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Community Resource Guide

As a parent of a child with special needs, we understand you face challenges most others can’t understand. To help you along the way, we’ve compiled these resources for your everyday use.

Have a resource or idea not included here? Send us an email and we’ll add it!

Pediatric therapy parent resources

Parent Advocacy

See the difference between Early Intervention, School and Outpatient care as well as getting many helpful tips.

Autism Resources

Get tips and resources as you help your child with autism navigate through challenges.

Fun Activities List

Discover countless fun activities to do with your child outside of pediatric therapy with some cool apps for kids!

Cost Saving Strategies

Here are a few tried and true strategies for covering these costs.

Diagnoses Over the Lifespan

The Pediatric Lifespan Project is designed to capture and articulate what parents and caretakers may experience throughout the life of their child as he or she faces a particular disorder.

Questions or ideas about pediatric therapy resources?

Call at 219-513-8311 or send us an email.


Cerebral Palsy Guidance

Cerebral Palsy Guidance is a comprehensive informational website on cerebral palsy. The website covers all aspects of cerebral palsy including symptoms, financial assistance, and daily living articles. All of the information contained on the site has been thoroughly researched and cited.

United Access

Vehicle Modifications Service: Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (new and used), Patient Lifts, Electronic Driving Systems, Handcontrols, Mobility Seats and Transfer Seats, and more. Their goal is to help clients regain and maintain independence.

Special Needs: Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

The Military Services use the term Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) to refer to two different functions: a personnel function and a family support function.

Wyz Ants

Website for finding qualified tutor in your local community in all academic areas, including special needs tutors. Search for local individuals by using your zip code.

Internet Special Education Resources

A nationwide online directory of resources for special education and learning disabilities. Search for supports by state specific disability areas, therapies, qualified tutors, schools, advocacy, legal supports, doctors, coaches and even home schooling.


Provides a nationwide search for information about each school and school district, including statistics on performance, test scores, rankings, district boundaries, student/teacher ratios, ethnic makeup, and scores of other useful metrics and information.


Find out information about location tutoring providers by state, and zip codes, as well as information about school districts and schools across the country; including private, charter, and public schools.


Accessible Beaches (beaches that include accessible beach mats or beach walks)

31st Street Beach 3100 South, Chicago IL
63rd Street Beach House 6400 South, Chicago, IL
Calumet Beach 9600, 9800, & 9900 South, Chicago, IL
Foster Avenue Beach 5200 North, Chicago, IL
Loyola Ave. Beach 6550 North, Chicago, IL
Montrose Beach 4400 North, Chicago, IL
North Ave. Beach 1600 North, Chicago, IL
Oak Street Beach 1000 North, Chicago, IL
Osterman Beach 5800 North, Chicago, IL
Rainbow Park and Beach East 75th Street, Chicago, IL
South Shore Cultural Center 7059 South Shore Drive, Chicago, IL

Rehabilititation Institution of Chicago – RIC

“Assistive Technology Program may offer solutions to facilitate skills turning on a television, to essential human functions like communicating with the world. With RIC’s Assistive Technology Program, your day-to-day needs meet high-tech solutions in adaptive equipment, alternative communication devices and other technological tools that can help make your life productive and fulfilling.” Can set up a consultation with a physician’s referral.

Cognitive Solutions Learning Center, Inc.

Chicago based practice of learning disability specialists, psychologists and educational therapists. Includes after school tutoring groups as well as summer reading and other classes.

Chicago Public Library

Free after school drop in homework help offered by accredited teachers at local libraries. Teachers will help children with their homework and help parents with how to help with homework and assignments. Some locations have multi-lingual help as well as search by zip code to find local libraries with homework help.

United Cebebral Palsy of Greater Chicago

Offers supports for families and individual with disabilities including people of all ages. Help to provide ongoing support for people with disabilities throughout their life. Links to assistive technology, mobility, and inclusion in everyday life functions.

Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago

Provides comprehensive services for individuals with disabilities and special needs as well as resources for local events, partnerships and friendships, as well as locations of special schools as well as other Easter Seals offices.

Designs for Change

Organization that helps to transform urban education through connections between research and educational reform. Find current legislative updates as well as publications, and resources. Also follows the Local School Council Elections. See Local School Council for more information.

CPS – Local School Council

Find out how to get nominated for elections, training, and the history of the LSC’s. “Chicago Public Schools have Local School Councils (LSCs) to help with the operations of each school. The primary responsibilities of LSCs include approving how funds and resources are allocated, developing and monitoring the annual school improvement plan, and evaluating and monitoring the school’s principal.

CPS – Chicago Public Schools

Homesite for Chicago Public schools helps you to locate your local schools, find contact information as well as look up your child’s grades on-line.

Adaptive Adventures

This non-profit organization provides progressive sports and recreation opportunities for people with physical disabilities and their families.

Lucky Strike Lanes

This bowling alley is fully accessible with access to adaptive aids including a push rack and mechanical bumpers.

McDonald’s Cycle Center

This bike center in Millennium Park has hand cycles and tandems for rent.

Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing Program

Run in partnership with the Chicago Parks District, this summer sailing program provides classroom and on-water instruction for people with physical and sensory disabilities, ages 8 and up.

Diversey Driving Range & Mini Golf

Located in Lincoln Park, the driving range is open year-round with covered, heated stalls large enough to accommodate a scooter or wheelchair. An adaptive golf cart with swing out chair can be used on the grassy area next accommodate wheelchairs.

RIC Galvin Health and Fitness Center

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s Wirtz Sports Program offers 20 different sports and recreational activities: wheelchair softball, aerobics, strength and conditioning, track and road racing, field events, power-lifting, skiing, sitting volleyball, fencing, golf and outdoor education programs.

McFetridge Sports Center

Houses wheelchair accessible baseball fields

Chicago Park District

The Chicago Park District not only provides children and adults in the city of Chicago with opportunities to participate in organized sports, recreation, and leisure activities, but also provides access to gardens, beaches, playgrounds, harbors, gyms, pools, skating rinks, bike paths, and skate parks. View the website to learn more about what the Chicago Park District has to offer.

Accessible Playgrounds

Refer to this website to find a complete listing of all accessible playgrounds that have been built throughout the city.

Virginia Frank Child Development Center

Through the Jewish Child & Family Services, the Virginia Frank Child Development Center (Glick Center for Early Childhood Services) offers a continuum of caring, preventive and therapeutic services for children ages birth to six.

United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Chicago

The mission of United Cerebral Palsy is to advance the independence of people with disabilities, enrich their lives, provide support to their families, and advocate for their inclusion in every facet of community life.

UIC Division of Specialized Care for Children

Care coordination for children with special health needs, including disabilities in infants, toddlers, children and youth; special education services and research on effective education for children with disabilities. The site includes a link to applying social security income. This agency may help with finances where insurance stops.

UIC Child and Family Development Center

This website is a resource for professionals, caregivers, and family members who want to learn more about early education, care, and development. CFDC is home to programs and professionals who work with and on behalf of young children with and without disabilities and their families.

Spina Bifida Association of Illinois

A non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of people with Spina Bifida through direct services, information, referral, research, and public awareness.

South Chicago Parents & Friends

South Chicago Parents & Friends supports persons with developmental disabilities, enabling them to become productive, valued members of society. To accomplish this goal, services allow individuals with disabilities to learn, work, play, and live just like other members of the community.

One Hope United

One Hope United is a private, human service organization dedicated to protecting children and strengthening families. We offer a diverse array of prevention, intervention and community-based programs.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

The mission of the Alliance for the Mentally Ill is to provide hope and improve the quality of life for those in the greater Chicago area whose lives are affected by serious mental illness by providing information & referrals, education, support, advocacy, and active community outreach.

Gigi’s Play House

GiGi’s Playhouses are Down syndrome educational and awareness centers that provide resources, specialized teaching, and support to individuals with Down syndrome and all the people that love them!

Family Support Group Community Mental Health Council

Provides resources and services for parents with a child who has a mental health disability.

Family Resource Center on Disabilities

The Family Resource Center on Disabilities (FRCD) was a pioneer as a coalition that covered all disabilities. FRDC answers telephone and mail requests for information, assistance, and support. Includes links to the Autism Society of America, Illinois Parents of Children with Visual Impairments, National Association for Down Syndrome, Learning Disabilities Association of Illinois, and Spina Bifida Association of Illinois.

Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago

Offers counseling, advocacy and educational services to people with epilepsy, their families, and the communities in which they live.

El Valor

El Valor’s mission is to support and challenge urban families to achieve excellence and participate fully in community life. Our programs exist to enrich and empower people with disabilities.

Choices for Parents

Support, information and resources for children with hearing loss.

P.O. Box 806045, Chicago, IL 60680-4121

Chicago North LDA Chapter

Resources for children with learning disabilities.

Chicago Association for Retarded Citizens

Resources for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

American Foundation for the Blind – Midwest

AFB’s priorities include broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources.

Advocate Illinois Masonic Pediatric Developmental Center Sibshops

The Advocate Illinois Masonic PDC Sibshop provides siblings (5-18 years) of brothers and sisters with a disability with a host of opportunities, including; Bi-weekly Evening Sibshops, Bi-monthly Saturday Sibshops, Monthly Teen Dinner Club, Summer Mini-Day Camp Sibshops and Family programs for parents and all family members.

Access Living

Access Living is a nonresidential Center for Independent Living for people with all types of disabilities – one of the first in the country. Access Living’s programs and services promote the empowerment, independence and inclusion of people with all types of disabilities in every aspect of community life.

University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital

Shiners Hospitals for Children


Child Safety Seat Inspection Station, Carseat Installation, Instruction Courses and Child Passenger Safety Education Services

Fitting Station in Naperville, Illinois, home services available

Rush Children’s Hospital

La Rabida Children’s Hospital


2e: Twice Exceptional Newsletter

Provides a bi-monthly electronic publication about gifted children with learning and/or attention difficulties for parents, educators, and other professionals to help children reach their potential.

