Community Resource Guide

What Can I Do With My Kid Besides Therapy?

Long story short — lots! Below you will find a list of locations. We have researched activities and support services in each location. There are many activities. Adaptive Baseball. Music. Fishing. Sailing. Mentoring. Day Camps. Library Services. Family Support Groups and more -- lots more. In fact, we're sure many are located right in your backyard and you didn't even know it! If all goes to plan, we hope to see this list continue to grow over time.

To see what each location or community has to offer, just click on the link for your area. Be sure to look things over closely because there's a ton of great information.

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NATIONWIDE RESOURCES Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development
Description: 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. Description: Resources provide a wealth of information on assistive technology and assistive technology services for individuals with disabilities.
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Schools K-12

Description: Website allows you to search for schools in the US or Illinois. View general information about specific pubic, charter, and private schools. Detailed information is available to order.

Description: 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.

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Schooldigger Internet Special Education Resources
Description: 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. Description: 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.
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Wyz Ants Special Needs Resource Project

Description: 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.

Description: Special Needs Resource Project (SNRP) provides a basic guide for parents of children with chronic health issues, disabilities and special needs. This site is designed to help you get a jump-start in your search for helpful information and resources. Every situation is unique. Our aim is to help you learn the basic skills you'll need to obtain the specific resource information, equipment, and services your child and family needs. Though focused on children ages 0-22, most of the information we offer is applicable to adults as well.
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ECHO: Extended Heath Care Option Special Needs: Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

Description: The Extended Care Health Option or ECHO is a supplemental coverage program offered by TRICARE to dependents of members of the Uniformed services of the United States with a qualifying disability.

Description: 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.
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National Arts & Disability Center United Access
Description: The NADC promotes the full inclusion of audiences and artists with disabilities into all facets of the arts community. Consult the website for a free resource directory. Description: 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. Phone: 888-939-1010
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United Seating & Mobility  

Description: Custom Seating and Mobility; Stairway Lifts, Custom Wheelchairs, Patient Transfer Lifts, Bathroom Safety Products, Medical Mattresses, Sports Activity Products and more. Phone: 800-500-9150


Department of Human Services Center For Autism
Description: DHS gives links on how to apply for Early Intervention services in Illinois. Description: "Provide help and hope for families living with Autism." Screenings, Social Groups, Resources and Training available. Phone: 618-288-2218
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The Arc of Illinois Illinois Life Span
Description: 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. Description: 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.
Phone: 800-588-7002
Location: 18207- A Dixie Highway, Homewood, IL 60430
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Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services (PUNS) State of Illinois: Developmental Disabilities
Description: Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services (PUNS) is a database of Illinois children, adolescents, and adults with developmental disabilities who have needs – or anticipate having needs – for developmental disability services or supports. Phone: 1-888-DD-PLANS Description: Look here for information on what developmental disabilities are, what services are provided, who would qualify location of a local coordination agency and frequently asked questions.
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Clinical Connections Caregiver Connections
Description: 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. Phone: 847-234-0688
Location: 2225 Lakeside Drive, Bannockburn, IL 60015

Description: Support for Childcare Providers, Statewide training for childcare providers of children with special needs.
Phone: 217-231-0500

