The joys of raising a healthy, happy child to adulthood are among the most precious gifts any parent can know. However, for many of our neighbors in Lake County with a special needs child, those joys may be in short supply.
Every parent wants to see their child grow and thrive, but for those who have a child with profound physical, mental, or emotional disabilities, daily life is often a far more difficult struggle than most of us will ever experience.
The Special Education District of Lake County – “SEDOL” - is responsible for providing physically, mentally, and emotionally challenged children up to age 22 with educational opportunities appropriate to each child’s needs. Created in 1960, SEDOL is a cooperative system that serves over 2,600 students, 400 square miles and 35 Lake County school districts.
While the Special Education District’s services are comprehensive, there are important life-enhancing resources that the organization simply can’t provide because of funding limitations. That’s where the SEDOL Foundation comes in. Believing that every child deserves the opportunity to develop to their full potential, the not-for-profit Foundation was created in 1991 to partner with SEDOL, special needs children and their families to overcome difficult challenges and create hope and new possibilities.
The Foundation does this by supplying both funding and guidance for a wide range of supplemental resources and activities not covered by tax dollars. And, with the availability of exciting new technologies and other enabling resources, there is a growing opportunity to make a real, positive difference in the lives of the children and their families.
In addition, the SEDOL Foundation seeks to…
Special needs children and their families share the same aspirations as you and your family. The SEDOL Foundation needs your support in helping these children reach their full potential.
|Bob Williams||Chair||Burns Entertainment|
|Dustin Epstein||Vice Chair||Briggs healthcare|
|Paul Benjamin||Treasurer||Echales, Benjamin & Simkin|
|David Raye||Secretary||The Goddard School|
|Thomas Doherty||Executive Committee||The PrivateBank|
|Thomas Moline||Executive Committee||SEDOL|
|Joe Oleksy||Executive Committee||Discover Financial Services|
|David Rutkowski||Executive Committee||Horace Mann Insurance|
|Thomas Zengeler||Executive Committee||Zengeler Cleaners|
|Carl Abrahamson - Associated Bank||Mike Adams - Colliers International|
|Melissa Brunette - Hollister Inc||Joe Charneske - GMCS|
|Daniel Clark - Cardinal Health||Mike Deney - First Bank & Trust|
|David Facklam - CTI||Jody Gleason|
|Kurt Krieghbaum - Medline Industries, Inc.||Keith O'Donnell - CDW|
|Neil Pankau - Getinge Group||Al Scaletta - TDS Metrocom|
|Steve Slaw - The Goddard School||Tracy Wasilewski - Abbott Laboratories|
|Roycealee Wood - Regional Office of Education||Garry Hodge - Walgreens|
|Dr. Magadalene Kalb||Anthony Adams - Retired Chicago Bears|
|Bill Burrows - Brightstar US||Richard Daniels - Daniels, Long & Pinsel|
|Stephanie Felinczak - Shire||Tim McMahon|
|Mary Sowers||Peter Graves - Graves Design Group|