Family Matters Parent Training and Information Center provides a summary of the key updates in the Illinois State Board of Education’s 2020 Parent Guide on Special Education.
College Illinois! is a prepaid tuition program. Benefits can be used at any college or university in the country & there are some great tax incentives.
This guide from the National Center for Learning Disabilities discusses how to support students with disabilities during the COVID-19 crisis.
The Illinois State Library provides a list of programs and organizations that can help support assistive technology needs.
Assistive technology is “any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.” This includes devices like wheelchairs, laptop computers and even a grip on a pencil or a special can-opener.
This site is a national non-profit organization that helps people with ADD/ADHD achieve their potential through education, support & networking.
Family Matters Parent Training and Information Center held a webinar on the Illinois State Board of Education’s guidance for the 2020-21 school year.
This document provides answers to parent questions that arose during the webinar, including how children with special needs are expected to wear a mask and how children with learning and physical disabilities can learn without facial cues from their instructors.
The Illinois State Board of Education and Illinois Department of Public Health provide this handout to help parents understand what they need to know about the state requirements for students returning to schools this fall.
The Illinois Resource Center has put together a library of videos for bilingual parents with videos in French, Tagalog, Urdu, Arabic, Polish, Spanish and English.
Each video showcases subjects and information relevant to parents, caretakers and community members, such as the role of Bilingual Parent Advisory Committees, financial aid for college, tenant rights, multilingual student rights and more.
The Center on Technology and Disability Family Portal provides information about assistive technology devices and services to help parents and caregivers support their children in reaching their full potential. Learn more about how AT devices can help your child complete classroom activities and homework and promote a positive, inclusive school experience.
The Illinois State Board of Education curated the following free resources to assist districts, teachers, and parents during this unprecedented time. The intent is to provide free or temporarily free learning resources for teachers and parents to support student learning while Illinois’ schools are closed.