Progress Center Calendar: Classes and Events

Upcoming Events

May
21
Tue
Legislative Training @ Progress Center for Independent Living
May 21 @ 10:30 am – Jul 23 @ 12:30 pm

Progress Center for Independent Living invites you to

Image of Legislative Course from November of 2017- image includes seven people seated and standing at end of conference room table.
Image of Legislative Course from November of 2017

LEGISLATIVE TRAINING

  • 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

 

 

 

 

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

WHO:  Anyone interested in advocacy on disability issues and is willing to commit to attend all 10 Tuesday sessions.

WHEN:  Spring 2019.  Tuesday, April 2 through June 4, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Progress Center for Independent Living, 7521 Madison Street, Forest Park, Illinois

CONTACT:  Larry at 708-209-1500 ext 24 (voice) or LBiondi@progresscil.org.  Contact Larry to sign up and to make accommodation requests.

Progress Center is a scent-free zone.  Please do not wear scented products.

 

May
28
Tue
Legislative Training @ Progress Center for Independent Living
May 28 @ 10:30 am – Jul 30 @ 12:30 pm

Progress Center for Independent Living invites you to

Image of Legislative Course from November of 2017- image includes seven people seated and standing at end of conference room table.
Image of Legislative Course from November of 2017

LEGISLATIVE TRAINING

  • 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

 

 

 

 

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

WHO:  Anyone interested in advocacy on disability issues and is willing to commit to attend all 10 Tuesday sessions.

WHEN:  Spring 2019.  Tuesday, April 2 through June 4, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Progress Center for Independent Living, 7521 Madison Street, Forest Park, Illinois

CONTACT:  Larry at 708-209-1500 ext 24 (voice) or LBiondi@progresscil.org.  Contact Larry to sign up and to make accommodation requests.

Progress Center is a scent-free zone.  Please do not wear scented products.

 

Jun
4
Tue
Legislative Training @ Progress Center for Independent Living
Jun 4 @ 10:30 am – Aug 6 @ 12:30 pm

Progress Center for Independent Living invites you to

Image of Legislative Course from November of 2017- image includes seven people seated and standing at end of conference room table.
Image of Legislative Course from November of 2017

LEGISLATIVE TRAINING

  • 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

 

 

 

 

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

WHO:  Anyone interested in advocacy on disability issues and is willing to commit to attend all 10 Tuesday sessions.

WHEN:  Spring 2019.  Tuesday, April 2 through June 4, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Progress Center for Independent Living, 7521 Madison Street, Forest Park, Illinois

CONTACT:  Larry at 708-209-1500 ext 24 (voice) or LBiondi@progresscil.org.  Contact Larry to sign up and to make accommodation requests.

Progress Center is a scent-free zone.  Please do not wear scented products.

 

Jul
23
Tue
Personal Assistant Recruitment and Training- Forest Park @ Progress Center for Independent Living
Jul 23 @ 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

Where:  Progress Center Independent Living Center, 7521 Madison Street, Forest Park, Illinois  60130

When: Tuesday, July 23 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

For more information and to register, call Rhychell Barnes, PA Advocate, at 708-689-1381. This phone number will connect to an interpreter who will assist you in communicating with Rhychell who is Deaf

Jul
25
Thu
The 2019 Progress Center Open House @ Progress Center for Independent Living
Jul 25 @ 10:30 am – 2:00 pm
A group of Progress Center Community Members on Madison in Forest Park, outside the Progress Center Office
A group of Progress Center Community Members on Madison in Forest Park, outside the Progress Center Offic

The 2019 Progress Center Open House

Come to the Annual Progress Center Open house to meet staff, learn about our work, and hear from other members of the disability community.

The event will include:

 A Self-Advocacy Presentation from Chris Lenart. Lenart is a blogger, author, and a public speaker on disability issues. He is the founder of “Disability Awareness.” The presentation will cover ways to navigate barriers, both the physical and virtual ones. (11 a.m.);

A cook out (12 pm to 1 pm);

Presentations about Progress Center services; and

A Meet and greet with Progress Center staff and community!

When: Thursday, July 25, 2019, 10:30 am – 2:30pm

Where: Progress Center 7521 Madison St, Forest Park, IL

For more information, to RSVP, and to request accommodations, contact Progress Center at 708-209-1500 extension 14 or garnold@progresscil.org, or www.progresscil.org

Dynamic People with Disabilities — Peer Support Group @ Progress Center for Independent Living
Jul 25 @ 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.

 

Aug
8
Thu
Peer Support and Art @ Progress Center for Independent Living
Aug 8 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

 Flyer for Art and Peer Support Group. Flyer has one grayscale image of try against a horizon and information about the group Progress Center for Independent Living announces a new monthly peer support group. The group will meet for two hours each session. The first hour is dedicated to sharing personal stories related to disability and learning from the experiences of other people with disabilities.  The second hour will be dedicated to producing artwork (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, will lead the group sessions.

Typically, the group meets the second Thursday of each Month from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Flyer for Art and Peer Support Group.                                                                                                                                              Flyer has one grayscale image of                                                                                                                                                      tree against a horizon and information about the group

The next group session is Thursday, July 11, 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.

Aug
19
Mon
Employment Club @ Progress Center for Independent Living
Aug 19 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

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

The July Session will meet on Monday, July 15 at 11 a.m.

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
Aug
21
Wed
This event is cancelled. — Seated Yoga @ Progress Center for Independent Living
Aug 21 @ 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

Aug
22
Thu
Dynamic People with Disabilities — Peer Support Group @ Progress Center for Independent Living
Aug 22 @ 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.