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Evanston Citizens for Appropriate Special Education (CASE) provides Community, Advocacy, Support and Education for families affected by special needs.


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Hello CASE Community,

It's spring IEP season.  Here are the ways that CASE can help you navigate the process and reduce your stress:
  • Receive support by attending our Parent Connections Support Group (Free)
  • Connect with others by joining our private Parent Connections Facebook Group (Free)
  • Schedule a Coaching Session with me to help you develop a strategy for your meeting and prepare you for what to expect. ($100)
  • Schedule a Consultation with me to discuss any problems or roadblocks you have encountered this year. Learn how to use data, evaluations and your own perspective to leverage the best IEP possible and to ensure accountability. ($150)
  • Schedule a Document Organization Session.  I will teach you a straightforward system that will organize the chaos of your documents and help you understand how to use your documents to your best advantage.  Materials are provided. ($50)

Also check out the new "Resources" page on our website to find therapists, doctors, programs, etc. all recommended by CASE parents based on their experiences.

Call to find out more about our services or to schedule an appointment.  (847) 556-8676.

I hope you find the information in this newsletter helpful.

Cari Levin, LCSW
Founding Executive Director
Evanston CASE

Join us for Parent Connections Support Group
Parent Connections support group will meet:

Thursday, April 13th
Brown Bag Lunch: 11:30-1:00
Evening Meeting: 7:00-8:30

At 1940 Sherman Ave. Suite A, Evanston.  If you need further directions, call 847-566-8676 or email

Hope you can join us!

Good News from the U.S. Supreme Court!
Written by Jill Calian, Special Education Attorney

You've probably heard the buzz about the recent Supreme Court decision relating to special education.  In a rare moment of high drama in the world of special education law, the Supreme Court handed down a ruling in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District over-turning aspects of the special education cases that had been decided by Judge Neil Gorsuch, the Supreme Court nominee, just as Judge Gorsuch was defending those cases in his nomination hearings.
So, what exactly was decided in the Endrew F case and what does it have to do with your child's special education?  The short answer is that the Endrew F case is good news for children with disabilities: it raises the bar for the standard of education due to your child under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (I.D.E.A.).   

To read the rest of Jill's comments, click HERE

The Difference Between Disruptive Behavior Disorders and ADHD


"Disruptive behavior disorders and ADHD have some things in common, such as trouble keeping emotions in check and doing risky, impulsive things. But there are big differences between the two that can affect the strategies used to help your child."

To read more, click HERE
Post High School Planning Presentations on
Students With Learning Differences and ASD

FREE presentation offered by JJB Educational Consultants partner, Jill Burstein.

April 9th, 3:00-4:30 at Chicago Academics, 423 Central Ave Suite 100, Northfield.

"Not sure how to ensure your student with learning differences will be successful after high school? Please join us to discuss transition planning for students with learning differences. We will address such topics as academic supports at college, necessary documentation, and how to ensure your student is happy and academically successful." 

If you can't make it on the 9th, Jill will be presenting at Sociability in Northbrook on April 12th at 7pm. She will be joined Psychologist Genevieve Thorton to discuss transition planning for kids with ASD and related disorders. Socialbility is located at 899 Skokie Boulevard, Suite 204 in Northbrook. 

RVSP for either or both events: or call 847-940-8090.

Chronic Procrastination


"Procrastination Busters for Our Kids"

"The problem is that chores and doing homework are generally boring activities, and the ADHD mind avoids boredom at all costs. It's hard to motivate any kid to stop having fun when their alternative is boredom. However, ADHD kids can have a difficult time shutting off games and putting cherished tasks down. This is because Attention Deficit Disorder is more like an attention dysfunction disorder. The fun activity has engaged their hyperfocus. They are in that faraway Zen place where the activity they are doing is giving them clarity of thought. They will have trouble switching gears to something less compelling."

To read about strategies, click HERE

Evanston Buddy Baseball

Registration for the Evanston Buddy Baseball program is open.

"Evanston Buddy BasebALL provides individuals with a mental and/or physical disability the opportunity to play baseball, regardless of their abilities. Buddy Ball helps individuals learn teamwork, promote self-esteem and have fun." Participation is FREE.

All games on Sundays at 3 p.m., May 21 - July 2
James Park, Evanston, IL

To find out more, click HERE.  To register, click HERE
Nike Improves Shoe Accessibility

"Nike is taking steps toward increased accessibility with a new shoe designed to make it even easier for people with disabilities to slip their feet in and out."
"The athletic-wear giant said this week that it's introducing a new iteration of its FlyEase lineup, a collection of sneakers that include special accessibility features."

See YouTube video with LeBron James talking about these very special shoes.

The LeBron Soldier 10 FlyEase is available  online  in both kids and adult sizes.