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  • 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.
  • Autism Assistance
    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.
  • Michelle McFarland-McDaniels
    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.
  • Protected Tomorrows
    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.

  • Unlocking Autism
    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.

Although our Web site includes links providing direct access to other Internet sites, the Autism Resource Center at Rush University takes no responsibility for the content or information contained on those other sites, and does not exert any editorial or other control over those other sites.

The information on this Web site is provided for general reference purposes. It does not constitute medical or other professional advice and should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your child and adolescent psychiatrist or other physician. Only a qualified, licensed physician can determine the individual treatment that is appropriate for your particular circumstances. All decisions about clinical care should be made in consultation with a physician. Inclusion of information on this Web site does not constitute an endorsement of views, persons, methodologies or products. The health care providers whose information is available on the Web site are not necessarily the agents or employees of Rush University Medical Center. In consideration for use of this Web site, Rush University Medical Center or any other party involved in producing or delivering this Web site will not be liable to you for any action or nonaction that you take in reliance upon the information provided on this Web site.

Autism is a complex disorder. Our Web site provides information and resources for families with a child with autism. If you feel your child is experiencing behavior and/or symptoms that may be associated with autistic spectrum disorders, please contact your pediatrician or a licensed physician. A comprehensive evaluation may be needed from a psychologist, neurologist, psychiatrist, speech therapist and other professionals.

The Autism Resource Center's referral and resource list is not an all-inclusive list and is subject to change. Each day the team will be adding new resources and building to our Web site. If you have trouble finding a referral within your area, we encourage you to call (312) 563-2272 for further information. We hope that you visit our Web site again for any future referrals.

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