session would most likely not be beneficial for you to attend. 



Session 2
Options Fair | Regional Post-secondary Planning Night for Students with Disabilities
Monday, October 17, 2022 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm

LOCATION: 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
TIME: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
DESCRIPTION: “The Options Fair was established to offer students with special needs and their families an opportunity to meet with colleges and universities as well as agencies that can provide services after high school. The Options Fair offers students with special needs an opportunity to meet with colleges, universities,  adult services agencies, and other organizations. The post-secondary schools will be represented by staff from their organization and available to provide details regarding the programs and services available.”
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Link to the Options Information


Session 3
Planning for College –
Choices Fair
Wednesday, October 18, 2022 | 6:00 – 8:30 pm

LOCATION: The Choices 2022 fair is to be hosted in person at Evanston Township High School
TIME: 6:00 – 8:30 pm 
DESCRIPTION: Choices is a post-secondary planning night for students with learning differences who are college-bound.

Previous Choices Presentation


Session 4
Transition Focused Resource Fair | BEST Transition VIRTUAL Fair
Wednesday, November 9, 2022, 6:00 – 8:30 pm

LOCATION: The B.E.S.T. Fair is to be hosted in person at Niles North High School
TIME: 6:00-8:30 pm 
DESCRIPTION: Agencies will share short videos, resource materials, and information on the services offered by their organization.  Participants will be able to access the materials virtually through the BEST website.  


Session 5
Government Benefits

Wednesday, December 14, 2022 | 6:30 pm

TIME: 6:30 pm
PRESENTER: Stacey J. Dembo, LLC 

DESCRIPTION: Attorney Stacey Dembo will present “What Parents of Transition Age (18-22) Students Need to Know about Social Security.”  The Social Security process can be intimidating for many families and Stacey will help demystify the process.  She will share information that parents need to know about the different Social Security benefit programs available to people with disabilities, the Social Security application and appeal processes, SSI financial eligibility requirements, and Disabled Adult Child eligibility.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Handouts will be shared at the presentation

2022 Special Olympics US Games in Orlando, FL

Two Maine South students were honored on Friday, September 10, 2021, to represent the Illinois Special Olympics Youth Leadership Experience at the 2022 Special Olympics US games in Orlando Florida next June. They are the only two students from Illinois selected for this honor. The two students will learn about national trends, gain insight on Unified Sports, learn marking and publication skills and participate in a legacy project. During the 2022-23 school year, the students will be Co-Chairs of the Youth Activities in Illinois. In addition, teacher Michelle Dwyer was selected during the ceremony as the Special Olympics Illinois US Games bowling coach for the Illinois Team.


Maine South recognized for student inclusion with national Special Olympics award

March 22, 2021

Each year, from March through June, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) surveys a representative sample of parents of students with disabilities to determine how well schools throughout the state are involving parents in their child’s education. The survey results are a required component of ISBE’s Annual Performance Report (APR) to the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). Schools throughout the state are selected on a cycle and this year Maine Township HS District 207 is included in the survey sample.

We have been recently notified that some parents of students with disabilities in our district will receive a survey in the mail from Measurement Incorporated, the current contractor administering this survey. Parents may complete the paper survey and return it by mail or complete it online at We encourage parents who receive a survey to complete it. If you have any additional questions related to the survey or need to recover a missing Survey ID, which is necessary to complete,  you may contact Measurement Incorporated by email at [email protected], or call toll free (877) 249-1340, extension 310 or 320 for support in English and Spanish. 

ISBE Flyer

Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this survey.