Hi, we are moving to Chicago this summer and searching for a neighborhood with a good elementary school around. My son has moderate autism and has been thriving since he started ABA and special education at 3. Based on my research so far, it seems that we should not expect the same level of educational services from Chicago Public Schools as what we have now here in Boston. But I would love to know if any of you have had some positive experience with CPS concerning your child's… read more
Chicago Parent also hosts special needs playdates throughout the year where kids can play, families meet, also vendors attend. Havent been but may in future
My pleasure! You may also want to look at the Rush University website—the affiliated hospital has a lot of resources for autism and families. They may be able to point you in some additional directions.
As I am sure you are seeing, CPS has a pretty weak reputation overall, but I have heard of people finding good support at some locations.
Chicago Parent magazine can also sometimes feature content for families w special needs. I think one of the contributors has kiddos on the spectrum, which she’s mentioned here and there.
NPN also hosts school fairs around the city a few times/year—they have a special needs school fair too—my kiddos not quite preschool age right now so I cant speak firsthand, but I have been gathering bits of knowledge along the way.
All the best!
Welcome to Chicago! I wish I had more insight for you. I hear a mixed bag of feedback on CPS in general. There are good therapeutic preschools and kingergartens around the city I have heard about—not sure what age your child is. I hear that Black Bear Academy is good (Lakeview area) but it is private. I wish I could be more helpful. You may want to check out Chicago’s NPN - a parenting network site.