Workshops & Continuing Education

The NIA offers a wide array of training opportunities for educators, support personnel and families for our member districts and out of region districts.

Sign Language Workshops

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Sign Language classes are taught by certified interpreters and educators and are held in three locations. CPDUs are available for educators.

Family Sign Classes at Westfield Community School in Algonquin, IL are great for families and educators. Our 60-90 minute classes vary in each location ranging from 8 weeks to 10 weeks.

There are multiple levels of Sign Language Classes at the NIA St. Charles and NIA Rockford Offices. Family Sign Language classes are held twice a year and are great for families with children in 1st grade or above. Sign Language Level 1 and Level 2 Classes are great for educators and students in 6th grade or above.

Therapy Workshops

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Yes They Can!

The NIA Therapy Department is pleased to share our Spring Continuing Education Course. We are once again looking to bring you an one day IN-PERSON interactive course.  Details are as follows:

CourseTitle:  Giving Students with Significant Disabilities & Complex Communication Needs Access to Communication, Academic & Leisure - Yes They Can!

Date: Monday March 4th, 2024

Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm CST

Location: Elgin Community College, Auditorium, Building E


This course focuses on alternative communication devices, assistive technology & supports, and activities for the low incidence students.

Please use the link below of our "Yes They Can" brochure for further details and the registration link. Contact with any questions on how you or your team can participate on this opportunity.

Find us in Northwestern Illinois

4 Office Locations

  • Sycamore
  • Rockford
  • St. Charles
  • Sterling

5 Hearing Clinic Locations

  • Aurora
  • St. Charles
  • Rockford
  • Sterling