UIC is seeking participants for an exciting research project that will explore the nature of advocacy conducted by parents of children with disabilities.

We are looking for participants for an exciting research project that will explore the nature of advocacy conducted by parents of Parent Advocacy Training for Legislative Change Logochildren with disabilities.

Title of the Project: Understanding advocacy experiences of parents of individuals with disabilities

About the Project: As a participant, you will complete a 10-minute family information survey. Afterward, you will participate in a 90-minute interview. The interview may occur face-to-face or over-the-phone, depending on your preference. After the interview, we will e-mail you to review a summary of your interview (i.e., a follow-up e-mail). We believe that your experiences will help to inform the research about parent advocacy.

Potential Participants: Please consider participating in this study if:

  • You are a parent and/or caregiver of a child with a disability AND (b) Are older than 18 years of age

In appreciation for your time, you will receive $40 in gift cards for participating in this study. Specifically, participants will receive a $30 gift card after completing the interview. Participants will receive the other $10 gift card after completing the follow-up interview.

If you are interested in participating in the study or if you would like more information, please contact:


Kristina Rios, kr6@illinois.edu , 661-586-7698 or

Meghan Burke meghanbm@illinois.edu , 217-300-1226

Plan De Transition del IEP

 Transition In the School Settings for Children with IEP's-2Plan De Transition del IEP

Taller Sobre Planificación para estudianties que reciben servicios de education especial

en solemente Español

*** Consultas programadas individuals esquire

Vodka East Side Library
Feb. 27, 2019



Presentador: Centro De Recursos Familiares Sobre Discapacidades

12:30-2:30PM: Sesión Informativa
2:30-5PM: Consultas Individuales (Cada 30 Minutos)

**Debe llamas o envier un mensal de text a Roxy Cortes al 773-557-8729 si planea asistir al taller o consultas individuals, es importante tenet uno copier del IEP actual.

¿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 

Le invita a participar en:

“¿Qué es lo que todos los padres deben saber?

Transición de Intervención Temprana


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.


Martes, 9 de Abril del 2019

de 1:00 a 3:00 p.m.

El registro comienza a las 12:45 p.m.

Habrá pequeños aperitivos

La Biblioteca Logan Square

3030 W. Fullerton Ave.

Community Room

Chicago, IL 60647



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


Favor de confirmar su asistencia ya que el espacio es limitado. Envíe un correo

electrónico confirmando su asistencia a mas tardar el 5 de abril a

aruvalcaba10@cps.edu , escriba su nombre, y el nombre y la fecha de nacimiento de su

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


Seeking Participants for Interview Study Parental Advocacy: Caregivers’ Experiences in Early Intervention

Informational Flyer -- Advocacy & EISeeking Participants for Interview Study
Parental Advocacy: Caregivers’ Experiences in Early Intervention 
Kristen Schraml-Block, a doctoral student in the Department of Special Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is recruiting caregivers who are receiving early intervention services to participate in an interview study. is under the advisement of Dr. Micki Ostrosky, and the study focuses on understanding how caregivers advocate for their young children.

About the Project: 
As a participant, you will
(a) complete a 10-minute survey so that we can learn more about your family
(b) be interviewed face-to-face for approximately one hour AND
(c) review a summary of the interview and provide your feedback Potential Participants:

Please consider participating if:
(a) You are a caregiver of a child (birth to age 3) who currently receives early intervention services
(b) You are a native English speaker For sharing your time and story with us, you will receive up to two $25.00 VISA gift cards for completing all components of this study.

If you are interested in participating in this study or if you would like more information, please contact:
Kristen Schraml-Block, schraml2@illinois.edu, 703-609-6905
OR Dr. Micki Ostrosky, ostrosky@illinois.edu, 217-333-0260
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An Illinois Speaks Discussion: Access to Humanities Programming

An Illinois Speaks Discussion: Access to Humanities Programming FlyersAn Illinois Speaks Discussion: Access to Humanities Programming
presented by Family Resource Center on Disabilities

FEBRUARY 9, 2019 
1 pm – 3 pm
Morris Library Southern Illinois University – Carbondale
605 Agriculture Dr,
Carbondale, IL 62901

***”This program is made possible in part by a grant from Illinois Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Illinois General Assembly.”
Contact: Albert A Riley 312 550 8925 or albert.a.riley@gmail.com

Share your Insight About Early Intervention

Back of a school bus.The Early Intervention Clearinghouse (EIC) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) is conducting focus groups with families of young children with disabilities. We want to learn your perspectives about needed: supports, information, and services.

Specifically, you will also be asked to participate in a focus group discussion for 60-90 minutes.  At the beginning of the focus group meeting, you will complete a 20 minute questionnaire about your family and experiences with early intervention services.   Next, you will participate in a focus group discussion, which is similar to a roundtable discussion. After the focus group, you will have the opportunity to share your phone number and/or email address if you are interested in a follow-up contact.  During the follow-up you will be asked to review a brief summary of the focus group discussion and provide comments.

To participate you must be:

The parent or family member of a young (aged 0-8) child who received early intervention services.

Your participation is voluntary and your responses will be kept confidential. In appreciation for your time, you will receive a $10 giftcard and a package of resources.

To participate, please contact:   

Meghan Burke, 217-300-1226 or meghanbm@illinois.edu


The focus groups will be held in English and in Spanish at locations, dates, and times throughout Illinois.

