Tune in every Thursday at 4pm -4:25pm for our a live call-in  talk show FRCD on CAN TV,  where we discuss special education rights, parent advocacy and resources for families of children with disabilities.

Want to ask a question on-air live ?

Call 312-738-1060 during the show and ask your questions.

15th Annual Spring Fling for Autism Awareness Resource Fair

To kick-off Autism Awareness Month, FRCD on CAN TV host, Paula Wills, interviewed Chicagoland’s Autism Connection CAC, Executive Director, Paul Butler, about CAC services and the 15th Annual Spring Fling for Autism Awareness Resource Fair on FRCD on CAN TV.


2014 “Spring Fling for Autism Awareness” Resource Fair
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Time: 8:00 AM-12:30 PM Chicago, IL
Bogan Computer Technical High School
3939 West 79th Street Chicago, IL 60652

When you arrive at Bogan High School, please enter through the solid orange parking lot door located on Springfield Avenue (east side of the building) and report to the registration table.

2 Courses offered in Spanish this year!

Autism Awareness Month: 7 Autism Events You Don’t Want to Miss.


April Autism Awareness MonthApril welcomes spring and Autism Awareness Month.  In recent news, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 1 in 68 American children have Autism and that number is expected to grow. In fact, Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the U.S. Below are some upcoming  events and workshops that will help you understand Autism and parent advocacy.

Chicagoland Autism Connection

2014 “Spring Fling for Autism Awareness” Resource Fair
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Time: 8:00 AM-12:30 PM Chicago, IL
Bogan Computer Technical High School
3939 West 79th Street Chicago, IL 60652

Autism Awareness Month Sensory Friendly Movie.

Saturday, April 5, 2014
Time: 11 AM–2 PM
810 Main Street, Highland, IL, United States

Sensory friendly movies have their lights up, sound turned down and audience members are welcome to move about and make noise. Regular concessions are also available. For more information call the UCP Heartland center for autism: 618-288-2218. To purchase tickets online or download a social script for going to the Lory please visit

Easter Seals
Autism Awareness Event: Open House

Tue, April 8, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Easter Seals, Barney Drive, Joliet, IL, United States
Please contact Valerie Lentz with any questions at 815-927-5465

Family Resource Center on Disabilities

Navigating the IEP Process (Registration Required)
Time: 10 AM-1 PM
Saturday, April 12, 2014
11 E. Adams St. Suite 1002, Chicago, IL 60603

Autism Awareness Egg Hunt & Fun Activities

Saturday, April 12,2014
Time:1pm – 3pm
Kiwanis Park Road, Charleston, IL,
This event is for all children with autism and their siblings wish autism.
For more information please contact: Cheryl Sowers at 217-348-3869 x206

Autism Society of Illinois/ CU Autism Network
Safety, Resource & Fun Fair

Time: 11:30 AM
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Hessel Park in Champaign, IL

Family Resource Center on Disabilities

Transition Series: Moving On: Life in the Community
Time: 10 AM-1 PM
Saturday, April 26, 2014
11 E. Adams St. Suite 1002, Chicago, IL 60603



The Autism Society of Illinois 10th Annual Parent and Professional Networking Conference

Autism Society of IllinoisAutism Society of Illinois 10th Annual Parent and Professional Networking Conference

Save The Date!

Saturday, March 15, 2014 8:30 am-4:30 pm

20 Different Speakers, 5 Different Tracks
Adults, Biomedical, Behavioral, Advanced, Advocacy
60 Plus Vendors!

Speakers include: Ann Rigby, Brian King, Marrera Winnega, Dr. Margret Creedon, Dr. Ashely Oshner, Sym Rankin, Dr. Usman, Kathy Gould, Sherri Schneider, Dave Geslak, Thomas Clark and More!

All attendees will receive lite breakfast, lunch and snack, attendance certificate and 8 CPDUs.

Purchase Tickets

(Please put in the Note Area what Lunch you would like, Turkey, Veggie or Beef)

Location: Lagrange Highlands Middle School, 1850 West Plainfield Road,
La Grange, IL 60525.

Contact: The Autism Society of Illinois at 630.691.1270 or email for more information. Please do not call the school for information.

This networking conference will help you gain information to assist in your quest to make a difference in your own life or in the lives of those whom you love, teach and support with Autism.
Download Conference Brochure

Department Releases New Guidance on Protecting Student Privacy While Using Online Educational Services

Ed.govThe U.S. Department of Education’s Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) released new guidance to help school systems and educators interpret and understand the major laws and best practices protecting student privacy while using online educational services.

The guidance summarizes the major requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) that relate to these educational services, and urges schools and districts to go beyond compliance to follow best practices for outsourcing school functions using online educational services, including computer software, mobile applications and web-based tools.


