SPARK meeting (Monday 10/27): Navigating the Disability System

posted Oct 13, 2014, 3:07 PM by Pta Lincoln
SPARK (Special Education Parents Accessing Resources and Knowledge) will hold its next monthly meeting on 
Monday, October 27, from 7-8:30 p.m. at Walter R. Sundling Junior High, 1100 N. Smith Street, Palatine.

The theme of this meeting is "How to Navigate the Illinois Disability System," and it will feature a presentation by Robert H. Farley, Jr., an attorney who specializes in providing effective legal representation for people with disabilities and their families. Mr. Farley will tell parents how to obtain all the benefits their special needs children are entitled to under the law. Much of his presentation will focus on Prioritization for Urgency of Need for Services (PUNS), which is a statewide database that records information about individuals with developmental disabilities who are potentially in need of services. The state uses PUNS data to select individuals for services as funding becomes available, to develop proposals and materials for budgeting, and to plan for future needs. Mr. Farley will explain how parents can obtain funding from the state if they cannot wait for their child's name to be pulled from the PUNS waiting list. He will also discuss Social Security income, special needs trusts, and guardianship.

In preparation for this meeting, parents should download and print "The Book" -- How To Navigate The Illinois Disability System for free from Mr. Farley's website, and bring it to the meeting.

For further information about SPARK, please check out the district website at or contact your local school SPARK Representative.