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Community Service Options, Inc.

Community Service Options, Inc. CSO supports individuals with developmental disabilities who reside in Chicago through advocacy and

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10/17/2022
09/30/2022

CSO would like to recognize our new Employee of the Month, Analy Bahena. Since she began working at CSO, Analy has been a Rock Star and solid employee. She is one that silently conquers success without seeking recognition.

Analy always volunteers to assist when additional cases require coverage and willingly translates for other team members when needed. She possesses the abilities to manage multiple projects and adapts to change while maintaining her professionalism, even when she expresses moments of feeling overwhelmed. Whether working in the office or working remotely, Analy delivers excellence and always meets expectations. She is a wonderful advocate and CSO cannot thank her enough for her willingness to support her manager, our team and the organization.

Congratulations Analy!!!

Work Incentive Seminar Event Details. Click the link below for more details and to register.Title:09/28/22: Receiving So...
09/15/2022
Registration for Work Incentive Seminar Events (WISE)

Work Incentive Seminar Event Details. Click the link below for more details and to register.

Title:
09/28/22: Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits While You Work: What You Need to Know
Date:
09/28/2022
Time:
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Eastern
Contact:
Ticket to Work Call Center
Email:
[email protected]
Phone:
1-866-968-7842
TTY:
1-866-833-2967

https://choosework.ssa.gov/wise

Attend a free Work Incentive Seminar Event (WISE) online webinar to learn about the Ticket to Work program or Work Incentives.

CSO would like to recognize our new Employee of the Month, David Mays.  He has served the individuals at CSO for many ye...
09/07/2022

CSO would like to recognize our new Employee of the Month, David Mays. He has served the individuals at CSO for many years and is very experienced in his role as an Individual Service Coordinator. David accepts additional work tasks without compliant and is always willing to be a team player. His level of advocacy is beyond measure. Over the years, families, caregivers, and clients have given him rave reviews. Thank you David for your many years of service and dedication to those you serve! Congratulations! You deserve it!

07/21/2022

Family Matters PTIC is conducting trainings for Educational Surrogate Parents for students with disabilities who are children in the care of the State of IL or who do not have a parent who can legally represent them at special education meetings. Please see flyer for more details . https://www.fmptic.org/

07/21/2022

🗓Mark your Calendars!

Friday August 19, 2022 5am-Noon!
Cop on a Rooftop is coming to a store near you!

*Full List of participating store COMING SOON⭐️

07/21/2022

Qualified Intellectual Disability Professionals (QIDPs): (Individual Service Coordinators)
WANTED: FULL TIME QIDP –
CSO is currently accepting application for full time Qualified Intellectual Disability Professionals (QIDPs) with a Bachelor’s degree in social work, sociology, psychology, special education, rehabilitation or other social science fields.
Applicants must have one year of direct service experience of working with people with autism, cerebral palsy or other intellectual/developmental disabilities. Also, applicants must have a car to perform “field” case management in the south and west sides of Chicago.
Salary and benefits are competitive.
To apply, email resume’s to [email protected].

05/17/2022

Qualified Intellectual Disability Professionals (QIDPs): (Individual Service Coordinators)
WANTED: FULL TIME QIDP –
CSO is currently accepting application for full time Qualified Intellectual Disability Professionals (QIDPs) with a Bachelor’s degree in social work, sociology, psychology, special education, rehabilitation or other social science fields.
Applicants must have one year of direct service experience of working with people with autism, cerebral palsy or other intellectual/developmental disabilities. Also, applicants must have a car to perform “field” case management in the south and west sides of Chicago.
Salary and benefits are competitive.
To apply, email resume’s to [email protected].

05/17/2022

Family to Family (F2F) Health Information Center
2022 Monthly Webinar


Parents of children with disabilities seeking intermittent/temporary relief from caretaking responsibilities - Join us to learn about no cost Respite care and whether you may be eligible –

Wednesday June 15th from 12:00 –1:00 p.m.

Register in advance for this webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ksYHbnukQv-hVyooB3-2Cw
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Captioning offered in English and Spanish, if have questions or you need additional language accommodations contact: Mary Dixon, [email protected]; 815-464-1832 x1017 by June 7th.

05/17/2022

Please join the Autism Spectrum & Developmental Disorders Resource Center for another webinar in their Seminar Series for Developmental and Neurological Disorders.

Learn about the Special Education Rights for Students with Disabilities on Thursday, May 26, 2022 from 12:00 - 1:00p CDT.

