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Dean Ritter Scholarship Recipient

Michelle Guo, a senior at A. A. Stagg High School is a recipient of the The Dean Ritter Trust for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Scholarship. Michelle has received Hearing Itinerant Services throughout her education.
Michelle Guo, DHH Student and Dean Ritter Recipient
Michelle Guo, DHH Student
She has grown to be a confident self-advocate who is aware of her personal strengths, needs and rights as a hearing impaired individual. She is assertive when advocating for herself, she uses appropriate strategies to make her needs known. She will seek out appropriate personnel and suggest reasonable steps that should be taken in order for her to receive access to and comprehension of information presented in classes.

CD All-Stars

Did you know? April is Autism awareness month. To support, CD teacher and therapist team, Denise Ford and Quinn Hendrickson, sponsored a charity event which raised over $1,400 for Autism Speaks. This dynamic duo educates early elementary learners with ASD in our Communication Development program.

They support our CD families, advocate for our students' needs, and celebrate our population's exceptionalities; everyday is Autism Awareness Day to Mrs. Ford and Mrs. Hendrickson.

Orientation Date Set for Next School Year

Please be advised that the Orientation date for the 2017/2018 school year has been set for Friday, August 11, 2017. Orientation is a mandatory work day. Please plan accordingly. More details to follow.

DESTINY Celebrates PBIS Kick-Off

In October, Destiny classes held their first Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) Student Kick-Off. Students visited different areas of the school to learn and practice the three PBIS expectations: Be Safe, Be Responsible, and Be Respectful. They got their "passports" signed by a staff member. at each location.

After getting all their passport stamps, students were able to attend a celebration. The students at Kerkstra Elementary celebrated with a dance party including a piñata and a limbo game. 


Water Test Results for Braun
and Transition Buildings

In response to Senate Bill 0550, signed by Governor Bruce Rauner on January 16, 2017, requiring that all schools test for lead in water used for drinking and cooking; SWCCCASE contracted with the Environmental Consulting Group, Inc. (ECG) to conduct the water sampling and analysis. 

Below please find the April 3, 2017 reports for the Braun Education Center and Transition building which conclude that both are below all EPA/IDPH standards on all potable water samples taken at both schools. 

Braun Educational Center Building Results

Transition Building Results

CD Community Outreach

Mrs. MacLeod's and Ms. Deopere's Communication Development classroom visited Brookdale Senior Living Facility this month. Our group brought games and cheer to the center. Strengthening social interactions and language skills are the cornerstone of the CD Program.

This experience offered our students the chance practice these skills with new language partners. Moreover, we were able to make new connections within our community. Our CD students were asked back to visit... monthly!

CD Rocked ESY....Literally!

The CD program hosted Rock Your Speech, a music project geared to increase language acquisition for students with ASD. Rock Your Speech was founded by Alison and Tom Peterson (bass player of the rock group Cheap Trick) and inspired by their son Liam. It is this group's mission to help all kids to "find their voice through music." SWCCCASE hosted this groups' FIRST school assembly during ESY with the CD Program. 

Students made instruments, sang along, and danced! We had a great time hearing our favorite tracks, like "Alphabet City" and "Blue," live with Rock Your Speech artists. It was an engaging event for all attendees.

Oak Forest Fire Department
Visits DHH ESY Program

Oak Forest Fire Department was able to come help cool down the summer heat by visiting Southwest Coop's Deaf and Hard of Hearing ESY Program. On July 26th, Nick Smith from the Oak Forest Fire Department came to the DHH ESY Program to talk about fire safety and prevention. Students practiced how to check a door safely, learned how to create an escape plan, and heard  first-hand experiences and stories from a fire fighter. 

Afterwards, all the students were given a private tour of one of the Oak Forest fire trucks. Students learned facts like how many gallons of water a truck holds and what kind of tools firefighters keep on the truck. They even had a chance to sit in the cabin! Southwest Coop would like to thank the Oak Forest Fire Department for a day of learning and fun. A special thanks goes to Nick Smith for organizing the event and for his presentation. 


Southwest Cooperative provides services for eleven public school districts:

113a Lemont, 117 North Palos, 118 Palos, 142 Forest Ridge, 145 Arbor Park

146 Tinley Park , 159 Matteson, 160 Country Club Hills, 210 Lemont High School

228 Bremen Community High School, and 230 Consolidated High School


Click the links below to visit a program web page:

Braun Educational Center
Communication Development
Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS)
Project Challenge
Transitional Employment Program
Vision and O&M Services








Southwest Cook County Cooperative Association for Special Education
6020 W. 151st Street  | Oak Forest, IL 60452
(Telephone) 708-687-0900 | (TTY) 708-687-2151
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