Caregiver Directory Listings

    • Aunt Martha's Youth Service Centers & Health Care Network

      101 S. Broadway
      Aurora, IL 60505
      (630) 896-7900
      Kane County
      Offers individual therapy, medication management and family therapy for youth and adults.
      Ages: birth and up.
      Private and public insurance accepted. Sliding scale fee available.
      2-month wait list.

      Other Aunt Martha's locations:
      3003 Wakefield Drive
      Carpentersville, IL 60110
      (847) 851-8600
      Kane County

      233 W. Joe Orr Road
      Chicago Heights, IL 60411
      (708) 756-1135
      Cook County

      1777 E. Court St.
      Kankakee, IL 60901
      (815) 928-6222
      Kankakee County

      Circle of Support, Inc.

      Children's Support Waiver
      Contact: Tet L. Santiago, MA/QMRP
      1411 Peterson Ave., S-103
      Park Ridge, IL 60068
      (847) 292-8523
      Cook County
      email: circle-of-support@sbcglobal.net
      Provides supports and services to persons with autism and other special needs and their family from social activities, individualized training in self-care, learning, self-direction, mobility, language, and capacity for independent living/habilitation. Child receives 15 hours a week of programming. Agency works with school personnel to assist the child achieve his/her established IEP objectives.
      Ages: birth to 18 (also offers adult waiver program for 18 and older - call for details).
      Cost: funding must be approved from the Illinois Department of Human Services.
      Wait list for some services.

      Community Alternatives Unlimited

      Contact: Juan Aponte, director
      8765 W. Higgins Road, Suite 300
      Chicago, IL 60631
      (773) 867-4000
      Cook County
      email: japonte@cau.org
      Ages: birth and up.
      Assists and offers appropriate referrals to families with children of disability. It involves a one-to-one relationship between the case manager and the client to develop a comprehensive service plan. Needs or services may include: crisis intervention, after school services, recreation and leisure time activities, psychotherapy and clinical assistance, medical/diagnostic and learning evaluations, professional help in dealing with behavior problems, and much more.
      Serving clients on the north side of Chicago and the northern suburbs of Cook and Lake Counties.
      Cost: funding must be approved from the Illinois Department of Human Services.
      Wait list for some services.

      Community Service Options, Inc.

      Wanda Summer, Executive Director
      6845 S. Western Ave.
      Chicago, IL 60636
      (773) 471-4700
      Cook County
      email: rlumpkin@cso1.org
      Agency coordinates eligibility determination, assessments, applications for PACT and PUNS, arrangements for home base services and advocacy for people with developmental disabilities.
      Ages: birth and up.
      State funded program.
      No wait list.

      Community Support Services

      9021 Ogden Ave.
      Brookfield, IL 60513
      (708) 354-4547
      Cook County
      Provides case management services to individuals and their families the help and support their needs and resolve their problems. Staff develops a service plan that establishes short and long-term goals and objectives for achieving them. The service plan addresses such areas as information and referral, accessing home-based services, obtaining financial and medical benefits, securing medical and dental services, individual and family counseling, crisis intervention, recreational opportunities and many other services. For more information, click here.
      Ages: 3 and up.
      Wait list (call to inquire).

      Metropolitan Family Services

      Contact Person: Kara Martino
      10537 South Roberts Road
      Palos Hills, IL 60465
      (708) 974-2300
      Cook County
      Metropolitan's mental health programs and services provide psychiatric evaluation, case management and crisis intervention. Services include individual, family and group counseling and community support services to help children and adolescents address problems which may interfere with daily functioning and school performance.
      Ages: birth to 18.
      Public insurance accepted.
      No wait list.

      Suburban Access, Inc.

      925 W. 175th St.
      Homewood, IL 60430
      (708) 799-9190
      Cook County
      e-mail: sai354@aol.com
      Ages: birth to 18.
      Assists and offers appropriate referrals to families with children of disability.
      No fee.
      No wait list.

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      Autism Speaks

      Volunteering has a meaningful, positive impact on your community. People who volunteer improve their self-esteem and their self-confidence, decrease their stress levels and suffer less physical illnesses as well as less depression. For volunteering opportunities, please contact Mary Rios at (224) 567-8573 or email: mrios@autismspeaks.org.

      Bridges for Autism Foundation

      Their goal is to end apathy and raise consciousness about autism spectrum disorders throughout the community with current literature, conferences, fundraisers and up-to-date information via their website or contact Marcia Biordi-Brown at (847) 444-0019.

    • Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center

      Sib Shop
      Pediatric Development Center
      3040 N. Wilton Ave. Chicago, IL 60657
      (773) 296-8127; Mainline: 773-296-7340
      email: sheila.swann-guerrero@advocatehealth.com
      Peer support and educational programs for siblings, who have a brother or sister with a disability or chronic condition. Sessions for both young children (ages 5-12 year old; $30/session) and teens (ages 13-18; $15/session). Partial cholarships are available.

      Advocate Lutheran General Children's Hospital

      Children's Health Resource Center
      Sibsensations: program for brothers and sisters of children with special needs

      Sibsensations offers support for healthy siblings of children with developmental disabilities, physical disabilities and selected chronic illnesses. Children meet peers with similar experiences in a fun and friendly atmosphere, where they can discuss their common joys and concerns. They learn how to handle aituations they all face regularly and discuss the implications of having a brother or sister with special needs. This is accomplished through games, activities, crafts and age appropriate discussion. Times and ages vary, call for additional information.

      Multiple Locations:
      Chicago:
      Advocate Illinois Masonic, 3040 N. Wilton Ave Floor 2ChicagoIL 60657
      773-296-8127
      Park Ridge:
      Yacktman Children's Pavilion, 1675 Dempster, Room Y2109/second floor, Park Ridge, IL
      (847) 723-9484
      Oak Lawn:
      4440 W. 95th Street Oak Lawn, IL 60453
      708-684-3225
       
      Aspire Children's Services

      Debby Mayo
      1815 S. Wolf Road
      Hillside, IL 60162
      (708) 236-0979
      dmayo@aspireofillinois.org
      Quarterly sibshops: activities, games and sharing for children five and older who have brothers or sisters with special needs.
       

      Aspire Kids

      Robin Schroud, associate director of inclusion & community initiatives
      3235 W. Montrose Ave 
      Chicago, IL 60618
      (773) 878-7868 ext. 3223
      Cook County
      Sibling support group where the brothers and sisters of children with disabilities are provided an opportunity to share their common experiences and feelings.  The casual atmosphere and recreational activities promote informal sharing and friendships among participants. These workshops typically feature crafts, games, stories, discussion and snacks.
      When: call for future date and time.
      Ages: 3-16 years.
      Cost: free.
      No wait list.

      The Center for Hope & Healing

      Jessica K. Paganis, MSW, LSW, P.L.A.Y Project Home Consultant
      16W241 South Frontage Road, Suites 35 & 36
      Burr Ridge, IL 60527
      (630) 468-2341
      jessica@thecenterforhopeandhealing.com
      Group peer support group and education for siblings of children affected by developmental disorders. Call for meeting days and times. The Center for Hope & Healing is committed to providing therapeutic interventions that optimize the social, emotional, developmental and behavioral needs of children and families affected by autism and related disorders.

      Jewish Child and Family Services

      JCFS Sibshops
      Primary Contact: Tammy Besser
      255 Revere Drive, Suite 200, Northbrook, IL 60062
      Phone: (773) 467-3751
      JCFS offers Sibshops in Northbrook,IL and the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago for siblings ages 6-12. Sibshops are offered monthly on Sunday afternoons. Teen Sibshops and alternative locations available upon request.

      KGH Autism Services

      1161 Lake Cook Rd.
      Deerfield, IL 60015
      847-498-5437
      email: info@kghautismservices.com

      KGH’s sibling support group is a great opportunity for brothers and sisters of a sibling with special needs to get together and have fun. During these groups, your child will have the opportunity to play games and have conversations with peers who understand what it is like to have a sibling with special needs. Sibling support groups will be held on a Saturday for four hours, and will include an opportunity to make and eat lunch together. Our sibling support groups are organized and led by a licensed clinical social worker. Even if your child has attended a sibling support group event in the past, they are welcome to come. Attending multiple sibling support group events and building relationships with other siblings is recommended.

      Little Friends Center for Autism

      Sibshops (Sibling Support Group)
      Contact: Patti Boheme
      140 N. Wright St.
      Naperville, IL 60540
      (630) 281-1895
      DuPage County
      Workshop geared towards girls who have a brother or sister with autism. During the sibshop, participants will meet other children who experience similar joys and challenges of having a special needs sibling. It will be a safe place to make new friends, discuss feelings and have fun. Participants will be encouraged to share their emotions and help one another to handle difficult situations. Fun activities and snacks will be provided. Group leader: Jennifer Gazda, LSW (runs Sibshops regularly, also a parent of a daughter on the spectrum).
      When: call for future date and time.
      Ages: 7-9 years (girls).
      Cost: $210 (no refunds for missed groups).
      No wait list.

      Oakhill Wellness & Counseling Center

      Saturday Sibtime
      Katherine Kubal, LCSW
      Stacey Stewart, LCPC
      35 S. Washington St., Suite 300
      Naperville, IL 60540
      (Catch 35 and Century 21 Building)
      (630) 717-9858, ext. 6
      Sibtime is a fun, non-threatening supportive experience where children and adolescents come together to have the opportunity to learn about their brother’s/sister’s disability, learn about themselves and share what it is like to have a sib with special needs. We focus on building self-esteem and confidence in each participant. This informal group is designed to be fun for everyone, so we will provide a range of interactive games, opportunity for discussion, and expression of feelings through various activities. All activities are planned according to age appropriateness.
       

      Sibling Leadership Network

      The Sibling Leadership Network is dedicated to advancing causes important to the millions of siblings of people who have disabilities. The more members they have, the greater impact they will have. As needed, they will contact you from time to time regarding initiatives, policy decisions, and sibling related-events that they think are important to brothers and sisters. To join, click here.
      Cost to join: none; donations accepted.

      Special Education District of Lake County (SEDOL)

      Sheila Geier, SW
      17934 Gages Lake Road
      Gages Lake, IL 60030
      (847) 986-2567
      email: sgeier@sedol.us
      SEDOL Sibshop are at Laremont School for children who have a sibling with a cognitive, physical, and/or medical disability.

      Trinity Services, Inc.

      Autism & Family Resource Center
      Sib Shops
      Katie Decker
      13318 W. Lincoln Highway
      New Lenox, IL 60451
      (815) 462-4273
      kdecker@trinity-services.org
      Sib Shops is geared toward helping children meet friends and learning how to cope with the challenges of having siblings affected by autism spectrum disorders.Groups form based on need.

    • The Answer, Inc.

      Just Between Us
      Debra Vines, founder, executive director
      Howard Mohr Community Center
      7640 Jackson Blvd.
      Forest Park, IL 60130
      (708) 296-5651
      dvines0627@yahoo.com or info@theanswerinc.org
      Co-ed monthly support group. Professional childcare available and refreshments served. During the first hour, a volunteer presents on a specific autism or special needs topic, also providing updated resources and available services. The second hour is used to share experiences and provide support to one another.
       

      The Answer, Inc.

      Support Group Just for Men
      7600 W. Roosevelt Road
      Forest Park, IL 60130
      (708) 296-5651
      dvines0627@yahoo.com or info@theanswerinc.org
      Support group that caters to the needs of the fathers dealing with individuals with autism or other mental impairments. This group is male run and an important component to The Answer, Inc.
       

      The Answer, Inc.

      Always There Phone Line
      Debra Vine, founder, executive director
      (708) 296-5651
      24-hour free phone support line that will provide counseling services, referrals to collaborating partners or just an understanding ear to listen to you.

      Social Group for Teens and Young Adults with Autism/Related Disorders

      Chicago, IL
      http://www.meetup.com/CASPAN/           
      A way for those with autism and related disorders to form a strong community, share resources and attend social events. CASPAN/Urban Autism Solutions is a meet up site to provide you information about upcoming social events. 

      Aspire Children's Services

      Eamon Shannon Center
      Paige Fumo Fox
      1815 S. Wolf Road
      Hillside, IL 60162
      (708) 236-0979
      email: pfumofox@aspireofillinois.org
      "Coffee & Conversation: Building Your Village." We all know it takes a village to raise a child. Come expand your village by meeting other parents of children with special needs for informal coffee and conversation. Coffees are monthly, typically the third Tuesday of the month. RSVP in advance. Call for future dates/times.

      Autism Home Support Services, Inc.

      Parents of TEENS with ASD Support Group
      85 Revere Drive, Suite AA
      Northbrook, IL 60062
      (847) 563-4149
      A parent support group for you to share your joys and challenges of parenting teenagers with ASD, gain knowledge and create friendships in a supportive environment. The therapist, Laura M. Koerner, LCPC will facilitate the group by discussing relevant topics, bringing in educational information and providing presentations on topics desired by the group. Parents only. Bring your questions, topic ideas and stories to share! This group is RSVP only so please email me or call me to sign up! Limited space; no insurance (payment at the door). Group meets second Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m.
      Cost: $20 (per session). 

      Autism Society of Illinois Parent Support Group

      Sarah
      Poplar Creek Public Library
      1405 South Park Ave.
      Streamwood, IL 60107
      (630) 691-1270
      sarah@autismillinois.org
      Parent support group
       

      Autism and Special Needs Parent Support Group

      Stacie from Meetup Mothers of Autism
      Aurora, IL
      Kids are welcome to meetings.
      For more details, please e-mail Stacie at hawkie6@aol.com or call (630) 842-5689.
      Meets the second Wednesday of every month.
       

      Autism Parent Support Group

      Jane Jedlicka
      Schaumburg School District 54
      Collins Elementary School
      407 S. Summit Drive, rooms 107 and 108
      Schaumburg, IL 60193
      (630) 736-2506
      jjfamilies@aol.com
      Support group is open-ended, parent-directed discussions, which allow the parents to explore a wide range of issues. Guest speakers provided on various topics. While the parents attend the support group, a social skills group for the children will be provided by Floortime specialists, who will facilitate social interactions using Floortime strategies.
       

      Autism Support Group of the South Suburbs

      Carol Gilbert
      Mokena, IL 60448
      Phone: (708) 798-5158
      Email: goform@aol.com
      They are a parent-led support group for parents of children with autism that meets monthly. Contact the email for more information on how to join.

      Center for Speech and Language Disorders

      info@csld.org
      630-652-0200
      430 W. Erie St., Chicago, IL 60654
      606 N. Michigan St., Elmhurst, IL 60126
      Sponsors parent support group meetings and holds an annual conference for professionals and parents. Fee schedule and financial assistance available by calling CSLD.

      Chicago Autism Spectrum Adult (and Teen) Network

      Chicago Autism Spectrum Adult (and Teen) Network (CASPAN)

      There are several different groups around the Chicago area. Visit the website for meeting dates and locations. If you are looking for the GRASP Chicago group in Evanston, please visit their site.

      Chicago Special Kids

      Laura Rodriguez, group organizer
      Oscar Mayer School
      2250 N. Clifton Ave. Chicago, IL 60614
      (773) 534-5535
      email: mom_of_kaius@yahoo.com
      Parent support group for moms of special needs children. Parents share knowledge of talks, seminars, books, and events etc. If you would like to host a play date or suggest an event please, e-mail Laura Rodriguez. Call or email for updated information.

      Chicagoland Autism Connection Monthly Meeting

      Paul Eric Butler, executive director
      Easter Seals School and Center for Autism Research
      1939 West 13th St., Chicago
      pebutler@chicagoautism.org
      (773) 329-0375
       

      Community Therapy Services

      Coffee Talk Parent Support Group

      CTScoffeetalk/tech Facebook Group
      2096 Bricher Road
      St. Charles, IL 60174
      (630) 444-0077
      info@ctspediatrics.com
      Provides an online supplement to their support group. This group is a great place to find all the resources they discuss in their monthly meetings as well as any others that they think of in between meetings. It is also a place where you can ask questions without having to wait for the meeting and forget the question in the meantime. It is a safe place to share the joys and challenges of parenting a child with special needs.
       

      CORE Connection Counseling

      6040 State Route 53, Suite B, Lisle, IL 60532
      Phone: (630) 524-4000
      Email: info@coreconnectioncc.com
      We provide individual counseling, parenting and family support, social & cognitive skills groups, & emotional regulation groups which include:  Social CBT, Social Theatre ™ and Zen Zones which blends the Zones of Regulation™ curriculum  with Yoga Kids.

      Equipped at Willow Creek Community Church

      67 E. Algonquin Road South Barrington, IL 60010
      (847) 404-7452
      mpilafas@willowcreek.org 
      Support group for parents of children with special needs. Parents break out in small groups (eight to 14 per table) to discuss concerns, needs spiritual growth. Children's program provided during meetings. Siblings welcome. Call for next meeting dates and times. Teen and Young Adult groups also available. 

      Early Life Parent Support Group

      Facilitator: Eileen Lane, LCPC
      Holy Spirit Catholic Community
      2003 Hassert Blvd. Naperville, IL 60564
      (630) 922-0081 or (630) 922-0081 (Cindi Swanson, MSW)
      email: swansond@naperville.il.us
      Network opportunity and support group for families with children ages zero to three with a disability diagnosis. Call for date of upcoming meeting.
       

      Enzymes Online Support Group

      Website discusses digestive enzymes (and many other types of supplements) and how their supplementation affect those dealing with conditions of the autistic spectrum/PDD, attention deficit, sensory integration, digestion/malabsorption, food sensitivities/allergies and other uses. Comments and questions are welcomed about using enzymes in any way, including but not limited to those dealing with restrictive diets, treatments, feeding issues, and intestinal health.

      Family Resource Center on Disabilities

      Location: 20 E. Jackson Blvd., room 300
      Chicago, IL 60604
      (312) 939-5313
      The Family Support Project provides individualized support services for low-income Chicago families. FRCD conducts free Special Education Rights Training Seminars in English and Spanish. Topics include "Strategies for Working With the School," "Understanding Your Child's Test Scores," and "How to Measure Your Child's Progress." Call or go online for next meeting and/or training times. 

      Fearless Grandparents Against Autism

      Shirley Craven, PhD
      (224) 567-8573
      shircraven@aol.com
      Support and educational group for grandparents of children with autism. Meeting place varies; strictly volunteer. Round table discussion. Join the group to brainstorm ways that can support families in the best means possible. Increase grandparents' understanding of autism and help become more effective in family relationships.
       

      The Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership - Evanston Autism Spectrum Adult Support Group

      Brian Sanborn, regional facilitator
      Evanston Northwestern Hospital
      2650 Ridge Ave., room 1711
      Evanston, IL 60201
      (888) 474-7277
      info@grasp.org or brian.sanborn@gmail.com
      Peer-run support group for adults (18+) with Asperger Syndrome, autism, pervasive developmental disorder-NOS, nonverbal learning disabilities, and other similar social-affecting learning disabilities. No formal diagnosis necessary to attend groups.
       

      Grupo SALTO

      Contact: Matie Ovalle or Irma Hernandez
      (312) 996-0903 (Matie); (312) 413-1819 (Irma)
      email: movalle@uic.edu (Matie) or irmah@uic.edu (Irma)

      Heartland Community Church - Parent Support Group

      1280 S. Alpine Road
      Rockford, IL 61108
      (815) 395-8000
      Heartland Community Church offers a support group for parents of children of any age with special needs, and childcare is available.

      The Holistic Moms

      Chicago and Western Suburb Chapters

      info@holisticmoms.org
      Holistic Moms is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization connecting parents who are interested in holistic health and green living. We encourage moms to trust their instincts, parent from the heart, use their innate sense of what is best for their children, live in balance with the Earth, and learn about the pros and cons of all healthcare and parenting options.

      Holy Cross Support Group for Parents of Special Needs Children

      Amanda Komaschka and Pastor Joleen
      29700 St. Mary’s Road
      P.O. Box 726, room 208
      Libertyville, IL 60048
      (847) 287-0569 (Pastor Joleen)
      (847) 680-8362 (Lisa Dunbar)
      office@holycrosschurch.org
      Support group for parents who have children with special needs. Being a support for one another, sharing the challenges, hearing God’s word of love, and having ideas shared by a teacher are all the advantages available for parents. Participants may attend whether they are members of Holy Cross or not. Conversation and sharing resources are the key to feeling supported. Feel free to invite someone.

      KEEN (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now)

      Loyola Park District
      1230 West Greenleaf, Chicago, IL 60626
      info@keenchicago.org
      312-876-2535

      KGH Autism Services

      1161 Lake Cook Rd.
      Deerfield, IL 60015
      847-498-5437
      email: info@kghautismservices.com
      This monthly support group offers parents and caregivers a chance to connect with other parents of individuals with different developmental, learning, behavior, and/or social difficulties. This group will provide a forum to meet with other families, share thoughts, questions, and give input to future topics of discussion. This group is led by a LCSW.
      When: Call for dates or visit our calendar on our website.
      No cost to participate.

      Lexi Kazian Foundation-Helping From Heaven

      Holy Cross Lutheran Church
      27900 N. St. Mary's Road Libertyville, IL 60048
      (847) 729-5739 (Amanda)
      (847) 367-4060 (Pastor Joleen)
      email: kris@helpingfromheaven.org
      Non-denominational special needs parent support group. This group shares its thoughts and feelings about the challenges and successes of raising a child with special needs. Babysitting may be available with pre-arrangements. Education, therapy and playground equipment, therapy toys, resources and scholarships for families and therapists in need of financial assistance and/or community support. Some of the equipment is donated and/or new. Families and siblings of special needs children are invited to social networking events three to four times a year.

