Calendar of Upcoming Events

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Sat. Mar 3rd, 2018 @ 10:00am

Are you comfortable communicating with school staf?  Do you want to be more effective in securing appropriate school services for your child without confilitcts?  At this FREE workshop participants will learn parent expectations, teacher expectations, conflict resolution techniques, and being unconditionally constructive.  


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Sun. Mar 4th, 2018 @ 11:00am

Click the following link for complete details...

 Link to "2018-Spaghetti-Dinner-flier.pdf"

Mon. Mar 5th, 2018 @ 6:00pm

General board meeting

Sun. Mar 11th, 2018 @ 3:00pm

Join us for the 12th year of Special Olympics Young Athletes Program.  The Young Athletes Program is an innovative sports play program for children 2-7, with and without intellectual disabilities.

A Special Olympics registration form will need to be completed for each participant and volunteer.

Email if interested in participating or volunteering.

Amanda Nauman

Coordinator, Peoria Independent Families

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Mon. Mar 12th, 2018 @ 6:30pm

Early CHOICES is the Preschool LRE Initiative of the Illinois State Board of Education.  We promote increasing high quality inclusive education for each and every preschool aged child.

FREE Workshop

Link to "Inclusion-Townhall-3-12flyerSEGdistributed.pdf"

Tue. Mar 13th, 2018 @ 9:00am

FREE Event

Intended Audience: Administrators, ECSE Educators, General Educators, Teacher Assistants, Family Members, Family Educators, Psychologists, Social Workers, SLP’s, OT/PT’s

Considering the fascinations, passions and interest areas of learners, powerful new ways of viewing these areas as positive teaching tools that calm, motivate, and improve learning will be illustrated. Using authentic student examples, participants will discover how to make the most of fascinations, passions, and interest areas to help learners they …

Tue. Mar 13th, 2018 @ 9:30am

Come enjoy a special day at the March Madness Experience at the Peoria Civic Center!   HISRA staff and hundreds of volunteers will adapt all of the games and activities in the March Madness Experience and make them accessible to people with disabilities!

Field Trip Day Tuesday, March 13, 2018 9:30 am - 2:00 pm  Peoria Civic Center, Peoria, IL All students with disabilities, group homes residents and members of Special …

Tue. Mar 13th, 2018 @ 5:00pm

Family Night and Special Needs Information Fair Tuesday, March 13, 2018 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm  Peoria Civic Center, Peoria, IL  
Calling all families with children and adult with disabilities from around the state of Illinois! You are invited to join the HISRA staff and volunteers for an evening of fun at the March Madness Experience along with a variety of vendors and support providers who work with …

Tue. Mar 13th, 2018 @ 7:00pm

Presenter: Emily Reilly and Emily Ropars

Get on Board is the first in a 3-part introductory series focusing on providing the basics of high quality inclusive programming

FREE series!

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Tue. Mar 20th, 2018 @ 7:00pm

HOIDSA has a cooking class for its young adults with Bethel Lutheran Church's youth group as mentors. The class is open to any member 16 years old and older with our mentors being high school aged. The class will usually be held the 3rd Tuesday of the month at Bethel Lutheran Church (325 W. Queenwood Rd, Morton, IL). Start time will be 7:00 pm unless otherwise stated and finish at …

Wed. Mar 21st, 2018 @ 6:00pm


WDSD is annually observed on March 21 to raise public awareness and understanding of Down syndrome.  Down Syndrome International encourages our friends all over the world to choose your own activities and events to help raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities.

Thu. Mar 22nd, 2018 @ 6:00pm

Consider joinging us for an informal evening with casual conversation!

Questions?  Contact Anita at  309-241-8195 or

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Sat. Mar 24th, 2018 @ 10:00am

Contact Renee at or 309-453-3115 if you can donate plastic eggs or candy