Calendar of Upcoming Events

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Mon. Apr 2nd, 2018 @ 6:00pm

General board meeting

Sat. Apr 7th, 2018 @ 8:30am

This year our featured speakers are “The Shut Up Sisters,” Gina Gallagher and Patricia Terrasi, co-authors of the best-selling parenting book Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid, A Survival guide for Ordinary Parents of Special Children. Gina and Patricia will speak about the frustrations, stigmas, joys, and challenges they face as parents of children with disabilities. Participants will learn how laughter can be a powerful coping technique; how to deal with insensitive people; how to get your children the services and the support they need; …

Sun. Apr 8th, 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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Tue. Apr 10th, 2018 @ 6:00pm

Presenter: WestPoint Financial Group-Chartered Special Needs Consultant 

Topics Covered:

  • A.B.L.E. Act Accounts
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Guardianship Isues
  • Transitioin Concerns

Come hear what you need to know to prepare for your child's future.

Please RSVP Early:  Meri Tucker 309-694-2984 or

Seating is limited

Tue. Apr 17th, 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 …

Sat. Apr 21st, 2018 @ 10:00am

GiGi’s Playhouse Central Illinois provides free programming to Individuals with Down Syndrome and we are excited to offer these two amazing programs on April 21 at Redeemer Lutheran Church 6801 N. Allen Road, Peoria, IL 61614:

LMNOP:  Guides parents and young children through learning basic sign language and other forms of communication using music and language-based activities. This program is for children from 6 months to 5 years and begins …

Sat. Apr 21st, 2018 @ 10:45am

After the Gigi's Playhouse event, stay a few minutes for HOIDSA's rescheduled Easter Egg Hunt! We will have another room set up at Redeemer Lutheran Church.

We will have an egg hunt AFTER each Gigi's session.

Please RSVP by April 19th..Text or call Renee at 309-453-3115.  Please include age(s) of child(ren).