Who We Are ...
The Indian Prairie Special Needs (IPSN) PTA is primarily a group of parents and caregivers who have children with special needs in Indian Prairie School District 204, which serves children from the communities of Aurora, Bolingbrook, Plainfield, and Naperville. Our members have children with a wide range of ages, abilities and educational placements within and outside of the District's schools. Our group welcomes all interested persons at our meetings.
2013-14 Meeting/Event Schedule
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- September 17th at 7pm:
Topic: IEP Planning & Resources presented by Mary Denise Cahill. Meeting will be held at CEC 2nd Floor Board Room.
- October 17th:
BINGO - at Still Middle School. Registration begin at 6:45pm BINGO begin at 7pm-8pm.
Social Event: Time and location to be finalized.
- January 21st at 7pm:
Topic: Transition & Planning Meeting presented by Mary Denise Cahill. Meeting will be held at CEC 2nd Floor Board Room.
- March 18th at 7pm:
Topic: District 204 Special Olympics. This will be held at CEC in the Multipurpose Room at the Prairie Children Preschool.
- April 15th at 7pm:
This will be held at CEC 2nd Floor Board Room. General Meeting and New Board Elections. Local orgs/summer camp/program information has been cancelled.
End of year event
- President: Wanda Malone
- 1st Vice President: Padmini Navalpakkam
- Treasurer: Amie Crouse
- Recording Secretary: Elizabeth Lardio
- Corresponding Secretary: Shelly Menendez
- Special Olympics: Janine McDonough
- Special Needs Liaison: Michele Linden
- Social Chair: Open
- IPPC Rep: Open
- PDAC Rep: Open
- Health & Safety Chair: Wanda Malone
Our Mission ...
Our mission is to unify and support parents and care givers of children with special needs from ages 3 to 21 by providing them with an opportunity to:
- Meet with other parents to share experiences and learn more about topics of interest to them through regular meetings.
- Learn about and support legislation, funding, services and community resources that support and strengthen the families of children with special needs in our communities.
- Meet with educators and community leaders to increase awareness of and gain support for the children with special needs in our communities.
We believe that no one can better understand the unique challenges of parenting a child with special needs than another parent of a special needs child. We've been there!
Membership is open to all.
What We Can Provide ...
Here are just some of the things that we provide:
- Information. We can provide information about special education and District 204. We can provide an opportunity for parents to meet and support each other.
- Monthly Group Meetings. Formats vary from month to month and have included guest speakers and social gatherings.
- Parent Directory. Parents new to supported education or resource often find it helpful to talk with more experienced parents. Members will receive a group directory annually that enables them to connect with other parents throughout District 204.
- Community Resources. Find others that offer services to the special needs community.
- Legislative Updates. Learn more about current legislation and how it affects you and your child.