Laura says she expects people to come from several surrounding counties.
Date: Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Dunlap High School
5220 W. Legion Hall Rd.
Dunlap, IL 61525
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"AAA District Manager Connie Karlovic’s daughter, Melissa, has been in a vocational program at Park Lawn for three years. Melissa has Down Syndrome, which the state does not provide any type of school or organized activity for after age 21.
“It was quite a challenge as this was a young woman who was very involved in many activities who suddenly become lonely and depressed because the structure that she was used to for the past 21 years was gone,” Karlovic says. “We, as her parents, really struggled. We had to continue working and couldn't create the structured environment that Melissa was used to.”
Park Lawn is an organization whose goal is to provide comprehensive service for people with developmental disabilities and their families located in Oak Lawn, Ill. It promotes independence, choice and access to mainstream living. “I have found that through this workshop Melissa is slowing building back her level of confidence, self esteem and she is on the road to independence,” Karlovic says.
It takes a lot of money to support an organization like Park Lawn where annual program expenses exceed $6 million. The state and local government does not have the funding to help this and the many other organizations like it."