IEP Check-Ins Session

conversation between parent and volunteer

Do 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.

NEXT STEPS: Adult Life: Accessing Services

Concerned Parent parents stand with their childThe process of working with a rehabilitation counselor is discussed. Participants look at formal and informal supports that can assist the self-advocate in the transition process.

 

Six Principles of IDEA/ Special Education Training

Concerned Parent parents stand with their childThis 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.

 

Winter Social Skills Group for Preteens with Asperger’s Syndrome or High Functioning Autism

Logos for UIC and ITAPThis group will focus on skills integral for enhancing communication, cooperation, and confidence.

 



Topics include:

  • Verbal and Nonverbal Communication
  • Listening Skills
  • Stop and Think Strategies
  • Cooperation
  • Compromise
  • Friendship Skills
  • Social Problem Solving
  • Coping with Bullying and Teasing

 Our group is directed by therapists trained in working with pre-teens with ASD. We will utilize techniques to facilitate effective social communication in a supportive environment.  We follow the S.S. GRIN curriculum, a comprehensive curriculum specifically designed for children age 8-12 years with a diagnosis of High Functioning Autism.  Our goal is to provide skills that will last beyond the training and be useful in all of the environments in which the members participate.

  • Participants must have a diagnosis of High-Functioning Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome.
  • Members must be able to participate in the group without parents present
  • Members must have cognitive skills which enable them to verbally interact with peers
  • Members must not display aggressive, disruptive or self-injurious behaviors

Start Date:  January  9, 2014

Cost: Low cost, flat fee to be determined
Day: Thursdays – 12 sessions
Time:   4:15pm-5:15pm                                                         
Age:   8-12 years of age                              
Location:  Developmental Disabilities Family Clinic, 1640 W. Roosevelt Rd 1st floor, Chicago, IL

 

For more information, please contact Jessica Schultz, M.A. @ 312-996-7457 or e-mail: schultzj@uic.edu

Over 2,000 people received service and training from the Developmental Disabilities Family Clinics in FY2012. This work was made possible by grants from Illinois Department of Human Services, The Autism Program (TAP), The Combatting Autism Act (CAA), and by third party payments from Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance carriers.

Seeking Volunteers for Annual TASH Conference

TASH Conference "A Movement United"The Annual TASH Conference themed, “A Movement United” is fast approaching.  TASH is seeking volunteers to help during the conference. . The conference will be held December 11-14 at The Hilton in downtown Chicago.  Volunteers are eligible to receive 80% off their full conference registration.

 The TASH Conference is the one place where stakeholders from every aspect of the disability community come together to learn, share and grow in our collective effort to advance inclusion and human rights for people with significant disabilities.For more than 37 years, the TASH Conference has impacted the disability field by connecting attendees to innovative information and resources, facilitating connections between stakeholders in the disability movement, and helping attendees reignite their passion for the full inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of community life. 

Volunteer Information:

Volunteers are eligible to receive 80% off their full conference registration.

  • Anyone interested in signing up for volunteer shifts must apply using our online form: https://edtash.wufoo.com/forms/k7x3p3/
  • Volunteers who wish to receive a registration discount must commit to at least 10 hours of volunteer work at the TASH Conference.
  • Once a volunteer signs up for at least 10 hours on the volunteer schedule, they will receive a discount code for 80% off their full conference registration.
  • All volunteers are required to be TASH members or pay for their $30 basic membership in addition to the discounted registration fee.
  • After November 15, the volunteer schedule will be locked and finalized.
  • All volunteers are required to attend the volunteer orientation on Tuesday December 10, 2013.
  • Questions about the program need to be directed to conference@tash.org or (202) 540-9015.

Volunteer opportunities for one day attendees:

  • Volunteer opportunities are also available for individuals with disabilities who can only attend one day at the conference.
  • Individuals with disabilities who commit to 4 hours of volunteer work will receive 80% off the one-day rate and can then attend the rest of the conference events and activities on the day their shift.

We recommend that you review the conference program before choosing the times you would like to volunteer: http://conference.tash.org/

 

11th Annual Transition Summit for High School Students with Disabilities – Nov. 16

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The 11th Annual Transition Summit for High School Students with Disabilities

 

Students at MOPD Transition Summit 2013

Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities Photo. MOPD Transition Summit 2013

The Summit will include workshops on vital Work Incentives available to youth with disabilities, individual consultations with SSA-certified specialists whose primary function is to meet with students and/or their parents on an individual basis, meet with the Social Security Administration staff specifically assigned to work with this program, as well as the Plan for Achieving Self Support (PASS) Specialist.

Employment Services Unit Work Incentive Planning and Assistance Program
Date:   Nov. 16 –  Check-in: 8:30 A.M.  – Program: 9:00 A.M.—1:00 P.M.
Location: 2102 W. Ogden Avenue, Chicago, IL 60612

Please call to register and request a Reasonable accommodation:

Ph: 312-746-5743

TTY: 312-746-5713

Fax: 312-746-5749

Co-Sponsored by PACE and the Social Security Administration

 

Lunch and Learn Webinar: Skills For Effective Parent Advocacy

Collage of diverse familiesTired of getting the run-around while wading through an alphabet soup of acronyms and not being sure of what you can and should do to help your child? Skills for Effective Parent Advocacy will provide you with these important tools: •Going from Frustration to Power; •Who is an advocate and why be an advocate? Learn six skills to follow to effectively advocate for your child.

Skills for Effective Parent Advocacy

Parents at trainingTired of getting the run-around while wading through and the alphabet soup of acronyms and not being sure of what you can and should do to help your child? This workshop will provide you with these important tools: •Going from Frustration to Power; •Who is an advocate and why be an advocate? •Follow six skills to effective advocacy.

 

Navegando el Proceso del IEP Y Consulta Individual con Maria Castillo (Español)

Special Education TrainingEste taller incluye información sobre las normas y reglamentos relacionados con la creación del Programa de Educación Individualizada (IEP). ¿Quién es elegible para un IEP? ¿Qué dice la ley federal (IDEA) sobre el IEP? ¿Cuál es el propósito del IEP? Quien está en el equipo del IEP? ¿Qué debería incluirse en el IEP?

Transition to Post Secondary Education Webinar

 

Mom and DaughterDiscusses issues relating to transitioning from school to adult life/post-secondary education identifying outcomes and developing goals as part of the IEP process. Parents and young adults will become knowledgeable regarding resources in the community in order to build linkages, and ensure dignified life as a contributing citizen.