Resources

Special Education Services


Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs)

Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) are authorized in Part D of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and are funded by the U. S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. Each PTI is mandated to assist parents to-

  1. better understand the nature of their children's disabilities and their educational and developmental needs;
  2. communicate effectively with personnel responsible for providing special education, early intervention, and related services;
  3. participate in decisionmaking processes and the development of individualized education programs (IEPs) under Part B and individualized family service plans under Part C;
  4. obtain appropriate information about the range of options, programs, services, and resources available to assist children with disabilities and their families;
  5. understand the provision of IDEA for the education of, and the provision of early intervention services to, children with disabilities; and
  6. participate in school reform activities.

Illinois is divided into two regions:

Region 1
includes the following counties: Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, Will

Family Resource Center on Disabilities
20 E. Jackson Blvd., Room 300
Chicago, IL 60604
312-939-3513 voice / 312-939-3519 TTY & TDY
312-939-7297 FAX
800-952-4199 IL only
E-mail: frcdptiil@ameritech.net
Website: www.frcd.org

Region 2
includes the remainder of the state

Family Matters
1901 S. 4th Street, Suite 209
Effingham, IL 62401
217-347-5428 voice
217-347-5119 FAX
866-436-7842 Toll-Free
E-mail: info@fmptic.org or deinhorn@arc-css.org
Website: www.fmptic.org