Folks are Talking RCADD: Connecting Our Patrons with Community Resources

RCADD hosted UIC’s Assistive Technology Unit at our West location to provide an overview on assistive technology to our Spanish speaking patrons. The overview explained how assistive technology could benefit children with autism, as well as how to secure the resources with Medicaid. The hosted training was well received by our patrons, and they were very engaged. UIC’s Assistive Technology Unit did a great job, and we are looking forward to more opportunities to work with them.


Submitted by Angela Duffy

Universal Pre-K Social Media Language – Mayor Emanuel is making pre-kindergarten universal!

Today Mayor Emanuel announced plans to make full-day pre-kindergarten universal for 4-year-olds across Chicago! This will start with an additional 3,700 full-day seats at CPS next school year, and within four years will be available to every child in every neighborhood in the city. 

This plan focuses first on the children and families most in-need and will expand more every year to ensure universal access to high quality programs.

Once implemented, Mayor Emanuel will have added 3.5 years of classroom time since 2011 when he began shifting away from the shortest school day and the shortest school year in Illinois. And the academic results are paying off, with researchers at Stanford and the U of C pointing to Chicago as the place to learn how to improve urban education.

We encourage you to spread the word about today’s exciting Chicago Universal Pre-K announcement with your communities and networks through social media, email newsletters, and any other channels.


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AmeriCoprs Project MORE Recruitment Begins NOW!

Through volunteerism, Project MORE seeks to build a lifelong ethic of service to better serve
communities and positively transform lives. 

Since 2003, over 350 national service volunteers have completed a year of service, providing tutoring in GED/ESL, conducting family, financial and work readiness workshops for Chicago Early Learning parents. AmeriCorps also supports volunteer management workshops for organizations and service projects benefiting communities during the year.

Recruitment begins NOW! 


  • Recruits community volunteers for Center programs.
  • Collaborates with community organizations and support various service projects benefiting Chicago communities including
    • MLK Service Day (serving homeless families)
    • 9/11 Day of Service engaging veterans in service
    • AmeriCorps Week among Others
  • AmeriCorps members receive a modest living stipend ($15,000/year) and those who successfully complete their service receive an education award to cover education expenses (Full-time award of $5,815+, Minimum time award $1,230)
  • Builds an ethic of service & awareness of the importance of volunteerism
  • Connects people from different walks of life & educational backgrounds allowing them to learn from one another’s experience; members range in age from 18-64+, educational levels vary from individuals working towards a high school equivalency to those with a post-graduate degree
  • Provides a welcoming environment for program participants. Many members come from the communities served and become role models and mentors.
  • AmeriCorps members receive bi-weekly training to enhance their professional development, communication, and civic engagement abilities while preparing for life after service.
  • Provides hands-on valuable work experience in the education/literacy field
  • Over 20 current staff at the Center for Literacy are former AmeriCorps members.


UIC AmeriCorps Project MORE
1640 W. Roosevelt Road, Room 651
Chicago, IL 60608
T: 312-355- 4227

University of Illinois Extension – What is All My Money?

A part of the University of Illinois, University of Illinois Extension program will launch financial training sessions throughout the summer. 

Train-the-trainer classes for All My Money will be held in 5 Illinois locations this summer. Included in the 2-day training is a hard copy of our beautiful new curriculum in a 3-ring binder, a Resource Box with activity materials, plus PDFs of all the files on a USB drive. 

The regular price of the training is $230. Counselors and other professionals can receive 13 hours of continuing education for a small additional fee.

Register or get the details for each training site:   

Sterling (northwest IL) – June 12-13

Chicago – downtown  – June 25 & 26  

Decatur – July 31 & Aug. 1  

Lake Villa (Lake County) – August 20-21 

Kankakee – September 13-14


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RCADD’s Annual Exchange with professionals from Japan

RCADD West’s annual exchange with Dr. Kiyoshi Yamaki, Research Associate Professor, Disability and Human Development, took place on April 16, 2018. RCADD shared the services it provides with
visiting social service, educational, and counseling professionals from Japan.

This exchange continues to be a wonderful experience for the RCADD team.


Submitted by Angela Duffy, Resource Center for Autism & Developmental Delays

JOIN US! June 29, 2018 – UIC Center for Literacy- Unlocking Opportunities Fundraiser

Join us at the Center for Literacy’s 1st Annual Fundraiser to help us unlock opportunities for families in Chicago. The Center for Literacy is based out of the UIC College of Education. We provide families with access to high quality, research-based learning opportunities. Our vision is to break the cycle of poverty and collectively strengthen communities through family learning services. Funds generated from this event will support services including:
  • Adult Education Programming: High School Equivalency and ESL Classes
  • Social Service & Career Transition Support for Parents
  • Financial, Family, and Work Readiness Workshops
  • Summer Youth Employment
  • Resource Center for Autism & Developmental Delays
  • Community Engagement/Volunteer Services
Event Details: UIC Center for Literacy – Unlocking Opportunities Fundraiser
Date: Friday, June 29, 2018
Time: 6pm-9pm
Location: PhD Pub – 1257 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60607
$50 tickets 
Includes open bar & food from 6pm-8pm (taco cart from 6-8pm)
Enjoy some food, drinks, silent auction, karaoke & more!
If you are unable to attend but would like to support the cause, please visit our website to make a donation.
For more information contact: 
Website: CFL.UIC.EDU  
E-mail: CFL@UIC.EDU or 312-413-8085
We hope to see you there!

