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Special Ed News & Announcements

Maine West Basketball Tournament

Saturday, February 16th at Maine West High School, 10:00am – 2:00pm

No Cost to Families/Fans

The Christian Volkmann Basketball Tournament at Maine West High School will take place on Saturday, February 16th at Maine West High School.  Teams from across the area will participate in this wonderful event. The schedule will come out closer to the event, but games will likely be between 10am and 2pm. There will be a DJ and a concession stand.

Guardianship Parent Presentation, February 20 2019, Amy Kasallis

The Maine Township Transition Program and the Department of Special Education Welcomes Amy Kasallis of the Law Offices of Amy Handler Kasallis to provide information on the process of and what to know when considering Guardianship for Individuals with Disabilities. Parents and students are encouraged to attend this presentation which will be held on: 
Wednesday, February 20th from 5:00-6:30pm at Maine East High School, Room 230; 2601 Dempster Street, Park Ridge, IL 60068

Parents can RSVP for this event by completing this Google Form: 

PUNS (Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services) 

PUNS is a database of Illinois infants, children, adolescents, and adults with developmental disabilities who have needs for developmental disability services or supports. The PUNS database helps the state identify and plan for your child’s immediate and future needs. Children age 3 and up may be registered for PUNS.  The earlier your child is on the PUNS database the better.  This is the only way the State of Illinois will know that your child needs or will need services (i.e. funding).  There is no guarantee that you will receive funding; however, if you are not on the PUNS database, you will have not have the chance to be chosen for services (with the exception of a crisis situation).

PUNS Night

This school year, we will be holding PUNS Night a little earlier in the year.  PUNS Night will be held on Tuesday December 11, 2018 in the Maine Township Transition Center.

Tuesday November 20th, FAMILIES should complete the second page of the FLYER and return it to their student’s case manager.  

Tuesday November 27th, CASE MANAGERS, please scan and email the form to Claire Empfield [email protected]

Friday November 30th, CASE MANAGERS will receive an appointment time for each student to then be shared with each family.

CHOICES: A Post-Secondary Planning Night for Students with Special Needs

CHOICES has provided students, parents and educators with important information to assist in post-secondary transition planning. Last fall, approximately sixty colleges, universities and transition programs sent support services representatives to the Choices Fair. More than 900 students and parents, as well as local high school special educators, attended the event. This year, our program will again offer a series of informational sessions.
If you have any additional questions, please contact Diane Spillman at [email protected]



A consortium of counselors and special educators representing high schools in the northern suburbs of Chicago each October presents a college planning night titled CHOICES: A Post-Secondary Planning Night for Students with Special Needs. This year’s program will take place beginning at 6 p.m. on Monday, October 22, 2018 at Deerfield High School, 1959 Waukegan Rd, Deerfield, IL 60015.  

To learn more or find out more details, please visit A brochure is also available.


Choices 2019 will be held at New Trier HS Northfield Campus, Tuesday, October 22, 2019.  More information on this event will be posted once it is made available.


Transition Valentine’s Day Dance Hosted by Maine Township

Date: 2/8/2018

Time: 11:00-1:00

Location: Prairie Lakes Community Center 515 E. Thacker Des Plaines Il, 60018

Students and staff from the Maine 207 Transition program are hosting a Valentine’s Dance on Friday, February 8th.  This event is only for the students and staff members along with neighboring districts.  There will be lunch, games a DJ & Dancing. There will be a quiet room and photo booth to enjoy as well.  A $6.00 donation is asked to cover the cost.