Parent Resources

Understanding "Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services (PUNS)"

Linked below are guides to help you become more familiar with the Illinois “Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services” form, also known as the PUNS form. This form has been designed to help the State of Illinois identify the urgency of need for services by gathering information from persons with developmental disabilities who have requested services from the state Department of Human Services’ Division of Developmental Disabilities through the PAS/ISC agencies. 

For more information:

Contact the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS)

24 hour automated helpline: 1-800-843-6154

Comuníquese con el Departamento de Servicios Humanos de Illinois (IDHS) Línea de ayuda automatizada las 24 horas, llamando gratis al: 1-800-843-6154


PUNS Guide (English)

PUNS Guide (Spanish)

Illinois PUNS Manual

PUNS Questionnaire:  Building Bridges to the Future Transition Manual 

School To Work Transition Guide
Transition Guide IEP Support Videos:
Como padres de familia pueden planificar para el IEP. (Spanish Video)

How parents can prepare for the IEP meeting. (English Version)

Supporting Students With Significant Cognitive Disabilities At Home:

NCEO and TIES Center are jointly developing a series of videos for parents on various aspects of supporting the learning of children with significant cognitive disabilities at home.  The first four videos are now published.

Helping Your Child with Routines at Home
Helping Your Child with the Foundations of Communication at Home
Helping Your Child with Communication at Home
Helping Your Child with Academics

In addition to parents, educators and other audiences may find the videos useful as they work with parents and families. Each video focuses on three key questions: Why is it important to focus on this with my child at home? How can I do this at home? What support can I ask for from my child’s school?  These videos help families learn ways to support the learning of their children with significant cognitive disabilities at home and have conversations with teachers to link home- schools supports.


Additional videos will be added to the series over the next several months The future videos will be on supporting the learning of reading, writing, and math at home, as well as one on monitoring progress.

Click here for Social Stories and Videos that support transitioning to Hybrid Learning.

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