Get Your FREE Back To School Virtual IEP Check-UP

Multi-Ethnic Group of People and Back To School ConceptsGet Your FREE Back To School Virtual IEP Check-Up

Does your child’s IEP meet the demands of the new school year?  Are the IEP goals S.M.A.R.T. and meaningful? Does your child’s special education services support their goals?

Find out today with a free Virtual IEP Check-Up.  Family Resource Center on Disabilities (FRCD) will connect you with one of the organization’s parent trainers, who have years of extensive IEP experience. Together you will comb through your child’s IEP to ensure that they have the appropriate supports to start the school year off on the right foot.

To receive your free virtual IEP check-up, complete the form below, and a certified FRCD Parent Trainer will contact you.

Free Virtual Family Conference for Families of Children with Disabilities

Family Conference Complete BrochureIllinois Family Leaders Collaboration presents the 14th Annual

Free Virtual Family Conference for Families of Children with Disabilities

Resources and Inspiration for Adult Family Members

Thursday, July 29-Sunday, August 1

Register for each session that you want to attend.

Title: Sign Language Basics: Talking With Your Hands

Date/Time: Thurs. 7/29 6:00-8:00 PM


Presenter: Sheri Kraus

Description: This workshop will provide participants with the basic knowledge behind Sign Language of who, what, where, when, and why sign language is used. Participants will learn basic signs that will help them when working with individuals who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or have not yet acquired language. All participants will be encouraged to actively participate in the training. Come prepared to laugh, learn, and fall in love with the beautiful language of sign!

Title: Skills For Effective Parent Advocacy

Date/Time: Fri. 7/30 2:00-4:00 PM


Presenter: Paula Wills, FRCD

Description: Are you tired of getting the run-around while wading through an alphabet soup of acronyms? Are you frustrated because you are unsure of how to help your child struggling in school? Skills for Effective Parent Advocacy will provide you with these important tools:

  • Going from frustration to empowerment;
  • Who is an advocate and why become one?
  • How to effectively advocate for your child.

Title: Inclusion: It Can Happen for All Students!

Date/Time: Sat. 7/31 9:00-11:00 AM


Presenter: Karri Potter, Family Matters

Description: When students with and without disabilities learn together in the same classroom everyone benefits. In this session, you will learn about evidence-based practices that promote inclusion for students of all ability levels. You will also be provided examples of accommodations and modifications that can be used to promote the success and learning of all students with disabilities.

Title: Trauma-Informed Care at School and Home

Date/Time: Sun. 8/1 2:00-4:00 PM


Presenter: Anni Reinking, STAR NET Regions I & III

Description: Educators are often provided training or coursework focused on trauma-informed practices in classrooms. However, as children are home more, during a collective societal trauma, it is also important that trauma-informed care is embedded into home settings. In this session, participants will critically analyze trauma-informed practices in school buildings to gather strategies to embed in home settings.

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Accessibility 101 Webinar Session 1 and 2

RAISE Center BannerAccessibility 101 Webinar Synopsis

The importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion is currently at the forefront of the corporate world today yet frequently excludes accessibility and inclusion of people with disabilities in the digital space. There are over 1 billion people in the world with disabilities, and it is crucial that the technology used within the industry is not only accessible but also usable by this population.
In this 2-part webinar, the American Foundation for the Blind will discuss some of the basics of accessibility and usability, and we will provide some demonstrations with some powerful assistive technology used by people with disabilities, including what they are carrying around in their own pockets.
Session 1: Introduction to Accessibility and Implementing an Accessible Site
Date: Monday, Sept. 20
Time: 2pm
In the first session, AFB will provide context around the concept of “accessibility,” what it means for people with disabilities, and how organizations can be inclusive with their digital platforms. We will briefly touch on legal requirements before setting the stage for how to start determining if your website or app is accessible. We will introduce our accessibility toolkit and provide an activity that you can put into practice to prepare for the next session.
Session 2: Tips, Tools, and Techniques for Accessibility
Date: Monday, Sept. 27

Time: 2pm
In the second session, AFB will cover the tools and methodology used to test accessibility. The goal of this session is to be practical and realistic: what can an organization do to make an improvement right now? We will suggest some actions to take in preparation for the Technical Assistance office hours to be scheduled after this session.

