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Barbara Cohen is a certified teacher and the mother of a daughter with autism. She combines her years of classroom teaching experience with the expertise she has gained from navigating Chicago’s special-needs labyrinth of educational, therapeutic, and social support options. Barbara’s goal is to help families develop a support plan and IEP that will promote their child’s growth. Because she approaches each child from the dual perspectives of a teacher and a parent, her priority in creating these programs is to identify accommodations that will both help the child to flourish AND be feasible for the family and teachers to implement.

Barbara earned a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree at Brown University as well as a Master’s degree in political science from the University of Rochester. She taught middle and high school for many years and has tutored students with learning differences in elementary school through college. Barbara attends IEP meetings throughout the city, moderates a support group in Hyde Park, and serves on the Parent Advisory Council to the director of the CPS Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services. She lives with her husband, two daughters and two cats in Hyde Park.