Experiencias de las familias sobre Teleterapia

Rush LogoEstá invitado a participar en un estudio de investigación llamado “Experiencias con Visitas por Video en Vivo”, sobre cómo las familias están experimentando el cambio a Teleterapia. Si está dispuesto a participar, le haremos preguntas sobre sus experiencias con Teleterapia. ¡Sus respuestas pueden ayudar a dar forma al futuro de la Intervención Temprana!
Estamos interesados en sus experiencias con VISITAS POR VIDEO EN VIVO (Teleterapia) para sesiones de Intervención Temprana. Teleterapia son servicios de Intervención Temprana realizados en línea en tiempo real a través de una plataforma de internet como Skype, Zoom u otra plataforma de video. NO consideramos como Teleterapia llamadas telefónicas, correos electrónicos ni mensajes de texto. La información demográfica se utilizará para identificar disparidades en relación con los antecedentes familiares. Todas las preguntas son opcionales y puede omitir su respuesta. Toma entre 10 a 15 minutos completar la encuesta y todas las respuestas son anónimas. Este estudio fue aprobado por la Junta de Revisión Institucional de la Universidad de Rush. Si tiene alguna pregunta, por favor envíe un correo electrónico a: Lauren_Little@rush.edu.

La Encuesta: https://redcap.rush.edu/redcap/surveys/?s=JYEFCTJ9D8

Family Experiences of Live Video Visits

RUSHYou are invited to take part in a research study titled “Experiences with Live Video Visits,” about how families are experiencing the shift to live video visits. If you’re willing to participate, we will ask you questions about your experiences with live video visits. Your responses can help shape the future of early intervention!

We are interested in your experiences using LIVE VIDEO VISITS (LVVs) for early intervention sessions. LVVs are EI services completed online in real-time through an internet platform such as Skype, Zoom, or other video platform. We do NOT consider live video visits as phone calls, emails, or texts. Demographic information will be used to identify disparities in relation to family background. All questions are optional and can be skipped.

It should take about 10-15 minutes to complete the survey, and all responses are anonymous. This study was approved by Rush University’s Institutional Review Board. If you have any questions, please email: Lauren_Little@rush.edu

Survey: https://redcap.link/FamilyLVVs

SB 1821 (Sen. Koehler) COVID-19 Learning Recovery for Students with Significant Disabilities in Transition Programs

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Purpose: SB 1821 addresses the needs of students with
significant disabilities whose in-person services were interrupted by COVID-19 and then aged out of eligibility: These young people may re-enroll with their local school district to complete their transition experiences in the school year 2021-2022. Students who do not choose this option retain their procedural rights to apply for compensatory services. SB 1821 Provisions:
  • Applies only to students who were enrolled in school up to their 22nd birthday—primarily students with intellectual or developmental disabilities—but turned 22 during the pandemic. These are the young adults whose transition training matters most for their adult life, but their educations were abruptly cut short due to COVID-19 before they developed essential skills or a plan for moving forward.
  • Gives students (or their guardians) the option of re-enrolling with the local school district to complete their transition experiences in the 2021-2022 school year.
  • Participation is completely voluntary.
  • The costs of providing these COVID-19 recovery transition services may be funded through available federal COVID-19 relief education funds (over $8 billion) allocated to the State of Illinois.
  • It does not take away any of the procedural rights that students already have if they choose not to opt into the continuation of services.
  • Students who opt into this additional transition year waive any claims for compensatory services due to events that occurred between March 17, 2020 and the resumption of services in the 2021-2022 school year. SB
1821 Amendment #1:
  • Adds a reference to the available use of federal COVID funds.
  • Revises the Notification Form to make it user-friendly.
Students who aged out during the pandemic win because they have the opportunity to complete their education. They can do so without hiring an attorney or engaging in dispute resolution with their school district. School districts win, because they can utilize federal money that has been specifically allocated for learning recovery. They can implement programming that is already in place while avoiding the logistical and legal challenges of creating individual compensatory service plans for every eligible student.
For more information contact:
Barb Cohen @ 312.605.1948, bcohen@legalcouncil.org or Chris Yun @ 312.640.2134, cyun@accessliving.org

Parent Advocacy Leadership (PAL) Training Registration

Parent-Advocacy-Leadership-Training-(PAL)2021Parent 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.