Celebrate the 31st Anniversary of the ADA and Get Vaxxed!

MOPD Vaccine Event FlyerCelebrate the 31st Anniversary of the ADA and Get Vaxxed!

MOPD Field Office
2102 W. Ogden Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612

July 26th, 2021 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m
2:15 p.m. — Remarks by Mayor Lightfoot

DETAILS: Get vaccinated and get a free pass to Six Flags or the Field
Museum. No appointments needed. COVID-19 vaccines are offered at
no cost, no insurance, or no ID required. Anyone 12+ can get vaccinated
against COVID-19. Onsite parent/guardian consent required if you are
under 18. ASL interpreters and captioning provided. To request any
other accessibility, please contact Jocelyn by phone: 312-746-5743 or

VACCINE OFFERED: Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson

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Endless Possibilities 2021: Successful Transitions | Virtual Conference

University of wisconsin logoConference for educators, parents, and others to gain information related to special education, family supports and mental health. Sponsored by WI FACETS – Wisconsin Family Assistance Center for Education, Training & Support, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, UW-Whitewater and Southern Regional Center – CYSHCN.


Friday, August 6, 2021 | 8:00 – 3:00 CST


Conference Registration: $20
CEU: Additional $20 fee (optional)
Fee covers instruction. The CEU fee includes Continuing Education Units.

Course Credit: Current UW-Whitewater Graduate students seeking graduate credit please contact Shannon Stuart before registering at Non UW-Whitewater students seeking graduate credit please contact School of Graduate Studies before registering at

Parent Scholarships: Parent scholarships are available to cover conference registration. Contact Lori Karcher with questions or 414-374-4645.


Illinois Department of Public Health Adopts CDC COVID-19 Prevention School Guidance

Illinois Department of Public HealthThe guidance emphasizes the COVID-19 prevention strategies most important for in-person learning

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is fully adopting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in Kindergarten (K)-12 Schools released today.

“Our goal is to protect the health of students, teachers, and staff so that in-person learning can resume as safely as possible,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “The CDC is right: vaccination is the best preventive strategy. As school board members, parents, teachers and superintendents plan for a return to in-person learning in the fall, we strongly encourage those who are not vaccinated to continue to mask. IDPH is proud to fully adopt school guidance issued by CDC, which is based on the latest scientific information about COVID-19.”

The updated school guidance now aligns with guidance for fully vaccinated people, which allows activities to resume for fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask except where required by federal, state, and local rules and regulations.

Major elements of the updated guidance include:

  • Masks should be worn indoors by all individuals (age 2 and older) who are not fully vaccinated.
  • CDC recommends schools maintain at least 3 feet of physical distance between students within classrooms, combined with indoor mask-wearing by people who are not fully vaccinated, to reduce transmission risk.  When it is not possible to maintain a physical distance of at least 3 feet, such as when schools cannot fully re-open while maintaining these distances, it is especially important to layer multiple other prevention strategies, such as indoor masking.
  • Screening testing, ventilation, handwashing and respiratory etiquette, staying home when sick and getting tested, contact tracing in combination with quarantine and isolation, and cleaning and disinfection are also important layers of prevention to keep schools safe.
  • Many schools serve children under the age of 12 who are not eligible for vaccination at this time.  Therefore, this guidance emphasizes implementing layered prevention strategies (masking, distancing, testing) to protect people who are not fully vaccinated.

Schools and communities should monitor community transmission of COVID-19, vaccination coverage, screening testing, and outbreaks to guide decisions about on the level of layered prevention strategies being implemented.