Ups for Downs

Volunteer parent-run support group for parents for children with Down syndrome, providing support, education, and encouragement.

University of Illinois, Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC)

Provides care coordination for families and children with special health care needs ages birth to 21 years. Services Offered: No-cost diagnostic services. Care coordination and possible funding for children having an eligible, treatable, chronic, medical condition (s) in one of the following areas: – Orthopedic conditions (bone, muscle, Joint disease) – Heart defects – Hearing Loss – Neurological conditions, (nerve, brain, spinal cord) – Certain birth defects – Disfiguring defects such as cleft palate, severe burn scars – Speech conditions which need medical/dental treatment – Certain chronic disorders such as hemophilia, and cystic fibrosis – Certain inborn metabolic problems, including phenylketonuria (PKU), galactosemia, and congenital hypothyroidism – Eye impairments including cataract, glaucoma, strabismus and certain retinal conditions – excluding isolated refractive errors. – Urinary system impairments (kidney, ureter, bladder)

Tourette Syndrome Association of Illinois Inc.

Serves and supports those whose lives are affected by Tourette Syndrome while also promoting awareness, advocating, and educating the public, health care providers, and educators about Tourette Syndrome.

Talk About Curing Autism (Naperville and Oak Park Chapter)

Holds monthly meetings in many locations throughout the United States that feature educational speakers on important topics; allows family members to connect with one another and stay on top of the latest information in the autism world. Each group maintains a resource library with access to the latest autism book, DVDs, and CDs that may be checked out by members at no charge.

Soaring Eagle Academy

Therapeutic day school for students with autism and related disorders with classrooms that accommodate multi-sensory, experiential learning and social environments for primary and intermediate age students.


Child Safety Seat Inspection Station, Carseat Installation, Instruction Courses and Child Passenger Safety Education Services

School of Performing Arts Spectrum Program

Through creative arts, children with disabilities are encouraged to maximize their potential in a supportive setting to celebrate music, movement, theatre and fine arts. The use of music, dance and imagery through art allows the child an alternate path for self-exploration and communication.

School Association for Special Education in DuPage (SASED)

Provides services to the districts listed below in identification, evaluation and placement and support of children, ages 3-21, with special education needs. Provides a variety of services for school districts’ special education programs. Provides direct special education programing for students who require alternative and/or specialized educational settings due to significant emotional disturbance, physical disabilities, multiple impairments, visual impairments, and hearing impairments. SASED also provides the low-incidence programs to the additional seventy-five member districts of the DuPage/West Cook Low-Incidence Service Agreement (formally DuPage/West Cook Regional Special Education Cooperative). (Serves school districts: 20, 25, 33, 34, 45, 48, 58, 60, 63, 66, 68, 88, 94, 99, 180, 201, & 202, 205, and the DuPage/West Cook Catchment Area.)

Rett Syndrome Association of Illinois

An all-volunteer organization which provides support to families of those with Rett Syndrome offering resources and organizing events.

Ray Graham Association

Offers array of educational, vocational, community, respite, early intervention, home-based, and residential programs for those with developmental disabilities.

Pure Compounding Pharmacy

Makes custom prescriptions free of allergens and artificial additives.

Pump It Up

Private indoor arenas are filled with gigantic inflatable bounce houses, slides, jousting arenas and more.
Schaumburg Location: 1230 N. Roselle Road, Schaumburg, IL 60195; Lisle Location: 4995 Varsity Dr., Lisle, IL 60532; Elmhurst Location: 684 W. Lake Street, Elmhurst, IL 60126

Project Reach – Illinois

Provides technical assistance, consultation, information, training, and family support to address the needs of children who have deaf-blindness (those with both visual and auditory impairments). (Please see http://www.nedsra.org/locations.html for a list of program locations across the Northeast DuPage area.)

Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association

Provides programs for people of all ages with behavioral, physical, visual, auditory, or learning disabilities. Programs are directed at improving the quality of life for the individuals and include focus on fitness, community integration, life skills, money management, sportsmanship, in addition to a wealth of other opportunities.

Normal Moments Inc.

Provides a variety of services to families of critically ill children including house cleaning, emotional support by phone, lawn care, snow removal, pet care, plant care, possible provision of meals, etc.

Naperville Asperger’s Parent Support Group

Support group for parents of children with Asperger’s Syndrome and related disorders. Group meets every other month at Knox Presybterian Church to discuss the joys and challenges of raising children with special needs.

Mansion High School (Operated by Little Friends)

Alternative high school for students who have average or above average intelligence and have difficulty functioning in traditional school settings. Programming combines academics, group therapy, and behavior management. Principal: Camille Smith (csmith@lilfriends.com)

Little Friends

Serves children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. Operates various programs including 3 alternative schools, family support and consultation services, vocational training programs, community –based residential services, and the Little Friends Center for Autism.

Lifeskills Training Center for Children with Autism (Operated by Little Friends)

An intensive residential training program focused on improving communication, behavior, and skill development. Six children live at the Center, returning home on weekends. Staff also works with families for continued success at home. Also provides Saturday respite care for children and adolescents who have autism, Asperger’s syndrome, and other developmental disabilities.

