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Final D. 202 "Next Steps" training focuses on life services coordination

Jireh Garnett, an Individual Service Coordinator with Service, Inc. will discuss life services coordination at the final District 202 “Next Steps Transition Program” meeting for this school year, on Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The meeting 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. 

According to its website, Service, Inc. of Will, Grundy, and Kankakee Counties was founded in 1989 by over 30 health care, social service agencies and advocacy organizations to help people with developmental delays and disabilities find the services and supports they need to live a better life. 

Garnett will address the need for individuals with disabilities to register for the Prioritization for Urgency of Need for Services (PUNS) and other resources available for people with disabilities. 

This is the fourth 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, who coordinates the Work Training Program at Joliet Junior College; Plainfield Academy Vocational Coordinator Colleen Goldenberg; Project SEARCH teacher Colleen Kelly; and Work Training Program and Plainfield Academy teacher Sarah Bell.

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