Advocate Lutheran General Children's Health Resource Center Kathryn Smart
1675 Dempster St., second floor
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Provides books, newsletters, magazines, videos, DVDs and CD-ROMs on health information for parents, teenagers and children.
Library hours: Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Other times may be available by appointment.
Alexian Brothers Medical Plaza Autism Spectrum and Developmental Disorders Resource Center Brianne Lukowski, PsyD, clinical navigator
1786 Moon Lake Blvd., Suite 202
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
The Clinical Navigator works with individuals and families to help assess their needs and facilitate a triage of those vital services. Services include: screening and assessment, brief counseling, access to educational resources, such as books, DVDs, access to internet resources and advocacy. Families may then be directed to either services within the Alexian Brothers Health System, or they may be referred to services in the community.
Cost: no fee.
No wait list.
Aspire Children's Services 1815 S. Wolf Road
Hillside, IL 60162
Lending library with books and DVDs geared toward raising healthy families with special needs; books written for children; family support.
Autism Society of Illinois
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.
2758B Route 34, Suite 327
Oswego, IL 60543
Provides a resource library of books and videos on various special needs topics.
Cost: no fee.
No wait list.
Charlie's Gift - Resource Center Library
Diana de León, clinic manager
1048 Ogden Ave., Suite 130
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Provides books, DVDs and educational toys, loaned for 2-week periods.
Library hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Monday-Thursday). Evening hours by appointment.
Easter Seals Children's Development Center Family Community Resource Room Lori Davie, coordinator
650 N. Main St.
Rockford, IL 61103
(815) 965-6745, ext. 284 or 132
Business hours: Monday, noon to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturdays, made by appointment only.
There are books on a wide range of subjects for parents and children. There are a number of learning aids through educational games and toys that can help your child with a number of different skills. Communicative aids and visual support systems that can help your child communicate with others. All of their tip sheets are meant to help teach skills through the use of pictures, schedules, games and transition aids. The Resource Room's Family Computer is available at no charge any time to assist you in your search for information and answers to your questions.
Cost: no charge for use of any items, schedules, articles, tip sheets or copies.
Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago Autism Family and Community Resource Center Gilchrist-Marchman CDC
1001 W. Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608
Facility provides books, newsletters, magazines, videos, internet access, learning tools, board maker access, laminator, DVDs and CD-ROMs on information for parents, teenagers, and children.
Looking to add some structure to your home or classroom in the New Year? Need assistance making some visual supports? Call(312) 564-4060 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
Library hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Tuesday, Friday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Please call Ms. Fieldman for an appointment. Evening and weekend hours available.
No fee. 2-week checkout for resources.
Family Matters Parent Training & Information Center Lincolnland Building
1901 S. 4th St., Suite 209
Effingham, IL 62401
Serving: Kankakee County
Lending library includes books and DVDs that families can borrow by requesting items on-line through their Web site or call main number.
Family Resource Center on Disabilities
Charlotte Des Jardins
20 E. Jackson Blvd., Room 300
Chicago, IL 60604
Provides free seminars, information and training on the special education rights of children with disabilities. Publications include training manuals on how to organize an effective parent/advocacy group, newsletter archive, pamphlets and resource lists.
Library hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., by appointment only.
Nominal fee for some publications.
I-Pad Lending Library Julie Zajac
2500 Cabot Drive
Lisle, IL 60532
They are pleased to announce the opening of The Giant Steps Assistive Technology Trial Center. The Trial Center aims to give students and their families the opportunity to tryout the latest assistive technologies including iPad and iTouch devices loaded woth Proloque2Go software. These devices will first be made available to students in Giant Steps programming. However, schools, families, speech therapists, and any other community entity will have the opportunity to rent the technology and trial the device. They have 6 iPads and 6 iTouch devices available for rent with plans to add another 40 devices in the near future.
Lake County Health Department
Behavioral Health Services
Ted Testa, Director
2645 Washington St.
Waukegan, IL 60085
Government website that assists family finding the following resources in the Lake County area: AllKids, behavioral health services, child and adolescent behavioral health services (CABS), Child and Family Connections, child care nurse consultant, community dietitian, community health assessment and services (now a part of Population Health Services), community support services, Crisis Care Program (CCP), dental services, Early Intervention, family case management (see Public Health Nursing), family planning, immunizations, outpatient mental health services, primary Care Services, Psychosocial Rehabilitation Program (PRP) and vocational services.
Rainbow of Friends
Web site created to help families of special needs children find resources and activities in and around the Chicago area. Web site created by a parent with a child who has autism. Ayana's contact information: E-mail: Ayana@rainbowoffriends.vpweb.com or call: (773) 294-2980.
Trinity Services Autism & Family Resource Center Resource Library Mary Kate Burns, Resource Center coordinator
13318 W. Lincoln Highway
New Lenox, IL 60451
Resource library provides information about various resources, services, and upcoming community events. Families can borrow books, DVD's, games, toys, and other learning aids for short periods of time. Announcing Make and Take Fridays at the Resource Room! When: Every Friday of the month from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: One project per person is free, additional projects cost $1 to $2 each.
Library hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment.
UIC & The Department of Family & Support Services
Resource Center for Autism & Developmental Delays (RCADD) 10 S. Kedzie
Chicago, IL 60612
The Resource Center shares resources, referral information and trainings for families and educators of children with developmental disabilities. RCADD hosts a lending library filled with free material to borrow including; books, software, games, home teaching kits, visual supports & informational handouts/resources.
Library hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wednesday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Ages: early childhood, birth to 5 yrs old.
No fee. Two-week checkout for resources.
UIC's 2nd Resource Center for Autism & Developmental Delays (RCADD) location: 4314 S. Cottage Grove, Rm. #103
Chicago, IL 60653
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