Lifelink Head Start and Early Head Start

Federally Funded early education programs for children ages birth to five years who are from families with limited resources in DuPage County. Services include early childhood development, inclusion of children with disabiliites, health and nutrition, parent involvement and community partnerships.

Lifecare Home Solutions, Inc.

Offers bonded, insured caregivers to people with disabilities and their families based on their needs.

Legoland Discovery Center

A giant indoor LEGO world for families of children aged 3 to 12. The 30,000 square foot attraction was designed with the needs of guests with special needs firmly in mind.

Krejci Academy (Operated by Little Friends)

Educational program for nearly 130 students, aged 4-21, who have autism or other emotional, behavioral or developmental disabilities. Students are referred by home school district; currently serving students from more than 50 school districts acrss DuPage, Will, Cook, Kane, Kendall, DeKalb, and Grundy counties.
Principal: Camille Smith (csmith@lilfriends.com)

Illinois Hands and Voices

Non-profit organization dedicated to providing support for families who have children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Phone: (877) 350-4556, Chair Person: Andrea Marwah

Illinois Branch of the International Dyslexia Association

Provides referrals to services for those with dyslexia and their families.

Gigi’s Playhouse

Educational center with a focus on increasing awareness of Down syndrome. Provides resources, specialized teaching, and support to individuals with Down syndrome and their families.

Gateway Special Recreation Association

An extension of 9 park agencies in the West Suburban area formed to provide recreation programs and services to people with disabilities, associated with the Ray Graham Association.

Friends for Therapeutic Equine Activities

Offers interaction with therapy horses for children and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities.

Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Dedicated to creating a treatment and cure by funding and advancing research, supporting families through networking, providing information and services, educating health professionals, and enlisting government support. 30 chapters available across the United States.

Easter Seals Lee A. Daniels Center

Provides services for infants, children, and adults with disabilities as well as support for the families for care for them. Teams of therapists, teachers, and other health professionals help each person work toward personal goals, including the families as active participants in the programs, and offering support to families.

DuPage County Health Department

The DuPage County Health Department promotes physical and emotional health; prevents illness, injury and disability: protects health from environmental risk factors: and strives to assure the provision of accessible, quality service.

DuPage County Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Parent Support Group

The Parent Support Group meets the second Wednesday of every month from 6-7:30 in Room 305 of Edwards Hospital. To register, please contact Ajeet Charate at Edward Hospital.

DuPage Children’s Museum

Community Access Network (CAN) and Outreach program allows the museum to partner with social service agencies in the community to provide accessibility to families with physical, social, and financial limitations. (A list of participating agencies can be obtained upon request.) CAN also provides help to non-English speaking families. Museum exhibits have LOOK BOOKs available at the admission desk for children with communication disorders. Exhibits are handicap accessible.

Cosley Zoo

This nationally recognized, wheelchair accessible zoo offers an intimate experience with a large variety of domestic farm animals and native Illinois wildlife.

Childhood Stroke & Hemiplegia Connections of Illinois

A not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children who survived a stroke and/or who have symptoms of hemiplegia or hemiparesis from any cause. Work to increase awareness about pediatric stroke and hemiplegic cerebral palsy and to provide education, resources, recreation, and access to research for families affected by these disorders.

Centennial Beach

Four shaded acres, sand beach, water play features, diving complex & water depths catering to swimmers of all skill levels.

Bright Star

Provides the full continuum of home care (including adult and elder care), childcare (including newborn care, babysitter and nanny services) and medical staffing for individuals, families and healthcare facilities.

Location: 1112 S. Washington St Suite 15, Naperville, IL 60540; 1931 N. Meacham Road Suite 340, Schaumburg, IL 60173; 402 East Roosevelt Road Suite 108, Wheaton, IL 60187

Bridge High School (Operated by Little Friends)

Services students ages 14-21 with autism or cognitive disabilities, in combination with emotional or behavioral disorders. Instruction is designed to help students prepare for transition to adulthood, providing vocational training in anticipation of possible employment.
Program Director: Maureen Skord (mskord@lilfriends.com)

Big Bounce Party Zone

Big Bounce Party Zone is an indoor family fun center featuring a private carpeted playground with fun inflatables and moonbouncers.

Autism Society of Illinois

Provides education, training, individual assistance and practical support for parents of children with autism; increases public awareness of autism; offers referrals for families to find support groups; offers IEP consults and advocacy.

Almost Home Kids

Almost Home Kids is a pediatric, short-term care home that services provides transitional care in a home-like setting to children who are medically fragile, training for their families, and respite care


Peace Moms

Peace MOMS stands for Moms Offering Moms Support, a program led by moms, for moms. These women all have the shared desire to be the best mothers that they can be. Moms come to connect, relax, and renew their souls in a faith-filled, loving atmosphere. No affiliation with a church is required, and all moms are welcome. Child care is provided for children 0-5 years old.

Flossmoor Public Library

Find resources for homework help, school projects, books, tapes, and music for your family to enjoy.

