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2017 Braille Readers are Leaders Contest

EIASE’s vision student from Mattoon Middle School, Anthony (LT) Spears, is the first-place winner in the 6-8 grade category in the 2017 Great Lakes Braille Readers Are Leaders contest! Contestants competed to read the most Braille pages in a 7 week time period. The contest encourages students to be proud of their Braille reading ability and to work to improve their skills. We are definitely proud of LT as he read 4,015 braille pages in this time period! Not only was he the first place in his category, but he was the top reader in the entire contest!

LT will receive a monetary award of $25 and a bag full of prizes. Congratulations!

Portrait of LT Spears


Students showing off their CHOICES backpacks

CHOICES for Parents is a statewide coalition that provides support to parents of children with hearing loss. One of their programs is called READ Day. For READ Day, they visit deaf education programs, bring a deaf guest reader to do a read aloud, and pass out books and book bags. This is done to encourage and promote a love of literacy. In the past this program was served in the Chicago area. Recently funding was received to expand the program to southern/central Illinois. We were thrilled to have Sheri Cook, a deaf role model come to our classrooms at Mattoon Middle school and Williams Elementary school to share her love of reading. She was a fabulous presenter and the students were excited to get new books! Thank you CHOICES!

Pre-Vocational Services

EIASE partners with the Illinois Department of Human Services (Division of Rehabilitation Services) to provide STEP (Secondary Transitional Experiences Program) that is offered through our Pre-Vocational Department. We currently have four Pre-Vocational Coordinators and two Job Coaches that are currently serving 173 students in the following districts: Arcola, Charleston, Effingham, Paris, Fresh Start TLC, Humboldt TLC, and Kansas TLC.

The Pre-Vocational Department’s goal is to help turn strengths into accomplishments through vocational education, community partnership, and job training opportunities to transition young adults into the competitive world of work. The STEP program is linked to the outcomes received from students working out in the community. This year our projected number of outcomes was set at 27 (1 outcome = 240 hours and 60 days of work experience). The department and students have worked diligently at meeting and exceeding that amount by an extra 10 outcomes this school year. Not only have the students and coordinators met and exceeded outcomes this year, they have had this trend over the past thirteen years. The Pre-Vocational Department is doing some great things in preparing our young adults with competitive job skills and placements to be productive citizens in our surrounding communities.

For more information on Pre-Vocational Services, please contact Lisa Bloemer, Pre-Vocational Supervisor. # 217.348.7700 or lbloemer@eiase.com.

EIASE Needs assessment survey 2017

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5837 Park Drive

Charleston, 61920

Phone: 217.348.7700

Fax: 217.348.7704


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