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Q&A with Teresa Garate, president & CEO of the Anixter Center
TUE, 12/20/2016 - 3:40PM 
By: Daily Whale Staff

06.23.15 AnixterCEO 7554 Edit 2 0Teresa Garate considers herself a “fixer” when it comes to her professional career. She has worked to implement organizational reforms while working at Chicago Public Schools’ Office of Specialized Services, the Illinois Department of Public Health and in her current role as the president & CEO of Anixter Center.

Garate stepped into her current role at the Anixter Center in June 2015. The center is one of Chicago’s largest nonprofit organizations, serving nearly 8,000 children, teens and adults with disabilities. With a broad background in education, disability, and social services, Garate joined the organization ready to implement change.

“I think my skillset is that I’ve learned how to use data to inform change and come up with best practices,” Garate told the Daily Whale in a recent interview.

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Lekotek Releases Its First 
AblePlay™ Toy Guide for Children of All Abilities   
 
 
Chicago, Ill. (Dec. 8, 2016) — Experts in helping children with disabilities learn key life skills through therapeutic play, Lekotek has just released its first AblePlay™ Toy Guide. The guide is a unique resource that evaluates a variety of toys and explains how each can help develop important skills that all children—but particularly those with disabilities—need in order to grow and learn. 
 
Just in time for holiday shopping, the guide, which includes information on more than 50 toys, is free and currently available online at www.Lekotek.org. Every toy in the guide is accessible and appropriate for all children. While the guide is being launched during the holiday season, it is designed as a reference that can be used throughout the year.
 
“This is the definitive guide for parents, grandparents, professionals, or anyone seeking to purchase toys for children of all abilities,” said Kathy Lavin, Executive Director, Lekotek. “The guide features AblePlay™ approved products as well as AblePlay™ Play Ideas so that the benefits of play are maximized. As a parent of a child with special needs, I believe that this guide supports any family’s desire to play together with much joy and laughter.”
 
A key to Lekotek’s success is its emphasis on bringing the whole family together to enjoy the many benefits of play. This new guide will help make that all-important family time even more fun by showcasing toys that will appeal to all ages and all abilities.
 
Lekotek is a division of Anixter Center. For more information about Lekotek or to access the AblePlay™ Toy Guide, go to www.Lekotek.org
 
About Anixter Center
Anixter Center is one of the largest nonprofit organizations in Chicago serving children, teens and adults with disabilities. Through more than 30 programs at dozens of locations across the greater Chicago area and the country, Anixter Center touches the lives of more than 8,000 individuals annually through residential, employment, therapy, educational and community support services. To learn more, please visit www.Anixter.org.

By RYAN ORI | Crain's Chicago Business

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After pulling the plug on a deal to sell one of its two Clybourn Corridor buildings to a real estate developer, the nonprofit Anixter Center is now considering selling both of them and moving to new locations.

Anixter has hired Jones Lang LaSalle to find a buyer for its four-story, 27,000-square-foot building at 2001 N. Clybourn Ave., said Teresa Garate, president and CEO of the organization that provides services to people with disabilities.

Meanwhile, JLL is advising Anixter on its options for a larger building it owns across the street at 2032 N. Clybourn, including a potential sale, Garate said.

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ABOUT ANIXTER CENTER:
Anixter Center is one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the Chicago area serving people of all ages with disabilities and related challenges. Each year Anixter Center and its three divisions - CALOR, Chicago Hearing Society (CHS) and Lekotek - help more than 7,300 children, teens and adults by providing residential, educational, employment, socialization and health services.

Position Summary: Responsible for providing quality Behavioral Services to adults that present with maladaptive behaviors who live in Anixter Center's Residential Department CILAs.

Position Responsibilities:
• Conduct preference and other assessments for current and new clients
• Write individual behavior support plans and update behavior support plans every 6 months (at annual and review date)
• Collect and graph data, assess, and report results
• Complete functional behavior assessments
• Implement changes to behavior plans as clients' needs change based on data
• Attend behavior rights committee meetings
• Monitor progress towards behavior goals
• Complete monthly progress reports for client caseload
• Attend ISP meetings to provide support and recommendations as needed
• Conduct team trainings on client behavior plans and data collection
• Model and train on behavior interventions
• Implement interventions and procedures according to behavior support plan
• Participate in necessary trainings, meetings, and committees as needed or directed
• Observe each client in their work and home environment twice per month (each) and maintain observation notes on visits
• Maintain accurate and organized client notes, data, and reports
• Track 56U billing notes, by client, and keep a record on Anixter Center's computer system and Mental Health Database for billing.
• Submit billing to the Accounting Department for all clients by the 1st of the month
• Run social skills groups within Residential Department
• Review incident reports and provide feedback/make recommendations when necessary
• Ensure agency is in compliance with standards from external governmental agencies
• Works effectively and maintains positive relationships with other agency departments/programs
• Participates in the intake process and makes recommendations to Director
• Attends to clients when they are in crisis and need behavioral intervention
• Support the manager On-Call team with emergency behavioral issues on a 24-hour basis in cooperation with QIDP of programs
• Other duties as assigned

Essential Skills and Experience:
• Professional Certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Certification must be maintained throughout employment.
• Master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis or related field.
• Experience in utilizing evidenced-based practices (Applied Behavior Analysis, Positive Behavior Support, etc.)
• Ability to obtain certification in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NCI) and/or Professional Crisis Management (PCM) or another type of intervention technique.
• Valid Illinois driver's license required.
• Ability to meet agency insurance requirements.