BC: Blue Cap

Organization that is dedicated to serving infants, children and adults with developmental disabilities through community-based educational, therapeutic, vocational and residential opportunities. Located in Blue Island, Illinois, Blue Cap offers a wide array of services dedicated to achieving personal growth and dignity for 30 suburban communities.

SPEED: Special Education Joint Agreement School District #802

SPEED is a service organization whose primary functions are to plan, advise, recommend and provide special education programs and services for all member district students. These programs are designed for those between birth to 21 years of age who have special needs, and to assist district personnel with all such local programs and services.

Homewood Flossmoor Racquet & Fitness Club

Established in 1973, as the Homewood-Flossmoor Tennis Club, today’s Club has grown into a full-service facility with amenities and programs such as tennis, racquetball, baseball, swimming, and basketball. Visit the website to learn more about the programs and facilities offered at the H-F Racquet and Fitness Club.

American Red Cross Swim Lessons

American Red Cross swim lessons are offered year round at the H-F Park District. In the summer, lessons are held at Lions Club Pool and in the fall, winter and spring, lessons are held indoors in the four-lane lap pool at the H-F Racquet & Fitness Club.

Homewood Flossmoor Park District

The park district strives to improve the quality of life for the residents of the Homewood-Flossmoor Park District community through exceptional recreational opportunities, facilities and parks while practicing environmental stewardship. Visit the website to learn more about the programs the park district offers as well as the several recreational facilities managed by the park district.


Family Enrichment Program. Available to all families residing within the SPEED Member School Districts. Parent Workshops, story time/Bi lingual story time, Field trips and more. Sponsored by Special Education Joint Agreement District #802

South Suburban Special Recreation Association (SSSRA)

SSSRA is a therapeutic recreation program that is an extension of eight park districts and three recreation and parks departments. It is organized to provide individuals with disabilities or special needs, the opportunity to be involved in year-round recreation. SSSRA programs are for individuals from birth through adult who are in special education classes, sheltered workshops, or who have recreational needs not met by traditional park district programs.

Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School Support Groups

Support groups for ADHD and learning disabilities.

Illinois Resources

Peace Moms

Peace MOMS stands for Moms Offering Moms Support, a program led by moms, for moms. These women all have the shared desire to be the best mothers that they can be. Moms come to connect, relax, and renew their souls in a faith-filled, loving atmosphere. No affiliation with a church is required, and all moms are welcome. Child care is provided for children 0-5 years old.

South Suburban Special Recreation Association

SSSRA is a therapeutic recreation program that is an extension of seven park districts and three recreation and parks departments. It is organized to provide individuals with disabilities or special needs, the opportunity to be involved in year-round recreation. SSSRA offers a wide scope of programs for adults and children. Programs include, aerobics, interactive and social programs that promote independent living skills, education programs, music lessons, art programs and swimming lessons.

Illinois State Library Talking Book and Braille Service

These libraries circulate unabridged books in audio format. The regional center provides administrative functions, acts as a liaison with NLS, and maintains a reserve collection of braille and talking books.

Learning Disabilites Association of Illinois

The LDA provides support to people with learning disabilities, their parents, teachers and other professionals. At the national, state and local levels, LDA provides cutting edge information on learning disabilities, practical solutions, and a comprehensive network of resources. These services make the LDA the leading resource for information on learning disabilities.

Spinal Cord Injury Association of Illinois

Spinal Cord Injury Association of Illinois (SCIA) is a non-profit health agency founded in 1979. The mission of SCIA is to serve as a comprehensive resource center for individuals who have been paralyzed due to trauma or conditions of the central nervous system, their families, health professionals, policy makers and others interested in spinal cord injury. Activities of SCIA address major areas such as prevention, medical care, rehabilitation, research and other aspects of living with a spinal cord injury.

Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Use this site to find qualified professionals for speech, language, and hearing services

Illinois Branch of the International Dyslexia Association

We are dedicated to the study and remediation of dyslexia and to the support and encouragement of individuals with dyslexia and their families.

Equip for Equality, Inc.

Find answers to a variety of disability related concerns, including information on how to seek individual assistance with disability-related rights issues, information on legislation and public policy that impacts the disability community, training to help you advocate for your own disability rights in a variety of circumstances, and information on ensuring that people with disabilities remain safe in the wide variety of settings where they live and work. This site also maintains a wealth of links and documents related to disability rights issues in its Resource Center.

Child & Family Connections #21

CFC’s ensure that children receive Early Intervention services in a timely manner. This site provides resources on child development, many types of therapy, assistive technology, nutrition, nursing, health consultations, social workers, transportation, hearing and vision services. CFC #21: useful links to helpful sites on the internet for early intervention both in Illinois as well as nationally.

Division of Specialized Care for Children

Medical Assistance for Specialized Care to Qualifying Participants (see website for medical eligibility criteria)

Illinois Department of Human Services: Early Intervention

Information and description about early intervention from the Department of Human Services

Illinois Department of Human Services: Child and Family Connections (CFC) locator

Locate your local CFC contact information searching by zip code and county and zip code. Local CFC provides information on childcare, WIC, mental health, early intervention, developmental disabilities, and other helpful areas.