Requirements:

  •  Willing to attend all 8 sessions,
  • Willing to participate in 4 focus groups,
  • Willing to complete pre and post-survey,

Training will cover:

  • The Individuals with DisabilitiesEducation Act (IDEA)
  •  State law (Part 226)
  • The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • Section 504
  • Advocacy
  • Current Special Education Issues

All training and focus groups will be virtual. The PAL training is 8 sessions long. The focus groups will also take place via webinar format. Homework is required and must be completed prior to each session. Participants who complete all 8 sessions will receive a Parent Advocacy Leadership Certificate of Completion.

Each training session is Saturday from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm (CST) excluding holiday weekends via zoom webinar.

The PAL webinar dates are Saturdays:

April 10th, April 17th, April 24th, May 1st, May 15th, May 22nd, June 5th, June 12th.

Focus Group dates are Wednesdays @ 6 pm.

April 20th, May 4th, May 25th.

The Final Focus Group will be on Saturday at June 26th at 10 am.

MCA: Ask the Lawyer series

matt cohen and associatesMatt Cohen and Associates is pleased to announce the restarting of their free Webinar and , with multiple presentations scheduled every month through May, including a variety of new topics, guest speakers to be announced soon for some topics and continued updating of important topics we have covered before. Matt Cohen will be available for “Ask the Lawyer” discussions on special education topics twice monthly and webinars will be offered on alternating weeks.
Ask the Lawyer 
Feb. 17, 4 p.m. Register in advance.
March 10, 4 p.m. Register in advance.
March 24, 4 p.m. Register in advance.
FAPE, Remote Learning and the Return to School – What to do if it’s not working?  
Matt Cohen
Feb. 23, 4 p.m.
This session will look at the right to appropriate education for kids with disabilities during remote learning, what happens after they return to school, and how to advocate for improved services now and after return.
 
Key Items in an IEP
Brad Dembs
March 2, 4 p.m.
Learn the key components of an IEP, what is required under the law, and strategies to employ before, during and after IEP meetings to ensure that the plan that is developed meets your child’s needs. Register in advance.
After registering in advance, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinars. Please refer to our website and our Facebook page for more information.
 
For information on additional webinar topics and Ask the Lawyer dates, scroll to the end of this newsletter where additional topics and dates are listed.

Student Specific Corrective Action Information Session for Families of Students with IEP’s

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SSCA/UER  Student Specific Corrective Action Information Session for Families of Students with IEP’s In Chicago Public Schools

Your child may be eligible for FREE extra special education services!

Join Illinois Raise Your Hands and Equip for Equality to learn more in this online information session.

This Wednesday!

Date: February 10, 2021

Time: 6:30 PM -8:00 PM

You must Register in advance at:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZArfuGorD8qG9VdUZ2zgmsJ21uvujkPGZ7D

CPS is taking steps to make up for previous illegal delays and denials of certain special education services.  CPS has Identified over 10,000 students who are automatically eligible for FREE extra services.  You may have received a letter from CPS about scheduling a UER call.

Does your child in CPS have an IEP and did they attend CPS in the 2016/2017 and/or 2017/2018 School Years? Even if you didn’t receive a letter, you can still request a meeting to discuss the possibility of getting free extra services.  The information that has been sent out can be confusing.

Illinois Raise Your Hand and Equip For Equality will explain the process and answer your questions in the information session.

Understanding your rights during the IEP/504 Process – What parents/guardians need to know?

February 2021 PU - English FlyerOur February Virtual Parent University entitled: Understanding your rights during the IEP/504 Process – What parents/guardians need to know will be presented by Zoubida Pasha and The Family Resource Center on Disabilities.

Join us as we learn information on:

  • How parents can access special education services
  • Understand your legal rights as a parent/guardian
  • Enhance your knowledge of Special Education Laws
  • Prepare to participate during IEP/504 meetings as an equal team member

 Dates and times for the virtual training’s are as follows:

Wednesday, February 10th 2021 – 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM English

Wednesday, February 10th  2021 –  6:30-8:00 PM – English

Thursday, February 18th 2021 – 12 PM -1:30p.m. Spanish

Thursday, February 18th 2021 –  6:30-8:00 PM – Spanish

Join NADS in Taking Action in Illinois!

