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ADDitude Magazine

Online version of print magazine.

A Look at Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Booklet on ADHD - What you can do to help your child.

ADHD Monitoring System

ADHD Monitoring System for parent and health professionals

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: ADHD

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's description of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Attention Deficit Disorder Association

ADHD Organization

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: ADHD

CDC's Web Site Resource for ADHD

CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder)

Non-profit organization serving individuals with AD/HD and their families.

Coping with AD/HD

University of Illinois

Fact Sheet on ADHD/ADD

Basic Information on ADHD/ADD

Getting Organized is Serious Business for Students with ADD

Dr. Liden's findings and advice on supporting children with ADD especially in the middle school years.

Identifying and Treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A resource for school and home.

An overview of ADHD from the U.S. Department of Education

Kids Health for Parents

An explanation of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder by Kids Health for Parents

Medline Plus

An explanation of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder by Medline Plus

National Institute of Mental Health

An explanation of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder by the NIMH

National Resource Center on AD/HD

Meets the information needs of both professionals and the general public on the topic of AD/HD.

Optometrists Network/Attention Deficit Disorder

Discusses the relationship between ADD/ADHD and eye disorders


Answers for Special Kids

Supports and educates families and children with special needs or learning differences.

At-Health-Therapists in Illinois

Illinois Therapist listing

CADRE Literature on Dispute Resolution in Special Education

Annotated Bibliography Database

Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities in Illinois

CCDI is dedicated to advocating for the rights of all people with all types of disabilities.

Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates

Special Education Advocacy Nationwide

Different Ability Making a Difference

Advocacy devoted to making society more accessible to people with disabilities through social and legislative reforms.

El Valor

Non-profit organization serving individuals with disabilities.

Equip For Equality

Federally Mandated Protection & Advocacy System for Illinois. Which protect the rights of children and adults w/physical and mental disabilities.

Family Matters Parent Training & Information Center

As a Parent Training and Information Center (PTIC), Family Matters provides information, referral, linkages, and training to parents, students with disabilities, and special education professionals.

Guidelines for Choosing a Lay Advocate in Special Education

Basic guidelines with questions to ask when seeking for an advocate.

Harvard Family Research Project

Promoting the well-being of children, youth and families.

IDEA Parent Guide

A comprehensive guide to your rights and responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004)


Practical information, success strategies, and moral support

Illinois STAR NET

Support and technical assistance regional network providing training, assistance and resources for young children with special needs .

Protect Yourself and Your Family - Legal Health Checkup

Pamphlets available at

Resources for families and schools to strengthen school communities

National Disability Rights Network

Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Disabilities

PACER Center

Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights. A national center based in Minnesota.

Resolution Meetings: A Guide for Parents

This guide for families will help readers to have a better understanding of resolution meetings, one of the ways in which special education disputes can be resolved.

Special Ed Advocacy Center

Provides assistance with any special education issues. Service area includes: Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will Counties.

Special Education Law Blog

A special education legal resource discussing case law, news, practical advocacy advice, and developments in state and federal statutes and regulations


Serving parents and professionals who touch the lives of young children, ages birth through eight, with an emphasis on children with special needs.

Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers

The ALLIANCE Parent Technical Assistance Centers help Parent Centers by offering innovative technical assistance, up-to-date information, and high quality resources and materials.

The Arc of Illinois

Empowering persons with disabilities: Library, events, legislative alerts&

The Impact of Childhood Disability: The Parent's Struggle

Renowned psychologist address the unique emotional challenges of parent's of children with disabilities.

The Sibling Support Project

Peer support and information opportunities for siblings of people with special needs.

Tool Kit on Teaching and Assessing Students with Disabilities

Parent Materials regarding students with disabilities.

Mothers on a Mission


Educational Testing Service

To advance quality and equity in education by providing fair and valid assessments, research, and related services.

Measuring Academic Achievement of Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

Building Understanding of Alternate Assessment Scoring Criteria

Measuring the Achievement of Students with Disabilities

What Families and Schools Need to Know About Modified Academic Achievement Standards. Final regulations providing additional flexibilitiy to states to more appropriately measure the achievement of certain students with disabilities.

