IVCIL Youth Services is sharing our Top 10 Special Education Resources!

The Parent-Teacher Podcast

The Parent-Teacher Podcast

Kaycee, a long time educator, adult with ADHD, parent, and founder of ReorientED Advocacy hosts The Parent-Teacher Podcast.




Let's Talk Sped Law

Let’s Talk About Sped Law

A national podcast dedicated to all things relating to special education law. Hosted By: Jeffrey L. Forte, Esq. – A Special Education Attorney & Certified Child Advocate. 




The Ashley Barlow Podcast

The Ashley Barlow Podcast

Teacher, lawyer, and mother Ashley Barlow hosts this podcast discussing all things special education – from eligibility to implementation of the IEP.

Cultivate Behavioral Health and Education offers Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), mental health services, behavior support services, targeted case management, social and support groups, and parent training. .

The Autism Collective is a collaboration of Easterseals Central Illinois and OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois. The collective is working to end the isolation felt by those living with autism by uniting experts and connecting families.

The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP) Service Network is a collaboration of 5 universities and 10 organizations that together operate 20 centers across the state to provide services to children, families, educators, childcare providers, and medical professionals.


Parents, educators, and other adults in the community can help to prevent bullying by talking about it, building a safe school environment, and creating a community-wide bullying prevention strategy.


What to do if your child is being bullied: 

Document and report the issue. Do not wait to notify the school. You can use the Template Letter from Pacer.org. Be aware of the federal and state law on bullying. Review the school and district policies on bullying. Your school may have a bullying hotline or designated liaison. Not sure of the policy? Ask your administrator or school social worker.

Notifying the School About Bullying — Using a Template Letter

National Bullying Prevention Center: “What You Can Do” resource kit from The PACER Center
PACER also offers the Kids Against Bullying and Teens Against Bullying websites. 

Kids Against Bullying

Teens Against Bullying

StopBullying.gov  Provides resources and data for pevention: Learn how to identify bullying and stand up to it safely

Visit Bullying Resource Center at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Find videos, resources, and much more.

Cyberbullying Research Center
Information about the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of cyberbullying among adolescents. 

Stop bullying now! concentrates on presenting research-based strategies to reduce bullying in our schools.

DoSomething: Bullying includes articles, games on the phone, campaigns, and videos featuring young people themselves speaking out.

Special Education Information & Resources


Family Matters Parent Training and Information Center logo

Family Matters provides information and training for parents including recorded webinars, printable resources, training, telephone and email consultations, as well as, referrals regarding individual issues. 





Equip for Equality logoEquip for Equality is an independent agency with the primary goal of protecting the civil and human rights of people with disabilities. EFE accomplishes this through five strategies: Self-advocacy assistance, Legal services, Public policy, Monitoring, & Training. 

Special Education



The Arc of Illinois Logo

The ARC of Illinois advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, families and community organizations to ensure that people with disabilities can live, work, learn, and play in communities across the state.





Reading Rockets Logo

Reading Rockets  is a national multimedia project that offers a wealth of research-based reading strategies, lessons, and activities designed to help young children learn how to read and to read better




Illinois State Board of Education

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

Parent Guide

Matt Cohen & Associates


Matt Cohen & Associates provides legal services with an emphasis on special education and school-related issues. 




Specializd Care for Children: UICUIC Division of Specialized Care For Children DSCC provides families with care coordination, medical advocacy, transition support, and financial support. Resources & information.


Summer Camps List


A Day in Our Shoes

Don’t IEP Alone! Lisa at A Day in Our Shoes has spent over a decade as a Special Education Advocate and attended hundreds of IEP meetings and countless conferences and workshops. The site provides advice, templates, podcast, and more. 





Understood.org mission is to help those who learn and think differently, discover their potential, take control, find community, and stay on positive paths along each stage of life’s journey. Find information on parent advocacy and specific disabilities online or on their community app. 





ADDitude Magazine focuses on the challenges of ADHD, ADDitude collaborates closely with leading medical experts to publish accurate, clear, and authoritative content that millions of readers trust and share.



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