State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carmen I. Ayala issued the following declaration mandating in-person learning with limited exceptions:

Beginning with the 2021-22 school year, all schools must resume fully in-person learning for all student attendance days, provided that, pursuant to 105 ILCS 5/10-30 and 105 ILCS 5/34-18.66, remote instruction be made available for students who have not received a COVID-19 vaccine or who are not eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, only while they are under quarantine consistent with guidance or requirements from a local public health department or the Illinois Department of Public Health.

“All our students deserve to return safely in-person to schools this fall,” said Dr. Ayala. “With vaccination rates continually rising and unprecedented federal funding to support safe in-person learning, and mitigations such as contact tracing and increased ventilation in place in schools, we are fully confident in the safety of in-person learning this fall. We look forward to a great school year and to the energy of Illinois’ young minds once again filling our school buildings.”

The updated school guidance can be found at  This guidance is subject to change pursuant to changing public health conditions and updates from CDC.

This document can be found on IDPH webisite.

¿Quiere ayudar desallorar un programa para familias de niños con autismo para accessar servicios? Considera juntándote con nuestro

Family Navigator Flyer in SpanshTitulo del Proyecto: Probando un programa navigador de servicios familares para familias con recursos bajos de niños con el desorden del espectro autista.

Del the Proyecto: En este proyecto, nosotros estamos desallorando un program entrenamiento y tecnología para ayudar las familias con niños jovenes con autismo accesar servicios para las discapacidades. Para desallorar el programa y la tecnología, estamos buscando padres de niños con autismo que comparten sus experiencias accediendo servicios. Como participante, usted completara dos entrevistas de una hora. La entrevista podra occurir en cara-a-cara o por teléfono dependiendo en su preferencia. Nosotros creemos que sus experiencas nos van ayudar informar el programa entrenamiento y la tecnología.

Participantes Potencial: Por favor de participar en este estudio si: (a) Es padre/madre de un niño con autismo Y cumple uno de los siguiente criterios: a. Tiene un diploma de la escuela secundaria (high school) or menos b. Vive en una casa donde el cuidador premario esta desempleado/a c. Reciben asistencia del gobierno En apreciación por su tiempo, usted recibira $25 dollares por participar en cada entrevista.


Si esta interesado en participar en este estudio ó si quiere mas información por favor de contactar: Meghan Burke , 217-300-1226

Do you want to help develop a program for families of children with autism to access services? Consider joining our project!

Program for famliesTitle of the Project: Testing a family service navigator program for low-resourced families of young children with autism spectrum disorder

About the Project: In this project, we are developing a training program and technology to help families of young children with autism access disability services. To develop the program and technology, we are looking for parents of children with autism to share their experiences in accessing services. As a participant, you will complete two, one-hour interviews. The interview may occur face-to-face or over-the-phone, depending on your preference. We believe that your experiences will help to inform the training program and technology.

Potential Participants: Please consider participating in this study if: (a) You are a parent of a child with autism AND you meet one of the following criteria: a. Have a high school diploma or less b. Live in a household wherein the primary caregiver is unemployed c. You receive governmental assistance In appreciation for your time, you will receive $25 for participating in each interview.

If you are interested in participating in the study or if you would like more information, please contact: Meghan Burke , 217-300-1226



Únete a nosotros para una sesión virtual para aprendersobre el Programa y la Lista de PUNS (Priorización de laUrgencia Para Necesidad de Servicios).

El 14 de Julio 2021 – 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Presentador: Noemi Lopez

Topic: PUNS Program and List

Time: Jul 14, 2021 03:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

 Join Zoom Meeting

 Meeting ID: 941 4974 4268

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Virtual Parent Support Group- PUNS Program

PUNS List Support GroupJoin El Valor for a virtual session to learn about the PUNS(Prioritization for Urgency of Need for Services)program and list.

July 14th, 2021 – 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Presenter: Noemi Lopez

Topic: PUNS Program and List

Time: Jul 14, 2021 03:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting <—- CLICK HERE

Meeting ID: 941 4974 4268

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Please call Erica Fernandez at (312) 391-9208 for information and to register. Email is required to participate.