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Autism Legal Issues

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.

CARPLS - Cook County Legal Assistance Hotline
Provides free legal consultation regarding guardianship.
(312) 738-9200

Center for Disability and Elder Law
Provides free legal services. Dedicated to protecting and advancing the legal rights of low-income persons with disabilities and special needs in Cook County.

Chicago Legal Clinic
Provides guardianship assistance/consult. Attorney & court fees apply. Call for intake.
(773) 731-1762

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
Provides guardianship assistance.
(312) 332-1624

Disability Scoop
Disability Scoop is nationally focused online news organization serving the developmental disability community including autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, fragile X and intellectual disability, among others. Web site provides the latest developmental disability news and original reporting on hot-button issues like behavior, medication, IEPs and more that impact the daily lives of people with developmental disabilities and those around them.

Guardianship and Advocacy Commission
Provides guardianship assistance.
(866) 274-8023

Illinois Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities
Provides reliable information and support.

State Yellow Pages: Provides many useful resources, evaluators, educational consultants, academic tutors, support groups, grassroots organizations, advocates, attorneys and others who help parents get services for their children in your state.

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.

L. Mark Russell, JD
For parents who have a high-functioning child with Asperger syndrome, there is a dilemma in how parent(s) leave an inheritance to their child. Whether or not they should use a special needs trust - Mr. Russell discusses these options. Download free video.

Special Ed Advocacy Center
Provides free legal representation to low-income parents and caregivers of children with disabilities seeking to obtain appropriate educational and early intervention services for their child. SEAC seeks to educate parents, caregivers and school personnel concerning their rights and responsibilities under current special education law. Download brochure.

Transition Tool Kit
Provided by Autism Speaks, Family Services. Tool kit serves as a guide that can provide you with options to think about and explore as you and your adolescent with autism begin to plan for adulthood. The kit is broken down into different sections. At the end of each section, resources are provided specific to that section, as well as forms to help you keep track of the many pieces that constitute a transition plan. Since the transition process is different in each state, they have developed timelines for each state, with state agency information that may be helpful to you throughout the process. Download free tool kit.

Provides accurate and reliable information about special education law, education law and advocacy for children with disabilities.

If you are interested in adding your organization or would like to make changes to a current listing on our website, please contact Natalie Forburger, LCPC, at (312) 563-2272 or