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

 

MEETING/EVENT SCHEDULE

 

BOUNCE BACK TO SCHOOL!

Monday, August 29, 2016. 10am - 8pm

Airtastic (850 S. Frontenac in Aurora). $3 entry for members.

 

 

The Indian Prairie Special Needs PTA meets at the Crouse Education Center (CEC) 780 Shoreline Drive, Aurora, IL 60504 in Board Room B6 unless otherwise noted. Meeting dates, times and locations are subject to change. Members will be notified via email of any changes, and also updated on our website.

 

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 Melissa Cleary at snl204pta@gmail.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 Melissa Cleary at snl204pta@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!

 

Dominick’s eScrip program

Please register your Dominick’s Fresh Values Card online today!  IPSN PTA will receive up to 4% of your purchases throughout the year if you register your card with IPSN PTA and use it at the checkout. Be sure to share this link with your friends and relatives that shop at Dominick’s and have them sign up their card as well!

  • Visit www.escrip.com
  • Click on “About the Program”
  • Click on “Sign Up”
  • Under Group Name, enter: Indian Prairie Special Needs PTA (use entire name)
  • Group Number: 500017360
  • Shop at Dominicks and present your Fresh Values card at check out!

 

Restaurant Benefit Days

  • Check back for information on upcoming restaurant benefit fundraisers

 

iGive.com

 Please consider registering with iGive.com before you do any online shopping and help the IPSN PTA raise some funds.

 

How iGive Works:

  • GO TO iGive.com
  • SELECT your favorite cause (“Indian Prairie Special Needs PTA”).
  • REGISTER with iGive.com and SEARCH &/or SHOP brand name online stores through the iGive.com Mall.  Just searching for stores/item generates funds and if you make a purchase a percentage is donated to IPSN PTA.  SAVE money with exclusive coupons/free shipping deals.  Plus, when you shop within 45 days of registering iGive.com donates an extra $5 to IPSN PTA!
  • There are over 700 vendors to shop from including many well known stores like Kohl’s, Meijer, Gap, AMAZON.Com, Avon and so many more!
  • Search the web through iSearchiGive.com (a search engine powered by iGive!), using the search engine will raise a penny or more for my cause every time it is used.  you don’t even have to purchase anything to be raising money

  

If you have any questions, comments or ideas for fundraising, please contact Teresa Crafton, 2nd VP, teresacrafton204@gmail.com.

 

IPSN PTA Executive Committee Bios

 

Contact us at ipsnpta@gmail.com.

  

Donna Webdell, President

Donnawebdell204@gmail.com

I moved here in 2014, after having spent several years living in California. I have two boys who both have autism, speech and language delays. Logan is nine, and attends Patterson. Ashton is seven, and is mainstreamed at our home school, McCarty.  Before we moved, I enjoyed serving as team mom for their baseball team and as room parent for Logan’s class.
 
Having two children with autism has given me the opportunity to meet many special families with valuable information and different perspectives. I look forward to connecting with other parents in the district, and working together to give all of our kids the best educational experiences possible. 

 

Julie Parker, 1st Vice President

I have two children who have special needs. One was diagnosed with high functioning autism and the other was diagnosed with PDD-NOS (pervasive developmental delay not otherwise specified). 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 2016-17 school year, my oldest will be a senior at Waubonsie and my youngest, who graduated out of his IEP during the spring of 2016, will be in the sixth grade. As they age, their issues morph from year to year. I hope in my position as First Vice President 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 well being 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. 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.

  

Teresa Crafton, 2nd Vice President

Teresacrafton204@gmail.com

I have a wonderful, amazing, funny, little big boy named Marcus. He has non-verbal autism. He likes to dance (in the mirror), watch dvds, run, slide and take selfies.  I am also a full time working mom for a non-profit organization for 13 years. My husband and I have been part of district 204 since my son was in 3 years old at Prairie Children’s Preschool. We are currently enrolled at Patterson Elementary where he will transition to 3rd grade in a self-contained classroom setting.

