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Illinois Parents Groups
  • Particularly Active Parents Groups
    • ABetterLife.org - DuPage County - The mission of A BETTER LIFE is to empower our community members who have developmental disabilities, and their families, by providing information and helping to secure resources that are tailored to their needs.Mary Dickter 630-369-2255, 630-420-7463, abetterlife1@earthlink.net, President@abetterlife.org A Superb Links Page for Illinois Resources, List of Local Parents Advocacy Groups,
    • Mothers From Hell 2 - German Valley- P.O. Box 19 German Valley, IL 61039 Phone: 815-362-5303 FAX: 303-374-3151 www.mothersfromhell2.org, President Beth - beth@mothersfromhell2.org, Vice Pres & Web Mistress Nancy - nancy@mothersfromhell2.org Secretary & Brimstone Editor JFS - jfs@mothersfromhell2.org Associate Vice President Rob - rob@mothersfromhell2.org Associate Member Maggie - maggie@mothersfromhell2.org
    • P.A.C.E. (Parents' Alliance for Compliance in Special Education) Chapters - Plainfield, Kankakee, & Joliet - contact Carol McCullough Education Organizer, NTIC work: 312.243.3035 carol@ntic-us.org, Carol@nationaltraining.org, Leigh Tumpack (paceparents@aol.com 815-370-3553)
    • PACHS - Downers Grove and Naperville - (Parents' Association for Children with Hemiparesis) - support, information, resources and seminars for parents - Mary Kay Ballasiotes, info@pachs.org, 630-854-4058
    • Parents Association for Student Services in District 39 (PASS39) - Willmette - wilmettepass39@aol.com
    • Special Kids, Special Families - Buffalo Grove - contact Susan Bauer 847-913-1978 ALLSB5@aol.com
  • Additional Parents Groups
    • ANSWERS - Peoria - Autism support group - Chuck Behrens (309) 682-5722 behrens_61603@Yahoo.com Lauri Hislope (309) 697-3300 Chilope@juno.com Sue Grimm (309) 693-3088 E-Mail: marknsue@heart.net Chuck Behrens behrens_61603@yahoo.com Lauri Hislope Chilope@juno.com Sue Brimm marknsue@heart.net
    • A.S.K. (Answers for Special Kids) - Evanston - Marian Casey Director answersforspecialkids@comcast.net 847-733-1739
    • Galena Parent Advocates - Galena - Galena Parent Advocates was organized to inform, educate and activate parents in their community. General meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of the month at the DeSoto House Hotel. Advance registration is required. Special meetings are listed in the website. Most of their Special meetings are approved for ISBE CPU or CPDU credit. There is no fee for parents of children with disabilities. Government, Education & Media Contacts page Lynn Gallager galenaadvocate@hotmail.com
    • The Holland Foundation - Bloomington-Normal - contacts: Gary and Kim 1-877-452-6194, fax, 1-309-888-4403, jkga345@cs.com
    • Illinois Hands & Voices is a parent-driven organization dedicated to providing non-biased support and information to parents of deaf and hard of hearing children. They provide Parent Connection meetings, host an annual "Mom's Night Inn", and provide quarterly newsletters and a listserv. contact: Karen Putz support@ilhandsandvoices.org, www.handsandvoices.org, www.ilhandsandvoices.org
    • Kankakee Valley Chapter of the Autism Society of America - Kankakee - They meet on the 3rd Monday of the month at Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee, Illinois for details contact Julie Gindy 815-933-3467 JuleZee@aol.com We meet on the 3rd Monday of the month at Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee, Illinois at 7:00
