Parent Advocacy Leadership (PAL) Training Registration is Open

Parent-Advocacy-Leadership-Training-(PAL)2018Parent 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 interested in gaining a strong understanding of the Illinois 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 4 sessions
  • Willing to participate in weekly check-ins,
  • 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 4 sessions long and space is limited to 12 participants (first come, first served). The 4 Weekly check-ins will take place via webinar format. Homework is required and must be completed prior to each session.

Each training session is from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm (CST) at Family Resource Center on Disabilities 11 E. Adams St. Suite 1002 Chicago, IL 60603.

The training dates are Saturdays:

August 4th, August 11th, August 18th, August 25th

Check-in dates are Wednesdays Check-ins are one hour. Exact Time: TBA.

August 1st, August 8th, August 15th, August 22nd

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 paula.wills@frcd.org.

Mark Your Calendar for This Exciting Event Parent Advocacy Training for Legislative Change

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Mark Your Calendar for This Exciting Event Parent Advocacy Training for Legislative Change

Family Resource Center on Disabilities (FRCD) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are offering a FREE training to parents and family members of children with disabilities.

The purpose of this program is to educate and empower parents of children with disabilities about legislative advocacy. The training will enable you to:

• Participate in the legislative process to change special education policy.

• Become more comfortable speaking to legislators and sharing concerns.

• Develop an understanding of special education policy and practice.  Your participation in this training will build your advocacy skills and provide important feedback that can help guide, expand, and strengthen special education policy. In addition to attending the training, participants will be required to:

• Participate in a focus group to share concerns about special education legislation. • Complete three surveys to document the effectiveness of the training.

• Be videotaped (less than three minutes) to share your concerns about special education legislation. Your participation is voluntary and your responses will be kept confidential.

To participate, please complete the registration and survey at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DisabilityAdvocacy

After completing the survey, you will be notified of your training date.

Training Dates: May 10 and 17, 2018 or September 18 and 20, 2018

Location: Dr. Martin Luther King Service Center/Resource Center for Autism and Developmental Delays, 4314 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60653

Time: 10 am to 1 pm on both dates

Please sign up by April 20, 2018

Food and parking will be provided and each participant will receive two $10 gift cards. If you have questions or want to complete the survey over the phone or via hard copy, please contact: Meghan Burke, meghanbm@illinois.edu or

217-300-1226.

Lunch and Learn Webinar: Dissecting the IEP Part 1: Understanding the Present Level

Collage of diverse familiesDo 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 6 part webinar series breaks down the components of the IEP to ensure that you have clear an understanding of your child’s IEP.

This first webinar will focus on helping parents understand how their child is currently performing as it pertains to the IEP.

Lunch and Learn Webinar: Behavioral Intervention Plan

Collage of diverse familiesNavigating the Behavioral Intervention Plan

This training will also explain the components of the Behavioral Intervention Plan (BIP), the purpose of the BIP, and steps to acquire one for your child if appropriate.

IDEA and Discipline/ Behavioral Intervention Plan

Collage of diverse familiesIDEA and Discipline/ Behavioral Intervention Plan

This training will focus on the discipline process for children receiving special education services and their rights in regards to in-school suspensions, classroom removal, and expulsion.

This training will also explain the components of the Behavioral Intervention Plan (BIP), the purpose of the BIP, and steps to acquire one for your child if appropriate.

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.

Volunteer Advocacy Training Program

Volunteer Advocacy Training Program Presented By Family Resource Center on Disabilities

Are you a parent of a child with a disability or a community member interested in helping families?  The Volunteer Advocacy Training Program is a training program to help you navigate the special education process.

Requirements:

  • Willing to attend all 5 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
  • Advocacy

All training and materials are free.The Volunteer Advocacy Training Program is five sessions long and is limited to 15 committed participants. Homework is required and must be completed prior to each session 2015 from 10:00am to 2:00pm (CST).

The dates are:
October 3rd, October 10th, October 17th, October 24th, October 31st .

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.

Lunch and Learn Webinar: Transition to Adulthood

Collage of diverse familiesTransitioning from high school to adulthood is exciting time for students. However, if your child is receiving special education services, there are some aspects of your child’s transition plan that you must be aware of and be prepared to act upon. This webinar is a continuation of “Navigating the Transition Plan” and will cover:

-Options for graduation
-Summary of Performance and when to get one
-Transfer of Parental Rights
-Entitlement vs. Eligibility

Lunch and Learn Webinar: Navigating the Transition Plan

Collage of diverse familiesPreparing your child to transition to adulthood can be a daunting task. This webinar will focus on the initial steps of the transition process in the Illinois special education system from an academic perspective. The topics covered include:

-Defining transition plans and its components
-Understanding transition services
-Tips for parents preparing their child for adulthood.