Lunch and Learn Webinar: 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 webinar will focus on helping parents understand how their child is currently performing as it pertains to the IEP.

The Behavior Intervention Plan

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Special Education Rights Webinar: The Behavior Intervention Plan

Do you receive frequent phone calls from your child’s school regarding his/her behavior? Perhaps, you noticed some behavior concerns during remote learning.

This training will discuss

  • the components of the Behavioral Intervention Plan (BIP),
  • the purpose of the BIP,
  • and steps to acquire one for your child if appropriate.

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.

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.




Hearing/Vision Speech/Language Problem Solving

Social Skills Fine/Gross Motor Listening/Attending

Download SEPTEMBER 2016 – JULY 2017 SCHEDULE

Child Find Screenings Will Not Be Conducted During CPS Holidays
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Lunch and Learn Webinar: Special Education Rights Training and What Parents Need to Know About Remote Learning and Returning to School

Collage of diverse familiesThis 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.
  • Special Education and Remote Learning
  • Returning to School

Friendly and Productive IEP Meetings CANCELLED

FRCD  trainer training parentsThis workshop provides practical tips & techniques that can increase the productivity of an IEP meeting. Implementing these ideas can help districts & parents have forward-looking and creative IEP meetings which can set the stage for a constructive relationship that can continue throughout the student’s educational program.

Lunch and Learn Webinar:Assistive Technology and the IEP

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The appropriate implementation and use of assistive technologies has the ability to increase abilities and provide greater accessibility to educational opportunities for eligible students with disabilities. Assistive technology devices and services can be used to extend physical, social and communication skills and provide the means for academic inclusion. Many students with disabilities have successfully used assistive technologies to minimize barriers to gain access to a free and appropriate public education (FAPE).
About Susy Woods
Susy Woods has been active in disability advocacy for 32 years. With a master’s degree in women’s issues and public policy where her research was on sexual abuse against women with disabilities and public policy. Her past experience includes serving as the Director of Disability Services at the University of Illinois, Springfield in early intervention. Her credentials also include serving as past chair of the Illinois State Advisory Council on special education; public policy chair on the ARC of Illinois board; public policy chair and acting president on Impact CIL; program chair on the Statewide Illinois Transition Conference, and program chair of NAMI Southwest. Susy currently serves on the Illinois Imagines state team and is the Public Policy and Education Liaison for the Illinois Assistive Technology Program (IATP) in Springfield, Illinois. She supports families at Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings and serves as a lobbyist at the state level for several disability groups, social workers, gifted education, and community schools.
Susy has a son with a developmental disability and health issues, and a granddaughter with a psychological disability.

An Introduction to Autism and The ABC’s of Behavior-Session

Autism-Speaks LogoFamily Resource Center on Disabilities is happy to  kick off Autism Awareness Month with two powerful webinars presented by Autism Speaks’Manager of Community Outreach for the Midwest Region, Colleen Shinn.  These webinars are a two part of series:

Part One will focus on understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder and Resources available to parents of children with Autism.

Part Two will focus on Autism Spectrum Disorder and behavior.

Presenter: Colleen Shinn is the Manager of Community Outreach for the Midwest Region in the Family Services division of Autism Speaks. Prior to joining Autism Speaks, she most recently worked for Easter Seals as the Training Specialist and Manager of The Autism Program (TAP) Service Centers for Chicago and Rockford. She was responsible for the development and implementation of curriculum and staff development, comprehensive professional training for employees, families and professionals, supervision of full and part time employees, interns and clinical staff, local and national legislative activities, coordinating and leading the Autism Strategic Planning Committee, and extensive community outreach

Ms. Shinn is formally trained in Applied Behavioral Analysis, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS,) and DIR Floor time. She is an active member on the Coalition Against Sexual Abuse of Children with Disabilities through the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center, the Midwest Autism Consortium, and the Illinois Autism Task Force.  Ms. Shinn is fluent in Sign Language and is a Board Certified and Licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant with an extensive background in Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has more than 30 years of experience in Early Intervention, Inclusion, and Early Childhood Special Education. She has presented both locally and nationally on topics related to Autism.