How We Help


If your child receives special education services or an accommodation plan or is in need of such services, Family Matters Parent Training and Information Center (FMPTIC) can help...
  • We assist parents of children with disabilities to be informed participants in the special education process.
  • We assist students with disabilities to understand their rights and responsibilities.
  • We supply information to teachers and other professionals who provide special education and related services to children with disabilities.

Family Matters Provides

  • disability-related information
  • referral
  • linkage
  • telephone and email consultation regarding individual issues
  • parent trainings and teleconferences (also available in Spanish upon request)
  • training for professionals and support staff
  • lending library
  • informational packets on special education issues
  • educational record review

Our Training Topics Are

  • special education rights and responsibilities
  • IEP planning and participation
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
  • alternate assessments
  • behavior and discipline
  • parent / school collaboration
  • conflict resolution
  • transition from early intervention to early childhood services
  • and others

The contents of this Blog were developed/revised under a grant from the US Department of Education, #H328M150037.  However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the US Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.  Project Officer David Emenheiser. 

FMPTIC serves 94 Illinois counties (outside of the Chicago area); 95% funded by the U.S. Department of Education with additional support from Community Support Systems.
Disclaimer: Family Matters is not a legal services agency and cannot provide legal advice or legal representation. Information received from Family Matters is not intended as legal advice and should not be used as a substitution for legal advice. 

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