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Parents Teaching Others : IEP and Parent’s Rights

  • Pediatric Interactions 649 Barron Blvd Grayslake, IL 60030 (map)
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A parent series to empower caregivers with knowledge and strategies to share with their children's families and school.................

NO, This is not your typical “Bad Mom’s" PTO

Experts from the community will share information and resources with families and other caregivers on a variety of topics that will empower you.

IEP and Parent’s Rights

Expert: Pam Labellarte (Learn more about Pam below)

When: Monday, April 8, 2019

Where: Pediatric Interactions: 649 Barron Blvd., Grayslake

Cost: FREE (but registration required)

Childcare: Available ($5/child or $10/family and registration also required)

Questions, Contact: Deanna Riggs (847) 223-7433 or email:

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Pam Labellarte is the parent of three grown children, two of whom have a disability.  Pam is currently in private practice. She has been providing Special Education Advocacy to individuals and their families in Lake, Cook, McHenry, Kane and DuPage Counties in Illinois and Walworth County and Kenosha County in Wisconsin for the past 16 years.

Her qualifications and previous experience include:

Actively participated in an intensive Special Education Advocacy Training provided by Family T.I.E.S 

Successfully participated in Wrightslaw Special Education seminars and trainings, conducted by Peter Wright, nationally renowned Special Education Attorney

Parent Advocate at the Lake County Center for Independent Living from October 2003 - September 2008. Responsibilities also included teaching self- advocacy and employment readiness skills to students with disabilities.

Opened her own private practice as a Special Education Advocate in September 2008

Special Education Advocate and member of the staff at the Law Offices of Charles P. Fox in Northbrook from August 2009 - February 2012

Returned to private practice in February 2012

Successfully completed the Special Education Advocate Training (SEAT) sponsored by Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA)- January 2013 - March 2014

Recognized as a leader in Special Education by Designs for Change, Chicago
Continuing education in all aspects of special education law and practices

Conducted educational workshops to parent support groups, including school district groups, groups focused on Dyslexia, ADHD, Down syndrome, early intervention, etc.

Presented Disability Awareness programs to students and teachers at local school districts, physicians, hospital staff and university students

“I have experienced the challenges that my own children have faced due to their disabilities firsthand, and relished in their triumphs.  So, I take my lead from their trials and successes into the work I do with the families who are facing similar and many times greater challenges. This provides me the energy and focus I need to be an effective advocate. Without the inspiration I receive from them every day I would not be able to possess the passion I have for the work I do"