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Parent Connections October presentation
D65 Loses Due Process Case
Sensory Story Time
Therapy with Dogs
Tail Waggin' Tutors
Northwestern Research
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On the CASE
November 2012

Hello Evanston CASE members,


In this issue of On the CASE you will find information about wonderful activities at both the Evanston and Skokie Public Libraries for children with special needs, including two groups that offer the chance for kids to interact with therapy dogs.  Therapy dogs can do amazing things for children with a variety of disabilities.  I highly recommend that you check out this powerful PBS documentary called, "Through a Dog's Eyes" that illustrates the bond between therapy dogs and the children they support.


We also wanted to make sure you are aware of a recent Due Process decision against District 65.  The District's inclusion program was found to be a "predetermination" of a child's needs.  This means that the District placed a child in a program without determining first that it was appropriate. 


In addition, be sure to save the date for our Parent Connections meeting on November 20th.  Mr. Tom Dempsey from Have Dreams ( will be talking about their new transition program for youth with autism.


Enjoy the changing leaves and cooler weather.


Warm regards,


Cari Levin, LCSW

Founding Director

Evanston CASE 




Parent Connections November 20th Meeting




Transition Programming for Students with Autism


Presenter: Tom Dempsey, Transition Program Director

Have Dreams: Helping Autistic Voices Emerge


Tuesday, November 20th at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington, room 108, 7-9 pm.


 If you'd like to attend, please contact us to register. or (847) 566-8676. 




  Due Process Decision Blasts D65



As a member of the community of parents with children with special needs in District 65 ("the District"), you should be aware of a recent lawsuit in which the parents of a child with a disability won an important and decisive victory against the District.  


Jill Calian, Special Education Attorney and CASE Board member wrote this summary of the due process decision.


To protect the family's privacy we have redacted all identifying information.

  Sensory Storytime

Sensory Storytime

Skokie Public Library

5215 Oakton St.

Third Saturdays, 10:30-11:30am

Oct. 20, Nov. 17, Dec. 15, Jan. 19, Feb. 16, March 16, April 20, and May 18


Ideal for children with autism or sensory processing issues, this storytime engages all of the senses through stories, music, movement, and crafts. The second half of the program includes structured gross motor activities and free-play. Join us for hands-on learning! For children ages 3 to 7. Call 847.324.3149 to register.   



 Interact with Therapy Dogs

Rainbow Therapy Time

Skokie Public Library

5215 Oakton St.

 Third Sundays, 12:15 to 12:40pm or 12:45 to 1:10pm


 Oct. 21, Nov. 18, Dec. 16, Jan. 20, Feb. 17, March 17, April 21, and May 19



Children with special needs are invited to the Library to enjoy the benefits of interacting with trained therapy dogs. Rainbow dog trainers will work with the children to strengthen attention skills, learn social skills, and increase language use. Parents remain in the Library while children attend the program independently.  

For children ages 8 to 12.



Register by phone beginning October 1st. 847-324-3149.

Tail Waggin' Tutors





Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave.
For kids K-5th, Evanston residents/children in D65

Contact: Laura Antolin
Contact Number: 847-448-8610 


Session 1: 9/11 - 10/2, 6:30-7:00pm or 7:00-7:30pm

Session 2: 10/16 -11/6, 6:30-7:00pm or 7:00-7:30pm

Session 3: 11/20-12/11, 6:30-7:00pm or 7:00-7:30pm

Practice your reading - read to a dog! The Tail Waggin' Tutors program provides a relaxed and "dog-friendly" atmosphere in which kids can practice and improve their reading skills. Tail Waggin' Tutors are wonderful listeners and provide a great opportunity for kids to build confidence reading as well as learn how to interact with these wonderful therapy dogs. Kids read to their dogs for 20 minutes and then have 10 minutes of cuddle time. Sign up for one 4-week session from 6:30-7:00pm or 7:00-7:30pm; space is limited to 6 participants per 30 minute period.

Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Research

Does your child struggle with reading or math? 

Help Northwestern researchers figure out why!



Northwestern University's Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Lab



The Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (DCN) Lab studies how children's brains develop as they learn.  We study brain activity in children with and without learning issues to better understand the neurological basis of learning disabilities.



         7-13 year olds who have difficulties with reading or math



*             Be a part of research that aims to unravel the mystery behind learning disabilities

*             Receive results from relevant standardized tests

*             Take home pictures of your child's brain

*             Participants are compensated


For more information or to sign-up, call (847)-467-6842 or email us at  You can also sign-up directly online via our website at the DCN Lab Sign-Up Page.