115 West Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL 60654
Access Living offers services and support for people with disabilities in Chicago including home and community based services (personal support workers, support group, independent living skills classes, etc.), housing services, youth programs and legal services.
Addis Greenberg & Schultz, LLC
Lynda Schultz, GD
633 Skokie Blvd., Suite 220 Northbrook, IL 60062
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.
Special Education Law
Child & Family Advocacy
Jennifer Ancel Reiter
Marc J. Ancel
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.
Center for Disability and Elder Law
CDEL provides free legal services to qualified eligible low-income persons with disabilities and special needs. Cost: no fee.
Legal Aid Chicago provides free civil legal services to people living in poverty in Cook County. Legal Aid Chicago focuses on accessing and protecting benefits for basic human needs. Over 25% of Legal Aid Chicago’s clients are people with disabilities. All clients must be registered by telephone and screened for eligibility through our Client Screening Unit; Phone menu and staff communicate in English and Spanish.
Attorneys offer assistance to families regarding guardianship, educational law, custody, criminal and mental health issues.
Children's Law Group
Attorneys offer assistance to families regarding school, criminal and mental health issues. Payment plans and sliding scale fees available.
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
From Advocacy to Action
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).
Attorneys offer assistance to families regarding special education matters, mental health law, guardianship, and criminal law representation for juveniles and adults.
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.
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.
Philip H. Corboy Law Center
25 E. Pearson St., Suite 1005 Chicago, IL 60611
The Community Law Center Clinic serves clients whose main source of income is public assistance or Supplemental Security Income as well as those classified as the "working poor," who are people struggling to meet their obligations even though they have jobs. Cases handled by the clinic focus on family issues (i.e., guardianship, custody), landlord-tenant conflicts and benefit questions. Since its founding, the clinic has represented more than 3000 individuals while providing students with the opportunity to serve real clients with real problems.
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.
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.
Moran Center’s School-Based Civil Legal Clinic provides free information and legal assistance on a wide variety of non-criminal topics including adoption/guardianship, family law, housing, public benefits, immigration, consumer protection, etc. The civil legal clinic serves families with children attending Evanston/Skokie School District 65. You may complete an intake application online.
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.
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.
Neal E. Takiff
Jennifer L. Hansen
3000 Dundee Road, Suite 303 Northbrook, IL 60062
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Attorneys offer assistance to families regarding special education and mental health issues. No fee for initial consultation.
To make sure children are traveling safely, Advocate has certified car seat technicians available to evaluate your needs and instruct on proper car seat installation – at no cost to you. Additionally, Advocate's team includes certified car seat technicians who can help you find the right restraint to keep your child and their special needs in mind so they can safely travel in a car.
Grant a Wish, Inc offers a number of services for economically disadvantaged families including a baby program, annual holiday gift program, a wish program, a school program, and food program. To learn more about these programs and/or to apply, please click here.
Provides safety tips on buckling up, using a car, and getting around on your own in the community.
Addis Greenberg & Schultz, LLC
Lynda Schultz, GD
633 Skokie Blvd., Suite 220 Northbrook, IL 60062
Estate planning, disability special needs trusts and guardianships. Hourly rate.
American Income Life
Chris Ponn, insurance agent
900 S. Frontage Road, Suite 105 Woodridge, IL 60517
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.
Richard J. Tarulis
101 N. Washington St. Naperville, IL 60540-4511
Provides services for estate planning, living needs trusts, and wills, as well as uncontested guardianship. Fee-for-service.
425 South Main St., Suite 100 Lombard, IL 60148
Estate planning and guardianships. Free 30-minute consultation. Fee quotes available upon request.
The Elder Law Office of Steven C. Perlis and Associates PC
Steven C. Perlis
3345 N. Arlington Heights Road, Suite D Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Special needs trusts, guardianships, estate planning; fee quotes available upon request.
The Estate Planning Law Group
Special needs trusts, estate planning, guardianships. Fee quotes available upon request.
Izatt is available to present to parent support groups. Parents will learn "10 Important Steps Parents Must Take To Protect Their Child's Future."
Services include private case management and futures planning.