      Little Friends Center for Autism, Inc.

      140 N. Wright St.
      Naperville, IL 60540
      (630) 305-4196
      DuPage County
      Therapeutic support for parents, couples and individuals with an autism spectrum disorder. Facilitated by a licensed counselor, the focus of these groups will be to discuss issues, feelings and emotions with other parents and/or couples. Parents will meet others who can relate to their situations and explore common situations in families. In the group, parents will have the opportunity to work through problems they face every day in the schools, at home, with extended family and in the community. The ultimate goal of the group will be to identify the positive aspects of each family in order to best support their children's needs.
      When: Tuesdays, 12:45 to 2 pm.
      Cost: $125 (for parents); $175 (per couple)

      Midwest Asian Health Association Family Support Group

      Yue Xu, employment specialist
      Felicia Li, employment specialist
      230 W Cermak Road, 2nd floor
      Chicago, IL 60616
      (312) 225-8708 or (312) 791-0418, x. 3607
      Bilingual group for English, Mandarin, and some Cantonese speakers. Group meets once a month - they do not have set date. Discussions will be around the benefits people with disabilities who work, benefit planning such as Medicaid, Medicare, SSI, SSDI, and respite services.

      Monday Morning Series

      NSSED Offices
      Rubloff Building Training Room
      776 Red Oak Lane
      Highland Park, IL 60035
      NSSED/APS Parent Mentor Program in collaboration with TotalLink2 Community Cooperative and the PELS parent group. Advance registration is required as space is limited.
      RSVP to Mary Ades mades@nssed.org or call (847) 831-5100 ext. 2211.
      Questions: Sue Hans (847) 831-5100, ext. 228

      NW Suburban Chapter of Autism Illinois, Hoffman Estates: Chapter President Kym Bills (630) 523-1390 or
      email: bills102@comcast.net

      North Suburban Illinois Chapter Autism Society of America

      Location: Skokie Village Hall
      5127 W. Oakton
      Skokie, IL 60077
      (847) 583-5080
      email: il-northsuburbanillinois@autismsocietyofamerica.org
      Guest speakers at most meetings to discuss autism spectrum disorders.Call or email for next meeting dates and times.

      Northwest Indiana Families for Effective Autism Treatment

      Group of parents and professionals in N.W. Indiana who have, or work with, children diagnosed with autism, ASDs (autism spectrum disorders) or PDD-NOS (pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified). Their goal is to provide accurate information, support, resources, and hope for Indiana families of children with autism. Their objectives are 1) to promote understanding and use of applied behavior analysis (ABA)/applied verbal behavior (AVB) as effective treatments for autism, 2) to facilitate early identification and diagnosis, 3) to educate medical, educational, political and lay communities about autism, and 4) to help Indiana families stay informed regarding legislative issues affecting individuals with autism and their families. All monthly meetings have been cancelled until further notice. email inquiries to karen@infeat.org.

      Northwest Special Education Forum

      Location: NSSEO Admin. Building boardroom
      799 W. Kensington Road Mount  Prospect, IL 60056
      (847) 463-8100
      lhoeck@nsseo.org
      NSSEO helps Northwest Suburban School Districts provide services to children and adolescents. Call for next meetings times. 

      Northwest Suburban Special Education Organization

      Linda Hoeck, autism coordinator
      Location: NSSEO Admin. Building boardroom
      799 W. Kensington Road
      Mt. Prospect, IL 60056
      (847) 463-8100
      lhoeck@nsseo.org
      NSSEO helps Northwest Suburban School Districts provide services to children and adolescents.
       

      BeyondOCD

      Betond)CD is a good reference for families with a member who has OCD. They offer information, answer phone questions, and have a referral list of therapists and support groups.
      email: info@ocdchicago.org or phone (773)880-1635.

      Orchard Evangelical Free Church in Arlington Heights

      Contact: Liz Sutherland at (224) 764-4032 or Wendi Serna at (847) 749-4099 or email: wserna@theorchardefc.org
      Where: 1330 N. Douglas Avenue
      Arlington Heights, IL 60004
      Special needs parent network. Call or email for updated meeting time and childcare information. 

      Padres Ayudando Nuestros Ninos con Autismo

      Contacts: Romina Gieseman or Mabel Chirolla
      West Chicago Park District Building
      157 Washington St.
      West Chicago, IL 60185
      (630) 876-4460
      Cook County
      email: jgieseman@gmail.com
      When: Meets second Wednesday of the month, 7-9 p.m.
      In collaboration with Western DuPage Special Recreation Association and Carelink Foundation, parent support group provides monthly meetings with guest speakers and child care is available.
      Cost: free.

      Parent with EASE (Explaining Autism with Support and Education)

      Autism Family Center
      Contacts: Lauren Rabin or Kathryn Jackson
      Where: Autism Family Center
      560 Green Bay Road Winnetka, IL 60093
      emails: laurenrabin@autismfamilycenter.com (Lauren) or kjackson@autismfamilycenter.com (Kathryn)
      Parent with EASE is a group dedicated to helping parents navigate the world of autism in a safe, confidential environment. Topics include: self-care, bullying, puberty, and much more. Parents have the opportunity to speak openly in a room of peers who truly understand. Call for information on times and childcare.

      A Place For Me

      Elaine Reeves Haywood
      P.O. Box 428196 Evergreen Park, IL 60649
      (773) 931-9394
      elaine@aplaceforme.net
      A Place For Me is a non-for-profit organization advocating and educating families who are affected by autism.

      Parent Support Group

      Contact: Nadine
      Where: Response
      9304 Skokie Blvd.
      Skokie, IL 60077
      (224) 625-2909
      When: meets first Thursday of each month.

      Parent Support Group Autism Society of Illinois

      Contact: Sarah
      (630) 691-1270
      email: sarah@autismillinois.org

      Pediatric Developmental Center

      Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
      Location: 3040 N. Wilton, 2nd floor
      Chicago, IL 60657
      (773) 296-7682 
      Four-week parent training.

      PURE (Parent United for Responsible Education)

      Wanda Hopkins
      Location: 100 S. Morgan St.
      Chicago, IL 60607-2619
      (312) 491-9101 or (877) 491-7873
      email: pure@pureparents.org
      Parent advocacy group based in Chicago. PURE’s support group and website provides news, analysis, information and resources for parents, local school councils (the elected, parent-majority bodies in Chicago’s public schools), and anyone else who is interested in improving public schools for all children.

      Schaumburg School District 54

      Jane Jedlicka
      Location: Collins Elementary School
      407 S. Summit Drive, Room 108 (parents) and Room 107 (children) Schaumburg, IL 60193
      (630) 736-2506 or (847) 357-6100
      Free parent support group for parents of children on the autistic spectrum. The groups are open-ended, parent-directed discussions, which allow the parents to explore a wide range of issues. The groups are lead by social workers, from early childhood, elementary, and junior high school, as well as an elementary school psychologist. While the parents attend support group, a social skills group is provided to the children using Floortime strategies.

      Self-Advocacy Council of Northern Illinois

      Where: McHenry County College, Room B, 166-167
      8900 U.S. Highway 14
      Crystal Lake, IL 60012
      McHenry County
      Support group for youths and adults with disabilities and the people that support them. Some topics planned are: self-directed IEP and transition plans, scheduling "Self Advocacy 101" workshop presentation, voting rights and how to affect legislation, social security and employment rights, the right to live in your own community, inclusion in education, recreation and the community, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Americans with Disabilities Act.
      When: meets on the second Thursday of each month, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
      Cost: free.
      For additional information, e-mail: mgolden@sacni.org.

      Social Group for Teens and Young Adults with Asperger's Disorder

      Chicago, IL
      Monthly group provides a social outlet for those with Asperger's disorder and related experiences. Members will have an opportunity to talk with others who can understand. Group will play games and snacks are provided. Two age groups: 13-16; 16 and up.

      South West Special Recreation Association

      Apollo Recreation Center - Support Group
      12521 S. Kostner Ave.
      Alsip, IL 60803
      (708) 389-9423
      Free support group for parents or caregivers of individuals with special needs. Topics and speakers vary each meeting.

      Special Needs Support Network of Lake Zurich and Surrounding Communities

      Where: Alpine Chapel
      Miller and Echo Lake Road
      Lake Zurich, IL
      (not affiliated with the church)
      Lake County
      When: meets every second Monday (networking) 9-11 a.m.

      Second location:
      Where: Ela Public Library
      Contact: Sue
      Route 22 and Old Rand Road
      Lake Zurich, IL
      (847) 726-2113
      Lake County
      email: snsn@comcast.net
      When: meets every  fourth Monday (speakers) 7-8:45 p.m.

      Talk About Curing Autism

      Sara DiFucci, Christina Blakey
      Group meets at two locations:
      Home State Bank
      Community Meeting Room (basement level)
      611 S. Main St.
      Crystal Lake, IL 60014
      (847) 669-2359
      McHenry County
      email: sara_difucci@tacanow.com

      Second meeting location:
      St. Christopher's Episcopal Church
      545 S. East Ave.
      Oak Park, IL 60304
      Cook County
      Provides information, resources and support to families affected by autism spectrum disorders.
      When: Meets every second Saturday of the month from 4 to 6 p.m.
      Cost: no fee. Childcare not available at this time.
      No wait list.

      Trinity Services Autism and Family Resource Center

      Katie Decker
      Location: 13318 W. Lincoln Hwy. New Lenox, IL 60451
      (815) 462-4273
      email: kdecker@trinity-services.org
      Parents should call ahead to register. Upcoming topics include: applied behavior analysis, increasing appropriate behavior, functional language training, managing challenging behavior.

      University of Illinois Department of Disability and Human Development

      GRUPO SALTO
      Contact: Matie Ovalle
      Location: 1640 W. Roosevelt Road, MC727
      Chicago, IL 60608-6904
      (312) 996-0903 or (773) 313-6524
      Cook County
      email: movalle@uic.edu
      Open to Latino parents and other caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorders. Education sessions for parents are provided in Spanish. For information about meeting dates, to become a member, register for child care, or to be added to the mailing list, call Matie Ovalle.
      When: Meets once a month, usually the third Saturday from 9 to 11:30 a.m.
      Cost: $5 donation

      University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)

      Department of Disability and Human Development
      Self-Advocacy Social Skills Groups

      Where: UIC, 1747 W. Roosevelt Road Chicago, IL 60608
      (312) 413-4624
      Free to Chicago area University and Community College students with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) (and not restricted to UIC). Groups will focus on: your rights as a student with ASD; assertiveness skills for college survival; how to talk to teachers and professors; self-disclosure about your diagnosis (when to do it, when not to do it); how to talk to others about the way ASD impacts you; finding and accessing important campus resources; and making friends who have similar interests. Contact Jennifer Gorski or Lana Roth for a telephone interview and further information.

      Year-Round Mental Illness Support Group

      NAMI Support Group
      For parents of children and adolescents with brain disorders, behavior problems or school difficulties. No formal diagnosis necessary. Sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). For more information please call NAMI CCNS office at (847) 716-2252 or visit website.

  • Advanced Behavioral Solutions (ABS)

    953 N. Plum Grove Road, Suite B
    Schaumburg, IL 60173
    (847) 413-9001
    Cook County
    email: advancedbehavioral@msn.com
    Provides organizational consultation and workshops to determine your organization's needs, conduct all preparatory data gathering, customize a workshop based on training goals, and deliver the workshop to your organization members. The staff has devised a number of these workshops for organizations in the past and is ready to help improve the functioning of your staff. Offers education/school consults to teachers on topics such as classroom behavior management, working with resistant staff or parents, DSM diagnoses (e.g. ASD/PDD spectrum) and the school's role. Presentations to PTA/PTO groups on topics including: psychological diagnosis and treatment planning, tips for increasing home-school collaboration, managing stress. Offers administrative training such as stress inoculation, time management and increasing staff cohesion.
    Cost: varies.
    No wait list.

    ABS also offers free seminars, open to the public on issues from improving relationships to advocating for your child in the schools. Staff members will share their expertise with you in an educational, interactive forum. They are always updating their list of projected seminar topics and ask that you call to reserve a seat, as space is limited.
    Cost: free.
    No wait list.

    Aspire Kids

    Robin Schroud, associate director of inclusion & community initiatives
    3223 W. Montrose Ave 
    Chicago, IL 60618
    (773) 878-7868 ext. 3223 
    Cook County
    Staff members are available to come to your school, camp or community program to provide information and training that can assist in the inclusion of children with disabilities at your site. Some workshops include: language facilitation techniques, fine motor skills and development, practical classroom strategies for sensory integration difficulties, and more. Most workshops can be modified into two-parts to accommodate schedules. Learn more.
    Cost: call for fee schedule.
    No wait list.

    The Autism Center for Excellence at Giant Steps Illinois

    First Responders Training
    2500 Cabot Drive
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (630) 455-5730
    DuPage County
    Program's goal is to educate emergency first responders on how to identify and work with an individual living with autism. Program follows a train-the-trainer model where selected first responders (trainers) attend the training and train their colleagues at a later date. In addition, because this program takes place in a school for children with autism, the trainers actually gain experience interaction with someone living with autism, as students and staff are part of the program.
    Cost: please call Giant Steps for more information.
    No wait list.

    Autism Society of Illinois

    Special Education Advocacy
    Contact: Ron Lampen
    (630) 691-1270
    email: ron@autismillinois.org
    There are times when you need some more support when working to develop a strong Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for your child with autism. The ASI Special Education Advocate is experienced in working with schools and families to determine the best IEP outcomes based on the individual needs of the child.
    Cost: The cost of the Special Education Advocacy program is $1500. You are able to write off $1,075 of the fee as a charitable contribution and $475 as an educational expense. Any meeting held more than 50 miles away from the office in Lombard will be subject to a $0.50 per mile fee.
    *Payment options are available upon request.

    Autism Training Solutions

    Treasure Rousselo, business development consultant
    2800 Woodlawn Drive, Suite 175
    Honolulu, HI 96822
    (810) 923-2363
    email: treasure@advancedtrainingsolutions.com
    An online education company dedicated to training professionals and paraprofessionals within the field of autism and related behavioral disabilities. Through unique partnerships with service providers, schools and families, they are able to film real children, across the spectrum, receiving evidence-based interventions within their natural environments. By combining these interactive videos with online staff assessments and supervision, they have created a dynamic approach for staff training that has improved organizational training operations and created new success stories in the field.

    BGF Performance Systems, LLC

    Nicole Cissell, BCBA
    5454 N. Bernard St., Chicago, IL 60625
    312-806-7937
    email: nicole@bgfperformance.com
    BGF Performance Systems provides ABA therapy services for children and adults diagnosed with autism and related conditions. Programming focuses on effectively and efficiently increasing appropriate behaviors (including academic skills) while decreasing inappropriate behaviors. Board-certified behavior analysts will train therapists to conduct one-on-one therapy for your child in your home. Parent training is also available.

    Bridges for Autism Foundation

    Marcia Biordi-Brown
    P.O. Box 102
    Deerfield, IL 60015
    (847) 444-0019
    Cook County
    email: bridgeautism@aol.com
    Provides education to professionals such as medical personnel, educators and providers, as well as parents and the general public. They collaborate with special education districts in the community creating unique and specialized programs.
    Cost: no fee.
    No wait list.

    Celebrate Differences

    Rebecca Christiansen
    2758B Route 34, Suite 327
    Oswego, IL 60543
    (630) 885-3006
    Kendall County
    email: info@celebratedifferences.org
    Provides educational workshops and training throughout the year on various topics to educate parents and professionals to better meet a child's needs at home, in school and in the community. Parents and professionals will also receive information on and referrals to local resources for children with special needs.
    No wait list.

    Chicago Spectrum Solutions

    Cindy Johnstone
    Home-based services for greater Chicagoland area
    (617) 835-1174
    email: info@chicagospectrumsolutions.com
    We teach parents how to teach their children skills at homes and walks them through step-by-step instructions on activities and tasks that they can lead at home. If parents are struggling with a specific household issue regarding their child, C.S.S. creates a personalized system to address that issue and teaches the parents how to confront, handle and implement the plan that will address that issue.
    Ages: 3-9 years.
    Cost: determined on a case-by-case basis.
    Insurance not accepted.
    No wait list.

    Integrated Pediatric Interventions (IPI) Program at JCFS

    Developmental Therapy, Speech Therapy, and Occupational Therapy for Children with Developmental Delays
    Northbrook - Elaine Kersten Children's Center
    255 Revere Drive, Suite 200
    Northbrook, IL 60062
    Chicago - Joy Faith Knapp Children's Center
    3145 W. Pratt Blvd.
    Chicago, IL 60645
    Cook County
    855-ASK-JCFS (855-275-5237)
    email: ask@jcfs.org
    During one of many “well-baby” doctor appointments, a parent may hear a pediatrician comment that baby’s grip isn’t as strong as it should be, or that the toddler’s speech, while understandable, may not be at the level of other toddlers of the same age. At home, a parent may see that her three-year-old doesn’t like the texture of certain foods, or may avoid touching certain surfaces or fabrics. When concerned, a parent may welcome the help of the Early intervention specialists from Jewish Child & Family Services (JCFS). Play Therapy groups focus on school-readiness, making friends, parenting special needs issues and more.

    Other programs at JCFS:

    JCARES Domestic Abuse Prevention and Education
    855-ASK-JCFS (855-275-5237)
    email: ask@jcfs.org
    JCARES is a diverse coalition that educates, advocates and collaborates to promote innovative policies and practices addressing abuse across the Jewish community and beyond. Rooted in Jewish values and empowered by the combined strength of coalition members, JCARES is a catalyst for systemic change that supports healthy relationships, homes and communities. Community Workshops have covered topics from Elder Abuse to the Connection between Addiction and Domestic Violence and more. CEU’s and CPDU’s available.

    Response
    9304 N. Skokie Blvd.
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (847) 676-0078 or (855) ASK-JCFS (855-275-5237)
    email: responseCounseling@jcfs.org
    Response helps adolescents in the Jewish and general community develop skills in communication, decision-making and leadership necessary to deal with life’s challenges. Response’s community outreach, prevention and education workshops provide experiential, prevention-based education to teens, professionals and parents, offering participants the opportunity to learn more about current topics impacting tweens, teens and those who work with or parent them. Parent and teen education and support groups also available.

    Supported Community Living Initiative
    855-ASK-JCFS (855-275-5237)
    The Supported Community Living Initiative for people with disabilities and their families is a grass roots movement, guided by Keshet, the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago and Jewish Child & Family Servics, exploring a sustainable, community integrated future for people with developmental/intellectual disabilities. Town Hall Meetings cover topics from legislative issues and effective models in other cities and a strong corps of volunteers is helping to frame the need and action steps for the future.

    Easterseals

    Easterseals
    Illinois Autism Partnership

    4415 W. Harrison Street, Suite 311 
    Hillside, IL 60162
    (312) 491-4116
    Cook County
    email: IAP@eastersealschicago.org 
    Illinois Autism Partnership provides Individualized coaching, consulting, family engagement and training programs offering school districts a wide-range of options. Training packages include focus family support, experiential practicums, in-services and workshops, as well as online webinar courses

    Eb Pediatric Resources

    3712 N. Broadway Ave., Suite 250
    Chicago, IL 60613
    (312) 458-9865
    Cook County
    Provides home or center-based parent/sibling training services on specific autism topics and other developmental disabilities.
    Hourly rate: varies.
    No wait list.

    Family Matters

    Parent Training & Information Center
    Karrie Potter, Information Specialist
    Lincolnland Building
    1901 S. 4th St., Suite 209
    Effingham, IL 62401
    (866) 436-7842
    Serving: Kankakee County
    email: kpotter@fmptic.org or info@fmptic.org
    Family Matters supplies information and training for parents and professionals who provide special education and related services to children with disabilities. Topics include: special education rights and responsibilities, IEP planning and participation, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, No Child Left Behind, alternate assessments, behavior and discipline, parent/school collaboration, conflict resolution, transition from early intervention to early childhood services and others.
    Cost: free.

    Family Resource Center on Disabilities

    Training & Upcoming Events
    20 E. Jackson Blvd., Suite 300
    Chicago, IL 60604
    (312) 939.3513
    Cost: free classes, workshops 

    Diane Gould, LCSW, BCBA

    1866 Sheridan Road, Suite 207
    Highland Park, IL 60035
    (847) 917-5385
    Lake County
    email: dgould847@aol.com
    Provides staff training on autism, behavioral issues, social skills and other topics.
    Insurance not accepted.
    Cost: $180 (hourly rate).
    No wait list. Evening and weekend hours available.

    KGH Autism Services

    1161 Lake Cook Rd.
    Deerfield, IL 60015
    847-498-5437
    email: info@kghautismservices.com
    This is a comprehensive, 3 hour training for parents and caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorder or related disabilities that educates and empowers them to be more successful with their child with special needs.  This interactive course includes presentations by KGH's Senior level clinicians and discussions specific to your child. Our goal is to provide parents with information, support, and confidence in order to decrease some of the main stressors of parenting a child with special needs.
    Cost: $150.00

    KGH Autism Services

    1161 Lake Cook Rd.
    Deerfield, IL 60015
    847-498-5437
    email: info@kghautismservices.com
    KGH offers a variety of parent training programs. Private workshops and individualized trainings for families are available. Please contact KGH to learn more.

    Little Friends Center for Autism, Inc.

