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AREA ACTIVITY DAYS FOR PROJECT REACH FAMILIES ARE COMING IN SEPTEMBER!  REGISTER NOW!

You, your immediate family (parents, sisters/brothers), and any of your child’s regular caregivers are welcome to attend ANY Area Activity Day.

Registration is needed so we can have all accommodations in place.

AREA I:  Chicagoland

LOCATION:    Willowbrook Wildlife Center, 525 South Park Blvd., Glen Ellyn, IL  60137

DATE:  Saturday, September 7, 2019

TIME:  10:30 a.m. arrive, program at 11:00 and 11:30, followed by group picnic and informal activities.

AREA III:  Central Illinois/Springfield

LOCATION:    Exhibitors Hall Display at the Illinois Assistive Technology Program at Crowne Plaza on your own, followed by gathering for lunch on your own at McAlister’s Deli

Crowne Plaza  3000 S. Dirksen Parkway Springfield, IL 62703

McAlister’s Deli, 3130 S. Dirksen Pkwy, Springfield, IL 62703

DATE:  Saturday, September 14, 2019

TIME:  Exhibitor’s Hall on your own any time from 9 – 3, gather for lunch at McAlister’s at 1:00.

AREA II:  Northwest

LOCATION:    Windy Acres Farm Fall Festival

                        37W446 Fabyan Parkway (just west of Randall Road)  Geneva, IL 60134               

DATE:  Saturday, September 28, 2019

TIME:  11:00 a.m. (stay as long as you like, the farm is open until 5:00 p.m.)

HERE ARE THE DETAILS:

PROJECT REACH FAMILY ACTIVITY – CHICAGOLAND REGION

LOCATION:    Willowbrook Wildlife CenteR, 525 South Park Boulevard  Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

DATE:  Saturday, September 7, 2019

TIME:  10:30 a.m. arrive, program at 11:00 and 11:30, followed by group picnic potluck lunch and informal activities.

Willowbrook Wildlife Center is part of the DuPage Forest Preserve, and includes a wildlife rehabilitation facility that provides care and medical treatment to injured and orphaned wild animals.  It has a covered picnic shelter, a visitor center with mostly visual displays, and outdoor walking trail where animals what cannot be returned to the wild live in protective areas, a butterfly garden, and other interesting areas.  The visitor center has accessible indoor toilets and a water fountain.

Project Reach is arranging for an all-ages half-hour tactile presentation by a forest preserve ranger, and Project Reach will provide DeafBlind accommodations.   Entrance to Willowbrook Wildlife Center is free, but registration is required so that Project Reach can register people for the ranger presentation.  IF contact with animals, fur and feathers is not good for you or your child, please feel free to join our group at 12:00 noon in the shelter for a potluck lunch.  In between the presentation we will have other fun like parachute activities, beeper balls, nature art, and other fun!  If you join us, you may want to bring:   

  • Drinks and lunch
  • Outdoor shoes
  • Bug spray and sunscreen
  • Folding chair (if you do not like picnic table benches)


Come join the fun and get to know other Project Reach families!

Registration for this event is due by August 23, 2019.  Please fill out the attached registration form and return to:

Project Reach, 818 DuPage Blvd., Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137

Fax 630-790-4893  or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

PROJECT REACH FAMILY ACTIVITY – CENTRAL REGION

LOCATION:    Exhibitors Hall Display at the Illinois Assistive Technology Program at Crowne Plaza and McAlister’s Deli.

Crowne Plaza  3000 S. Dirksen Parkway Springfield, IL 62703; McAlister’s Deli, 3130 S. Dirksen Pkwy, Springfield, IL 62703

DATE:  Saturday, September 14, 2019

TIME:  Exhibitor’s Hall on your own any time from 9 – 3, gather for lunch at McAlister’s at 1:00.

DATE:  Saturday, September 14, 2019

The “Expo” (Exhibitor’s Hall) is open to the public.  The exhibitors there will  be bringing their assistive technology devices and WANT you and your children to try them! Exhibitors include

  • Service providers like Family Benefit Solutions (financial well-being of families with special needs) and UIC Specialized Care for Children (free care coordination for eligible youth with special health care needs).
  • Communication equipment providers, like APP2Speak® (an inexpensive photo-based AAC software application) and  Tobii-Dynavox (speech generating devices that use eye tracking and Augmentative and Alternative communication).
  • Services and equipment for the Deaf and DeafBlind, like ACA Video Remote Interpreting,LLC (video remote interpreting service) and Harris Communications, Inc. (supplier of hearing loss solutions for people with all levels of hearing loss). 
  • Adult living options, like DD Homes Network (residential services to adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities) and Mary Bryant Home (a supportive living facility for blind and visually impaired adults).
  • Equipment for individuals who have visual impairment and DeafBlindness, like iCanConnect Program (a national accessibility program providing communications technology free of charge to low-income people of all ages who have combined vision and hearing loss) and Magnified Vision, Inc. (magnifying and reading devices).

AND MUCH MORE!  Read about them at https://web.cvent.com/event/5950a724-21c7-4719-bb57-2bb0dfefc94e/websitePage:f4928cf0-cce6-4613-8982-5980b0246b4e

Browse the exhibits on your own with your family any time from 9 am to 3:30 pm.  In between, meet up with other Project Reach families at nearby McAlister’s Deli for lunch at 1 pm. 

Join the fun and get to know other Project Reach families!

Registration for this event is due by August 31, 2019.  Please fill out the attached registration form and return to

Project Reach, 818 DuPage Blvd., Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137

Fax 630-790-4893  or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

PROJECT REACH FAMILY ACTIVITY – NORTHWEST REGION

LOCATION:    Windy Acres Farm Fall Festival  37W446 Fabyan Parkway  (just west of Randall Road) Geneva, IL 60134              

DATE:  Saturday, September 28, 2019

TIME:  11:00 a.m. (stay as long as you like, the farm is open until 5:00 p.m.)

Entrance to the farm is free of charge.  There is a fee for the activity area, which will be covered by Project Reach for your student, immediate family members (parents and siblings), and any of your child’s regular caregivers.  The activity area includes:

  • Buttermilk Barnyard Petting Zoo (newly renovated!)
  • Children's Play Area (Charlotte's Tangle Web, Rock Climbing Playground, Peddle Tractors, Rubber Duckie Races, New Horsey Swing Corral, Roping Rodeo Toss and much more!)
  • 30-foot Inflatable Slide
  • 2 Moon Bouncers
  • Giant Jumping Pillow
  • Tractor Rides to our pumpkin patch
  • Kiddie Train
  • Mini Golf
  • Zip Line
  • Giant Corn Box
  • New Corn Stalk Maze

If you wish to bring other family or friends, cost of the Activity area is as follows:

  • Children under 2 are free!
  • Children 2 years old and older= $15.00 for the day and must wear a wristband
  • Adults= $10.00 per person and must wear a wristband
  • Seniors (65 and older) = $8.00 per person and must wear a wristband
  • Veterans and Active Military are Free!

There is food for sale, but feel free to bring a picnic lunch.  There are also a variety of “farmers market” items (produce, jams/jellies, etc.) for sale, and of course . . . PUMPKINS!
Come join the fun and get to know other Project Reach families!

Registration for this event is due by August 23, 2019.  Please fill out the attached registration form and return to

Project Reach, 818 DuPage Blvd., Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137

Fax 630-790-4893  or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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