Illionis Autism Resources

Each state sets eligibility ages for services to children and youth with disabilities.
For current information concerning this state, please contact the office listed under
STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: Special Education Services.

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 STATE DEPARTMENT OF   EDUCATION:  Special  Education Services. STATE VOCATIONAL  Rehabilitation Agency. DEVELOPMENTAL  DISABILITIES
Planning Council.
DISABILITY  Organizations 


PARENT-TO-PARENT  Family Resource

PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN ages 3 through 5.  STATE VOCATIONAL Special Needs Programs ILLINOIS DISABILITIES
Advocacy  Program
UNIVERSITY AFFILIATED Programs  
EARLY
Intervention System.
DEPARTMENT OF  MENTAL
HEALTH 
for children and youth.
CLIENT ASSISTANCE
Program.
TECHNOLOGY RELATED  Assistance.
PARENTS Training and Information Project. DEPARTMENT OF  MENTAL
Health 
PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN with Special Health Care Needs. PARENTTEACHER Association (PTA)

 


 

STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: SPECIAL EDUCATION

Jack Shook, Division Administrator
Center for Educational Innovation & Reform
Program Compliance
100 North First Street, E-228
Springfield, IL 62777-0001
            (217) 782-5589      Gordon M. Riffel, Special Assistant to the Superintendent
Special Education Coordination
Illinos State Board of Education
100 North First Street
Springfield, IL 62777-0001
            (217) 782-3371      
E-mail: griffel@smtp.isbe.state.il.us

PROGRAMS FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS
AGES BIRTH THROUGH 2

Mary Miller, Bureau Chief
Help Me Grow
Bureau of Part H/Early Intervention
Dept. of Human Services
P.O. Box 19429
Springfield, IL 62794-9429
            (217) 782-1981      ;             (800) 323-4769       (in IL only)

PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITES:
AGES 3 THROUGH 5

Kay Henderson, Division Administrator
Center for Educational Innovation and Reform
Department of Early Childhood Education
100 North First Street, E-230
Springfield, IL 62777-0001
            (217) 524-4835      

STATE VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION AGENCY

Carl Suter, Associate Director
Office of Rehabilitation Services
Department of Human Services
P.O. Box 19429
Springfield, IL 62794-9429
            (217) 785-0218       (V);             (217) 782-5734       (TTY)

OFFICE OF STATE COORDINATOR OF VOCATIONAL
EDUCATION FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Sharon Fall, Special Populations Coordinator
Illinois State Board of Education
100 North First Street, C-418
Springfield, IL 62777-0001
            (217) 782-3370      

STATE MENTAL HEALTH AGENCY

Lynn Handy, Director
Division of Disability & Behavior Health Services
Department of Human Services
100 S. Grand Ave. West
Springfield, IL 62765
            (217) 785-1469      

STATE MENTAL HEALTH REPRESENTATIVE FOR CHILDREN

Leigh Steiner, Associate Director
Department of Human Services
400 Stratton Building
Springfield, IL 62765
            (217) 782-7555      

STATE MENTAL RETARDATION PROGRAM

John Bundy, Associate Director
Department of Human Services
416 Stratton Building
Springfield, IL 62765
            (217) 524-0453      

STATE DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES PLANNING COUNCIL

Rene Christensen Leininger, Director
Illinois Planning Council on DD
830 S. Spring St.
Springfield, IL 62704
            (217) 782-9696       (V/TTY)

PROTECTION AND ADVOCACY AGENCY

Zena Naiditch, CEO & President
Equip for Equality, Inc.
11 East Adams, Suite 1200
Chicago, IL 60603
            (312) 341-0022      

CLIENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Cynthia Grothaus, Manager
Illinois Client Assistance Program
100 North First Street, 1st Floor West
Springfield, IL 62702-5197
            (217) 782-5374       (V/TTY)

PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL HEALTH CARE NEEDS

Charles N. Onufer, Interim Director
Division of Specialized Care for Children
University of Illinois at Chicago
P.O. Box 19481
2815 West Washington, Suite 300
Springfield, IL 62794-9481
            (217) 793-2340      
E-mail: cnonufer@uic.edu

PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH
WHO ARE DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING

Ellen Roth, State Coordinator of the Deaf
Division of Services for Persons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Department of Rehabilitation Services
100 West Randolph Street, Suite 8-100
Chicago, IL 60601
            (312) 814-2939      ;             (312) 814-3040       (TTY)
E-mail: zandu@mcs.com

