Legal Council partner Dr. Hamp receives high honor

Longtime Legal Council advocate and friend Dr. Nicole Hamp recently was awarded the Anne E. Dyson Child Advocacy Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Nicole Hamp, Ann Hilton Fisher Advocate Award honoree, and Larry Yellen, Gala host, at Legal Council’s 30th Anniversary Gala, Oct. 13, 2018. Hamp received this exceptional honor for her work…

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Our Advocates Never Sleep: Program Director Receives Public Health Advocacy Award

Congratulations to Amy Zimmerman, Legal Council’s Director of Children & Families Partnerships, for receiving the Public Health Advocacy Award this past week! Amy Zimmerman (middle) with two representatives from IPHA at IPHA’s 77th Annual Conference, Sept. 5-7, 2018. The Illinois Public Health Association’s Public Health Advocacy Award is awarded to an advocate whose outstanding accomplishments…

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Improving Parent Involvement in CPS Special Education

Chicago Public Schools Bill

This week, parents of Chicago Public Schools students with special needs won a significant victory: On August 20th, Gov. Rauner signed SB 454. This past May, Legal Council collaborated with Rep. Fred Crespo to pass an amendment to SB 454, amending the Illinois school code. This amendment strengthens the Chicago Public Schools special education process…

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Feature: Spreading the news of Legal Council’s lead pilot

Georgetown CCF’s Say Ahhh! blog invited our Children & Families advocates to write a feature on our lead pilot, Early Intervention, and the effects of lead-exposure on children. Currently, no widespread interventions address the negative neurocognitive effects of lead exposure, yet the promise of early childhood services cannot be ignored. Every state participates in IDEA Part C…

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IL Governor Signs Stock Asthma Rescue Medication

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With help from Legal Council’s children and family advocates, the ‘Stock Asthma Rescue Medication’ bill (SB 3015) has been signed by Gov. Rauner and is now Public Act 100-0726. This victory will promote access to proper asthmatic care to children in need, allowing schools to voluntarily stock asthma rescue medication and for trained staff to administer it…

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First Steps: Launching Our Lead Pilot

Legal Council for Health Justice, in partnership with Erikson Institute and the Early Intervention Training Program, held the first of two trainings for Early Intervention service coordinators and providers as part of the launch of our innovative pilot project “New Approaches to Childhood Lead-Poisoning: Expanding Access to Early Intervention Services.”

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Immigrant child health and border separations

Law professor Yael Cannon, director of the Medical-Legal Partnership at Georgetown Law’s Health Justice Alliance Law Clinic in D.C, reflects on how child health is being negatively impacted by border separations in a current National Law Review article, “Return Immigrant Kids to Their Parents: Their Health Depends on It.” “As the debate continues, it is…

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Legal Council Advocates VS. CPS Special Education

After a public inquiry team, led by the Illinois State Board of Education, spent the last five months investigating Chicago Public Schools’ Special Education policies and practices and found significant and unnecessary delays and denials in services, the Board voted Wednesday to approve an independent monitor to oversee CPS as it works to implement changes.

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New Ways to Combat Lead-Poisoning

In 2015, 10,322 kids in Illinois had elevated lead levels in their blood–and that’s only the kids tested. Many children don’t have access or aren’t eligible for the services necessary to help children after lead exposure. Those services are called Early Intervention. According to Dr. Nicole Hamp of the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital:…

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Special education expose

First in a series of investigative reporting from WBEZ reveals the Chicago Public Schools overhauled special education and relied on a “secret” set of guidelines “that resulted in limiting services for special education students, services like busing, one-on-one aides, and summer school.” Our child health policy leader Amy Zimmerman is quoted extensively. Some excerpts below.…

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