Modified Academic Achievement Standards

Non-Regulatory Guidance Draft

National Center on Educational Outcomes

National leadership in the participation of students with disabilities in national and state assessments, standards-setting efforts, and graduation requirements.

Tool Kit on Teaching and Assessing Students with Disabilities

Parent Materials for Students with Disabilities

Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology

An introduction to Assistive Technology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Closing the Gap

Assistive Technology resources for children and adults with special needs.

Computer Banc

Helping children to gain computer access.

DynaVox Technologies

DynaVox is the world’s leading provider of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) solutions for individuals with speech, language and learning challenges.

Illinois Assistive Technology Program

Promoting Independent Living Through Technology


Infinite Potential Through Assistive Technology

Shower Your Baby

Products for Infants and Children with Special Needs

Autism Spectrum

About Autism

Autism - Your Child's Legal Rights To A Special Education

American Academy of Pediatrics- New Reports on Autism

October 2007

American Speech-Language-Hearing AssociationAutism

An introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Association between Microdeletion and Microduplication at 16p11.2 and Autism

Autism spectrum disorder described as an association between Microdeletion and Microduplication.

Autism Society of Illinois

State-wide chapter of the Autism Society of America for individuals with Autism, parents, families, professionals, corporate partners and friends whose lives have been touched by autism.

Autism - O.A.S.I.S.

Online Asperger's Syndrome Information and Support

Autism and Genes

Autism research at NICHD.

Autism Society of America

National organization promoting education, awareness and advocacy for those with autism.

Identification and Evaluation of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders

Guidance for the Clinician in Rendering Pediatric Care

Illinois Autism/Pervasive Developmental Disorders Training and Technical Assistance Project

IATTAP focuses on educating and supporting children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their families.

Illinois Center for Autism

Mental Health treatment and educational training agency located in Fairview Heights, Illinois

Joanne M. Cafiero, Ph.D., Cafiero Communications, LLC

Communication Strategies for children with Autism.

Little Friends, Inc.

It is the mission of Little Friends, Inc. to empower children and adults with special challenges to live, learn, work and participate in the community.

Madison Metropolitan School District

The Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) Autism team website.

May Institute

The Asperger's Connection

Inter-active web site that allows individuals with Asperger's Syndrome, their families and anyone with an interest in Asperger's to interact and support one another as well as share ideas and problem solving strategies and suggestions.

Common Core State Standards

Common Core State Standards Initiative

Provides an in-depth look at the Common Core Standards.

Common Core app

Download the Common Core Standards on an iPhone or an iPad.

Education Northwest: Spotlight on Common Core State Standards

A series of information about the Common Core initiative.

ISBE Common Core Standards Resources

Resources for Parents and Educators in understanding adoption of Common Core State Standards.

Parents' Guide to Student Success

Printable guides by grade level for parents to understand Common Core Standards.


Project Reach

Illinois Deaf-Blind Services


Board for Children who are Hard-of-Hearing and have an Emotional or Behavioral Disorder

The State of Illinois recognizes the need to create an interagency board for services for children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and have an emotional or behavioral disorder.

Chicago Hearing Society

Offers a wide variety of programs and resources to the Chicago Metro area's deaf and hard of hearing community.

Illinois Families for Hands & Voices

Hands & Voices is a nationwide non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families and their children who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as the professionals who serve them.

Illinois Service Resource Center

Promotes access, acceptance and growth for children who have a hearing loss and behavioral/emotional challenges

Signing Time

American Sign Language DVDs and CDs for children

State of Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission

Improves the quality and coordination of existing services for individuals with hearing loss

Developmental Delays

Administration on Developmental Disabilities

ADD's mission is to improve and increase services to and assure that individuals with developmental disabilities have opportunities to make their own choices, contribute to society, have supports to live independently, and are free of abuse, neglect, financial and sexual exploitation, and violations of their legal and human rights.

American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

AAIDD promotes progressive policies, sound research, effective practices and universal human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities

The Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities (ICDD) is dedicated to improving the lives of people with developmental disabilities through advocacy, systemic change and capacity building.

Disability Directories

Center for Independence

A Conductive Education based service for those seeking motor training.

Council for Exceptional Children

Educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted.

