Celebrating 35 Years

28th Annual Family Symposium October 20th

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet, mingle and learn!

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2018 Symposium and iNFo Fair & Friday Bowling

October 20, 2018 | 8:00 am - 4:30 pm


Adult Registration: $25

Children 12 to 17: $10

Children 5 to 11: FREE

Those who travel over 90 miles one way to the event: FREE

Friday Night Bowling: $15

Contact NF Midwest

Phone: 630-945-3562

Email: info@nfmidwest.org

Website: www.nfmidwest.org

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Join us for an exciting day in which you will learn from the experts and share experiences about neurofibromatosis, including the latest progress in NF research, current treatment options, and practical advice for living with NF. We will also be bowling the night before. If you are interested the cost is $15 per person and includes buffet, bowling, and shoes. Register as you register for the symposium.

8:00 – 9:00 am Registration, Continental Breakfast, and Socializing

CART (Captioning will be provided for MOST sessions. Email us for more info at info@nfmidwest.org)

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FRIDAY NIGHT BOWLING! Please join us Friday night before the symposium for bowling and buffet from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Main Event 2575 Pratum Avenue, Hoffman Estates, IL. This will cost an additional $15 but includes buffet, bowling, and shoes! Register when you register for the symposium.

(Topics are NOT COMPLETE AND NOT IN ORDER of the actual schedule and may be subject to change. We are still arranging speakers.)

  • RESILIENCY THROUGH STRESS MANAGEMENT AND LIFESTYLE MODIFICATION SKILLS  – Presented by Eric Riklin a graduate student in Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at Fordham University. Currently, Mr. Riklin conducts research examining the psychosocial needs of adolescents with craniofacial conditions and determining efficacious psychotherapeutic interventions for this population. He has also dealt personally with craniofacial conditions and has had over 24 surgeries.
  • UNDERSTANDING EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS: ADA in the Workplace  – Please join Hannah Walsh, staff attorney with Equip for Equality’s Employment Rights Helpline, for a presentation on the rights of employees with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act and other federal and state laws. Topics include requesting reasonable accommodations, disclosing your disability, and the right to be free from discrimination.
  • SUPPORTING WELL SIBLINGS – Summary “Dr. Jill Weissberg-Bencell, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Northwestern University and Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago  will discuss the family stressors of having a child with a chronic disorder, the effect on siblings, and provide strategies and advice.”
  • STRATEGIES FOR WORKING ON NF EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING THROUGH PLAY – Presented by Alix Tonsgard an Early Learning Specialist of the DuPage Children’s Museum.
  • NF1 OVERVIEW/CLINIC INFORMATION – Neha Patel MD, from the University of Wisconsin/American Family NF Clinic in Madison will give an overview on NF  and inform people about her clinic in Madison.
  • CARE GUIDELINES FOR ADULTS WITH NF1 – Presented by David Stevenson MD, Professor at Stanford University in the Division of Medical Genetics and contributor to the new publication on Care Guidelines in Adults with NF
  • NF2 SESSION ON FACIAL RETRAINING – Presented by Jackie Diels, OT,  a leading authority on facial neuromuscular retraining (NMR), a non-surgical therapeutic approach to the treatment of facial paralysis, paresis and synkinesis.
  • HANDS-ON PLAY EXHIBITS – Jill Samonte, Accessibility & Inclusion Specialist from the DuPage Children’s Museum, will be on the premises with hands-on portable and tabletop exhibits for the children and parents to interact with such as super big Tinker Toys.
  • NF2 in Pediatrics –  Robert Listernick, MD from Lurie Children’s Hospital will share his clinical experiences and advice for NF2.
  • NF2 and Upcoming Clinical Trials – James Tonsgard, MD from the University of Chicago will update the group on current and upcoming NF2 clinical trials.
  • Challenges of Finding Adult Care – This will be an open discussion with a panel of physicians, and patients and caregivers in the audience. (Will run concurrently during Supporting Well Siblings)

(We are still working tables, but look for there to be a lot of information. We will have a table time where all speakers will be available for more discussion)

During a special “table time” and other breaks you will be able to visit the areas that interest you and talk to an expert or advocate. The following are the tables we hope to have available. We will be adding more.

  • Participating in Research
  • Pain
  • Learning Disabilities and School Issues
  • NF Clinics
  • Making a Difference—Raising Funds and Awareness

Children age 5 to 17 are welcome to come and participate in our kids’ groups. They’ll enjoy a day of fun, friendship, and food! Cost is $10 for children over 12. Children ages 5 to 11 are free.

Registration fee includes continental breakfast, buffet lunch and afternoon snack…and of course invaluable information and the chance to meet others. If you have financial difficulties please contact us to see if we can waive your fee.

If you’d like to avoid the extra ticketing fee for buying your ticket online you may call the office to register at 630.945.3562.

We are unable to refund any tickets purchased.

This is an event meant for those affected by neurofibromatosis and their families. If you wish to attend this symposium for other reasons but don’t have a connection to NF, please contact us via email at info@nfmidwest.org or by calling 630-945-3562.

A block of rooms is available at the Hyatt Place Chicago/Hoffman Estates for $89 a night. A shuttle can take you to and from the venue if needed. You can make a reservation here or call 1-847-839-1800 and ask for the NF Midwest group rate.

If you’d like to attend but need financial assistance or additional help getting to the event, please call 630-945-3562 or email .

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5555 Trillium Boulevard
Hoffman Estates, IL 60192 United States
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