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Childcare Assistance Illinois Respite Coalition
Description: Children's Home & Aid Child Care Resource & Referal Program. Financial Childcare assistance.
Phone: 800-847-6770 EXT. 360
Description: Provides temporary relief for caregivers from ongoing responsibility of caring for an individual with special needs or at risk of abuse or neglect.
Phone: 630-529-2871 EXT 3242
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Fishing Has No Boundaries Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago - Life Center
Description: 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
Phone: 773-481-0000
Location: 157 Hillcrest Ave., Wood Dale, IL 60191
Description: 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. Phone: 312-238-5433
Location: Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago; 345 E. Superior Street, First Floor; Chicago IL 60611
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Special Recreation Cooperatives in Illinois Special Olympics: Illinois
Description: use this website to find your Special Recreation Association Description: 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.
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Illinois Art Therapy Association Illinois Association for Music Therapy
Description: 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. Description: 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.
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Kidworks Touring Theater Company Special Gifts Theatre Inc.
Description: 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.
Phone: 773-972-7112
Location: 3524 N. Leavitt Ave. 2nd Floor; Chicago, IL 60618
Description: Special Gifts Theatre provides children and teens with special needs (physical, cognitive, social, emotional and learning) a unique, creative drama experience enabling personal growth while breaking down stereotypes related to disabilities within the community at large. Each student with special needs is teamed up (one-on-one) with a normally developing peer mentor, who is with them throughout the performance season. Together, the kids build strong friendships and learn how to celebrate differences.
Phone: 847-564-7704
Address: P.O. Box 2231; Northbrook, IL 60065
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The Old School University of Illinois Adapted Sports Campus
Description: Program is designed to assist limited English speaking individuals in attaining competent interpretation, reliable translation, and professional cultural competence assistance.
Phone: 618-549-1870
Description: 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.
Phone: 217-333-4607
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Shady Oaks Camp Hippotherapy - Blazing Prairie Stars
Description: Shady Oaks Cerebral Palsy Camp is a summer camp for people with disabilities located in Homer Glen, Illinois
Phone: 708-301-0816
To find out more information on Therapeutic Horseback Riding visit: North American Riding for the Handicapped Association
Phone: 630-365-5550
Location: 47W635 Beith Road, Maple Park, IL; 60151
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Hippotherapy - Braveheart Hippotherapy - Freedom Woods Equestrian Center

To find out more information on Therapeutic Horseback Riding visit: North American Riding for the Handicapped Association
Phone: 815-943-8226
Location: 7319 Maxon Road, Harvard, IL 60033

To find out more information on Therapeutic Horseback Riding visit: North American Riding for the Handicapped Association
Phone: 847-967-9800
Location: 9501 N. Austin Ave.', Morton Grove, IL 60053

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Hippotherapy - Mainstay Therapeutic Riding Program Illinois State Board of Education
To find out more information on Therapeutic Horseback Riding visit: North American Riding for the Handicapped Association
Phone: 815-653-9374
Location: 6919 Keystone Road, Richmond, IL 60071
Description: Illinois board of education offers very important materials for parents about special education in Illinois. Documents available for supporting parents with advocacy, due process, attorneys, descriptions of categories of special education, parent rights, transitional information, early childhood education, discipline, as well as many other helpful forms and resources.
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Illinois Department of Human Services: Child and Family Connections (CFC) locator Illinois Department of Human Services: Early Intervention
Description: 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. Description: Information and description about early intervention from the Department of Human Services
Phone: (217) 782-1981
Location: Bureau of Early Intervention, 222 South College, 2nd Floor, Springfield, IL 62704
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Division of Specialized Care for Children Child & Family Connections #21
Description: Medical Assistance for Specialized Care to Qualifying Participants (see website for medical eligibility criteria)
Phone: 800-322-3722
Description: 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.
Phone: 888-594-8363 or 618-257-0445
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Equip for Equality, Inc. Illinois Branch of the International Dyslexia Association
Description: 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.
Phone: (312)341-0022, Toll Free: (800)537-2632
Location: 20 N. Michigan, Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60602
Description: We are dedicated to the study and remediation of dyslexia and to the support and encouragement of individuals with dyslexia and their families.
Phone: (630) 469-6900
Location: 751 Roosevelt Road, Suite 116, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
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Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association Spinal Cord Injury Association of Illinois
Description: Use this site to find qualified professionals for speech, language, and hearing services
Phone: (312) 644-0828, ext. 5219
Location: 230 E. Ohio Street, Suite 400, Chicago IL 60611-3265
Description: 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.
Phone: (877) 373-0301, (708) 352-6223
Location: 1032 S. La Grange Road, LaGrange, IL 60525
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Learning Disabilites Association of Illinois Illinois Assistive Technology Program
Description: 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.
Phone: (708) 430-7532
Location: 10101 S. Roberts Road, Suite 205, Palos Hills, IL 60465
Description: Helps people with disabilities to live independent lives and provides resources and guidance on how to obtain necessary devices, financial assistance, and workshops on specific assistive technology. Includes links to very useful websites for families of people with disabilities as well as people with disabilities, also includes links to training in Assistive Technology and programs to reutilize equipment
Phone: 217-522-7985 voice, 217-522-9966 tty
Location: 1 West Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 100, Springfield, Illinois
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Illinois State Board of Education Illinois State Library Talking Book and Braille Service
Description: Web based information on what assistive technology and supports for how to ensure children with disabilities receive the equipment they are supposed to have access to in order have a free and appropriate education. Description: 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.
Phone: (800) 665-5576 ext. 5
Address: 401 E. Washington, Springfield, IL 62701
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South Suburban Special Recreation Association  
Description: 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.
Phone: 815-806-0384
Location: 19910 80th Avenue, Tinley Park, IL 60487