Disability Resources on the Internet

Directory of services for individuals with disabilities

Easter Seals - DuPage County

Provides services for adults and children with disabilities

Easter Seals - Metropolitan Chicago

Provides services for adults and children with disabilities

Possibilities: A Financial Resource for Parents of Children with Disabilities

A financial resource tool for parents of children and youth with disabilities.

Grants Available for Families Struggling with Child Health

Grants are available to help children who

Great Lakes ADA Center

Offers resources pertaining to the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Housing & Mortgages for People with Disabilities

A guide to help individuals living with disabilities, and their family members, in the process of buying a home of their own.

Illinois Department of Human Services' Division of Rehabilitation Services

Empowering people with disabilities.

Illinois Special Ed

Helping the Parents of Illinois Special Education Children

Illinois Statewide Technical Assistance Collaborative

The Special Education Services Division of the Illinois State Board of Education implemented ISTAC to build the capacity of school districts to serve students with disabilities.

Illinois Yellow Pages For Kids

Yellow pages for kids with disabilities

Institute on Disability and Human Development

The Institute on Disability and Human Development (IDHD) is the federally designated University Center for Excellence, Education, Research and Service (UCE) in Developmental Disabilities for the state of Illinois.

K12 Academics

Support Services Directory

Program Development Associates

Expert source for over 500 disability videos, CDs, DVDs and curriculum.

Special Olympics Illinois

Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

The Arc of Illinois: Illinois Life Span Project

Statewide information resource & referral for advocacy and services for people with developmental disabilities

Early Childhood

Child and Family Connections

Assists Families with Children under Three

Early Childhood Education

A description of the Early Childhood Education Division from the Illinois State Board of Education

Early Intervention Services System Act.

The General Assembly further finds that early intervention services are cost-effective and effectively serve the developmental needs of eligible infants and toddlers and their families.

Illinois ASPIRE

Alliance for School-based Problem-solving and Intervention Resources in Education

Illinois Early Childhood Asset Map

A description of the Illinois Early Childhood Asset Map from the University of Illinois

Illinois Early Childhood Intervention Clearinghouse

The Illinois Early Childhood Intervention Clearinghouse, funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services, has been providing library and information services on early intervention issues throughout Illinois since 1986.

Illinois STARnet

Illinois STARNET provides a variety of opportunities for personal and professional growth for those who touch the lives of young children, ages birth through eight, with an emphasis on children with special needs. STARNET supports family-centered, researched and effective practices in early childhood education and care.

Emotional Disability

An IEP Team's Introduction to Functional Behavioral Assessment and Behavior Intervention Plans

Addressing Student Problem Behavior - Part I of III guides on developing and implementing functional behavioral assessments and behavior intervention plans.

APRAIS: The Alliance to Prevent Restraint Aversive Interventions, and Seclusion

Protecting children from abuse in their schools, treatment programs, and residential facilities.

Conducting A Functional Behavioral Assessment

Addressing Student Problem Behavior-Part II of III Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) for problem behavior of students with disabilities.

Creating Positive Behavioral Intervention Plans and Supports

Addressing Student Problem Behavior-Part III of III Guides in creating Functional Behavioral Assessment and Positive Behavioral Intervention Plans

Illinois P.B.I.S. (Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports) Network

Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports

Illinois School Code: Alternative Public Schools

Illinois regulation regarding Alternative Public Schools.

Kansas Institute for Positive Behavior Support

Positive Behavior Support


Social Emotional Learning FAQs


International association of people with disabilities, their family members, other advocates, and professionals fighting for a society in which inclusion of all people in all aspects of society is the norm

Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention

Behavior supports for young children

Tuesday's Child

Child rearing difficulties, EI Services

Hearing Impairment

Chicago Hearing Society

Offers a wide variety of programs and resources to the Chicago Metro area's deaf and hard of hearing community.

Illinois Hands & Voices

Illinois Hands & Voices is a parent driven, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families that have children who are deaf or have hearing impairment.

State of Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission

Improves the quality and coordination of existing services for individuals with hearing loss


Illinois Student Records Keeper

An IEP Map: Navigating Your Way Through the Maze

Videos simulate how parents and educators should work together on a child's IEP.

Least Restrictive Environment

Access to the General Curriculum

Power Point: Access to General Curriculum

American Educational Research Association

Advancing educational research and its practical application

Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates

An independent, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization of attorneys, advocates and parents whose primary mission is to secure high quality educational services for children with disabilities.

Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)

Library of Education Literature

Guide to Resources for Promoting Least Restrictive Environment Practices

List of resources and reports compiled by the Office of Special Education Programs

Illinois Council For Exceptional Children

Special Education

Illinois Family Leaders Collaboration 3rd Annual Family Conference

Resources and Inspiration for Adult Family Members and Caregivers of Children with Disabilities

Illinois General Assembly

This site is maintained for the Illinois General Assembly by the Legislative Information System

Illinois House Education Committee

Links to both the Elementary and Secondary Education Committees and Education Bills and Committee Members

Illinois Spectrum Connection

A website devoted to Autism Spectrum Disorder Services


Workshops, books, videos, resources for inclusion

Index of Learning Styles Questionnaire

Free Learning Style Questionnaire with immediate results and descriptions.

Kids Together, Inc.

Inclusion for children and adults with disabilities

Monahan and Cohen

Health, Human Services, Special Education & Disability Law

No Child Left Behind

No Child Left Behind Act.

Peak Learning Systems

Teaching Resources and Learning Systems

Procedural Safeguards and Due Process Procedures

This is one in a series of question and answer documents prepared by OSERS to address some of the most important issues raised by requests for clarification on a variety of high-interest topics.


An LRE Initiative of the Illinois State Board of Education


Guidelines for Rubric Creation and Usage

Search for you Districts or Officials

Search engine provided by the Illinois General Assembly enabling you to find your official's and voting information.

Special Education

Law firm of Sherman & Ziegler parents rights in special education law.

Teachers Matter: Evidence from Value-Added Assessments

Discusses how much does teacher impacts student achievement.

The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement

Provides research-based strategies and assistance for schools and districts engaged in comprehensive school reform.

U.S. Department of Education Special Education & Rehabilitative Services IDEA 2004 Resource

IDEA 2004 Resource

Visual-Spatial Resource

Visual-Spatial learning information for parents and educators.


All Kids and Family Care

Illinois' Program to Proved Healthcare for All Kids.

American Diabetes Association

Diabetes Resource

Birth Defect Research for Children, Inc.

Registry for birth defect, fact sheets

Children's Neurobiological Solutions

Research foundation improving the lives of children disabled by neurological disorders through research on brain repair and regeneration.

Children, Youth and Women's Health Service

Health information for parent's careers and special section for young people

Family to Family

The Family to Family Health Information an Education Center is here to answer your questions about health and health care!

Genetic Alliance, Inc

Advocacy, Education, Empowerment: Info Search, genetic resources, advocacy tools


KidsHealth is the largest and most-visited site on the Web providing doctor-approved health information about children from before birth through adolescence.

Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed

A Guide for School Personnel.

National Institute of Child Health & Human Development

Biomedical research arm of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Info and publications on various disabilities.

Patient-Centered Guides

Resources on various illnesses and disabilities

School Based Health Services

Medicare for medically necessary services to eligible children who have disabilities according to IDEA.

University of Illinois at Chicago Division of Specialized Care For Children

Care coordination for children with special health care needs.

Waisman Center

Dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about human development, developmental disabilities, and neurodegenerative diseases.

Mental Health

Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code.

Chapter II: Rights of Recipients of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Services

Mental Health Association in Illinois

Promotion of mental health, prevention of mental illnesses and improvement of care and treatment of persons suffering from mental and emotional problems.

National Alliance on Mental Illness - Dupage Co.

Provides support, advocacy, education and events to improve the quality of life of individuals with mental illness and their families.

National Alliance on Mental Illness - Illinois

NAMI Illinois is a state-wide organization comprised of local Illinois Affiliates dedicated to the task of eradicating mental illness and improving the lives of persons with mental illness and their families.

President's Freedom Commission On Mental Health

Transforming Mental Health Care in America

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry

Adult and Child Psychiatry Divisions

OHI - Other Health Impairment


Children with Apraxia of Speech website

Auditory Processing Disorder in Children

Overview of Auditory Processing Disorder

Central Illinois Down Syndrome Organization

The Central Illinois Down Syndrome Organization (CIDSO) is a not-for-profit organization of families and interested persons working to increase public awareness, support families, and improve opportunities for those touched by Down syndrome.

