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!


Monthly Magickal Market 2018

Dates: Saturday, July 28, August 25, and September 29, 2018

Time: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Location: Witchy Wearables, 15530 Cicero Avenue, Oak Forest, IL 60452

Cost: Free


Tinley Park Farmers Market 

Dates: August 4, September 1, and October 6, 2018

Time: 7:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Location: 17300 Oak Park Avenue, Tinley Park, IL

Cost: Free


Ladies’ Night Out 

Date: Thursday, August 9, 2018

Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: Georgio’s Banquets, 8800 West 159th Street, Orland Park, IL 60462

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


St. Linus Ladies’ Night Out Vendor Fair

Date: Friday, November 2, 2018

Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Location: St. Linus Catholic Church, 10300 South Lawler Avenue, Oak Lawn, IL 60453

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


Due to weather, this year’s Golf Outing has been rescheduled for Friday, September 7 at Midlothian Country Club!

We look forward to hosting this amazing event in better weather!

If you have any questions, please contact Kelli Cody at (708)429-1260, ext. 1236 or




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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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