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.

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.

Creating a “Village” in Transitioning Your son or Daughter to Inclusive Adult Living

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Creating a “Village” in Transitioning Your son or Daughter to Inclusive Adult Living

Join webinar on Jan 12, 2017 at 6:30 PM CST.

Register
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2379963665131998724
In this session, Dr. Ann Turnbull will focus on a process for mobilizing a “village” comprised of family members, educators, other professionals, friends, and community citizens to work together on a regular basis over time in order to orchestrate significant and sustainable change. Ann refers to this process as Group Action Planning, and she will share her own family experience in using Group Action Planning to transform her son’s, Jay’s, life from the array of segregated adult services (sheltered workshop, group home, disability-only recreation) to inclusive community living (home of his own, supported employment, public transportation, sense of belonging throughout the entire community).

Using a detailed handout and video segments, Ann will highlight five components of Group Action Planning – Inviting Support, Making Connections, Sharing Great Expectations, Solving Problems, and Celebrating Success. She will provide many concrete suggestions for achieving the quality of life that your son or daughter deserves.

Destrezas Para una Abogacía Eficaz de Parte de Los Padres (Avanzado)

Mother and Daughter Pose for PictureDestrezas Para una Abogacía Eficaz de Parte de Los Padres Estas cansado de dar vueltas al rededor de una sopa de alfabeto y siglas y no estas suguro de lo que puedes o debes hacer para ayudar ha tú hijo/hija? Este taller le proporcionará estas herramientas importantes:

• El paso de la frustración a el poder

• ¿Quién es un defensor y por que ser un defensor?

• Siga las seis habilidades para la abogacía eficaz.

Entrenamiento De Educación Especial: Padres Especialistas de IEP 2 de 6 Sesiones

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en práctica para ayudar a otros?

¿Esta interesado en desarrollar habilidades de liderazgo?  Los padres especialistas en apoyo del Plan de Educación Individualizado (IEP), proveen ayuda individual a otros padres en las reuniones del Plan de Educación Individualizado, (IEP)

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.

5 Things You Should Know About Families Dealing With Disability

Written by Jaimie Davis Smith
(This story is from the Huffington Post)

Disability is part of my family’s daily life and it has been since my oldest daughter was born with a chromosomal abnormality over seven years ago. My daughter’s genetic disorder resulted in a variety of disabilities, both cognitive and physical, that impact nearly every aspect of our lives. Usually we go along with our routine, but sometimes I am struck by how little others know about disability and what life is like for us. I have been reminded of this recently and wanted to share five things I wish everyone knew about disability.

1. We really, really dislike the word “retarded.” Please stop using it. Now. The r-word is loaded. It is pejorative. It is hurtful. For those of us with loved ones with cognitive disabilities, the use of the r-word turns them into lesser beings not worthy of the same dignity and rights of those not struggling with the same difficulties. Not everyone has thought about how using the r-word impacts those of us dealing with disability. I get that. But if we try to explain it to you please listen to why it is not okay to use the r-word even if, as I was told recently you “didn’t mean it that way” by a woman who then stormed off somehow angry with me for trying to explain to her how her use of this hateful term impacts my daughter and my family.

2. Some disabilities are invisible. It would be convenient if everyone that disability made it obvious to the rest of the world in some way. Individuals who have visual impairments often use white canes or seeing eye dogs to help them navigate the world. Everyone knows that a wheelchair indicates that someone does not have full use of their legs. But, the person dealing with muscle weakness who can walk, albeit with difficulty, may look completely capable to a casual observer. The child who has autism and deals with sensory issues may look like a typically developing child having a bad day or a brat to you. A child with no obvious differences may have an oxygen monitor or feeding tube tucked away under clothing. But, these disabilities are real. They make life difficult, often on a level unimaginable to most. Remember that the next time you think someone is “faking” a disability for some perceived advantage, whether it’s a parking spot closer to the door or skipping the line at Disney World. Most individuals with disabilities you cannot immediately recognize would gladly give up the small accommodations for which you may resent them if they could also give up the disability that entitles them to these accommodations in the first place.

3. It’s okay to ask questions when disabilities are visible. My daughter uses an adorable wheelchair. Not all wheelchairs are cute, but hers is sky blue with a rainbow embroidered on the seat and has front wheels that light up if you push it fast enough. To other children it looks like a fun ride. Kids point at it on the street. They ask for rides. Usually, their parents try to shush them and pull them away. Well, guess what? I know that my daughter is in a wheelchair. She’s been using it for years. When she’s in it, it’s clear to everyone that she has a disability. I don’t mind questions. In fact, I encourage them, especially from other children whom I often allow to push my daughter’s wheelchair a short distance to remove the mystery surrounding disability. I welcome the opportunity to explain to children that some people are just born differently. I don’t mind discussing disability with adults who may wonder about our circumstances. It is only through open dialogue and communication that we can educate others about disabilities of all types and promote acceptance.

4. We are not heroes. Families that include a loved one with a disability often hear that they are amazing or that others don’t know how they handle it all. But, the thing is, backing out is not an option. We did not take on a burden out of altruism. We deal with the circumstances we have been dealt because we have to, because we have no other choice. We deserve no special credit for this. I have no doubt that most of the people who make these statements to me would do the same if they were in my shoes. They wouldn’t have a choice.

5. Be considerate. You can try to step into our shoes and not impose your own rules on us. It’s not difficult to figure out some things that might make life easier for people with disabilities. But, sadly, most businesses and even schools and churches do not take the steps needed to welcome individuals with disabilities, such as installing ramps or elevators, until they are legally required to. If you want to be better, you can take small steps even when they are not legally required. You could open the door for a mother pushing a wheelchair even if it will delay you by a few seconds. You could ask your child to let a child with disabilities take a turn on the swing since it may be the only piece of playground equipment she could use. You can respect measures that have been put into place to help those with disabilities and their families by not sitting in clearly marked movie theater seats that have been especially designed to accommodate adaptive equipment. You can let the individual in the wheelchair on the elevator first, even if you have been waiting longer. The mother at my son’s school was certainly not considerate when she told me recently that a handicapped parking space could only be used by a family with a child with disabilities who attended that school — and not by a parent with disabilities or a family who may need to bring along a sibling with disabilities to drop-off. Imposing arbitrary, uninformed opinions about who “really” has a disability or need for accommodation is hurtful and harmful, especially when expressed in front of children who are still forming their opinions about disability and may be unsure how to react themselves.

 

Entrenamiento De Educación Especial: Padres Especialistas de IEP 1 de 6 sesciones

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en práctica para ayudar a otros?

¿Esta interesado en desarrollar habilidades de liderazgo?  Los padres especialistas en apoyo del Plan de Educación Individualizado (IEP), proveen ayuda individual a otros padres en las reuniones del Plan de Educación Individualizado, (IEP)

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.