Children's Memorial Hospital La Rabida Children's Hospital
Phone: (773)880-4000 (1.800.KIDS DOC)
Location: 2300 Children's Plaza Chicago, Illinois 60614-3363
Phone: (773)363-6700
Location: East 65th Street at Lake Michigan, Chicago, IL 60649
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Rush Children's Hospital Seatcheck
Phone: (888) 352-RUSH
Location: 1653 W. Congress Parkway, Chicago, IL 60612
Description: Child Safety Seat Inspection Station, Carseat Installation, Instruction Courses and Child Passenger Safety Education Services
Phone: 630 708-SAFE
Location: Fitting Station in Naperville, Illinois, home services available
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Shiners Hospitals for Children University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital
Phone: (773) 622-5400
Location: 2211 North Oak Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60707
Phone: (773) 702-1000
Location: 5721 S. Maryland Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637
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Access Living Advocate Illinois Masonic Pediatric Developmental Center Sibshops
Description: 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.
Phone: (312) 640-2100
Address: 115 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60654
Description: 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.
Phone: 773-296-8127
Address: 3040 N. Wilton, Chicago, IL 60657
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American Foundation for the Blind - Midwest Belle Center of Chicago
Description: 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.
Phone: (312) 396-4420
Address: 401 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 350, Chicago, IL 60611
Description: The Center provides educational and therapeutic services (Speech, OT, and PT) to support the inclusion of children with disabilities in programs with their typically developing peers.
Phone: (773) 878-7868
Address: 1754 West Wilson Ave., Chicago, IL 60640
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Chicago Association for Retarded Citizens Chicago North LDA Chapter
Description: Resources for children and adults with developmental disabilities.
Phone: (312) 346-6230
Address: 8 S. Michigan Avenue Ste. 1700, Chicago, IL 60603
Description: Resources for children with learning disabilities.
Phone: (773) 296-9824
Address: 3701 N. Ravenswood, Ste. 252, Chicago, IL 60613
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Choices for Parents El Valor
Description: Support, information and resources for children with hearing loss.
Phone: (312) 523-6400
Address: P.O. Box 806045, Chicago, IL 60680-4121
Description: 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.
Phone: (312) 666-4511
Address: 1850 W. 21st Street, Chicago, Illinois 60608
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Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago Family Resource Center on Disabilities

Description: Offers counseling, advocacy and educational services to people with epilepsy, their families, and the communities in which they live.
Phone: (312) 939-8622
Address: 17 N. State St., Ste. 1300, Chicago, IL 60602

