In celebration of DisAbility Awareness month, the Michigan City Human Rights Commission (MCHRC) is proud to present the Special Education 101 Forum on Wednesday, March 27 at 5:30 p.m. at the Michigan City Area Schools (MCAS) Administration Building located at 408 South Carroll Avenue.  Laura Swanson of IN*SOURCE, an advocacy group that educates families about special education and student rights, will kick off the evening by providing a Special Education overview. Swanson will talk about special education modifications and accommodations available to students with disabilities and Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and she will provide parents with helpful tips on how best to communicate with school about their child’s education and progress.  Parents will also walk away from the forum understanding how to advocate on behalf of their children and hopefully teach their children how to do it for themselves as they mature.

Stacy Attar, Director of MCAS Student Support Services will also be in attendance to present MCAS Student Support Services (Special Education) offerings and address family questions about any, and all things Special Education-related.  Robin Krassow, MCAS Physical Therapist Assistant and Chris Kiser, MCAS Occupational Therapist Assistant will discuss therapy services that are available to students with IEP’s who require additional services and the impact they have on students.  In addition to Physical and Occupational therapy, MCAS also offers Speech to those with language needs.

This FREE event is open to the public and refreshments will be served.  This Forum will allow parents and the community a chance to address any special education questions or concerns.  For more information call (573)355-7855.

The Michigan City Area Schools Special Education program serves students across the district in a variety of settings, pre-K through grade 12.  Staff members provide services in the areas of academics, behavior, social-emotional wellness, speech, occupational and physical therapy, and more.  For more information, visit or call (219)873-2000.

The Michigan City Human Rights Commission provides all citizens with equal opportunities in the areas of employment, housing, and education. For more information, visit