THE ANSWER INC (Autism Awareness & Support Agency)

THE ANSWER INC (Autism Awareness & Support Agency) Dedicated to provide support, resources, education, recreation and advocacy for families impacted by Autism & Developmental Disorders.

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09/08/2021

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A NIGHT TO REMEMBERPlease purchase tickets, sponsor or donate to this amazing event. Contributions from the gala helps t...
09/07/2021

A NIGHT TO REMEMBER
Please purchase tickets, sponsor or donate to this amazing event.
Contributions from the gala helps to fund Supportive Services, Spectrum University (Tutoring for Young Adults), Music N Me (Exercise Nutrition & Dance Program), Bullying Intervention, 1stResponders Training, Horseback Riding Camp Scholarships, Academic Scholarships and Social Events.
This year’s theme is: “Phoenix Rising for Autism.” The evening event includes: Master of Ceremonies ABC 7 Hosea Sanders and Lil Tiffany LilTiff Moore, Live Entertainment by Marqueal Ranae Jordan & the Players, Sensational Sounds of Simone Green and Slique Jay Adams.
Premier delectable dining, dancing, 360 photo booth, amazing raffle, raise the wand bidding and silent auction prizes.
https://bit.ly/2VeMP58

A NIGHT TO REMEMBER
Please purchase tickets, sponsor or donate to this amazing event.
Contributions from the gala helps to fund Supportive Services, Spectrum University (Tutoring for Young Adults), Music N Me (Exercise Nutrition & Dance Program), Bullying Intervention, 1stResponders Training, Horseback Riding Camp Scholarships, Academic Scholarships and Social Events.
This year’s theme is: “Phoenix Rising for Autism.” The evening event includes: Master of Ceremonies ABC 7 Hosea Sanders and Lil Tiffany LilTiff Moore, Live Entertainment by Marqueal Ranae Jordan & the Players, Sensational Sounds of Simone Green and Slique Jay Adams.
Premier delectable dining, dancing, 360 photo booth, amazing raffle, raise the wand bidding and silent auction prizes.
https://bit.ly/2VeMP58

The Place for Children with Autism in Chicago just announced a new Chief People Officer. Congratulations to La Shawn Sta...
09/07/2021
The Place for Children with Autism Announces La Shawn Stanton as Chief People Officer

The Place for Children with Autism in Chicago just announced a new Chief People Officer. Congratulations to La Shawn Stanton!!🎈

It’s great to see diversity and inclusion in such important spaces for autism advocacy. ❤️

/PRNewswire/ -- The Place for Children with Autism ("The Place"), a leading provider of applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy services for children with...

Open House was amazing. We still have some openings for our programs Spectrum University Tutoring, Music n Me & Spectrum...
08/29/2021

Open House was amazing. We still have some openings for our programs Spectrum University Tutoring, Music n Me & Spectrum Socialite. Call 708.296.5651

08/27/2021

The Answer Inc.
COVID-19 Protocols and Guidelines

The Answer Inc. operates in accordance with CDC guidelines.
According to the CDC guidelines Vaccination is the leading public health prevention strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic.

Entry
● Upon entry student/staff will have temperature taken and exercise handwashing etiquette before entering into the classroom.
● Any student with a temperature over 100 degrees Will Not be allowed into class and must be taken home.
● Students and staff are required to stay home if they are sick
● If a student feels sick during the school day, parents will be notified and asked to pick up their student immediately.

Masks
● The Answer Inc. governs all programs in accordance with CDC guidelines that require universal indoor masking by all students (age 2 and older), staff, teachers, and visitors, regardless of
vaccination status.
● Parents will send students with at least 2 masks, 1 worn and 1 spare in case the other gets dirty.
● Masks must be worn to cover the nose and mouth.
Exposure
● Students, teachers, and staff should stay home when they have signs of any infectious illness
and be referred to their healthcare provider for testing and care.
● Students that have contracted COVID-19 virus must quarantine for 14days and have a negative COVID-19 test dated within 72 hours before returning to The Answer Inc Programs.
● Added recommendation for fully vaccinated people who have a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed
COVID-19 to be tested 3-5 days after exposure, regardless of
whether they have symptoms

Travel
Any person traveling to any state outside of Illinois and territories are advised to obtain a negative
COVID-19 test result no more than 72 hours prior to arrival to our program or quarantine for a 10-day period upon return home.

Pick Up
● Please be on time to pick up your students
● No parents are allowed into the classroom for safety reasons.
● All students will be dismissed at one time at the rear of the building(at the end of the parking lot.
● If you need to pick up your student early please call Administration.

