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What Does a F.A.C.E. Liaison Do?

The Family & Community Engagement Liaison - Special Education helps families of students with disabilities navigate the special education system in partnership with school district personnel. The F.A.C.E. Liaison works to build a bridge joining administrators, teachers, staff, and families to help students succeed in school.

Some of the ways that the F.A.C.E. Liaison supports families and educators include:

• Providing workshops for families, educators, and community members.

• Explaining the special education process to families.

• Providing assistance with IEP meetings preparation/attendance.

• Helping families and educators to locate resources (community, regional, and statewide).

Please click on the "Calendar" link in the left hand panel for a list of scheduled trainings.

Jerin Olson
F.A.C.E. Liaison - Special Education
jolson@sps186.org
217-525-3060

 

Special Needs Social Club Upcoming Events

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Special Needs Social Club: Important Advocacy Organizations & What They Advocate For

The Special Needs Social Club will host a virtual self-advocacy event on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 from 6:00-7:15pm.  Tia Nelis, Going Home Coalition Leader with The Arc of Illinois, will present on "Important Advocacy Organizations & What They Advocate For". Families and their students are encouraged to attend. For more information, please contact Jerin Olson at (217) 525-3060 or jolson@sps186.org

To register for this event, click here.

Zoom link: "Important Advocacy Organizations & What They Advocate For"

These events are an opportunity for students with disabilities, ages 5-21 to cultivate friendships, foster peer relationships, and to encourage and support social skills.  It is also an opportunity for families of students with disabilities to connect with other families, to learn more about varying topics, and to locate available resources for their student.  The Special Needs Social Club is a community effort sponsored by Springfield Public Schools and the Springfield Park District.

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Special Needs Social Club: Summer Social

The Special Needs Social Club will host a Summer Social on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 from 5:30-7:00pm at Erin's Pavilion.  Students will enjoy socializing and summertime activities, while their families learn about special recreation opportunities and summer camps in our area for their student.  A light dinner will be served.  For more information and/or to register for this event, click here or contact Jerin Olson at (217) 525-3060 or jolson@sps186.org.

These events are an opportunity for students with disabilities, ages 5-21 to cultivate friendships, foster peer relationships, and to encourage and support social skills.  It is also an opportunity for families of students with disabilities to connect with other families, to learn more about varying topics, and to locate available resources for their student.  The Special Needs Social Club is a community effort sponsored by Springfield Public Schools and the Springfield Park District.

14th Annual Empower All Abilities Conference: Session Recordings & Save the Date

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Session recordings from The 14th Annual Empower All Abilities Conference, held virtually on Saturday, February 26, 2022, are now available!   

 

To view the YouTube playlist of session recordings, click here.

To access the conference program with session descriptions & materials, click here.

For the Exhibitor Resource Booklet, click here.  

 

SAVE THE DATE! The 15th Annual Empower All Abilities Conference will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2023.  More details to come!