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rEAUrrn-S_uNW8PxYZQT3w

One Summer Chicago
05/17/2022
One Summer Chicago

One Summer Chicago

One Summer Chicago brings together government institutions, community-based organizations and companies to offer employment and internship opportunities to youth and young adults ages 14 to 24.

05/17/2022

We got all the Camp flavors 🍨 this summer!
🧸Play Camp (3-5 yr. olds)
⛹️‍♀️ Day Camp (6-12 yr. olds)
🤾Teen Camp (13-17 yr. olds)
👉Camp Sign (Deaf & Hard of Hearing)
👨‍🦽Special Recreation Camp
⚽️🏐🥎Sports Camp
🤸Adventure Camp
🎨🎭Arts & Cultural Camp
🏕️🔍Nature Camp
Register TODAY ➡️ www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/day-camp

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04/27/2022

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Opens on Monday. Pharr Housing Authority in Texas is opening the Housing Choice Voucher Program waiting list. Closes on April 29, 2022. Click "Visit Website" to apply https://bit.ly/3OrVYhk

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04/27/2022

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Waiting list open for 2 days only. Town of Yorktown in New York is opening the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program on April 28, 2022 - April 29, 2022. Click "View Website" to apply https://bit.ly/3rt10jA

04/27/2022

Needing help with Assistive Technology (AT)?
Services of the Illinois Assistive Technology Program (IATP) -
Lynette Strode, IATP Special Projects Coordinator
Wednesday, May 18th, 12:00 –1:00 pm

F2F Health Information Center
2022 Monthly Webinar

Register in advance for this free Zoom webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ksYHbnukQv-hVyooB3-2Cw

Captioning offered in English and Spanish, if have questions or you need additional language accommodations contact: Mary Dixon, [email protected]; 815-464-1832 x1017 by 5/10/22

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04/27/2022

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The Chicago Resilient Communities Pilot is now accepting applications to receive $500 in cash assistance per month for twelve months. Visit www.chicago.gov/cashpilot to see if you are eligible and apply for the lottery.

04/27/2022

Chicago City Council today passed financing for the Chicago Moves program.

Now approved, Chicago Moves will provide $12.5 million in relief funding for Chicagoans through prepaid gas cards for up to 50,000 drivers and prepaid transit cards for up to 100,000 transit riders.

Any Chicago resident at least 18 years old earning a household income at, or below the area median income can apply for a prepaid transit card. Those applying for a prepaid gas card must have a current valid City of Chicago vehicle sticker.

Chicago residents can apply online at chicago.gov/ChicagoMoves or fill out a paper application at any Chicago Public Library. Applicants can only apply for one of the prepaid gas cards or prepaid transit cards, and applications are limited to one per household.

04/27/2022

Chicago City Council today passed financing for the Chicago Moves program.

Now approved, Chicago Moves will provide $12.5 million in relief funding for Chicagoans through prepaid gas cards for up to 50,000 drivers and prepaid transit cards for up to 100,000 transit riders.

Any Chicago resident at least 18 years old earning a household income at, or below the area median income can apply for a prepaid transit card. Those applying for a prepaid gas card must have a current valid City of Chicago vehicle sticker.

Chicago residents can apply online at chicago.gov/ChicagoMoves or fill out a paper application at any Chicago Public Library. Applicants can only apply for one of the prepaid gas cards or prepaid transit cards, and applications are limited to one per household.

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04/27/2022

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We must change the way substance use and recovery are understood - through advocacy, education, & leadership - so that we can build communities free from discrimination.

Learn about how you can reduce stigma and access recovery resources here: http://ow.ly/YSnb50IwpYp

04/20/2022

Do you need to repair or replace any of the lights on your car?

Join us for this free event in collaboration with the Cook County Sheriff's Office (Official), State Representative Aarón M. Ortíz, and St. Clare of Montefalco Church.

To register please send an email to [email protected]

04/20/2022

How could an extra $500 per month impact your life? Sign up to receive updates from and the Chicago Resilient Communities Pilot so you don’t miss out when applications open on April 25. Sign up at www.chicago.gov/cashpilot

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04/20/2022

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What is a representative payee and how do I know if a beneficiary needs one? Learn more here: http://ow.ly/xzfM50If9XJ

Work Incentive Seminar Event Details. Click the link below for registration. Select "Register for Webinar" button to sig...
04/20/2022
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Work Incentive Seminar Event Details. Click the link below for registration. Select "Register for Webinar" button to sign up for this event.

