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Illinois


State Resources
State Special Education Website
http://www.isbe.state.il.us/spec-ed/default.htm

Regulations
Set 1: http://www.isbe.net/rules/archive/pdfs/226ark.pdf
Set 2:
http://www.isbe.net/rules/archive/pdfs/401ARK.pdf

Due Process Hearing Decisions
http://www.isbe.state.il.us/spec-ed/html/due_process.htm



Family Resource Center on Disablilities Volunteer Advocacy Project

The Volunteer Advocacy Project is a training program for individuals who are willing to become advocates for families as they navigate their way through the world of special education.

View the flyer, click here
Download the application, click here

For more Information contact Paula Wills at paula.wills@fred.org or call 312-939-3513.



 

 

 

Advocates & Attorneys

MARGARET BARLETTA
(Advocate)
Advocacy for Children
901 Plymouth Suite 1003
Chicago, IL 60605

Phone: 312.663.0486
Cell: 312.953.3426
Email:mhbarletta@gmail.com
Website:advocacyforchildren.info
Practice Areas: Advocacy and educational consulting.
Geographical Area: Chicago, Illinois

 

SHERI L. BIANCHIN, ESQ. (Attorney)
C/O Voice Advocacy
7302 Lakesie Court
Frankfort, IL 60423-6923

Phone: 708.717.8393
Fax: 815.469.4929
Email:voice-advocacy@sbcglobal.net
Website:www.specialedadvocacy.org
Practice Areas: Special Education/IDEA, Section 504/Accommodations, Disability Discrimination/Civil Rights

 

PAMELA CLEARY (Attorney)
CLEARY / FOWLER Law Office LLC
605 South Lake Street
Gary, IN 46403


Phone: (219) 369-4900
Fax: (219) 654-2226
Email: cleary_pam@yahoo.com
Practice Areas: I work with parents of children with special needs to develop, implement and maintain special services designed for their child's appropriate education. With offices located in Illinois and Indiana, I am able to meet conveniently with you.
Geographical Area: Illinois and Indiana


MATT COHEN (Attorney)
Matt Cohen and Associates
155 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 715
Chicago, IL
60601

Phone: 866.787.9270
Cell: 866.787.9270
Email: mdcspedlaw@gmail.com
Website: www.mattcohenandassociates.com
Practice Areas: Practice provides representation on all special education matters including eligibility, label, placement, methodology, related services, discipline, inclusion, Assistive Tech, Transition, Graduation and Private Placement. Practice also works with students denied accommodation in private schools and higher ed and with placement problems for adults with disabilities. Also handle insurance disputes.
Geographical Area: All of Illinois, and some involvement in Indiana and Wisconsin.



CHARLES FOX (Attorney)
Law Offices of Charles P. Fox

355 West Dundee. Suite 209
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

Phone: 847.205.9897
Fax: 847.205.9897
Email: charlespfox@foxspecialedlaw.com
Website: www.foxspecialedlaw.com
Practice Areas: Special Education
Geographical: State of Illinois

 

ELIZABETH J. GRACE (Advocate)
1000 Capitol Drive
1609 Sherman Avenue
Suite 203
Wheeling, IL 60090

Phone: 847.947.5138
Email: elizabeth.grace@nl.edu
Practice Areas: Practice Areas: Special Education/IDEA, Section 504/Accommodations, K-12, Transitioning Youth, College, Specific Disabilities, Self-Advocacy Coaching

Additional Information: Experienced special education professor providing full range of advocacy services before, during and after meetings, as well as planning and other educational and life consulting, including self-advocacy coaching for youth and young adults.
Geographical Area:
Active throughout the suburban Chicagoland area; sliding scale available; no charge for initial consultation at Wheeling office.