    • Parent-2-Parent - Des Plaines - A Support/Advocacy Group for Parents and Friends of Children With Disabilities- located in the Chicago Northwest Suburban Area But Open To Parents Everywhere! Eva M Roberts, PO Box 4205, Des Plaines, IL. 60016 Specedparents@aol.com 847/699-1223, aginzburg@aol.com, Cheryl Mix 847-803-3114, cell 847-399-0853
    • P.R.A.I.S.E. - Central Illinois - P.R.A.I.S.E now has 3 chapters in central Illinois. The original chapter is based out of Decatur and serves families in the Macon-Piatt Special Education Coop. The Moultrie county chapter is based out of Sullivan and serves parents in Moultrie and Shelby counties, and the Coles county chapter has been based out of Charleston and serves famillies in the Charleston-Mattoon area. P.R.A.I.S.E. is also extremely active as the parent group partner for the Parent Mentoring Project. Current Chair-Matt Sekosky, skyranch@wireless111.com Current co-chair Toomas Kriisa Kriisa@sbcglobal.net
    • Parents as Partners - Peotone - contact: Cindy Grubbs-Mahood GrubbsMahood@aol.com
    • Special-Connections.org - Skokie and Niles - a parents support group for the Skokie, Morton Grove and Niles Township School Districts Chuck Kusar contact@special-connections.org 312-914-0591
    • Rainbow of Friends - Chicago - For children with Special Needs. As a single parent of a child with Autism there really weren't that many groups on the Northside of Chicago for my son to join so I started one myself. I currently have about 15 families in my group. The majority of the children have Autism but there are a few with other diagnosis. Ayana Geiger, austi1973@yahoo.com, Home: 773-764-8740
    • The Special Education Resource Group (SERG) - Elmhurst - sergmail2000@yahoo.com SERG is a PTA organization of District 205 parents of children with special needs.
    • VOICE - Mokena - Co-Chair: Brad Bradley Address: P.O. Box 834, Mokena, IL 60448 Phone: (815) 469-4929 or 1-800-469-2844 Fax: (815) 469-6807 Provides parents with advocacy services on a sliding scale based on gross income. voicefamilyties@cs.com
    • Will and Grundy Counties - contact: Brad Bradley voicefamilyties@cs.com
    • Northwest Suburban Illinois Chapter of the Autism Society of America Schaumburg Township Meeting Hall. 25 Illinois Blvd. Hoffman Estates, Illinois 60194 Meetings are held on the last Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. President@autismillinois.com
  • Other
    • Autism News - ahebel@owc.net, an autism mailing list, P.O. Box 1255 Crystal Lake, IL 60039-1255 http://www.geocities.com/fishstep (this site has an excelent statewide activity calendar including contact info),
    • Autism Society of Illinois 630/691-1270, info@autismillinois.org
      • North Suburban ASI Chapter (Autism) Michael: 847/541-9969 NorSubAsi@aol.com
    • Springfield Illinois Asperger's Support Group Joychll@aol.com
    • Northern Illinois Asperger's Support Group rtmugnolo@yahoo.com or (708) 771-8522
Service Providers
  • Attention Deficit Disorders Center, Marv L. Meyer, Ph.D., ABPP, 5225 Old Orchard Road
    Suite 38, Skokie, Illinois 60077, (847) 663-8550 ADHD and language processing resources recommended by Marv Meyer:
    • Family Resource Center on Disabilities 312-939-3513 - Educational meetings for parents re dealing with IEP's and other school problems. They have Pamphlets, esp. Tax Guide for Parents, e.g. Remediation is a medical expense and therefore tax deductible.
    • Illinois Section of the National Dyslexia Association, Glenn Ellyn, IL. phone 630 - 469-6900 They can provide a list of trained tutors for reading problems, esp. trained in the Wilson System, a structured, comprehensive program to enhance reading fluency.