 
District 204 is GREAT! I am very honored and excited to serve as the 2nd Vice President of the Indian Prairie Special Needs PTA for 2016-2017.  I have been a member of the IPSN PTA but wanted to take a bigger role in contributing to this amazing district with such great families! My hope is to bring a positive, creative, understanding and welcoming environment to include ALL IPSN families at our meetings and events in order to celebrate and include everyone.  As I’ve learned from being a parent for a child with special needs, it doesn’t only affect us as a family but everyone around us as a community.  It will be my pleasure to serve on the board and invite everyone to be a part of this great organization. 

 

Beth Farland, Treasurer

Bethfarland204@gmail.com

I am a Stay at Home Mom with a daughter, Kaitlin, who is moving on to 4th grade at Spring Brook Elementary School in Naperville. My daughter and I both have Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy which means low muscle tone. Kaitlin and I were both diagnosed in 2006 when she was born. Kaitlin and I along with my husband moved here in 2011 from Buffalo, NY. We are originally from Tampa, FL.
 
I have been a member of the IPSN PTA since 2012 and have been Special Needs Liaison for Spring Brook Elementary since Kaitlin started Kindergarten and will continue in this role. I was the IPSN PTA Treasurer for 2015/2016 and will be continuing in this role for 2016/2017 and look forward to a great year!
 

Keshia Osley, Recording Secretary

Our family moved to Naperville in 2013! We absolutely love the district and have one child entering 8th grade and the youngest entering pre-K. Being pretty new to the district and having a very young child with special needs it's been quite the journey navigating our way to get the services we need.
 
I'm very interested in sharing what we've learned and gaining the insight of parents around us. I'm excited about the upcoming school year for our students and how we can continue to help them be successful!
 

Trudy Sanchez, Corresponding Secretary

Trudysanchez204@gmail.com

My family and I have lived in district 204 since 2002. My oldest, Cody, is 25 years old and is currently studying computer science at Waubonsee Community College. I also have a bubbly, outgoing, happy and active seven year old daughter, Carly, who has non-verbal autism. Carly attended Prairie Children’s preschool starting at age three, went on to kindergarten at Owen Elementary and is currently attending Paterson Elementary where she will be entering 2nd grade. Carly has always been in a self-contained classroom setting with some inclusion opportunities such as, art, recess, lunch, PE and music. Her favorite school time activity is yoga.

 
I first got involved with the IPSN PTA when Carly was in preschool and I found myself feeling lost and needing support from other families who might be experiencing similar challenges. I was nominated for an accepted the role of Corresponding Secretary in 2014 when Carly entered kindergarten and moved on as Co-President for the 2015-2016 school year. I recently took a job requiring more of my time so I will be stepping down as Co-President and am returning for the 2016-2017 school year as Corresponding Secretary.  I look forward to advocating with you and for you. 

 

Melissa Cleary, SNL Chair

Melissacleary204@gmail.com

I have been fortunate to live in District 204 since 2000.  My three children have attended the Prairie Children Preschool, Graham Elementary School, Crone Middle School and now Neuqua Valley High School.  When my oldest son Austin was born with Down syndrome my husband and I decided District 204 was the best school district for us.

 
Austin has enjoyed many wonderful opportunities District 204 schools have offered him academically, socially and athletically.  I am extremely passionate about Special Education in our schools.  A favorite quote by John F. Kennedy demonstrates my conviction, “Not every child has an equal talent or an equal ability or equal motivation, but they should have the equal right to develop their talent and their ability and their motivation, to make something of themselves.”  I hope with the Indian Prairie Special Needs PTA to continue to support our schools and families throughout their child's academic career.

 

 

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.

 

Faith is a very important part of life for so many special needs families. 
Many Caregivers say they rely on their place of worship to teach their children about matters of faith and religion. We are very lucky to live in a place with a wide variety of faith communities that welcome special needs families with support for children and parents.  Below is a list of churches/temples and we hope you will add to it if you find a place of worship that is welcoming to your family.

