Nov
18
Mon
Employment Club @ Progress Center for Independent Living
Nov 18 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Progress Center announces the August meeting of the Employment Club, a monthly services group intended to equip people with resources to pursue employment.

The November Session will meet on Monday, November 18 at 11 a.m.

The November Session will focus on job interviews.  Participants will have the opportunity to practice a job interview.

For more information, and to RSVP or request accommodations, please contact Gary Arnold at 708-209-1500 Ext.  14

Monthly sessions include:

  • Presentations from groups that provide employment related service
  • Time to answer employment related questions
  • Time to search online for job leads and to work on materials as cover letters

If you have items that you would like covered at the Employment Club, please share your ideas at garnold@progresscil.org

Nov
19
Tue
2019 Fall Legislative Training– Blue Island Office @ Progress Center for Independent Living
Nov 19 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Progress Center for Independent Living invites you to the Blue Island Office Legislative Training.

This 10-week Legislative Training covers many topics, including:

  • How to become a self-advocate.
  • How the legislative process works.
  • How a bill becomes a law.
  • Methods of communicating with your Legislators.

Progress Center’s next legislative training course in Blue Island begins on Tuesday, October 8, 2019.  The class will meet on Tuesdays over the span of 10 weeks. Each session is two hours.  Sessions begin at 10 a.m. As a participant in the legislative training, you will:

  • Learn how to make a difference in the Legislative Process
  • Learn how to lobby and make your vote count
  • Get first – hand knowledge of government policies straight from your local and state officials

 

The course is open to anyone interested in advocacy on disability issues and is willing to commit to attend all 10 Tuesday sessions.

The training covers:

  • How to become a self-advocate
  • How the legislative process works
  • How a bill becomes a law
  • Methods of communicating with your legislators

For more information, contact Manuel at 708-388-5011.

 

Personal Assistant Recruitment and Training- Skokie — Ethical Humanist Society of America @ Ethical Humanist Society of America
Nov 19 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Progress Center for Independent Living is recruiting personal assistants and CNA’s throughout Suburban Cook County to assist people with disabilities in their homes.  The job offers flexible hours with full and part time work available. No previous experience is necessary. Personal assistants are currently offered $13.48/ hour. People with disabilities are also encouraged to apply. This is an excellent opportunity to work with people with disabilities and to learn about independent living. Personal assistants play a significant role in helping a person with disabilities to live in their own home, in-stead of a nursing home.

Duties you may perform:

  • Housekeeping & Laundry
  • Cooking & Meal Preparations/Clean up
  • Assist with hygiene needs, including bathing and toiletry
  • Running Errands
  • Assisting with mobility needs
  • Many individualized needs, including getting in and out of bed, and dressing

What: Personal Assistant Orientation

When: Tuesday, November 19 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Where: Ethical Humanist Society of America, 7574 Skokie Avenue, Skokie, Illinois 60077

For more information and to register, contact Progress Center at 708-209-1500, or email pa@progresscil.org.

Nov
20
Wed
Ticket to Work Program Open House @ Progress Center for Independent Living
Nov 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Are you a person with a disability who could use support finding a job?

If so, you are invited to join Progress Center and Alexandra Baig of Companions on Your Journey for an information session about “Ticket to Work.”

About Ticket to Work:

Anyone with a disability who receives Social Security Income or Social Security Disability Income has a Ticket to Work.

image of two people working on computers in an office
image of two people working on computers in an office

With a Ticket, you can be matched with an Employment Network Provider, who can:

    • help you assess your skills
    • help you find additional training if necessary
    • help you develop a resume
    • help you find and evaluate employment opportunities and
    • Most importantly, help you manage and maximize your benefits as you return to work

At this event, we can:

  • Provide a detailed introduction to Ticket to Work
  • Help you identify if you have a Ticket to Work
  • Help identify next steps in order to utilize your Ticket

 

About Ticket to Work:

 

Anyone with a disability who receives Social Security Income or Social Security Disability Income has a Ticket to Work.

 

With a Ticket, you can be matched with an Employment Network Provider, who can:

    • help you assess your skills
    • help you find additional training if necessary
    • help you develop a resume
    • help you find and evaluate employment opportunities and
    • Most importantly, help you manage and maximize your benefits as you return to work

At this event, we can:

  • Provide a detailed introduction to Ticket to Work
  • Help you identify if you have a Ticket to Work
  • Help identify next steps in order to utilize your Ticket

If you would like to learn more, join us on November 20.

To RSVP or request accommodations, contact garnold@progresscil.org or 708-209-1500 ext 14.

This event is cancelled. — Seated Yoga @ Progress Center for Independent Living
Nov 20 @ 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm

This event is cancelled. Seated Yoga — Third Wednesday of Each Month

Program Alert:  Progress Center will no longer host seated yoga. Congratulations to Ryan McGraw, who has secured a full-time position at Access Living.

Seated Yoga at Progress Center

Everyone can do Yoga!

Increase your flexibility, strength, and coordination in this fun and exciting class! All abilities are welcome.No yoga experience is necessary.

