Free training for persons with disabilities

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LASALLE – Join the Illinois Valley Center for Independent Living and the statewide Independent Living Council of Illinois for a free workshop, “Toolbox for employment: Building Social Capitol to Support Customized Employment.”

This program will be held on Monday, Aug. 14 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the IVCIL conference room. Presenters will be Marsie Frawley of Griffin-Hammis Associates and Cindi Swanson, parent of an adult with a disability.

At this free workshop, learn more about creative employment options, building social capital and how different scenarios may affect Social Security or other benefits.

Topics will include: increase the employment of individuals with disabilities by encouraging the use of local contacts through friendships, relationships, business contacts and places where individuals do business; increase the employment of individuals with disabilities by utilizing customized employment and exposing the target audience to potential opportunities for self-employment; and dispel the myth that if individuals with disabilities work they will lose their SSI or SSDI benefits and they will lose their health insurance.

A certificate of attendance can be available. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information or to register, call Tara Dunning at (217) 744-7777, [email protected] or Marla Michalak at (815) 224-3126 ext. 223, [email protected]

The Illinois Valley Center for Independent Living is a non-profit and non-residential service and advocacy agency that assists persons with disabilities located at 18 Gunia Drive in LaSalle. The IVCIL serves the counties of LaSalle, Bureau, Marshall, Putnam and Stark. IVCIL is a United Way Member Agency. Funding provided in whole or in part by the IL Dept. of Human Services.

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