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Abraham Lincoln Centre
Minnie Miles, program director
4455 S. Martin Luther King Drive
Chicago, IL 60653
(773) 373-6600
Cook County
The Children's Living Centre at Abraham: long-term care for children with special needs.
Residential Respite Program at Abraham: short-term residential service for children with a diagnosis of autism. Children receive nurturing care and training in a home-like, state licensed, group home setting. Children enjoy recreational and social activities. Referrals for The Children's Living Center and Residential Respite care can be made directly by families and/or providers. Service area and hours: entire state of Illinois; 24 hours.
Ages: 2-18.
Cost: state funded.
Approximately three-month wait list.

Residential Treatment Program
Kara Geiger
1150 N. River Road
Des Plaines, IL 60016
(847) 391-8000
Cook County
Program specializes in the treatment of all disorders within the autism spectrum, including Asperger's. Children and adolescents are individually assessed and given customized treatment plans to meet their specific needs. School's primary philosophy is using the standards of applied behavior analysis (ABA), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), trauma-based, and developmental individualized relationship (DIR) model.
Ages: 7-21.
Private insurance accepted. Accepts the Illinois Care grant.
No wait list.

Cardinal Cushing Centers
Contact: Michelle Markowitz
405 Washington St.
Hanover, MA 02339
(781) 829-1205
Private, non-profit therapeutic special needs boarding school for children and young adults with autism and developmental disabilities. Their staff is trained in behavior management techniques based on positive behavior intervention support (PBIS), a reward-based program.
Ages: 6-22.
Cost: soon to be approved out-of-state placement option for Illinois.

Cumberland Hospital, LLC
P. Gay Brooks, CEO
9407 Cumberland Road
New Kent, VA 23124
(800) 368-3472
ISBE approved. Provides specialized care for young people whose disabilities, injuries or lifelong illnesses are compounded by behavioral problems. Population served: male/female students with autism, pervasive developmental disorder, mental retardation, ADHD and fetal alcohol syndrome. Program's primary philosophy: cognitive-behavioral techniques.
Ages: 13-21.
Cost: accepts Illinois Medicaid.
Wait list depends on the number of open beds available. For more information, contact Christina Hawkins at (804) 928-8863.

Shayna Green
3504 Commercial Ave.
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 400-8540, ext. 559
Cook County
Glenkirk Community Integrated Living Arrangements and Children’s Homes: are community-based homes that provide the highest level of community integration for children and adults with disabilities while offering a wide range of residential services individually customized for each resident; provides a structured but family-oriented environment where residents choose their roommates, make their own meals, shop for groceries and participate in family activities.
Glenkirk Moraine Community Living Facility: provides the support of full-time staff while allowing residents to enjoy the independence of an apartment setting. Most of the individuals who live in Moraine have mild to moderate disabilities and work in the community. Moraine is located within walking distance of stores and other local community facilities, allowing residents to become active participants in neighborhood and community activities.
Glenkirk Family Living Arrangement: provides people with disabilities a unique opportunity to join a family and share in a home environment. Residents experience the comfort of a family atmosphere and enjoy the ability to participate in community activities.
Ages: birth and up. Eligibility: DD diagnosis.
Cost: funded by DHS.
Six-week wait list.

Hughes Center for Exceptional Children
Michael S. Triggs, CEO
1601 Franklin Turnpike
Danville, VA 24540
(434) 836-8500
ISBE approved. Population served: male/female students with autism, pervasive developmental disorder and mental retardation. Program's primary focus: self, family, and, community to prepare for an independent future through educational and vocational instruction and positive guidance.
Ages: 13-22.
Cost: accepts Illinois Medicaid.
Wait list depends on the number of open beds available. For more information, contact Christina Hawkins at (804) 928-8863.

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
Greer Ann Hamblet, program coordinator
4840 W. Byron
Chicago, IL 60641
(847) 390-1422 or (630) 664-8876 (emergency)
Cook County

Second location:
Shady Oaks West
16220 Parker Road
Homer Glen, IL 60491
(708) 301-0571
Will County
Offers two intermediate care residences at Shady Oaks East and Shady Oaks West in Homer Glen for people with developmental disabilities. Its programs are designed to empower individuals to make their own choices, exercise their rights, utilize their strengths and express their needs. Provides support, services and encouragement to the residents to enable them to grow and live as independently as possible in a safe, home-like environment that is wheelchair-accessible and supportive. Shady Oaks meets Intermediate Care Facility for the Developmental Disabled (ICF/DD) requirements that are set by the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Ages: birth and up.
Cost: state-funded.
Possible wait list.

Milestone, Inc.
RocVale Children's Home
Lisa Salazar, intake coordinator
4450 N. Rockton Ave.
Rockford, IL 61103
(815) 639-2960
Winnebago County
Provides long-term care for children who have a diagnosis of a developmental disability serving children in CILA's and the entire state of Illinois.
Ages: 6-22.
Cost: state and/or school funded; private pay available.
Current openings for males.

National Deaf Academy
Deana Goldstein, CEO
19650 U.S. Highway 441
Mount Dora, FL 32757
(352) 735-9500
ISBE approved. Population served: male/female students with autism. Specialized program using the ABA and SCERTS model along with skill acquisition training. While the program serves individuals diagnosed with deafness and autism, they also serve those with normal hearing that are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
Ages: 5-22.
Cost: accepts Illinois Medicaid.
Wait list depends on the number of open beds available. For more information, contact Christina Hawkins at (804) 928-8863.

The Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School at the University of Chicago
Residential Program
Kristin Friesen
1365 E. 60th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 834-7694
Cook County
Coeducational residential treatment program for individuals with Asperger's disorder/high functioning autism, and are in need of support for profound emotional issues. The school provides therapeutic and educational environment that recognizes their strengths and needs while challenging them to grow by achieving important developmental and behavioral outcomes. Major modes of individual therapy currently provided represent a psychodynamic perspective as well as a cognitive-behavioral approach.
Ages: 5 and up.
Cost: funded by school districts.
No wait list.

Trinity Services Inc.
Andrea Rau or Lisa Dillon
2081 Calistoga Drive, Suite 1S
New Lenox, IL  60451
(815) 485-4781 (Andrea) or (815) 485-6197 (Lisa)
Will County
Trinity Living Centers, or TLCs, are located near Trinity's main campus. Three 16 person residential programs enable adults with developmental disabilities to achieve their greatest potential. TLC staff provide assistance in achieving greater independence in all aspects of life, including social, recreational, personal care, and daily living skills. An outcome-oriented approach is used in planning for services so each individual's personal priorities are the focus of services and support. As an alternative to institutional living, the homes are constructed so that each person has his/her own bedroom and storage space. Each individual and his/her family choose personal goals, and needed services are identified, including nursing services when appropriate. Typically, several staff members are available during the day and evening hours to work with individuals in needed areas and to provide support for recreational activities, as well as overnight staff.
Cost: call to inquire. 

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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 Autism Resource Center's 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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