• The Choices Fair is Free of charge for all families, professional staff, and other community members.  
  • You do not have to be from one of the Choices Consortium Sponsoring Schools to attend Choices.  
  • Schools from all over the suburban and city area attend Choices.

CHOICES IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND WILL BE VIRTUAL THIS YEAR (2 Options)

WHERE

  • Choices will have 2 virtual options this year:  
  • Primary Option:  On October 20, 2020 the Choices Website will host a Virtual Choices Fair for families.  We will be hosting a Zoom Webinar titled “The Transition to College” which will include information on the process for applying and accessing services at the college level.  In addition, we have invited the colleges to create slideshows with information and links about their colleges and specifically supports and services for students with learning differences.  We are encouraging the colleges to also offer information on ways that students and families can connect with them virtually or in some cases in person on campus depending on the situation.  These slideshows will be accessible on the Choices Website on October 20,2020 the original date of the Choices Fair.  

DATE

  • October 20, 2020

PARKING AND DOOR ENTRANCE

  • Does not apply this year.

LARGE GROUP REGISTRATION

Does not apply this year.

EVENING AGENDA

All content for the October 20, 2020 Virtual Choices Fair will be accessible starting at 7pm.  

7:00 pm:  Zoom Webinar presentation about the factors to consider in the college process after opening remarks presented by Julie Smith of Glenbrook South High School and Gretchen Stauder of New Trier High School.  

  • This presentation will be recorded and will be posted a day or two after 10.20.20 <here>.

Access to the virtual slide shows of each college/organization will be located on the Choices Presentations page on this website HERE. You do not have to register for this fair in any way.  You can view the slideshows at your discretion at any time.  They will remain on the website for free access.


Secondary Option:  The Choices Consortium has partnered with several colleges and the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC) to host several panel sessions focusing on services and supports in college for students with learning differences as part of the Virtual College Exploration Event starting this month (September to October).  

  • You can view, register for, and find the link in this section.  Below the link are the descriptions of the events that Choices are hosting in addition to a 4th panel that is being hosted by Michigan State University, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and Loras College.  Please know that all panels and college presentations are capped at 1,000 people.  If you are not able to register, all of the college presentations and panels will be recorded and posted by Strive Scan/IACAC. These recordings are available on the same link below at the bottom of that page. You can sort by description A-Z and find the descriptors starting with “disabilities.”
  • https://www.iacac.org/virtual-college-exploration/students/
    • September 15, at 2:30 p.m.:  Preparing for the High School to College Transition for Students Seeking Accommodations:  Disability Services and Supports staff from the following colleges/universities will be participating in a panel discussion focusing on accessing college accommodations and supports in college: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison College, Edgewood College, Mansfield Hall.  Ron Gatchalian of Glenbrook North High School will be moderating this panel.
    • September 16, at 4:30 p.m.:  Thoughts on Accessing Accommodations and Supports in College.  Disability Services and Supports staff from the following colleges/universities will be participating in a panel discussion focusing on accessing college accommodations and supports in college: University of Arizona (SALT/DRC), University of Cincinnati, Landmark College.  Gretchen Stauder from New Trier High School will be helping to moderate this panel.
    • September 16, at 7:30 p.m.  More Thoughts on Accessing Accommodations and Supports in College:  Disability Services and Supports Staff from the following colleges will participate in a panel discussion focusing on accessing accommodations and supports in college:  University of Iowa, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Loras College.  Diane Spillman from Maine South High School will be moderating this panel.
    • October 15, 2020 at 3:30 pm:  Plan to use mental health services, academic or living accommodations while in college? Join us in this panel to hear from three different universities on resources and opportunities for students with any ability as they transition to a four-year institution.  Hosted by Loras College, Michigan State University, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater