Lunch and Learn Webinar: Building Successful Goals

Collage of diverse familiesLunch and Learn Webinar: Building Successful Goals

Do you find your child’s Individualized Education Program(IEP) document cumbersome and overwhelming? Would you like to feel better prepared for your child’s next IEP meeting?

This webinar will focus on the statement of measurable goals section of the IEP.  Following this webinar, parents will be able to better assess their child’s current goals and along with the IEP team, help to build future goals that will ensure that their child will be a successful and continuous learner.

Lunch and Learn Webinar: School Closings & Restructuring: What Parents of Children with Disabilities Need to Know

Legal Aid Foundation  logoSchool closings have impacted urban school districts across the nation. There are important things that parents of students with disabilities should know if their child’s school closes.  State and federal law unquestionably require that the needs of the student drive special education services and instruction—no matter what changes are happening at the school or school district level.  This presentation provides an overview how this issue impacts students with disabilities along with strategies for students who have been or will be affected by a school closing or other form of district restructuring.


About Katherine Gladson

Katherine Gladson is an Equal Justice Work Fellow at LAF, and is currently working on a two-year fellowship project that aims to protect the educational rights of students who were adversely affected by the 2013 Chicago school closings and other types of school district restructuring within CPS. Through her fellowship project, she represents parents and students in special education, school discipline, and other education matters. Before becoming an attorney, Katherine taught middle school math in the Kansas City, Missouri School District, during the time period when around half of the district’s neighborhood schools were closed. Katherine graduated from Loyola University Chicago School of Law magna cum laude and is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu. While in law school she was a Civitas ChildLaw Fellow and represented children in education matters, family law cases, and in abuse and neglect proceedings. She has a B.A. in English Writing from Depauw University.


Is Your Child Struggling in School? Come to a Workshop and Learn Response to Intervention(RTI)  Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) Can Help Your Child Succeed!

Join Family Resource Center on Disabilities Parent Training and Information Center and Illinois RtI Network for this FREE informational session for parents of children who struggle with reading, math, or behavior. The first 25 parents who pre-register and attend the entire event will receive a $20 WalMart gift card. (one per couple) (This offer does not include webinars)



In Collaboration with RCADD: Special Education Rights Overview Webinar


Special Education Rights Overview Webinar

This training is an overview of IDEA(Individual with Disabilities Education Act) which is the law that protects the rights of children receiving special education services. Aspects covered:
Evaluation process
Individualized Education Program (IEP),
Least Restrictive Environment (LRE),
Procedural Safeguards.


IEP Check-Ins Session

conversation between parent and volunteerDo you have specific questions about your child’s  Individualized Education Plan (IEP)?  Make an appointment during FRCD’s IEP Check-In sessions and one of our parent trainers will sit down with you and comb through your child’s IEP.    We ask that you read the IEP prior to your IEP Check-In Session and bring a copy for the parent trainer to go through with you.



School Check-In Parent Virtual Chat


Do you have specific questions about your child’s  Individualized Education Plan (IEP)?  Family Resource Center on Disabilities is hosting an informal School Check-In Chat to discuss
-School Concerns
-Student experiences
-Parent advocacy resources

FREE Workshop: How to Navigate the Illinois Disability System

Attorney Robert H. Farley, Jr.,Attorney Robert H. Farley, Jr., will be presenting a free Workshop on Tuesday, December 10, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Naperville Public Library (95th Street Library) at 3015 Cedar Glade Drive, Naperville, IL. You will learn How To Navigate the Illinois Disability System and obtain all the benefits which your disabled child / adult is entitled to under the law. If your disabled son or daughter is 18 or older and is on the PUNS List, but is classified as “Future Planning,” then he or she will NOT be pulled from the PUNS List for services. Learn what you must do, to be successful. Topics to be covered will be: PUNS; How to Obtain Funding; Special Needs Trust; SSI and Guardianship.

Prior to attending or if you cannot attend the workshop, please download and print Attorney Farley’s “Book” on How to Navigate the Illinois Disability System at This is free download and the materials in the Book will be covered during the workshop. Please bring the book to the Workshop.