If you would like to support our mission to assist people with disabilities to live, learn, work and play in the community, please apply by submitting your resume on our website at https://anixter.companycareersite.com!

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

Anixter Center offers competitive pay, a generous benefit package, and a dynamic and supportive work environment.

Anixter Center affirms the values and goals of diversity. We have a strong commitment to diversity and cultural competence and so we proudly are an Equal Opportunity Employer. EOE

Download a PDF of this job opening here.

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JOB OBJECTIVE:
Help design and implement therapeutic programming that maximizes the potential for independence, enhances the quality of life and promotes community integration for individuals with a disability. Creation of a positive and enjoyable environment promoting social and recreational opportunities in concert with expressed desires of program participants.

DUTIES:
• Develop and implement curricula and teaching methods that utilize recreation and leisure activities to enhance psychosocial functioning, enhance physical performance and facilitate community integration. This includes:
• Adjust materials to individual needs of the program participants. Cover leisure education, socialization, networking, community resources, lifestyle choices, health considerations, fitness, independence and other related topics
• Assist program participants in planning, organizing and implementing recreational, social, and leisure activities
• Organize and implement ongoing system to collect consumer feedback on program activities of future events and activities.
• In conjunction with participants, plan and participate in activities, community outings, and special events. Foster independence of all participants in all aspects of planning, participation and program enhancement.
• Help working persons transition into the community
• Teach a variety of physical, leisure and recreation activities in a safe and appropriate manner.
• Evaluate individual progress
• Assess program effectiveness
• Liaison with local Chicago Park District facilities and other community programs. Refer program participants to community programs as appropriate.
• Complete and update assessments on each participant and develop a plan based on their needs, interests and abilities
• Accompany, supervise, and help coach athletes at local Special Olympics events. Assist with eligibility (medicals) and registration process. Complete associated paperwork.
• Supervise therapeutic recreation interns as needed. Complete associated paperwork.
• Participate in Individual Service Plans as requested, providing input regarding progress and concerns of the participant. Complete required sections of staffing report and progress reports. Strive for efficiency, accuracy and usefulness of information.
• Assist persons served with activities of daily living, grooming, and hygiene as needed, throughout the day. Provide break and lunch coverage.
• Complete required paperwork according to department and agency guidelines, funding source regulations and accreditation standards
• Report and document behavioral data as required on a timely basis
• Report and document payroll information on a timely basis as necessary
• Assist participants in developing and following their individual work and activity schedules, encouraging their participation and community involvement.
• Respond to medical and behavior crisis in accordance with agency policy and procedure. This includes related paperwork.
• Drive the agency vans and multi-passenger small bus to transport participants to and from regularly scheduled outings as well as spontaneously planned outings.

QUALIFICATIONS:
B.A. degree in Therapeutic Recreation. Must have or be eligible for Certified Therapeutic Recreational Specialist certification.

Must have the physical capacity to assist in behavior management, to lift people and program materials as program needs dictate.

Valid Illinois driver's license

Scheduled hours will be flexible not to total more than 40 hours per week. Usual working hours will be Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Occasional evening, week-end hours and overnight hours may be required.

If you would like to support our mission to assist people with disabilities to live, learn, work and play in the community, please apply by submitting your resume on our website at https://anixter.companycareersite.com! No phone calls or e-mails please.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

Anixter Center offers competitive pay, a generous benefit package, and a dynamic and supportive work environment.

Anixter Center affirms the values and goals of diversity. We have a strong commitment to diversity and cultural competence and so we proudly are an Equal Opportunity Employer. EOE

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Anixter Center Celebrates a Century of Service — Chicago Nonprofit Has Been Serving People in Need for 100 Years

This year, Anixter Center, one of the largest nonprofit organizations serving those with disabilities, behavioral health challenges and people who are Deaf, celebrates its 100th year anniversary. The organization has an interesting history and evolution of service that will be shared throughout the year… In 1918, thirteen women founded an orphanage... Read more

A Century of Service — Anixter Center’s Annual Benefit Celebrates 100 Years

Anixter Center, a leading nonprofit in the Chicagoland area serving people with disabilities, hosts its annual benefit, “A Century of Service,” on Wednesday evening, May 15 at Wrigley Field’s 1914 Club. The spring gala, which is part of Anixter Center’s year-long celebration of its 100th year anniversary, will honor the Anixter... Read more

QIDP (Qualitied Intellectual Disabilities Professional) Certification Course

QIDP Training – NEXT OFFERING BEGINS JANUARY 25, 2019 - PLEASE REGISTER BY 1/17/2019 The Department of Human Services has mandated this 40-hour Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP) training as a requirement for all QIDPs. Anixter Center's course meets the DHS standards of instruction. Anyone is welcome to apply for the course, but applicants... Read more

 

Anixter Center Success | Margaret

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Margaret definitely knows what she wants—a job. And she also knows what it will take to get one—better job skills and her GED. Anixter Center is supporting her all the... Read more

 

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