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District 99 to present Options Fair for students with disabilities

An in-person Options Fair will return this year to Downers Grove.

Students with disabilities and their families are invited to Options Fair 2022 from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 17 to learn about opportunities available after high school.

The event, which will be at Downers Grove South High School, 1436 Norfolk St., is offered to the public for free and no registration is required.

With more than 500 participants attending annually, the Options Fair is returning to an in-person format this year, according to a news release. The fair, which is in its sixth year, offers students with special needs and their families the opportunity to meet with colleges, universities, adult services agencies and other organizations.

Sponsored through the collaborative effort of 23 high schools in the west Cook and DuPage counties area, this year’s fair will feature more than 70 vendors representing colleges/universities, college certificate programs, college experience programs, careers in the trades and agencies providing services to youth and adults with special needs.

Attendees will learn about the following topics:

• College degree programs with information regarding admissions and accommodations.

• College experience programs for those interested in continuing their education formally after high school with a focus of developing vocational, social, independent living and academic skills for employment and beyond.

• Adult agencies/services will provide insight about accessing state funding and services, obtaining government benefits, guardianship, long-term financial planning, day programs and related issues.

The following presentations are scheduled:

• 6:10 to 7 p.m.: College Experience Panel

• 6:45 to 7:15 p.m.: Understanding the Alphabet Soup of Government Benefits

• 7 to 7:50 p.m.: College accommodations ADA vs. IDEA

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