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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,

As the school year comes to a close, you may be experiencing some anxiety or stress over how to keep your child occupied this summer.

We all know how tough it can be to patch together a summer camp schedule or activities plan for your child. This is particularly tough for working parents.  
We want to provide an easy and confidential tool so that you can share your child's interests and age, and match up with others. CASE is working on a page dedicated to this purpose, and hope to have it up and running next month.  Stay tuned!

In the meantime, we encourage you to use the CASE Parent Connections Facebook group to set up plans and connect with others. If you aren't yet a member of this private group, contact us to request an invitation at
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
This will be the last Parent Connections meeting for this school year.  We will resume in September 2017 on the second Thursday of every month.

Thursday, May 11th
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!

May is Mental Health Awareness Month
  Help end the stigma of mental illness!  Copy and paste this image to your Facebook page, tweet or email to spread the word that mental illness impacts on children and teens.
Happy Mother's Day:
For Moms of Kids With Special Needs


"Mother's Day is almost here. Let's all take a moment to appreciate the mothers who do everything every other mom does plus a whole lot more."

"They are the moms for whom the first months of sleeplessness extend into years. They are the moms who become experts on their child's diagnosis and  therapies and education plans. They have learned to manage endless appointments with medical specialists and endless meetings with educational experts. They have learned an awesome vocabulary of medical terminology, education jargon and insurance codes."

"Complicated schedules and routines and star charts have become second nature. Those who have kids with special diets know how to spot dangerous ingredients in a cupcake from a hundred yards away. Those with behaviorally challenging kids can handle a tantrum while folding laundry and planning dinner. Many even find the energy to organize support groups, get involved with agencies that offer activities for their kids, and advocate for other families as well as their own."

To read in its entirety click HERE

"Keep the Change"
A romantic comedy about two adults on the autism spectrum

The cast of "Keep the Change" features non-professional actors on the autism spectrum.

"A film starring adults with autism is taking home the top prize at the influential Tribeca Film Festival.
The romantic comedy 'Keep the Change' won the U.S. Narrative Feature competition late Thursday.
The film chronicles the ups and downs of a relationship between David and Sarah, two young adults on the spectrum who meet at a support group." (Disability Scoop)

"Keep the Change" began as a short film produced in 2015.  You can view the short film HERE

The full-length movie is not yet broadly available.  

Live Webinar:
Summer Screen Limits and Learning
June 6th

"Summer Screen Limits and Learning: Using Apps and Games to Build Social Skills, Creativity, and Fitness"

Presented by: Randy Kulman, Ph.D., on 
Tuesday, June 6, at 1 pm ET.

Although this is ADHD-focused, these techniques and ideas can be universally applied.  Even if you can't watch it on June 6th, the webinar will be available for viewing until December with a code you will receive upon registration.

You will learn:
  • The biological and psychological explanation for technology's magnetic appeal to children with ADHD
  • Three ways for parents to take control over screen time this summer
  • How outdoor time and exercise improve learning and ADHD symptoms
  • Specific strategies for combining tech time with outdoor and family time
  • How parents can identify games, apps, and digital media that will encourage physical, social, and creative play this summer
To find out more and to register, click HERE

Psychiatric Crisis:
What the ER Can (And Can't) Do

Dear Parent,

"You are not a failure because you have taken your child to the ER.   You may feel terrified and ashamed, but you are not a failure."

"You are, in fact, a hero. You have done the brave thing, the hard thing, the only thing you knew to do to keep your child safe. That is honorable. So if anyone - relative, friend or acquaintance - tells you in the next few days that you overreacted, or that your child simply needs more discipline, or that it's all in your kid's head, you have the right to say, gently and firmly, 'Please don't be critical. It's not like I wanted to go. I am scared and I really need your support.' If that person can't be helpful to you in this strange new world, find someone else who can."

"Since you're here, and heaven knows you have time, it might help to have a few pointers so you know what to expect. You see, an emergency room visit for psychiatric issues works a bit differently than one for a physical problem."

To read the rest of this supportive and informative letter, click HERE