STATE EDUCATION AGENCY RURAL REPRESENTATIVE

Leah Covey, Design Facilitator
Dept. of Rural Education, IL State Board of Education
123 South Tenth Street, Suite 200
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
            (618) 244-8383      

TECHNOLOGY-RELATED ASSISTANCE

Wilhelmina Gunther, Executive Director
Illinois Assistive Technology Project
1 W. Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 100
Springfield, IL 62701
            (217) 522-7985      (V/TTY)
            (800) 852-5110       (V/TTY, in IL only)

REGIONAL ADA TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AGENCY

University of IL/Chicago
Institute on Disability & Human Development
1640 West Roosevelt Road (MC/626)
Chicago, IL 60608-6902
            (312) 413-1407       (V/TTY)
E-mail: gldtac@uic.edu

DISABILITY ORGANIZATIONS

Attention Deficit Disorder
To identify an ADD group in your state or locality, contact either:Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders (CH.A.D.D.)
499 NW 70th Avenue, Suite 101
Plantation, FL 33317
            (954) 587-3700      
            (800) 233-4050       (Voice mail to request information packet)
URL: http://www.chadd.org

National Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)
9930 Johnnycake Ridge Rd., Suite 3E
Mentor, OH 44060
            (440) 350-9595      
            (800) 487-2282       (Voice mail to request information packet)
E-mail: NatlADDA@aol.com
URL: http://www.add.org

Brain Injury
Cheryl Burda, Executive Director
Brain Injury Assoc. of Illinois
1127 South Mannheim Rd., Ste. 213
Westchester, IL 60154
            (708) 344-4646      ;             (800) 699-6443       (in IL only)
E-mail: biail@yahoo.com

Cerebral Palsy
Don Moss, Executive Director
United Cerebral Palsy of IL
312 East Adams
Springfield, IL 62701
            (217) 528-9681      
E-mail: dmoss10110@aol.com

Epilepsy
Barbara Wilder-Dershin, President/CEO
Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago
20 East Jackson Boulevard, 13th Floor
Chicago, IL 60604
            (312) 939-8622      ;             (800) 273-6027      
            (312) 939-1117       (TTY)

Epilepsy Resource Center
(serving central Illinois)
219 Bruns Lane
Springfield, IL 62702
            (217) 726-1839       (V/TTY);             (800) 800-6401      

Learning Disabilities
Ernie Florence, President
Learning Disabilities Association of IL
10101 S. Roberts Rd., Suite 205
Palos Hills, IL 60465
            (708) 430-7532      
E-mail: JanetLerner@juno.com
URL: http://www.ldanatl.org

Mental Health
Jan Holcomb, Executive Director
Mental Health Association of IL
188 West Randolph Street, Suite 2225
Chicago, IL 60601
            (312) 368-9070      

Randy Wells, Executive Director
Alliance for the Mentally Ill of IL
730 E. Vine Street, Room 209
Springfield, IL 62703
            (217) 522-1403      ;             (800) 346-4572       (In IL only)
E-mail: AMIIL@eosinc.com

Mental Retardation/Developmental Disabilities
Anthony Paulauski, Executive Director
The Arc of Illinois
1820 Ridge Road, Suite 300
Homewood, IL 60430
            (708) 206-1930      ;             (708) 206-1171       (Fax)
E-mail: tony@thearcofil.org
URL: http://www.thearcofil.org

Speech And Hearing
Cynthia Keillor, Executive Director
Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association
435 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1717
Chicago, IL 60611-4067
            (312) 644-0828      , ext. 210

Spina Bifida
Ann Walsh Cernak, Director
IL Spina Bifida Association
3080 Ogden Avenue, Suite 103
Lisle, IL 60532
            (630) 637-1050      ;             (773) 581-2426      
E-mail: ILSBA@aol.com

Spinal Cord Injury
Mercedes Raven, Executive Director
National Spinal Cord Injury Association
Illinois Chapter
1032 S. La Grange Rd.
LaGrange, IL 60525
            (708) 352-6223      
E-mail: sciinjury@aol.com

OTHER ORGANIZATIONS

Tom Berkshire, President
Illinois Easter Seal Society
2715 South 4th Street, Box 1767
Springfield, IL 62705
            (217) 525-0398      
E-mail: IESS@Eosinc.orgPathways Awarness Foundation
123 North Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
            (800) 955-2445      ;             (312) 236-7411       (TTY)
URL: http://www.pathwaysawareness.org