Spring Fling for Autism Awareness

Spring Fling for Autism Awareness Conference and Resource Fair

Saturday, April 5, 2014 6 English Language Workshops
8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 4 Spanish Language Workshops
Over 30 Vendors

Spring Fling For Autism AwarenessThe Spring Fling provides valuable information to parents and families of individuals with autism spectrum disorders, supports professionals, and increases public awareness.
The program features breakout sessions on topics of interests,exhibitor tables, and lots of opportunities for networking.
This is a free event, with workshops conducted by experts from diverse areas of work in the autism field. Advance registration is recommended but not required. We regret that child care is not available.

Bogan Computer Technical High School (see session titles on back of page)
3939 West 79th Street, Chicago
(southeast corner of 79th
and Pulaski) Free CPDU credits available

Register at
For additional information, visit or call 773-329-0375

NEXT STEPS Transition: Making it in the Real World/Roadmaps to the Future

Father and daughterFor all young people, the transition from student life in school to adult life in the community is complicated. For students with disabilities and their families, this change can be particularly challenging, overwhelming and exciting. For young people to experience transitions to satisfying adult lives there must be teamwork among students, parents, educators and others. During this workshop, participants review the three critical goals of transition, consider practical opportunities which promote their achievement, become familiar with pertinent federal legislation and understand the important roles of family members in the transition

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires transition planning for all students with disabilities. Is a transition plan a written document? If so, who writes and signs it? Is transition planning a meeting? If so, who attends? This workshop is designed to give parents, students, educators and adult service providers answers to these questions and more. Participants learn how transition planning can be incorporated into
students’ on going special education plans. They discuss the influence of competency testing, graduation requirements, diplomas, integration and curriculum emphasis on transition plans. Sample transition forms are reviewed and participants develop transition goals.

Self-Employment Guide for People with Disabilities

Self-Employment Guide for People with Disabilities

tatewide Independent Living Council of IllinoisOne of the objectives of the Statewide Independent Living Council of Illinois in the new State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) within the Employment Priority Area, is that Statewide Independent Living Council of Illinois would identify resource material regarding self-employment (year 1 of the SPIL-2013-2014), develop a resource guide (year 2 of the SPIL 2014-2015) and distribute the resource guide to all CILs (year 3 of the SPIL- 2015-2016) so that they could in turn distribute the resource guide to 200 customers during the third year of the SPIL.

The council reports- because of their work on developing the Toolbox to Employment Seminars- they were able to identify and update a Self-Employment Guide for People with Disabilities that was developed by Health and Disability Advocates years ago and updated, for the council, by Marsie Frawley with Griffin-Hammis Associates.

Statewide Independent Living Council of Illinois is sharing this Guide with the Centers, the Employment Advisory Group members and our Board Members. It is encouraged for the CILs to use and distribute this guide with their consumers.

Health, Education and Policy Resources

New Affordable Care Act Resource Available from The Arc – Capitol Insider – Week of February 3, 2014

The National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative has released the first of several fact sheets entitled “Comparing Health Plans’ Benefits and Coverage Summaries.” This fact sheet is intended to inform navigators and other enrollment specialists about what people with disabilities need to look for in the Summary of Benefits and Coverage. The entire list of upcoming fact sheets is also available on their website. This information complements the earlier publication by the collaborative, “Guide to Disability for Healthcare Insurance Marketplace Navigators”, designed to inform navigators and other enrollment specialists about special considerations people with disabilities may face as they shop for healthcare coverage. The Collaboration is a project of the American Association on Health and Disability and is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Arc is one of the seven national organizations participating in the collaboration. The Arc encourages chapters and members to share the availability of the guide and other resources with Affordable Care Act navigators in their community.


Department of Education Releases Charter Schools Program Non-Regulatory Guidance
from The Arc – Capitol Insider – Week of February 3, 2014

The US Department of Education released Charter Schools Program Non-Regulatory Guidance for charter schools that receive federal funds allowing them to use weighted lotteries in admissions in favor of disadvantaged students as long as lotteries are permissible under a state’s charter school law. “Disadvantaged” students include students who are economically disadvantaged, students with disabilities, migrant students, limited English proficient students, neglected or delinquent students, and homeless students. Federal startup funds are provided to charter schools in order to evaluate and expand the number of high quality charter schools across the nation.

CEC Unveils New Evidence -Based Practice Standards
from CEC’s Policy Insider – January 29, 2014

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) has released its CEC Standards for Evidence-Based Practice in Special Education, a report commissioned by the CEC Board of Directors.

For the past five years, a work group comprised of seven special education researchers developed, vetted, and piloted the new standards for determining evidence-based practices (EBPs) in special education. CEC’s goal is that the standards will be applied to better understand the effectiveness of a range of practices for learners with disabilities.
CEC President Robin D. Brewer acknowledges CEC’s deep appreciation to its expert members in the workgroup including Bryan Cook, Chair, Virginia Buysse, Janette Klingner, Tim Landrum, Robin McWilliam, Melody Tankersley, and Dave Test.
Download the CEC Standards for Evidence-Based Practice in Special Education report.

Transitioning from Early Intervention: What Every Parent Should Know

Department of Human Services Illinois

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

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.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
3:00-5:00 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.  The 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 March 4th.  We will send you a confirmation email.  Any questions, call Roberta at 312-942-7863.