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The Waukegan Harbor

The City of Waukegan is home to their award-winning Park District and Public Library. The city features flourishing businesses, colleges, art galleries and other venues such as the Genesee Theater. The city also has recreational attractions, highlighted by the Waukegan Harbor. Located 40 miles north of Chicago and 60 miles south of Milwaukee, the city has a diverse population of 90,000+ and a labor force of more than 40,000.

Waukegan Harbor, Waukegan, IL 55 South Harbor Place, The Waukegan Harbor is a public harbor open to anyone looking to go boating, kayaking or canoeing. The ADA kayak/canoe launch is a unique boating facility that allows anyone, bus specifically those with physical disabilities, to easily get in and out of the water. It utilizes handrails and rollers to allow the kayak/canoe easy entrance to the water. The ramp is located at the North Harbor and has a parking lot right next to it for easy access.  If you have any questions, please email Mr. Seidelmann at jseidelmann@waukeganport.com or Everett Chung  at ejchung1207@aol.com.

STARNET Region V January-June 2019 Workshop Calendar

Final Full Calendar booklet Winter Spring 2019_Page_01The STARNET Region V team presents its Calendar of Events for January – June 2019. These workshops and trainings will provide you with exciting new ideas that will support your professional and personal growth. STARNET Region V uses the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards, Illinois Professional Teaching Standards, Learning Forward Standards for Professional Learning, ExceleRate Illinois and DEC Recommended Practices to shape the content and focus of the workshops. For schedule updates, additional resources and information about our workshops and services, please visit STARNET Region V website at www.StarnetChicago.org.

Download Workshop Calendar: Final Full Calendar booklet Winter Spring 2019

17th Annual QIDP Conference

The Arc logo17th Annual QIDP Conference

January 29, 2019 @ 8:30AM  4:30PM


Doubletree Hotel

5000 West 127th St.  Alsip, IL 60803



8:30 – 10:15 a.m. – “Building Community Through Social Capital “

Presented by Al Condeluci, Ph.D.

All individuals with disabilities and their family members (as well as professionals who are involved with the family) are interested in seeing themselves or their son/daughter/relative be successful in life. In fact, one of the biggest fear individuals and families have is that their loved one might be lonely or at serious risk when they are gone. Although none of us can predict the future, we can look at ways and means to better prepare for the future by understanding the impact of friendships in our lives. Sociologists call this “social capital” and it is amazing what our relationships do for us. This session will help you think about how friendships can be better developed over time, and, in turn, build a more inclusive community.


¨ Participants will understand the historical development related to difference, disability, aging and other devaluing aspects.

¨ Folks will be introduced to an Interdependent paradigm.

¨ Major elements of social capital will be overviewed.

¨ 4 key steps to developing more friendships will be explored.

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. – BREAK

10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – “Building Community Through Social Capital” continued”

12:30 – 1:45 p.m. – Lunch

BREAKOUT SESSIONS: 1:45 – 3:00 p.m. & 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

You can see two out of the four different sessions. The 1:45 presentations will be repeated at 3:15 p.m.

“Cops, Safety and the Dignity of Risk”

Presented by Bruce Handler and Nora Fox Handler

Living in the community involves the dignity of risk. This session will include information on Crisis Intervention Team Training for police, how to advocate for that training in your community and safety tips for self-advocates and family members.

“Government Benefits – What’s New, What’s True: Q to Q”

Presented by Sherri Schneider

This interactive informative session will address the who, what, where, when, and how of benefits with a strong emphasis on Medicaid (which is needed like oxygen for waiver programs). Ending in a round of Benefit Bingo, you will be surprised how much you have learned!

“OUR RIGHTS RIGHT NOW! Empowering Survivors with Disabilities via the IL Imagines Project”

Presented by Tara Ahern

This session will raise participants’ awareness of the intersection between disability and sexual violence to help build capacity to better support survivors of sexual violence with disabilities. Session spotlights IL Imagines, a statewide initiative that works to improve access to trauma-informed services and resources for survivors of sexual violence with disabilities. Participants will gain awareness of sexual violence and how to support survivors as well as leave with resources on how their agencies can become trauma informed.

“Self-Advocacy Matters”

Presented by Krescene Beck

Learn what self-advocacy is, why it matters, and how to make little changes that lead to big results in the lives of people with disabilities at your agency/organization including the power of power, shifting the power, opportunities for people power and creating a culture of advocacy.


Conferencia Cumbre de Liderazgo Integral para la MUJER / ATRÉVETE A TRIUNFAR

Conferencia  Cumbre de Liderazgo Integral para la MUJER / ATRÉVETE A TRIUNFARPrimera Cumbre De Liderazgo Communitario Para La Mujer Latina Chicago 2018

Fecha: November 17, 10A.M. A 4PM

Lugar: Instituto Del Progreso Latino, 2520 S. Western Avenue, Chicago, Il 60608

Mas Informacion al: 773-564-0198

  • Identifica Tus Fortalezas
  • Piensa Criticamente
  • Cree en Ti Misma
  • Encuentra Tu Poder en la Solidaridad con otras mujeres

Invitada Especial: Nora Hernandez Coach de Vida Y Liderazgo


Celines Colon

Janneth Hernandez

Ana Romero

Maestra de Ceremonias Alessandra Martinez