OPERATION T.A.L.K. (Tell, Ask, Listen, Keep Safe)

Operation T.A.L.K. came to be after the loss of James Walsh, son of Tim and Maureen Walsh. Jimmy was 22 years old when he lost the battle within himself. Military and Vets suffer in so many ways not only do they fight in other countries to ensure we can continue to enjoy our freedoms at home, but some come home still fighting a war we cannot see. Depression and PTSD are as real as the uniform they wear for this great country. It is time for us to help our heroes know we are here for them.

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Frankfort Police Department Driver Awareness Program

2017 Date TBA
Frankfort Police Department
20602 Lincoln-Way Lane - Frankfort, IL

The Decision to Drive
Teens and young adults typically consider a driver's license an essential step towards independence. The desire to drive is no different for people with disabilities, but the decision is more complicated. A recent study revealed that two-thirds of people with high functioning autism currently drive or hope to drive someday, but the subject raises numerous concerns for the potential driver and his/her family. Common difficulties for people with autism, such as multitasking, reading cues, flexibility with rules, and sensitivity to light or sound, are frequent factors of the driving experience. Deciding to drive is a decision that should not be taken lightly by anyone, but for the person with autism, that decision requires an even deeper consideration of one's strengths and needs.

Interaction with Police
People desiring a driver's license ought to consider that at some point in their driving they will have an interaction with a police officer. Officers are increasingly being trained to understand autism, but there is no guarantee that an officer encountered in a traffic pullover or an accident has received such training or truly understands behaviors exhibited by people on the autism spectrum. Miscommunications and misinterpretations in that circumstance can have a disastrous outcome. While considering such scenarios, a potential driver who has autism must evaluate their ability to cope and communicate under stress.

The Frankfort Police Department program:
The FPD program aims to provide an interactive and educational experience that enables people with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome (or other disabilities) to have positive interactions with law enforcement should the situation arise. The department hopes to accomplish this goal in three parts:
- Safe Interactions Class
- Traffic Pullover Simulations
- ID card

Please note that space is limited. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to attend.

For more information about the program, please click here.

Sojourn Therapeutic Riding Center

Enhancing lives through the power of the horse.

We, at Sojourn use equine assisted activities to proactively contribute to an individual's cognitive, physical, emotional, and social well being.

Therapeutic riding benefits individuals in the areas of therapy, education, sport, and leisure. We hope you will enjoy your journey to Sojourn and find pleasure in your experiences with our highly trained equines and staff.

Serving the South Suburbs

GiGi's Playhouse, Tinley Park

GiGi’s Playhouse is a one-of-a-kind achievement center for individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and the community. GiGi’s Playhouse offers more than 25 therapeutic and educational programs that advance literacy, math skills, motor skills and more; all of which are free of charge.

Programs are created by professional therapists and teachers who generously donate their time and expertise. All programs are based on best practices for Down syndrome learning styles, and customized to ensure individual success. GiGi’s Playhouse actually serves infants through adults. GiGi’s Playhouse is headquartered in Hoffman Estates, IL; with 15 locations throughout the United States and Mexico, with more opening soon.

GiGi’s Playhouse makes a difference every day. Our unique points of difference empower individuals and their parents to achieve their greatest potential with confidence, independence, and joy. We have a “place”: we will never let location be a barrier to success. We have “programs”: we will never let curriculum be a boundary to achievement. Most importantly, programs are free. We will never let cost deter our families from participation or impede the achievement of our children and adults.

Center for Law & Social Work

The Center for Law & Social Work's (CLSW) mission is to create, preserve, and protect families. CLSW believes all families, regardless of financial circumstances, should have equal access to legal and social work services in order to remain stable and secure. Lawyers and Social Workers work together to help families in Cook County, IL with adoption, guardianship, and legal back up planning for children and disabled adults in their care.

4753 N. Broadway
Suite 632
Chicago, IL 60640

Ability On The Go!

Ability On The Go! currently coordinates monthly sensory-considerate showings of new-release films at Marcus Theater in Orland Park, IL.

Designed to accommodate individuals with special needs and their familes and friends (residential groups too!), Ability On The Go! strives to provide events that allow everyone to enjoy time out together! We hope you can join us for our next event in a safe and understanding environment.

Special Education Private Tutor

Ms. Stuesse is an experienced special education private tutor with a special education degree. She tutors preschool through adult ages, is a long time piano teacher, and has taught special needs piano. References are available.

Ms. Stuesse offers a quiet, clean, well organized, and allergy free home with an open door policy where parents are always welcomed. There is a walking/bike trail that tutoring/piano families often enjoy. Located 30 minutes from Park Forest, 25 minutes from Richton Park and Matteson, and 15 minutes from Frankfort and Monee.

Free initial phone consultation for interested parents that can be arranged through texting or email.

Suzanne Stuesse


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