CD Parent Plans to Run Boston Marathon to Raise Funds
Stephanie Ebert, Parent of CD Student, Beckham,
plans to swim, bike and run a total of 226 miles
to raise awareness and funds for autism research.
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Pictured: Stephanie Ebert, CD Student,
Beckham and his younger brother, Zelalem "Zee" Ebert.
CD Elementary Class Celebrates Autism Awareness,
Heritage and Participates in Special Olympics
This month Mrs. Hendrickson’s/Ms.
Ford’s class was busy exploring things about
“ourselves”. We began by looking for pictures to paste
on our heritage flags that represented us. We also
participated in our very own Special Olympics Day which
included marching in the Opening Ceremony, Luge, Cross
Country Skiing, Snowboarding, Slalom, and Curling.
Hands down, our favorite sport was the Luge!
Everyone wore school-made tie-dye
shirts and got a gold medal. We invited some of our
General Education peers to participate in our Olympics
in addition to our CD friends at Kerkstra.
On April 2nd, we celebrated Autism Awareness
Day. Vinnie Wirth and his mom, Gosia Wirth made a
special cake to help us celebrate. The cake had blue
dough and blue frosting and even blue sprinkles. We feel
so lucky to celebrate each and every one of us and feel
lucky to be a part of the Southwest Cooperative's
Please join us in celebrating
some of our staff members who have demonstrated one
extra degree of effort to achieve results:
Chapan and McCoy Make Special House Call
The DESTINY Program’s Plus 1
Recognition for this month goes to OFHS School Social
Worker, Theresa McCoy, and School Nurse, Candy Chapan.
These two amazing ladies put in the extra degree for a
student needing a vision exam and some in-home support
services. Not only did these two DESTINY stars make a
home visit and assist the family in starting the process
to complete the PUNS survey.
They are also in the process of exploring DSCC supports
for the family and arranging a community-based
instructional opportunity for the student to schedule
and attend her own eye doctor appointment. Thank you,
ladies, for going the extra degree to make these
opportunities possible for our DESTINY students and
is DESTINY's Plus One
This month’s Plus One DESTINY Story
is about a teacher at the DESTINY High School Program,
Mrs. Julie Priestman. Mrs. Priestman attended a
Mini-conference related to working with students having
moderate to severe intellectual disabilities on February
12th, which was a non-work day for her. She
chose to attend the conference anyway and brought back
information to her colleagues on the DESTINY High School
We very much appreciate Mrs. Priestman’s
commitment to finding the best and newest strategies,
materials and assessments for the population of students
that we serve in the DESTINY Program. Thank you, Mrs.
McDougal's "Restaurant" Teaches
Braun Students Table Manners
Gina McDougal is a social worker at
Braun for the primary students. One of the primary
teachers asked Gina for help with her students during
lunch time. The teacher stated that her students needed
a lesson on appropriate table manners. Gina decided to
open a restaurant in her office “Chez Dougal”.
restaurant, she had lots of foods and snacks that the
students could eat while practicing appropriate table
manners. Students has reservations and proper table
settings at “Chez Dougal”. This is one of the many
reasons that Gina is Braun’s +1°.
Tetter-Wimberly Helps Student Get Art Displayed at
Tinley Park Library
Tetter-Wimberly is an educational interpreter for the
deaf in the Transition program. She has gone the extra
degree with a student who is artistically gifted, as
well as deaf. She and he worked tirelessly in preparing
his artwork for a display in the Tinley Park Public
Library Art Gallery.
This included the application
process, and meeting all necessary requirements such as
matting, framing and wiring each of the ten pieces of
artwork, as well as accompanying the student as he met
with library staff!