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April is Autism Awareness Month

The Communication Development Program celebrates Autism Awareness Month! Our program is proud to serve children with various exceptionalities. Our community of learners has diverse talents and abilities, which includes students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Chearee Hardt, CD Program Social Worker, put together an Autism Awareness campaign at Arbor Park Middle School this April.

She posted signs, sold t-shirts, and planned a day's worth of activities to honor our program's population and others with Autism. Chearee worked with building staff to encourage all students in Arbor Park Middle School to wear blue.

Our CD high school teacher team helped brought awareness to our site at Andrew High School. Mrs. Granato-Wagner, CD Andrew High School speech pathologist and department chair, shared, "[we] would like to celebrate Autism and those individuals who show the world how their uniqueness is a gift to all of us. 

Our program is privileged to serve and support children with Autism. 


Transition College Students Hard at Work

Transition is very proud of its students who attend the Program and college  courses. With a new semester brings a new syllabus, coursework, professors, and, of course, homework!  In the photo below, college students Jaania Ball and Jordan Fisher are studying new material and completing their homework. 


Jaania is taking online courses through Prairie State and Jordan is attending classes on campus at South Suburban College.  Both are interested in an occupation that allows them to explore their love for animals.  We are excited to see how far these young ladies will go with the support of the Transition staff and peers. 

DESTINY High School Students Learn Restaurant Job Skills

Liz Wegner's students at Oak Forest High School spent part of second semester learning about jobs in a restaurant. They finished the unit by hosting other DESTINY classroom staff and students at their own cowboy themed classroom restaurant. Students practiced jobs such as hosting, taking orders, preparing food, delivering orders, and bussing tables.


Transition Holds Annual International Fest

On January 21st Transition staff and students held their annual International Fest.  Every pod was assigned a continent and homerooms different countries.  Pod 1 researched North and Central America, Pod 2 researched Europe, Pod 3 researched Africa, and lastly, Pod 4 researched Asia.  Once the homerooms got their assignments they quickly began working very hard on their research.  They investigated everything from the country's flag to it's climate, landmarks, traditions, art, culture and much more!  |

DHH Students Learn to Make Bank!!

During the 2015-2016 school year, the deaf and hard of hearing high school program based at Lemont High School has been part of an outreach program offered thru First Midwest Bank. Catherine Schneider who is a Bank Manager for First Midwest has been out to the site to present information to the students about basic banking skills. Ms. Schneider came prepared with Backpacks from First Midwest filled with presentation materials and practice materials ( checks, deposit slips, withdrawal slips). Each presentation included instruction, role play and practice time with the concepts.


The DHH students enjoyed the presentations since they were being challenged to learn real life skills. First Midwest offers nine different topic presentations. Each presentation lasted for about an hour. Ms. Schneider was able to fine tune her presentation to her audience and worked closely with the educators 
to assure that the materials were being presented in a manner that the students can understand. The DHH program would like to thank Ms. Schneider and First Midwest Bank corporation for supporting 
students in their local regions.




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Braun Educational Center
Communication Development
Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS)
Project Challenge
Transitional Employment Program
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Southwest Cooperative provides services for eleven public school districts:

113a Lemont

117 North Palos

118 Palos

142 Forest Ridge

145 Arbor Park

146 Tinley Park

159 Matteson

160 Country Club Hills

210 Lemont High School

228 Bremen Community High School

230 Consolidated High School






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