    • Local tutor in Skokie, Marsha Weiss, phone 847 - 675-8087
  • Rush Educational and Emotional Health Evaluation Program for Children andAdolescents; Rush University Medical Center; 1720 W. Polk, Chicago, IL60612; Contact: Hollie Sobel, Ph.D. (312) 942-4450, Hollie_Sobel@rush.edu, Dr. Louis Kraus, M.D., Jean Heideman, MS, RN
  • TLC Educational Services, Ltd. - Certified special educator with over twenty years experience. Specializing in Tutoring, LD Specialist and Consultant. Phonemic Awareness/Orton Gillingham Certified. Math curriculum can be adapted so every child can succeed in math. Written language and spelling skills are taught using a mutlisensory approach. Red Apple Teacher Award ~ Golden Apple Nominee. tlcedservices@gmail.com 847-508-9981 Barbara Joseph, Certified Educational Specialist
  • Advanced Case Management, Ltd. provides IEP consultation and development, advocacy, classroom observations, review of evaluations and school records, coordination of public and private services, and medication management. The organization’s vision is to collaboratively work with parents, professionals and educators so that children with special needs will realize their potential and enjoy productive, successful lives. Services are headed by Catherine J. Oliver, RN, C, MSN who has 10 years of experience in the special education field. Catherine works with city and suburban families. Telephone: 847-615-9410. Website: http://www.advancedcasemanagement.com E-mail: cjo@interaccess.com.
Child Advocates
  • Child Advocates (who handle IEP matters and due process hearings)
    • Precision Education - "Changing Family Experiences in Special Education"-Joliet, IL- We strive to bring our clients solutions for their children to receive a Free and Appropriate Public Education through creating a precise path customized to your family visions. Founder-Catherine Whichter, M.Ed. (Office (800) 432-0170 Fax: (866)-773-5217), info@PrecisionEducation.com, Toni Marcum tjfrech@yahoo.com http://www.precisioneducation.com
    • Advanced Case Management, Ltd. provides IEP consultation and development, advocacy, classroom observations, review of evaluations and school records, coordination of public and private services, and medication management. The organization’s vision is to collaboratively work with parents, professionals and educators so that children with special needs will realize their potential and enjoy productive, successful lives. Services are headed by Catherine J. Oliver, RN, C, MSN who has 10 years of experience in the special education field. Catherine works with city and suburban families. Telephone: 847-615-9410. Website: http://www.advancedcasemanagement.com E-mail: cjo@interaccess.com.
    • Individualized Consulting and Resources, LLC. (224.622.8334) is an educational consulting business which provides consulting, advocacy, tutoring and other resources to special education children and their families. The main focus is to inform, guide and advise parents, families and community structures with educational information ranging from special education and 504 plans to disability services as well as general educational needs, assessments, seminars, tutoring and how to navigate through the educational system. 2416 Bradley Place, Evanston, Illinois 60202; email: individualizedllc@comcast.net
    • Everyone Is Welcome - One of the largest, if not the largest, child advocacy service provider in Illinois. They provide not only child advocacy, but also expert witness services, 712 Westfield Drive St. Charles, IL 60174-3846 (630) 584-0970 eiwelcome@aol.com EveryoneIsWelcome
      • Child Advocates include: Mark W. Doyle, M.S. Ed.(inclusion and transitional services) Janet M. Varchetto (reading, language and Dyslexia), Chris Scherschel (physical therapy, multiple disability children, and inclusion issues), Joe Creedon, Debra Scouten, Barbara Chatman
    • EdPsych Solutions offers comprehensive psycho-educational evaluations, consultation and advocacy services. Specializing in learning disabilities, ADHD, tourette syndrome and spectrum disorders. Contact Shari Meserve, M.S.Ed., Ed.S. at 847-800-8781 or visit www.edpsychsolutions.net
    • Bonnie Fell - Over 20 years of experience in advocacy of children and families. Founder of the North Suburban Chapter of Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CH.A.D.D.) Affiliated with the The Child and Family Law Center of the North Shore 847-926-0101 bonnief@lawforchild.com
    • Gail Glasser - "Advocate for Children's rights for Learning Disabilities as well as for Gifted Children" Skokie, 847-845-1902 Butterfly0214@aol.com
    • Wendy E. Handrich, M.S., Ed. “The Learning Curve of Wisconsin, Inc.” Provides child advocacy and expert witness services. Serves both Wisconsin and Illinois. Phone: (262) 567-9044. learningcurvewi@charter.net
    • A Chance To Succeed (ACTS) - Tinley Park - Terri Buckley - Parent Advocate Phone: 708-633-0903 E-mail: tbacts1@attbi.com
    • Action ADDvoKids - Cindy L. Asselstine, Lay Advocate 1014 North Plum Grove Road, Suite 118 Schaumburg, Illinois 60173 Work: (847) 882-1225 Fax: (847) 882-0921
    • Ariye Ginzburg - Morton Grove, aginzburg@aol.com 847-965-4756 or 847-581-9066
    • Tammera L. Lawson - Parent/Child Advocate 48 Pembrooke Rd. Montgomery, Illinois 60538 (630) 966-0927 E-mail: tammera2526@aol.com Professional advocate serving Kendall, Kane, DeKalb, Will and DuPage counties (does not represent in due process).