Check out this interesting article on the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago website regarding the imp...
08/26/2021
Families Estimated to Lose $18,000 a Year in Wages When They Have to Cut Work Hours or Leave a Job to Care for Their Child’s Health

Check out this interesting article on the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago website regarding the impact of families who have to leave work to care for their disabled children. These numbers will shock you!

The article reads:

“A study that identified over 14,000 previously employed American families of children with special healthcare needs found that families who had to reduce work hours or leave a job in order to care for their children’s health lost an estimated average of $18,000 a year in household income in 2016-2017. Overall, foregone family employment was reported by nearly 15 percent of families who have a child with a chronic health condition, such as autism, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, or other chronic health problems, and in over 40 percent of families of a child with an intellectual disability. Findings were published in the journal Pediatrics.”

Read the full article below:

A study that identified over 14,000 previously employed American families of children with special healthcare needs found that families who had to reduce work hours or leave a job in order to care for their children’s health lost an estimated average of $18,000 a year in household income in 2016-2...

Thank you Donald Dew & Habilitative Systems Inc. for being an amazing partner. You made it possible for us to advocate f...
08/25/2021
Alongside The Answer - Ep10: Donald Dew — The Answer Inc Autism Awareness & Support Agency

Thank you Donald Dew & Habilitative Systems Inc. for being an amazing partner. You made it possible for us to advocate for the 2020 Census on behalf of families living with disabilities.
Congratulations on being named one of our
Partner Aapreciation Awards.

As a part of The Answer Inc’s mission to become the #1 Autism Awareness & Support Agency in the Chicagoland Area… we are introducing another episode of our series called “Alongside The Answer” - within which we introduce you to some of the amazing community building partners that make up...

The training is for children living with Special Needs of all ages. Mrs. Janice Turner Haywood, Occupational Therapist w...
08/24/2021

The training is for children living with Special Needs of all ages.
Mrs. Janice Turner Haywood, Occupational Therapist will provide techniques on:
How to Use Positive Practices
*Potty Training Readiness in Children With Special Needs
*Potty Training Techniques
*Potty Training Tips
CLICK THE LINK TO REGISTER
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tips-on-potty-training-your-child-living-with-special-needs-tickets-168348730585

The training is for children living with Special Needs of all ages.
Mrs. Janice Turner Haywood, Occupational Therapist will provide techniques on:
How to Use Positive Practices
*Potty Training Readiness in Children With Special Needs
*Potty Training Techniques
*Potty Training Tips
CLICK THE LINK TO REGISTER
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tips-on-potty-training-your-child-living-with-special-needs-tickets-168348730585

Thank you BMO/Harris Bank for sponsoring The Answer Inc for Black Women Expo. We spoke to so many families, community le...
08/23/2021

Thank you BMO/Harris Bank for sponsoring The Answer Inc for Black Women Expo. We spoke to so many families, community leaders and business owners and provided resources for autism, developmental/intellectual disabilities. We certainly accomplished our goal.
I want to give special acknowledgment to our Team Dana Bryant and Mandi Toles for all your hard work.
Thank you Wynona Redmond and Charmaine Rickette.
#theanswerinc
#bwe
#inclusionanddiversity

Visit The Answer Inc. Autism Awareness & Support Agency at BOOTH #92 at the Black Women Expo. Thank you BMO/Harris Bank....
08/20/2021

Visit The Answer Inc. Autism Awareness & Support Agency at BOOTH #92 at the Black Women Expo.
Thank you BMO/Harris Bank.
BOOTH #B2
#theanswerinc
#autismawarenessandinclusion
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Visit The Answer Inc. Autism Awareness & Support Agency at BOOTH #92 at the Black Women Expo.
Thank you BMO/Harris Bank.
BOOTH #B2
#theanswerinc
#autismawarenessandinclusion
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Therapy Assistance Grants for families Living with Autism.
08/19/2021
Therapy Assistance Grants — Chicago Autism Network

Therapy Assistance Grants for families Living with Autism.

Chicago Autism Network's Therapy Assistance Grant Program offers financial assistance to help local families cover the costs of insurance premiums and/or out-of-pocket therapy costs for people living in Illinois.

Wow…nearly all the of the states in this country is experiencing special education teacher shortage. According to this r...
08/18/2021
Special education teacher shortage impacting 48 states

Wow…nearly all the of the states in this country is experiencing special education teacher shortage.

According to this recent article, published by Fox News, every state except New Hampshire and New Mexico expect shortages in special education teachers for the 2021-2022 school year, according to a U.S. Department of Education spokesperson.

“The need is so critical for some districts that monetary incentives are being offered to new hires.”

Read more below:

The U.S. Department of Education says most states don't have enough special education teachers fill vacancies.