 

Donations are greatly appreciated. The suggested donation is $5

 

Progress Center for Independent Living

7521 Madison Street

Forest Park, IL 60130

About the Instructor: Ryan McGraw, a yoga teacher and individual with cerebral palsy,  draws on his own personal experience of adapting yoga postures for the needs of his body and his years of yoga training when creating a class for all abilities. His goal is for individuals of all abilities to benefit from yoga.

For questions and more information, contact Clark Craig at Ccraig@progresscil.org

Nov
26
Tue
2019 Fall Legislative Training– Blue Island Office @ Progress Center for Independent Living
Nov 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Progress Center for Independent Living invites you to the Blue Island Office Legislative Training.

This 10-week Legislative Training covers many topics, including:

  • How to become a self-advocate.
  • How the legislative process works.
  • How a bill becomes a law.
  • Methods of communicating with your Legislators.

Progress Center’s next legislative training course in Blue Island begins on Tuesday, October 8, 2019.  The class will meet on Tuesdays over the span of 10 weeks. Each session is two hours.  Sessions begin at 10 a.m. As a participant in the legislative training, you will:

  • Learn how to make a difference in the Legislative Process
  • Learn how to lobby and make your vote count
  • Get first – hand knowledge of government policies straight from your local and state officials

 

The course is open to anyone interested in advocacy on disability issues and is willing to commit to attend all 10 Tuesday sessions.

The training covers:

  • How to become a self-advocate
  • How the legislative process works
  • How a bill becomes a law
  • Methods of communicating with your legislators

For more information, contact Manuel at 708-388-5011.

 

Nov
28
Thu
Dynamic People with Disabilities — Peer Support Group @ Progress Center for Independent Living
Nov 28 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Dynamic People with Disabilities is a monthly support group open to all people with disabilities. Typically, the group meetings are on the on the 4th Thursday of each month from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Dec
3
Tue
2019 Fall Legislative Training– Blue Island Office @ Progress Center for Independent Living
Dec 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Progress Center for Independent Living invites you to the Blue Island Office Legislative Training.

This 10-week Legislative Training covers many topics, including:

  • How to become a self-advocate.
  • How the legislative process works.
  • How a bill becomes a law.
  • Methods of communicating with your Legislators.

Progress Center’s next legislative training course in Blue Island begins on Tuesday, October 8, 2019.  The class will meet on Tuesdays over the span of 10 weeks. Each session is two hours.  Sessions begin at 10 a.m. As a participant in the legislative training, you will:

  • Learn how to make a difference in the Legislative Process
  • Learn how to lobby and make your vote count
  • Get first – hand knowledge of government policies straight from your local and state officials

 

The course is open to anyone interested in advocacy on disability issues and is willing to commit to attend all 10 Tuesday sessions.

The training covers:

  • How to become a self-advocate
  • How the legislative process works
  • How a bill becomes a law
  • Methods of communicating with your legislators

For more information, contact Manuel at 708-388-5011.

 

Dec
10
Tue
2019 Fall Legislative Training– Blue Island Office @ Progress Center for Independent Living
Dec 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Progress Center for Independent Living invites you to the Blue Island Office Legislative Training.

This 10-week Legislative Training covers many topics, including:

  • How to become a self-advocate.
  • How the legislative process works.
  • How a bill becomes a law.
  • Methods of communicating with your Legislators.

Progress Center’s next legislative training course in Blue Island begins on Tuesday, October 8, 2019.  The class will meet on Tuesdays over the span of 10 weeks. Each session is two hours.  Sessions begin at 10 a.m. As a participant in the legislative training, you will:

  • Learn how to make a difference in the Legislative Process
  • Learn how to lobby and make your vote count
  • Get first – hand knowledge of government policies straight from your local and state officials

 

The course is open to anyone interested in advocacy on disability issues and is willing to commit to attend all 10 Tuesday sessions.

The training covers:

  • How to become a self-advocate
  • How the legislative process works
  • How a bill becomes a law
  • Methods of communicating with your legislators

For more information, contact Manuel at 708-388-5011.

 

Dec
12
Thu
Peer Support and Art @ Progress Center for Independent Living
Dec 12 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
image of an eleborate pencil drawing representing a dragon and a human or elf type figure
image of an eleborate pencil drawing representing a dragon and a human or elf type figure

Progress Center for Independent Living hosts a monthly peer support group the second Thursday of each month. The group will meets two hours each session.

The next meeting of the group is Thursday, November 14, 2019. 

The Peer Support and Art Group focuses on sharing personal stories related to disability and learning from the experiences of other people with disabilities.  A portion of each session is dedicated to art projects (no experience necessary).

The group is open to people with disabilities of all ages.

The group is open to people with any type of disability.

Susan Becker, a Progress Center advocate, leads the group sessions.

The next group session is Thursday, November 14, 2019, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

For more information, for accommodation requests and to RSVP, contact Gary Arnold at 708-209-1500 extension 14 or garnold@progresscil.org.

Progress Center is a scent-free environment. Please do not wear perfume, cologne or other scented products.