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Transition: Education Resources

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  • Parent Guide to Special Education

    Educational Rights and Responsibilities: Understanding Special Education in Illinois” is a guide for parents, teachers, administrators and others to learn about the educational rights of children who receive special education and related services due to disabilities that affect their ability to achieve academically.

    Special education laws and procedures are complicated and can be difficult to understand. This guide will clarify some of the procedures of special education. It contains information about many of the most common topics related to the broad special education landscape, from identification and evaluation to transition planning and complaint procedures

  • Planning & Going to College: Skills Tips

    Provides tips for youth to plan for going to college.  Provides information about available resources. (English) (Spanish)

  • Preparing For College When You Have Congenital Heart Disease

    Going to college is an exciting time filled with new friends and experiences. When you have congenital heart disease (CHD), it can be overwhelming or tempting to put your care on the back burner. It’s very important that you stay in care and are as prepared as possible. The Adult Congenital Heart Association provides this resource with tips to help you maintain good health while you further your education.

  • School Meetings: Skills Tips

    School Meetings for Children:  (English) (Spanish)

    School Meetings for Preteens:  (English) (Spanish)

    School Meeting for Teens:  (English) (Spanish)

  • Shepherd’s College

    Offers three-year post-secondary educational programs for students with intellectual disabilities. Programs include general education for independence, culinary arts, and horticulture.

    1805 15th Avenue
    Union Grove, WI 53182-1597
    (262) 878-5620

  • Special Education Helpline

    Equip for Equality has a toll-free Special Education Helpline to help families get appropriate education services for their children. The Helpline can assist by providing:

    • Someone to talk to about your questions and concerns
    • Information sheets on frequently asked questions
    • Sample letters and forms
    • Referrals
    • Other assistance as needed

    Contact the Helpline at 1-866-KIDS-046 (1-866-543-7046) or

  • The Odyssey Project at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    The Odyssey Project offers free University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign courses in the humanities to income-eligible adults in east-central Illinois. Odyssey students can earn up to eight transferable college credits in an environment designed to support non-traditional students, especially those whose education has been interrupted for whatever reason.

    The courses include free textbooks and course materials, access to computers, bus fare to and from class and more.

    Visit the Odyssey Project website for more details and program fact sheets in Spanish, French and Simplified Chinese.