Indian Prairie Special Needs PTA

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WHO we are

Indian Prairie Special Needs PTA (IPSN) serves all schools located in District 204.
 
We are committed to partnering with the district to create a more inclusive educational experience for all children who require a special education plan.

 
Membership is open to EVERYONE!

 

WHAT we do

CONNECT the community by offering inclusive events.
 
EDUCATE
about opportunities     available within the community and the educational process.
 
SUPPORT
families of children who require educational supports and host events to help you connect with others in similar situations.                            

 

NEW! Speaker Series

IPSN PTA is excited to announce each PTA meeting will now feature a guest speaker!
 
Topics range from early childhood, IEP’s & 504’s, all the way through your child aging out of the public school system.

 

Join IPSN PTA today!

Membership is only $10 per school year.
 
CLICK HERE to sign up online... or download our PDF Membership Form!
 
Or mail a check, payable to IPSN PTA to: PO Box 9647, Naperville, IL 60567

 

 

CONTACT us

Get the latest and greatest IPSN PTA info by liking us on Facebook:  Indian Prairie Special Needs PTA
 

You can ask questions and stay in contact with us by email at: ipsnpta@gmail.com

 
IPSN PTA, P.O. Box 9647, Naperville, IL 60567

 

Click here to download the 2018-19 Meeting info PDF

 

  • 7pm Thurs. Sept. 6, 2018: View the Flyer Here (PDF)
  • 7pm Thurs. Oct. 11, 2018
  • 7pm Thurs. Nov. 8, 2018
  • 7pm Thurs. Dec. 6, 2018
  • 7pm Thurs. Jan. 10, 2019
  • 7pm Thurs. Feb. 7, 2019
  • 7pm Thurs. Mar. 7, 2019
  • 7pm Thurs. Apr. 11, 2019
  • 7pm Thurs. May 9, 2019

 

IPSN Meetings

 

Meetings start at 7 pm. Guest speakers start at 7:30. Unless otherwise noted,

meetings will be at Prairie Children Preschool, inside the Crouse Education Center at 780 Shoreline Drive, Aurora.

 

Indian Prairie Special Needs (IPSN) PTA is in need of volunteers willing to represent 204 IPSN PTA at our elementary, middle and high schools. The role offers the chance to act as a representative for 204 IPSN PTA in developing a partnership that fosters opportunities, spreads awareness and encourages inclusion for students and families.
 
If interested contact Rupa Kantorek: rkantorek@hotmail.com and/or Tiffany Taylor: duo_79@yahoo.com

 

Indian Prairie Special Needs (IPSN) PTA is in need of volunteers willing to represent 204 IPSN PTA at our elementary, middle and high schools. The role offers the chance to act as a representative for 204 IPSN PTA in developing a partnership that fosters opportunities, spreads awareness and encourages inclusion for students and families.
 
If interested contact Teresa Crafton: ipsnpta@gmail.com.

 

We have some great fundraisers that help fund many of our great events and programs including the Teacher Grant program. In addition to becoming an IPSN PTA member, we hope that you will participate in some of our fundraisers. Thank you for participating in our fundraisers!

 

If you have any questions, comments or ideas for fundraising, please contact Teresa Crafton: ipsnpta@gmail.com.

 

Restaurant Benefit Days

  • Check back for information on upcoming restaurant benefit fundraiser

 

Teresa Crafton - President

I am a special needs mom with a servant leader heart. My involvement with the IPSN PTA has been very rewarding and fulfilling. I am so excited to be serving on the Indian Prairie Special Needs PTA executive board for district 204 for the third year. I have a 10 year old son currently attending Young elementary in their self-contained classroom. He is Autistic and non-verbal. He is making amazing progress with the collaboration of district 204's resources and our outside intervention services. I am a full time working mom in addition to being enrolled in school full time at Aurora University.

I look forward to helping families with their journey and providing resources and support. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions, concerns or suggestions. ipsnpta@gmail.com

 

Monica Diaz - Vice President

I’m very excited to be part of the IPSN PTA executive board 2018-2019.

