March with FRCD at the 14th Annual Disability Pride Parade!

Join Family Resource Center on Disabilities (FRCD) for a day of solidarity, awareness, and celebration of disability pride.

WHEN:
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Parade: 11:00 am-12:30 pm
Post Parade Festivities: 12:30 pm

WHERE:
We will meet at the staging area at  401 S. Plymouth Court at 10:15 a.m. Post-parade festivities will begin 12:30 p.m. at Daley Plaza at Washington and Dearborn.

The overall mission of the Disability Pride Parade is to change the way people think about and define “Disability”. Now is the time to promote the belief in society that Disability is a natural and beautiful part of human diversity in which people living with Disabilities can take pride.

Contact Paula Wills at paula.wills@frcd.org or call FRCD’s Office at 312-939-3513.

REGISTER:
There is no registration fee, but we ask that you register to march with FRCD.  If feasible, please wear purple t-shirts, but not mandatory.

Parent Advocacy Leadership (PAL) Training

Parent Advocacy Leadership (PAL) Training Registration

Please register at www.frcd.org/news/pal

Parent Advocacy Leadership  (PAL) Training Presented By Family Resource Center on Disabilities

 

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

Requirements:

  • Willing to attend all 6 sessions
  • Willing to complete pre and post survey.
  • Willing to complete homework assignments prior to class.
  • Possess a passion for helping families of children with disabilities.

Training will cover:

  • The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  • State law (Part 226)
  • The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • Section 504
  • Behavior
  • Advocacy

All training and materials are free.The PAL training is 6 sessions long and space is limited to 12 participants (first come, first served).  Homework is required and must be completed prior to each session.

PAL Training dates are:
June 3rd, June 10th, June 24th, July 8th, July 15th, July 29th.

Located at Family Resource Center on Disabilities

11 E. Adams St. Suite 1002

Chicago, IL 60603

10am-3pm

For more information contact Paula Wills at 
paula.wills@frcd.org or call 312-939-3513.
 Space is limited 

For more information about FRCD resources, support, and publications, please contact the Family Resource Center on Disabilities at (312) 939-3513 visit us online at www.frcd.org and email us at info@frcd.org.

Who We Are, What We do

FRCD T-ShirtDo you understand how the special education system works in Illinois? Family Resource Center on Disabilities is here for you to help you navigate this complex system. Learn what your local Parent Training and Information Center can do for you.

Friendly and Productive IEP Meetings CANCELLED

FRCD  trainer training parentsThis workshop provides practical tips & techniques that can increase the productivity of an IEP meeting. Implementing these ideas can help districts & parents have forward-looking and creative IEP meetings which can set the stage for a constructive relationship that can continue throughout the student’s educational program.

Lunch and Learn: Seizure Recognition and First Aid Presentation:

Epilepsy Foundation LogoSeizure Recognition and First Aid Presentation:

This free educational program is designed to inform the general public about epilepsy and seizure disorders. Professional public health educators will cover seizure recognition and first aid, seizures and safety, epilepsy treatment, and how to assist someone having a seizure while providing appropriate first aid techniques.

 

Anastasia M. McCargo has been an Education Coordinator with the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago since 2011. Anastasia works primarily in the western and southwestern suburbs of Chicago, and travels to schools, community agencies, hospitals, nursing homes and early childhood education centers promoting epilepsy education, awareness, and support. She is available to provide all epilepsy-related training and presentations and specializes in bothSeizure Training for School Personnel and Seizure Training for Childcare Personnel. Anastasia is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, where she earned both a B.S in Psychology and an M.Ed. in Community Counseling, and is licensed in the state of Illinois as a Clinical Professional Counselor.

WEBINAR: An Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder/Autism Speaks Family Services Supports and Resources and Support Session 1

Autism Speaks LogoFamily Resource Center on Disabilities is happy to kick off Autism Awareness Month with two powerful webinars presented by Autism Speaks’ Manager of Community Outreach for the Midwest Region, Colleen Shinn.  These webinars are a two part of series:

Part One will focus on understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder and Resources available to parents of children with Autism.

Part Two will focus on Autism Spectrum Disorder and behavior.

Presenter: Colleen Shinn is the Manager of Community Outreach for the Midwest Region in the Family Services division of Autism Speaks. Prior to joining Autism Speaks, she most recently worked for Easter Seals as the Training Specialist and Manager of The Autism Program (TAP) Service Centers for Chicago and Rockford. She was responsible for the development and implementation of curriculum and staff development, comprehensive professional training for employees, families and professionals, supervision of full and part time employees, interns and clinical staff, local and national legislative activities, coordinating and leading the Autism Strategic Planning Committee, and extensive community outreach

Ms. Shinn is formally trained in Applied Behavioral Analysis, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS,) and DIR Floor time. She is an active member on the Coalition Against Sexual Abuse of Children with Disabilities through the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center, the Midwest Autism Consortium, and the Illinois Autism Task Force.  Ms. Shinn is fluent in Sign Language and is a Board Certified and Licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant with an extensive background in Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has more than 30 years of experience in Early Intervention, Inclusion, and Early Childhood Special Education. She has presented both locally and nationally on topics related to Autism.

