Disability Awareness
Speaker Series

Presented by Lift Disability Network
2020 Spring Dates: February 6th, March 5th, April 2nd
6:30 – 9:00 PM
at The Summit Church
927 E. Terra Ln, O’Fallon MO 63366

This spring, Lift Disability Network will continue to partner with local organizations that are great resources for the disability community. Each night of the speaker series, Lift has invited 3 speakers to share information about their organization and how it can benefit you and your family.

All family members are welcome to attend these events – we will have a Quiet Room available as well as volunteers to supervise younger children and those who are unable to sit through the presentation.

Presenters

Beck & Lenox Estate Planning & Elder Law –  Jay Lenox, an estate planning attorney for over 28 years, knows the importance of having the proper legal documents in place that serve the best interests of an individual living with a disability.  That individual may be capable of making independent decisions, or may need the assistance of family members or a trusted friend for medical or financial decisions.  One important goal of any estate planning in a disability situation is to do nothing that could risk that individual’s eligibility for government funds or programs.  Jay will cover the typical estate planning tools used such as Power of Attorney documents, Guardianships, Wills, and Trusts, including a Special Needs Trust.

Sandy Weitkamp – Sandy Weitkamp came to the Skills Center with 25 years of experience as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for St. Charles and St. Louis Counties. She has vast knowledge of Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare and Ticket to Work funding and is one of the leading disability benefits experts in the region.

Sandy serves as a community resource for Skills Center students and other community members who need benefits analysis as they are making important life decisions. The St. Charles Developmental Disabilities Resource Board generously funds her position.

Social Security – Learn about Social Security benefits for adults and children with disabilities – what benefits are available, criteria to receive benefits, and how to apply.  You will learn the difference between SSI and SSIE.

Presenters

Adam Morgan Foundation-  The Adam Morgan Foundation was founded on April 15th, 2008 and provides resources, free parent consultations, sensory equipment, and iPads/tablets to families raising children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and/or other co-occurring conditions in the State of Missouri specifically in St. Charles, St. Louis County/City.

The Adam Morgan Foundation is dedicated to creating inclusive opportunities for individuals with autism and/or other co-occurring conditions within all aspects of their lives through education, awareness, access to communication preference, and technology.

Department of Mental Health –  The Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities is committed to improving the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Offering support across the lifespan, the Division implements a statewide system of supportive services that focus on assuring health and safety, supporting access to community participation, and increasing opportunities for meaningful employment.

The Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities provides services for individuals with developmental disabilities such as intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism, and epilepsy. Such conditions must have occurred before age 22 and be considered lifelong in duration. Service eligibility also requires the disability to have serious impact on multiple areas of functioning.

Juvenile Center for Autism – The mission of Judevine® Center for Autism is to make a real difference in the quality of life for children and adults with autism and their families, wherever they may live.  Judevine seeks to be the hallmark for quality treatment and training – the premier provider for autism spectrum disorder services for children and adults, and their families in our region, state, and beyond.

Presenters

BCI/Skills Center – People with disabilities can accomplish amazing things—and careers are no exception. That is why BCI has established a first-of-its-kind facility that offers vocational training for people with disabilities in Saint Charles, St. Louis and surrounding counties.

We opened the Skills Center in January 2019 with two vocations and plan to strategically increase programs and participants. Our goal is to have expanded vocations and training to over 100 students by 2021. 

Located in St. Peters, Mo., the Skills Center is a 501c3 nonprofit offering tuition-based training. However, we anticipate that through scholarships and supplemental state agencies, the cost will be of little to no expense to the individual.

Vocational Rehabilitation –  If you want to work but have a disability that keeps you from finding, keeping or advancing in a job, Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) may be able to help you. VR specializes in employment and training services that can assist you in becoming employed. A VR counselor will determine your eligibility for services. To be eligible, you need to have a physical or mental impairment that causes problems with working and need VR services to be successfully employed. Once eligible, you will work with a counselor who will help you develop a plan for your rehabilitation. We will give you vocational information and guidance allowing you to make informed choices about your vocational plan.

VR offers a wide range of services that are individualized for your needs. You and your counselor decide which services will help you become employed. Some of the services that may be available are

  • Guidance and counseling
  • Job-seeking skills and job placement
  • Vocational training

Challenge Unlimited – Challenge Unlimited’s mission is to: Provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities which will assist them to live, work, and participate in the community. Challenge Unlimited, Inc. is proud to serve the community and fulfill the ideals of our mission statement. Our vision is to become a national leader in providing employment services to people with disabilities that empower them to reach their full potential.

As a Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accredited Community Rehabilitation Program (CRP) provider, Challenge Unlimited fulfills its mission through adult and youth programs, work skills training centers, employment services, and community-integrated living options. Promoting people to achieve their highest level of independence through opportunities.

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