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COVID-19 Vaccination Update for the Down Syndrome Community:

As many of you are aware, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently added Down syndrome as a condition that increases the risk of severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19.
Some states have already moved those with Down syndrome from category 1c to 1b, making them eligible now to receive the vaccine. However, Illinois is not one of those states. As the oldest Down syndrome organization in the country which was established in Illinois, the National Association for Down Syndrome urges the State of Illinois to do the same based on the severity of this virus.
NADS leadership is asking our community to reach out to their State Representatives and ask them to reinforce this information to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). NADS Executive Director Linda Smarto has reached out to the offices of Governor Pritzker, Senator Durbin and her own State Representative. We all need to make our voices heard, so we can provide the Down syndrome community access to the vaccine sooner rather than later.
Please join NADS in reaching out to your local legislators from your district by easily clicking THIS LINK and sending an urgent message with this request. Please feel free to use this sample template when sending a letter:
The Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group – USA recommends the COVID-19 vaccine for individuals with Down syndrome or other intellectual disabilities who don’t have a specific contraindication to the vaccine. Providers at the Adult Down Syndrome Center agree with the statement.

Transición y edad máxima para servicios educativos: ¿Qué sigue? Servicios PUN, DHS Presentado por: The Arc of IL.

CPS UniversityEl Universidad Virtual para Padres de enero titulada: Transición y edad máxima para servicios educativos: ¿Qué sigue? Servicios PUN, DHS  Presentado por: The Arc of IL. Red de apoyo familiar  será presentada por The ARC of IL Family Support Network.

Participe en la sesión para conocer información sobre:

  • Recursos de The Arc of Illinois

  • Lista de Espera Priorización de Urgencia de Necesidad de Servicios (lista PUNS)

  • Función de la Agencia Independiente de Coordinación de Servicios (ISC, por siglas en inglés)

  • Departamento de Servicios Humanos (DHS por siglas en inglés) – Departamento de Servicios de Rehabilitación

Las fechas y horarios para los entrenamientos virtuales son los siguientes

jueves, 14 de enero de 2021 – 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Inglés

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 jueves 14 de enero de 2021 – 6:30-8: 00 PM – Español

miércoles, 20 de enero de 2021- 12:00 PM -1: 30 p.m. – Español

miércoles, 20 de enero de 2021 – 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Inglés

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Se requiere el registro.

Parent Involvement Specialist Team I Procedures and Standards l Office of Diverse Learner Supports & Services l ODLSS Helpline 773-553-1840
Michelle Burgess: mburgess3@cps.edu
Janice Gutierrez: jmgutierrez11@cps.edu
Kimberly Johnson: kljohnsonevans@cps.edu
 
Let us know what you think! Please click on the Procedures & Standards Customer Survey to share your experiences! All responses are confidential.

Please visit our website for more information regarding upcoming ODLSS Events.

Transition & Aging Out- What’s Next? PUNS, DHS Services

CPS UniversityThe January Virtual Parent University entitled: Transition & Aging Out- What’s Next? PUNS, DHS Services will be presented by The Arc of IL Family Support Network.

Join CPS Virtual Parent University as we learn information: 

  • The Arc of Illinois Resources
  • Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services Waiting List (PUNS list)
  • Role of Independent Service Coordination Agency (ISC)
  • DHS – Department of Rehabilitation Services 
     

 Dates and times for the virtual training’s are as follows:

Thursday, January 14th, 2021 – 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM English 

Thursday, January 14th, 2021 –  6:30-8:00 PM – Spanish

 Wednesday, January 20th, 2021 – 12 PM -1:30 PM. Spanish

Wednesday, January 20th, 2021 –  6:30-8:00 PM – English

 Registration is required.

Parent Involvement Specialist Team I Procedures and Standards l Office of Diverse Learner Supports & Services l ODLSS Helpline 773-553-1840
Michelle Burgess: mburgess3@cps.edu
Janice Gutierrez: jmgutierrez11@cps.edu
Kimberly Johnson: kljohnsonevans@cps.edu
Let us know what you think! Please click on the Procedures & Standards Customer Survey to share your experiences! All responses are confidential.

Please visit our website for more information regarding upcoming ODLSS Events.