The Arc of the Quad Cities Area is hosting a Parent Learning Series focused on providing the tools parents of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities need to be the most effective. Attendees will learn how to create and protect the life you wish for your child, sibling or loved one.
This workshop will be May 4, 2022 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. via Zoom.
Parents and students, by law, are equal partners on the IEP team. Parents know their child the best and can offer insight regarding their strengths and weaknesses. This workshop is designed to provide parents with the skills needed to feel confident to understand and participate in the IEP process. An overview of the parental safeguards, IEP paperwork, and transition plans will be covered.
Presented By: Cindy Gibson
Cindy Gibson has worked 22 years in education. She began her career as a school social worker before becoming a special education coordinator at the LaSalle Putnam County Educational Alliance for Special Education (L.E.A.S.E.). In 2015 she moved to the Black Hawk Area Special Education District (B.H.A.S.E.D.) continuing to provide assistance to district staff. Besides providing support to an alternative behavior school, four districts and eight schools, Cindy presents on a variety of topics to districts and professional organizations. She is the liaison for the cooperative’s psychologists and social workers, a CPI instructor, PBIS external coach, liaison for a residential program and supervisor for B.H.A.S.E.D.’s newest program, ACHIEVE, (Academic, Careers, Hands-On-Learning, Independence, Empowerment, Vocational Education). Cindy’s passion is to provide and support a positive learning environment as well as promoting a positive work life balance. Cindy received her Master’s in Social Work and Master’s in Administration in Educational Leadership from Aurora University. She is a member of Illinois Alliance of Administrators of Special Education and Illinois Association for School Social Workers. She has four boys, and currently lives with her husband in Colona, IL. Administrators of Special Education and Illinois Association for School Social Workers. She has four boys, and currently lives with her husband in Colona, IL.