Everyone is Welcome, Inc.
712 Westfield Drive, St. Charles, IL 60174
Tele: (630) 302-0970 or 866-817-1884
Contact: Mark Doyle
A consulting company providing services in educational advocacy; trust planning; self employment opportunities; training & development to schools/providers; business ownership and development for the disabled; adult supports brokering; and workshops/conferences.
Community Support Services
9021 Ogden Avenue Brookfield, Il 60513-2040 (708) 354-4547
Community Support Services is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. http://www.communitysupportservices.org
1901 S. 4th Street, Suite 209, Effingham, IL 62401
Tele: (217) 347-5428
Tollfree: (866) 436-7842
Contact: Debbie Einhorn
Parent Training and Information Center provides information, referral, and linkages to empower families, parents and professionals to improve the quality of life for children and young adults students with disabilities.
Amputee Support Groups
Illinois/Iowa Amputee Support Group
1522 16th Avenue
Moline, IL 61265
Tele: (309) 762-0944
Contact: Larry Ohrberg
Attention Deficit Disorders
National Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)
ADDA provides information, resources and networking opportunities to help adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder lead better lives, and professionals who serve them.
Autism Society of Illinois
Autism Society of Illinois provides education, training, individual assistance and practical support for parents and increases public awareness of autism, and offers a referral network of professionals.
Parent and Professional Support Group
Chicagoland Autism Connection
CAC holds monthly parent meetings, and numerous activities to increase awareness for children and adults with autism.
Illinois Parents of Children with Visual Impairments
The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
Helping people with visual impairments find jobs, provide low vision services, improve services of Low Vision Clinic through a new research program, including services for wounded veterans with eye-related injuries.
For learners with deaf-blindness,
multiple disabilities, complex challenges
You will find information based on current literacy research and practice,
step by step ideas for moving each child along the literacy continuum,
practical examples from families and classrooms.
Illinois Hands & Voices
Support families with children who are deaf and hard-of-hearing with resources, networking, and information to improve communication access and educational options.
Illinois Deaf-Blind Services
Project Reach coordinates with other state agencies to provide technical assistance/consultation, training, special education, transitional services and family support to address the needs of children with deaf-blindness.
FINDS – Family Ideas Network for Down Syndrome
FINDS is a network of families who work together to maximize the potential of each individual person with Down Syndrome and improve the quality of their lives through Bi-Monthly Newsletters, Social Events, Educational Services, and Family Support.
National Association for Down Syndrome
NADS is the oldest organization in the country serving individuals with Down syndrome and their families (new parents, grandparents, Teens & Adults, etc.) through information, support, and advocacy and direct support through their Parent Support Program, the Mentoring Program, the Work Experience Program, Outreach to Spanish-Speaking Families and other individualized services. Other services available are conferences, products and publications, online Discussion Forum, Public Awareness and much more.
West Suburban Parent Support Group for Down Syndrome
Gigi’s Playhouse is to increase positive awareness of Down syndrome through national campaigns, educational programs, and by empowering individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the community. Some of the Programs & Activities include: Pre-Natal Diagnosis; 2 & Under Group, Open Play, Playhouse Pals (6-8); Kid’s Club (9-12); Teen-Tastic (13-17), Friday Friend, Families, Polish, Hispanic Group (Nuestros Angeles), Music, Math, just to name a few.
INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES/DEVELOPMENTAL DELAY
The ARC of Illinois
20901 S. LaGrange Road., #209
Contact: Anthony Paulauski
Frankfort, IL 60423
Tele: (815) 464-1832
Fax: (815) 464-5292
Contact: Anthony Paulauski
South Chicago Parents & Friends
Learning Disabilities Association of Illinois State Office
The Illinois Branch of International Dyslexia Association
2920 Harvey Road
Oswego, IL 60543
Tele: (630) 554-9409 (Voice/Fax)
Contact: Penny Richards
LDA – Southwest Suburban Chapter 50
Illinois Life Span
Illinois Life Span Project is a free information and referral service for people with developmental disabilities.
MENTAL HEALTH/EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS/BEHAVIOR DISORDERS
Family Support Group Community Mental Health Council
8704 South Constance Avenue
Chicago, IL 60617
Tele: (773) 734-4033
Contact: Mary Harrison
(773) 734-4033 (Ask for Intake)
(773) 734-4033 (Arlina Worril)
Fax: (773) 734-3220
(Grand-Parents Raising Grandchildren)
The Council helps individuals/families with mental illness and the council and researches the effects of race, culture and ethnicity on behavioral healthcare issues. The Council provides services to the community, professionals, public entities and other not-for-profit organizations.
DBSA – Depression & Bipolar Alliance
730 N. Franklin St., Ste. 501
Chicago, IL 60654
Tele: (312) 642-0049
Fax: (312) 642-7243
Contact: Allen Doederlein
DBSA is the leading patient-directed national organization focussing on advocacy, educational programs, training, media, research and clinical trials and other services. DBSA answers calls providing referral and educational information on mood disorders and has a grassroots network of nearly 1,000 support groups.
Bipolar disorder can feel like a confusing condition, but the best way to start to take control is to inform yourself on the condition. Healthline has compiled numerous resources to help you better understand the condition, how it will affect your life, and what you can do to help yourself.
Footsteps of Change, Inc.
Footsteps of Change, Inc., provides Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services to school districts, families, and community groups including in-home therapy, parent training, and school consultation services for children and adults with developmental disabilities.
National Alliance on Mental Illness of Greater Chicago (NAMI)
NAMI provides hope and improves the quality of life for those affected by serious mental illness by providing information and referrals, education, support, advocacy, and active community outreach.
NAMI DuPage County
NAMI provides support, advocacy and education in order to improve the quality of life of individuals with mental illness and their families.
SBAILâ€™s mission is to improve the quality of life of people with Spina Bifida through direct services, information, referrals, research, and public awareness. http://www.sbail.org/home.html
State & National Resources
7th Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (US Dept of Education)
Illinois Dept of Special Education