Parents of children and young adults with disabilities will be receiving help navigating the often overwhelming search for educational assistance, thanks to nearly $250,000 in federal funding announced by Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15).
The Family Matters Parent Training and Information Center, based in Effingham, has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Parent Training and Information Center Program. The funding, totaling $249,925, covers October 2015 through September 2016.
“This program is intended to help parents understand the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and related federal acts and the state rules for implementing them,” Shimkus said. “It is hoped that parents will gain the knowledge to become active partners in planning for the education of their children with disabilities.”
In 2002, Family Matters was awarded a Department of Education grant to become a Parent Training and Information Center to serve the entire state of Illinois outside of the Chicago area. As a Parent Training and Information Center, Family Matters provides information, referral, linkages, and training to parents, students with disabilities, and special education professionals.