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Final D. 202 “Next Steps” training looks at employment services

Damien McDonald, a state Rehabilitation Services Administrator, will discuss vocational rehabilitation services, including employment and training options, at the final District 202 “Next Steps Transition Training” meeting for this school year, on Tuesday, May 18, 2021.

The training will be held virtually at 6:30 p.m. (See the Zoom login information below.)

McDonald oversees the Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Rehabilitation Services field office in Joliet supporting the residents of Will and Grundy counties. 

The Division of Rehabilitation Services is the state’s lead agency working with residents with disabilities and their families to achieve competitive employment and independent living.

For over 18 years, McDonald has served individuals with various disabilities, including the last 11 years in various state government capacities. He has also served in various community college and university leadership roles. He currently serves on the Workforce Investment Board of Will County.

The “Next Steps” training helps parents and caregivers plan, transition, and advocate for their children with disabilities. 

This is the seventh year that District 202 is offering the Next Steps Transition training for community members interested in helping parents and caregivers plan, transition and advocate for their children with disabilities.

The Next Steps team comprises District 202 Vocational Education staff focused on improving delivery of services to families of students with disabilities; increasing family awareness of disability options and resources; and linking families in need to agencies that can support them with issues related to transition.

“Next Steps” team members include Kathy Thomason, vocational coordinator of the Work Training Program at Joliet Junior College, and Plainfield Academy vocational coordinator Colleen Goldenberg.

For more information, please contact Kathy Thomason at (815) 280-2814 or kthomaso@psd202.org; or the vocational coordinators at any District 202 high school.

TO ACCESS THE MAY 18, 2021 NEXT STEPS TRAINING VIA ZOOM:

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://psd202.zoom.us/j/81531238279?pwd=RmtiZWNlaUVPS3plcGVRTnNSMTFYZz09

Passcode: 575529

 

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