Per K. Hanson, ext. 26
2222 Chestnut Ave., #201 Glenview, IL 60025-1608
Rick L. Law
2275 Church Rd. Aurora, IL 60504
Estate planning, disability and Medicaid. Free one-hour consultation. Fee quotes available upon appointment only.
Area of practice: Illinois residents; estate planning, wills and trusts with special needs planning
Special needs trusts, estate planning, wills and trusts. Fee quotes available upon request.
Cynthia H. Hutchins
620 W. Roosevelt Road, Suite C1 Wheaton, IL 60187
Special needs trusts, guardianships, estate planning. Fee quotes available upon request.
Edmund R. McGlynn, Jr.
191 E. Deerpath Rd., Suite 300 Lake Forest, IL 60045
Estate planning and special needs trusts, as well as guardianships
L. Mark Russell, JD
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.
Focuses her practice on assisting parents of children with special needs, specifically on issues of guardianship, special needs trusts, and wills for family members.
7702 S. Cass Ave., Suite 135 Darien, IL 60561
Estate planning and special needs trusts; Fee quotes available upon request for guardianships.
Mulherin, Rehfeldt and Varchetto, PC
Estate planning, guardianships and special needs trusts.
Ben A. Neiburger, Esq., CPA
747 N. Church Road, Suite B4B Elmhurst, IL 60126
Estate planning, special needs trusts, powers of attorney and guardianships.
Representative will identify needs and goals while providing solutions on how to provide for the future of their special needs child. Free consultation.
Provides special needs financial planning services and specializes in helping any individual, family, or employer of those with autism and other disabilities to pursue financial independence. Schedule consultation with completing online form.
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.
33 N. Dearborn St., Suite 2220 Chicago, IL 60602
Special needs trusts, estate planning, guardianships, government benefits and advocacy issues. Cost: fee quotes available upon request.
Linda Strohschein, ext. 100
Rachel Rupp, ext.106
Eleonora “Lee” Holmes, ext.101
40W310 LaFox Road, Suite K-2 St. Charles, IL 60175
Special needs trusts and estate planning, as well as guardianships.
Ed Scheer MBA, CFP®
1111 W. 22nd St., Suite 100 Oak Brook, IL 60523
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.
If you live in Illinois and have a disability, the Division of Rehabilitation Services may be able to help you find a job or live at home independently. To apply for services, begin by completing the online form. Once you have submitted this form, a counselor will contact you to set up an appointment to complete the application process. During this appointment, we will discuss your goals, the nature of your disability, and the services we can provide.
PUNS is a database that registers individuals who want or need Developmental Disability Waiver services (i.e. Community Integrated Living Arrangements, Home Based Supports, Child Group Homes) funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services/Division of Developmental Disabilities. The PUNS database helps the Division of Developmental Disabilities identify and plan for your services. As funding is available, individuals are selected from PUNS and invited to apply for DD Waiver services.
Individuals, along with their primary care giver and/or guardian, must meet with their local Independent Service Coordination (ISC) agency to fill out a PUNS form. To find an Independent Service Coordination agency in your area, you can:
- Call the Division of Developmental Disabilities Hotline at 1-888-DD-PLANS and 1-866-376-8446 (TTY)
- Search the DHS Office Locator.
The individual must provide information on their medical condition, living arrangement and desire and/or need for community based services. This will allows the ISC agency, on behalf of the State, to determine whether an individual should the be placed in PUNS or whether they need other services/supports.. Community Crises Criteria – for Children and Adults.
Social Security Income (SSI) – Adult
Adults and/or parents of adults with a developmental disability can apply for Disability benefits online here or by calling 1-800-772-1213. Representatives can make an appointment for your application to be taken over the telephone or at any convenient Social Security office: find your office here.
Social Security Income (SSI) – Child
Depending on your family’s income, you may also be eligible to apply for additional funding through SSI for a child. View all instructions here. Families will need to complete an Application for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) AND a Child Disability Report. The report collects information about the child’s disabling condition and how it affects his/her ability to function. At this time, the Child Disability Report can only be completed online here. You can contact your local office to schedule an appointment to complete the SSI application.