At the bottom of the page we have attached some resources for families.
If you know of a church that has a great program, please let us know so we can add it to this site.
ipsnpta@gmail.com

 

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

1310 Shepherd Drive
Naperville, IL 60565
Phone: (630) 961-9220

http://www.goodshepherd-naperville.org/connect/fusion
 
FUSION is the Special Needs ministry at Good Shepherd. Our mission is to meet the needs of families touched by special needs and create a welcoming environment for all people to worship and grow their relationships with Jesus Christ.
What does FUSION offer to people with Special Needs?
1:1 Aides: We currently provide 1:1 aides for our SPARKS ministry at both the 9:30 and 11:00 worship times. This allows students to participate in SPARKS with their peers, and gives their parents an opportunity to worship. If your child would like to participate in SPARKS or any of our other programs, contact Heather Long to arrange for an aide
Share the Care: Share the Care is now a monthly event! Join us on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 9am-12pm for respite care. This program is designed to give parents a well deserved break while their children with disabilities, as well as their siblings, have fun and learn about God’s love.


Jubilee Baptist Church

660 Royce Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
Phone: (630) 983-1200
Fax to: (630) 983-7414

John Byrd, Pastor
www.jubileebaptist.org
jbcbol@aol.com
 
RECH (Reaching Every Child’s Heart)
(Special Needs Ministry)

Purpose: To reach every child and their families with special needs. We will use care and sensitivity when dealing with children, adult and youth that have physical, emotional, learning and autism spectrum disabilities, while at the same time maintaining a safe environment for everyone. To learn more about the Ministry you can go to our Website or email us.


Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church

36 N Ellsworth St. Naperville, IL60540
Phone: (630) 355-1081
Contact Name: Mary (RE Office)

http://www.sspeterandpaul.net
 
People with disabilities are welcomed to the spiritual and social life of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish. As a parish community we strive to meet the catechetical and sacramental needs of each person.. Children and adults with special needs, whether it be physical, mental or emotional, will find the R.E.A.C.H. program is structured to meet the needs of each individual. We meet on Saturday mornings from September through March. The Knights of Columbus financially supports this program as part of their dedicated work on behalf of those with special needs.


St. Raphael Catholic Church

1215 Modaff Rd.
Naperville, IL60540
Phone: (630) 355-4545
Contact Name: Jeanne McDonald
Contact Email: jmcdonald@st-raphael.com

http://www.st-raphael.com/FaithFormation/REACHSpecialNeedsProgram.aspx
 
R.E.A.C.H
Children are grouped according to age and/or ability. Each group has a Lead Catechist and each student is assigned a Helper Catechist. Classes are held twice a month on Saturday mornings from September to April. Sessions are from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and follow a routine. Each class begins with prayer. Students then work on a craft that relates to the day's lesson. The Lead Catechist then conducts a formal lesson and concludes the lesson with prayer. Finally, all the groups come together for snack time, singing, sharing, and socializing.
 

Congregation Beth Shalom

772 W 5th Ave
Naperville, IL 60563
Phone: (630) 961-1818
Contact Name: Barbara Nicker Bernstein
Contact Email: morah2345@gmail.com

http://www.napershalom.org

We have religious education classes for students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. All classes meet on Sunday mornings for two hours and students in grades 3 through 6 also meet from 4:30 to 6:15 on Tuesday afternoons because they are learning how to read Hebrew and need more time to learn the language. We do not have a separate special education class per se but rather work with each family individually with a special education volunteer to see what the family's goals for their child are, to look at his IEP and to see how/if we are able to modify our learning environment and or class work so their child can be part of our school community and he and his family can become part of our greater synagogue community. The special ed volunteer acts as a support for the student, teacher and as a liaison with the parents.

 

These resources are great tools for different disabilities not just for autism
From Autism Speaks www.autismspeaks.org

Going to Church: A Guide for Children with Autism
This Power Point presentation is designed to help prepare children with autism for trips to church.

Going to Synagogue: A Guide for Children with Autism
This Power Point presentation is designed to help prepare children with autism for trips to synagogue.

Religion: Going to a Place of Worship
The National Autistic Society
Religion is an important part of many people's lives. Parents often ask for strategies to use when they take their child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to a place of worship. These strategies are from the UK National Autistic Society.

Inclusion in Faith Communities: Some Tips for Parents to Get Started
by Bill Gaventa, M.Div., and Mary Beth Walsh, Ph.D. (PDF)

 

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 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.

 

 

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.

 

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Overnight Camps

 

Respite Camps

 

Summer Programs

 

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Crouse Education Center (map)

780 Shoreline Drive

Aurora, IL 60504

Main Office Phone

630.375.3000

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