Hippotherapy – Mainstay Therapeutic Riding Program

To find out more information on Therapeutic Horseback Riding visit: North American Riding for the Handicapped Association

Hippotherapy – Freedom Woods Equestrian Center

To find out more information on Therapeutic Horseback Riding visit: North American Riding for the Handicapped Association

Hippotherapy – Braveheart

To find out more information on Therapeutic Horseback Riding visit: North American Riding for the Handicapped Association

Hippotherapy – Blazing Prairie Stars

To find out more information on Therapeutic Horseback Riding visit: North American Riding for the Handicapped Association

Shady Oaks Camp

Shady Oaks Cerebral Palsy Camp is a summer camp for people with disabilities located in Homer Glen, Illinois

University of Illinois Adapted Sports Campus

The camps, held at UIUC athletic facilities, offer skill development in basketball, track, road racing, handcycling, and fitness training to individuals ages 12-19 with physical impairment to their lower extremities.

Kidworks Touring Theater Company

Kidworks is a not-for-profit organization that provides “hands -on” theater based programs for children with A.D.D./A.D.H.D., Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Learning Disabilities, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, Physical and Developmental Disabilities, as well as Visual and Hearing Impairments.

Illinois Association for Music Therapy

Music therapy is used to assess emotional well-being, physical health, social functioning, communication abilities, and cognitive skills through musical responses. Music therapists are currently employed to provide music therapy for persons with developmental disabilities and mental illnesses as well as employed by schools, pediatric rehabilitation hospitals, general medical hospitals, behavioral and mental health agencies, and private practices. Visit the website to find an art therapist near you.

Illinois Art Therapy Association

Individual or group sessions of art therapy that specialize in treating individuals with various disorders such as Behavioral Disorders, ADD, Attachment Disorder, Developmental Disabilities, Autism, Mood Disorders, Personality Disorders, and Anxiety Disorders. Visit the website to find an art therapist near you.

Special Olympics: Illinois

Special Olympics 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.

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago – Life Center

Website created by the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago that allows individuals to search for various fitness, sports, dance, art, travel, and indoor and outdoor recreation activities designed for individuals with disabilities. Programs listed for infants, children, teens, adults, and seniors. Additionally, the website includes links to resources regarding adaptive equipment, support groups, animal assistance programs, camps, and social networks.

Fishing Has No Boundaries

This is the Chicagoland Chapter of an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to opening up the great outdoors through the world of fishing to people with disabilities.

Illinois Respite Coalition

Provides temporary relief for caregivers from ongoing responsibility of caring for an individual with special needs or at risk of abuse or neglect.

Childcare Assistance

Children’s Home & Aid Child Care Resource & Referal Program. Financial Childcare assistance.

Clinical Connections

Extensive summer programs for all ages; Play Partners, Classroom Connection, North Shore Teen Center, Clinical Consortium, therapy and supports, as well as gymnastics and sports therapy, Jamberry Preschool and early childhood summer programs.

Illinois Life Span

The Illinois Life Span Project is a free information and referral service for people with developmental disabilities. Assistance provided via our website and toll-free hotline.

The Arc of Illinois

The Arc of Illinois is committed to empowering persons with disabilities to achieve full participation in community life through informed choices. This is What the Arc of Illinois Does: Public Policy Advocacy, the Voice of the Disability Community, Education and Training, Advocacy Systems Coordination, Linkages to Support Groups and Services, Information and Referral, Technical Support and Assistance, Research and Model Dissemination, Convene Networks and Collaboration, Support Progressive Legislation, Improve Funding Streams.

Center For Autism

“Provide help and hope for families living with Autism.” Screenings, Social Groups, Resources and Training available.

Department of Human Services

DHS gives links on how to apply for Early Intervention services in Illinois.


Joliet Public Libraries

Find links to on-line homework help as well as a 24 hour librarian help line.

George Werden Buck Boys & Girls Club

Offers tutoring after school for children as well as computer access to help with homework completion, and other programs to enhance children’s self esteem.

United Cerebral Palsy of Illinois Prairieland

UCP of Illinois Prairieland will provide support and direct services to individuals and families impacted by the challenges of developmental disabilities in addition to promoting community awareness and advocating for issues pertaining to those with developmental disabilities.

SOWIC: Southern Will County Cooperative for Special Education

SOWIC’s ten school districts provide special education programs and services for students with disabilities. Each SOWIC district provides a full continuum of special education services either within their buildings, through the Cooperative or in private facilities.

American Red Cross Swim Lessons

Group and Private Swim Lessons available with American Red Cross Water Safety Instructors. Lessons held at Provena Saint Joseph Inwood Athletic Club Pool. Call the pool office for more details.

Special Recreation of Joliet & Channahon

A cooperative extension of Joliet and Channahon Park Districts which provides year round recreation activities for individuals who wish to participate in alternative Park District Programs. These programs are designed to help individuals with physical or mental disabilities, sensory impairments, or any other type of disability, develop leisure skills, independent living skills, and motor skills.

