FRCD Honors the Life and Legacy of Paula Goldberg

Paula GoldbergFamily Resource Center on Disabilities honors the life and legacy of Paula Goldberg, Executive Director of the PACER Center since 1977.  Our deepest condolences go out to her family and the PACER staff.

Her dedication to the empowerment of the disability community was boundless and inspired us all to be change agents for children in the special education system. We are eternally grateful for all that she did and will continue to follow her example.  Thank you,  Paula! May you rest in power.

 

Share your memories and stories of Paula by visiting the PACER Center’s In Memoriam pages, at:  https://www.pacer.org/about/memoriam/

Family to Family (F2F) Health Information Center 2022 Monthly Webinar

Family to Family (F2F) Health Information Center  2022 Monthly WebinarParents of children with disabilities seeking intermittent/temporary relief from caretaking responsibilities – Join us to learn about no cost Respite care and whether you may be eligible –
Wednesday June 15th from 12:00 –1:00 p.m.
Register in advance for this webinar:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Captioning offered in English and Spanish, if have questions or you need additional language accommodations contact: Mary Dixon, mary@thearcofil.org; 815-464-1832 x1017 by June 7th.

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN IS LOOKING FOR: PERSPECTIVES ON SCHOOL-HOME COMMUNICATION BY CAREGIVERS OF CHILDREN WITH AUTISM

  UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN IS LOOKING FOR: PERSPECTIVES ON SCHOOL-HOME COMMUNICATION BY CAREGIVERS OF CHILDREN WITH AUTISMUNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN IS LOOKING FOR:
PERSPECTIVES ON SCHOOL-HOME COMMUNICATION BY CAREGIVERS OF CHILDREN WITH AUTISM

We are reaching out to families who might be interested in participating in a one-time, online survey.
The survey will contain questions about your perspectives on the school-home communication you are currently engaged with your child’s current school.

TIME COMMITMENT: 25-30 MIN

PLEASE CONSIDER PARTICIPATING INTHIS SURVEY IF YOU ARE

PROFICIENT IN ENGLISH AND
HAVE A CHILD THAT MEETS THE
FOLLOWING CRITERIA:
~ BETWEEN AGES OF 3 – 21
~ ENROLLED IN PUBLIC SCHOOL
~ REPORTED TO HAVE AUTISM
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN THIS SURVEY, CLICK HERE. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Rex Li
csli4@illinois.edu (929)-445-2451
Dr. Meghan Burke
meghanbm@illinois.edu (217) 300-1226

The 15th Annual Free Virtual Family Conference for Families of Children with Disabilities

Family Leaders Conference 2022 Illinois Family Leaders Collaboration Presents
The 15th Annual Free Virtual Family Conference for Families of Children with Disabilities
The Power of Families: Using Your Voice to Make a Difference
Presented with Live Spanish Translation
Saturday, April 23, 2022
For more information and to
9:30 – 11:30 AM: Resiliency is Also Contagious: How to Protect Our Families from the Impact of Adversity and Trauma Presented by Dr. Matt Buckman, Stress & Trauma Treatment Center
12:30 – 2:30 PM: Inclusive Education for Families of Young Children Presented by Tammy Wrobbel & Talin Tokat, Early CHOICES
The evening session, from 6:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m. will offer the same topic separately in English and Spanish
6:00 – 7:00 PM: Mindfulness for Families (Presented in English) Presented by Karla Belzer, University of Illinois
6:00 – 7:00 PM: Self-Care: Presented in Spanish
Presented by Lourdes Perez, Consultant & Consuelo Puente

CPS Cleanliness Survey

aramark+imageAramark has struggled to keep CPS schools clean. It was just a few months ago when an SW side school did not have toilet paper or soap in bathrooms for weeks. This is not new for Chicago families – this has been an issue since Aramark privatized custodial services in 2014. Read more about CPS’s issues with Aramark over the years here. Despite all this, Aramark’s contract was renewed last year for $369 million over 3 years.

Raise Your Hand for Illinois Public Education is sending out a quick survey to gather leaders who want to fight for cleaner conditions in CPS schools.