Congratulations Chicago Autism Network       Community Partner Appreciation AwardThe Answer Inc. & Chicago Autism Networ...
08/17/2021

Congratulations Chicago Autism Network
Community Partner Appreciation Award
The Answer Inc. & Chicago Autism Network collaborated on a Resource Fair that serviced over 1000 families last year. This is a partnership that we plan to make Annual.
We will honor this amazing agency September 26, 2021.
This year’s theme is: “Phoenix Rising for Autism.”
The evening event includes: Master of Ceremonies ABC 7 Hosea Sanders and Lil Tiffany LilTiff Moore Live Entertainment by Marqueal Ranae Jordan & the Players, Sensational Sounds of Simone Green and Slique Jay Adams.
Premier Delectable Dining, dancing, 360 Photo Booth, amazing raffle, raise the wand bidding and silent auction prizes.
https://bit.ly/2VeMP58

Congratulations Chicago Autism Network
Community Partner Appreciation Award
The Answer Inc. & Chicago Autism Network collaborated on a Resource Fair that serviced over 1000 families last year. This is a partnership that we plan to make Annual.
We will honor this amazing agency September 26, 2021.
This year’s theme is: “Phoenix Rising for Autism.”
The evening event includes: Master of Ceremonies ABC 7 Hosea Sanders and Lil Tiffany LilTiff Moore Live Entertainment by Marqueal Ranae Jordan & the Players, Sensational Sounds of Simone Green and Slique Jay Adams.
Premier Delectable Dining, dancing, 360 Photo Booth, amazing raffle, raise the wand bidding and silent auction prizes.
https://bit.ly/2VeMP58

Congratulations Chicagoland Autism Connection Support Agency          Community Partner Appreciation Award  The collabor...
08/17/2021

Congratulations Chicagoland Autism Connection Support Agency
Community Partner Appreciation Award
The collaboration of the 2 agencies have broken barriers and serviced multiple families in the Chicagoland area partnering in support groups and events.
We will honor this amazing agency September 26, 2021.
This year’s theme is: “Phoenix Rising for Autism.”
The evening event includes: Master of Ceremonies ABC 7 Hosea Sanders and Lil Tiffany LilTiff Moore Live Entertainment by Marqueal Ranae Jordan & the Players, Sensational Sounds of Simone Green and Slique Jay Adams.
Premier Delectable Dining, dancing, 360 Photo Booth, amazing raffle, raise the wand bidding and silent auction prizes.
https://bit.ly/2VeMP58

Congratulations Chicagoland Autism Connection Support Agency
Community Partner Appreciation Award
The collaboration of the 2 agencies have broken barriers and serviced multiple families in the Chicagoland area partnering in support groups and events.
We will honor this amazing agency September 26, 2021.
This year’s theme is: “Phoenix Rising for Autism.”
The evening event includes: Master of Ceremonies ABC 7 Hosea Sanders and Lil Tiffany LilTiff Moore Live Entertainment by Marqueal Ranae Jordan & the Players, Sensational Sounds of Simone Green and Slique Jay Adams.
Premier Delectable Dining, dancing, 360 Photo Booth, amazing raffle, raise the wand bidding and silent auction prizes.
https://bit.ly/2VeMP58

This is such great news for special education students! A new law allows special education students to finish their scho...
08/17/2021
Illinois special education students used to be pulled out of school as soon as they turned 22. Now they can finish out the year with their classmates.

This is such great news for special education students! A new law allows special education students to finish their school years with their classmates! ❤️

Read more in this article below, published by Chicago Tribune.

Illinois special education students used to be pulled out of school as soon as they turned 22. Now they'll be able to finish out the school year with their classmates, under a bill signed this week by Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

The Answer Inc had an amazing time providing Autism/Special needs Resources & Awareness at the Village of Bellwood Fest....
08/16/2021

The Answer Inc had an amazing time providing Autism/Special needs Resources & Awareness at the Village of Bellwood Fest. We met some great families, looking forward to seeing you soon.
#theanswerinc
#autismawareness
#autismadvocateonthemove

Register for The Answer Inc. Spectrum Socialite Etiquette & Social Skills Program for girls and young ladies living with...
08/15/2021

Register for The Answer Inc. Spectrum Socialite
Etiquette & Social Skills Program for girls and young ladies living with autism, developmental &Intellectual disabilities. Click the link to register and our team will call you.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc8ffVTpyHjLAjJ81z7xHvJ0RxwkglAzIhOGLm-lggrYrFeQA/viewform

Register for The Answer Inc. Spectrum Socialite
Etiquette & Social Skills Program for girls and young ladies living with autism, developmental &Intellectual disabilities. Click the link to register and our team will call you.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc8ffVTpyHjLAjJ81z7xHvJ0RxwkglAzIhOGLm-lggrYrFeQA/viewform