Description: 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.
Phone: (312) 939-3513
Location: 20 E. Jackson Boulevard #300, Chicago, IL 60604
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Family Support Group Community Mental Health Council Gigi's Play House
Description: Provides resources and services for parents with a child who has a mental health disability.
Phone: (773) 734-4033 Ext. 111
Address: 8704 S. Constance Ave., Chicago, IL 60617
Description: 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!
Phone: 773-583-PLAY
Address: 3660 West Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60618
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Lekotek Toylend National Alliance on Mental Illness
Description: ToyLend, a Lekotek program, is a toy lending library for children with disabilities and their families. Play is the foundation that children need to help them develop. ToyLend makes this possible by offering specially adaptive and educational toys. These toys can be very difficult for families to purchase due to their high price and lack of availability.
Phone: (708) 863-1186 x225
Address: 1950 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60608
Description: 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.
Phone: (312) 563-0445
Address: 1536 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
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One Hope United Playgroup Meetup Group Near Chicago
Description: 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.
Phone 1: 312.842.5566, Phone 2: 312.949.4015, Phone 3: 773.907.0278
Address 1: 3053 S. Normal Ave., Chicago, IL 60616; Address 2: 514 W. 31st St., Chicago, IL 60616; Address 3: 5244 N. Lakewood Ave., Chicago, IL 60640;
Description: A website to find a playgroup for children in your area.
Parents of Special Needs Kids:
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Respite Care Services South Chicago Parents & Friends
Description: This PDF gives link to the Chicago Metropolitan area respite care sources. Respite care usually involves short-term temporary care of a child or adult with a disability to provide a short break from care giving to families. Description: 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.
Phone: (773) 734-2222
Address: 10241 S. Commercial Ave., Chicago, IL 60617
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Spina Bifida Association of Illinois UIC Child and Family Development Center
Description: 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.
Phone: (773) 444-0305
Address: 8765 W. Higgins Rd., Ste. 403, Chicago, IL 60631
Description: 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.
Phone: 312-413-1567
Address: 1640 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago IL
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UIC Division of Specialized Care for Children United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Chicago
Description: 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.
Phone: 312-996-6380
Address: 1919 W. Taylor St., 8th Floor, Room 800, Chicago, IL 60612-3772
Description: 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.
Phone: 312.765.0419
Address: 547 West Jackson, Suite 225, Chicago, IL 60661
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Virginia Frank Child Development Center Accessible Playgrounds
Description: 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.
Phone: 773 761 4550
Address: 3033 W Touhy Ave., Chicago, IL
Description: Refer to this website to find a complete listing of all accessible playgrounds that have been built throughout the city.
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Chicago Park District McFetridge Sports Center
Description: 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.
Phone: 312-742-7529, TTY: 312-747-2001
Description: houses wheel chair accessible baseball fields
Phone: 773-478-2609
Location: 3843 N. California Ave; Chicago, IL 60618
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RIC Galvin Health and Fitness Center Diversey Driving Range & Mini Golf
Description: 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.
Phone: 312-238-5002
Location: 710 North Lakeshore Dr. (Huron)
Description: 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.
Phone: 312-742-7929
Location: 141 W Diversey Pkwy
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Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing Program McDonald's Cycle Center
Description: 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.
Phone: 773-747-7684, 312-744-4964 TTY
Location: 1362 Lynn White Drive, Burnham Harbor
Description: This bike center in Millennium Park has hand cycles and tandems for rent.
Phone: 888-245-3929
Location: 239 E. Randolph (Columbus)
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Lucky Strike Lanes Adaptive Adventures

Description: This bowling alley is fully accessible with access to adaptive aids including a push rack and mechanical bumpers.
Phone: 312-245-8331
Location: 322 E Illinois St (N. Park Dr.)

