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 www.farley1.com. This is free download and the materials in the Book will be covered during the workshop. Please bring the book to the Workshop.

2% regulation – Additional Comment Period

Comment Period on NPRMToday the U.S. Department of Education is reopening the comment period on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) they issued in the late summer that would end the use of the 2% standards and assessments for students with disabilities by the end of this school year. The comment period on these regulations previously closed during the Federal Government shutdown and the U.S. Department has reopened the comment period for 7 days to ensure all interested parties have a chance to comment on these regulations. If you have not had a chance to comment on these proposed regulations, this new 7 day period, ending 11/26, is an excellent chance to weigh in on ending the use of the 2% standards and assessments for students with disabilities. You can access the document which provides information on the NPRM as well as this new comment period by clicking here: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-11-19/html/2013-27699.htm

Background: Presently, U.S. Department of Education regulations permit States to assess students with disabilities against modified academic achievement standards using alternate assessments. Only students with disabilities may be assessed using these alternate assessments and the number of such students assessed must be limited to the number that would constitute 2% of all students (This works out to about 20% of students with disabilities). These regulations are commonly referred to as the 2% regulations. The 2% regulations are different from the regulations which permit assessment of students with disabilities who have significant cognitive disabilities. In the States that use these 2% standards and assessments, students are generally assessed on less challenging academic content and very often not considered on a path to graduation with a regular high school diploma. This places the ability of these students to get post secondary education and training as well as employment after high school at risk.

States which have waivers of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act from the U.S. Department of Education (presently 42 States, DC and Puerto Rico have these waivers) have, as a condition of these waivers, to end the use of 2% standards and assessments by the end of this school year (2013-2014). The NPRM published by the Department would permanently end the use of the 2% standards and assessments by States, regardless of whether a State has received an ESEA waiver. This would put the students who are assessed against these 2% standards on a track to obtain a regular high school diploma.

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.