Take survey: https://www.ilraiseyourhand.org/action-items/cleanliness-survey

Tutoring Chicago

Tutoring chicagoTutoring Chicago offers reading and math tutoring and they start each session with a quick lesson on social emotional wellness.  Parents are generally able to choose from M,T or Wed and the sessions take place from 6:30 – 7:30pm either virtually or in-person.  Their in-person sites are located as follows:

  • NEAR NORTH/LINCOLN PARK: MONDAY, TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY EVENING
  • NEAR WEST/WEST LOOP: MONDAY, TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY EVENING
Students can choose to get help with their homework and volunteer tutors also have access to standard (grade level) curriculum.

If accepted, the student would be paired with a 1 to 1 tutor who would tutor the child through the end of the school year.

Tutoring Chicago Website:

DJMC MENTORING PROGRAM

DJMC MENTORING PROGRAMAre you or someone you know…

  • A 6th-12th grader with a disability (IEP or 504 plan)
  • In Chicago Public Schools From the Austin, East/West Garfield Park, Englewood, or Roseland area
  • Wanting the support of a mentor
  • Willing to commit to a FUN mentoring program

IF SO JOIN DJMC!!

CONTACT MARY LEE
AHERN TO GET
CONNECTED!

MAhern@accessliving.org 312-640-2119

Su niño es elegible para recibir un remedio monetario por los servicios de educación especial que le han faltado de las Escuelas Públicas de Chicago.

Monthly Claims Administration Letter Durante los años escolares 2016-17 y 2017-18, algunos de los estudiantes de CPS no recibieron todos los servicios de su Plan de Educación Individualizado (“IEP”) debido a políticas de CPS que le hicieron más difícil a los equipos del IEP brindar dichos servicios. Estos servicios incluyeron:
• Transporte;
• Servicios de año escolar extendido (“ESY”);
• Apoyo paraprofesional;
• Identificación como un estudiante con una discapacidad de aprendizaje específica (“SLD”);
• Asignación a una escuela diurna terapéutica (“TDS”); y
• Servicios proporcionados por un paraprofesional o un maestro de educación especial cuando las escuelas no tenían fondos en sus presupuestos para contratar personal para estos puestos (“Presupuesto”).

CPS está trabajando para proporcionar a esos estudiantes una compensación monetaria por los serviciosque les faltó, a través del proyecto de Medidas Correctivas Específicas para los Estudiantes (SSCA).
Creemos que su niño pudo haber sido uno de los estudiantes a los que les faltó esos servicios.
Para reclamar su remedio monetario, visite la página web de nuestro administrador de reclamos en www.cps-ssca.com. Necesitará lo siguiente:
• Número de ID y PIN de reclamo mencionado en la carta de aviso que nuestro administrador
de reclamo le enviará por medio de correo y correo electrónico;
• Prueba de identificación, si usted no es la persona a la cual se dirige la carta de aviso; y
• Dirección residencial o cuenta bancaria a la que desea que se le envíe el remedio monetario (habrá varias opciones de entrega, incluyendo PayPal).

La fecha límite para reclamar su remedio monetario es el 30 de abril de 2022. Si no lo reclama antes de esta fecha límite, su niño perderá el dinero.

Después de que ingrese su información, verá la cantidad de dinero que se le ofrece. Luego, tendrá la opción de aceptar o rechazar el dinero o solicitar una reunión de SSCA para determinar si se le debe más dinero a su niño.
Hemos publicado un seminario web en cps.edu/ssca, donde puede obtener información sobre el programa de SSCA y sus opciones. También tendremos reuniones públicas virtuales en febrero, marzo y abril para contestar cualquier pregunta que usted tenga. Visite nuestra página web cps.edu/ssca para ver las fechas de estas reuniones.
Recomendamos usar el dinero para adquirir servicios o materiales educativos para su niño.

Por ejemplo:
tutoría, terapia, campamentos deportivos, lecciones de música, membresías en museos, clases de arte, programas de software para aprendizaje, libros, entre otros. El remedio monetario tiene como propósito compensar cualquier aprendizaje que su niño haya perdido al no recibir los debidos servicios durante los años escolares 2016-17 o 2017-18. Si su niño no recibió los servicios de transporte durante el año escolar 2016-17 o 2017-18, el remedio es destinado a servir como un reembolso por el costo de obtener su propio medio de transporte.

