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Second 2019-20 “Next Steps” shows “Roadmaps to the Future”

Joliet Junior College Disability Services specialist Noelle Kiss will discuss the differences between high school and post-secondary college services, supports and accommodations at the District 202 “Next Steps Transition Program” program on Tuesday, October 15, 2019.

The program will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the District 202 Administrative Center, 15732 Howard Street, Plainfield.

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

This is the sixth 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, said Dee Graves, District 202’s assistant director of private placement and transition.

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

The “Next Steps” team also includes Jennifer Donckers, Kenneth Holowczak, Charlotte Kics and Lisa Scanlan, vocational coordinators at Plainfield North and Plainfield East high schools, Plainfield High School – Central Campus and Plainfield South High School respectively.

This school year’s scheduled “Next Steps” programs include:

  • January 21, 2020 – Damien McDonald, Illinois Department of Rehabilitative Services
  • February 18, 2020 – Brian and Benji Rubin, of Rubin Law
  • March 24, 2020 – Sherri Schneider, Family Benefit Solutions
  • April 21, 2020 – Mary Ann Ehlert, Protected Tomorrows

For more information please contact Dee Graves at (815) 577-4023 or

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