    140 N. Wright St.
    Naperville, IL 60540
    (630) 281-1895
    DuPage County
    Provides training for parents and professinals.  Training topics include: adult core autism training for adult providers, high school staff and parents; understanding autism spectrum disorders and latest treatment strategies; positive proactive programming and strategies for individuals with behavior problems; discrete trial; visual strategies; communicative functions of behavior; communication training; characteristics and behavioral isssues in individuals with autism; parent's perspective; walk in my autism; structured teaching (TEACCH); organizational supports for high-functioning autism; and sensory processing.

    Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes

    Sierra Skelton, center director
    137 N. Oak Park Ave., Suite 212, Oak Park, IL 60301
    Phone: (708) 660-1860
    Email: chicago.center@lindamoodbell.com
    Second location in Deerfield, IL
    Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes provides on-site workshops, live video conference workshops, and comprehensive school/district partnerships for phoneme awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, orthography, writing, critical thinking and math. Learn more about workshops.

    NIA Comprehensive Center for Developmental Disabilities

    Parenting Class Program
    Janice Eros
    1808 S. State St.
    Chicago, IL 60616-1611
    (312) 949-1808, ext. 26
    Provides weekly parenting classes that offers hands-on parenting instruction. Learn effective discipline, potty-training, health care, child safety, nutrition, milestones for children's development and growth, or a sleep schedule system. Guest speakers will be invited to the parent class for presenting some workshops and in service trainings.
    When: Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon for 6 months.

    Positive Behavioral Connections, Inc.

    Niki Thurkow, PhD, BCBA-D
    Emily Cain, MS Ed
    907 N. Main St.
    Wheaton, IL 60187
    (630) 495-3441
    Serving Counties: DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Will and Cook
    email: emily@connectingbehavior.com
    Provides hands-on staff training education and training in human service settings including pre-schools, Sunday schools and day care centers to help maintain and improve a high level of staff performance. Also provides workshops tailored to families, professionals and educational organizations. Topics include: behavior basics, functional behavior assessments, implementing positive programming for behavioral concerns, Asperger syndrome, autism, sensory processing and verbal behavior.
    Cost: $125 (hourly rate).
    No wait list.

    REST (Respite Education & Support Tools)

    Become a REST Companion
    Lisa Esposito, REST Coordinator (630) 397-5656
    email: lesposito@restprogram.org
    Jenna Olznoi, IL REST Statewide Coordinator (630) 397-5662
    email: jolznoi@restprogram.org
    Where: Marklund Day School - Ann Haskins Center
    164 S. Prairie Ave.
    Bloomingdale, IL 60108
    REST is a unique, interactive training program, where you will receive the education and tools needed to be confident and successful in providing respite care to adults and children.
    When: Saturday, March 5, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. or Saturday, April 30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Cost: $50. Lunch and snacks will be provided. IDHS has approved the REST Companion Course for 6.75 CE hours.

    Scenario Learning

    Kam Hau
    2135 Dana Ave, Suite 300
    Cincinnati, OH 45207
    email: khau@scenariolearning.com
    New online professional development system that makes training easier for all educators who support students with exceptionalities. Find evidence-based, special education-related training on ADHD, autism, behavior, IEPs, transition, special education law and more. Every multimedia-rich course is written by one of the nation’s leading experts and includes interventions; author and practitioner interviews; and scenarios that bring the content to life.
    Ages: 18+ (geared toward teachers, administrators, parents, and any adults who work with children who have special needs)
    Insurance not accepted.
    Cost: $49.99 per course with discounts for bulk purchases.
    No wait list.

    Tuesday's Child

    Contact: Katie Conklin or Stephany Small
    3633 N. California Ave
    Chicago, Il 60618
    (773) 423-5055
    Cook County
    email: kconklin@tuesdayschildchicago.org
    Parents work on individualized behavioral and goal planning activities, with group sessions led by a clinical psychologist and individual time with trained peer mentors. While parents are in session children are placed in the child center which uses the same developmentally appropriate, behavior management strategies taught to parents. 
     

    WEE Speech, PC

    Julie Levin, speech pathologist
    8833 Gross Point Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (847) 329-8226
    Cook County
    email: office@weespeech.com
    Provides continuing education workshops and educational advocacy pertaining to children with special needs and their families.
    Ages: birth-18 years.
    BCBS provider. Credentialed Early Intervention provider.
    No wait list.

  • Fruitful Yield

    Fox Valley Mall, 4334 E. Fox Valley Center Drive, Aurora, IL, 60504
    Phone: (630) 585-9200
    Locations in Aurora (Fox Valley Mall and West Aurora Plaza), Berwyn, Bloomingdale, Elmhurst, Lombard, Schaumburg, and South Elgin
    Fruitful Yield stores' product mix include foods that are organic, natural, wheat-free products, or have a lower carb content, in order to serve the special needs of those with dietary restrictions. Shopping available on-line or at store locations.

    GoPicnic

    10517 United Pkwy, Schiller Park, Illinois, 60176
    Phone: (773) 328-2490
    Email: service@gopicnic.com
    The food in GoPicnic break meals contains no trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, added MSG, or artificial flavors or colors.

    PURE Compounding Pharmacy

    Kim Gould, RPh, MS & Leslie Ferguson, RPh, PharmD
    603 E. Diehl Road, Suite 131, Naperville, IL 60563
    Phone: (630) 505-4040
    PURE makes unique dosage forms and can prepare prescriptions in many different formulations (without allergens or artificial additives). Their pharmacy practice specialty is autism.

    Zemas Madhouse Foods

    PO Box 823, Highland Park, IL 60035
    Phone: (847) 910-4512
    Email: jill@zemasfoods.com
    Great for athletes and gluten-free families; allergen-free; vegan; yeast free; sesame and rice free; no additives, preservatives or trans fats.

    • Advanced Behavioral Solutions

      2060 E. Algonquin Road, Suite 720
      Schaumburg, IL 60173
      (847) 496-4693
      Cook County
      email: advancedbehavioral@msn.com
      Provides education/school consults to teachers on topics such as classroom behavior management, working with resistant staff or parents, DSM diagnoses and the schools role. Presentations to PTA/PTO groups on topics including: psychological diagnosis and treatment planning, tips for increasing home-school collaboration, managing stress. Offers administrative training such as: stress inoculation, time management and increasing staff cohesion. Get more information on workshops and consultation services.
      Ages: 5-21 years.
      Cost: varies; fee for service.
      No wait list.

      Advocate and Instructional Expert for People with Autism

      918 W Agatite, Apt. G, Chicago, IL 60640
      (312) 316-2884
      email: mobuti@hotmail.com
      Provide supports to assists parents with the IEP process, navigating special education, reviewing IEPs, providing input and recommendations, assistance with the placement process, reviewing letters to districts, input on services and strategies, presentation needs and much more. Insurance not accepted.

      Advocate Lutheran General Children's Hospital

      Department of Developmental Pediatrics
      Marjorie A. Getz, PhD
      1675 W. Dempster St.
      Yacktman Pavilion, third floor, Park Ridge, IL 60068
      (847) 318-9067 (Getz)
      Provides independent educational evaluations, educational consultation and evaluation services.

      Alfeld Educational Center

      Beverly E.S. Alfeld, MA, MFA
      Academic Performance Specialist
      698 Exmoor Terrace
      Crystal Lake, IL 60014
      (815) 459-9518
      McHenry County
      email: jamlady10@aol.com

      Second location:
      3202 Northwest Highway
      Cary, IL 60013
      McHenry County
      Parent advocate and parent of a special needs child. Educator with twenty-three years of experience in teaching and advocacy. Classroom evaluations, file review, and expert witness services. Available for weekend hours.
      Cost: $125-$185 for IEP meetings. Sliding scale fee available.
      $60 (travel rate per hour).
      No wait list.

      Aspire Kids

      Robyn Schroud, associate director of inclusion
      3235 W. Montrose Ave 
      Chicago, IL 60618
      (773) 878-7868, ext. 3223 
      Cook County
      email: rschroud@aspirechicago.com
      Staff attends school-based meetings on behalf of their families. They work with school staff and other community providers to advocate for the best interests of their clients. Advocacy work includes participating in a four-hour individualized education plan meeting at a Chicago Public School. Staff participates in the development of annual goals, the identification of modifications and accommodations, and work to help ensure that children receive the LRE placement and supports to which they are entitled. Learn more.
      Ages: 3-16 years.
      Cost: call for fee schedule.
      No wait list.

      The Winston Knolls School

      2353 Hassell Rd., Ste. 110
      Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
      (847) 884-7030
      Cook County
      Education consultant: review school records, recommendations for school programs, available to attend school meetings.
      Ages: 2-16 years.
      Insurance not accepted.
      Intake assessment and evaluations: $135 (hourly rate).
      Reports and phone/email consultation: $85 (hourly rate).
      IEP support and development: $135 for evaluation, $85 per additional hour (additional travel fees may apply).
      No wait list.

      Jeanne D. Beckman, PhD

      P.O. Box 544
      Winnetka, IL 60093
      (847) 446-1251
      Cook County
      email: techpsych@techpsychologist.com
      Beckman works with abled and disabled individuals and conducts in-depth evaluations for many disabilities, including low incidence and multiple handicaps. She assists families in writing specific goals and recommendations that are research-based and data-driven. She facilitates collaboration between the family, private providers, and schools to obtain appropriate accommodations and remediation in inclusive settings.
      Ages: birth and up.
      No wait list.

      Behavioral Psychology Associates

      Virginia Seng, PhD
      999 Plaza Drive, Suite 300
      Schaumburg, IL 60173
      (847) 303-1880
      email: ginseng825@yahoo.com
      Cook County
      Review of school records, recommendations for school programs, available to attend school meetings.
      Ages: 6-18 years.
      Private insurance accepted.
      Cost for initial evalution: $400.
      No wait list.

      BrainTree Neuropsychological Services

      Mona Stepansky, PhD, ABPP-CN and Courtenay Ainsworth, PhD
      Pediatric neuropsychologists
      1101 Lake St., Suite 306, Oak Park, IL 60301
      Phone: (708) 445-3771
      Email: monastepansky@gmail.com
      Provides comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations that will render a diagnosis of autism and/or common differential diagnoses.

      Bridge Educational Advocacy

      Contact: Ms. Pepi M. Silverman
      4839 N Claremont, Unit #2, Chicago, IL 60625
      Phone: (847) 903-7778
      Email:  pepi@beadvocacy.com
      Bridge Educational Advocacy provides project-based services, school-based services, and ongoing support services in order to ensure that ALL learners receive appropriate support services to benefit from their instruction in school.

      The Center for Hope & Healing, LLC

      Allison Lobel, PsyD, P.L.A.Y project consultant
      16W241 S. Frontage Road, Suite 35
      Burr Ridge, IL 60527
      (630) 468-2342
      DuPage County
      email: alobel@thecenterforhopeandhealing.com
      Provides consultation to parents and teachers on challenging classroom behaviors. Review of school records. Available to do school observations and attend IEP meetings. Counseling for parents on IEP process.
      Limited private insurance accepted.
      No wait list.

      Jessica K. Paganis, MSW, LSW, P.L.A.Y Project home consultant
      Suites 35 & 36
      email: jessica@thecenterforhopeandhealing.com
      Provides support in academic areas such as building social-emotional goals into an IEP; creating appropriate behavioral intervention plans; facilitating peer/buddy playround support; clarifying classroom/teacher expectations; and improving strategies for sensory and movement breaks throughout the school day. The Center for Hope and Healing is committed to providing therapeutic interventions that optimize the social, emotional, developmental and behavioral needs of children and families affected by autism and related disorders. Business hours: Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturdays to be determined by parent and therapist.
      Ages: birth to 14 years.
      Limited private insurance accepted.
      Cost: varies by service.
      No wait list.

      Chicago Child Psychiatry Associates

      Amer Smajkic, MD
      233 E. Erie St., #802
      Chicago, IL 60610
      (312) 893-5701
      Cook County
      email: asmajkic@mac.com
      Provides school evaluations.
      Ages: 3-18 years.
      Private insurance accepted.
      2-week wait list.

      Chicago Children's Clinic, LLC

      Robert Daniels, PhD
      1731 N. Marcey St., Suite 505, Chicago, IL 60614
      10024 Skokie Blvd., Suite 222, Skokie, IL 60077
      778 Frontage Road, Suite 123, Northfield, IL 60093
      (312) 587-1742
      Cook County
      email: rdaniels@chicagochildrensclinic.com
      Consultation services to help design education and treatment plans to ensure that children receive all accommodations and services to which they are entitled.
      Ages: 6 months to 18 years.
      Insurance not accepted. Most PPOs receive some reimbursement; however, payment is due at time of service. Claims are filed on patients' behalf.
      Cost: $330 (hourly rate at PhD level); $75-$200 (hourly rate at MA level).
      No wait list.

      Chicago Neurodevelopmental Center

      Drs. Anne Howard, Andrea Victor and Rachel Tercek
      601 Skokie Blvd., Suite 203
      Northbrook, IL 60062
      (847) 272-2484
      Cook County
      Provides comprehensive diagnostic evaluations for children with neurobehavioral challenges including autism spectrum disorder, attention deficits, learning disorders, and social-emotional challenges. Our psychologists also offer school-based consultation and can assist with special educational planning.
      Ages: 3-18, we also work with young adults.
      Insurance not accepted. Will assist families in seeking reimbursement from insurance providers.
      Cost: $200 (per hour).
      Possible short wait list.

      Comprehensive Psychological Services, P.C.

      Michael J. Frey, PhD
      3233 N. Arlington Heights Road, Suite 208, Arlington Heights, IL 60004
      Phone: (847) 632-0334
      Email: shrinkcps@aol.com
      Review of school records, recommendations for school programs, available to attend school meetings.

      Nichole Dawson, PhD

      Pediatric neuropsychologist
      40 S. Clay St. Suite 204W, Hinsdale, IL 60521
      Phone: (630) 789-0423
      Provides pediatric neuropsychological evaluations.

      Day By Day Family Solutions

      Judy L. Katz, OTR-L, Special Educational Consultant
      109 Pine St., Deerfield, IL 60015
      Phone: (847) 899-1551
      Email: judy@daybydayfamilysolutions.com
      Helping parents/family/caregivers learn how to teach your child with special needs to engage in day by day activities in your home, your community, your school.

      Family Behavioral Health

      Matthew Parvin, MD
      24821 W. 135th St.
      Plainfield, IL 60586
      (815) 254-7400
      Will County
      email: fbhsecure@fbhchicago.com
      Review of school records, recommendations for school programs, available to attend school meetings.
      Ages: 2-18 years.
      Private insurance accepted.
      Four-week wait list.

      Christine E. Fitzgerald, PhD, NCSP, LCPC

      Home- or community-based consultations.
      (877) 947-7924
      Serving Counties: Kane, McHenry, Lake, DuPage, Cook and Will
      Review of school records and recommendations for school programs.
      Ages: 3-18 years.
      Insurance not accepted.
      Cost: $125 (hourly rate).
      No wait list.

      From Advocacy to Action

      Pam Labellarte, special education advocate
      231 Bingham Circle
      Mundelein, IL 60060
      (847) 401-5053
      email: plabellarte@gmail.com
      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.

      Diane Gould, LCSW, BCBA

      1866 Sheridan Road, Suite 207
      Highland Park, IL 60035
      (847) 917-5385
      Lake County
      email: dgould847@aol.com
      Provides school-based intervention services using a functional analysis of child's behavior and a behavior support plan created for the school setting.
      Ages: birth and up.
      Insurance not accepted.
      Cost: $180 (hourly rate).
      No wait list. Evening and weekend hours available.

      HOPE Consulting, Inc. (Helping Others Progress and Excel)

      Amy Dodsworth-Sachs, BA, BCABA
      1414 W. Ohio St.
      Chicago, IL 60642
      (630) 921-1063
      amydods@aol.com
      Works with a variety of school districts, providing assessments, recommendations and trainings to district employees.
      Ages: 2-18 years.
      Private insurance accepted.
      Cost: $120 (hourly rate); $25 (hourly rate for travel time).
       

      Catherine Jaselskis, MD

      950 Skokie Blvd., Suite 305
      Northbrook, IL 60062
      (847) 559-0609
      Cook County
      Review of school records, recommendations for school programs, available to attend school meetings.
      Ages: 3 years and up.
      Insurance not accepted.
      Possible wait list.

      JJB Educational Consultants, Inc.

      Jordan Burstein, IECA member
      1441 Hemlock Knoll Terrace, Northbrook, IL 60062
      Phone: (847) 940-8090
      Email: jordan@jjb-edconsultants.com
      JJB Educational Consultants specializes in finding appropriate educational placements for students with autism spectrum disorders. As independent educational consultants, we find the best match for each family and student to provide a successful educational experience.

      KGH Autism Services

      1161 Lake Cook Rd.
      Deerfield, IL 60015
      847-498-5437
      email: info@kghautismservices.com
      Provides social skills treatment and consultation services in your child's classroom and offer social/adaptive recommendations as well as supervision/treatment of therapeutic playdates.
       

      Ruth Kraus, PhD

      910 Skokie Blvd., Suite 235
      Northbrook, IL 60062
      (847) 559-0595
      Cook County
      Review of school records, recommendations for school programs, available to attend school meetings.
      Ages: 3 years and up.
      Insurance not accepted.
      Cost: $225 (hourly rate).
      6 to 8-week wait list.

      Little Friends Center for Autism, Inc.

      140 N. Wright St.
      Naperville, IL 60540
      (630) 305-4196
      DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Will and Cook County.
      Review of school records, recommendations for school programs, available to attend school meetings.
      Ages: birth to 18 years.
      Insurance not accepted.
      No wait list.

      NorthShore University HealthSystem

      Evanston Hospital
      Rebecca Nelson, Ph.D., Clinical Child Psychologist
      2650 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201
      Phone: (847) 570-2208
      Provides diagnostic services

      Orland Family Institute, LLC

      Martins Adeoye, MD
      15030 S. Ravinia Ave., Suite 30
      Orland Park, IL 60462
      (708) 364-0580 ext. 0 (Kim)
      Cook County
      Review of school records and recommendations for school programs.
      Ages: birth to 18 years.
      Private insurance accepted.
      Six-week wait is typical.

      Oto Ling

      Willard Hooks, PhD, CCC-A/SLP
      1020 East Ogden Ave., Suite 212
      Naperville, IL 60563-8609
      (630) 305-8288
      otoling@mac.com
      Available for consultation to families, as a means of facilitating test interpretation, implementation of goals, and the specialized strategies. This service is for a fixed fee, at a two-hour maximum. Call for more details. See a complete list of services.

      PACTT Learning Center

      Paula Jablonski, principal
      7101 N. Greenview Ave., Chicago, IL 60626
      Email: learningcenter@pactt.org
      ISBE approved. PACTT's consultation and outreach program provides in-service training in a large-group setting for schools and districts, as well as individual behavioral consultation for specific students.

       

      A Place For Me

      Elaine Reeves-Haywood
      7548 S. Cregier Ave.
      Chicago, IL 60649
      (773) 931-9394
      elainer@aplaceforme.net
      Offers consultation services for family and support for the child affected by autism. The facility will observe student in the school setting and make or assist with implementation of recommendations; assist parents and teacher in implementing various computer programs; assist individual and parent in understanding and implementing communication strategies for verbal and non-verbal child; and assist in using social stories and role play for teaching social concepts.

      Project CHOICES

      Project CHOICES assists school districts and communities in developing and expanding inclusive options for children and youth with disabilities. Funded by the Illinois State Board of Education. There are two components to the project: CHOICES, which supports school-age children; and Early CHOICES, which supports preschool-age children. Consultants work in teams of four geographical regions of the state. To request support and to learn more.

      Bob Rosenfeld, MD

      801 Skokie Blvd., Suite 212
      Northbrook, IL 60062
      (847) 564-1131
      Cook County
      Ages: 4-18 years.
      Review of school records and recommendations for school programs.
      Out of network provider.
      Cost: $2,000-$2,500.
      No wait list.

      Rush NeuroBehavioral Center

      4711 W. Golf Road, Suite 1100
      Skokie, IL 60676
      (847) 933-9339
      Cook County
      email: info@rnbc.org
      Review of school records, recommendations for school programs, available to attend school meetings.
      Insurance not accepted.
      Cost: $125-$150 (hourly rate).
      No wait list.

      Rush University Medical Center

      Autism Assessment, Research, Treatment, & Services (AARTS) Center
      1645 W. Jackson Blvd, Suite 603, Chicago, IL 60612
      Phone: (312) 942-0819
      Provides diagnostic assessments and medication management for autism spectrum disorders and other psychiatric conditions for individuals from early childhood through adults.

      Autism Services Group

      (800) 773-1682
      Provides home-based services including behavioral consultation; school consultation; advocacy; and training. Behavior analysis consultation assists parents in taking control of their child’s learning by accurately assessing areas of skill deficit and designing highly effective instruction that maximizes your child’s learning.

      The Special Educator

      Lisa Drucker
      Serving: Chicago and suburbs.
      Phone: (312) 204-7242
      Email: spedcares@yahoo.com
      Ms. Drucker works with families and other IEP team members to facilitate appropriate goals and provide grounded expectations for students with autism.

      Steinberg Behavior Solutions, Inc.

      Sarah Steinberg, MS, BCBA
      6719 N. Sacramento Ave.
      Chicago, IL 60645
      (773) 330-1200
      steinbergbehaviorsolutions@gmail.com
      Sessions are conducted in the natural environment and home-based to facilitate generalization and incidental learning. Evaluations made using the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills (ABLLS) approach along with a written comprehensive ABA program to target the child's skill deficits. Other services include: school consultations for children with and without diagnosis, school behavior plans, curriculum modifications, IEP representation, potty training, sleep consultations, feeding therapy, parent coaching, home behavior plans, and social skills.

