The Arc of Illinois
Consumer Stipend Funds
The Arc of Illinois distributes consumer stipends to enable people with developmental disabilities and their family members to attend conferences of their choice that are directly related to developmental disability issues. Click on the Consumer Stipend Funds for more information and an application form.
The Answer, Inc.
Provides support, resources, education, recreation and advocacy for parents and caregivers of people in the autism spectrum.
Provides resources and information about grants, financial assistance, funding strategies and other resources to help families coping with autism.
Autism Society of Illinois
ASI is a statewide chapter of the Autism Society of America. Their online Autism Resources Directory provides links to organizations for assistance, advocacy, education, and support related to autism spectrum disorders. Their mission is to improve the lives of Illinois individuals and families affected by autism spectrum disorders. For more information, call (630) 691-1270 or toll free at (866) 691-5553.
Bridges for Autism Foundation
Committed to providing educational and financial resources to families with children on the autism spectrum. They award financial grants to individual families so that children with autism spectrum disorders can receive the necessary treatment and support to reach their greatest potential.
The Gray Center for Social Learning and Understanding
Web site promotes social understanding between individuals with autism spectrum disorders and those who interact with them in the home, school, workplace and community. Provides information and support through a website, phone and email support, networks, a bookstore and resource library, workshops, presentations, conferences, social coaching and social understanding groups.
Website provides information on grants, financial assistance, funding strategies and other resources for families coping with autism and other disabilities.
National Autism Association
Website created to educate and empower families affected by autism and other neurological disorders, while advocating on behalf of those who cannot fight for their own rights. Two important grant-funded programs are Family First and Helping Hand. Visit the website for applications and for the location of statewide chapters and the Find a Friend program.
The National Institutes of Health
Search Health Topics: Autism. Lists publications and provides links to other helpful organizational websites on autism.
Advocacy firm that enhances the lives of people with special needs through a comprehensive life planning process in the following areas: education, residential, financial, legal, health care, government benefits, employment and recreation.
Grant/Stipend Information to Attend Trainings
A family fellowship provides parents of children with disabilities the opportunity to be reimbursed for expenses up to $200 per family to attend a workshop, seminar or conference that will benefit the family. A professional development fellowship provides professionals, who work in an Early Childhood Special Education program, the opportunity to be reimbursed for expenses up to $75 to attend a workshop, seminar or conference directly related to their field. To apply for a family/professional development fellowship, complete form here. Send your completed application and supporting documentation to the following mailing address:
Region VI 2008-2009
Attn: Marlene Christ
6020 W. 151st St.
Oak Forest, IL 60452
Family Fellowship and Professional Development Assistance
STAR NET Region II
2626 S. Clearbrook Drive
Arlington Heights, IL 60005-4626
Download application form here. Submit form to the above address one month before your event.
Teaching Children with Autism
Resource for anyone interested in teaching children with autism or other related developmental disorders encompassing a variety of instructional techniques and philosophies.
Assists parents of newly diagnosed children with autism by providing direction through a parent-to-parent support hotline and educating parents about legal issues, biomedical treatments and behavioral therapies.