I have lived in Naperville district 204 for 15 years. I think it was our destiny and very good luck to moved here. As probably some of you know I have 2 kids . Alex 11 and Sofia 8. Both have autism. I work part time and full time mom.

The reason to be part of the IPSN PTA executive board is to help and support our special needs community . Is so important to have presence on our district. And just be part of these wonderful group of ladies of this PTA is just fantastic . I think I would learn a lot from you too and this is going to be without a doubt a great experience.

 

Julie Parker - Treasurer

I have two children diagnosed with special needs. One was diagnosed with high functioning autism and the other was diagnosed with PDD-NOS (pervasive developmental delay not otherwise specified) by age 2. Having gone through all the therapies (OT, PT, speech, social development, ABA, vision, psychological…) with my first one really helped prepare me to better address the issues faced by my second child. Through my experiences helping my own children, I can help others navigate the waters of the Special Needs Ocean.

During the 2018-19 school year, my oldest will be a sophomore at Cornell College in Iowa and my youngest, who graduated out of his IEP at the end of fifth grade, will be in the eighth grade. As they age, their issues morph from year to year. I hope in my position as Treasurer of the IPSNPTA to be able to support the organization so we don’t lose it as a resource for families dealing with special needs. Having the challenges we face on a regular basis with our children can leave us, as parents, feeling very isolated. I am also a single mom, so that isolation is even more keenly felt in my situation. For the wellbeing of the caretakers, it is imperative that we have peer support and resources when we need them.

In addition to serving on the SNPTA, I was a past President of the PTA for Fry Elementary. I also facilitate the Naperville Parents of Children with Asperger’s Support Group. I also participate in the District 204 2E (twice exceptional) support group, the Meetup Autism is Medical group, and the TACA Meetup group. Workwise, I am a Collaborative Divorce attorney and also do uncontested divorce. I help people navigate their divorce outside of the court system, in a kinder, gentler, team approach that emphasizes the best interests of the family.

 

Tiffany Taylor - Special Needs Liaison Co-chair

I’m a stay at home of a mom of three amazing little boys, who are happy, energized and full of so much love. I am recently divorced. My oldest Xavier is 8 and has ASD and a lot of sensory issues, my middle Zachary is 6 and my youngest Sebastian is 3 with a speech delay. Xavier was diagnosed when he was 2 ½ years old. We lived in Melrose Park and lets just say they didn’t have the best accommodations for special needs. While my house was on the market I used my moms address to get Xavier is preschool in a different area. The teacher was a nightmare who video taped him without my permission to show me what he could not do. I pulled him out immediately and home schooled until our house sold and I was able to get him into district 204. District 204 has been a breath of fresh air and he has excelled in so many areas. Moving to this district has been one of the best decisions of my life. I have been a special need liaison for Patterson since 2016 and now one of the special needs liaison coordinator as well for 2018/19 school year. I want everyone to have a wonderful stress-free positive school experience. Special need parents have enough stress on their plates. I love this district and will do my very best to help every parent out there

 

Rupa Kantorek - Special Needs Liaison Co-chair

I am so happy to be one of the Special Needs PTA liaisons this year! As a parent of a twice exceptional child, I believe so strongly that all children have something valuable to offer their schools and society. As a person who has counseled numerous kids and families, I know how important it is to have support, information and a community of people who understand. I hope this group will be a place where you can come to learn, advocate, relax an share with other families who are going through some of the same experiences. Thanks and hope to meet you all soon!

 

Disclaimer: IPSN PTA and IPSD 204 does not endorse or recommend any particular organization, business or person. These links are provided only as a convenience to users. Parents/guardians are responsible for determining the potential merits of such providers.

 

Getting kids involved with hobbies is important. A hobby provides interesting and enjoyable diversion from everyday responsibilities.
 

Children should always be encouraged to partake in outside endeavors that they find to be fun and exciting. A hobby can be anything at all that one does for self-enjoyment.

We are very fortunate that there are a multitude of organizations in our and surrounding communities that has recreations of many different varieties geared towards all types of disabilities.


Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA)
 

A Special Recreation Association (SRA) is formed by two or more park districts/villages who want to join together to provide recreation programs for their residents with disabilities. The SRA have their own programs - Sports, Special Olympics, preforming arts, art & crafts, social clubs for children and Adults.

