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Special Ed News & Announcements

Message to Families of the Transition Program and Frost Academy

Dear Transition & Frost Academy Students and Parents/Guardians:

The start of the school year is fast approaching and our teams are looking forward to seeing students when they return to school! The first day of classes for students receiving services through the Maine Township Transition Program (MTTP) or Frost Academy will be Monday, August 12th.  If a student receives transportation services, transportation will be routed to begin on this day.  Families should expect to hear from the transportation company prior to the first day of school. We are excited for the first day and we are looking forward to a great school year!

Parent Presentation Series:  
April 18, 2019

NEXT STEPS: Transition to Life After High School 

A Series of Transition Resource Presentations for Families

On April 18th, the Maine and Niles teams will provide an overview of the resources that will be presented through a monthly series beginning in September, 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.  

EVENT DETAILS:  Thursday April 18th from 6:30pm-8:00pm Morton Grove Park District Building, 6834 Dempster Street, Morton Grove, IL 60053

Please RSVP for this event by completing this Google Form:

Parent Presentation Series:  
April 3, 2019

SSI, SSDI, Medicare and Medicaid 

The Maine Township Transition Program and the Department of Special Education Welcomes Sherri Schneider, President of Family Benefits Solutions, Inc. to provide information on the process of and what to know when considering  SSI, SSDI, Medicare and Medicaid
Parents and students are encouraged to attend this presentation. 

EVENT DETAILS: Wednesday April 3rd from 6:30-7:30pm at Maine East High School, Room 230, 2601 Dempster Street, Park Ridge, IL 60068

Please RSVP for this event by completing this Google Form:

Parent Presentation Series: 
FEBRUARY 20, 2019

Guardianship for Individuals with Disabilities 

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: 

EVENT DETAILS: 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: 

Parent Presentation Series: 
December 11, 2018

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.

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).

Site Visit to Pursuit 

Maine 207 is scheduling a site visit on March 7th to PURSUIT in Mount Prospect. If you would like to have your child attend, please complete the RSVP form below.
Pursuit is designed to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities 21 years and older throughout the year through four core elements: Recreation & Leisure, Skills & Self Advocacy, Community Integration and Health & Wellness. PURSUIT is certified by the Department of Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities. 

Thursday, March 7th

Pursuit Day Program Mount Prospect location at 1000 W. Central 


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.

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]

Transition Valentine’s Day Dance Hosted by Maine Township HSD 207

Friday, February 8th 11:00am-1:00pm

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.

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.