Title:
4/27/2022: Debunking the 3 Biggest Myths about Disability Benefits and Work
Date:
04/27/2022
Time:
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Eastern
Contact:
Ticket to Work Call Center
Email:
[email protected]
Phone:
1-866-968-7842
TTY:
1-866-833-2967

https://choosework.ssa.gov/wise/#

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04/07/2022

Qualified Intellectual Disability Professionals (QIDPs): (Individual Service Coordinators)
WANTED: FULL TIME QIDP –
CSO is currently accepting application for full time Qualified Intellectual Disability Professionals (QIDPs) with a Bachelor’s degree in social work, sociology, psychology, special education, rehabilitation or other social science fields.
Applicants must have one year of direct service experience of working with people with autism, cerebral palsy or other intellectual/developmental disabilities. Also, applicants must have a car to perform “field” case management in the south and west sides of Chicago.
Salary and benefits are competitive.
To apply, email resume’s to [email protected].

04/07/2022

HealthChoice Illinois members, you can choose your own health plan among those available, with important information to help you make your decision. (Para traducir esto, consulte la configuración de su aplicación.) https://bit.ly/37irBbW

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04/05/2022

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On April 7, local Social Security offices plan to add more in-person appointments and will again offer in-person service for people without an appointment. Learn more: http://ow.ly/PVPI50IzOCk

03/24/2022

Grow Our Vision With Us - 2022 Special Event Series

Join Us for a virtual screening of the documentary "I Remember Better When I Paint" which will be shown on March 30, 2022, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm CST. Following the screening will be a panel discussion moderated by Constance Brasher featuring Berna Huebner, Judy Holstein, Dr. DannyPotts, and Jeanne Heid-Grubman

The film will be introduced by Emmy Award-Winning CBS News Correspondent Barry Petersen who will pay tribute to the late Jo Minow.

To RSVP for this event, click below ⬇️ ⬇️
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_U-AQLZg-QiiHUPg-56qFVg

DSM Update Tweaks Criteria For Autism, Intellectual Disability
03/24/2022
DSM Update Tweaks Criteria For Autism, Intellectual Disability

DSM Update Tweaks Criteria For Autism, Intellectual Disability

A new version of the DSM released this month includes changes to the definitions of both autism and intellectual disability that experts say will further clarify the diagnoses.

03/24/2022

Interested in learning what equipment you will need to go camping 🏕️? Join us at the Camping Clinic on Thurs., March 31 at Northerly Island Park, 1521 S. Linn White Dr., from 5-8 pm. Register at https://bit.ly/CampingClinic-March31

Check out the Coleman U.S.A. Camping Gear Library & gather around the fire for delicious treat 🌭😋.

03/24/2022

If you receive an eviction notice, there are options you can take.

🏘️Don't self-evict
⚖️Get legal advice
💲Get Financial Help

Visit chicago.gov/eviction for more information.

03/23/2022

We are pleased to have 𝗔𝗹𝗹𝗶𝘀𝗼𝗻 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗿𝗸, as one of four outstanding keynote speakers for the 72th Annual Convention on April 13-14, 2022. Register for the Annual Convention --> https://bit.ly/3pUPGwb

Allison Stark started as the Director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities in September 2019. Prior to her current role, she served as the President and CEO of a community based nonprofit organization serving individuals with developmental disabilities in the Chicagoland area. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a Master’s Degree from the University of Chicago. Having been a part of the community system for her entire career, Allison is passionate about expanding opportunities for individual with developmental disabilities to live self-determined lives in their communities of Chicago.
For more information about all of our speakers --> https://bit.ly/3Ik1yy3

Wake Me Up - Arts of Life
03/23/2022
Wake Me Up - Arts of Life

Wake Me Up - Arts of Life

Em Marie Davenport — Andrew Falkowski — Maddy Horvath — Carolyn Kelley — Marcus Kennedy — Rebecca Kubica — Christianne Msall — Ellen Nielsen — Hubert Posey — Caleb Schroder   Patterns in artworks liberate even as they constrain, and liberate because they constrain. Grids, paislies...

03/18/2022

A variety of in-person and virtual classes for all ages are available in a park near you. Register NOW!