 

116 N. Schmale Road
Carol Stream, IL 60188
(630) 681-0962
 

WDSRA has been providing fun, recreational opportunities to individuals of all ages with disabilities since 1976. WDSRA is a cooperative extension of nine park districts including Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Glen Ellyn, Naperville, Roselle, Warrenville, West Chicago, Wheaton, and Winfield.
www.wdsra.com

 

Naperville Park District
 

Park Districts offers a big selection of programs for all ages - let them know that the participant need an aid and they will work with your local SRA to provide an aid at no extra cost. That goes for the summer day camp programs too.

 

320 W. Jackson Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 848-5000
 

The Naperville Park District’s mission is to provide recreation and park experiences that enhance the quality of life for our community, including benefits such as community health, environmental education, social connections, and personal growth.
http://www.napervilleparks.org

 

Fox Valley Special Recreation Association (FVSRA)
 

A Special Recreation Association (SRA) is formed by two or more park districts/villages who want to join together to provide recreation programs for their residents with disabilities. The SRA have their own programs - Sports, Special Olympics, preforming arts, art & crafts, social clubs for children and Adults.

 

2121 W. Indian Trail
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 907-1114
 

The Fox Valley Special Recreation Association (FVSRA) provides recreation and leisure opportunities for its residents with special needs.  FVSRA serves as an extension of the 7 park and recreation agencies throughout the Fox River Valley region:  the Park Districts of Batavia, Fox Valley, Geneva, Oswegoland, St. Charles and Sugar Grove, and the South Elgin Parks and Recreation Department.
https://fvsra.org

 

Fox Valley Park District
 

Park Districts offers a big selection of programs for all ages - let them know that the participant need an aid and they will work with your local SRA to provide an aid at no extra cost. That goes for the summer day camp programs too.

 

555 S Eola Rd
Aurora, IL 60504
(630) 851-8990
 

The Fox Valley Park District is one of the largest park districts in Illinois. The district serves the villages of Aurora, Montgomery and North Aurora and several unincorporated areas. Its facilities are located in Kane, DuPage, Kendall and Will counties
http://www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org

 
Other Recreation Venues

 

Boy Scouts
Suzette Rizzi  (630) 205-0192
maparizzi@comcast.net

The Three Fires Council mission is to provide individuals with special needs opportunities to participate to the best of their abilities in an all-inclusive Scouting Program offered by the Boy Scouts of America.

http://www.threefirescouncil.org/index.php/programs-mainmenu-73/special-needs-mainmenu-96

 

Girl Scouts
WDSRA has a Girl Scout program
Girl Scout Troop 200
For girls ages 7-17 offering the opportunity to build courage, confidence, leadership, and make friends along the way. Earn badges; sell Girl Scout cookies and field trips. Meetings are held twice a month.
For more information on Girl Scouts, please contact
Amy Wilson at (630) 681-0962 ext. 561 or amyw@wdsra.com

 
YMCA
YMCA has some adaptive programs for persons with disabilities. They do not provide an aid for typical programs or camps. Please check with your local YMCA to see if they can adapt the programs for your participants’ skill/ability.

YMCA has an after school daycare called Safe N’ Sound program.
http://www.ymcachicago.org/safensound
 
YMCA of Metro Chicago
Naperville/Aurora, Oswego & Downers Grove
http://www.ymcachicago.org

 
B.R. Ryall YMCA
Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Carol Stream, Glendale Heights, Warrenville, West Chicago & Winfield
http://www.brryallymca.org

 

 

Disclaimer: IPSN PTA and IPSD 204 do not endorse or recommend any particular organization, business or person. These links are provided only as a convenience to users. Parents/guardians are responsible for determining the potential merits of such providers.

 

 

Disclaimer: IPSN PTA and IPSD 204 does not endorse or recommend any particular organization, business or person. These links are provided only as a convenience to users. Parents/guardians are responsible for determining the potential merits of such providers.

 

Day Camps

 

Overnight Camps

 

Respite Camps

 

Summer Programs

 



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