ECHO Autism Family Resources
Project ECHO Autism provides parent guides to many common topics for children and adults with autism, such as visual supports, toilet training, setting up school supports, employment and financial planning.
Understood is a library of resources for children, teens and adults with learning, behavior, or developmental differences. This library also includes parenting resources for managing common issues that come up. Understood also hosts a free app, called Wunder, where parents can safely connect with the support of leading experts.
CDC Learn the Signs. Act Early
CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” program aims to improve early identification of children with autism and other developmental disabilities so children and families can get the services and support they need.
Equip for Equality Parent Support
Equip for Equality is an independent agency whose primary goal is to protect the civil and human rights of people with disabilities. They provide self-advocacy assistance and legal services for individuals and their families.
Family Resource Center
The Family Resource Center on Disabilities (FRCD) is the Chicago metropolitan area’s Parent Training and Information Center. The FRCD can help you learn about your rights and responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), make informed decisions about your child’s individualized education program (IEP), obtain appropriate services for your child, communicate more effectively with school professionals and more.
Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. They provide advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.
Chicago Hearing Society
Chicago Hearing Society acts as the link between individuals who are Deaf, DeafBlind or Hard of Hearing who use sign language and hearing individuals who do not know sign language. Chicago Hearing Society helps organizations locate and employ qualified sign language interpreters, certified deaf interpreters (CDI), oral interpreters, relay interpreters and real-time captioning services.
The Autism Resource Directory
The Autism Resource Directory is an online resource guide to help families find service and support referrals in the following counties: Lake, McHenry, Kane, DuPage, Cook, Kendall, Will, Grundy and Kankakee. Within each resource listed, you will find a link to its website, a description of services and information about wait lists. The content in the Autism Resource Directory is updated frequently. For more information or if you have any questions about navigating the directory or finding a referral, please call us.