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Parent Advocacy Training Program for Latino and Hispanic Families


Thursday, March 18, 2021 - Saturday, March 20, 2021    
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Event Type


A research study on training for Latino and Hispanic families of children with disabilities

The University of Illinois Chicago is researching the effectiveness of the FIRME (Families Included in Receiving Better Special Education) Program to help Latino and Hispanic families/parents advocate for their children with disabilities.

Parents and guardians are invited to participate in parent advocacy training sessions as part of the study. The training will be in Spanish and consist of four, three-hour sessions.

To participate, an individual must:

  1. Be over 18 years of age
  2. Be the parent or legal guardian of a child with a disability who has an individualized education program (IEP)
  3. Self-identify as either Latino or Hispanic
  4. Agree to complete the pre-, post- and follow-up survey

The training sessions will be offered this spring and summer via Zoom. The training dates are:

  • Thursdays or Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon starting either March 18 or March 20
  • Thursdays or Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon starting either May 20 or May 22

See the research study flyer in English or Spanish for more details about the training program.

If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please contact Kristina Rios at or (661) 586-7698.