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Education Resources for Parents

Welcome to our "Educational Resources for Parents" page.  Below are helpful resources provided by the Illinois State Board of Education, and the U.S. Department of Education.  You will find many helpful links to free guidebooks, Frequently Asked Questions, Forms, and detailed instructions for Individualized Education Programs, Section 504s, and other important notices. 

  • State IEP Forms - The Illinois State Board of Education's Individualized Education Program (IEP) resource page with helpful information about IEPs, required notices, consent forms, and information on assessments for with disabilities, including detailed instructions and guidelines.
  • ISBE instructions for IEP Forms (Illinois State Board of Education) - Instructions for Individualized Education Program forms (ISBE 34-54 IEP Instructions (12/19). A 36-page, downloadable document provided by the Illinois State Board of Education that provides detailed instructions for completing an Individualized Education Program (IEP) form under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA; 20 U.S.C. §1400, 2004).
  • Educational rights and responsibilities - A page provided by the Illinois State Board of Education which offers two helpful resources "Parent Guide to Educational Rights and Responsibilities and Understanding Special Education" and the "Illinois Student Records Keeper for Parents of Students Who Receive Special Education Services." 
  • US Department of Education Guide to the Individualized Education Program  - A guide designed to assist parents, educators, and local and State educational agencies in implementing the Part B requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) regarding Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for preschool-aged children and children with disabilities.
  • US Department of Education Section 504 Frequently Asked Questions  - A list of important Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) concerning Section 504, and the Education of Children with Disabilities provided by the U.S: Department of Education.
  • Early Childhood inclusion - Early CHOICES promotes high quality, inclusive education and early care for newborn babies up until age 5. Their goal is to increase the number of children with disabilities receiving specialized services and is an Inclusion Initiative of the Illinois State Board of Education.
  • Free IEP facilitation - A link to the State-sponsored IEP facilitation, which is a free service provided to parents of disabled students and school districts in the State of Illinois. The IEP facilitation process promotes effective communication and helps to prevent conflicts.  
  • Special Ed Basic Guide for Parents - A link to the free, downloadable guide, "Educational Rights and Responsibilities: Understanding Special Education in Illinois" written by the Illinois State Board of Education Special Education and Support Services (June 2009).
  • 504 guide for parents and educators - A link to the free, downloadable guide, "Parent and Educator Resource Guide to Section 504 in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools" written by the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (December 2016).

To contact Special Education Guru today and schedule your initial meeting, simply call 1-847-778-9415, or email Dr. Laurie Hoke directly at laurie@specialeducationguru.com.  Your introductory meeting is available by phone, video chat, or in-person.