About CASE

Since 2008, Evanston CASE has provided Community, Advocacy, Support and Education for families affected by special needs. 

We serve families from Evanston/Skokie School District 65 and Evanston Township High School District 202.

There are approximately 1500 students receiving special education services in the Evanston public schools. Federal Special Education law (IDEA) protects a parent’s right to a free and appropriate public education designed to meet the individual needs of their child.  Unfortunately, the special education process is complex, stressful and at times contentious even as school staff and parents work toward the same goal: to meet the needs of the student. When Evanston parents struggle with the special education process — and especially when they encounter disagreements or misunderstandings about how to best meet their child’s needs — they often benefit from guidance and support.

Helping parents and caregivers navigate the difficult journey to secure an appropriate education for their children is what CASE is all about.

CASE also provides supportive spaces where parents and caregivers can share their experiences, help one another and relieve the sense of isolation often felt by parents of children with special needs.

The services that Evanston CASE provides are unique and urgently needed in our community. Through the execution of our mission, we have demonstrated a significant and positive impact on the experience of the families who have children with special needs.


CASE continually strives to build a welcoming and accepting community among families who have children with special needs and to expend awareness and inclusion in the Evanston schools and the city as a whole. We provide public presentations on topics related to special needs and we sponsor and participate in community forums and events.


CASE teaches parents the skills to be effective advocates for their children.  To address complex problems, CASE provides individualized consultation and direct advocacy representation for parents in special education meetings.  Our goal is to mediate conflicts and solve problems with a collaborative, but assertive approach.


CASE provides empathic spaces where families effected by special needs can support one another with resources, suggestions and understanding connection.


CASE provides information to parents to prepare them for the complexities of the special education process, as well as their rights under the Federal Individuals with Disabilites Education Act (IDEA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

To learn more about our programs and services, visit our Services page and the Evanston CASE Education and Advocacy Clinic page.

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We care deeply about children with disabilities and their families. 

We are proud and privileged to do this important work.  We welcome your participation and support.  If you are interested in contributing or volunteering, please contact Katie Smith at katie.evanstoncase@yahoo.com.