National Down Syndrome Society Web Site

Education, research and advocacy for individuals with Down Syndrome

Special Friends Foundation

A non-profit organization providing resources for Rubinstein Taybi Syndrome

The National Fragile X Foundation

Provides information and awareness regarding Fragile X

The National Aphasia Association

The National Aphasia Association (NAA)

Orthopedic Impairment

Top 10 IEP Tips

Offers tips for parents for dealing with the IEP process.

Education Matters

Webpage offers helpful guides for parents of children with Muscular Dystrophy.

Muscular Dystrophy Association, Inc.

Website offers information on all aspects of the disease.

Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy

A discussion tool for helping parents develop an IEP for a child with Muscular Dystrophy.

Physical Therapy

Website provides links for in-depth information on how physical therapy relates to to stages of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Parent Involvement

District Leadership Institute Documents

District Leadership Institute Documents can be downloaded here!

Dr. Joyce Epstein Presentation 6/18/08-6/19/08

Powerpoint Presentation of Dr. Joyce Epstein's presentation at the School, Family and Community Partnerships Institute 6/18/08-6/19/08

Intent to Commit Form

Download the Intent to Commit Form Here!

ISTAC 3 Year Plan

Download the ISTAC 3 Year Plan Here!

National Center on Educational Outcomes

National leadership in the participation of students with disabilities in national and state assessments, standards-setting efforts, and graduation requirements.

National Network of Partnership Schools at John Hopkins University

Supports programs of school-family-community partnerships.

Parent Leadership Conference 2009 Presentations

Download Conference Materials Here!

Parent Leadership Training Conference Documents

Parent Leaderships Training Conference Documents can be downloaded here!

Parent Liaison Program

Parent Liaisons are parents of students with an IEP that have shown leadership qualities among parents of students with disabilities. These parents have expressed an interest in helping other families with similar issues.

Parent-Teacher Conference Tip Sheet

Parent-Teacher Conference Tip Sheet en Espanol

Seeing is Believing

Published by the Harvard Family Research Project, this document provides some good examples of how school districts have implemented family engagement.

SFCP Institute with Dr. Joyce Epstein Documents

Download the SFCP Institute with Dr. Joyce Epstein Documents Here!

The Parent Involvement Checklist

Strategies for increasing parent involvement in school.

Webinar Materials on Improving Results for Children thru Family-School Partnerships


A Parent's Guide to Response-to-Intervention

An overview of Response to Intervention (RTI); its uses, benefits and limitations.

A Primer for Parents

A Guide for Parents on Response to Intervention

An alternative to traditional eligibility criteria for students with disabilities

The latest in a series of reports on the changing face of public education.

An Emerging Method for LD Identification

This article discusses the benefits of using response to intervention to identify learning disabilities rather than the discrepancy model.

National Center on Response to Intervention

The Center's mission is to provide technical assistance to states and districts by building the capacity of states to assist districts in implementing proven models for RTI/EIS.

RTI Guidance Document

Response to Intervention: A Blueprint for ALL Students

Teaching Reading IS Rocket Science: What Expert Teachers of Reading Should Know and Be Able to Do

Resource prepared for the American Federation of Teachers

Special Education/IEP

Accommodations Manual

Power Point: How to Select, Administer, and Evaluate Use of Accommodations for Instruction and Assessment


Glossary of Acronyms from the Illinois State Board of Education

American with Disabilities Act Home Page

Information and Technical Assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act

Christopher Koch, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent for Special Education

State Department of Education: Special Education

Disability History and Awareness Bill

Reviewed Wednesday March 5, 2008.

General Education Curriculum and State Assessments

Teaching Matters: The Link Between Access to the General Education Curriculum and Performance on State Assessments including students with disabilities in standards-based reform efforts

IDEA 2004 Official Regulations

IDEA 2004 Official Regulations

Illinois School Code (105 ILCS5)

Illinois School Code for Children with Disabilities

Illinois Special Ed

A website with information and resources for helping parents of Illinois Special Education Children.

Illinois State Board of Education- Special Education Services

The Illinois State Board of Education partners with school districts to provide programs and services for students with specialized educational needs.