 

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.

APPOINTMENTS ARE MANDATORY.

PLEASE CALL 312-939-3513 TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT.

IEP Check-In 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.

APPOINTMENTS ARE MANDATORY.

12th Annual Disability Pride Parade

Join Family Resource Center on Disabilities (FRCD) for a day of solidarity, awareness and celebration of disability pride.

WHEN:
Saturday, July 18, 2014
Parade: 11:00 am-12:30 pm
Post Parade Festivities: 12:30 pm

WHERE:
We will meet at the staging area at  401 S. Plymouth Court at 10:15 a.m. Post parade festivities will begin 12:30 p.m. at Daley Plaza at Washington and Dearborn.

There is much to celebrate at this year’s Disability Pride Parade.  The Americans with Disabilities Act turns 25.  The former (retired) senator of Iowa, Senator Thomas Harkin (D), who has been an advocate and a champion of disability rights throughout his service as senator is this year’s Grand Marshall.

The overall mission of the Disability Pride Parade is to change the way people think about and define “Disability”. Now is the time to promote the belief in society that Disability is a natural and beautiful part of human diversity in which people living with Disabilities can take pride.

Contact FRCD at 312-939-3513 or email paula.wills@frcd.org or contact George Terzakis  at 312-852-2900 or gterzakis@gmail.com.

REGISTER:
There is no registration fee, but we ask that you register to march with FRCD.

Navigating the Evaluation Process in Six Steps

One day you are bringing your new born home from the hospital for the first time and the next day he/she is headed out the door for their first day of kindergarten.  Obviously this is an exaggeration, but the point is kids grow up fast!   Building an academic foundation is key to developing successful life long learners.  However, not every child learns the same way.  Building your child’s academic foundation can be painfully difficult if your child has diverse learning needs. Without the appropriate help, your child could fall critically behind and face significant challenges in their adult years as a result. You might ask yourself, “How would I know if my child has diverse learning needs and may possibly benefit from special education services?

Answer these questions for yourself.

  • Is your child consistently receiving failing grades on homework assignments and tests?
  • Do you constantly get calls from your child’s school about his or her behavior?
  • Did you receive a note from your child’s teacher requesting that your child be evaluated for special education services?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may want to have your child evaluated to see if he/she could benefit from special education services or a 504 plan.  Addressing your child’s challenges early in his/her academic career can provide them with life long tools to navigate future challenges such as employment, college and adult life in the community.

If you do suspect your child need special education services request an evaluation.  Below are  6 steps parents can take to acquire an evaluation of their child.

Step 1: Request an Evaluation

Parents should write a letter to the school district requesting that their child be evaluated for special education services.  It helps to include principals and case managers when submitting the letter so that everyone is on the same page.

Step 2: District Decides to Proceed

Within 14 school days the school district will decide whether or not  to proceed with an evaluation for the child in question. Either way, parents should receive a letter stating that the school district will evaluate the child or the school district will not evaluate the child with an explanation regarding their decision.

Step 3: Parents Consent to Evaluate

Before any evaluation can get underway, parents must consent to the evaluation.  In many cases consent can be given in the Request for Evaluation letter in ( see step one.)  However, school districts may have their own forms for parents to complete, so check to make sure.

Step 4: Evaluation Takes Places

School Districts have 60 school days to complete the evaluation and hold a conference with the parents to share the findings of the evaluation.  Please note: 60 school days begin once consent to evaluate has been given to the school district to proceed.

Step 5: Eligibility Conference is Held

Once the evaluation is complete, a meeting is held to discuss whether an Individualized Education Program (IEP) is appropriate for the student based on the findings of the evaluation.  If an IEP is appropriate for the student then the IEP team and the parents develop an IEP for the student.

Step 6: Parents Consent to Placement

Parents must provide written formal consent to placement before special education services can begin.  Services will begin 10 days after parents provide their consent, unless the parents specify they want their child placed sooner.

Information in this blog post is taken from the “Educational Rights and Responsibilities: Understanding Special Education in IllinoisChapter Three “Evaluation and Referral” written by the Illinois State Board of Education Special Education and Support Services (June 2009)

 

Additional Resources 

Educational Rights and Responsibilities: Understanding Special Education in Illinois

Chapter Three “Evaluation and Referral” of Educational Rights and Responsibilities: Understanding Education in Illinois

“Evaluating Children for Disabilities” http://www.parentcenterhub.org/repository/evaluation/

“Requesting an Independent Evaluation”     http://www.parentcenterhub.org/repository/iee-3/

Family Resource Center on Disabilities is the region one parent training and information center for Illinois. We provide special education training, support, and information  parents of children with disabilities. Visit www.frcd.org or call  (312)-939-3513.