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 or Everett Chung  at

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

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


FRCD spanish Cosnulta Individual NoviembreCONSULTA INDIVIDUAL

Fecha: Martes 13 de Noviembre 2018, 10am a 4pm

Lugar” Family Resource Center on Disabilities, 11 E. Adams St., Suite 1002, Chicago, IL 60603


En español

  • ¿Tiene un niño, adolescente o joven en educación especial?
  • ¿Necesita ayuda en español para orientarse cuál es el proceso?
  • ¿Tiene preguntas sobre temas de los derechos de padres y estudiantes bajo la Ley de educación especial para niños con discapacidades
  • (IDEA) IEP el proceso de Transición/planificación de la Transición.
  • Medicaid, el Seguro Social, PUNS,
  • ¿o Tutela GuardianShip para adultos?

Hace Reservación Para Su Cita Para Consulta Individual

Registrarse en línea en:  llame a: Family Resource Center on Disabilities

María Castillo en español llamada o texto (312) 375-8136 E-mail:


Toman Library Spanish FRCD Consultas Individuales nov 09 de 2018CONSULTAS INDIVIDUALES

Con amplia experiencia enasuntos de educación especial y tutela

María tiene experiencia como Padre que se especializa en las necesidades especiales de las familias que hablan español.

Fecha: Viernes 09 de Noviembre 2018

Horario: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00p.m.

Lugar: Toman Branch, Chicago Public Library

2708 S Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60623

  • ¿Tiene un niño, adolescente o joven en educación especial?
  • ¿Necesita ayuda en español para orientarse cuál es el proceso?
  • ¿Tiene preguntas sobre temas de los derechos de padres y estudiantes bajo la Ley de educación especial para niños con discapacidades
  • (IDEA) IEP el proceso de Transición/planificación de la Transición.
  • Medicaid, el Seguro Social, PUNS,
  • ¿o Tutela GuardianShip para adultos?

Envié texto a María Castillo al 312-375-8136

o a su e-mail

para reservar su cita de Consulta Individual gratis!




Entrenamiento: En español 1ra Parte: Educación Especial

Flyer apdated FRCD VATP Entrenamiento Spanish Joliet 2018Entrenamiento: En español 1ra Parte: Educación Especial
Presentado Por Maria Castillo
Family Resource Center on Disabilities
En colaboración con:
Disability Resource Center

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





Las fechas de entrenamiento en Lunes DE: 10am 12:30pm

24 Septiembre 2018
05 Noviembre 2018
26 Noviembre 2018
10 Diciembre 2018

¿Le gustaría tomar su experiencia y perspectiva como padre de un niño discapacitado y ponerla en práctica para ayudar a otros?
¿Está interesado en desarrollar habilidades de liderazgo?

Entrenamiento Educación Especial de su hijo con discapacidad.

  • Este entrenamiento incluirá
  • Los individuos con Educación Especial (IDEA)
  • Ley del estado (Parte 226)
  • Los derechos de educación Ley de Privacidad(FERPA)
  • Sección 504
  • Abogacía

Registrarse en línea en: o llame a: Family Resource Center on Disabilities al (312)9393513 María Castillo en Español: llamada o texto (312) 375-8136 E-mail

Download flyer: 

Stipend Program for Illinois Families to Attend Conferences

The Arc  logoDid you know that the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities has a stipend program that pays for Illinois families to attend conferences?

The Consumer Stipend Program funded by the ICDD and managed by The Arc of Illinois helps individuals and their family members attend educational conferences that discuss topics focused on intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The program can assist financially with the many expenses involved with attending a conference, including but not limited to: registration, gas, hotel, childcare and meals.

This goal of this program is to make sure self-advocates and family members have the availability to information so that they are able to make positive changes in their lives and be the best advocates they can.

We would appreciate if you could share this information with individuals with developmental/intellectual disabilities and their families.

Below are some examples of types of conferences that we have provided funding for:


Cerebral Palsy

Down Syndrome


Fragile X Syndrome

Rett Syndrome

Williams Syndrome

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

DUP15q Conference

Batten Disease

Transition Conference …and many more!

Click here to for more details about applying for the
Consumer Involvement Program

Please contact Lee Ann at 815-464-1832 or with any questions.
This is a great opportunity for self-advocates and family members to attend conferences or trainings that they would not otherwise be able to attend.


Live Webinar on October 9: IEP or a 504 Plan: Which Is Best for Your Child?

Additude Magazine LogoLive Webinar on October 9: IEP or a 504 Plan: Which Is Best for Your Child?

Register below for this free expert webinar to learn the benefits of an IEP vs. a 504 Plan, with Matt Cohen, Esq., on Tuesday, October 9, at 12 pm CST.
Sign up and you will receive the free webinar replay link after 10/9 as well!

Otoño 2018 Problemas de Educación Especial en las Escuelas Públicas de Chicago (CPS)

Back of a school bus.En mayo del 2018, después de una investigación que duró 5 meses, la Junta Educativa del Estado de Illinois (ISBE) descubrió que las Escuelas Públicas de Chicago (CPS) habían violado sistémicamente las leyes de educación especial durante los últimos dos años. ISBE designaron un monitor para supervisar las reformas que deberían haber empezado este año escolar. Sin embargo, defensores continúan oyendo que los problemas con los servicios de educación especial persisten. Por favor de dar al Grupo de Defensores información actual sobre sus experiencias este año escolar. Solo incluye información sobre problemas que están viendo o sufriendo ACTUALMENTE. Esperemos presentar esta información a ISBE/al monitor y demandar que ISBE y CPS sigan sus compromisos a dar servicios apropiados a estudiantes con discapacidades. Esta encuesta contiene 17 preguntas. Se cerrará el 2 de octubre, 2018.