Description: This non-profit organization provides progressive sports and recreation opportunities for people with physical disabilities and their families.
Phone: 866-679-2770
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Special Olympics - Chicago (Area 3) CPS - Chicago Public Schools
Description: Special Olympics sports offered include alpine skiing, aquatics, athletics, basketball, bocce, bowling, cross country skiing, figure skating, floor hockey, golf, gymnastics, motor activities training program, power lifting, snowshoeing, soccer, softball, speed skating, tennis, volleyball, unified bocce, unified bowling, unified golf, unified tennis
Phone: 773-278-2178
Location: 1644 N. Honore, 2nd floor, Chicago, Illinois 60622
Description: Home site 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
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CPS - Local School Council Designs for Change
Description: 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. Description: 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.
Phone: 312-236-7252
Location: 814 South Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60612
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Chicago Lighthouse Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago
Description: Developmental center and school for children whom are blind, visually impaired, and multi-disabled. Find resources and supports for children from age 0 to 21. Offers specialized school programs as well as family support, guidance, and transition services.
Phone: (312) 666-1331
Location: 1850 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60608-1298
Description: 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.
Phone: 312-491-4110
Location: Central Office, 1939 West 13th Street, Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60608-1226
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United Cebebral Palsy of Greater Chicago Southwest Cook County Cooperative Association for Special Education
Description: 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.
Phone: 312.765.0419 (v)
Location: Administrative Office, 547 West Jackson, Suite 225, Chicago, IL 60661
Description: SCCCA provides special education services for southwest Cook County areas. Information for parents about special education and early intervention processes is available at this website or by direct contact.
Phone: 708-687-0900
Address: 6020 W. 151st Street, Oak Forest, IL 60452
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Chicago Public Library CPS - Chicago Public Schools
Description: 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. Description: Information on before and after school academic programs to help children improve their academics.
Website: Visit This Page on the Library Site

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Cognitive Solutions Learning Center, Inc. Chicago Learning Guide
Description: Chicago based practice of learning disability specialists, psychologists and educational therapists. Includes after school tutoring groups as well as summer reading and other classes.
Phone: 773-755-1775
Location: 2409 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago, IL 60614
Description: Online guide to resources for classes in Chicago for all types of learning including recreation classes, tutoring for all academic areas and special education, as well as professional classes.
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Chicago Public Library Talking Book Center Infinitec
Description: The Chicago Public Library Talking Book Center (TBC), a sub-regional library of the Illinois State Library Talking Book and Braille Service, in partnership with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) provides free library service to Chicago residents who cannot read standard print comfortably due to visual or physical limitations.
Phone: (800) 757-4654
Location: Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60605
Description: Infinitec means "infinite potential through technology." Infinitec, Inc. is the assistive technology program of the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Chicago. The mission of Infinitec is to advance independence and promote inclusive opportunities for children and adults with disabilities through technology. Services provided through Infinitec include information services, access to assistive technology equipment, training and education programs, as well as access to specialists. In order to increase access to assistive technology services for children and adults with disabilities, the staff of Infinitec is committed to creating partnerships that maximize available resources to advance the mission of Infinitec.

