Transitioning from Early Intervention: What Every Parent Should Know

You are invited to
Child & Family Connections #11
For a FREE Training

Transitioning from Early Intervention:  What Every Parent Should Know
Trainers: Roberta Hansen,CFC #11-Gina DalPra, CPS

Come; join other parents with your questions in an informal training centered on the process to continue services through Chicago Public Schools after your child turns 3.

Thursday, April 23rd , 2015.
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Child & Family Connections #11 office
945 W. George St., Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60657

Parents with a child currently participating in the Early Intervention program and their Early Intervention providers are welcome. Priority will be given to families with children who have passed their 2nd birthday. This training is for adults only. Sorry we are not able to safely accommodate children.
Registration is required-space is limited to 30.  Email your interest to by leaving your name, and your child’s name and birth date by April 21st . We will send you a confirmation email.  Any questions, call Roberta at 312-942-7863.

Research Survey About Parents of Young Children With Language and Communication Delays.

illinois at urbana champaignParents, you are invited to participate in a research study through which we are hoping to learn about what parents do to support the language and communication development of their young children with language and communication delays. We request your participation, if you have a child who is:

  • 1. 5 years old or younger (born after March 1st , 2010)
  • 2. Has a delay in language and communication skills or a disability that affects your child’s language and communication development
  • 3. Has English as his/her primary language
  • 4. Currently lives in Illinois If you decide to participate, you will be asked to complete a 15-20 minute online survey. Your participation in this study does not involve any risk to you beyond that of everyday life and we believe your input is important to helping the field of special education understand what parents do to support language and communication skills of their young children with language delays.

If you have questions about this project, you may contact Yusuf Akamoglu by email at or by phone, (217)-333 -0260.

To begin the survey, click here:

If you have any questions about your rights as a participant in this study or any concerns or complaints, please contact the University of Illinois Institutional Review Board at 217-333-2670 (collect calls will be accepted if you identify yourself as a research participant) or via email at We appreciate that you are willing to take valuable time out of your day to complete this survey.

Thank you in advance for your time and thoughtfulness while completing our survey. Sincerely, Yusuf Akamoglu Doctoral Student, Department of Special Education University of Illinois

ODLSS presents Parent Empowerment Expo

FAMILY & SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP FORUMS to learn about CPS’ODLSS presents Parent Empowerment Expo Diverse Learner Conference and Resource Fair

Chicago Public Schools’ Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services (ODLSS) is inviting families of diverse learners to attend its annual education conference and fair.  Come out and learn about ODLSS special education supports and services, get information about local and community resources and meet other families.


  • Resource Fair for Parents 
  • Transitioning to Adult Services Clinic 
  • IEP Review Clinic 
  • Parent Workshops

Work present in English and Spanish

FREE! Continental breakfast and lunch provided

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Event Check-In 8:00 am  – 9:00 am

Event and Resource Fair: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

George Westinghouse College Prep

3223 W. Franklin Blvd.

Chicago, Il 60624

Register Today!  Space is limited

This event is for CPS families of diverse learners ages preschool through high school.

*We recommend, where possible, to make this an adult only event.

The event format is conference style and the workshop sessions are not ideal for children.  Child care is not available.   For more information go to or .

Support Group for Families of Children with Disabilities

father and  son with disabilityJoin FRCD this Saturday at its 2nd Support Group Meeting

How is the School Year So Far?
Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Chicago Park District-
Washington Park Field House
5531 South King Drive, Chicago, IL

Register online or contact Lynn Betts or Paula Wills at (312)939-3513.

Please Bring a Dish to Share if You Can.

Children, youth and young adults with disabilities are welcome with their parents or caregiver.


Autism and Special Education Summit NOV. 2nd!

Autism and Special Education Summit: Advocacy throughout the Lifespan

Saturday, November 2, 2013


Confused about the Illinois Developmental Disabilities System? You’re not alone.
Ed McManus, formerly of the Illinois Division of Developmental Disabilities and the founder of Ed McManus Developmental Disability Consulting, can help you understand our state’s complex system in his presentation “Navigating the Developmental Disability System in Illinois.”

When it comes to interventions for students on the autism spectrum, one size does not fit all. Marrea Winnega, PhD, BCBA, Director of School Consulting for Autism Home Support Services, will present “Interventions for Students with Varying Degrees of Autism.”

Adolescents and young adults on the autism spectrum often experience mental health challenges. An expert team from the Autism Assessment, Research, Treatment and Services (AARTS) Center at Rush University Medical Center-
Rachel Loftin, PhD, Tom Owley, MD, and Latha Soorya, PhD, BCBA-will discuss the use of assessments, behavioral treatment and medication to help individuals struggling with mental health issues.

For information about the conference and SCHOLARSHIPS contact Karen Royko, 847-926-0101,

Autism and Special Education Summit: Advocacy throughout the Lifespan
Saturday, November 2, 8:00 am-3:30pm.
Trinity International University
2065 Half Day Road, Deerfield, IL 60015
$35.00 per person, with continental breakfast and lunch.
*This is not a function of Trinity International University

Micki Moran
The Child and Family Law Center of the North Shore
1950 Sheridan Road, Suite 201
Highland Park, IL 60035
Phone (847) 926-0101
Fax (847) 926-8500
Micki Moran’s Special Education Law Blog
Micki Moran’s Kidslaw Blog