Joliet Park District

Organization providing community members with opportunities to participate in various recreational activities including, sports, arts and crafts, and leisure. Youth and adults are encouraged to utilize the 50+ facilities the park district owns and operates.

Special Recreation of Joliet and Channahon Parents’ Club

Special Recreation of Joliet and Channahon offers a support group for parents with children who have special needs. Four meetings are scheduled throughout the year. A variety of issues are addressed.

Meetup Group

Find or create a meetup group to help support your needs.

Easter Seals – Joliet Region

Easter Seals is an enduring resource, providing exceptional services, offering help and hope to today’s families confronting disabilities. Offered services range from medical rehabilitation, job training and employment, child care, and camping and recreation.

Advocates United

The mission of Advocates United is to work together for quality life choices for all people with disabilities. Includes links with the rights of people with developmental disabilities.

Silver Cross Hospital

In partnership with Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, many pediatric services are offered.

Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center

Pediatric services including medical emergency services.


Naperville Public Library

The Naperville Public Library has special needs/homebound services including Braille and recorded editions of books, magazines, textbooks, and technical materials for those who are blind, dyslexic or physically handicapped. In addition, computers that are equipped with adaptive software are available. Children services are also available. Check out the website for additional services that are available.

Universal Spirit Yoga

Variety of yoga classes for kids of all ages.

Edward Health and Fitness Center- Seven Bridges

Both locations have a Kid Zone with activities designed for children from 6 weeks-15 years old. Check out website for addition information about class schedule and locations around the Naperville area.

Edward Health and Fitness Center- Naperville

Both locations have a Kid Zone with activities designed for children from 6 weeks-15 years old. Check out website for addition information about class schedule and locations around the Naperville area.

My Gym

Offers structured, age-appropriate, weekly classes that incorporate music, dance, relays, games, special rides, gymnastics, and more for children ages 6 weeks-13 years old. Children gain strength, balance, coordination, agility, and flexibility while out having fun. Check website for additional information and locations around the Naperville area.

Centennial Beach

Provides a fenced in area with a sand beach and water. Check calendar on website for special beach events and hours.

Western DuPage Special Recreation Association

Fun recreational programs for children and adults with disabilities, including Special Olympic sports, wheelchair and adapted sports, and many more. Check out website for all programs offered.

Naperville Park District

Provides programs such as sports, arts, camps and fitness for adults and children. In addition to Naperville Park District’s green space, facilities such as athletic fields, recreation centers, beaches, golf courses, skate facilities, tennis courts, playgrounds and much more. Check out website for more information on locations and all available parks/programs/facilities.

Easter Seals

Provides comprehensive services for individuals with disabilities and special needs, resources for local events, partnerships and friendships, and locations of special schools as well as other Easter Seals offices. Check website for various locations and additional information.

Naperville Special Education Program

The Special Education Program of the Naperville Community School District 203 provides numerous services. Check out the website for tons of information and additional websites.

Camelot of Illinois- Naperville campus

Provides therapy and academic instruction for children and adolescents, ages 5-21, requiring special education services for social/emotional disorders, learning disabilities and other health impairments.

The CoACH Care Center

Provides a bridge from hospital to home through specialized short-term pediatric care in a home-like setting. The mission is “to serve and promote a better quality of life for children and youth with special health care needs and their families within the community.

NCO Youth & Family Services

Provides a variety of programs for family support including counseling, 24-hr crisis intervention, early intervention and prevention programs, community presentations, and information/referral services.

Little Friends

A private, non-profit organization serving children and adults with developmental, emotional, or behavioral disabilities. The mission is “to empower children and adults with special challenges to live, learn, work and participate in the community.”

Autism Service Provider & Beyond, LLC

Support services for Preschool through Grade 8. Services provided include behavioral intervention, marriage and family counseling, sensory integration, therapy providers and training/seminars.

Autism Community Connection

Provides support and advice, as well as tons of disability resources.

University of Chicago Hospital: Comer Children’s Hospital

Edward Hospital & Health Services

Hospital has children’s services that include the Pediatrics Specialties Center, which includes the Care Center for diagnosis and treatment of sexually abused children, and the Children’s Facial Center, for treatment of cleft palate and other facial anomalies. In addition, the Pediatrics Specialty Center has pediatric subspecialists in variety of fields.


Oak Park Public Library- Dole Branch

The library offers many family programs such as story hour, and craft groups for children of with various levels of disabilities and their families.

Oak Leyden Developmental Services

Vocational and residential services for adults and therapy, educational and family support for infants and young children with developmental disabilities.

Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA)

As a partnership of twelve park districts and municipalities, NSSRA provides recreation programs for adults and children with disabilities in the northern suburbs of Chicago.
Email: info@nssra.org

National Association for Down Syndrome (NADS)

This website offers advocacy, support & information for families and professionals.