Website: Talking Book Center

Assistive Technologies Rehabilititation Institution of Chicago - RIC
Description: Assistive technology solutions company that provides equipment, training and technology solutions for schools, homes, and work.
Phone: 800-244-4906
Location: 1437 Ambleside Circle, Naperville, IL 60540
Description: “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.
Phone: 800-833-3931
Location: 345 E. Superior Street, Chicago, IL 60611
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Audio Advantage Aids Accessible Beaches (beaches that include accessible beach mats or beach walks)
Description: Provides hearing care services in the Wrigleyville area and also are able to provide special hours on the weekends as well as make house calls if necessary for individual needs.
Phone: 773-348-8760
Location: 3630 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60613
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
Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center Silver Cross Hospital
Description: Pediatric services including medical emergency services.
Phone: (815) 725-7133
Address: 333 N. Madison Street Joliet, IL 60435
Description: In partnership with Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, many pediatric services are offered.
Phone: (815) 300-1100
1900 Silver Cross Blvd, New Lenox, IL 60451
Website: Website:
Advocates United Easter Seals - Joliet Region
Description: 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.
Phone: (815) 741-0800
Address: 1740 W. McDonough St., Joliet, IL 60436
Description: 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.
Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center, Phone: 815.725.2194, Address: 212 Barney Drive Joliet, IL 60435
Easter Seals Development Office, Phone: 815.730.2052, Address: 212 Barney Drive Joliet, IL 60435
Easter Seals Residential & Social Services, Phone: 815.741.5531, Address: 991 Essington Joliet, IL 60435
Easter Seals Human Resources, Phone: 815.741.5531, Address: 991 Essington Joliet, IL 60435
Website: Website:
Meetup Group Special Recreation of Joliet and Channahon Parents' Club
Description: Find or create a meetup group to help support your needs.
Phone: 741-7275, ext. 169Description: Find or create a meetup group to help support your needs.
Phone: 741-7275, ext. 169
Description: 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. Contact the Special Recreation of Joliet and Channahon at 815-741-7275, ext. 169, for more details.
Website: Meetup Groups within 25 miles of Joliet Website:
Joliet Park District Special Recreation of Joliet & Channahon
Description: 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.
Phone number: 815-741-7275
Location: 3000 W. Jefferson St., Joliet, IL 60435
Description: 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.
registration information: 815-741-7275, ext. 160
inclusion process: 815-741-7275, ext. 175/169
Location: 3000 W. Jefferson St., Joliet, IL 60435
Website: Website:
American Red Cross Swim Lessons Swimming
Description: 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.
Phone: 815.741.7275 ext.148
Location: 3000 W. Jefferson St., Joliet, IL 60435
Description: Joliet Splash Station
Phone: 815-741-7275 (ext. 148 thru June 5, ext. 400 after June 5)
Location: 2780 US Route 6, Joliet, IL 60436
Website: Website:
SOWIC: Southern Will County Cooperative for Special Education United Cerebral Palsy of Illinois Prairieland
Description: 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.
Phone: 815-741-7777
Location: 1207 North Larkin Avenue, Joliet, Illinois 60435
Description: 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.
Phone: (815) 744-3500
Address: 311 South Reed Street, Joliet, IL 60436
Website: Website:
George Werden Buck Boys & Girls Club Joliet Public Libraries
Description: 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.
Phone: 815-723-3434
Location: 226 E. Clinton St., Joliet, IL 60432
Description: Find links to on-line homework help as well as a 24 hour librarian help line.
Phone: (815) 740-2660
Location: Main Branch, 150 N. Ottawa St., Joliet, IL 60432
Location: Black Road Branch, 3395 Black Road, Joliet, IL 60431
Website: Website:
Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School Support Groups Special Olympics - South Cook/Will (Area 7)
Description: Support groups for ADHD and learning disabilities.
Phone: (708) 799-3000
Location: 999 Kedzie Ave., Flossmoor, IL 60422
Description: Special Olympics sports offered include Alpine Skiing, Athletics, Aquatics, Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Cross Country Skiing, Equestrian, Figure Skating, Floor Hockey, Golf, Gymnastics, Motor Activities Training Program (MATP), Power lifting, Snowshoeing, Soccer, Softball, Speed Skating, Tennis, Volleyball, Unified Bocce, Unified Golf, Unified Tennis
Phone: 708-756-4201
Location: 427 Ashland Avenue; Chicago Heights, IL 60411
Website: Website:
South Suburban Special Recreation Association (SSSRA) Speed
Description: 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.
Phone: 815- 806-0384
Location: 19910 80th Avenue, Tinley Park, IL 60487
Description: 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
Phone 708-481-6101 X. 4215
Location: 1125 Division Street, Chicago Heights, IL 60411
Website: Website:
Homewood Flossmoor Park District American Red Cross Swim Lessons
Description: 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.
Phone: 708-957-0300
Description: 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.
Lions Club Pool: 708-799-2223; H-F Racquet & Fitness Club: 708-799-1323
Lions Club Pool: 1041 Ridge Road; H-F Racquet & Fitness Club: 2920 W. 183rd St.
Website: Website:
Homewood Flossmoor Racquet & Fitness Club SPEED: Special Education Joint Agreement School District #802
Description: 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.
Phone: 708-799-1323
Location: 2920 W. 183rd Street; Homewood, IL, 60430
Description: 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.
Phone: 708-481-6100
Address: 1125 Division Street, Chicago Heights, IL 60411
Website: Website:
BC: Blue Cap Homewood Public Library: Outreach Services
Description: 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.
Phone: 708.389.6578
Address: 2155 Broadway Blue Island, IL 60406
Description: If you’re unable to come into the library, you can still enjoy all the library has to offer, because we’ll bring it to you! The Outreach Service fills either a permanent or short-term need by delivering and picking up all kinds of library materials at a prearranged time.
Phone: 708-798-0121
Location: 1719 Dixie Highway, Homewood, IL 60430
Website: Website:
Flossmoor Public Library  
Description: Find resources for homework help, school projects, books, tapes, and music for your family to enjoy.
Phone: 708-798-3600
Location: 1000 Sterling Ave, Flossmoor, IL 60422
Autism Society of Illinois

