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Autism Resource Centers and Libraries

Advocate Lutheran General
Children's Health Resource Center
Kathryn Smart
1675 Dempster St., second floor
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Cook County
(847) 723-9484
Provides books, newsletters, magazines, videos, DVDs and CD-ROMs on health information for parents, teenagers and children.
Library hours: Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Other times may be available by appointment.
Cost: no fee.

Alexian Brothers Medical Plaza
Autism Spectrum and Developmental Disorders Resource Center
Brianne Lukowski, PsyD, clinical navigator
1786 Moon Lake Blvd., Suite 202
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
(847) 755-8536
Cook County
The clinical navigator works with individuals and families to help assess their needs and facilitate a triage of those vital services. Services include: screening and assessment, brief counseling, access to educational resources, such as books, DVDs, access to internet resources and advocacy. Families may then be directed to either services within the Alexian Brothers Health System, or they may be referred to services in the community.
Cost: no fee.
No wait list.

Aspire Children's Services
1815 S. Wolf Road
Hillside, IL 60162
(708) 236-0979
Cook County
Lending library with books and DVDs geared toward raising healthy families with special needs; books written for children; family support.

Autism Society of Illinois
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.

Celebrate Differences
Rebecca Christiansen
2758B Route 34, Suite 327
Oswego, IL 60543
(630) 885-3006
Kendall County
Provides a resource library of books and videos on various special needs topics.
Cost: no fee.
No wait list.

Charlie's Gift - Resource Center Library
Diana de León, clinic manager
1048 Ogden Ave., Suite 130
Downers Grove, IL 60515
DuPage County
(630) 810-1200
Provides books, DVDs and educational toys, loaned for 2-week periods.
Library hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Monday-Thursday). Evening hours by appointment.
No fee.

Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago
The Autism Program (TAP)
TAP Service Center/Chicago

Colleen Shinn, program manager
1747 W. Roosevelt Rd., Suite 110
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 564-4060
Cook County

TAP Service Center/Rockford
Colleen Shinn, program manager
1601 Parkview Ave.
Rockford, IL 61107
(815) 395-5566
The Autism Program (TAP) is a statewide network of 27 agencies and universities devoted to meeting the needs of children with autism spectrum disorders and their families through The Autism Program of Illinois Service Network of which Easter Seals is a member. Funding is provided by the Illinois General Assembly through the Illinois Department of Human Services and headquartered at The Hope Institute for Children and Families in Springfield.

Family Matters
Parent Training & Information Center
Lincolnland Building
1901 S. 4th St., Suite 209
Effingham, IL 62401
(866) 436-7842
Serving: Kankakee County
Lending library includes books and DVDs that families can borrow by requesting items on-line through their Web site or call main number.
Cost: free.

Family Resource Center on Disabilities
Charlotte Des Jardins
20 E. Jackson Blvd., Room 300
Chicago, IL 60604
Cook County
(312) 939-5313
Provides free seminars, information and training on the special education rights of children with disabilities. Publications include training manuals on how to organize an effective parent/advocacy group, newsletter archive, pamphlets and resource lists.
Library hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., by appointment only.
Nominal fee for some publications.

Giant Steps
I-Pad Lending Library
Julie Zajac
2500 Cabot Drive
Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 864-3854
They are pleased to announce the opening of The Giant Steps Assistive Technology Trial Center. The Trial Center aims to give students and their families the opportunity to tryout the latest assistive technologies including iPad and iTouch devices loaded woth Proloque2Go software. These devices will first be made available to students in Giant Steps programming. However, schools, families, speech therapists, and any other community entity will have the opportunity to rent the technology and trial the device. They have 6 iPads and 6 iTouch devices available for rent with plans to add another 40 devices in the near future.

Lake County Health Department
Behavioral Health Services

Ted Testa, director
2645 Washington St.
Waukegan, IL 60085
(847) 377-8180
Lake County
Government website that assists family finding the following resources in the Lake County area: AllKids, behavioral health services, child and adolescent behavioral health services (CABS), Child and Family Connections, child care nurse consultant, community dietitian, community health assessment and services (now a part of Population Health Services), community support services, Crisis Care Program (CCP), dental services, Early Intervention, family case management (see Public Health Nursing), family planning, immunizations, outpatient mental health services, primary Care Services, Psychosocial Rehabilitation Program (PRP) and vocational services.

Rainbow of Friends
Web site created to help families of special needs children find resources and activities in and around the Chicago area. Web site created by a parent with a child who has autism. Ayana's contact information: E-mail: or call: (773) 294-2980.

Trinity Services Autism & Family Resource Center
Resource Library
Mary Kate Burns, Resource Center coordinator
13318 W. Lincoln Highway
New Lenox, IL 60451
(815) 462-4273
Will County
Resource library provides information about various resources, services, and upcoming community events. Families can borrow books, DVD's, games, toys, and other learning aids for short periods of time.Announcing Make and Take Fridays at the Resource Room! 
When: Every Friday of the month from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: One project per person is free, additional projects cost $1 to $2 each.
Library hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment.

UIC and the Department of Family & Support Services
Resource Center for Autism and Developmental Delays (RCADD)
10 S. Kedzie
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 746-5447
Cook County
The Resource Center shares resources, referral information and trainings for families and educators of children with developmental disabilities. RCADD hosts a lending library filled with free material to borrow including; books, software, games, home teaching kits, visual supports & informational handouts/resources.
Library hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wednesday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Ages: early childhood, birth to 5 yrs old.
No fee. Two-week checkout for resources.

UIC's second Resource Center for Autism and Developmental Delays (RCADD) location:
4314 S. Cottage Grove, Room 103
Chicago, IL 60653
(312) 747-8571
Cook County

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