 

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RACHAEL GROSS (Attorney)
Calian & Gross, LLP
1609 Sherman Avenue
Suite 203
Evanston, IL 60201

Phone: 847.226.5032
Fax: 702.920.9745
Email: rachaelgross@calianandgross.com
Website: www.attorneys4specialed.com
Practice Areas: Special Education Law and Advocacy for children 3-21 years old with a variety of disabilities, including learning and cognitive challenges, ADHD, autism, physical, emotional and behavioral disabilities.
Practice Areas:
Chicago and North Shore

 

PAMELA GUIMOND (Advocate, Advocate's Assistant)
Advocates for Special Education
2561 Shady Grove Court
Crete, IL 60417

Phone: 708.927.9326
Cell Phone: 708.927.9326
Email: pguimond@govst.edu
Website: advocatesforspecialeducation.com
Practice Areas: Aid with getting school children the services they need.
Practice Areas:
Chicago Southland

 

SHARON JACOBELLIS (Advocate)
CASE Advocacy

36 Main Street
Park Ridge, IL 60068


Phone: 312.286.7565
Email: sharon.jacobellis@gmail.com
Website: chicagoareaspecialeducationadvocacy.com
Practice Areas: I will work with you to navigate the entire special education process. I specialize in IEP's, Manifestation Determination Reviews, 504 Plans, and ensuring that your child is receiving the services that he or she needs to be successful in the school setting. As an experienced special education teacher and administrator who knows the "other side of the table" well, I welcome the opportunity to advocate on behalf of families and their child's needs. My expertise will bring a thoughtful, cooperative, and professional resolution on your behalf.
Geographical Area:
Chicago and Suburbs. Will consult throughout the State of Illinois.

 



NICOLE JORWIC (Attorney)
Law Offices of Charles P. Fox
3710 Commercial Ave. Suite 6
Northbrook, IL 60062

Phone: 847.205.9897
Fax: 847.205.9897
Email: njorwic@foxspecialedlaw.com
Website: www.foxspecialedlaw.com
Practice Areas: Special Education
Geographical: State of Illinois

 

DANIEL KENNEDY (Advocate)
1307 Belmeade Dr.
Champaign, IL 61821

Phone: 217.493.4762
Email: dbk1946@yahoo.com
Areas of Practice: IDEA, ICG, RAD, Sexual/Physical Abuse as Victims/Perpetrators, Termination of Adoptions. 35 Years experience as an attorney (now retired) in these areas. Former Adjunct Professor/Lecturer UIUC College of Law/School of Social Work
Geographical Area: East Central Illinois; others by arrangement.

 


THOMAS KENNEDY, III (Attorney)
Law Offices of Thomas E. Kennedy, III, L.C.
230 S. Bemiston Ave. Ste. 800
St. Louis, MO 63105

Phone: 314.872.9041
Email: tkennedy@tkennedylaw.com
Website: tkennedylaw.com
Areas of Practice: Civil rights, special education, disability rights, guardianships, foster care and adoptive parent representation, social security appeals
Geographical Area: Missouri and Illinois

 


MICHAEL KISER (Attorney)
The Law Office of Michael L. Kiser
630 W. Drummond Place
Chicago, IL 60614

Phone: 773-327-5312
Email: mike@mikekiserlaw.com
Website: www.mikekiserlaw.com
Areas of Practice:Representing elementary and secondary special education and general education students.
Geographical Area:Illinois


PAM LABELLARTE (Advocate)
From Advocacy to Action
231 Bingham Circle
Mundelein, IL 60060

Phone: 847.401.5053
Cell: 847.401.5053
Fax: 847.566.4431
Email: plabellarte@gmail.com
Website: www.fromadvocacy2action.com
Practice Areas: Special Education/IDEA,Section 504/Accommodations,Manifestation Determination Review, Mediation, All Neuropsychological Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Aspergers, Attention Deficit Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Behavioral Challenges/Discipline, Bi Polar Disorder, Central Auditory Processing Disorder, Chronic Health Conditions, Communication Disorders, Conduct Disorder, Developmental Disabilities, Down Syndrome, Dyslexia, Emotional Behavior Disorder/Disturbance, Executive Function, Health Impairments, Hearing Impairment/Deafness, Intellectual Disabilities, K-12, Learning Disabilities (LD), Mood Disorders, Multiple Disabilities, Neurological Developmental Delays, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), School Refusal/Phobic, Sensory Integration /Processing Disorder, Serious Emotionally Disturbance, Social Skills Deficits, Specific Disabilities: Orthopedically Impaired, Speech and Language Disorder, Tourette Syndrome, Transitioning Youth, Twice Exceptional
Geographical: Northeastern Illinois, Southeastern Wisconsin

