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Download One Page Tip Sheets on IEP, ESY, Evaluation, Transition, Communication and More
 Click on "Read More" to be able to Read and Download One Page Informational Sheets on Individual Education Program, Extended School Year, Progress Reports, Evaluation/Evaluation Team Report, Independent Educational Evaluation, Informed Parental Consent, Postsecondary Transition, Related Services, and Communication. 
OCECD Publications to Download Free
OCECD's informational publications are free.  Click on "Read More" to download them in English or Spanish.  The publication list, fact sheet and training descriptions can also be downloaded.  If you need information on other topics call OCECD's Executive Office at 800-374-2806. 
School Crime and Too Much Punishment
Below is a link to a very good video on school crime and how sometimes it seems like too much punishment for the action.  Students voice their opinion on the action, punishment and how it feels to be suspended when they should be in a learning environment.  http://www.nick.com/videos/clip/nick-news-specials-158-full-episode.html  
Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act July 23, 2015
The Sibling Leadership Network (SLN) is excited to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This landmark legislation, signed into law on July 26, 1990, has impacted our brothers and sisters with disabilities and our families. The Supporting Illinois Brothers and Sisters (SIBS) group held a Sibs in the City event where the group cheered the Chicago Disability Pride Parade. Leading the parade as the Grand Marshall was Senator Tom Harkin, who is a sibling. Growing up with his older brother, Frank, who was deaf, "was the inspiration for my sponsoring the ADA, and for my lifelong work on disability rights", wrote Sen. Harkin in a recent blog post.
Continue reading → (http://siblingleadership.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=db1ac0ac4247a05c6d93b4c7e&id=9961378584&e=dd27600146
 
Henry's Journey with Justice - 3 videos on Juvenile Court System

Going to court is unsettling - especially for youth with exceptional needs.  As parents, teachers, and court personnel, preparing these youth demands a different approach. See Henry in three videos and learn about his experience with the juvenile justice system. These videos and resource materials will help:

         1.  Prepare youth when they become involved with the legal system,
         2.  Engage caregivers and facilitators in best practices,
         3.  Protect the rights and responsibilities of all during their “day in court.”

These videos are intended to address the emotional and practical issues often faced by young people with developmental disabilities who become involved in court.  While each person’s experience will be unique, learning about their rights and how to respond appropriately will help give these young people the confidence and skills to navigate the juvenile court system. 
Click Here to view the 3 videos.
    http://www.osbf.net/opencourt  

Welcome to our New Website
We are very excited about rolling out our completely redesigned website. Parents and professionals will find information more easily with the intuitive navigation. This site has new sections to the left titled For Parents, Multicultural, Preschool, Reading Mentoring, Public Policy and Policy Letters. We hope these are helpful. If you have any suggestions, please contact Lee Ann Derugen, Webmaster at leeannd@ocecd.org.  If you are a parent needing assistance, please call 800-374-2806 or email  ocecd@ocecd.org. 
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