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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 5K

Thank you to all of the community members, staff, volunteers, and friends who made our first 5K a resounding success! We’re so grateful to all of the people who go the extra mile for the people we support. Lace up your shoes for our 2019 race!


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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 often has events open to the community. Check back here for upcoming events!


Love the Park Fine Arts Fair 2018 

Dates/Times: Saturday, May 19, 2018 (10:00 AM – 5:00 PM) and Sunday, May 20 (12:00 PM – 5:00 PM)

Location: 8901 West 123rd Street, Palos Park, IL 60464

Cost: FREE


PAWS Kitten Shower

Date: Saturday, May 26, 2018

Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

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

Cost: Free


Ice Cream Social and Bake Sale 

Date: Tuesday, June 12

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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

Cost: $2 for all-you-can-eat ice cream and baked goods


Chicago Suburbs Home and Business Expo

Dates and Times: Friday, June 22, 2018 (4:00 – 8:00 PM), Saturday, June 23, 2018 (9:00 AM – 7:00 PM), Sunday, June 24, 2018 (10:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

Location: Naperville Yard Indoor Sports Complex, Naperville, IL 6053

Cost: $0


4th of July Shopping Event

Date: Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Time: 4:30 – 7:00 PM

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

Cost: $0


New Beginnings for Cats Christmas in July Show

Date: Saturday, July 14, 2018

Time: 11:00 – 4:00 PM

Location: Kankakee Civic Auditorium, 803 South 8th Street, Kankakee, IL 60901

Cost: Free


Renaissance Fair

Date: Saturday, September 8, 2018

Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Location: 555 Commercial Street, Marseilles, IL 61341

Cost: Free

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3rd Annual ACT Bowl

Thank you to everyone who attended our 3rd Annual ACT Bowl! We appreciate your support of the individuals we serve and look forward to hosting more events in the future.

Interested in sponsoring 2018 ACT events? Click here to sponsor!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call or email Shelley at (708)429-1260, ext. 2202 or


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2018 Jerry Meyer Golf Classic

Join us on Friday, June 22nd, 2018 for the 9th Annual Jerry Meyer Golf Classic and help Community Services Foundation fulfill our mission to develop and create opportunities for individuals with disabilities that will support and inspire independence.

Registration: $325 per Golfer / $1,300 per Foursome

Registration includes 18 holes at the prestigious Midlothian Country Club, unbelievable food and drink before, during and after event as well as fun games/contests on the golf course.

To register, please click here


Can’t make it, but still want to be involved? Listed below are additional ways to support this event:

Event Sponsor – Being a sponsor at the golf outing allows you to get your name in front of the attendees, even if you are not there! Please check out the amazing sponsor levels and see which is best for you! If you’re interested in becoming sponsor, complete and submit our print sponsorship form or online sponsor form.

Firetruck Ball Drop – Buy your golf ball today for a chance to win ½ the proceeds collected! The rules of the game are simple, once you purchase your golf ball, a number will be given to you. This number corresponds to the number on a golf ball that will be dropped from the top of the fire truck ladder the day of the event.  The golf ball that is the closest to the hole wins! 1 ball for $5 or 6 Balls for $20.  Click here to purchase your golf ball today!

General Donation – If you would like to make a general donation to the golf outing, please click here.

For more information about registration or sponsorships, please contact Mandi Williams at or (708) 429-1260 ext. 1263.

Be sure to check out CSF’s Facebook Page for photos and information on upcoming events!





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