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.
Our programs focus on providing accurate information and guidance on Special Education services, Individual Education Plans, 504's, and other key educational processes. We ensure that families and self-advocates have the information and resources they need to partner effectively with their school team and to advocate for the unique needs of their child.
Our Impact This Year