Congratulations Aesthetics Institute of Chicago on winning the                         Sharon Valentine Hero Award.Thank...
08/13/2021

Congratulations Aesthetics Institute of Chicago on winning the
Sharon Valentine Hero Award.
Thank you for being an awesome supporter in helping us to continue our programs helping families living with Autism/Developmental & Intellectual Disabilities.
They will be honored at our upcoming
Phoenix Rising for Autism Gala September 26, 2021. For ticket or sponsorship information visit our website at www.theanswerinc.org or call 708.296.5651

Congratulations Aesthetics Institute of Chicago on winning the
Sharon Valentine Hero Award.
Thank you for being an awesome supporter in helping us to continue our programs helping families living with Autism/Developmental & Intellectual Disabilities.
They will be honored at our upcoming
Phoenix Rising for Autism Gala September 26, 2021. For ticket or sponsorship information visit our website at www.theanswerinc.org or call 708.296.5651

HAPPENING TONIGHT:The Schaumburg Boomers will be hosting a game for Autism Awareness Night! ❤️
08/11/2021
Schaumburg Boomers host Autism Awareness Night on Wednesday

HAPPENING TONIGHT:

The Schaumburg Boomers will be hosting a game for Autism Awareness Night! ❤️

The Schaumburg Boomers will host the annual Autism Awareness Night at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Wintrust Field, presented by Roots Autism Solutions.

Almost time for summer to come to an end, but that doesn’t means it’s time to do away with sports. It’s time to prepare ...
08/09/2021
Tips for Helping Your Autistic Child to Get Involved With Sports

Almost time for summer to come to an end, but that doesn’t means it’s time to do away with sports. It’s time to prepare for fall sports! ⚽️🎾🏀🏈🏐⚾️🏑

Below is a great article with tips on how to get your autistic child involved with sports. Check it out and share with us what you think!

Does your special needs child show interest in sports? What sports interest your special needs child?

Which are the best sports for kids with autism spectrum disorders? Hint: soccer may not be top of the list!

Congratulations to Habilitative Systems Inc. Partner Appreciation Award. The Answer Inc. is so grateful for the partners...
08/06/2021

Congratulations to Habilitative Systems Inc. Partner Appreciation Award.
The Answer Inc. is so grateful for the partnership and collaboration with the Census and also being our agency Mentor. Habilitative Systems will be honored at our Phoenix Rising for Autism Gala September 26, 2021. If you would like to be a guest to support Habilitative Systems Inc. at our gala click the link or call 708.296.5651 for tickets and sponsorships.
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Congratulations to Habilitative Systems Inc. Partner Appreciation Award.
The Answer Inc. is so grateful for the partnership and collaboration with the Census and also being our agency Mentor. Habilitative Systems will be honored at our Phoenix Rising for Autism Gala September 26, 2021. If you would like to be a guest to support Habilitative Systems Inc. at our gala click the link or call 708.296.5651 for tickets and sponsorships.
https://secure.squarespace.com/checkout/donate.

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Are you a parent of an autistic child? We want to hear from you! We are proud to share a meaningful partnership consisting of autistic individuals, parents of autism children, providers, payers, and researchers molded together to form the Autism Stakeholder Advisory Board. Our mission is to listen and learn from all partners invested in the Autistic Community, and in conjunction with our partners on the Autism Stakeholder Advisory Board, we are working to create a research agenda driven by the priorities of the Autistic Community as it relates to Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services. To accomplish this, some members of the Autism Advisory board have interviewed autistic individuals who have received ABA services and parents whose children have received ABA to learn more about their experiences. Our Autism Stakeholder Advisory Board took this information and created a 10-minute survey. Please join us in our effort to shape the future research by sharing your priorities as it relates to Autism and ABA treatment. The information from this survey will be used by our Stakeholder Advisory Board to generate research questions that will be shared with the broader research community. Future research, collaboration autistic individuals and the larger autistic community as a whole will be influenced by the responses and insight received from this survey! Please click here (https://redcap.link/autism-parents) to complete the survey, or visit our website to learn more about this project (https://behaviorchangeinstitute.com/pcori)! If you provide your contact information at the end of the survey, you will be entered into a raffle to win a $50 gift card. The raffle will be conducted 30 days after the survey is closed and the drawing will be conducted by the Study Manager in Palo Alto, California. The chance of winning a prize is approximately 1 in 20. Participation in the study is not required in order to participate in the raffle. You can enter the raffle if you do not start or complete the study task. The winner will be notified immediately by email and provided with information on how to receive the prize.
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