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Autism Advocacy Attorneys

Addis Greenberg & Schultz, LLC
Lynda Schultz, GD
633 Skokie Blvd., Suite 220
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 412-1863
Cook County
They strive to ensure that school districts provide children with disabilities (from 2 years old to college age students) the specialized needs to which they are legally entitled. For more information about special education law.
Cost: $350 (hourly rate).
No wait list.

Ancel Reiter LLC
Special Education Law

Child & Family Advocacy
Jennifer Ancel Reiter
Marc J. Ancel
Illinois: (847) 707-3460
Indiana: (317) 709-4295
We provide special education legal representation and child & family advocacy services to families in the greater Chicago area and the greater Indianapolis area.  We pride ourselves in the depth of our knowledge, ability, and the personal care we provide to our clients.
Call to schedule a free initial consultation.

Mary Denise Cahill, Esq.
Attorney at Law
1155 S. Washington St., Suite 106
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 778-6500
DuPage County
Focuses her practice on assisting parents of children with disabilities, specializing in school-related issues. They are highly skilled in student educational placement, Individual Educational Plan (IEP) meetings, due process, disciplinary matters and educational employment matters.
Cost: $250 (hourly rate).
No wait list.

Center for Disability and Elder Law
Michael Roth, Executive Director
79 W. Monroe St., Suite 919
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 376-1885
Cook County
CDEL provides free legal services to qualified eligible low-income persons with disabilities and special needs.
Cost: no fee.
No wait list.

Equip for Equality
20 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 341-0022 or (800) 537-2632
Cook County
Provides direct representation in negotiations, administrative hearings and federal and state court. Priority is given to systematic and high-impact cases that will benefit the larger disability community. The self-advocacy assistance program provides information and advice to individuals to enable them to advocate on their own behalf or on behalf of a family member. Referrals to other resources are also provided. Accessible formats, ASL, and services in other languages are available.
Cost: state-funded.
Possible wait list.

From Advocacy to Action
Pam Labellarte, special education advocate
231 Bingham Circle
Mundelein, IL 60060
(847) 401-5053
Serving Illinois counties: Lake, McHenry, Cook, DuPage & Kane
Serving Wisconsin counties: Kenosha and Walworth
Special education advocate and parent of two children with a disability. Provides the educational/transition process. Services include: education, peer counseling, 504 plan multiple disciplinary conference (MDC-3 year evaluation, manifestation determination-discipline and mediation).
Cost: call for fee schedule.
No wait list.

The Child and Family Law Center
Mary "Micki" Moran
1950 Sheridan Road, Suite 106
Highland Park, IL 60035
(847) 926-0101
Lake County
Attorneys offer assistance to families regarding guardianship, educational law, custody, criminal and mental health issues.
Cost: fee varies.
No wait list.

Children's Law Group
Deborah Pergament
Mary D. Mulay
4732 N. Talman Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 878-4951 - Erin Collin
Cook County
Attorneys offer assistance to families regarding school, criminal and mental health issues.
Payment plans and sliding scale fees available.
No wait list.

Robert H. Farley, Jr., Ltd.
Attorney at Law
1155 S. Washington St.
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 369-0103
DuPage County
Assists families with children and adults with disabilities. A short video at will inform families how to obtain funding and services for developmentally disabled persons in the state of Illinois and why proper estate planning through the use of special needs trusts is essential to maximize government benefits. Available to speak to parents, groups and agencies at no charge. Workshops are offered free of charge - see web site for upcoming dates.
Cost: fee quotes available upon request.
No wait list.

Monahan and Cohen
55 W. Monroe St., Suite 3700
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 419-0252
Cook County
Law firm with a focus on legal problems with healthcare and human service providers, specifically, on the legal needs of children and adults with developmental and physical disabilities.
Cost for intake: $250 per hour. Payment plan for retainer fee available.
Cost for workshops and training sessions: $25 each class.
email: to pre-register.
No wait list.

Julie Pautsch - VISTA Attorney
Children and Families Practice Group
120 South LaSalle Street, Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 341-1070
Cook County
Provides free legal assitance on education matters (special education, discipline, and access) to qualifying low-income families who reside in Cook County. Parents are recommended to call in early morning to schedule an in-person appointment.
No wait list.

Special Ed Advocacy Center
Jill M. Dressner
1935 S. Plum Grove Road
PMB #274
Palatine, IL 60067
(847) 736-8286
Cook County
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.
No wait list.

Whitted, Takiff & Hansen, LLC
Neal E. Takiff
Jennifer L. Hansen
Shermin Ali-Andani
3000 Dundee Road, Suite 303
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 564-8662
Cook County
emails: (Neal); (Jennifer); (Shermin)
Attorneys offer assistance to families regarding special education and mental health issues.
Cost: no fee for initial consultation.
No wait list.

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