    • Barb Duffy, Parent Advocate - Making Connections, Chicago, IL Email: Advocate226@aol.com A former special education teacher, currently a parent advocate for four years. Working in Chicago and suburban areas to ensure appropriate services of children with initial placements, 504s, or IEPs. Expertise in Learning Disabilities and ADHD.
    • George Ackron - Paraclete Services - 4615 Tile Line Rd. Crystal Lake, IL 60012 phone and fax: (815) 455-7010 gackron@mc.net, Advocate in Disability Law. Has been providing advocacy services in IL for 25 years. Specializing in Special Ed. and SS Disability Representation.
    • Annmarie Robinson - a non-lawyer Child Advocate who is associated with the Law Firm of Monahan & Cohen 312-419-0252 annmarie.robinson@att.net
    • Mary Anne Ehlert, CFP, a non-lawyer Child Advocate who is associated with the Law Firm of Brian Rubin & Associates mehlert@anet-chi.com (847) 279-7999
    • Rebeccah G Rodgers - Parent/Child Advocate 2624 S Lincoln Ave Springfield, Illinois 62704 (217) 793-0405 E-mail: rgrodgers@angellove.org Web: http://www.AngelLoveFoundation.org Professional advocate serving Sangamon, Christian, Logan, Macoupin, Menard and Cass counties.
    • Tuula Snow - 208 S. Oppyville Rd. Watseka, IL 60970 Phone: 815-432-6427 Fax: 815-432-2786 thnkfinn@prairieinet.net Providing educational advocacy for children and their families in all aspects of special education through phone consultations and attendance at IEP meetings.
    • VOICE - Provides parents with advocacy services on a sliding scale based on gross income. Co-Chair: Brad Bradley Address: P.O. Box 834, Mokena, IL 60448 Phone: (815) 469-4929 or 1-800-469-2844 Fax: (815) 469-6807 voicefamilyties@cs.com
    • Sheri L. Zalar M.Ed. Helping Parents Help Their Children 3328 W. Lexington Ct. Peoria, IL 61615 Tel: (309) 679-9582 E-Mail: SLZalar@aol.com
Resource Organizations
  • Illinois Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health - They do a lot of parent advocacy training throughout the state... training that is applicable to parents of all kinds of special ed children - iffcmh@msn.com 800-871-8400 or 618-993-2059 1616 West Main St, Suite 101, Marion IL 62959 Diane Ledbetter, executive director iffcmh@msn.com, Marge Jesuit, President, KenMar60005@msn.com Tom Galassini, Treasurer tomgalassini@uwsc.net, Beth Berndt Northern Illinois Coordinator 630-365-1584 cell phone 618-315-0153.
  • Federally funded centers provide training and technical assistance to parents of children with disabilities.