       

      Supported Futures

      625 W Butterfield Road, Oak Brook IL 60523     
      Phone: (630) 518-9095  
      Email:  info@supportedfutures.com
      Supported Futures is special needs planning and advocacy firm specializing in creating care plans. Educational Advocacy is treated as a non-confrontational team approach.

      Transitions Developmental Therapy, PC

      Bianca D. Rodriguez, DT
      225 Enterprise Drive, Suite 2505
      Westchester, IL 60154
      (708) 296-5990
      DuPage County
      3-18 years.
       

      or

      Linda Cervenka, SLT, CCC-SLP
      225 Enterprise Drive, Suite 2505
      Westchester, IL 60154
      (708) 473-2576
      Provides consultation and training services to parents and school districts to help design a treatment plan for speech and language development concerns.
      Birth to 16 years.

      WEE Speech, PC

      Julie Levin, Speech Pathologist
      8833 Gross Point Road
      Skokie, IL 60077
      (847) 329-8226
      office@weespeech.com
      Review of school records, recommendations for school programs, available to attend school meetings and consult with personnel.
      Ages: birth-18 years.
      BCBS provider. Credentialed early intervention providers.
       

  • Events and Information

     

    Advocate Children's Hospital
    The Center for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
    Presents: Autism Spectrum Disorder Round Table
    Parents and Providers Partnering for the Best Outcome

    Contact: Carol Rizzie
    Where: Olson Auditorium
    1775 Dempster St.
    Park Ridge, IL 60068
    email: carol.rizzie@advocatehealth.com
    Who should attend? Parents of children with autism spectrum disorder, professionals working in the field of autism including: physicians, psychologists, school nurses, social workers, teachers and therapists. Intended for adults only. Experts in the field will discuss: diagnosis and characteristics of autism spectrum disorder, time-tested and evidence-based treatment strategies used in the Autism Treatment Program; and effectiveness of including families in therapy.
    When: Thursday, April 16, 5:15-8 p.m.
    Cost: registration is free. Parking is free - West garage, located south of Dempster on Luther Lane.

    Alexian Brothers Health System
    Autism Round Table Discussion

    1650 Moon Lake Blvd., Room 1205
    Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
    The Autism Round Table Dsicussion is intended to provide professionals in the community educational information about Autism Spectrum Disorders as well as opportunities to meet and connect.  Each month we invite a different speaker to talk and address a variety of issues specific to this population, including diagnosis and treatment, future planning, behavioral therapy, government benefits, and more topics of interest.
    When: call for upcoming events.
    Contact: Ana Garcia (847) 755-8536
    email: ana.garcia@alexian.net
    Cost: free for professionals in the community. One CEU/CPDU provided for attendance.

    Chicago Commons
    Where: Guadalupano Family Center
    1814 S. Paulina St.
    Chicago, IL 60608
    (773) 722-0115
    Contact: Felicia Martinez to confirm your participation.
    When: call for upcoming events.
    Chicago Commons is a non-for-profit agency that provides Head Start Childcare services for three communities.  The bi-annual Parent Training Forum provides resources to 80-100 families.

    Developmental Disabilities Ask the Experts
    Where: Vernon Hills Park District
    Sullivan Center Community Room
    635 Aspen Drive
    Vernon Hills, IL
    (847) 478-9909
    email: repsente@gmail.com
    When: Thursday, Sept. 10, 6:30-8 p.m.
    Join experts, families and local legislators for a group discussion on Supplemental Security Income (SSI), disability services, PUNS placement, day and residential services, home-based care and other issues facing persons with developmental disabilities and their families. Please join State Representative Rita Mayfield, State Representative Carol Sente and State Senator Terry Link.
    This event is free and open to the public.
     
    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. Website 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.

    Health Care for America Now (HCAN), a major campaign of Citizen Action/Illinois is a national grassroots effort of hundreds of organizations and millions of people dedicated to winning qualify, affordable health care. It is up to us to make sure Congress acts this year.

    Illinois Bureau of Early Intervention
    Department of Human Services

    401 S. Clinton St.
    Chicago, IL 60607
    (800) 447-6404
    Cook County
    Infants and toddlers, ages birth to three years, are tested for delays in movement, learning, and behavior self-help skills. Use the Department of Human Services office locator online to find the early intervention office in your area or call. For automated service, call (800) 323-GROW.

    Illinois Department of Human Service Offices and Service Providers
    Looking for early intervention services? See link for office locations in your area that provide assessments for children ages birth to three years for developmental delays.

    Illinois Department of Insurance
    Many families report to us (and we experience it too!) that it is difficult or impossible to obtain insurance coverage for the various treatment interventions available to support their children’s needs. In Illinois, there is a law requiring that certain evidence-based treatments for autism spectrum disorders be covered, but all the loopholes make a tangled mess, indeed. Check out this link for more information.

    Illinois General Assembly
    Copy of Illinois' bills and resolutions (2009-2010).

    Illinois Main Street Alliance, a project of Citizen Action/Illinois, is a coalition of more than 500 Illinois small businesses fighting for better health care options, including a public plan that will enable more small businesses to offer coverage to their employees.

    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.

    Lake County Health Department
    Behavioral Health Services

    Contact: 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.

    Legislator Lookup (to get your legislator's information)

    Little Friends Center for Autism, Inc.
    They are offering evaluations and re-evaluations and therapy for families in need. They are aware that many families who have children with autism have excessive bills, inadequate insurace coverage and in the economy have lost jobs. If you are interested in learning abuot applying for our subsidized services, contact (630) 305-4196. Their evaluations are comprehensive and completed by a team of experts, including a psychologist, occupational therapist and speech therapist that specialize in autism. The evaluation will provide testing for autism, a cognitive assessment that will define the child's strengths, weaknesses and how they learn. Also, extensive recommendations will be provided in areas such as communication, behavior and socialization for the home, school and community.

    Navegando el Proceso del IEP
    Family Resource Center on Disabilities
    11 E. Adams St.
    Suite 1002
    Chicago, IL 60603
    Este taller incluye información sobre las normas y reglamentos relacionados con la creación del Programade Educación Individualizada (IEP). ¿Quién es elegible para un IEP? ¿Qué dice la ley federal (IDEA) sobre el IEP? ¿Cuál es el propósito del IEP? Quien está en el equipo del IEP? ¿Qué debería incluirse en el IEP?
    MOPD 11 E. Adams St., Ste. 1002, Chicago, IL 60603
    MOPD (312) 939-3513

    Network 1212
    Where: Pompei
    1531 W. Taylor St.
    Chicago, IL 60607
    email: info@jmtf.org for more information
    When: Second Sunday of every month (except May and October)
    Join us for pizza, board games and friendly conversation! For young adults 17-35 with high-functioning autism or social/communication challenges. Must be able to come without family support.
    Suggested donation: $5 - $10
    Sponsored by Urban Autism Solutions  (www.jmtf.org)

    Op-Ed: North Shore Lacks Housing Options for Youth With Special Needs
    Online article provided by Make it Better

    Prioritization of Urgency of Needs for Services (PUNS)
    PARENTS: Register with the PUNS database is the FIRST and most important step you and your family can take to receive assistance now or within the next five years. What assistance can I receive if I sign up for PUNS. In-home support, respite care, job coaches, residential living arrangements, adaptive equipment and other support.

    PUNS - The Basics
    From the Arc of Illinois
    Family to Family Health Information & Education Center

    Social Security Administration/Ticket Holder Pilot Program
    The Chicago Region of Social Security is initiating a pilot program involving expanded consideration of SSA ticket holders for job openings within our agency.  This pilot program is intended to help increase career opportunities for persons with disabilities. Additional questions may also be directed to the area work incentive coordinators and regional recruitment committee chairpersons in your area in your area. For more information.

    Transition Timeline
    This timeline is a guide for parents of students with special needs planning for life after high school. Regardless of your childs age, we recommend that you review the timeline in its entirety so that you will have a complete understanding of the transition process. It is intended to be used by all members of your childs educational team. In order for transition planning to be successful, it must be a true partnership between students, parents and educators.

    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.

  • Autism Society of Illinois

    ASI is a statewide chapter of the Autism Society of America. Its online Autism Resources Directory provides links to organizations for assistance, advocacy, education and support related to autism spectrum disorders. Its 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.

    The Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership

    GRASP's mission is to improve the lives of adults and teens on the autism spectrum through community outreach, peer supports, education, and advocacy. GRASP envisions a world where all individuals on the autism spectrum are respected, valued, and fairly represented; where appropriate supports and services are readily available to those in need; and where people on the spectrum are empowered to participate in policy and personal decisions that affect their lives. Make a donation.

    GRASP is in need of a volunteer to help keep their website up to date. They need someone who is familiar with Dreamweaver and has a copy of their own to use. The person must also be, or become familiar with the full GRASP website. Looking for a volunteer to donate 30 minutes of their time per week. Interested candidates contact: sborris@grasp.com. Include your full name and resume or short paragraph about your qualifications for this position.

    Northwest Indiana

    Families for Effective Autism Treatment
    Contact: Karen Mummery at (219) 765-7897 or karen@infeat.org
    Autism Walk/5K Run
    Where: Wicker Memorial Park
    8554 Indianapolis Blvd.
    Highland, IN 46322
    When: call for future events.
    Indiana Families for Effective Autism Treatment (INFEAT) has partnered with North Township Trustee, Frank J. Mrvan, to host our "Move Your Feet for INFEAT" Autism Walk-A-Thon/5K run at Wicker Memorial Park! We invite you to join us in our effort to raise funds for local events and education for individuals with autism and their families.

  • American Speech, Language, Hearing Foundation

    10801 Rockville Pike
    Rockville, MD 20852
    (800) 498-2071
    One $2,000 scholarship gives priority to a disabled student and is open to full-time students accepted for graduate study in a communication sciences and disorders program.

    The ARC of Illinois presents: Technology Assistance

    20901 S. LaGrange Road, Suite 209
    Frankfort, IL 60423
    (815) 464-1832
    email: janet@thearcofil.org
    The Arc of Illinois has developed a new assistive technology program. This program will fund, or partially fund, the purchase of assitive technology for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities who have received an evaluation/assessment from a qualified provider but the purchase is not subsidized by medicaid, medicare or private insurance. The maximum amount funded will be $500 per person or family. Upon approval, the device will be shipped directly to the applicant. How to apply? Contact the Arc of Illinois to complete an application. Who can apply? A person with an intellectual or developmental disability; family member on behalf of a person with an intellectual or developmental disability; and must be an Illinois resident.

    AutismCares – Family Support Awards

    Marianne Toedtman
    (888) AUTISM2
    email: autismcares@autismspeaks.org
    Awards grants of up to $1,500 for families facing crisis such as the death of a family member, forced relocation, or loss of a job. To be considered, complete the online application.

    Autism Society of America

    7910 Woodmont Ave., Suite 300
    Bethesda, MD 20814-3067
    (301) 657-0881 or (800) 3AUTISM (800-328-8476)
    The Eden Services Charles H. Hoens, Jr., Scholars Program-provides a scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to a qualified individual with autism to be applied toward the completion of an accredited, post-secondary educational or vocational program of study.

    The Wendy F. Miller Award, Outstanding Individual with Autism of the Year, gives a scholarship to an individual with autism who has excelled in one or more areas of life experiences or contributions.

    Bridges for Autism Foundation

    Marcia Biordi-Brown
    P.O. Box 102
    Deerfield, IL 60015
    (847) 444-0019
    Cook County
    e-mail: bridgeautism@aol.com
    Award financial grants semi-annually to individual families so that children with autism spectrum disorders can receive the necessary treatment and support to reach their greatest potential. Grants may pay for therapeutic services such as speech and language services, assistive technology, behavior consulting, ABA, RDI, verbal behavior, occupational therapy and therapeutic intensives. There is no predetermined amount for the grants. The dollar amount given will depend on the type of grant requested.

    Celebrate Differences

    Rebecca Christiansen
    2758B Route 34, Suite 327
    Oswego, IL 60543
    (630) 885-3006
    Kendall County
    e-mail: info@celebratedifferences.org
    Provides academic scholarships to individuals with disabilities and siblings/peers residing in the state of Illinois. For the purpose of the scholarships, any individual with any disability, defined as having a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, may apply. For more information.

    City University of New York at Brooklyn

    2900 Bedford Ave., Room 5315, James Hall
    Brooklyn, NY 11210
    (718) 951-5601
    The Korchin Scholarship Award for disabled/minority students majoring in psychology is an annual award to a student with disabilities or minority student who intends to pursue graduate studies in psychology.

    Council for Exceptional Children

    The five Stanley E. Jackson Scholarship Awards and the Infinitec Scholarship Award consist of different awards to enable people with disabilities to gain access to technologies which advance independence. They will be applied toward full-time post-secondary education and training.

    The ELA Foundation, Inc.

    2460 N. Lake Avenue, PMB #128
    Altadena, CA 91001
    (626) 398-8840
    The mission of ELA is to Change the Face of Disability on the Planet. ELA accomplishes this mission by promoting health in communities through arts, education, and advocacy for the total inclusion of people with disabilities. The ELA Foundation will award one or two scholarships per academic year depending on merit.

    Incight Company

    733 SW Oak St., Suite 200
    Portland, OR 97205
    (971) 244-0305
    Incight Go Better Scholarship provides scholarships for students with physical disabilities including sight, hearing, and learning disabilities.

    The Law Offices of Eisbrouch Marsh, LLC

    Offering a nationwide annual disability scholarship for students with a physical or a learning disability, who have been accepted or are attending a 4-year college program or a law school within the US. It is an essay based scholarship which will be awarded in the amount of $1,000. Contact Sabrina John, Community Outreach Program Advisor via email: sabina@cmt-outreach.org, call (914) 358-4095 or visit website for more information.

    VSA Arts

    818 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 600
    Washington, DC 20006
    (202) 628-2800
    Open to young artists, ages 16-25 living in the United States who have a physical, cognitive, or mental disability. The VSA Arts Young Soloists Award gives four award recipients scholarship funds and the opportunity to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

    Yellow Ribbon Scholarship

    National Tour Foundation
    546 E. Main St.
    Lexington, KY 40508
    (800) 682-8886
    The Yellow Ribbon Scholarship is for individuals with a physical or sensory disability who are planning to attend a two or four year college or university, majoring in travel or tourism industry.

    Yes I Can!

    Foundation for Exceptional Children
    1110 N. Glebe Road, Suite 300
    Arlington, VA 22201-5704
    (800) 224-6830, ext. 450
    The Sara Conlon Memorial Scholarship will benefit a student with a disability who is interested in pursuing a degree in the field of special education.

    • The Arc of Illinois

      Consumer Stipend Funds
      The Arc of Illinois distributes consumer stipends to enable people with developmental disabilities and their family members to attend conferences of their choice that are directly related to developmental disability issues. Click on the Consumer Stipend Funds for more information and an application form.

      The Answer, Inc.

      Provides support, resources, education, recreation and advocacy for parents and caregivers of people in the autism spectrum.

      Association for Science in Autism Treatment

      ASAT is an organization of parents and professionals committed to improving the education and care of people with autism. Learn about research being done on evidence-based and non-evidenced based interventions and more.

      Autism Assistance

      Provides resources and information about grants, financial assistance, funding strategies and other resources to help families coping with autism.

      Autism Society of Illinois

      ASI is a statewide chapter of the Autism Society of America. Its online Autism Resources Directory provides links to organizations for assistance, advocacy, education and support related to autism spectrum disorders. Its 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.

      Bridges for Autism Foundation

      Committed to providing educational and financial resources to families with children on the autism spectrum. They award financial grants to individual families so that children with autism spectrum disorders can receive the necessary treatment and support to reach their greatest potential.

      The Gray Center for Social Learning and Understanding

      Web site promotes social understanding between individuals with autism spectrum disorders and those who interact with them in the home, school, workplace and community. Provides information and support through a website, phone and email support, networks, a bookstore and resource library, workshops, presentations, conferences, social coaching and social understanding groups.

      Michelle McFarland-McDaniels

      Website provides information on grants, financial assistance, funding strategies and other resources for families coping with autism and other disabilities.

      National Autism Association

      Website created to educate and empower families affected by autism and other neurological disorders, while advocating on behalf of those who cannot fight for their own rights. Two important grant-funded programs are Family First and Helping Hand. Visit the website for applications and for the location of statewide chapters and the Find a Friend program.

      National Autism Center

      Autism Resources for Families: Being armed with information about autism spectrum disorder (ASD) helps families feel more comfortable as they face new challenges. Some families need to know where to start when one member of the family has been recently diagnosed. Other families face unexpected difficulties as their loved ones with ASD learn to live effectively in home, school, or community settings. We are dedicated to supporting families by making information and resources more readily available.

      FREE PARENT RESOURCE: Download A Parent’s Guide to Evidence-based Practice and Autism

      The National Institutes of Health

      Search Health Topics: Autism. Lists publications and provides links to other helpful organizational websites on autism.

      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.

      STAR NET

      Grant/Stipend Information to Attend Trainings
      A family fellowship provides parents of children with disabilities the opportunity to be reimbursed for expenses up to $200 per family to attend a workshop, seminar or conference that will benefit the family. A professional development fellowship provides professionals, who work in an Early Childhood Special Education program, the opportunity to be reimbursed for expenses up to $75 to attend a workshop, seminar or conference directly related to their field. To apply for a family/professional development fellowship, complete form here. Send your completed application and supporting documentation to the following mailing address:
      STAR NET/SWCASE
      Region VI 2008-2009
      Attn: Marlene Christ
      6020 W. 151st St.
      Oak Forest, IL 60452

      Family Fellowship and Professional Development Assistance
      STAR NET Region II
      2626 S. Clearbrook Drive
      Arlington Heights, IL 60005-4626
      Download application form here. Submit form to the above address one month before your event.

      Teaching Children with Autism

      Resource for anyone interested in teaching children with autism or other related developmental disorders encompassing a variety of instructional techniques and philosophies.

      Unlocking Autism

      Assists parents of newly diagnosed children with autism by providing direction through a parent-to-parent support hotline and educating parents about legal issues, biomedical treatments and behavioral therapies.

    • The Answer, Inc.

      Provides support, resources, education, recreation and advocacy for parents and caregivers of people in the autism spectrum.

      Asperger’s Association of New England

      Asperger's syndrome is AANE's primary focus; they also offer support and services to individuals with similar neurological conditions, such as high functioning autism (HFA), PDD-NOS, and non-verbal learning disability (NVLD/NLD).

      Asperger Syndrome Education Network - ASPEN

      This national organization provides families and individuals whose lives are affected by autism spectrum disorders and nonverbal learning disabilities with education about the issues, support and advocacy.

      Aspie Extremes

      A real mom blogs about the daily issues associated with having an Autistic Son.

      Aspire Kids

      Robin Schroud, associate director of inclusion & community initiatives
      3235 W. Montrose Ave 
      Chicago, IL 60618
      (773) 878-7868 ext. 3223 
      Cook County
      Advocacy work includes participating in a four-hour individualized education plan meeting at a Chicago public school. Staff participates in the development of annual goals, the identification of modifications and accommodations, and work to help ensure that children receive the LRE placement and supports to which they are entitled. Learn more.
      Ages: 3-16 years.
      Cost: call for fee schedule.
      No wait list.

      Autism Blog

      By Lisa Jo Rudy, About.com guide to autism

      Autism Society of America

      Provides the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy.

      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.

      Autism Speaks

      Organization dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; to raise public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and to bring hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder.

      Bridge Educational Advocacy

      Contact: Ms. Pepi M. Silverman
      4839 N Claremont, Unit #2, Chicago, IL 60625
      Phone: (847) 903-7778
      Email:  pepi@beadvocacy.com
      Bridge Educational Advocacy provides project-based services, school-based services, and ongoing support services in order to ensure that ALL learners receive appropriate support services to benefit from their instruction in school.

      CafeMom

      The largest online community for women created for parents of autistic children. In addition to the typical symptoms, treatments, and advice most guides have, they are interviewing parents of autistic children to get their real world stories in an effort to help parents who are just finding out about the ups and downs of parenting an autistic child.

      Countryside Association

      Advocates on behalf of persons with disabilities and their families and to support them in their efforts to live and work successfully in their chosen community. Programs and services offered include work and training centers, developmental training, supported employment, client and family support, in-home respite and contracted production services.

      Disability Benefits Help

      This calculator can estimate how much an an adult with autism can expect to receive if he or she is approved for Social Security disability benefits. The calculator will work for both Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) applicants.

      From Advocacy to Action

      Pam Labellarte, special education advocate
      231 Bingham Circle
      Mundelein, IL 60060
      (847) 401-5053
      email: plabellarte@gmail.com
      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.

      Good Shepherd Center for Exceptional Children

      17314 Kedzie Hazelcrest, IL 60429
      (708) 335-0020, ext. 22
      Provides advocacy coaching, community outreach - local voice on legislation that affects families and children in Illinois and ongoing DCFS approved training.

      Illinois Council of Developmental Disabilities

      The council's work is carried out across the state through a network of advocates that educates the public on system issues while encouraging change. ICDD listens to the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families by investing in new programs to improve the delivery of services and supports they deserve.

      Illinois Life Span Project of The Arc of Illinois

      Contact Person: Mike Kaminsky
      20901 S. LaGrange Road, 2nd floor
      Frankfort, IL 60423
      (800) 588-7002 or (815) 464-1832
      Will County
      email: mike@illinoislifespan.org
      Provides information on advocacy, supports, and services, searchable by service type and county to people with disabilities and their families statewide. They do not provide direct services of any kind — they are an information and referral resource. Families that do not have internet access or those who are unable to locate the information for which they are searching can call for assistance. There is no charge to users or providers listed on the ILS site.

