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Summer 2017

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


CASE is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.



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    Are you stressed?  Running low on energy?  Are your kids bored?

As we hit the halfway mark of summer, your energy and emotional reserves may be stretched thin.  When there are gaps in summer camp or activity schedules, it can be tough to figure out how to keep your child occupied.  

Use the Parent Connections private Facebook Group as a vehicle to schedule play dates, share babysitting time or just have coffee or a glass of wine with other parents who could use a supportive ear.  If you aren't a member, send us an email request and we will send you an "invite".

No one understands our children's challenges, quirkiness and boundless energy more than others walking in the same shoes.

CASE will be holding a Lego/Art play time on August 29th when camps are over and there is a shortage of structured options for your kids. Stay tuned for details.  

Hang in there!
I hope you find the information in this newsletter helpful.

Cari Levin, LCSW
Founding Executive Director
Evanston CASE

CASE Provides IEP Prep Sessions

If you have a child entering Kindergarten, transitioning from 5th or 8th grade, or you just need some advice about how to navigate your IEP meeting this Fall, call CASE to schedule an appointment for an IEP Prep Session.  

Cari can advise you about the process and how to understand the services and supports the IEP Team may recommend and whether they will sufficiently address your child's needs.  

Reduce your stress!  Knowledge is power.

Contact us at or (847) 556-8676

Join us for Parent Connections Support Group
Thursday, September 14th
If you haven't had a chance to attend a Parent Connections Support Group yet, we encourage you to give it a try.  Meet with others who "get it" and share resources and advice.

From September to May, we will meet on the second Thursday of every month.  

We offer two time slots -- 
Brown Bag Lunch from 11:30-1:00 and 
Evening from 7:00 to 8:30.

Our first meeting this fall will be on Thursday, September 14th.

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

Hope you can join us!

July is Minority Mental Health Month

"Mental health conditions do not discriminate based on race, color, gender or identity. Anyone can experience the challenges of mental illness regardless of their background. However, background and identity can make access to mental health treatment much more difficult.  National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month was established in 2008 to start changing this."
"Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition."
"Taking on the challenges of mental health conditions, health coverage and the stigma of mental illness requires all of us. In many communities, these problems are increased by less access to care, cultural stigma and lower quality care."

America's entire mental health system needs improvement, including when it comes to serving marginalized communities. Learn more about how you can get involved with Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.

Namaste:  Yoga for Kids



Why is yoga good for kids?

  • Concentration. Yoga improves concentration and attention span, while teaching focus.
  • Confidence. Kids gain confidence by trying new poses and developing new skills. By learning self-control and self-calming techniques, they are likely to grow confident in interacting with other children.
  • Calmness. The routine of yoga can be calming to kids, especially when they practice the same postures and become confident doing them. 

 To read more, click HERE

Awesome Water Park in San Antonio, Texas
Designed for Children with Disabilities
 Road trip in your future?  This may be a wonderful destination.  

The world's first water park for children with disabilities!  
"The  Morgan Inspiration Island has opened - a water park specially built for people with disabilities.  The whole park, which opened on June 17 in San Antonio, Texas, is wheelchair accessible and is designed to give all children a chance to fully enjoy various water games and pools."

For more information, click HERE