    • DESIGNS FOR CHANGE Donald R. Moore/Bernard Lacour 29 East Madison, Suite 950 Chicago, IL 60602 800/851-8728 or 312/236-7252 Fax: 312/236-7927 http://designsforchange.org, dfcl@aol.com blc@designsforchange.org
      • Sharon Soltman, Esq., is Legal Director at Designs for Change, and was responsible for the landmark Corey H. case against the Chicago Public School District
    • FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER ON DISABILITIES Charlotte DesJardins, Executive Director 20 East Jackson Boulvard Room 300 Chicago, IL 60604 800/952-4199, 312/939-3513 or 312/939-3519, Fax: 312/939-7297 e-mail: frcdptiil@ameritech.net www.ameritech.net/users/frcdptiil/index.html www.frcd.org
      • http://www.ameritech.net/users/frcdptiil/index.html
      • http://www.frcd.org
    • FAMILY T.I.E.S. Network Carol Saines, Executive Director 830 South Spring Street Springfield, IL 62704 800/865-7842 or 866/223-7726 217/544-5809 Fax: 217/544-6018 e-mail: ftiesn@aol.com mrsinclusion@aol.com, davis@familytiesnetwork.net,
    • NATIONAL CENTER FOR LATINOS WITH DISABILITIES Everado Franco, Executive Director 1915-17 South Blue Island Avenue Chicago, IL 60608 800/532-3393 or 312/666-3393 Fax: 312/666-1787 e-mail: ncld@ncld.com
  • ARC Community Support Systems Family Matters Parent Training and Information Center Debbie Einhorn, Director 2502 S. Veterans Drive Effingham, IL 62401 toll free (866) 436-7842 Fax: (217) 347-5119 E-mail: nfo@fmptic.org Web: www.fmptic.org This parent center serves all of Illinois outside of the 8 county Chicago area Amanda Bain FMPTIC, 866-436-7842 ext 109
  • CHOICES for Parents is a Chicagoland coalition of agencies providing parents, of children who have a hearing loss, with immediate access to information, resources, and support. Contact: CHOICES for Parents, 312.523.6400 (v/tty), PO Box 806045, Chicago, IL 60680-4121, E-mail: choicesforparents@yahoo.com, web: www.choicesforparents.org
  • Equip for Equality is an independent, private, not-for-profit organization designated by the Governor in 1985 to implement the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) System in Illinois. The mission of Equip for Equality is to advance the human and civil rights of children and adults with disabilities in Illinois. It is the only statewide, cross-disability, comprehensive advocacy organization providing self-advocacy assistance, legal services, and disability rights education while also engaging in public policy and legislative advocacy and conducting abuse investigations and other oversight activities. Equip for Equality provides free legal services and self-advocacy assistance to people with disabilities, and self-advocacy training to people with disabilities and family members. Contact Chicago (312) 341-0022, (800) 537-2632, TTY (800) 610-2779; Rock Island (309) 786-6868, (800) 758-6869, TTY (800) 758-6869; and Springfield (217) 544-0464, (800) 544-0464, TTY (800) 544-0464. EFE's website is http://www.equipforequality.org, e-mail at contactus@equipforequality.org. Special education cases accepted by EFE will be assigned to an appropriate attorney or advocate.
  • Jewish Children's Bureau of Chicago - Central Office One South Franklin Street Chicago, IL 60606 (312) 444-2090, Skokie Office (847) 569-5100 http://www.jcbchicago.org
  • ISBE List of Resource Centers - Centers that provide legal or advocacy services to families of children with disabilities, usually free or at low cost.
