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Find out about news and events for children with special health care needs.

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Rockford Support Group on Summer Break

May 13th, 2015

Our Rockford parent support group is on Summer break. The group usually meets on a monthly basis but is currently on Summer break. Meetings will resume in August. Look for upcoming events to be posted!

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Accessible Vehicle Giveaway

April 15th, 2015

NMEDA is giving away 4 wheelchair accessible vehicles for National Mobility Awareness Month. One vehicle in each of the four categories will be given: for a caregiver for a senior battery-powered vehicle general category To…

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Statewide Transition Plan for Illinois Waivers

April 13th, 2015

Federal government requires transition plan for waivers and Illinois responds. Earlier this year, we posted about a new regulation that requires states with Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services to develop a transition plan. This includes…

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Preparation is Key to Successful IEP Meetings

April 6th, 2015

How will you prepare to make the most out of your next IEP meeting? Individualized education programs (IEPs) offer special education services to meet children’s learning needs. IEPs are created through a planning process that…

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What Is Care Coordination?

March 27th, 2015

We help families through care coordination. Find out what that means. Our mission is to “partner with Illinois families and communities to help children and youth with special healthcare needs connect to services and resources.”…

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On-Demand Children’s Programming Now Accessible

March 26th, 2015

Dozens of popular children’s programs are now accessible to those with hearing and vision disabilities. TV episodes like “Magic School Bus” and “Bill Nye the Science Guy” are made accessible by the U.S. Department of…

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Scholarship Opportunities

March 23rd, 2015

Learn about scholarship opportunities for students with medical conditions. 180 Medical Helps those with spinal cord injuries, spina bifida, transverse myelitis, and/or a neurogenic bladder. Alexander Graham Bell College Scholarship For individuals with pre-lingual bi-lateral…

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Family Support: Tell Us What We Need to Know

March 20th, 2015

Help researchers understand what helps families of children with special needs. The University of Illinois at Chicago and Easter Seals are teaming up for this national initiative to learn about what supports are most needed….

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Outreach Recognized in Decatur’s Herald-Review

March 18th, 2015

After a care coordinator spoke to a family support group, a reporter picked-up the story. Our care coordinators do outreach activities throughout Illinois communities. We call it outreach, but it’s really any activity that builds…

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