UNIVERSITY AFFILIATED PROGRAM

David Braddock, Director
Institute on Disability & Human Development
University of Illinois at Chicago
1640 West Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608
            (312) 413-1647       (V);             (312) 413-0453       (TTY)

PARENT TRAINING & INFORMATION PROJECTS

Charlotte Des Jardins, Director
Family Resource Center on Disabilities
20 East Jackson Blvd., Room 900
Chicago, IL 60604
            (312) 939-3513      ;             (312) 939-3519       (TTY)
            (800) 952-4199      National Center for Latinos with Disabilities
1921 S. Blue Island Ave.
Chicago, IL 60608
            (312) 666-3393      ;             (312) 666-1788       (TTY)

Deb Kunz, Director
Family T.I.E.S. Network
830 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL 62704
            (800) 865-7842      ;             (217) 544-5809       (V)
            (217) 544-5826       (TTY)
E-mail: ftiesn@aol.com

Maria Elena Rodriguez-Sullivan
National Center for Latinos with Disabilities
1921 South Blue Island Avenue
Chicago, IL 60608
            (312) 666-3393       (V);             (312) 666-1788       (TTY)
            (800) 532-3393      
E-mail: ncld@interaccess.com

PARENT-TO-PARENT

Charlotte Des Jardins
Family Resource Center on Disabilities
20 East Jackson Blvd., Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60604
            (312) 939-3513      ;             (800) 952-4199      

PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION (PTA)

Anna Weselak, President
Illinois Congress of Parents and Teachers
901 South Spring Street
Springfield, IL 62704-2790
            (800) 877-9617      ;             (217) 528-9617      

 


 
 
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Civil Liberties and Human Rights 
ACLU of Illinois 
Amnesty International 
West Central Illinois Educational  
Telecommunications Corporations Legal Assistance  
Chicago Legal Aid to Incarcerated Mothers (CLAIM) Education 
Chicago Academy of Sciences 
Junior Achievement Chicago 
Sharing the Ability to Read (STAR) 
Viet Nam War Museum 
 
Community 
Illinois State and Local Government Disability Information  
Arc of Illinois 
Avenues to Independence 
Chicago Association for Retarded Citizens 
Glenkirk 
Illinois/Iowa Center for Independent Living 
Illinois Assistive Technology Project 
Little City Foundation 
Macomb Projects 
National Association for Down Syndrome 
Special Opportunities Available in Education 
 
Children and Youth 
Boy Scouts – Northwest Suburban Council 
Lawrence Hall Youth Services 
Northeast Illinois Council Boy Scouts of America 
Northwestern University Settlement House 
ProFamily 
Technical Assistance Program Job Training and Workplace 
Quad City SCORE 
Veterans Leadership Program
Community Building and Renewal  
Chicago Video Project 
Community Media Workshop 
Learning Logic Foundation Think Tank 
Metro Chicago/Illinois Planners Network 
Metro Chicago Information Center 
Northwestern University Settlement House 
ProFamil 
Physicians for Social Responsibility–Chicago 
Qumbya, Student Cooperative Housing in Chicago
Health 
CH.A.D.D. of Lake County, IL 
Chicago-Greater Illinois Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society 
Easter Seal Society of Metropolitan Chicago 
Epilepsy Association of Southwestern Illinois 
Howard Brown Health Center 
Huntington’s Disease Society of America Illinois Chapter 
JFK Health World 
South Cook Multiple Sclerosis Self-Help Group
Safety  
RiverBend Search and Rescue Dog Association Family and Parenting 
the Cradle 
Hamdard Center 
Illinois Family Institute 
La Leche League of Champaign 
Lifelink 
Planned Parenthood of East Central Illinois 
Stepfamily Association of Illinois, Inc. 
Computers and Technology  
Digital Queers 
Middle Passages Inc. 
Information Technology Resource Center 
Tech Corps Illinois Recovery, Addiction, and Abuse 
Friendship House 
Illinois Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous 
PATH (Public Assistance Telephone Help) 
Prairie Center for Substance Abuse 
Rape Crisis Center 
Self-Help Center
Homelessness, Housing and Poverty 
Champaign County Habitat for Humanity 
Champaign-Urbana Tenant Union 
Chicago Mutual Housing Network 
Christmas in April Geneseo 
Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity   
Habitat for Humanity of McLean County 
Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities   
Bethlehem Center Food Bank 
Common Ground Food Co-op 
Golden Years Inc. 
Hamdard Center 

 


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