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Organize your paperwork
9th Annual Disability Pride Parade
Summer Drama Camp for kids with Autism
Balance Boards and Beams Summer Camp
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On the CASE
July 2012


Hello Evanston CASE members,


I hope you are enjoying your summer so far. In addition to relaxing (hopefully) and having fun, summer can be a time to take on a project or two.  I have a suggestion.  Organize your child's educational records!  Sound fun?  Probably not, but you will be glad you did.


This month's newsletter includes information and suggestions about creating an organizing system that will keep you on track in the years to come.  When you need a copy of that IEP for your private assessment provider, it will be at your fingertips.  When you are inundated with paperwork at your next IEP meeting, you will have an easy place to put it.  This is a good project for rainy summer days.


Looking for a worthwhile family activity?  Join the Family Resource Center on Disabilities at the 9th Annual Disability Pride Parade on Saturday, July 21st in downtown Chicago.  Read the newsletter for details.


For the first time, we are formally asking for financial contributions from our members.  Our advocacy work and programs have always been free.  In order to continue our work and to expand our programs, we need your financial support.  Read below to find out how you can help.


Also in this newsletter I am repeating the information about a couple of programs for your child to participate in this summer.  I hope you and your family are finding ways to have fun and stay COOL.


CASE is available year round to assist you.  Feel free to contact us over the summer. 


Warm regards,


Cari Levin, LCSW

Founding Director

Evanston CASE

Organize that paperwork!  An easy system




Creating a system to organize your child's IEP's, assessments, medication history, therapy information, etc. is easy and will save you many headaches in the future.  Here are some suggestions about how to get it done.


  • Do a records request

Call the principal at your child's school to request the most recent records.  For previous years you may need to contact the Administration office and fill out a form. Make sure you have copies of all private assessments, medical records, etc. and request copies if you don't have them. 


  • Invest in some basic organizers.  Start with a container that works best for you and will accommodate future paperwork.

Depending on the amount of records you have, you might want to choose. colored folders for each school year, binders for each school year, a file box, or a plastic rolling file cart to put everything in.  I recommend starting big so you don't have to change your system in future years.


  • Separate the documents by category or year.

I suggest organizing your IEP's by school year.  If your child had evaluations done by the school district, put them together with the IEP from that year.  Make a separate file for private evaluations and assessments.  Keep samples of your child's work, particularly in areas related to their goals.  Also save report cards and progress reports by year.


  • Create a medication history file.

If you haven't been tracking changes in your child's medications over the years, now is the time.  Whether you create an excel spread sheet, or just use some notebook paper, having a list of your child's medications is really important.  If you don't have your child's history logged so far, you can get the information a couple of ways.  Ask your doctor for a copy of their log, or you can go to your pharmacy and get a print out of their order history. 


  • Create a provider list

Create a document that lists your providers contact information, dates your child began and ended services with them, and the services received.  Make the list in a format that allows future additions.


  • Keep all correspondence

A basic rule of advocacy is to create a paper trail of all correspondence.  Whenever you speak to someone on the phone or in person, jot down a few notes about your conversation.  Be sure to date it.  Keep all emails.  Remember: "If it isn't written down, it never happened."



At the end of this process you should have all your important documents organized and easily accessible.  Make a copy when sharing documents with others.  Never give away your originals.

9th Annual Disability Pride Parade sponsored by FRCD Family Resource Center on Disabilities




SATURDAY, JULY 21, 2011  Join the Family Resource Center on Disabilities (FRCD), a leading advocate for the rights of children with disabilities for a day of solidarity, awareness and celebration of disability pride.


There will be alll kinds of entertainment and over 50 non-profits distributing information


The parade steps off at 11 a.m. They will meet at the staging area at 401 S. Plymouth Court at 10:15 a.m. Post parade festivities will begin 12:30 p.m. at Daley Plaza, Washington and Dearborn.


There is no registration fee, but FRCD asks that you register to march with them to insure there is enough food for everyone. For more information you can call FRCD's Office at 312-939-3513. Or visit their website at


If you don't want to march, it is also a wonderful event to watch and you can participate in the after events.


To watch a video of the 2009 parade click here

To watch a video of the 2011 parade click here




 We need your support to keep making a difference


CASE has always offered our services at no cost.  Our advocacy efforts, Parent Connections meetings and On the CASE newsletters have always been free to our members. 


In order for us to continue our work, we need some financial support.  CASE is NOT a non-profit at this time, so you cannot write off your donations.  However, if every CASE member contributes at least $10, it would cover a year's worth of our services to the Evanston community.


Our overhead costs are minimal.  They include phone bills, website hosting, Constant Contact for newsletter creation and distribution, printing costs for materials like flyers, brochures and minimal advertising.  Our Parent Connections program costs us approximately $90 a month to offer for free to parents.


We are currently working on a Disability Awareness program that we hope to offer to all the schools this coming year.  To bring this to fruition requires time and money.


CASE is an all volunteer organization.  Our advocacy work and programs are only limited by our available time and financial constraints.



If you value what CASE does for families of children with disabilities, please support us with at least a $10 contribution.  You can donate by clicking the button on this newsletter, or by visiting our website at



Thank you.





Summer Drama Camp for Kids with Autism


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August 6, 2012 - August 17, 2012

9:00am to 3:00pm, Monday-Friday


St. Joan of Arc School - 9248 N. Lawndale Ave, Evanston


Early Bird Discount until May 15, 2012, $1,400 per camper, 

After May 15, 2012 the cost will be $1,600


For more information read the flyer here 

Balance Boards and Beams Summer Camp


balance board camp 

This is a unique opportunity for some hands on fun!  Bring your child to the Balance Boards and Beams summer camp to experience the process of building their own balance board.  Camps are offered for preschool and school age children.

Balance Boards and Beams is owned and operated by Liz Kantorski.  Liz provided a fun, interactive presentation of her products at the Parent Connections meeting in April.  Her balance boards are therapeutic and fun for people of all ages.

For more information and to register for Liz's summer camps, click here