Classes will start the week of April 4 & run through the week of June 12. For more info., visit https://bit.ly/ChiParks-Spring2022

03/18/2022

Use the Find Food IL map to find places in your community offering free food or meals. You can also find stores and markets that accept SNAP/LINK or WIC coupons. Plus, see the DHS or WIC office nearest to you. Enter your zip code or city to get started. Click here for the map and other helpful resources on our website: https://beds-plus.org/helpful-resources/

03/18/2022

Our first Community Safety Town Hall meeting will be in person tomorrow at the Garfield Park Gold Dome Field. Learn how the City is addressing and preventing violence in your neighborhood.

Space is limited. To register, visit: bit.ly/CommunitySafetyTownHalls

03/10/2022

If you’re struggling to pay rent, we can help. The City’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) assists low-income residents with rent payments.

To check eligibility, visit: chi.gov/ERAP

03/10/2022

❗Wait list closed 3/11/2022❗
The Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC) will be opening its site-based wait list for one-bedroom and two-bedroom project-based voucher (PBV) units at Forest Oaks Apartments, a senior housing community, located at 25 Elgin Avenue, Forest Park IL 60130. The PBV Program is a rental assistance program where the resident pays 30% of his/her income towards the rent to the owner and the HACC subsidizes the remainder.

To be eligible for Forest Oaks Apartments, applicants MUST be 55 years of age or older.

Applications will be available beginning on Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at 10:00am.

Click here to learn more: https://conta.cc/3tFo7I9
Sign up to receive wait list notifications: https://bit.ly/haccwaitlist

03/10/2022

Are you looking for a job close to home or a seasonal position to make some extra $$$? Consider applying at the Chicago Parks NOW at www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/jobs

02/28/2022

JSP Jumpstart is an annual summer program aimed at serving the immigrant families of Chinatown. Learning does not stop during summer, and children will be able to learn math, reading and writing skills, music, as well as participate in physical activities to build teamwork skills and form close relationships. They will also have a chance to be creative through art classes, and learn about the Bible. What a way to build a solid foundation for their future academic studies!

Registration starts: March 1
Dates and time: June 27-August 12 (7 weeks), 9AM-3PM
Location: Pui Tak Center and Pui Tak Christian School

For inquiries, please call Karen Lee at 312-328-1188。

02/28/2022

Coloring is one way to manage stress. In the 2nd edition of the book Mental Wellness in Adults with Down Syndrome, Dr. McGuire and Dr. Chicoine wrote, "Adolescents and adults with Down syndrome have used this technique for decades, and others often questioned if it was age appropriate. Now many adults without Down syndrome are coloring as a stress reducer. People with Down syndrome were just ahead of the times!" In the video linked below, Cindy discusses ways to manage stress, including coloring (which is an important part of her stress management).

https://adscresources.advocatehealth.com/tips-for-dealing-with-stress-video/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=2022-02-27&utm_campaign=stress

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02/28/2022

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New Law Empowers Adults With Disabilities to Make Their Own Choices
02/24/2022
New Law Empowers Adults With Disabilities to Make Their Own Choices

New Law Empowers Adults With Disabilities to Make Their Own Choices

The Supported Decision-Making Act takes effect Feb. 27 and allows individuals with disabilities to make decisions with help from trusted supporters When making decisions, we all rely on help and advice to choose what’s right...

Mexican teen develops app to help deaf sister communicate
02/24/2022
Mexican teen develops app to help deaf sister communicate

Mexican teen develops app to help deaf sister communicate

Estrella Salazar, a 17-year-old science whiz from a working-class town near Mexico City, was inspired by her sister to develop an app to help deaf and hard-of-hearing Mexicans communicate more easily.

02/24/2022

Getting your family vaccinated is critical to keeping them healthy. The Chicago Department of Public Health is hosting family vaccination clinics this weekend at Truman College on Saturday and Malcolm X College on Sunday, between 9 am to 2 pm.

Registration is required.

Visit chi.gov/covidvax or call (312)746-4835 for an appointment.

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10/21/2021

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Don't forget to register! Join NEXT for AUTISM's Director of Strategic Workforce Initiatives, Lauren Todd Steinbacher, and an esteemed panel of participants on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, at 2:30 pm EST as they discuss selecting the right school for students on the spectrum. Register here: https://bit.ly/3AkH0RT

10/21/2021

Reel in the 🎣 during✌️two more Family Fishing Days at Northerly Island Park, 1521 S. Linn White Dr., today, Oct. 20 at 4 pm & Sat., Oct. 23 at 9 am. FREE, 2-hr. instruction for families with children ages 8+. For details, visit https://bit.ly/FamFishing2021

Address

6845 S Western Ave
Chicago, IL
60636

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Thursday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm

Telephone

+17733060385

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