Tenga en cuenta que si recibe beneficios públicos, el remedio monetario podría tener un impacto en esos beneficios. Si tiene preocupaciones sobre sus beneficios, póngase en contacto con la Oficina de la Alcaldía para Personas con Discapacidades (MOPD) al (312) 744-7050, o con Ayuda Legal de Chicago (Legal Aid Chicago) al (312) 341-1070 para que le ayuden antes de aceptar su remedio.
Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre SSCA, por favor lea las preguntas frecuentes incluidas en esta carta, asista al seminario web o participe en una reunión pública. También puede visitar www.cps.edu/ssca para encontrar instrucciones, más preguntas frecuentes y garantías procesales para ayudarlo a comprender SSCA. No dude en enviarnos un correo electrónico a ssca@cps.edu o llamarnos al 773-553-1843.
Gracias por su continua colaboración.
Sinceramente,
Dra. Stephanie Jones
Jefe de la Oficina de Apoyo y Servicios para Aprendices Diversos

Apprende más–> https://drive.google.com/file/d/19uB1GqSDfm5aA2HuOITqGixcfBOjF0qt/view?usp=sharing

Your child is eligible for a money remedy for missed special education services from Chicago Public Schools.

Monthly Claims Administration Letter _12122_ENG_FINAL.pdf ENGLISHDuring the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years, some students at CPS did not receive all Individualized Education Plan (“IEP”) services because of CPS policies that made it harder for IEP teams to provide those
services. These services included:

• Transportation;
• Extended school year services (“ESY”);
• Paraprofessional support;
• Identification as a student with a specific learning disability (“SLD”);
• Placement in a therapeutic day school (“TDS”); and
• Services provided by a paraprofessional or a special education teacher when schools didn’t have money in their budgets to fill those positions (“Budget”).

CPS is working to give those students money for the services they missed through a project called “Student Specific Corrective Action,” or “SSCA.” We believe your child may have been one of the students who missed out on services.
To claim your money remedy, go to our claims administrator’s website at www.cps-ssca.com. You will need:

• The unique Claim ID and PIN, which you will receive in the Notice Letter that our claims
administrator is sending to you via mail and email;
• Proof of identification, if you are not the person that the Notice Letter is addressed to; and
• The address or account where you would like the remedy to be sent. (There will be several options for delivery, including PayPal.)

The deadline for claiming the money remedy is April 30, 2022. If you do not claim it by the deadline, your child will lose the money.

After you enter your information, you will see the amount of money that is being offered to you. You then have the option to accept that money, decline the money, or ask for an SSCA meeting to determine whether your child may be owed more money.
We have posted a webinar on cps.edu/ssca where you can get information about what SSCA is and what your options are. We will also have virtual town hall meetings in February, March, and April to answer any questions you have. Check our website at cps.edu/ssca for the dates of the town halls.
We recommend using the money to buy educational services or materials for your child. For example: tutoring, therapy, sports camps, music lessons, museum memberships, art classes, learning software, books, and so on. The money remedy is meant to help make up for any learning that your child may have missed because they did not receive the services they should have received during the 2016-17 or 2017-18 school years. If your child missed transportation services during the 2016-17 or 2017-18 school year, the remedy is meant to reimburse you for providing your own transportation.

Please note that if you receive public benefits, the money remedy could have an impact on those benefits. If you have concerns about your benefits, please contact the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities at (312) 744-7050, or Legal Aid Chicago at (312) 341-1070 for assistance before accepting your remedy.
If you have any questions about SSCA, please read the FAQ included with this letter, watch the webinar, or participate in a town hall meeting. You can also visit www.cps.edu/ssca to find guidelines, more FAQs, and procedural safeguards to help you understand SSCA. Feel free to email us at ssca@cps.edu or give us a call at 773-553-1843.
Thank you for your continued partnership.

Sincerely,
Dr. Stephanie Jones
Chief, Office of Diverse Learner Support and Services

 

LEARN MORE—-> https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fxMN8Pbs7XBApP6gpeBuAugsUCJNkDRb/view?usp=sharing

Introducción al programa de rehabilitación vocacional – seminario en línea

RAISE BannerEsta sesión proporcionará una descripción básica de los servicios disponibles del sistema de rehabilitación vocacional para personas con discapacidades. Cubrirá la elegibilidad, el desarrollo del Plan Individualizado de Empleo, los servicios disponibles y los factores financieros a considerar.
 
Fecha: lunes 24 de enero de 2022
Hora: 2pm ET
Presentado por:
Ron Hager, abogado gerente de educación y empleo de la Red Nacional de Derechos de las Personas con Discapacidad (NDRN)
Amy Scherer, abogada sénior de personal para rehabilitación vocacional
Se ofrecerá interpretación al español y ASL (lenguaje de señas americano)