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First 2019-20 “Next Steps” explores “urgency of need for services”

LaTunya Anderson from Service, Inc. of Illinois will share information about PUNS – the Prioritization for Urgency of Need for Services – at the first District 202 “Next Steps Transition Program” meeting for this school year, on Tuesday, September 17, 2019.

The program will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the District 202 Administrative Center, 15732 Howard Street, Plainfield.

“PUNS” is a statewide database of information about individuals with developmental disabilities who potentially need services. Service, Inc. helps such individuals and their families find the needed assistance.

The “Next Steps” program helps parents and caregivers plan, transition and advocate for their children with disabilities. 

This is the sixth year that District 202 is offering the Next Steps Transition training for community members interested in helping parents and caregivers plan, transition and advocate for their children with disabilities.

The Next Steps team comprises District 202 Vocational Education staff focused on improving delivery of services to families of students with disabilities; increasing family awareness of disability options and resources; and linking families in need to agencies that can support them with issues related to transition, said Dee Graves, District 202’s assistant director of private placement and transition.

“Next Steps” team members include Kathy Thomason, vocational coordinator of the Work Training Program at Joliet Junior College; Colleen Goldberg, Plainfield Academy vocational coordinator and Project SEARCH teacher; and Jennifer Donckers, Kenneth Holowczak, Charlotte Kics and Lisa Scanlan, vocational coordinators at Plainfield North and Plainfield East high schools, Plainfield High School – Central Campus and Plainfield South High School respectively.

For more information please contact Dee Graves at (815) 577-4023 or


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