Below you will find information as it relates to the family's role in early intervention and rights in both early intervention and special education.
This guide answers questions that families ask such as how someone can request an evaluation, who may qualify for these services, and the parent's role in Early Intervention (including a family's legal rights).
This resource provides a paper that synthesizes the practices and ideas for explaining procedural safeguards to families. Assuring families are fully informed supports their role in the early intervention process.
This publication is also called "State of Illinois Infant/Toddler & Family Rights under IDEA for the Early Intervention System".
Parents need to be informed about their safeguards so they have a leadership role in services to their children.The family rights handbook can be found on the Illinois Department of Human Services website and it includes information on parental consent, prior notice, examination of records, confidentiality, complaints, and surrogate parents.
Here you will find a list of books, videos, web resources, organizations, and articles the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse has put together on the family's role in early intervention.
Online Training Resource Modules
EITP offers modules from the Illinois Early Intervention System Overview online training as a resource for individuals to review as needed.
Early Intervention and Families is an online module that reviews the principles of EI and the caring connection between providers and the families.
Referral, Intake and Child & Family Rights is an online module that reviews the process a family goes through when they are first referred to the Illinois Early Intervention System including referral, intake, and procedural safeguards.
Families have the right to request amendment of records under HIPAA and the Illinois Department of Human Services has provided procedures to amend protected health information.
A guide from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) for parents, teachers, administrators, and others to learn about education rights of children who have disabilities and receive special education and related services. The site has both English and Spanish versions of the guide available for online viewing or in PDF format.
PACER Center Action Information Sheet that provides information regarding parents' rights with school records.