 

CARI LEVIN (Advocate, LCSW)
Special Education Advocacy and Counseling
1940 Sherman Ave. Suite A
Suite #203
Evanston, IL 60201

Phone:
(847) 828-9695
Email:
CariLevinLCSW@hotmail.com
Website:
www.CariLevinLCSW.com
Practice Areas:I have been a licensed clinical social worker for over 20 years, specializing in school age children with emotional, behavioral and learning challenges. I provide special education advocacy services for families struggling to get appropriate services for their child with special needs. I also provide counseling services for parents and siblings of children with special needs.
Practice Areas:
Serving Chicago and nearby suburbs

 

LAURIE MCDEVITT (Advocate)
Advocacy for the Special Ones in Your Life
Elgin, IL

Phone: 630-639-0343
Email: lauriemcdevitt@gmail.com
Practice Areas: As a special educator and parent, I work in all areas of school advocacy. I work for the rights of parents and students.
Practice Areas:
Elgin, IL and the surrounding suburbs

 

GARY MICHAELS (Advocate)
Advocates for Special Education
2561 Shady Grove Court
Crete, IL 60417

Phone: 309.531.2053
Email:glmike123@yahoo.com
Practice Areas: Special Education/IDEA, Mediation, Resolution Meetings, IEP's, Due Process Hearings
Practice Areas:
Northern and Central Illinois

 

HEATHER NAVARRO (Attorney)
Law Offices of Thomas E. Kennedy, III, L.C.
230 S. Bemiston Ave. Ste. 800
St. Louis, MO 63105

Phone: 314.872.9041
Email:hnavarro@tkennedylaw.com
Website:www.tkennedylaw.com

Areas of Practice: Civil rights, special education, disability rights, guardianships, foster care and adoptive parent representation, social security appeals
Geographical Area: Missouri and Illinois

 

JOAN PANOPOULOS(Advocate, Reading Specialist)
Phone: 708.692.3601
Website:
spanopoulos@sbcglobal.net
Practice Areas: Assessments of reading disabilities, educational recommendation for specific individual's reading disability, remediation and advocacy of reading disability
Geographical Area:
Dupage County and Southwestern Cook County, Illinois

 

DR. RO (Advocate)
DREAM Education Consulting
606 Haines Ave
Dallas, TX 75208

Phone: 214-794-8060
Email: drro.consultdream@gmail.com
Website: www.consultdream.com
Practice Areas: Comprehensive services and programs are offered to suit your needs.
Geographical Area:
Nationwide

 

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MONICA ROUSE (Advocate)
Advocate4Kids

1009 6th Street
PO Box 942
Durant, Iowa 52747

Phone: 563.249.4703
Cell Phone: 563.249.4703
Email: monicarouse@ymail.com
Website:http://advocate4kids.blogspot.com
Areas of Practice:
I am a licensed educational administrator in Iowa and Illinois; degrees in English and educational administration and leadership
Geographical Areas:
Illinois and Iowa (residence)


Navigating the needs of special education can be a challenge for any parent, regardless of one's own knowledge of special education laws. Your child deserves the services to which he/she is entitled according to the law. Let me help as this is my passion in serving families who are struggling with the public education system for any number of reasons.

 

CHRISTOPHER KRZYSZTOF RUDZINSKI, MBA,LLM,LBS1(Advocate)
PO Box 56212
Chicago, IL 60656

Phone: 312.473.1519
Email: krudzinski2@gmail.com
Practice Areas:
Multi state licensed special education and regular education teacher, IL Director of Special Education,other administrative.
IEP review,Due Process and Mediation,Progress monitoring,Manifestation Determination,assistance,consultation and attendance.
Geographical Areas:
Illinois and Northwest Indiana.