  • Individualized Consulting and Resources, LLC. (224.622.8334) is an educational consulting business which provides consulting, advocacy, tutoring and other resources to special education children and their families. The main focus is to inform, guide and advise parents, families and community structures with educational information ranging from special education and 504 plans to disability services as well as general educational needs, assessments, seminars, tutoring and how to navigate through the educational system. 2416 Bradley Place, Evanston, Illinois 60202; email: individualizedllc@comcast.net
IEP Recorder and IEP Book List
Special Education Lawyers
  • Illinois Lawyers Who Practice Learning Disability Law
    • The Law Offices of Joyce O'Neill Austin & Andrew Craycraft - Rockford Special Education Attorneys, 515 N. Court Street, Rockford, IL 61103 Phone: (815)963-4896; Fax: (815)963-4904: acraycraft@sotlaw.net (they are the only lawyers in Northewestern Illinois that concentrate their practice in special education)
    • Addis, Greenberg, Schultz & Elizer, L.L.C. 707 Skokie Boulevard Suite 540 Northbrook, IL 60062 (847) 412-1863 Fax: (847) 412-1831 http://www.agselaw.com, WAddis@agselaw.com
    • Margie Best - Law Offices of Margie Best, One North LaSalle St. #2200, Chicago, IL 60602 312-263-4040 mbestlaw@gmi.net
    • Jennifer L. Bollero, Esq. 825 W. State St., #103D Geneva, IL 60134 (630) 845-8470 fax (630) 845-8371 jlbesq@juno.com
    • Barry D. Bright - P.O. Box 603, Flora, IL 62839 618-662-9585 bright@wworld.com
    • Mary Denise Cahill - Cahill & Associates 1155 S. Washington St., #106, Naperville, IL 60540, Julie Debnar Paralegal, 630-778-6500 mdcahill@sbcglobal.net
    • Sherri Bianchen - she is associatted with the VOICE parents group in Mokena IL (815) 469-4929 or 1-800-469-2844 Fax: (815) 469-6807 voicefamilyties@cs.com
    • Matthew D. Cohen - Monahan & Cohen 225 West Washington, #2300, Chicago, IL 60606 312-419-0252 www.monahan-cohen.com mdcspedlaw@earthlink.com contact Delores Kennedy or Annmarie Robinson
    • Bruce de'Medici - 53 West Jackson Blvd., #304, Chicago, IL 60604 312-431-1670 demedicipc@aol.com
    • Equip for Equality - A federally mandated Protection & Advocacy System for Illinois, has three lawyers on staff that concentrate on Special Education matters: Lori Miller (312/341-0022), and Amy Peterson (312/895-7324) and Deb Wynsong (312/895-7325), http://www.equipforequality.org, contactus@equipforequality.org
    • Charles P. Fox - 20 North Clark St., #1725, Chicago, IL 60602 "When Negotiations Fail: What You Need to Know About Filling a Due Process Hearing" 312-606-0221 cfoxatty@earthlink.net
    • John W. Gaffney - Weisz & Michling 2030 North Seminary Ave., Woodstock, IL 60098 815-338-3838 jgaffney@mc.net
    • Law Offices of Steven Glink - 3338 Commercial Avenue Northbrook, Illinois 60062 (847) 480-7749 (voice) (847) 480-9501 (facsimile) E-mail: steve@educationrights.com Web: www.educationrights.com
    • IL-TASH - 406 W. Wood Bloomington, IL 61701 (630) 584-0970 Web: http://www.illinois-tash.org information & advocacy
    • Thomas E. Kennedy, III - Law Offices of Thomas E. Kennedy, III, L.C.. 2745 E. Broadway, #101, Alton, IL 62002 618-474-5326 http://walden.mo.net/~tkennedy, tkennedy@mvp.net
    • Michael L. Kiser, Ed.D., J.D - Attorney at Law 4713 Seeley Avenue, Downers Grove, IL 60515 (630) 725-0064, Fax (630) 963-0565 mlkiser@comcast.net Attorney representing Illinois special education and other P-12 and college students. Master's in special education and Doctorate in education in addition to law degree.
