Below are several important resources with respect to special education, dispute resolution, and family engagement. 

Illinois IEP FormS

Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Conference Forms. 


Important information regarding instructions for understanding the content and use of IEP forms.


Dates, people, meetings and reports are important throughout your child’s educational career. This records keeper was developed to assist you in preparing for IEP and transition meetings; getting ready for evaluations and reevaluations; and keeping track of paperwork and other materials you might need.


Understanding Special Education In Illinois

Developed by the Illinois State Board of Education with assistance from the Parent Task Force on Accessible Special Education Materials, this guide is for parents, teachers, administrators, and others to learn about the educational rights of children who have disabilities and receive special education and related services.

Explanation of Changes to Notice of Procedural Safeguards

Understanding procedural safeguards is important.  This document outlines the most recent changes as of July 2017 so you can be as informed as possible.

U.S. Department of Education F.A.Q. regarding Section 504 and the Education of Children with Disabilities

Originally developed to clarify the requirements of Section 504, this important page details frequently asked questions as well as important points regarding Section 504 plans.

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U.S. Department of Education post-secondary transition guide

The Post-Secondary Transition guide provides valuable information for families and educators with respect to the transition process from high school to post-secondary education and employment.

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Illinois State Board of Education Division of Funding and Disbursement Services — Home & Hospital instruction & Reimbursement Q&A

This document provides answers to common questions regarding homebound or hospital instruction for students with disabilities. 

U.S. Department of Education Policy Statement on Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Programs

This policy statement sets a vision and provides recommendations regarding inclusive high-quality early childhood programs for young children with disabilities

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Early CHOICES is a Preschool LRE Initiative of the Illinois State Board of Education. They promote increasing high quality inclusive education by providing technical assistance and professional development.

State-Sponsored Free IEP Facilitation Services 

IEP facilitation is a state-sponsored process that helps foster effective communication between parents and districts as they develop a mutually acceptable Individualized Education Plan (IEP). 

The Center For Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education

The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) works to increase the nation's capacity to effectively resolve special education disputes, reducing the use of expensive adversarial processes.

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Equip for Equality

Equip for Equality advances the human and civil rights of people with disabilities. They empower and inform families by answering legal questions and providing support.  

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Global Family Research Project

The Global Family Research Project, formerly known as the Harvard Family Research Project, fosters collaboration among child- and family-serving organizations to  create equitable pathways for learning. They emphasize the power of parent and community engagement in creating high quality school systems for ALL kids. 

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Family Engagement framework guide

The Family Engagement Framework Guide, developed by the Illinois State Board of Education, sets forth a model for school leaders and families for planning, implementing, and evaluating family engagement practices that directly improve student outcomes.

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Special education: a basic guide for parents

This article, published by the National Association of School Psychologists, provides answers to some frequently asked questions in order to help parents understand the basic procedures of the special education system.

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section 504 guide for parents & educators

This guide to Section 504 was developed by the National Association of School Psychologists. It provides an excellent overview of Section 504 plans and procedures for parents and educators.