Student Specific Corrective Action process

ODLSS_logoChicago Public Schools (CPS) published a notice to the Office of Diverse Learners Supports and Services (ODLSS) homepage regarding the Illinois State Board of Education’s (ISBE) Student Specific Corrective Action.

This notice is the first step in informing you of the which will be taking place at annual IEP meetings during the 2019-20 school year. Parents and guardians will receive more detailed information about how the implementation of this process.

If you have questions about the Student Specific Corrective Action process, please contact your case manager, building administrator, or your school’s ODLSS district representative.


2019 Parent Advocacy Leadership (PAL) Training

Parent Advocacy Leadership TrainingParent Advocacy Leadership  (PAL) Training Presented By Family Resource Center on Disabilities

Are you a parent of a child with a disability or a community member interested in gaining a strong understanding of the Illinois special education system? Parent Advocacy Leadership (PAL) is a Free training series designed to help you navigate the special education process in Illinois.


  • Willing to attend all 8 sessions
  • Willing to participate in weekly check-ins,
  • Willing to complete pre and post survey.
  • Willing to complete homework assignments prior to class.
  • Possess a passion for helping families of children with disabilities.

Training will cover:

  • The Individuals with Disabilities
  • Education Act (IDEA)
  • State law (Part 226)
  • The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • Section 504
  • Behaviour
  • Advocacy

All training and materials are free. The PAL training is 8 sessions long and space is limited to 15 participants (first come, first served). The 8 Weekly check-ins will take place via webinar format. Homework is required and must be completed prior to each session.

Each training session is from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm (CST) at Family Resource Center on Disabilities 11 E. Adams St. Suite 1002 Chicago, IL 60603.

The training dates are Saturdays:

September 7th, September 14th, September 21st, September 28th, October 5th, October 12th, October 19th, October 26th.

Check-in dates are Wednesdays Check-ins are one hour. Exact Time: TBA.

September 4th, September 11th, September 18th, September 25th, October 2nd, October 9th, October 16th, October 23rd.

For more information about FRCD resources, support, and publications, please contact the Family Resource Center on Disabilities at (312) 939-3513 visit us online at and email us at

March with Family Resource Center on Disabilities on Saturday, July 20 at 16th Annual Disability Pride Parade

Join Family Resource Center on Disabilities (FRCD) for a day of solidarity, awareness, and celebration of disability pride.

Saturday, July 20, 2019
Parade: 11:00 am-12:30 pm
Post Parade Festivities: 12:30 pm


The overall mission of the Disability Pride Parade is to change the way people think about and define “Disability”. Now is the time to promote the belief in society that Disability is a natural and beautiful part of human diversity in which people living with disabilities can take pride.

Contact Paula Wills at or call FRCD’s Office at 312-939-3513.

There is no registration fee, but we ask that you register to march with FRCD.  If feasible, please wear purple t-shirts, but not mandatory.

“¿Qué es lo que todos los padres deben saber? Transición de Intervención Temprana”

ABC blocksChicago Public Schools-Office
of Diverse Learner Support Services Early Childhood,

Child and Family Connections #11,
Family Resource Center on Disabilities, and Starnet Chicago Le invita a participar en:

“¿Qué es lo que todos los padres deben saber?
Transición de Intervención Temprana”

Martes, 9 de Julio del 2019
de 3:00 a 5:00 p.m.

El registro comienza a las 2:45 p.m.
Habrá pequeños aperitivos
La Biblioteca Logan Square
3030 W. Fullerton Ave.
Community Room
Chicago, IL 60647


Andreina Ruvalcaba, CPS, Madeline Chaparro & Aracely Chavez

CFC #11,
Maria Castillo, FRCD

Acompáñenos y prepare sus preguntas, conozca a otros padres que
también tienen dudas acerca de el proceso y los servicios que continúan
en las Escuelas Públicas de Chicago CPS una vez que su hijo(a) cumple
los 3 años de edad.

Los padres con hijo(a)s que actualmente reciben Intervención
Temprana y sus proveedoras de servicios son bienvenido(a)s a
participar. Se dará prioridad a las familias con niños de dos años
de edad. Nos disculpamos por no poder recibir niños durante el
entrenamiento, pero no contaremos con un espacio adecuado para ellos.

Favor de confirmar su asistencia ya que el espacio es limitado. Envíe un correo
electrónico confirmando su asistencia a mas tardar el 5 de Julio a , escriba su nombre, y el nombre y la fecha de nacimiento de suhijo(a).

También puede confirmar su asistencia llamando a Andreina al 773-553-1870.

Transitioning from Early Intervention: What Every Parent Should Know

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Childhood, StarNet Chicago and Child; Family Connections #11 invite you to a FREE  Training from Early Intervention:  What Every Parent Should Know

Thursday, July 11th 2019
2:30-4:30 p.m.

Logan Square Branch Library
3030 W. Fullerton St., Chicago, IL 60647
Refreshments / Registration at 2:15

Facilitated by: Roberta Hansen & Kadi Doumbia, CFC #11-Gina DalPra, CPS, and Tiffany Posey, Starnet Chicago

Come; join other parents with your questions in an informal training centered on the process to continue services through Chicago Public Schools and look at options for services available after your child turns 3.

Parents with a child currently participating in the Early Intervention
program and their Early Intervention providers are welcome. Priority
will be given to families with children who have passed their 2nd
birthday. This training is for adults only.

Sorry we are not able to

safely accommodate children.

Registration is required-space is limited to 30.  Email your interest to by leaving your name, and your child’s
name and birth date by July 8th. We will send you a confirmation
email.  Questions, contact Roberta at 312-942-7863.

Planificando sobre servicios para las Discapacidades del Desarrollo?