    • Micki Moran - The Child and Family Law Center Ltd., 1950 Sheridan Road, Suite 106, Highland Park, 60035, 847-926-0101, Micki Moran, Esq., Robert Felker, Esq. (hablo espanol), Child Advocate Bonnie Fell bonnief@lawforchild.com, mickim@lawforchild.com, robertf @lawforchild.com, We are a law firm providing legal assistance to families and children with disabilities in a variety of areas, including but not limited to special education advocacy. We represent families and kids exclusively, http://www.lawforchild.com,
    • Michael O'Connor - Michael O'Connor attorney and Sara Mauk Child Advocate 1427 Howard Street, Chicago, IL 60626 semuak@earthlink.net 773/262-2377, 773/262-2199
    • Deborah W. Owens - 120 E. Ogden Ave., Ste. 8, Hinsdale, IL 60521 630-789-5856 DOLaw120E@aol.com
    • Francine Paradise - 3051 Landwehr Road Northbrook, Illinois 60062 847/509-0544
    • Larry Parkham, Esq., Legal Assistance Foundation
    • Brian Rubin & Associates - 1110 W. Lake Cook Road, Suite 165, Buffalo Grove, Illinois 60089-1997 (847) 279-7999 email@BrianRubin.com - www.BrianRubin.com
    • Miriam F. Solo - 6334 N. Whipple, #2B, Chicago, IL 60659 773-973-3143 msolo@aol.com
    • Sharon Soltman, Esq., Legal Director at Designs for Change, 29 East Madison, Suite 950 Chicago, IL 60602 800/851-8728 or 312/236-7252 Fax: 312/236-7927 http://designsforchange.org, Sharon was responsible for the landmark Corey H. case against the Chicago Public School District
    • Charles Stone, 79 W. Monroe, Chicago, IL 60603 312/372-9220
    • Law Office of Joni Beth Taylor - Office located on the courthouse square Jackson County, Illinois 1004 Walnut Street Murphysboro, IL 62966 (618) 684-8668 E-mail: jonitaylor@earthlink.net Serving downstate Illinois - Assisting parents of children with disabilities in: Social Security Claims Guardianship cases after the child turns 18
    • Theresa Varnet, J.D., "Legal & Future Care Planning"
    • Brooke R. Whitted and Lara A. Cleary - Whitted & Cleary LLC 3000 Dundee Rd., #303 Northbrook, IL 60062 847-564-8662 http://www.WhittedCleary.com, whittedlaw@aol.com
  • Out of State
    • Reed Martin - Reed Martin, J.D. Conferences And Publications, P. O. Box 487 Morgantown, WV 26507 Telephone Strategy Consultations (304) 598-3406(P) (304) 598-3512(F) speducationlaw@cs.com, speducationlaw@cs.com, connie@westco.net,
    • WrightsLaw Authors - Pete and Pam Wright, P. O. Box 1008 Deltaville, VA 23043

    Juvenile Deliquency Law

    • Amy Rubin - The Child and Family Law Center Ltd. 105 Revere Drive, Suite C Northbrook, IL 60062 Amy previously worked as a public defender for seven years in Chicago and the Cook County suburban courts. 847-559-0101 fax 847- 559-9897 amyr@lawforchild.com
    • Brooke R. Whitted and Lara A. Cleary - Whitted & Cleary LLC 3000 Dundee Rd., #303 Northbrook, IL 60062 847-564-8662 www.whittedcleary.com, whittedlaw@aol.com
    • Patrick Reardon, Esq. - 312/372-5766
    • Mike Nolan, Esq. - 312/917-6217

    Other Related Specialties

    • Linda Mastandrea, Esq., 1327G W. Greenleaf Avenue, Chicago, IL 60626 773-973-6480 email: lindalmastandrea@aol.com . Representing individuals with disabilities of all ages in ADA, Rehabilitation Act, and other disability related issues including vocational rehabilitation and home services cases.