      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.

      JJ's List

      Website designed for people with disabilities to review businesses and services that are committed to serving people with disabilities in a welcoming, flexible and respectful way so that they can become an integral and natural part of community life. Website was designed, developed and tested by people with disabilities.

      Maximum Potential Autism Directory for Illinois

      Directory for advocates in Illinois.

      MedicClaim Consultants, LLC

      Gail Borgerd
      1716A Pickwick Lane
      Glenview, IL 60026
      (847) 657-1157
      email: help@medicclaim.com
      Provides help to individuals and businesses to secure maximum benefit from your health insurance. MedicClaim was founded in 1998 and to date has assisted hundreds of families.
      Cost: call for rates.

      National Autism Association

      Web site created to educate and empower families affected by autism and other neurological disorders, while advocating on behalf of those who cannot fight for their own rights. Two important grant-funded programs are Family First and Helping Hand. Visit the website for applications and for the location of statewide chapters and the Find a Friend program.

      A Place for Me

      Agency offers various services that include initial and on-going consultative support, training and resources.

      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.

      PUNS - Understanding PUNS: A Guide to Prioritization for Urgency of Need for Services

      PUNS is a statewide database that records information about individuals with developmental disabilities who are potentially in need of services. The State uses the data to select individuals for services as funding becomes available, to develop proposals and materials for budgeting, and to plan for future needs.

      PURE (Parents United for Responsible Education)

      Builds support for and enhance the quality of public education in the city of Chicago by informing parents about educational issues, bringing the views of parents into the decision-making process, and acting as an advocate for parents in their relationships with the school administration.

      RAMP

      Local service provider for students with disabilities and their families.

      Special Ed Advocacy Center

      Jill M. Dressner
      1935 S. Plum Grove Road
      PMB #274
      Palatine, IL 60067
      (847) 736-8286
      Cook County
      email: jmdressner@aol.com
      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.
      Possible wait list.

      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.

      Transportation Security Administration (TSA) - Travelers with Disabilities and Medical Conditions

      Information for travelers with disabilities -  TSA now provides a Passenger Support Specialists (PSS) to help them get through Chicago Midway International Airport. The PSS provides assistance to wounded warriors and people with disabilities.

      VOICE-Advocacy

      Provides support, training, and advocacy services for families of children with special needs in school settings and beyond. Organization will assist you with your special education advocacy needs and provide training.

      Wrightslaw

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

    • Association for Science in Autism Treatment

      ASAT is an organization of parents and professionals committed to improving the education and care of people with autism. Learn about research being done on evidence-based and non-evidenced based interventions and more.

      Helpful Websites (Education)

      AbilityLinks.org
      Free job opportunity website for all persons with disabilities and inclusive employers. Need help with finding a job, filling an opening or getting answers to your disability and employment questions? Visit AbilityLinks.org to post a resume, post a job or make a contribution to show your support for disability inclusion.

      "The ADA In Your Community" Survey
      How do people with disabilities rate their community's implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act? To find out this answer, the Illinois ADA Project, in conjunction with the DBTAC: Great Lakes ADA Center is conducting a survey. People with disabilities, their family members, and their advocates are invited to complete the ADA Survey so that your voices are heard when accessibility issues are being addressed in your communities. Print copies and alternative formats are available upon request. To request the ADA Survey in an alternative format, or for additional information, contact Alan Goldstein by phone: (312) 341-0022 or e-mail: alan@equipforequality.org.

      Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism (AFAA)
      National consortium seeking to create meaningful futures for adults with autism that include homes, jobs, recreation, friends, and supportive communities.

      The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
      website includes facts, links to resources, press releases, "hot topics," research and more. This site is intended to assist parents and families in understanding mental disorders and problems affecting children and adolescents, especially the link marked complete listing of Facts for Families.

      The American Academy of Pediatrics
      Find out more about what AAP recommends for your children's health. website provides autism health topics, bookstore and publications, professional education and resources, advocacy.

      The Answer, Inc.
      Autism awareness and support group.

      The ARC of Illinois
      The ARC of Illinois and its chapters have been in the forefront of strong advocacy positions for people with disabilities and their families. The ARC continues to be a strong grassroots organization with a rich membership of self-advocates, parents and professionals working together to achieve common goals.

      Asperger Syndrome Education Network - ASPEN
      National organization provides families and individuals whose lives are affected by autism spectrum disorders and nonverbal learning disabilities with education about the issues, support and advocacy.

      Association for Science in Autism Treatment
      ASAT is an organization of parents and professionals committed to improving the education and care of people with autism.

      Autism and Special Needs Parent Support and Information Email Group (ASPIE)
      If you wish to subscribe to a FREE newsletter, which lists northwest suburban area events and news, e-mail: nestsubanp@gmail.com.

      Autism Learn 101
      Carol Rudd
      (631) 821-1902
      e-mail: carol@autismlearn101.com
      Web site is dedicated to making visually structured activities designed to help develop multiple skills for persons with autism. Many of their activities contain different levels, creating a connected heirarchy. Learn by doing, then progress to each higher level to expand learned skills.

      Autism One
      Autism One is a nonprofit charity organization started by a small group of parents of children with autism. website educates families about prevention, recovery, safety, and change.

      Autism Research Institute
      Provides research-based information on the triggers of autism and on methods of diagnosing and treating autism. ARI is a worldwide network of parents and professionals concerned with autism.

      Autism Research Institute (webinars - Spanish)

      Autism Resource Network
      Offers a bookstore for parents and educators with reference books and educational toys, plus a quarterly newsletter.

      Autism Society of America
      ASA provides the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy.

      Autism Society of Illinois
      ASI is a statewide chapter of the Autism Society of America. 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.

      Autism Speaks - 100 Day Kit
      Tool kit provides comprehensive information packet available to families who have had a child diagnosed with autism within the past six months.

      Autism Speaks - School Community Toolkit
      Tool kit provides helpful information about students with autism and tools and strategies to achieve positive interactions and increase learning for all members of the school community.

      Autism Speaks - ATN/AIR-P Blood Draw Tool Kit
      Tool kit provides a variety of tools to help you and your child to prepare for future medical visits and reduce the stress and worry that may come with blood draws. The kit’s resources include ready-made visual supports, social stories, relaxation and distraction techniques, and tips designed specifically for children with ASD.

      Autism Speaks - Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Tool Kit
      Tool kit includes sections on symptoms and causes; list of strengths and challenges; executive functioning and theory of mind; diagnostic vverview; how are AS and HFA different?; you, your family and AS/HFA; interventions and treatment options; AS/HFA and the classroom; transitioning into adulthood;resources by topic; safety tips; action plan for the next 100 days; useful forms; useful books and websites.

      Autism Speaks - ATN/AIR-P Parent’s Guide to Applied Behavior Analysis
      Tool kit is an informational guide to Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). It is designed to provide you with a better understanding of ABA, how your child can benefit, and where/how you can seek ABA services.

      Autism Speaks - ATN/AIR-P Sleep Tool Kit-Parent Booklet and Quick Tips
      This informational booklet is designed to provide parents with strategies to improve sleep in their child affected by autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The suggestions in this tool kit are based on both research and clinical experience of sleep experts.

      Autism Speaks - ATN/AIR-P Visual Supports and Autism Spectrum Disorder
      Tool kit provides a step-by-step, easy-to-understand introduction to visual supports and the ways that parents and other caregivers can begin using them. It also provides actual visual supports for parents to print, cut out and use, along with links to resources that provide more detailed information for those who want to go further.

      Autism Speaks - Tips for Successful Haircuts
      Autism Speaks has partnered with Snip-its and Melmark New England to develop a haircutting training guide to provide information to families and stylists as to how to make the haircutting experience more positive for children with autism.

      Autism Speaks - Talking to Parents About Autism Kit
      Tool kit for professionals contains the tools you need to initiate critical dialogue between parents to urge them to have their child screened. Contents include: message to educators; talking to parents about autism training video; and early childhood milestone map. Available in Spanish.

      Autism Speaks - Transition Tool Kit
      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.

      Autism Speaks - Participant's Guide to Autism Drug Research
      The goal of this guide is to both answer common questions and pose additional ones that may be important for you to consider. The decision of whether or not to participate in autism drug studies should be guided by your goals and values as well as a clear understanding of potential risks and –benefits and possible demands upon you, your child and your family.

      Autism Speaks - Manual de los 100 Días
      Manual de 100 Días de Autism Speaks fue diseñado exclusivamente para familias que recientemente fueron evaluadas, para hacer el mejor uso de los 100 días después del diagnoses de autismo.

      Autism Speaks - Housing and Residential Supports Provides information you need, help you search for housing options, and keep you informed of promising developments, resources, and news in housing and residential supports

      Autism Speaks - Individualized Education Program (IEP) Guide and Other School Resources
      A team of lawyers at Goodwin Procter LLP has generously put together a helpful guide to help families understand the IEP process as their loved ones head back to school: Individualized Education Program (IEP): Summary, Process and Practical Tips. This 26 page guide contains an IEP timeline and clearly lays out the steps to take throughout the IEP process. The guide also includes lots of tips, resources, and answers to FAQs.

      Autism Speaks - Autism: Should My Child Take Medicine for Challenging Behavior?
      Decision aid can help you work with your child’s health care provider when making important medical decisions. The decision aid can help you understand the possible risks and benefits of different treatments. It will help you decide what is most important to you and your family and help you choose an option. The goal for a decision aid is to help you work with your child’s health care provider to choose a treatment that matches your needs and values.

      Autism Speaks - Employment Tool Kit
      Tool kit helps you research, find and keep employment in the current, competitive labor market. Stories, tips and resources were developed from a collaboration of people, including adults with autism, dedicated to increasing the employment participation of adults on the spectrum.

      Autism Speaks - ATN/AIR-P Dental Professionals' Tool Kit
      Tool kit designed for dental professionals, discusses ways to help reduce children’s anxiety levels and increase compliance. It provides general and specific information that may help dental professionals better serve the needs of children with ASD. This tool kit is meant to be used in conjunction with other dental materials developed by Autism Speaks Family Services.

      Autism Speaks -ATN/AIR-P Parent's Guide to Toilet Training in Autism
      Tool kit provides caregivers tips to increase toileting success by teaching toileting skills, providing advice on preparing schedules and routines and promoting visual supports.

      Autism Speaks - Spanish Resources

      Boardmaker
      Computer software program that features more than 4,500 Picture Communication Symbols. Boardmaker is a tool for creating symbol-based materials such as communication displays for worksheets and visual schedules and social stories for children with autism spectrum disorders. (Cost: $329).

      Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
      Provides a list of resources and websites related to autism spectrum disorders. Learn the Signs. Act Early - Information about childhood developmental milestone and delays. You will be able to track the developmental milestones your child should be reaching and download fact sheets on developmental milestones for children from 3 months to 5 years. Autism Spectrum Disorders, What Should You Know?

      Chicago Parent
      Chicagoland's Special Needs Publication. eBook available at chicagoparent.com. Get a free issue of Chicago Parent.

      Chicago Public Schools
      Office of Special Education and Supports

      Website designed to provide resources and information for parents, students, schools and community members to promote the success of all students with disabilities who attend Chicago Public Schools. Many parent resources.  Browse through more than 100 pages of free printable items suitable for task creation.

      College Autism Spectrum
      College Autism Spectrum (CAS) is an independent organization of professionals whose purpose is to assist students with autism spectrum disorders, and their families. They help students with ASD explore and navigate college options before, during and through the college process. In addition, they provide campuses and professionals with the tools and training to work effectively with students on the spectrum and to understand the challenges as well as the talents they bring. Download brochure here.

      Coulter Video
      Coulter Video is a production company specializing in educational videos. Dan Coulter is the producer of the DVDs "Understanding Brothers and Sisters with Asperger Syndrome" and "Understanding Brothers and Sisters with Autism." You can find more autism/Asperger Syndrome videos and latest special needs articles on the website.

      Disability.gov - Scholarships
      Students who are planning to attend college or enroll in other post-secondary education or training have many financial aid options, including scholarships, grants and loans. Be sure to consider both public (federal, state, and local government) and private financial aid sources.

      DisabilityInfo
      Provides quick and easy access to comprehensive information about disability programs, services, laws and benefits. Includes information directly related to Autism and other developmental disabilities.

      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. Website 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.

      Early Childhood Autism Academy Jewish Child and Family Services
      Serving children ages 3-8, the Academy is distinctive in its year-round program and full-day schedule of classroom activities and services and is an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) certified pre-school and early elementary program for children with autism and developmental delays.

      Enzymes Information
      Provides education and information about digestive enzymes and enzyme therapy.

      Enzymes Online Group
      Website discusses digestive enzymes (and many other types of supplements) and how their supplementation affect those dealing with conditions of the autistic spectrum/PDD, attention deficit, sensory integration, digestion/malabsorption, food sensitivities/allergies and other uses. Comments and questions are welcomed about using enzymes in any way, including but not limited to those dealing with restrictive diets, treatments, feeding issues, and intestinal health.

      Family Resource Center on Disabilities (FRCD)
      FRCD conducts free seminars on the special education rights of children with disabilities in English and Spanish, provides information and training on the special education rights of children with disabilities at community locations throughout the Chicago Metropolitan area, and offers opportunities for parent leaders to become effective trainers in their own communities.

      First Signs
      Organization dedicated to educating parents and pediatric professionals about the early warning signs of autism and other developmental disorders.

      From Advocacy to Action
      Pam Labellarte, Special Education Advocate
      Law Office of Charles P. Fox
      3710 Commercial Ave., Suite Six
      Northbrook, IL 60062
      (847) 205-9897
      Lake County
      e-mail: spedadvocate@earthlink.net
      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: Get more information about fee schedule.
      No wait list.

      Generation Rescue
      Generation Rescue is an international movement of scientists, physicians and parent-volunteers researching the causes and treatments for autism and mentoring thousands of families in recovering their children from autism.

      Have Dreams
      Organization aspires to help children with autism improve their abilities to learn, function independently, and socialize so that they may realize their full potential and develop into contributing members of their communities. Provides instructional programming.

      Health Resources and Services Administration
      U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
      Federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable. Provides information about autism regarding grant programs, service delivery, data and health system supports.

      Illinois Council of Developmental Disabilities
      The council's work is carried out across the state through a network of advocates that educates the public on system issues while encouraging change. ICDD listens to the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families by investing in new programs to improve the delivery of services and supports they deserve.

      Illinois Department of Developmental Disabilities
      Registering infants, children, adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities who have needs for services or supports with the Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services database to receive now or within the next five years. To assist you with the process, call (888)-DD-PLANS and (866) 376-8446 (TTY).

      Illinois Department of Human Services
      Informs parents about services for children with delays from birth to their third birthday. Search for a DHS Office or Service Provider by selecting your county and ZIP code.

      Illinois Department of Insurance
      Many families report to us (and we experience it too!) that it is difficult or impossible to obtain insurance coverage for the various treatment interventions available to support their children’s needs. In Illinois, there is a law requiring that certain evidence-based treatments for autism spectrum disorders be covered, but all the loopholes make a tangled mess, indeed. Check out this link for more information.

      Illinois Early Childhood Intervention Clearinghouse
      Provides information on health, educational, disability and developmental concerns of infants and young children through books, journal articles, periodicals, videotapes, CD-ROMs, audiocassette tapes, bibliographies, workshops, etc. No fee, only cost is mailing books back to library.

      Illinois Parents of Adults with Developmental Disabilities
      On-line group that gives Illinois parents of adults with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, cognitive impairment, Down Syndrome or other disability, a online venue for networking, advocacy and information-sharing to know what's happening around the state. Group's primary focus areas are: employment, volunteering or other day programming, housing options, transportation, transition, and funding strategies that support these efforts.

      Illinois Special Education
      Dedicated to helping parents of Illinois special education children by providing workshops and resources.

      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.

      Institute on Disability and Human Development
      University of Illinois at Chicago
      Contact: Vladimir Cuk, MS, PR and Advocacy Coordinator
      1640 W. Roosevelt Road, Room 251
      Chicago, IL 60608-6904
      (312) 413-8833
      E-mail: idhd@uic.edu
      Organization conducts research and disseminates information about disability to academicians, policymakers, businesses, government agencies, service providers and the general public. The IDHD also provides an extensive array of clinical and community service activities and, through the Department of Disability and Human Development and other academic departments, offers interdisciplinary pre-service training. Training and Technical Assistance can be coordinated upon request. Direct services are provided by their two clinics: Assistive Technology Unit and Family Clinics.

      Interactive Autism Network
      Website designed to accelerate the pace of autism research by linking researchers and families.

      Interactive Metronome
      Demo available on website. Interactive Metronome is a brain-based treatment program developed to improve the processing abilities that affect attention, motor planning and sequencing of many children diagnosed with developmental and learning disorders, including autism spectrum disorder.

      JJ's List
      Website designed for people with disabilities to review businesses and services that are committed to serving people with disabilities in a welcoming, flexible and respectful way so that they can become an integral and natural part of community life. website was designed, developed and tested by people with disabilities.

      MAAP Services for Autism and Asperger's
      Provides information and advice to families with children and adolescents with autism, Asperger's disorder and pervasive developmental disorder.

      Maximum Potential Autism Directory for Illinois
      Directory for ABA therapists, additional service providers, advocates, developmental pediatricians, early intervention offices and providers, occupational therapists, parent/family support groups, pediatricians, physical therapists, preschools, private schools, psychologists and speech therapists.

      National Autism Association
      Website created to educate and empower families affected by autism and other neurological disorders, while advocating on behalf of those who cannot fight for their own rights. Two important grant-funded programs are Family First and Helping Hand. Visit the website for applications and for the location of statewide chapters and the Find a Friend program.

      The National Institutes of Health
      Search health topics: autism. Lists publications and provides links to other helpful organizational websites on autism.

      Neurofeedback Centers of Greater Chicago
      Recommended Chicagoland Specialists in Neurofeedback. Neurofeedback is an approach to improve performance and well-being by modifying brainwave patterns. For more information on Neurofeedback, this site will link you to your local professional's website, email address or phone number.

      Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA)
      Provides a full array of recreation services to children and adolescents with autism and other disabilities within 17 park districts in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Location varies for each program. Call for program brochure.
      (847) 392-2848

      Northwest Suburban Special Education District
      Participates in a collaboration of efforts with families, member districts, administration, staff and community agencies for the benefit of students with special needs who range in age from three to 21 (must reside within the eight member school districts 21, 23, 25, 26, 57, 59, 211 and 214).

      One Place for Special Needs
      One Place for Special Needs is a collaborative community for special needs parents and those that work with children, teens and adults who have disabilities. Everyone adds their own information to help each other, from connecting and networking with families to finding a health provider within your area.

      Parent's Guide - Educational Rights and Responsibilities: Understanding Special Education in Illinois
      An on-line document developed by the Illinois State Board of Education for parents and others to learn about the educational rights of children who have disabilities and receive special education services.

      Picture It
      Computer software used for students struggling to understand print.

      Planning Asperger Syndrome Success and Generating Experiences (PASSAGE)
      Support and educational group for teenagers and adults with Asperger's syndrome. Focus of PASSAGE is teaching skills for appropriate behavior for finding a job or internship.

      Prioritization of Urgency of Needs for Services (PUNS)
      Register with the PUNS database is the first and most important step you and your family can take to receive assistance now or within the next five years. What assistance can I receive if I sign up for PUNS?
      o Respite care
      o In-home supports
      o Job coaches
      o Residential living arrangements
      o Adaptive equipment
      o Other supports
      For more information and to sign up for services, click here.

      RAMP
      Local service provider for students with disabilities and their families.

      Rethink Autism
      Newly launched web-based autism treatment platform for parents and professionals. Website offers a dynamic interface that guides users through implementing science-based teaching strategies for children with autism. Everything is video-based and utilizes the principles of applied behavior analysis.

      Social Thinking
      Website provides information about Michelle Garcia Winner's treatment approach "social thinking," along with upcoming workshops, books and products. To learn more about social thinking, visit Winner's website.

      Special Education Guide
      Provides information on the challenges parents and teachers of children with special needs face (such as establishing a parent-teacher partnership, collaborating on an IEP, and more). The articles on this site provide insight into the unique challenges (and solutions) associated with specific disabilities.

      Special Needs Freedom Guide
      The Estate Planning Law Group
      Wheaton, IL
      (630) 871-8778
      Parents will learn why preparing for your child's future is so important. As a parent, you have the responsibility to make sure that your child's future is well planned for, even after you are no longer here. To receive your FREE Guide, click here.

      Special Olympics Illinois
      Provides year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities by giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

      Talk About Curing Autism (TACA)
      National organization with a chapter in Chicago. TACA is volunteer parents working to help other parents by providing information, resources and support to families affected by autism. For families who have just received the autism diagnosis, TACA aims to speed up the time from diagnosis to effective treatments, and 95 percent of the services are free. Meetings take place from 4-6 p.m. every second Saturday of the month. For more information, contact Sara Difucci at (847) 669-2359 or e-mail: sara_difucci@tacanow.com.

      Think College Illinois
      Website is meant to serve as a blueprint/toolkit for Illinois post secondary education (PSE) institutions in developing inclusive programs for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). It is also meant to support existing programs in ongoing efforts to become more "inclusive" according to the federal Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) standards. The background information and resources available on the site are intended to be used by students and families, as well as a general audience e.g. disability service providers.

      Unlocking Autism
      Assists parents of newly diagnosed children by providing direction through a parent-to-parent support hotline and educating parents about legal issues, biomedical treatments and behavioral therapies.