Illinois Student Records Keeper

A comprehensive booklet for parents to keep track of their child's special education information.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

SB 79 - Autism IEP parameters

Special Education Forms and Instructions

Update of Special Education Forms and Instructions for Special Education Administration as of July 2007.

Supreme Court Rules on Educational Lawsuits

Supreme Court Rules on Educational Lawsuits


Accurate, reliable information about special education law and advocacy for children with disabilities

IEP Components

Document identifies components that an IEP must contain, according to the IDEA law.

Smart IEP's

A Tactics and Strategy Session from the Wrightslaw website.

Specific Learning Disability

Down Syndrome Network

Serving families with members with Down Syndrome in Champaign County.

Great Schools

In conjunction with Schwab Learning. A parent's guide to helping kids with learning difficulties.

Illinois Branch of the International Dyslexia Association

Promoting literacy through research, education and advocacy.

Language-Based Learning Disabilities: Benefits of Speech-Language Pathology Services

An overview of language-based learning disabilities from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

LD OnLine

Information service in the field of learning disabilities featuring articles on learning disabilities and ADHD, columns, a free and confidential question and answer service, active bulletin boards, and a Yellow Pages referral directory of professionals, schools, and products.

Learning Disabilities Association of America

National Organization providing support to people with learning disabilities, their parents, teachers and other professionals.

Learning Disabilities Association of Illinois

The LDA provides support to people with learning disabilities, their parents, teachers and other professionals.

Learning Disabilities Association of Illinois - Chicago North Chapter

Chicago North LDA serves parents and professionals concerned with individuals with learning disabilities from the North Chicago area and the northern suburbs of Chicago.

National Center for Learning Disabilities

An overview and resources for Learning Disorders.

Speech & Language


Augmentative/Alternative Communication Intervention

Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders & Sciences

Founded in 1983, ANCDS is a group of professionals interested in encouraging the highest quality of life for adults and children with neurologic communication disorders. The purposes of the ANCDS are professional, clinical, educational, scientific, and charitable.

American Sign Language Browser

ASL Video Dictionary

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Research-based articles and information regarding communication disorder

Facilitated Communication Institute

The goal of facilitated communication is for individuals to achieve independent expression, often with a combination of typing and speech.


Center for Self Determination

Promotes research and exemplary demonstrations that facilitate the capacities of individuals with disabilities to choose, set goals, and self manage their lives.

Employment Resource Connection

Assists with job placement. Works in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Human Services/Division of Rehabilitation Services.

Managing the art of living

Managing the art of living project


A web-based high school to post high school transition planning tool.

National Alliance for Secondary Education and Transition

Provides Transition Tool Kit and links to over 40 organizations and advocacy groups.

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition

Creating Opportunities for youth with disabilities to achieve successful futures.

National Transition Follow-Up Study of Youth Identified as Deafblind: Parent Perspectives.

Parent Workbook for Person-Centered Planning

Secondary Transitional Experience Program (STEP)

Transition Services for Youth with Disabilities Operates through the Illinois Department of Human Services' Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS)

Self Determination Synthesis Project

This web site currently contains a list of self-determination resources, including research references, curricula, web links, and other materials.

Self-determination for students who are deaf-blind.

The Arc of Illinois Family Manual for Transition

Transition to Employment and Adult Services for Youth with disabilities.

Post secondary education for students with intellectual disabilities.

Transition Planning - Deaf, Blind

Coaching for students, parents, and professionals.

Transition Planning for Students with Deaf-Blindness

Document to help with transition planning for students with deaf-blindness

Tip Sheets for Transitioning Youth

Visual Impairment

Mentor Events

Illinois Association of Microboards and Cooperatives





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ESEA/NCLB Conference Chicago

February 2014

Parent Leadership Concurrent Session presentation & handouts


Partnership Exploration Webinar

To view the video of this webinar click here.  For a PDF version of the presentation click here.  The handouts for the presentation are:


Indicator 8 Parent Webinar Series :


Parent Guide - Educational Rights and Responsibilities: Understanding Special Education in Illinois available here.

Illinois Student Record Keeper available here

Common Core Standards links under Resources Page. Click here to go directly to Common Core Resources.

District Special Education Profile Link available here

School, District, and State Report Card Link available here