 

JUDY RUFFULO (Advocate)
Exceptional Advocacy

150 S. Washington Street
Carpentersville, IL 60110

Phone: 847.507.1780
Website:
www.exceptionaladvocacy.com
Email: judyruffulo@exceptionaladvocacy.com
Practice Areas:
More than 15 years experience advocating for students with disabilities. Caring, affordable and expert assistance for families. Flexible service plans, sliding scale fees.
Geographical Areas:
Northern Illinois

 

MATTHEW WANZENBERG, Ph. D (Advocate)
Wanzenberg & Associates

386 Pennsylvania Ave
Suite 3SW
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137


Phone: 630.545.0234
Cell: 630.926.6385
Fax: 888.271.0887

Website: www.iepguardians.org
Email: mw@iepguardians.org
Practice Areas:
Our family empowerment model addresses:
a.) Parent training in special education rules and rights: Applying the “rules of the game” is often the most important skill to master in the IEP setting. We can supplement your understanding of your child’s rights with down to earth and practical explanations of terms, timelines, and modes of dispute resolution. We assist families of students with disabilities in navigating complex local, state, and federal entitlement systems.
b.) Perspective blending in complex school systems: With over 16 years in several school systems as a district representative, Dr. Wanzenberg can qualify and strategize for various team members’ points of view. Moreover, Wanzenberg and his staff are trained to examine (a.) competing priorities within schools which may be adverse to your interests as a parent, (b.) conflicts with a school’s resource allocation, and (c.) compliance dilemmas that may adversely impact how your child is served in special education.
c.) Child-centered collaboration with staff and specialists: It is very easy for IEP teams to get lost in the process of special education and lose sight of the child behind the plan. When needed, we assist the family in reattaching the “ground wire to the faulty circuit.” We train parents to capitalize on a team’s strengths in a supportive and manner, but are also prepared to critique and problem solve dilemmas as they arise.
d.) Development of self-advocacy skills for family and child: Setting reasonable goals and an action plan is the first part of the process. However, your rights in special education are conditional and limited to your child’s public education. We place a high priority on generalization of independent skills to the adult world where supports and services vary greatly from the public school experience.
e.) A clear plan for a family’s self-determination in the educational process: The professionals at Wanzenberg and Associates will learn about your concerns, your experiences, and assist you in developing a plan that provides for the optimal level of independence for your child. This plan includes how to access important legal and financial resources throughout the special education system.
f.) Situational advocacy: Different situations call for different types of advocacy. Knowing how and when to apply various advocacy skills is critical in the process of IEP negotiating. We assist families in understanding which advocacy palette to choose from and how to prioritize your concerns in an effective manner.
Dynamic communication: The value of our services is best revealed by the high degree of communication with all stakeholders in the support process. Where directed, we communicate with third parties who maintain unique understanding of a student’s profile.
g.) Long-term planning for student independence: Every service we provide supports an ethic to provide for an independent learner. We focus intensively on transitions between grade level, placements, and --ultimately-- to the community.
Geographical Areas:
Primarily Chicagoland with service to families in all states


ELIZABETH A. ZAVODNY, Psy.D., M.S.Ed. (Advocate)
The Institute for Family Development

15010 S. Ravinia Ave.
Suite 19
Orland Park, IL 60462

Phone: 708.403.3200
Email: ifd@comcast.net
Website:
www.institutefordevelopment.com

Practice Areas: Educational Advocate for Special Education/IDEA and Section 504. Psychological and Neuropsychological Evaluations (including Indepedent Educational Evaluations in Illinois), Staff Training, Accommodation Development

Geographical Area: Primarily Northeast Illinois and Northwest Indiana, but also available for consultation and services throughout Illinois.

   
 

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