      Vitals.com
      210 Clay Ave., Suite 140
      Lyndhurst, NJ 07071
      (201) 842-0760
      Vitals.com is a great source for comprehensive medical information on over 720,000 doctors nationwide. Website offers consumers free information on doctors' practices and specialties, consumer reviews, recommendations from other doctors as well as free physician profiles in the Chicagoland area. Find a doctor at vitals.com.

      WrongPlanet.net
      An online resource and community for autism and Asperger's website was created by two teens with Asperger's syndrome. The site features forums, articles, and a variety of great resources.

      National Autism Center

      Autism Resources for Families: Being armed with information about autism spectrum disorder (ASD) helps families feel more comfortable as they face new challenges. Some families need to know where to start when one member of the family has been recently diagnosed. Other families face unexpected difficulties as their loved ones with ASD learn to live effectively in home, school, or community settings. We are dedicated to supporting families by making information and resources more readily available.

      FREE PARENT RESOURCE: Download A Parent’s Guide to Evidence-based Practice and Autism

    • Autism Society of Illinois

      ASI is a statewide chapter of the Autism Society of America. Its online Autism Resources Directory provides links to organizations for assistance, advocacy, education and support related to autism spectrum disorders. Its 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.

      The Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership

      GRASP's mission is to improve the lives of adults and teens on the autism spectrum through community outreach, peer supports, education, and advocacy. GRASP envisions a world where all individuals on the autism spectrum are respected, valued, and fairly represented; where appropriate supports and services are readily available to those in need; and where people on the spectrum are empowered to participate in policy and personal decisions that affect their lives. Make a donation.

      GRASP is in need of a volunteer to help keep their website up to date. They need someone who is familiar with Dreamweaver and has a copy of their own to use. The person must also be, or become familiar with the full GRASP website. Looking for a volunteer to donate 30 minutes of their time per week. Interested candidates contact: sborris@grasp.com. Include your full name and resume or short paragraph about your qualifications for this position.

    • The Arc of Illinois

      Consumer Stipend Funds
      The Arc of Illinois distributes consumer stipends to enable people with developmental disabilities and their family members to attend conferences of their choice that are directly related to developmental disability issues. Click on the Consumer Stipend Funds for more information and an application form.

      The Answer, Inc.

      Provides support, resources, education, recreation and advocacy for parents and caregivers of people in the autism spectrum.

      Autism Assistance

      Provides resources and information about grants, financial assistance, funding strategies and other resources to help families coping with autism.

      Autism Society of Illinois

      ASI is a statewide chapter of the Autism Society of America. Its online Autism Resources Directory provides links to organizations for assistance, advocacy, education and support related to autism spectrum disorders. Its 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.

      Bridges for Autism Foundation

      Committed to providing educational and financial resources to families with children on the autism spectrum. They award financial grants to individual families so that children with autism spectrum disorders can receive the necessary treatment and support to reach their greatest potential.

      The Gray Center for Social Learning and Understanding

      Web site promotes social understanding between individuals with autism spectrum disorders and those who interact with them in the home, school, workplace and community. Provides information and support through a website, phone and email support, networks, a bookstore and resource library, workshops, presentations, conferences, social coaching and social understanding groups.

      Michelle McFarland-McDaniels

      Website provides information on grants, financial assistance, funding strategies and other resources for families coping with autism and other disabilities.

      National Autism Association

      Website created to educate and empower families affected by autism and other neurological disorders, while advocating on behalf of those who cannot fight for their own rights. Two important grant-funded programs are Family First and Helping Hand. Visit the website for applications and for the location of statewide chapters and the Find a Friend program.

      The National Institutes of Health

      Search Health Topics: Autism. Lists publications and provides links to other helpful organizational websites on autism.

      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.

      STAR NET

      Grant/Stipend Information to Attend Trainings
      A family fellowship provides parents of children with disabilities the opportunity to be reimbursed for expenses up to $200 per family to attend a workshop, seminar or conference that will benefit the family. A professional development fellowship provides professionals, who work in an Early Childhood Special Education program, the opportunity to be reimbursed for expenses up to $75 to attend a workshop, seminar or conference directly related to their field. To apply for a family/professional development fellowship, complete form here. Send your completed application and supporting documentation to the following mailing address:
      STAR NET/SWCASE
      Region VI 2008-2009
      Attn: Marlene Christ
      6020 W. 151st St.
      Oak Forest, IL 60452

      Family Fellowship and Professional Development Assistance
      STAR NET Region II
      2626 S. Clearbrook Drive
      Arlington Heights, IL 60005-4626
      Download application form here. Submit form to the above address one month before your event.

      Teaching Children with Autism

      Resource for anyone interested in teaching children with autism or other related developmental disorders encompassing a variety of instructional techniques and philosophies.

      Unlocking Autism

      Assists parents of newly diagnosed children with autism by providing direction through a parent-to-parent support hotline and educating parents about legal issues, biomedical treatments and behavioral therapies.

    • Fun and Function

      Website for professionals and parents that provides sensory toys and therapy equipment for special needs children to help learn adaptive responses for what they may lack or crave.

      Infiniteach

      Founded to change the way we approach autism education. We believe that every child with autism should have unlimited access to proven strategies that can increase their independence and help foster meaningful relationships. We're developing autism solutions through technology and training. We are launching educational applications and providing custom trainings that are rooted in evidence-based autism interventions. Our focus is on increasing continuity of learning across school, home, therapeutic, and community settings.

      Integrations

      3155 Northwoods Parkway
      Norcross, GA 30071
      (800) 850-8602
      e-mail address: customer.service@sportime.com
      Provides products for children with learning and sensory differences. The Integrations Store includes products for the following categories: accessories and parts, adapted play, body works, dramatic play, education station, furniture aids,interactions, on the move, other instructional materials, positions please, resources and sensorimotor.
      Insurance not accepted.
      Cost: varies.
      Most in-stock orders ship within 24 hours and are delivered to you within one to three business days.

      Seguin Services, Inc.

      3100 S. Central Ave.
      Cicero, IL 60804
      (708) 863-3803
      Cook County
      Provides a sensory room that is visually active and physically relaxing. Room includes: a light show featuring bubble tubes that change colors, a vibro chair with relaxing music playing through it, images on a floor mat with different activities that can be played by the participants. Individuals with autism spend 20 minutes in the room, 20 minutes at a time, and the ideal situation is with one person with a disability and one person guiding them through different activities, allowing them to interact with their environment.

      Southpaw Enterprises, Inc.

      P.O. Box 1047
      Dayton, OH 45401
      (800) 228-1698
      e-mail: customerservice@southpawenterprises.com
      Offer sensory integration and developmental products, pediatric therapy equipment, resources, and support for therapeutic professionals, health care professionals, schools, and families. Products for the following categories include: early intervention, oral motor, gross motor skills, living aids, mats and protection, weighted vests, helmets, mobility, weight and resistance, etc. Visit their website to request a catalog.
      Business Hours: Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. EST
      Insurance not accepted.
      Cost: varies.
      Most items are in stock and will be shipped within 10 working days.

      STITCHES by Anne

      Custom-made weighted blankets, lap pads, vests, hats, animal critters, cooling vests, bibs, infant head rest, neck cushions and more. Weighted products provide deep pressure touch stimulation providing a naturally calming effect. Customers who have benefited from the deep pressure touch stimulation include those of all ages with autism spectrum disorder.
      Comments, questions or to order email: stitchesbyanne@gmail.com
      Cost: $8 and up (plus shipping).

    • 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.

      Special Ed Advocacy Center

      Jill M. Dressner
      1935 S. Plum Grove Road
      PMB #274
      Palatine, IL 60067
      (847) 736-8286
      Cook County
      email: jmdressner@aol.com
      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.
      Possible wait list.

      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.

      Wrightslaw

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

    • Kids Enjoy Exercise Now

      Volunteer led organization that provides free one-to-one recreational opportunities for children with mental and physical disabilities, such as autism and other developmental delays. Sports, swimming programs, and much more.

      Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

      The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) promotes safety and optimal outcomes in equine-assisted activities and therapies for individuals with special needs.

    • AblePlay

      Toy rating system and website that provides comprehensive information on toys for children with special needs so parents, special educators, therapists and others can make the best choices for the children in their lives with disabilities.
      email: info@ableplay.org

      Autism Resource Network

      Offers a bookstore for parents and educators with reference books and educational toys, plus a quarterly newsletter.

      Beyond Play

      Early intervention products for young children with special needs.

      Cat & Mouse Game Store

      1112 W. Madison St.
      Chicago, IL 60608
      (312) 465-2178
      Cook County
      Educational toys and board games for all skill levels, host to family events and workshops.

      Discovery Toys

      Specializes in toys, books and games. Provides autism support symbols throughout catalog to find products that help support learning in six different areas (e.g. independent play, sustained engagement, cooperative play, etc.).

      Fun and Function

      Website for professionals and parents that provides sensory toys and therapy equipment for special needs children to help learn adaptive responses for what they may lack or crave.

      Special Needs Toys

      Toy items include: multisensory (e.g. bubble columns, fiber optics projectors, soft play), senses (e.g. visual mirrors, blacklight disco gadgets, moving parts, moving lights), auditory aromatherapy (e.g. noisy toys, CDs, DVDs, resonance), tactile (e.g. squidgy toys, soft toys) and much more.

      Spectrum Toy Store

      1911 W. Belmont
      Chicago, IL 60657
      (773) 231-8001
      Illinois toy store specifically for children with developmental disabilities. They offer a variety of toys, sensory items, children’s books as well as resources for caregivers and educators.

       

      Toys R Us

      Toy Guide for differently abled kids. To receive a free issue of this catalog, go to the link above. This website provides a collection of toys for children with special needs.

    • 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
      email: jennifer@ReiterSpecEdLaw.com
      Marc J. Ancel
      email: Marc.Ancel.Atty@gmail.com
      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
      email: mdcahill@sbcglobal.net
      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
      email: mroth@probonocdel.org
      CDEL provides free legal services to qualified eligible low-income persons with disabilities and special needs.
      Cost: no fee.
      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
      email: mickim@lawforchild.com
      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
      email: dpergament@childrenslawgroup.com
      Attorneys offer assistance to families regarding school, criminal and mental health issues.
      Payment plans and sliding scale fees available.
      No wait list.

      Matt Cohen & Associates

      Matt Cohen, J.D.
      155 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 715
      Chicago, IL 60601
      O: (866) 787-9270
      C: (312) 961-4179
      email:  mdcspedlaw@gmail.com
      blog:  disablethelabels.blogspot.com
      also: www.ldonline.org
      Cook County
      Law firm with a focus on legal problems of children and adults with disabilities and their families, including special education disputes, and legal services to mental health and human service providers.
      Cost for intake: $250 per hour. Payment plans for retainer and ongoing fee available.

      Equip for Equality

      20 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 300
      Chicago, IL 60602
      (312) 341-0022 or (800) 537-2632
      email: contactus@equipforequality.org
      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

      Robert H. Farley, Jr., Ltd.

      Attorney at Law
      1155 S. Washington St.
      Naperville, IL 60540
      (630) 369-0103
      DuPage County
      email: farleylaw@aol.com
      Assists families with children and adults with disabilities. A short video at www.farley1.com 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.

      From Advocacy to Action

      Pam Labellarte, special education advocate
      231 Bingham Circle
      Mundelein, IL 60060
      (847) 401-5053
      email: plabellarte@gmail.com
      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.

      Hansen & Cleary, LLC

      Jennifer L. Hansen
      Lara A. Cleary
      555 Skokie Blvd., Suite 250
      Northbrook, Illinois 60062
      Telephone: 847-715-2801
      Cook County
      E-mails: jennifer@hansencleary.com; lara@hansencleary.com
      Attorneys offer assistance to families regarding special education matters, mental health law, guardianship, and criminal law representation for juveniles and adults.
      Cost: No cost for initial consultation.

      LAF

      120 S La Salle St, #900
      Chicago, IL 60603
      312-341-1070 (intake line)
      LAF provides free legal assistance in education matters (including special education, school discipline, enrollment, residency, and discrimination) to qualifying low-income families as well as foster children who reside in Cook County. Parents, guardians, and students should call the intake line between the hours of 8:30am-5:00pm to speak with an intake specialist. Intake specialists accept a limited number of calls per day, so it is recommended that potential clients call in the morning.

      Julie Pautsch - VISTA Attorney

      Children and Families Practice Group
      120 South LaSalle Street, Suite 900
      Chicago, IL 60603
      (312) 341-1070
      Cook County
      email: jpautsch@lafchicago.org
      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
      email: jmdressner@aol.com
      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:  ntakiff@wthlawfirm.com (Neal); jhansen@wthlawfirm.com (Jennifer); sali@wthlawfirm.com (Shermin)
      Attorneys offer assistance to families regarding special education and mental health issues.
      Cost: no fee for initial consultation.
      No wait list.

    • Addis Greenberg & Schultz, LLC

      Lynda Schultz, GD
      633 Skokie Blvd., Suite 220
      Northbrook, IL 60062
      (847) 412-1863
      Cook County
      Estate planning, disability special needs trusts and guardianships.
      Cost: $350 (hourly rate).
      No wait list.

      American Income Life

      Chris Ponn, insurance agent
      900 S. Frontage Road, Suite 105
      Woodridge, IL 60517
      (630) 202-7309
      DuPage County
      Ponn is a special needs advocate and will provide a free at-home consultation along with a child-safe kit.
      Fee for services; some services provided at no cost.
      No wait list.

      Brooks, Adams and Tarulis

      Richard J. Tarulis
      101 N. Washington St.
      Naperville, IL 60540-4511
      (630) 355-2101
      DuPage County
      Business hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
      Cost: $1,000 to $1,500 for estate planning, living needs trusts, and wills.
      Cost: $900 for uncontested guardianship.
      No wait list.

      Mary Denise Cahill, Esq.

      Attorney at Law
      1155 S. Washington St., Suite 106
      Naperville, IL 60540
      (630) 778-6500
      DuPage County
      E-mail: mdcahill@sbcglobal.net
      Focuses her practice on assisting parents of children with special needs, specifically on issues of guardianship, special needs trusts, and wills for family members.
      Cost: $250 (hourly rate).
      No wait list.

      Family Bridges

      Joy Faith Knapp Children's Center
      3145 W. Pratt Blvd.
      Chicago, IL 60645
      Cook County
      855-ASK-JCFS (855-275-5237)
      FamilyBridges@jcfs.org
      Whether you need assistance with day-to-day activities, hands-on case management, access to resources, home-based care or professional consultation to complete your plans for the future, we’re here to help. Family Bridges arranges and coordinates a variety of services and supports to improve the quality of life for you and your loved one with a developmental, intellectual or physical disability and/or chronic mental illness. Services include private case management and futures planning. JCFS also is a Service Facilitation Agency for children and adults with developmental disabilities who have been approved for Home and Community Based Waiver funding.

      Robert H. Farley, Jr., Ltd.

      Attorney at Law
      1155 S. Washington St.
      Naperville, IL 60540
      (630) 369-0103
      DuPage County
      email: farleylaw@aol.com
      Assists families with children and adults with disabilities. A short video atwww.farley1.com 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 website for upcoming dates.
      Cost: fee quotes available upon request.
      No wait list.

      Law Elder Law

      Rick L. Law
      2275 Church Rd.
      Aurora, IL 60504
      (630) 585-5200
      Kane County
      Business hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 4:30 p.m.
      Estate planning, disability and Medicaid.
      Cost: free one-hour consultation. Fee quotes available upon appointment only.
      No wait list.

      Law Firm of Kuczek & Associates

      Theodore D. Kuczek, III, attorney
      Main Office:  1510 Old Deerfield Rd., Suite 230, Highland Park, IL 60035
      Phone:  847-940-7780
      Email:  trustattorneys@kuczek.com
      Area of practice:  Illinois residents; estate planning, wills and trusts with special needs planning

      Lesser, Lutrey and McGlynn, LLP Law

      Edmund R. McGlynn, Jr.
      191 E. Deerpath Rd., Suite 300
      Lake Forest, IL 60045
      (847) 295-8800
      Lake County
      Business Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
      Cost: $2,500 to $3,000 for estate planning and special needs trusts.
      Cost: $3,000 and up for guardianships.
      No wait list.

      Dennis J. McNicholas, Ltd.

      425 South Main St., Suite 100
      Lombard, IL 60148
      (630) 629-0290
      DuPage County
      Business hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
      Estate planning and guardianships.
      Cost: free 30-minute consultation. Fee quotes available upon request.
      No wait list.

      Mulherin, Rehfeldt and Varchetto, PC

      John Mulherin
      211 S. Wheaton Ave., Suite 200
      Wheaton, IL 60187-5259
      (630) 384-3133
      DuPage County
      email: jmulherin@mrvlaw.com
      Business hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
      Cost: $950 to $1,500 for estate planning, guardianships and special needs trusts.
      Cost: $275 (hourly rate).
      No wait list.

      Neiburger Law

      Ben A. Neiburger, Esq., CPA
      747 N. Church Road, Suite B4B
      Elmhurst, IL 60126
      (630) 782-1766
      DuPage County
      Business hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
      Cost: $2,000 to $8,000 for estate planning, special needs trusts, powers of attorney.
      Cost: $700 to $15,000 for Medicaid.
      Cost: $5,000 to $40,000 for guardianships.
      No wait list.

      Northwestern Mutual Financial Network

      Robert F. Obernesser
      1225 Corporate Blvd., Suite 100
      Aurora, IL 60505
      (630) 631-5486
      Kane County
      email: robert.obernesser@nmfn.com
      Representative will identify needs and goals while providing solutions on how to provide for the future of their special needs child.
      Free consultation. Products and services priced per individual’s needs ($950 to $1,500). Accommodates hardship cases.
      No wait list.

      Michael Overmann, Ltd.

      Michael Overmann
      7702 S. Cass Ave., Suite 135
      Darien, IL 60561
      (630) 810-0316
      DuPage County
      Business hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (evening and weekend appointments available)
      Cost: $1,200 to $1,800 for estate planning and special needs trusts.
      Cost: fee quotes available upon request for guardianships.
      No wait list.

      L. Mark Russell, JD

      86 W. King Henry Court
      Palatine, IL 60067
      (847) 991-7451
      Cook County
      email: lmarkrussell@comcast.net
      Drafts documents such as wills, trusts, powers of attorneys for health care and property, special needs trusts, revocable trusts for parents (to avoid probate, reduce estate taxes, and manage assets during incapacity), HIPAA releases, and living wills. Advises parents on issues such as guardianship and government benefits at parent groups or conferences. 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.
      Cost: $2,400-$2,800 for an entire estate plan for parents.
      one- to four-week wait list. Available to meet with clients in the late afternoon or early evening in Palatine, Mt. Prospect, or in the client's homes.

      Spain, Spain and Varnet, PC

      Nancy Spain
      Richard Spain
      Theresa Varnet
      33 N. Dearborn St., Suite 2220
      Chicago, IL 60602
      (312) 220-9112
      Cook County
      Business hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
      Special needs trusts, estate planning, guardianships, government benefits and advocacy issues
      Cost: fee quotes available upon request.
      No wait list.

      Strohschein Law Group

      Linda Strohschein, ext. 100
      Rachel Rupp, ext.106
      Eleonora “Lee” Holmes, ext.101
      40W310 LaFox Road, Suite K-2
      St. Charles, IL 60175
      (630) 377-3241
      Kane County
      Business hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
      Cost: $1,500 to $3,500 for special needs trusts and estate planning.
      Cost: $2,500 for guardianships.
      No wait list.

      The Elder Law Office of Steven C. Perlis and Associates PC

      Steven C. Perlis
      Helen Mesoloras
      3345 N. Arlington Heights Road, Suite D
      Arlington Heights, IL 60004
      (847) 818-1138
      Cook County
      Business hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
      Special needs trusts, guardianships, estate planning
      Cost: fee quotes available upon request.
      No wait list.

      The Estate Planning Law Group

      Kirsten L. Izatt
      600 W. Roosevelt Road, Suite A1
      Wheaton, IL 60187
      (630) 871-8778
      DuPage County
      email: info@teplg.com
      More information: www.specialneedsfreeguide.com
      Business hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
      Special needs trusts, estate planning, guardianships.
      Izatt is available to present to parent support groups. Parents will learn "10 Important Steps Parents Must Take To Protect Their Child's Future."
      Cost: fee quotes available upon request.
      No wait list.

      The Firm of Per K. Hanson Associated P.C.

      Per K. Hanson, ext. 26
      Lisa Trevor
      2222 Chestnut Ave., #201
      Glenview, IL 60025-1608
      (847) 486-9960
      Cook County
      Business hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
      Cost: $500 to $1,500 for special needs trusts and estate planning.
      Cost: $200 for guardianships (hourly rate).
      No wait list.

      The Law Offices of Brian Rubin and Associates

      Brian Rubin
      1110 W. Lake Cook Road, Suite 165
      Buffalo Grove, IL 60089-1997
      (847) 279-7999
      Lake County
      email: Brian@snfp.net
      Business hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
      Special needs trusts, estate planning, wills and trusts
      Cost: fee quotes available upon request.
      No wait list.

      The Law Office of Cynthia Hayes Hutchins

      Cynthia H. Hutchins
      620 W. Roosevelt Road, Suite C1
      Wheaton, IL 60187
      (630) 510-0600
      DuPage County
      For more information: www.dupageelderlaw.com
      Business hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
      Special needs trusts, guardianships, estate planning
      Cost: fee quotes available upon request.
      No wait list.

