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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 Law Office
PO Box 3065
Munster, IN 46321


Phone: 219.513.8580
Cell: 219.513.8580
Fax: 708.991.7095
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



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

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

 

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: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

 

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
1609 Sherman Ave.
Suite #203
Evanston, IL 60201

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

 

Institute for Family Development

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.

 

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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