    • Brian Rubin - The Law Offices of Brian Rubin & Associates Suite 165 1110 West Lake Cook Road Buffalo Grove, Illinois 60089-1997 Phone: (847) 279-7999 - toll free Illinois (866) To Rubin Fax: (847) 279-0090 E-mail: Brian@BrianRubin.com Attorney and parent of son with Autism, limits practice to Estate Planning, Guardianships and related matters for his fellow families of children with special needs
      • http://www.SpecialNeedsFuturePlanning.com
      • http://www.BrianRubin.com
      • http://www.4SNFP.com
    • Richard Means - Files Freedom of Information Act requests on behalf of media and citizens. 2202 W. Race Ave. #3, Chicago, Ill. 60612-1522 Phone: (312) 738-1500 Fax: (312) 738-4054 Rmeans@richardmeans.com
Legal Research Resources
Where to File Complaints
  • Illinois State Board of Education - 866/262-6663, 217/782-4321, (Internal Audits, Jenifer Stevens), Illinois State Board of Education - Web Site (malong@isbe.net)
  • Illinois State Board of Education Learning Disability Complaints - Complaints about any School District relating to Special Education may be referred in writing to the Division of Program Compliance, Illinois State Board of Education which will review and investigate it within 60 days. (100 North First Street, Springfield, IL 62777-0001, 217/782-5589 fax 217/782-0372
    • Paula Stadker is Process Coordinator (contact her for Due Process Hearing matters)
    • Sherri Colegrove (contact her for non-binding mediation matters)
  • Illinois State Advisory Council on the Education of Children with Disabilities - Chief Contact is Pat Koch, Principal Special Education Consultant at 217/782-5589 pkoch@isbe.net (you can also contact The Governors Office at 217/782-6830 or Cathy Pavolko CPAVOLKO@isbe.net, secretary to Chistopher A. Koch, Acting Deputy Superintendent for Special Education) ISBE Advisory Board Web Site
  • United States Department of Education -
    • The best place to submit complaints:
    • ed.gov/ocr
    • fax 312/353-4888 MN, WI, IL, IN
    • ocr_chicago@ed.gov
    • Linda McGovern
    • online complaint form
    • Complaints may also be submitted to the Office of Special Education Programs (if the complaint is about a particular child they will typically ask you to first submit the complaint to the state and then to them only after you have failed to receive satisfaction from the state), United States Department of Education, Federal Office Building 6, Room 4181, 400 Maryland Ave, S.W. Washington, D.C., 20202. Their phone number is 202/205-5507. Diane Demaio (diane_demaio@ed.gov) is the person responsible for the State of Illinois complaints. Sybrena Bullock (sybrena_bullock@ed.gov) is responsible for information about the Office of Special Education Programs in general (she is a pleasure to talk to on the telephone and always very helpful). www.ed.gov/offices/OSERS/IDEA/index.html
Illinois State Board of Education
Political
  • Political Disability Advocates
    • Bob Dole, Retired Republican Senator and past Candidate for President
    • David Hoppe, chief of staff to Republican Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott
    • Hon. Dan Burton, Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform 2157 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C.  20515-6143 Attn. Ms. Beth Clay  Tel. 202-225-5074 E-mail address:  beth.clay@mail.house.gov
    • Republican Senator Judd Gregg from New Hampshire is attempting to pass federal legislation that would allow special-education students to attend private schools with taxpayer-funded vouchers.
    • Republican Dan Burton of Indiana, Chairman of the US House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform, who has a grandson with autism, is asking the President to assemble a special team of people to try to determine the causes of autism as well as effective treatment methods.
  • Illinois Special Education Legislation Association - bevjohns@juno.com 217/245-5781
  • US. Senators Representing Illinois
    • United States Senator Peter Fitzgerald 555 Dirksen Senate Building Washington DC 20510 202 224-2854 senator_fitzgerald@fitzgerald.senate.gov
    • United States Senator Richard Durbin 364 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510 202 224-2153 dick@durbin.senate.gov (press secretary Stacy Zolt 312/848-4484, fax 312/353-0150)
      • Washington DC (phone 202-224-2152, TTY 202-224-8180, fax 202-228-0400), Chicago (phone 312-353-4952, fax 312-353-0150), Marion (phone 618-998-8812, fax 618-997-0176)
  • Illinois State Legislators
    • You can locate your local representatives to the state senate and house of representatives here: www.legis.state.il.us.
Special Ed Links