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Special Ed News & Announcements

House Bill 3586 | Public Act 101-0515

In accordance with Public Act 101-0515, which was recently signed by the Governor on Friday, August 23rd, Maine Township HSD 207 is providing notice to parents/guardians regarding their rights in relation to the provision of related services to students who are eligible for special education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Click links below to view notification sent out to parent(s)/guardians on Monday, September 9, 2019:


A Series of Transition Resource Presentations for Families

Transition Resources Parent/Guardian Presentations – English  |  Transition Resources Parent/Guardian Presentations – Spanish

The Maine and Niles Special Education teams will host informational sessions to take place once a month beginning in October, 2019.  Example topics include financial planning, living arrangement possibilities, employment opportunities and supports, community resources, etc.  The information provided would be helpful for families of students with a disability of all ages. Parents/Guardians, students and staff are encouraged to attend.  Below is a calendar of events.

Join the mailing list: If you would like to receive emails about these sessions including announcements about the topics covered, any changes to meeting dates, reminders for meetings, etc. please sign up here:

Location and Time: Sessions will take place at the Morton Grove Public Library Located at 6140 Lincoln Ave, Morton Grove, IL 60053 unless otherwise indicated.  Light refreshments and time for families to mingle will begin at 6:00pm.  Sessions will begin at 6:30 and will last between approximately 1 and 2 hours.

Calendar of Events: Please note that these dates are subject to change as needed.  Additional information may be provided as each event date approaches on the topic covered at the monthly session.  Sign up for the mailing list to receive any updates.

Session 1: Progress Center | Local Center for Independent Living 
Tuesday, October 9, 2019

Location and Time: 6:30 pm at the Morton Grove Public Library 6140 Lincoln Avenue Morton Grove, IL 60053-2989, 847-965-4220

Presenter: Courtney Harfmann, Youth Transition Advocate with the Progress Center for Independent Living 

Short Description: Progress Center is a non-profit organization that provides information and resources for people with disabilities.  The goal of Progress Center is to support people with disabilities so that they can live independently and navigate barriers to independence.  Presentation will focus on the services that can be offered to individuals now while in school and in the future. 

Progress Center is one of 22 Independent Living Centers in Illinois.  Each center has a similar mission and offers the same core services:

  • Information and Referral
  • Independent Living Services
  • Advocacy
  • Peer Support
  • Transition Services
  • Progress Center serves suburban Cook County

Additional Information:


Session 2: Choices Fair- Choices is a Postsecondary Planning Night for Students with Learning Differences who are College Bound

Wednesday, October 22, 2019  

LOCATION*: Note that this event will take place at New Trier High School- NORTHFIELD CAMPUS, 7 Happ Road, Northfield, IL  60093

Time*: 6:00-8:30pm 

Presenter(s): Many!

Short Description:  Break Out Sessions between 6:00-7:40 “Successfully and Sanely Navigating College Admission Tests.”  College Fair from 7:00-8:30

Additional Information: Fair Schedule-

Session 3: BEST Transition Fair

Wednesday, November, 13, 2019

LOCATION*: Note that this event will take place at Niles North High School (Enter through Door #2) 

Time*: 6:30-9:00pm 

Presenter(s): Many!

Short Description:  Guest Speaker will present on a topic (TBD) at 6:30.  Directly after, professionals representing the following areas will be present for you to speak with: Apprenticeship and Trade Programs, Education Opportunities, Employment Services, Government Programs, Health Services, Legal Resources, Recreational Opportunities, Referral Resources and Information, Residential Options, Transportation Information, Vocational Programs

Additional Information:


Session 4: Know Your Options: Living and Service Options through the Medicaid Waiver for Adults with Intellectual and other Developmental Disabilities

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Location and Time: 6:30 pm at the Morton Grove Public Library 6140 Lincoln Avenue Morton Grove, IL 60053-2989, 847-965-4220

Presenter: Mary Dixon, Ligas Family Advocate Program, The Arc of Illinois

Short Description: Learn about: 

  • How self-direction of waiver funding works through the Home and Community Based Services Program
  • The 4 types of community-integrated living arrangements (CILA)
  • Creative ways to use waiver funding
  • Comparison of DRS vs. DDD waiver

Additional Information: