Press Release

Sente Leads Panel on Developmental Disabilities


VERNON HILLS, Ill. – State Rep. Carol Sente, D-Vernon Hills, State Rep. Rita Mayfield, D-Waukegan, and State Sen. Terry Link, D-Waukegan, led a community dialogue with leaders from the developmental disability community at the Vernon Hills Park District’s Sullivan Center on Thursday.

“It is imperative that we work to provide disabled residents with the resources they need to live a life of independence and dignity,” Sente said. “In order to do so, we must all be part of discussion focused on making Illinois a more compassionate state and protecting the programs our most vulnerable citizens depend on from dangerous cuts.”

Over 50 residents attended Sente’s event and had the opportunity to ask questions about issues of importance to the special needs community. Among the topics discussed were independent living, day and residential resources for working parents, transitioning out of the public school system, PUNS placement and the future of vital state programs under the governor’s proposed cuts.

In addition to local legislators, the panel of experts included Brian Rubin, attorney, Rubin Law; Sherri Schneider, president, Family Benefits Solutions; Ed McManus, McManus Consulting; Susan Perlik, Community Alternatives Unlimited; Renee Klass, parent; and Helen Kauffman, parent.

Pictured: State Rep. Carol Sente (center) welcomes guests to the Developmental Disabilities: Ask the Experts community discussion.