Fun Filled Money Bonanza Event at Nathaniel Greene Elementary School

Parent Outreach, participated in the “ Week Of The Young Child”  at Nathaniel Greene Elementary School on April 27th 2018. The PO team hosted another successful fun-filled money bonanza event.  Sharing resources and information with a total of 43 adults and 69 children.


Faith Haygood from Faith Speaks

Faith Haygood came to Family Start Learning Centers (FAST South) in the fall of 2008. Faith was a Head Start parent with a child at Easter Seals Near North eagerly looking to obtain her GED.   Due to Faith’s motivation and friendly demeanor, she was selected as an AmeriCorps member 2008-2009 terms as well.   As an AmeriCorps member Faith assisted the GED Instructor, tutored and facilitated Family Literacy Workshops.

Faith is a woman of great talents, not only did she work hard to obtain her GED; she helped others to do so as well. During her time as an AmeriCorps member, she also served as Mistress of Ceremony and sang at several Adult Literacy Events. Her showmanship has inspired her to obtain a Bachelors in Communication, Media Arts & Theatre at Chicago State University.

Faith has her own Radio show “Faith Speaks” sponsored by Chicago State University’s WCSU/iHeartradio station.  “Faith  Speaks”  showcases Community based activities and grassroots organizations.  She will be speaking with our FAST Program adult learner on April 19, 2018, to promote their “Our City Our Museum” event at the Daley Library on  April 23, 2018.  This is a collection of adult learners’ keepsakes and pictures that represent their hope for a better community.

Faith recently wrote a book “Will You Be Made Whole, A Journey from Brokenness to Freedom.” This is her story of overcoming challenges in her life. She is currently promoting her book. Faith is an inspiration for single parents, adult learners.  Faith will serve as the Keynote Speaker for FAST HSE Graduation, as she continues to give back what was so freely given to her HOPE!

 In her words “I am a Mother, Hair Stylist, Singer, Motivational Speaker and Radio Announcer. I love God, life, people and good food.”


Submission by Barbara Travis, 
Senior Program Assistant, Adult Education and Career Transition 

Literacy Volunteers of Illinois & their On the Road to Literacy Conference

On Saturday 4/21, UIC hosted its long-time partner Literacy Volunteers of Illinois & their On the Road to Literacy Conference. Close to 200 people attended the event at the College of Education. Tutors, Adult Learners, and Educators had the opportunity to attend over 20 workshops that explored: strategies, techniques, and materials to use to build skills such as vocabulary, pronunciation, conversation, comprehension, reading, and writing.

Resource tables were available for participants to learn about CFL Services, New Readers Press materials, Secretary of State information & the opportunity for a mini health screening courtesy of The National Life Volunteering Society (NLVS) Free Health Clinic (Medical Students from RUSH, Northwestern, Loyola, and UIC )
Below are some pictures from Megan Wells from the session our students participated in: 
Sophia Kortchmar, Laura Luna, Nereyda Santos – Effective Teaching Do’d & Don’ts: A Student’s Perspective
(Student Panel: Hermelinda Castañeda, Luz López, Virginia Nicolás, Guadalupe Baza, Diana Herrera, Sofia Quezada, Mercedes Mosqueda, Beatriz Jaramillo, María Julia Peña)
  • Fantazia Berry – Mirror, Mirror: Creating/Utilizing a Vision Board
  • Sophia Kortchmar, Laura Luna, Nereyda Santos – Effective Teaching Do’d & Don’ts: A Student’s Perspective (Student Panel: Hermelinda Castañeda, Luz López, Virginia Nicolás, Guadalupe Baza, Diana Herrera, Sofia Quezada, Mercedes Mosqueda, Beatriz Jaramillo, María Julia Peña)
  • Rachael Gruen: Writing Toward’s a Diploma
  • Shana Barrera & Phonicia “Jeannie” Peterson – Using Technology for Language Learning
  • Chivon Multrie – Which Test is Right for Me? Demystifying the Illinois High School Equivalency Examinations (HiSet, TASC, GED) 
  • Shilanda Hall & Gail White: Strengthening Parents & Families
  • Rebeca Herrera – Soft Skills in the Workplace
  • Megan Wells- High School Diploma vs. High School Equivalency

COPAA 20TH Anniversary Conference


During 2018, Joshua Krasne, RCADD Director, completed the Special Education Advocacy Training
(SEAT) under the direction of the of Council Of Professional Advocates & Attorneys (COPAA).
Upon completion of the required internship, Joshua Krasne was fortunate enough to attend the
COPAA 20TH Anniversary Conference in Monterey California. He took part in panel discussions
which focused on ensuring the student with Autism is receiving TAP under both IDEA & Section
504 and challenging racial disparities in special education. The invaluable information acquired
will without question help to address the needs of RCADD’s patrons.


Submitted by Resource Center for Autism & Developmental Delays

Note from the editor, Shelley Maxwell:

This article is the tip of an iceberg of progressive behavior. Joshua Krasne is definitely a person to notice.
If you have more to share about Joshua or other FAST staff, why not submit A Person to Notice Article.



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