Kinetic Konnections

We provide Kinetic Bridging, a unique, hands-on therapeutic intervention that simultaneously impacts coordination, sensory and cognitive processing. We treat a wide variety of clients
Contact Person: Cara Lindell
Email: clindell@kinetickonnections.com

Kiddy Comfort Zone Day Care Center for special needs children

Provides day-care services for children with G-tube, Foley Cath., Trach, Oxygen dependent and other special needs or care.
Contact Person: Kimberly Collins
Email: kcollins3@email.uophx.edu

Illinois Life Span

The Illinois Life Span Project is a free information and referral service for people with developmental disabilities. Assistance provided via our website and toll-free hotline.
Contact Person: Mike Kaminsky
Email: Mike@illinoislifespan.org

Illinois Branch of the International Dyslexia Association

Dedicated to the study and remediation of dyslexia and to the support and encouragement of individuals with dyslexia and their families.

Hope Magazine Online

An online magazine for people of ALL abilities. Includes; Personal Stories, Professional Articles relating to special needs, and a Directory Services for Providers and Businesses. Email: editor@hopemagazineonline.com

Helping Hand School for Children with Autism

The Helping Hand School for Children with Autism is a therapeutic day school that serves children with a diagnosis on the Autism Spectrum.
Contact Person: Becky Couper
Email: info@hhcenter.org

Fox Valley M.U.M.S. (Moms United for Moral Support)

MUMS is a Parent-to-Parent organization for parents or care providers of a child with any disability, disorder, chromosomal abnormality or health condition. MUMS’ mission is to provide support to parents in the form of networking; where parents can then exchange valuable medical information, as well as, the names of doctors, clinics and medical resources or research programs. Families provide each other with emotional support and they don’t have to feel so alone when they have each other to reach out to in time of need. Our Southern Fox Valley, Illinois support group meets monthly and allows families to share and speak out about issues affecting their lives.


This website offers links to many support groups or programs for families with special needs children based on sub-categories such as ADD, Equine Therapy, etc.

Center for Speech and Language Disorders

CSLD is a not-for-profit organization located in Elmhurst and Chicago. CSLD provides speech therapy and evaluation, parent support group and community education.

Autism Society of Illinois

This is a website with information about Autism, links to other helpful site and programs, and activities for families with Autistic children.


St. Clair County Health Department

Offering services such as; Wic, Family Case Management, Child/ Parent Services, Screenings, Childhood Immunizations and others.

Riverbend Head Start and Family Services

Non- profit organization specializing in child development, parenting and counseling services for those family affected by poverty.

Ohana Martial Arts

This martial arts studio offers several different styles of martial arts such as Kajukenbo, Jeet Kune Do, Jiu-Jitsu, Tai Chi, Yoga, and Kettle Bell for varying skill levels as well as courses tailored for Women, Children, Physically or Mentally disabled individuals and private lessons.
Contact Person: Ken Sills;

Email: kensills@kajukenbo.org

Children’s Home + Aid

Supporting children and families by helping them overcome overwhelming obstacles such as poverty, abuse and neglect. Family coaching, support groups, parent education workshops, screenings and assistance in locating community services.

Healthy Start

Healthy Start supports the needs of pregnant women, their babies and families. Health Education, WIC referral, All Kids, Prenatal/Pediatric Healthcare, Dental Services, Medicaid Enrollment, Transportation, Counseling services, and Prenatal and Parenting Classes

Giants Steps

Giant Steps offers an Academic Therapy program for children with autism. It is a multi-sensory teaching approach to meet each student’s individual style of learning. They also offer summer camp programs.

The Fontbonne University Speech and Language Clinic

Provides evaluation and treatment of both children and adults in the following areas: Articulation, phonology, language/reading, voice disorders, stuttering, hearing impairment, augmentative communication, accent reduction, aphasia, dysarthria, paraxial, and cognition.

Epilepsy Foundation of Missouri & Kansas (St. Louis Office)

This website offers information on Epilepsy as well as research information and available programs.

Central Agency for Jewish Education: KULANU All of Us

The “Kulanu: All of Us” Program provides Hebrew and some Judaic education for children, who, for a variety of reasons, have difficulty in a classroom situation. The program focuses on the needs and strengths of each child through individualized instruction. Students come from all areas of the community. This website also contains links to other special needs organizations.
Contact Person: Maxine Weil, Director of Special Needs Jewish Education
Email: mweil@cajestl.org

Center for Hearing and Speech

The Center for Hearing & Speech is a non-profit organization that offers evaluations and therapy to children of all ages with a variety of disorders including speech and language delays, stuttering, language and articulation disorders and auditory processing disorders. Financial scholarships are available.

Camp Independence(Sponsored by: St. Louis Children’s Hospital)

This is a sports day camp for kids with Cerebral Palsy between the ages of 7-18 years, functioning at a first-grade level or higher and able to follow directions. Campers must be able to sit independently or with minimal support and have reasonable use of at least one arm. Camp activities will include Pilates, basketball, baseball, martial arts, dance, soccer, swimming, adaptive cycle riding, tennis, and volleyball. Participants will receive specialized attention from pediatric therapists in sports programs designed to challenge campers to increase their activity level, aerobic fitness, strength and balance in a safe, fun and rewarding atmosphere. Please check website for locations, dates, times, and participation fees.


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Educational resources for parents, students, about laws, research, news and events, as well as assistive technology information, information about other areas related to disability such as rights, transportation, and local organizations.