The Arc logoPlanificando sobre servicios para las Discapacidades del Desarrollo?

“Conozca sus Opciones”Evento de Bienvenida Familiar por The Arc of Illinois y el Programa de Abogacía Familiar de Ligas:

Para personas con discapacidades del desarrollo que probablemente serán seleccionadas a solicitar fondos en Base a la Vivienda y Comunidad esta primavera, así como sus familiares y otros interesados.

Jueves 13 de Junio del 2019 de la 12:30 a las 3:00 Biblioteca Pública de Schaumburg, 130 S. Roselle, Schaumburg, IL

 Para individuos y sus familiares – “Sus sueños y metas”

 The Arc of Illinois – Mary Dixon, Defensora familiar de Ligas: “Sus opciones de vivienda y servicios una vez elegido para fondos del HCBS”

 Community Alternatives Unlimited – Jennifer Rutka, Gerente de Programación, Jennifer Rutka: “Lo que puede hacer ya para prepararse”

 Clearbrook – Representantes del programa

 Little City – Representantes del programa

 Glenkirk – Representantes del programa

 Servicios a domicilio – historias de dos familias

Inscríbase ent o llame Rocio Perez al 708-218-1958; habrá almuerzo y refrescos *The Ligas Family Advocate Program es patrocinado por una beca del Departamento de Servicios Humanos de Illinois*

The Arc of Illinois, Ligas Family Advocate Program “Know Your Options” and Family Meet & Greet

The Arc logoIndividuals with developmental disabilities who will likely be selected to apply for Home & Community Based Funding this Spring, their families, and interested others


On Thursday, June 13, 2019, from 12:30 -3:00 pm

Schaumburg Public Library, 130 S. Roselle, Schaumburg, IL60193

  • The Arc of Illinois – Mary Dixon, Ligas Family Advocate: your living/service options once eligible for HCBS funding
  • Community Alternatives Unlimited – Jennifer Rutka, Program Manager: What you can be doing now to prepare for services
  • Clearbrook – Heidi Raymond, Director of Admissions: programs and services including home-based services and CILA
  • Little City – Representatives: programs and services including home-based services and CILA
  • Glenkirk -Representatives: programs and CILA services
  • Home-based services – case example discussion –two families share how they self-directed home and community-based services to meet the individual needs of their adult children with developmental disabilities

Register at or call 708-331-7370; lunch to be provided

*The Ligas Family Advocate Program is funded through a grant from the Illinois Department of Human Services*


Action Needed for Illinois Special Education Bills by May 1 at 2 PM

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Please File Witness Slips In Support of HB 3586 and HB 3302

 State Representative Fred Crespo has introduced two important special education bills, HB 3586 and HB 3302, with the support of special education advocates. HB 3586 addresses issues critical to the education of students with disabilities in Chicago Public School (CPS) and throughout the state. Federal law establishes parents of children with disabilities as full team members when developing an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for their child. HB 3586 provides parents with sufficient time, educational information, and means to express concerns to enable them be informed, effective advocates for their children.

The bills will be heard in the Illinois Senate Education Committee TODAY at 2 pm. We need people to show their support for these bills by filing witness slips. To do a witness slip, when you go to each link to file your slip, fill out the info about who you are and who you represent. If you do not represent a group, you can say “self” in Section II, Representation. In Section III, Position, check “proponent,” which means you support the bill amendment. In Section IV, Testimony, check “record of appearance only” to show that you are only filing electronically.

As a quick recap:

HB 3302 was introduced in order to ensure the opportunity to redress CPS’s illegal delay and denial of special education services. Although the ISBE corrective action plan was approved on May 16, 2018, no compensatory services mechanism has yet been proposed. Students with disabilities are still waiting to find out how ISBE intends to have CPS redress the service failures that the district intentionally imposed on students. As time passes, the statute of limitations for filing a state complaint (one year from the date of the alleged violation) is running out for families.

HB 3586 addresses issues critical to the education of students with disabilities in CPS and throughout the state. Federal law establishes parents of children with disabilities as full team members when developing an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for their child. HB 3586 provides parents with sufficient time, educational information, and means to express concerns to enable them be informed, effective advocates for their children.

Links for special education bill witness slips:

HB 3586 link for witness slip

HB 3302 link for witness slip

Please file a witness slip for each of the above by 2 pm today! Thank you.



A parent of a child with a disability

o who receives special education services and has an IEP,

o who has transitioned to kindergarten in the past year,

o and who speaks English as a primary home language.

A kindergarten teacher

o who teaches in a general education classroom,

o who has at least four years of experience teaching kindergarten,

o and who has at least one student with an IEP in his/her classroom this year?

We value your feedback! Information from 90-120 minute focus groups will be used to develop or influence future professional development programming, interventions, and policy related to kindergarten transition practices.

Participants will receive a $40 Amazon gift card for their participation.

Interested in participating?

Questions? Email Michelle Sands at:

Accessibility and Public Space Focus Group

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Accessibility and Public Space Focus Group
Friday, June 28, 2019 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Disability Resource Center 77 N. 129th Infantry Drive Joliet, IL 60435

Are you a parent or person with a disability? Or do you have experiences trying to access community spaces or programs for people with disabilities? If yes to either question, then we want to hear from you? Family Resource Center on Disabilities is hosting a focus group to discuss accessibility in public spaces, recreation, and the humanities. Registered participants will receive a:

• $30 gift card

• A chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card

• FRCD swag

Refreshments will be served.

This focus group will be recorded

To RSVP visit: contact Paula Wills at 312-953-6960 or Albert Riley at 312-550-8925. You can also email

**“This program is made possible in part by a grant from Illinois Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Illinois General Assembly.”