Forum to offer career options to students with special needs

Jesse Abrams-Morely

Special-needs students at Evanston Township High School will have a chance to learn more about their post-high school options at a program tonight in Lincolnshire, Ill.

The program, which begins at 6:15 p.m. at Adlai E. Stevenson High School, will include a student panel and the opportunity for students to meet representatives from 60 colleges, military branches and other organizations. Northwestern will not send representatives to the event.

Though all students from ETHS and eight other local high schools are allowed to attend, the evening will be geared toward students with special needs, such as learning disabilities, said John Ostrowski, transition coordinator at ETHS.

He said students with learning disabilities often have special concerns about their transition to college that need to be addressed separately.

The program has been held for about 20 years and was developed by ETHS teacher Ronnie Sokol, Ostrowski said. Last year more than 600 students attended the event at Maine South High School in Park Ridge, Ill.