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SUBURBAN LIFE MEDIA BLOOMINGDALE – Karen Gill, Marklund’s director of education, recently attained certification as a Certified Autism Specialist. A CAS guides individuals with an autism spectrum disorder in efforts to successfully transition through the various stages of development. Dedicated to enhance the development of individuals with autism, the certification requires a master’s degree and two years experience working with students with ASD. At this time, the CAS is a voluntary certification and is not required by law. The CAS certification also requires that those who are certified need to complete 14 continued education units specifically in autism-related studies. Gill also holds a bachelor of arts in education from Northeastern Illinois University and a master of education in administration from Lewis University. She joined Marklund as its director of education in 2012.

The Marklund Day School is a nonpublic, state-certified school located in Bloomingdale that provides a highly specialized education experience for individuals ages 3 to 22 with medical, developmental, learning, cognitive and physical disabilities, including those diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Contact Gill at kgill@marklund.org or 630-529-2871, ext. 3248, or visit www. marklund.org/school. Marklund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that makes everyday life possible for individuals with profound disabilities. Those served by Marklund are able to enjoy a full and meaningful life supported by a compassionate nurturing environment, a strong partnership with the community and an unmatched dedication to personal growth. Marklund annually serves nearly 200 families in the Chicago area. The organization features three sites: the Marklund at Mill Creek campus in Geneva, Marklund Philip Center for Children and the Marklund Day School in

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Karen Gill, Marklund’s director of education, recently attained certification as a Certified Autism Specialist. Bloomingdale and the Marklund Resale Store in Wood Dale.

NWD • Friday, April 12, 2013 • mysuburbanlife.com • Press Publications | Northwest DuPage

may have been improperly released to the media by college staff.” Many open village positions in Glen Ellyn were already decided in a primary held by the Civic Betterment Party in December. The party held a town meeting for the races of village clerk, Village Board of Trustees and Glen Ellyn Public Library Board of Trustees. Based on who received the most votes at the meeting, the party nominated the same number of candidates as seats available in each of the races. Those names appeared on Tuesday’s ballot. Candidates who did not receive the most votes at the meeting still could apply to be on the ballot through the DuPage County Election Commission, but residents typically follow the results of the Civic Betterment Party process and opt not to go that route, party officials said. Winners were Alex Demos for village president; Catherine Galvin for village clerk; Dean Clark, Tim Elliott and Tim O’Shea for village trustees; and Kelli Christiansen, Gina Meyers and Randolph Sailer for library trustees.

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