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New Disability Awareness Card Helps Individuals Communicate with Police in Stressful Situations

A new disability awareness card will help individuals with developmental/intellectual disabilities and/or a mental health disorder communicate with police officers in stressful situations.

On January 1, 2017, the new legislation went into effect and aims to ease any communication barriers that might exist in times of high-stress, such as getting pulled over by an officer. The hope is that this card will help alleviate situations before it escalates due to an individual being unresponsive, agitated, or showing signs of nonconforming. The front of the card explains that the individual has a disability, while the back provides emergency contact information for the office to call to provide assistance on how to handle the situation.

Here’s what the front of the card looks like:

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Cinco de Mile – POSTPONED



Unfortunately, we had to postpone this event!

Please be on the lookout for a future date. If you need to receive a refund for an event ticket already purchased, please contact Becky Vock at

We are so sorry for this inconvenience and look forward to working out the details for a future date.

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Special Events at The Painted Turtle

The Painted Turtle is a new art studio and program of CTF ILLINOIS where individuals with diverse disabilities participate in art therapy, learn new techniques and skills, and have the opportunity to sell their work to the community. 100% of the profits go right back to the artists! In addition to serving as a gallery and art studio, The Painted Turtle has many events open to the community:

Address: 17459 Oak Park Avenue, Tinley Park, IL 60477

The Painted Turtle at the Tinley Park Farmer’s Market:

Come visit The Painted Turtle at the Tinley Park Farmer’s market!
The Farmer’s Market runs every Saturday from 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM, June 3rd through October 14th.

The Painted Turtle will be at the Farmer’s Market on the following dates:

June 3, 2017

July 1, 2017

August 5, 2017

September 2, 2017

October 7, 2017

Stop by to see our artists and their work!


Ice Cream Social & Bake Sale

Join us August 8th for all you can eat ice cream!

Admission is only $2.00!

Artwork and baked goods will also be available for purchase. All proceeds benefit adults with disabilities.

When: Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 11:00 AM

Where: The Painted Turtle, 17459 Oak Park Avenue, Tinley Park, IL 60477


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2nd Annual ACT Bowl

Thank you to everyone who came out to support the 2nd Annual ACT Bowl!


Special thanks to our sponsors:

For information on upcoming opportunities with ACT, please contact Shelley at



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8th Annual Jerry Meyer Golf Classic

Thank you to everyone who came out on July 21 to make the 8th Annual Golf Outing our most successful yet!

A special thanks to our sponsors:





















Be sure to check out the pictures and follow us on Facebook!





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Employment First

Illinois became an Employment First State when legislation was signed in July of 2013.  To comply with that law and a following Executive Order in June 2014, state agencies prepared an initial Strategic Plan for how policies and procedures will need to change.

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Illinois Gov. Quinn Signs HB3826

Illinois Govenor Pat Quinn signed into law HB3826, which allows miniature horses to be used as service animals in schools. The animals are already classified as service animals by the Americans with Disability Act. The law takes immediate effect.

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