Pubertad, Sexualidad y Discapacidad para Padres de Personas con Discapacidades Intelectuales y/o del Desarrollo

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Pubertad, Sexualidad y Discapacidad para Padres de Personas con Discapacidades Intelectuales y/o del Desarrollo

 La organización, The Arc of Illinois, le invita a participar en los siguientes talleres en Español. El enfoque es el tema de la Pubertad, Sexualidad y Discapacidad para los padres de personas con discapacidades Intelectuales y/o del Desarrollo IDD. Estos talleres son sin costo alguno. Se ofrecen por medio de Internet (remote) en una junta de Zoom y requiere inscripción.    Volantin esta adjunto a este mensaje

November 15, 2022     15 de Noviembre  | 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

January 12, 2023      12 de enero 2023 | 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

February 9, 2023     9 de febrero 2023 | 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

February 16, 2023     16 de febrero 2023 | 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Planning for the Future Virtual Webinar Series

Planning For the FuturePlanning for the Future Virtual Webinar Series

Monday, November 14, 2022 – 1:00 – 4:30 p.m. 1:00 – 3:00 pm -Special Needs Estate & Future Planning” presented by Brian Rubin & Benjamin Rubin 3:00 – 3:15 pm – Break 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm – “PUNS/Home Based Services” presented by Shirley Perez  REGISTER


Thursday, February 23, 2023 – 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 9:00 – 11:00 am -Special Needs Estate & Future Planning” presented by Brian Rubin & Benjamin Rubin 11:00 – 11:15 am – Break 11:15 am – 12:30 pm – “PUNS/Home Based Services” presented by Shirley Perez

Wednesday, May 17, 2023 – 1:00—4:30 p.m. 1:00 – 3:00 pm -Special Needs Estate & Future Planning” presented by Brian Rubin & Benjamin Rubin 3:00 – 3:15 pm – Break 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm – “PUNS/Home Based Services” presented by Shirley Perez


Autism Study

Identity First SPANS Flyer #2 (1)It can be difficult to identify services for autistic 3-5 year olds. This project may be able to help!

In this project, you may receive access to: (1) a family service navigator (a parent of an older autistic child who can help you navigate the service delivery system) and an app which will showcase the service needs and provide relevant referrals to service provider or (2) information, training and referral services to navigate services.

Who can participate?

If you are the parent of a 3-5 year old autistic child and living in Cook County, then you may be eligible for this project.

When and Where?

If you are assigned to a navigator, the navigator will meet with you over the phone and/or in-person at a mutually convenient date and location.

Complete surveys about your knowledge of autism services, empowerment, advocacy, service needs, and your child

Participate in interviews about the program

For participating in this project, you may receive up to $125.

If you are interested in participating, please complete the online registration and pre-survey here:

If you have questions, contact Meghan Burke:, 217-300-1226

AAC For Parents Webinar

AAC for Parents

AAC  For Parents Webinar 

October 25, 2022—12:00PM – 1:00PM



This workshop will introduce learners to the categories of AAC (Augmentative or Alternative Communication) and provide examples of items within these categories. The definitions pertaining to AAC will be discussed and participants will learn which students will benefit from AAC supports. Access to communication devices will be discussed and participants will gain exposure to associated research.


1. Participants will identify the features of low, mid and high tech AAC devices and supports.

2. Participants will identify three alternate access methods to vocabulary on AAC systems.

3. Participants will define vocabulary specific to AAC and its use.


Parents, Guardians, Family Members, or Home-Based Providers

that would like to learn more about AAC

** After registering through the link above, you will receive a confirmation email containing a Zoom Meeting URL. You will use the Zoom Meeting URL to login and join the training at the scheduled date/time. You will receive the confirmation email the same day that you register. If you do not receive the confirmation email or have questions, please contact Samantha Conklin ( .**

COVID-19 guidance for schools, which the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are fully adopting.

Teacher and StudentThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released streamlined COVID-19 guidance for schools, which the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are fully adopting. Please review the CDC’s updated Operational Guidance for K-12 Schools and Early Care and Education Programs to Support Safe In-Person Learning and related CDC FAQ.


CDC said in its announcement: “We’re in a stronger place today as a nation, with more tools — like vaccination, boosters, and treatments — to protect ourselves, and our communities, from severe illness from COVID-19. We also have a better understanding of how to protect people from being exposed to the virus, like

wearing high-quality masks, testing, and improved ventilation. This guidance acknowledges that the pandemic is not over, but also helps us move to a point where COVID-19 no longer severely disrupts our daily lives.”


IDPH is hosting another webinar opportunity at 10 a.m. Aug. 23 for school districts to learn more about the guidance, as well as strategies to prevent the spread of Monkeypox. If you did not have an opportunity to join the earlier webinar, please register here.


Here is a summary of key revisions to the guidance to continue to keep students, staff, and families safe:

  • Removes the recommendation to quarantine for close contacts (individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19 should wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days after exposure and should get tested on day 6)
  • No longer recommends routine screening testing in K-12 schools (focus testing on high-risk activities during high COVID-19 Community Level or in response to an outbreak)
  • Removes the recommendation for separating students into cohorts (eases social distancing guidelines, which Illinois has already been following)
  • Eliminates the recommendation to Test to Stay after potential exposure


Please also note that districts must continue to provide remote learning to any student who is in isolation for COVID-19, per the State Superintendent’s Remote Learning Declaration.


The streamlining of this new CDC school guidance aligns with Community Levels for its recommendations, as community levels can help schools and local health departments make decisions based on their local context and their unique needs.


CDC guidance also maintains the importance of continuing to establish and support policies that makes getting vaccinated easy and convenient. Schools are encouraged to create on-site opportunities by hosting school-located vaccination clinics, or connecting eligible children, students, staff, and families to off-site vaccination locations.


