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What We Do

Family Matters Parent Training and Information Center, a federally funded Parent Training Center, exists to provide education, support, resources, and community linkages for families navigating the Special Education system, experiencing key educational transitions, and seeking needed supports and services in the school and community. We work with students with disabilities and their families to ensure they understand their educational rights under IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), and can fully participate in the Special Education process.

We aim to ensure families and self-advocates have the information and resources needed to access the services and supports they need. We strive to support families seeking a positive, inclusive, and individualized educational experience for their children.  We are one of two federally funded Parent Training and Information Centers in the state of Illinois. 

Family Matters PTIC serves 94 counties in Illinois outside the Chicago area. Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties are served by Family Resource Center on Disabilities. 

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    “I feel like I have someone on my side. I felt completely lost and hopeless before I talked to an Information Specialist, and I didn’t know where to start. Just talking with her, the information she had provided empowered me to be a better advocate for my son. They gave me a perfect starting place to be able to educate myself and become a strong advocate.”

    -A parent who worked with an Information Specialist

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