      Waddell & Reed

      Ed Scheer MBA, CFP®
      1111 W. 22nd St., Suite 100
      Oak Brook, IL 60523
      (630) 954-4611
      Serving: Cook, DuPage, Kane, & Kendall Counties
      Ed is a financial advisor and a father of a son with special needs.  He understands the unique challenges and opportunities families’ with special needs face when setting their financial goals and priorities.  He works in a holistic manner to provide your family with the tools and knowledge for your long-term future.
      Cost: free consultation. Financial planning and investment advisory services provided on a fee basis. Please call for details.

    • Chicago Children's Museum

      Navy Pier
      700 E. Grand Ave.
      Chicago, IL 60611
      (312) 527-1000
      Cook County
      Committed to providing multisensory exhibits, programs and public spaces that are inclusive and interactive for all families. Social story and museum kits: describes each of the exhibits from a child's perspective and includes a social story, specially designed for children with developmental disabilities.
      General admission: $9.
      Members and children under 1 are free. Navy Pier is offering discounted parking for everyone from now through February.
      Chicago Children's Museum is now offering an event just for children and families with disabilities on the second Saturday of every month called Play For All. Museum opens at 9 a.m. For families who have pre-registered, the first 100 to do so will receive free admission (limit: 6 free admissions per family). To register, call (312) 321-6551.

      Discovery Center Museum

      Mornings of Fun for Everyone
      711 N. Main St.
      Rockford, IL 61103
      Contact: Lori Radean (815) 972-2839 or
      email: lorir@discoverycentermuseum.org
      We invite children with disabilities and their immediate families to experience Discovery Center's multi-sensory exhibits and activities free of charge before the museum opens to the general public. A healthy snack will be served at 10 am and families are welcome to stay and play after the museum opens to the public that day.
      Cost: advanced registration required to receive free admission.

      DuPage Children's Museum

      Cindy Miller
      301 N. Washington St.
      Naperville, IL 60540
      (630) 637-8000
      DuPage County
      Autism Family Day is a special time once a month allowing families of children with autism spectrum disorders to enjoy the museum and take advantage of the many parent and community resources available to them. Families are invited to come play and utilize the augmentative communication devices available at the exhibits. Visit the museum's store and look for toys with visual interest, sensory experiences, patterns, visual tracking and cause/effect features (water wheel, boom whackers, glitter wands, marble run, squeeze toys, pinwheels, puzzles, etc.). A resource table offering visitors information, community and parent support resources is also available.
      When: meets the third Thursday of every month from 5 to 7 p.m.
      Ages: 6 months to 12 years.
      Cost: $8.50 per person; Seniors: $7.50 per person.
      No wait list or reservations needed.

  • Association for Science in Autism Treatment

    ASAT is an organization of parents and professionals committed to improving the education and care of people with autism. Learn about research being done on evidence-based and non-evidenced based interventions and more.

    Developmental Disabilities Family Clinics

    Institute on Disability and Human Development
    Parents: We want to hear from you. We are interested in hearing from parents of teen-aged girls (ages 13-17) with diagnoses of autism spectrum disorders to help plan future programming.
    Please take a few minutes to fill out take this anonymous survey.  Thank you!! Questions or concerns can be directed to:
    Nicole Quintero, PhD, BCBA-D, nquinte@uic.edu

    Loyola University Chicago

    The Healthy Adjustment in Teens Study (HATS)
    Principal investigators: Rebecca Wasserman, MA, and Amy Bohnert, PhD
    (773) 508-2962
    hats@luc.edu
    Researchers are conducting a study to understand what contributes to better adjustment in high functioning adolescents with autism spectrum disorders and are looking for participants. To be in the study, your child must have a current diagnosis of autism, read at a sixth grade level, and verbally communicate on a regular basis with family and peers. You and your child will answer questions about your child's adjustment, social abilities, friendship quality and executive function abilities. You and your child will be given the option of filling out paper measures or completing the measures online. It should take approximately 35 minutes for parents and ten minutes for youth to fill out the forms.
    Age eligibility: 12-17 years.
     

    Midwestern University Occupational Therapy Program

    (630) 515-6188
    Wanted: Occupational therapy researchers seeking young adults with autism spectrum disorder between the ages of 16-30 years.
    We want to learn about the challenges and ways you adjusted to transition from high school into more adult roles. Participation will involve an interview that will last up to one hour. The interview will occur at a place and time that works best for you. We would also like to interview parents of individuals with autism spectrum disorder.

    The National Institute of Mental Health

    Autism Spectrum Disorders and Repetitive Thoughts and Behaviors in Children and Adolescents — Has Medication Not Helped?
    Pediatrics and Developmental Neuropsychiatry Branch
    Lorraine Lougee, LCSW-C
    10 Center Drive, MSC 1255, Building 10, Room 4N208
    Bethesda, MD 20892-1255
    (301) 435-6652 or (301) 496-5323
    ocdnimh@intra.nimh.nih.gov
    This is to study riluzole for obsessive-compulsive symptoms in children and adolescents. Children must be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder with severe repetitive thoughts and behaviors, or have moderate to severe obsessive-compulsive symptoms. Children must be currently taking, or have taken, a medication for repetitive thoughts and behaviors. Be able to participate in an initial one-day outpatient evaluation and brief outpatient visits approximately monthly for six months, and at months 9 and 12, at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md. Children must forego any cognitive-behavioral therapy during the 12-week study.
    Age eligibility: 7-17 years.
     

    Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders Among Illinois Children

    Principal Investigator, Lucy Bilaver
    Northern Illinois University
    DeKalb, IL  70115
    (815) 753-2436
    lbilaver@niu.edu
    Co-investigators: Sandra Magaña, Cindy Chestaro, & Lizabeth Fernandez
    The purpose of this survey is to describe the experiences of Illinois families with a child with ASD.  With information about the local experience, we can better inform the scientific and policy community about the Illinois experience.  If you are the parent of a child 18 years or younger who was diagnosed with ASD in the state of Illinois and would like to participate, please complete survey. Paper copies available.

    Northwestern University

    Seeking individuals with an autism spectrum disorder for a research study to improve job interview skills.
    Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    Emily Ginger
    446 E. Ontario, Suite 1000
    Chicago, IL 60611
    (312) 695-4293
    Requirements: must have an autism spectrum disorder; one- to three-hour visits at the research office; unemployed or underemployed; and actively seeking employment.
    Participation includes: computer simulated job interviews, interview role-plays and learning and memory assessments.
    Age eligibility: 18-65 years.
    You will be compensated for your time and travel.

    Rush NeuroBehavioral Center

    Is your child diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder and does your child struggle to read emotion from facial expressions?
    Jason Johnson, B.S., study coordinator
    4711 W. Golf Road, Suite 1100
    Skokie, IL 60076
    (847) 763-7988
    research@rush.edu
    If your child meets the following criteria, s/he may be eligible for the research study: autism spectrum disorder diagnosis; average or above average intellectual functioning; and experiences difficulty with recognizing emotion from facial expressions.
    Age eligibility: 8-14 years.
    The study involves telephone pre-screening parent interview; screening assessment of your child's ability to perceive nonverbal cues from facial expressions (approx. three hours); twice weekly training sessions (up to one hour/session) for up to eight weeks; immediate post assessment and follow up to six weeks after completion; completion of questionnaires regarding your child's social and emotional learning skills; no fee for assessment or intervention; and feedback for parents.

    Rush NeuroBehavioral Center

    Jason Johnson, B.S., study coordinator
    4711 W. Golf Road, Suite 1100
    Skokie, IL 60076

    (847) 933‑9339
    RNBC_research@rush.edu
    Recruitment call for research study: Do you have an 8-12 year old typically developing child or a child who is on the autism spectrum? Do they like computers? Do they like to participate in research?
    Under the direction of Nicole Russo-Ponsaran, researchers are conducting a free study investigating the validity of new computer-based and game-like social-emotional learning assessment tool. Participation is free and participants will receive a $20 gift card.

    University of Chicago

    Has your child been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder?
    Taylor Dreher, program coordinator
    (847) 238-2693
    email: tdreher1@uchicago.edu
    Dr. Megan Scott is seeking participants for a study investigating why some children with autism spectrum disorder behave aggressively. Your child will complete measures of autism symptoms, language ability, and IQ. As the child's caregiver, we would like you to track your child's feelings and behavior for 7 days by completing brief (3 minute) surveys on your cell phone throughout the day. We are offering a $25 gift card for those who complete the study. We also will reimburse for parking or public transportation. Who is eligible? Children, ages: 5-18 yrs.; diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder; caregiver with access to cell phone with data plan; primarily english speaking.

    University of Illinois at Chicago

    Kate Caldwell
    (312) 996-4711
    lkcaldw3@uic.edu
    You chose a date and location in Chicago area
    This research is part of a project looking at social entrepreneurship as a pathway to employment for people with disabilities in Chicago. As part of our research, we are particularly interested in including the voices of social entrepreneurs with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Compensated $30 for participation.
    You can participate if you: have an intellectual or developmental disability; live in the Chicago area; and have a business or non-profit.

    University of Illinois at Chicago

    Contact: Susan Cahill (PhD student)
    If interested, call (708) 214-7174 or email smcahill@uic.edu
    Study focuses on understanding the perspectives of parents of youth with an autism spectrum disorder as it relates to educational experiences. Eligibility requirements include the ability to participate in a discussion with a relative stranger for 30-40 minutes about pictures. They must have the ability to ask other individuals whether or not they would mind having their photograph taken and have the ability to respond to the individual's answer. They must receive special education and/or related services. They must be able to follow written or picture checklists and should be permitted and encouraged by their teachers and other school personnel to take photographs throughout the school day.
    Age eligibility: 14-21

    University of Illinois at Chicago

    Study: Parents Taking Action
    Principal investigator, Sandra Magaña
    University of Illinois at Chicago
    Department of Disability and Human Development
    1640 West Roosevelt Road
    Chicago, IL  60608
    (312) 355-4537
    maganas@uic.edu
    The purpose of this study is to assess an educational program which aims to help families learn about autism, autism services, how to access them, and strategies for improving overall child behaviors. We use a randomized trial and wait-list design.  If you would like to participate, you will complete an initial questionnaire, and then will be assigned by chance (like flipping a coin) to either start the educational program immediately or wait for 8 months.  When you receive the program, a promotora (community health educator) who is also a parent of a child with ASD will engage you in 14 sessions of the educational program.  These sessions will be once a week in your home or a place convenient to you.  You will have two follow up assessments after completion of the program.
    Age and eligibility: mother who identifies as Latino and has a child with ASD between the ages of 1 and 8 years old. Program will be in language of preference, Spanish or English.

    • Association for Science in Autism Treatment

      ASAT is an organization of parents and professionals committed to improving the education and care of people with autism. Learn about research being done on evidence-based and non-evidenced based interventions and more.

      Autism Speaks

      Many opportunities are available for families to participate in Autism research. Join a clinical trial, enroll in a research study, contribute to a genetic database, or participate online by adding your family information to a research database.

      National Autism Center

      Autism Resources for Families: Being armed with information about autism spectrum disorder (ASD) helps families feel more comfortable as they face new challenges. Some families need to know where to start when one member of the family has been recently diagnosed. Other families face unexpected difficulties as their loved ones with ASD learn to live effectively in home, school, or community settings. We are dedicated to supporting families by making information and resources more readily available.

      FREE PARENT RESOURCE: Download A Parent’s Guide to Evidence-based Practice and Autism

      Organization for Autism Research

      Website created by parents and grandparents of children and adults on the autism spectrum to share life experiences and to use applied science to answer common questions.

  • Housing and Residential Supports Tool Kit

    Provided by Autism Speaks, Family Services

    Acadia Healthcare - Children's Behavioral Solutions

    55 Basin Creek Road, Butte, MT 59701
    Phone: (877) 297-7957
    Specialty: self-injury, PTSD, FASD, Autism, psychiatric/dual abuse issues; IQ>60 required, offers separate children's & non-coed adolescent program tracks; average stay varies.

    Acadia Healthcare - Children's Behavioral Solutions

    Options
    5602 Caito Dr.
    Indianapolis, IN 46226
    (800) 431-1114
    Specialty: psychiatric, behavioral, autism, lower-functioning. Secured unit; IQ<75 only; severe psychiatric/behavioral issues & sexually acting out behaviors; offers secured autism unit (IQ 48-70). Average stay varies; diagnostic work-up available for 30-90 days.
    Ages: 11-18 years.
    Cost: accepts insurance, school, cost-sharing; call to discuss fees.Will assist with trasnportation fees/needs.

    Cardinal Cushing Centers

    Michelle Markowitz
    405 Washington St., Hanover, MA 02339
    Phone: (781) 829-1205
    Email: mmarkowitz@cushingcenters.org
    Private, non-profit therapeutic special needs boarding school for children and young adults with autism and developmental disabilities.

    Chileda Institute

    1825 Victory St., LaCrosse, WI 54601
    Phone: (608) 782-6480
    Email: info@chileda.org
    Primary focus on developmental disabilities, attachment disorders and behavioral challenges with specialization in autism and traumatic brain injury (dual issues such as cognitive and seizure disorder issues accepted).

    Cumberland Hospital, LLC

    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.

    Genesee Lake School

    Amanda Buerger, senior admissions coordinator
    36100 Genesee Lake Road
    Oconomowoc, WI 53066
    (262) 569-5510, ext. 3005
    admissions@geneseelakeschool.com
    Genesee Lake School is a nationally recognized provider offering programs for students with developmental disabilities, mental health disorders, neurological disorders, and emotional disturbances. Additionally, we offer specialized programs for students with autism spectrum disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, and complex trauma. Our goal at Genesee Lake School is to provide an innovative and enriching environment for the students in our care to learn and experience all that life can offer.

    Grove School Therapeutic Boarding School

    175 Copse Road
    Madison, CT 06443
    (203) 245-2778
    Specialty: eating disorder, psychiatric, behavioral, autism. Primary psychiatric and behavioral issues; offers transitions program; enrolls youth grades 7-12 on campus; do not accept conduct disorder, aggression or substance abuse issues. Average stay is 2 years.
     

    Heritage School

    5600 N. Heritage School Dr.
    Provo, UT 84604
    (800) 433-9413
    admissions@heritagertc.org
    Residential treatment for neurodiverse adolescents (12-18 years) with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental challenges. Our focus is on skills development using a neurological framework and a trauma-integrated approach.

    Hughes Center for Exceptional Children

    Michael S. Triggs, CEO
    1601 Franklin Turnpike
    Danville, VA 24540
    (434) 836-8500
    HughesCenterAdmissions@uhsinc.com
    The Hughes Center offers a residential treatment program for males and females, ages 10 – 22, who have been diagnosed with an Intellectual Disability and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder, and who are experiencing significant social and behavioral difficulties within the home, school, and community environments. Our team works diligently to challenge residents to apply learned skills within new environments and situations.


     

    Lutheran Social Services of Illinois

    Greer Ann Hamblet, Program Coordinator
    4840 W. Byron, Chicago, IL 60641
    Phone: (847) 390-1422 or (630) 664-8876 (emergency)
    Email: greerann.hamblet@lssi.org
    Offers two intermediate care residences at Shady Oaks East and Shady Oaks West in Homer Glen for people with developmental disabilities.

    Maryville Academy

    Maryville Residential Treatment Center
    Maryville St. George Program
    1150 N. River Road
    Des Plaines, IL 60016
    (630) 736-7451 (intake)
    Specialty: psychiatric, behavioral, intellectual disabilities, self-harm, sexually acting out, autism, trauma. Multiple levels of care: moderate & severe; parenting & pregnancy teen DCFS ward section for those with children. Maryville also has inpatient psychiatric child, adolescent, young adult (18-22 years) & a deaf and hard of hearing program. Intake (847) 768-5347. Average stay is 12-18 months.
    Ages: 12-21 years (males); 12-21 years (females).
     

    Milestone, Inc.

    RocVale Children's Home
    4450 N. Rockton Ave., Rockford, IL 61103
    (815) 639-2960
    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: 6-21 years.

     

    National Deaf Academy

    Deana Goldstein, CEO
    19650 U.S. Highway 441
    Mount Dora, FL 32757
    Phone: (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 years
    Accepts Illinois Medicaid
    Wait list depends on the number of open beds available. For more information, contact Christina Hawkins at (804) 928-8863.

    Northern Illinois Academy

    998 Corporate Blvd., Aurora, IL 60502
    Phone: (847) 391-8000
    Specializes in psychiatric, dual diagnosis, autism, social/emotional disorders, self-harm; length of average stay varies.

    The Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School at the University of Chicago

    Kristin Friesen
    6245 S. Ingleside Ave., Chicago, IL 60637
    Phone: (773) 420-2891
    Coeducational residential treatment program for individuals with Asperger's disorder/high functioning autism.

    Trinity Services Inc.

    Jen Klouse
    2081 Calistoga Drive, Suite 1S
    New Lenox, IL  60451
    (815) 485-6197
    jklouse@trinity-services.org
    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.
    Ages: 18 years and up.
     

    Universal Health

    Boulder Creek Academy
    378 Emerson Lane
    Bonners Ferry, ID 83805
    (877) 348-0848
    Boulder Creek Academy specializes in working with adolescents 13-18, whose academic needs are not being met in traditional school, often making them feel socially disconnected, depressed or anxious.
    Specialty: autism. Average stay is 12-24 months.
    11-18 years.

  • Association for Individual Development

    Debbie Ortiz
    309 W. New Indian Trail Court
    Aurora, IL 60506
    (630) 966-4050
    Kane County
    Provides home-based and out-of-home respite services.
    Ages: 3 years and up.
    Private and public insurance accepted.
    Wait list (call to inquire).

    Autism Home Support Services Inc.

    85 Revere Drive, Suite B
    Northbrook, IL 60062
    (847) 564-0822
    Serving: Lake, Cook, Kane, DuPage County
    email: contact@autismhomesupport.com
    Provides home-based respite services to children with autism such as safe instructional care and play, maintaining IEP basic skills, and daily observational records.
    Ages: 2 years and up.
    Private insurance accepted.
    Cost: $25/$40/$65/$99 (hourly rate depeding on service level).
    Possible wait list; scheduling depends on staff match.

    The Children's Place Association

    Gloria Gordon
    3059 W. Augusta Blvd.
    Chicago, IL 60622
    (773) 826-1230
    Cook County
    Email: ggordon@childrens-place.org
    Provides respite services to children with special needs.
    Ages: Birth to 12 years.
    Cost: None; funded by DHS.
    No wait list.

    Community Support Services

    9021 Ogden Ave.
    Brookfield, IL 60513
    (708) 354-4547
    Cook County
    Provides home-based respite services to assist people with developmental disabilities and their families (3-hour maximum). They work with each participant to develop self-esteem, independent living skills, social skills and greater participation in community life. They provide family members a break from care-taking, which helps reduce stress and improves family functioning. Respite services are available to any child or adult with a developmental disability and their family, who lives within their service area. For more information.
    Ages: 3 years and up.
    Wait list (call to inquire).

    Little City Countryside Association for People with Disabilities

    2360 Palmer Dr., Schaumburg, IL
    (847) 438-8799
    Serving: Northern, Cook and McHenry Counties.
    Provides home-based respite services that are designed to help maintain children or adults with disabilities in their home environment as an alternative to residential placement. Provides relief to family members who care for individuals or when emergencies occur that take care-givers away from the home for short periods. Respite seeks to maintain and support routines that have been established in the home. Workers are skilled at promoting daily living skills, offering recreational activities and encouraging appropriate social skills. Twelve respite hours per month. Ages: Birth and up.

    Glenkirk
    Nicole Zanon-Tocki
    3504 Commercial Ave., Northbrook, IL 60062
    847-272-5111 x613
    Program combines home-based services and the supported living services. Services include: HBS Services Facilitator, personal support workers, day services, respite care, skilled nursing, behavioral services, counseling, speech, physical and occupational therapies, transportation, adaptive equipment and accessibility modifications. Eligibility: DD diagnosis; all ages
    Good Shepherd Center for Exceptional Children

    17314 Kedzie Ave. Hazelcrest, IL 60429
    (708) 335-0020, ext. 22
    Provides short-term home-based respite services for persons with developmental disabilities in their natural, guardian, or foster family home. Must be a resident of South Suburban Cook County, Northern Will County, Beverely, Mt. Greenwood, and Morgan Park; will soon include Romeoville and Joliet areas. No cost; PUNS funding not required. Additionally, provides in-home waiver services for adults and children. 

    Illinois Respite Coalition
    In every community across the state of Illinois, family members are becoming caregivers for their loved ones, the Illinois Respite Coalition is here to help. The IRC is dedicated to increasing public awareness on the importance of Lifespan Respite. We provide additional support to caregivers across Illinois through referrals to respite providers in their area, trainings for caregivers, and a variety of other resources.

     

    Joy Faith Knapp Children's Center

    3145 W. Pratt Blvd.
    Chicago, IL 60645
    Cook County
    855-ASK-JCFS (855-275-5237)

    Respite Programs for Families with Special Needs
    Allison Rodenhouse
    Email: allisonrodenhouse@jcfs.org
    JCFS’ Respite program helps decrease a family’s stress level, provide social and recreational outlets for children and improves the overall functioning of the family. Our respite program takes a supportive and nurturing approach, which enhances a child’s growth and development, while providing parents short-term relief. We offer many types of Respite scenarios for parents who need a little “me time” throughout the year. Programs are provided for children and adults and include community and home-based support services for clients with developmental and/or mental health diagnoses, Sunday group respite services, and family respite weekends. There is currently a waiting list for Respite Services. Please call for information.

