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Summer Vacation

We are beginning to experience more opportunities to place ITKAN members into competitive internships or full-time roles! Our next meeting will be September 14th, Val Kendrick will lead a “Meet the Candidates Night”.

Recently our full Advisory Team met to strategize on moving ITKAN into our next phase with a focus on preparing our members for the shifting technology landscape. Our Membership, Partnerships, and Knowledge Share Committees are kicking off their efforts through the summer, and as a result our next Monthly Members’ Meeting will be September’s. We will send September event invitations three weeks before the meeting.

Future Meetings

  • We are planning our 2nd Annual Business After-Hours for our October meeting at the MTC to coincide with National Disability Employment Awareness Month! Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Microsoft’s Chief Accessibility Officer will give the keynote, and we will present the Rose Stein “Light from Within” Award.
  • Our November meeting will be at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital. John Kennedy will introduce us to his unique Neuro-training program, Combat Brain Training. Trust us, you want to be there!

Hope to see you in September.

The Give Something Back Foundation looking for mentors

Member Hannah Thompson asked us to consider this group…

Refer a Mentor!

Hello Mentors.  We just accepted a new class of 62 scholars.  They are high school freshman from Will County and the city of Aurora.

Would you take a few minutes to consider nominating someone to become a mentor for GSB and these new students?  I always appreciate referrals for new mentors.

Anyone interested in becoming a mentor can call or email me directly if they have any questions.  If they are someone you know well, just ask them to type your name in the long-answer section of the application so we know who referred them, and they can skip to the next.  The application can be found at http://www.giveback.ngo/mentors/illinois-mentor-application/ 

Mentors should be in college or already have a bachelor’s degree.  And, as you know, mentors are asked to communicate with students once every two weeks during the school year, reply to my check-in emails and participate in a check-in call once every thee months.

Makeathon at Kellogg Northwestern

On April 28 – 30, the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University is hosting a Makeathon where Makers and Need-Knowers (people with a deep understanding of a specific disability challenge) develop extremely affordable solutions for real-life challenges. Teams of Makers are paired with a need knower to build a product to address the Need-Knower’s unmet need over the period of a 3-day weekend. The Need-Knower gets to keep the product at the end of the weekend and the design is open for anyone in the world with the same need to use free of charge.

This would be a great opportunity to get hands-on with technologists in areas that we have been discussing at our meetings (3-D printing, Maker scene, IoT, etc.). However, you will need to act quickly. Below are the deadlines:

  • Submit an application by April 5
  • Be able to meet with paired Maker team on April 12. Transportation will be provided if needed.
  • Be able to attend the Makeathon at the Evanston Campus of Northwestern University on April 28, 29, and 30 to work with your Maker team as they develop your product. Transportation will be provided if needed.

You can see PDF of the handout flier, and apply on the Makeathon website.