Schools are encouraged to follow daily operational strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other diseases, such as: keeping students and staff at home who are ill; maintaining clean, disinfected facilities; proper hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette; and improved ventilation systems. For more information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control website.

Understanding Your Rights and Recognizing Red Flags (free) Hosted by Matt Cohen & Associates:

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Understanding Your Rights and Recognizing Red Flags (free) Hosted by Matt Cohen & Associates: 

Date: September 28,

Time: 12:00 – 1:30 PM

For parents new to special education  and for those looking for a refresher on the many moving parts of special education law and IEPs.

Join Matt Cohen & Associates for an overview of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process and learn about your student’s right to special education services.

· Find out how to get services for your student
· Learn how IEPs work section-by-section
· Make a plan for your next meeting with the


Community Engagement: A Pathway to Competitive Integrated Employment

People gardeningCommunity Engagement:A Pathway to Competitive Integrated Employment

The employment of individuals with disabilities benefits our communities and our nation as they maximize their skills and talents and contribute fully to our economy.  Individuals with disabilities are often unemployed, underemployed, or employed at low wages because of low expectations.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services released A Framework for Community Engagement — A Pathway to Competitive Integrated Employment.

The Framework presents a Federal vision for community engagement by individuals with disabilities to inform policymakers and service providers.

Supported community engagement enables individuals with disabilities to expand skills and experience. The benefits include:

  • Building relationships and social networks
  • Sharpening workplace skills
  • Learning work skills

Community engagement provides meaning and purpose specific to the individual. Examples of community engagement opportunities include:


  • Continuing education classes
  • Volunteering
  • Using a computer at a public library

The framework also describes how service systems work together to support community engagement and links to resources for families, young people, and providers.

Review the framework here

Learn more about “competitive integrated employment” here

View the REAL Transition Partners webinar to learn about Individualized Plans for Employment

FRCD 2022 Parent Advocacy Leadership (PAL)Training Program (Webinar Series)


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


Willing to attend all eight sessions,

Willing to complete pre and post-survey,

Training will cover:

The Individuals with Disabilities

Education Act (IDEA)

State law (Part 226)

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Section 504


Current Special Education Issues

Family Resource Center on Disabilities is excited to announce that registration for our Fall PAL

Training Cohort of 2022 is open.

All training will be virtual. The PAL is eight sessions long. Homework is required

and must be completed prior to each session. Participants who complete all eight sessions will receive a Parent Advocacy Leadership Certificate of Completion.

Each training session will be on Saturday from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm (excluding holidays) via Zoom Meeting.

The PAL Session Dates Include:

September 10th, September 17th, September 24th, October 1st, October 8th, October 15th, October 22nd, October 29th.

For more information contact Paula Wills at or call (312) 939-3513.

The Arc of IL new position posting – Legislative Advocacy Coordinator

Arc LogoThe Arc of Illinois Legislative Advocacy Coordinator Do you have a passion for advocating alongside people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in Illinois? The Arc of Illinois is looking for a part time Legislative Advocacy Coordinator who is interested in working in the field of disability advocacy, supports, and services. This is a remote position. The Arc of Illinois advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, families and community organizations to ensure that people with disabilities can live, work, learn, and play in communities across the state. The Arc offers resources and information, supports families in their individual advocacy efforts and trains and educates people with disabilities, families and professionals among other things.

To learn more, please visit our website: Position Summary: The Legislative Advocacy Coordinator is responsible for coordinating legislative advocacy activities under the general direction of the Executive Director of The Arc of Illinois and in conjunction with its lobbyist and Board of Directors.


  • Assist in the research and development of policy initiatives to address unmet needs of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities in collaboration with The Arc of Illinois Executive Director and Program Directors;
  • Coordinate and prepare agendas for the meetings of The Arc of Illinois’s Public Policy Committee in collaboration with the Executive Director, Committee co-chairs and lobbyist as well as attend the committee meetings and prepare meeting notes;
  • Prepare or assist in the preparation of fact sheets and other information to support The Arc of Illinois’s position on legislation at the direction of the Executive Director and/or lobbyist;
  • Communicate with The Arc of Illinois membership about policy priorities of The Arc in collaboration with the Development Director and the Events and Marketing Coordinator;
  • Monitor federal, state and local legislative and policy developments related to intellectual and developmental disabilities in coordination with the Executive Director and lobbyist;
  • Schedule meetings with legislators and other public officials as requested by the Executive Director and attend meetings as requested;
  • Develop a list of members of The Arc of Illinois throughout the state who are willing to contact their legislators on key issues;
  • Secure witness slips and/or oral or written testimony from organizations and individuals for hearings on key legislation as requested by the Executive Director and/or lobbyist;
  • Develop or expand functional use of the Illinois General Assembly website ( in collaboration with the lobbyist;
  • Attend meetings of disability coalitions as directed by the Executive Director;
  • Assist in the coordination of legislative advocacy events;
  • Participate in advocacy events (e.g., Speak Up and Speak Out Summit and disability awareness events) and
  • Other related duties as assigned by the Executive Director. Requirements:
  • Must be an Illinois resident;
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in a related field such as public policy or political science;
  • Strong interest in developing or expanding legislative advocacy skills;
  • Knowledge of the IDD service system in Illinois and nationwide trends in community supports;
  • Familiarity with the legislative process in Illinois and a strong interest in learning more;
  • Ability to communicate with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families with compassion and respect;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills (including the ability to distill important issues and explain in plain language);
  • Excellent organizational skills; and
  • Willing to attend occasional evening and weekend advocacy events as well as occasionally travel as necessary to fulfill job duties. If you are interested in this position, please email your resume to The Arc of Illinois is an equal opportunity employer.