    Family Commons
    Contact: Emily Tegenkamp
    Email: familycommons@jcfs.org or go to: http://www.jcfs.org/familycommons
    JCFS’ Family Commons is your one-stop shop for family fun: It’s a single location with tons of recreational activities and classes where children with special needs can play and learn alongside one another, while parents can relax or enjoy a class of their own. With a wide range of sports, mind-body classes, therapeutic arts, healthy cooking and life skills classes for children and adults, Family Commons targets the physical health, social aptitude and skill-building needs of children. Yet, the program taps into everyone’s creativity, and is just plain fun for the entire family.

    Keshet

    Marni Sommerfield
    3210 Dundee Road
    Northbrook, IL
    Phone: (847) 205-0274
    Email: msommerfield@keshet.org
    Ages: Parent Night Out K-22; Northbrook Afterschool K-8; Skokie Afterschool 9-22
    Parent Night Out occurs once a month on Tuesdays in Skokie from 4:30-7:30.  Activities include movies, dinner, bowling, work out sessions, and more!  Our after school programs are weekly on Tuesdays in Skokie from 2:45-4:30 and Thursdays in Northbrook from 2:45-3:30.  Activities include cooking, yoga, music, art, and more!
    Insurance not accepted
    No waitlist

    Little Friends Center for Autism, Inc.

    Lifeskills Training Center for Children with Autism (LTCCA)
    Saturday Respite Program

    Erica Sokol, respite coordinator
    esokol@lilfriends.com851 
    (630) 690-7293
    Bloomingdale Road
    Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
    Saturday Respite Program provides adolescents with Asperger's or high functioning children diagnosed with autism with age-appropriate, socio-recreational activities with other children during the day. Your child (ages 5 to 18) will receive one Saturday per month of respite services.
    Cost: $30 (per Saturday).

    Lutheran Social Services of Illinois

    Greer Ann Hamblet, program coordinator
    4840 W. Byron St.
    Chicago, IL 60641
    (847) 390-1422 or (630) 664-8876 (emergency)
    Serving: Metro Chicago, Will, Kane and McHenry Counties.
    Email: greerann.hamblet@lsi.org
    Respite services provide caregivers with the peace of mind, knowing that when they have an emergency or need a short break, their loved one is provided with care in a licensed, caring facility.
    Respite hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Ages: birth and up.
    Cost: none; state funded.
    Possible wait list.

    NIA Comprehensive Center Intermission

    1808 S. State St.
    Chicago, IL 60616-1611
    (312) 949-1808
    Provides home-based respite care. Family can receive up to 7-10 hours per week per individual. Also provides vacation respite services (up to 5 days/24 hrs.).
    Ages: Birth and up.
    Cost: None; state funded.
    1-year wait list.

    North Center

    5104 W. Belmont Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60641
    (773) 777-4111
    Email: northcenter@comcast.net
    Provides home-based respite care services for children and adolescents with autism. Fifteen hours per month per individual (360/year, resets each year). Can provide respite workers (may be a wait) or provide training to a respite worker of family's choosing. 
    Ages: Birth and up.
    Cost: None; state funded.

    Pioneer Center for Human Services

    4031 W Dayton St, McHenry, IL 60050
    Phone: (815) 344-1230
    Pioneer Center’s Respite Program offers the parents or caregivers of an individual with a developmental disability, cerebral palsy and/or epilepsy a reprieve from caring for their loved one.

    Respite Education & Support Tools (REST)

    Become a Volunteer Respite Care Worker
    Lisa Esposito, REST coordinator
    (630) 397-5656
    Email: lesposito@restprogram.org
    Jenna Olznoi, IL REST program coodinator
    (630) 397-5662
    email: jolznoi@restprogram.org
    Where: St. Alexius Medical Center
    1555 Barrington Road
    Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
    When: Saturday, July 18, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Become a volunteer respite care worker. REST, respite education and support tools, is a unique, interactive training program, where you will receive the education and tools needed to be confident and successful in providing respite care to adults and children. Lunch and snacks will be provided. The Illinois Department of Human Services has approved the REST volunteer respite worker course for 6.75 CE hours. For more information.

    Shore Community Services
    1827 Brummel St, Evanston, IL 60202
    8350 Laramie Ave. Skokie, IL 60077
    (847) 982-2030
    Respite care services are designed to provide the support necessary to maintain persons with an intellectual or other developmental disability in the least restrictive setting possible, their own home.
    UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago

    3100 S. Central Ave, Cicero, IL 60804
    Phone: (708) 863-3803
    Email: info@seguin.org
    Activities included in the In-Home Respite program are designed to improve the independent living skills of individuals served, and to pave the way for future opportunities to live within the community away from their family home.

    • Advanced Behavioral Solutions

      953 N. Plum Grove Road, Suite B
      Schaumburg, IL 60173
      Phone: (847) 413-9001
      Cook County
      Email: advancedbehavioral@msn.com
      Provides pre-marital and couples therapy. Couples therapy involves a psychologist or therapist working privately with a couple on relationship issues. They offer services to couples at any stage in their relationship including pre-marital, marital or committed life partners, and divorce. Couples seeking services are often interested in improving communication, learning more adaptive conflict resolution skills, enhancing their partnership, or resolving major issues that require mediation.
      Out-of-network provider.
      Cost for initial intake/assessment: $220 (first appointment).
      Cost: $140 (45 minutes) or $280 (90 minutes).
      No wait list.

      Edgewood Clinical Services, LLC

      1288 Rickert Drive, Suite 120
      Naperville, IL 60540
      Phone: (630) 428-7890
      DuPage County

      Second location:
      14722 S. Naperville Road, Suite 112
      Plainfield, IL 60544
      Phone: (630) 428-7890
      Will County
      Provides couples therapy using a family systems and goal-directed approach.
      Private insurance accepted.
      No wait list.

      The Finestra Center, LLC

      4659 Ravenswood Ave. Chicago, IL 60640
      773-435-6740
      info@finestracenter.com
      Provides couples therapy in English and Spanish who are facing issues related to adjustment to life stressors including developmental, medical, or psychiatric diagnosis of a child or family member. Private insurance accepted 

      Diane Gould, LCSW, BCBA

      1866 Sheridan Road, Suite 207
      Highland Park, IL 60035
      Phone: (847) 917-5385
      Lake County
      Email: dgould847@aol.com
      Provides couples therapy.
      Insurance not accepted.
      Cost: $140 (hourly rate).
      No wait list. Evening and weekend hours available.

      Elena Kaiser, MA, ATR-BC, LCPC

      Counseling & Art Therapy
      5225 Old Orchard Road, Suite 45                            
      Skokie, IL 60077
      (847) 337-2377
      Cook County
      Email: kaiser.elena@comcast.net
      Provides couples therapy in the home or facility-based. Offers flexible daytime, evening, and Sunday hours.
      Private insurance accepted (BCBS PPO among other insurance providers).
      No wait list.

      Little Friends Center for Autism, Inc.

      140 N. Wright St.
      Naperville, IL 60540
      Phone: (630) 305-4196
      DuPage County
      Agency providing low-cost couples counseling. These groups will be facilitated by a licensed counselor. The focus of the groups will be to discuss issues, feelings and emotions with other parents and/or couples. Parents will meet others who can relate to their situations and explore common situations in families. In the group, parents will have the opportunity to work through problems they face every day in the schools, at home, with extended family and in the community. The ultimate goal of the group will be to identify the positive aspects of each family in order to best support their children's development. Group facilitated by Eileen Lane, MS, LCPC.
      When: Wednesdays, 6:45 to 8:15 p.m.
      Cost: $175 (for couples).

      Karin McNicholas, MSW, LCSW

      425 S. Main St., Suite 100 Lombard, IL 60148
      Phone: (630) 629-0297
      Provides couples, family, and individual therapy

      Rush University Medical Center

      Ann Hartlage, PhD
      2150 W. Harrison St., Chicago, IL 60612
      Phone: (312) 942-6283
      Provides couples therapy.
      Private and public insurance accepted.

      Sinha Clinic

      1400 Lincoln Highway, Suite C
      St. Charles, IL 60174
      Phone: (630) 762-9606
      Kane County
      Provides the following services: individual therapy for ages 5-18, marital therapy and family therapy from a holistic perspective
      Private insurance accepted
      No wait list

      Sheila Susman, LCSW

      1725 W. Harrison St., Suite 744
      Chicago, IL 60612
      Phone: (312) 351-0604
      Cook County
      Provides couples therapy.
      BCBS Blue Card PPO accepted. Public insurance not accepted. Sliding scale fee available.
      No wait list.

    • Advanced Behavioral Solutions

      2060 E. Algonquin Road, Suite 720
      Schaumburg, IL 60173
      Phone: (847) 496-4693
      Cook County
      Email: advancedbehavioral@msn.com
      Provides family therapy using the STEP Program (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting). It is a family-based intervention, designed specifically for parents that teaches more effective ways to address behavioral issues with children on the ASD/PDD spectrum.
      Out-of-network provider
      Cost: $220 (intake/assessment); $140 (45-minutes); $280 (90-minutes)
      No wait list

      Alexian Brothers Medical Plaza

      Autism Spectrum and Developmental Disorders Resource Center
      1786 Moon Lake Blvd., Suite 202
      Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
      Phone: (847) 755-8536
      Cook County
      This center provides family therapy. Valerie Luxon, PsyD sees young children, adolescents and adults with ASD and also works with other diagnoses.
      Cost: free therapy service for low income families.
      Call for more information to see if you child qualifies.

      Aspire

      Erica Sokol, LCPC
      4100 Litt Drive
      Hillside, IL 60162
      Phone; (708) 632-5502, ext. 3889
      DuPage County
      Email: esokol@aspirechicago.com
      Not seeing eye to eye? Feeling stressed out from advocating for a loved one? We work with the whole family. Aspire’s licensed professionals are experienced working with individuals on the autism spectrum, as well as with their families.  Family counseling addresses the concerns and roadblocks that prevent families from thriving together. Our trained counselors will develop a professional relationship and establish trust while working with the family to address their concerns and goals.
      Cost: sliding scale, cash or credit card accepted
      No wait list

      Behavioral Psychology Associates, P.C.

      Virginia Seng, PhD
      1920 Thoreau Drive, Suite 151
      Schaumburg, IL 60173
      Phone: (847) 303-1880
      Cook County

      Second location:
      111 Lions Drive, Suite 220
      Barrington, IL 60010
      Cook and Lake County
      Provides family therapy using a cognitive-behavioral model.
      Private insurance not accepted.
      Cost: $250 (initial visit); $160 (30-35 minutes); $225 (60 minutes).
      Possible wait list.

      Bellosa Counseling, LLC

      Christine Bellosa, MA, LCPC
      Therapist for Individuals, Couples &  Families
      350 S. Northwest Highway, Suite 300, Park Ridge, IL 60068
      847.656.5259
      Christine@BellosaCounseling.com
      Provides individuals with ASD of all ages therapy, and well as with couple & family counseling, sibling support and help in other areas such as IEP education.  
       

      The Center for Hope & Healing, LLC

      Allison Lobel, PsyD
      16W241 S. Frontage Road, Suite 35
      Burr Ridge, IL 60527
      Phone: (630) 468-2342
      DuPage County
      Email: alobel@thecenterforhopeandhealing.com
      Provides family therapy to facilitate an enhanced understanding of diagnoses and strengthen family relationships. Collaborates with family to work toward desired changes and progress.
      Limited private insurance accepted.
      No wait list.

      Charlie’s Gift

      Center for Autism and Related Disorders
      1048 W. Ogden Ave., Suite 130, Downers Grove, IL 60521
      Phone: (630) 323-7500 x239
      Email: charliesgift@att.net
      Provides family counseling.

      Chicago Child Psychiatry Associates

      Amer Smajkic, MD
      233 E. Erie, Suite 802
      Chicago, IL 60610
      (312) 893-5701
      Cook County
      email: asmajkic@mac.com
      Provides family therapy and education.
      Private insurance accepted.
      Two-week wait list.

      Comprehensive Psychological Services, P.C.

      Michael J. Frey, PhD
      3233 N. Arlington Heights Road, Suite 208, Arlington Heights, IL 60004
      Phone: (847) 632-0334
      Email: shrinkcps@aol.com
      Provides family therapy.

      Edgewood Clinical Services, LLC

      Adam Russo, LCSW, C-ACYFSW
      2948 Artesian Road, Suite 112
      Naperville, IL 60564
      Phone: (630) 428-7890
      DuPage County

      Second location:
      14722 S. Naperville Road, Suite 100
      Plainfield, IL 60544
      Phone: (630) 428-7890
      Will County
      Provides family therapy using a family systems and goal-directed approach.
      Private insurance accepted.
      No wait list.

      Family Behavioral Health

      24821 W. 135th St.
      Plainfield, IL 60544
      Phone: (815) 254-7400
      Will County
      Provides family therapy.
      Private insurance accepted (BCBS, Cigna, Humana).
      Wait list varies.

      Riverview Counseling Services

      (630) 587-3777 x102
      St. Charles Campus: 111 E. Main Street, St. Charles, IL 60174
      Maureen Henry, Molly stanek, Melissa Nytko, Stephanie Santo, Selena Wollach
      Batavia Campus: 13 E. Wilson Street, Batavia, IL 60510
      Lara Marlowe, Heather Kochen
      South Elgin Campus: 474 Briargate Drive, South Elgin IL 60177
      Holly Simpson, Melissa Nytko
      Provides individual therapy using a cognitive-behavioral model for individuals (children and adults) with ASD and their families

      Diane Gould, LCSW, BCBA

      744 Lake Cook Road, Suite 213E
      Deerfield, IL 60015
      Phone: (847) 917-5385
      Lake County
      Email: dgould847@gmail.com

      Second location:
      4901 Forest Ave.
      Downers Grove, IL 60515
      DuPage County
      Provides therapy to parents and family members of newly diagnosed children with autism in understanding the implications of the diagnosis and advice on treatment and education options.
      Insurance not accepted.
      Cost: $155 (hourly rate).
      No wait list. Evening and weekend hours available.

      Healing Connections Counseling, PC

      Paula Sejut-Dvorak, MA, LCPC
      13717 South Route 30, Unit 153
      Plainfield Illinois 60544
      815-676-6811, ext 3
      info@hcctherapy.com
      Ages: 3 – adulthood
      We accept most private insurances, we are unable to accept Medicare or Medicaid at this time. Our self-pay rate is $60/session
      HCC provides family counseling services focused on helping family members improve their relationships with each other and move past conflicts. We also provide parenting skills training for coping with difficult behaviors in children.
      No wait list. We are generally able to schedule appointments within a week of the initial contact.

      Karin McNicholas, MSW, LCSW

      425 S. Main St., Suite 100 Lombard, IL 60148
      Phone: (630) 629-0297
      Provides couples, family, and individual therapy

      Orland Family Institute, LLC

      Martins Adeoye, MD
      15030 S. Ravinia, Suite 30
      Orland Park, IL 60462
      Phone: (708) 364-0580, ext. 0 (Kim)
      Cook County
      Provides family therapy.
      Private insurance accepted.
      Six-week wait list is typical.

      Bob Rosenfeld, MD

      801 Skokie Blvd., Suite 212
      Northbrook, IL 60062
      Phone: (847) 564-1131
      Cook County
      Provides family therapy. Addresses behavioral issues at home, at school or in the academic setting, to help find the right kind of therapy for the child with autism.
      Out-of-network provider.
      Cost: $300 per session (45 minutes).
      No wait list.

      Rush Neurobehavioral Center

      4711 W. Golf Road, Suite 1100
      Skokie, IL 60676
      Cook County
      Phone: (847) 933-9339
      Email: info@rnbc.org
      Provides family therapy.
      BCBS PPO accepted.
      Cost: $160-$210 (per session).
      No wait list.

      Rush University Medical Center

      Autism Assessment, Research & Treatment Services (AARTS) Center
      Westgate Building
      1645 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 603
      Chicago, IL 60612
      Phone: (312) 942-0819

      Autism Services Group

      330 Eisenhower Ln. N.
      Lombard, IL 60148
      Phone (800) 773-1682
      Fax: (630) 541-3698
      Ages: birth to 25 years old
      Our goal is to help your family and your child grow through counseling so they can maximize learning, social skills, and emotional health. Skill Sprout’s health professionals will assess the best type of counseling for your child based on your child and your family’s needs whether it is individual, family, siblings, or parental.
      Insurance: Skill Sprout accepts all major insurances and self-pay, but does not currently accept Medicaid or CHIP. When a family requests information about services, our Clinical Intake Coordinator offers to run a benefit check to help them understand their benefits.

      Other locations:
      706 Oglesby Ave Suite 200
      Normal, IL 61761
      Phone (800) 773-1682
      Fax: (309) 808-1401
      Email: info@skillsprout.com
      Ages: birth to 25 years old

      8500 N. Knoxville Ave
      Peoria, IL 61615
      Phone (800) 773-1682
      Fax: (309) 713-2898
      Email: info@skillsprout.com
      Ages: birth to 25 years old

      2035 W. Iles Suite C
      Springfield, IL 62704
      Phone (800) 773-1682
      Fax: (217) 679-5386
      Email: info@skillsprout.com
      Ages: birth to 25 years old

      97 Eastgate Dr
      Washington, IL 61571
      Phone (800) 773-1682
      Fax: (309) 265-0535
      Email: info@skillsprout.com
      Ages: birth to 25 years old

      Sinha Clinic

      1400 Lincoln Highway, Suite C
      St. Charles, IL 60174
      Phone: (630) 762-9606
      Kane County
      Provides the following services: individual therapy for ages 5-18, marital therapy and family therapy from a holistic perspective
      Private insurance accepted
      No wait list

      Seth Solway, PsyD

      4256 N. Ravenswood Ave., Suite 211, Chicago, IL 60613
      Phone: (678) 765-9294
      Email: sethsolwaypsyd@gmail.com
      Provides individual and family therapy for children, adolescents, and adults with developmental delays, learning disabilities, and autism spectrum disorders.

      Vital Rehabilitation

      5820 W. Irving Park Road
      Chicago, IL 60634
      Phone: (773) 685-8482
      Cook County
      Email: contact@vitalrehabilitation.com
      Provides family based counseling, behavioral management, community resources, generalized anxiety, and grief counseling.
      Private insurance accepted.
      No wait list.

  • JJslist.com

    Hop on the bus to independence workshop
    Sarah Armour, business assistant
    (847) 869-0000
    sarah@jjslist.com
    Learn to us public transportation for safe and independet travel. What happens during the 90-minute hop on the bus workshop? The jjslist.com training team works with participants to learn the rtachicago.com on-line trip planner. Pace Suburban Bus staff takes participants on a real Pace bus to explore how it works and what participants need to know. Any public or private school, agency or service provider that works with individuals with disabilities ages 14 and older within the six county area served by Pace Suburban Bus (Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, Will). What's required? A minimum of 8 participants with disabilities plus staff, supporters and/or family members; completion of a pre and post survey by staff and/or participants; availability of a classroom with internet access at your site; outside space to park a Pace bus at your site.

    Regional Transportation Authority (RTA)

    Travel Training Program
    (312) 913-3203
    traveltraining@rtachicago.org
    Program teaches individuals with disabilities and older adults how to use CTA, Metra and Pace buses and trains. RTA travel training program offers three types of training tailored to meet each participant's needs: trip training; individual transit orientation; and group transit orientation. Travel training sessions are provided by professionals who have experience working with people with disabilities and older adults, and are knowledgeable about transportation accessibility.

    Special Needs Chicago

    Michelle Dacy
    507 S. Naperville Road
    Wheaton, IL 60187
    (630) 668-9999
    info@specialneedschicago.org
    Provides non-emergency, door-to-door wheelchair accessible rides throughout the Chicago metropolitan area (city and suburbs).  They offer great customer service, reliability and convenience for your patients.
    Ages: under 16 years - must be accompanied by an adult.

     

What are the challenges of caregiving?

Any situation where one person is responsible for the care of another can be stressful and overwhelming. Parents and caregivers may feel overwhelmed and distressed. In autism, in particular, the range of treatment options and promises of a cure can also overwhelm parents and caregivers, who feel obligated to do everything in their power to help.

What can be done to cope with the challenges of caregiving?

Parents and caregivers often find it useful to consult with a specialist on the most appropriate plan, as well as for specific recommendations about promoting new skills and reducing problem behaviors.

Respite services offer a break for caregivers by providing trained staff to care for the individual with ASD. 

If needed, parents may wish to pursue their own evaluation or treatment in order to ensure that they are in good emotional shape. To be an effective caregiver, it is essential to take good care of oneself.

Finally, it’s not unusual during the course of a child’s evaluation for the parent to recognize symptoms of ASD in him or herself. This can be surprising and, at times, overwhelming, to realize. 

Where can we find financial and legal advice?

The challenges of caregiving go beyond fulfilling the medical and emotional needs of children with ASD. As a caregiver you are also faced with increased financial burdens and legal considerations.

How can we maintain a healthy marriage?

Marriage or other intimate partnerships can be challenging to maintain, regardless of disability status, and caring for children within a relationship can exacerbate the challenge. Making decisions about health care and education may place additional strain. Parents often disagree about approach or how to address behavior challenges, which can lead to further stress. In many cases, couples therapy that focuses on building positive communication patterns is helpful for maintaining the relationship.

How can we address the issues facing our entire family?

Keep the lines of communication open. Attend parent training seminars and family support groups to connect with parents and experienced caregivers who are facing similar challenges. Find sibling support groups for your other children to help them learn how to live, and thrive, with a sibling with ASD. Educate your friends and family members about ASD and the challenges you, your child and your family are facing.