Empowering Families in Chicago’s Metropolitan Area:
The Family Resource Center on Disabilities (FRCD)


The Family Resource Center on Disabilities (FRCD) stands as a beacon of support and empowerment for families in the Chicago Metropolitan Area who have children with disabilities. Dedicated to ensuring that every child receives the quality education and services they deserve, FRCD offers a wealth of resources and guidance to parents navigating the intricate landscape of special education.

Serving eight Illinois counties – Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will – FRCD is a vital partner in the journey towards providing children with disabilities the opportunity to lead productive and independent adult lives.

Understanding Your Rights and Responsibilities

One of FRCD’s core missions is to empower parents and caregivers with the knowledge they need to understand their rights and responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). We believe that informed parents are better equipped to advocate for their children. Through workshops, informational materials, and individual consultations, FRCD helps parents comprehend the intricacies of IDEA and ensures they can effectively advocate for their child’s needs within the educational system.

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Navigating the IEP Process

The heart of a child’s educational journey often lies in their Individualized Education Program (IEP). FRCD recognizes the significance of this document and assists parents in making informed decisions about their child’s IEP. Our team provides support through IEP meetings, training sessions, and personalized guidance, ensuring that the child’s unique needs and potential are the central focus of the educational plan.

Securing Appropriate Services

FRCD is dedicated to helping parents obtain the appropriate services their child requires. We work tirelessly to connect families with the necessary resources, whether it’s finding specialized programs, therapy, or support groups. Our network of professionals and knowledge of local services make it easier for parents to navigate the system and access the resources their children need to thrive.

Effective Communication

We understand that effective communication with school professionals is crucial in achieving the best outcomes for children with disabilities. FRCD provides parents with the tools and skills to engage constructively with educators, support staff, and administrators. Our aim is to foster positive working relationships that facilitate the child’s educational journey.

Community and Support

FRCD encourages parents to come together with others who share similar concerns and desires to make a difference. Our community-building efforts provide a platform for families to connect, share experiences, and learn from one another. By fostering a sense of unity and shared purpose, we enable parents to advocate collectively for better educational opportunities for their children.

Early Intervention 

Early intervention is key to a child’s development. FRCD educates parents about the importance of early intervention services and guides them through the process. 

Transition Services

 We help families prepare for the transition to adult life, ensuring that young adults with disabilities have the support they need to lead independent, fulfilling lives.



FRCD is more than just a resource center; it is a lifeline for families in Chicago’s Metropolitan Area. By equipping parents with the knowledge, skills, and support they need, we strive to create a more inclusive and empowering educational environment for children with disabilities. Our service area, covering Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties, represents our commitment to reaching and supporting as many families as possible. We look forward to continuing our journey with parents and caregivers, ensuring that every child has the opportunity to thrive, learn, and grow, regardless of their abilities.

Have additional questions about FRCD? Contact us at 312-939-3513 or email info@frcd.org.