Description: This is a website with information about Autism, links to other helpful site and programs, and activities for families with Autistic children.
Phone Number: 630-691-1270
Address: 2200 S. Main St., Lombard, IL 60148

Description: This website offers a database for babysitters in the Oak Park area with experience with special needs children.
Website: Website:
Center for Speech and Language Disorders
Description: CSLD is a not-for-profit organization located in Elmhurst and Chicago. CSLD provides speech therapy and evaluation, parent support group and community education.
Phone Number: 630-530-8551
Address: 606 N Michigan Ave., Elmhurst, IL 60126
Description: 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.
Website: Website:
Fox Valley M.U.M.S. (Moms United for Moral Support) Helping Hand School for Children with Autism

Description: 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.
Contact Person(s): Debbie Nardone or Candice Hadley

Description: 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
Phone Number: 708-352-3580
Address: 9649 W. 55th Street, Countryside, IL 60525
Website: Website:
Hope Magazine Online Illinois Branch of the International Dyslexia Association
Description: 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: Description: Dedicated to the study and remediation of dyslexia and to the support and encouragement of individuals with dyslexia and their families.
Phone Number: 630-469-6900
Address: 751 Roosevelt Road, Suite 116, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Website: Website:
Illinois Life Span Kiddy Comfort Zone Day Care Center for special needs children
Description: 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
Phone Number: 800-588-7002
Description: Provides day-care services for children with G-tube, Foley Cath., Trach, Oxygen dependent and other special needs or care.
Contact Person: Kimberly Collins
Phone Number: 708-386-8367
Address: 6441 W. North Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302
Website: Website: None
Kinetic Konnections National Association for Down Syndrome (NADS)
Description: 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
Phone Number: 847-390-8348
Address: 1420 Renaissance Dr St 308, Park Ridge, IL 60068
Description: This website offers advocacy, support & information for families and professionals.
Phone Number: 630-325-9112
Website: Website:
Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA) Oak Leyden Developmental Services
Description: 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.
Phone Number: 847-509-9400
Address: 3105 MacArthur Blvd., Northbrook, IL 60062
Description: Vocational and residential services for adults and therapy, educational and family support for infants and young children with developmental disabilities.
Phone Number: 708-524-1050
Address: 411 Chicago Ave., Oak Park, Ill. 60302
Website: Website:
Oak Park Public Library- Dole Branch ToyLend, a Lekotek program of UCP Illinois Center for Rehabilitation & Education
Description: The library offers many family programs such as story hour, and craft groups for children of with various levels of disabilities and their families.
Phone Number: 708-386-9032
Address: 255 Augusta Street, Oak Park, IL 60302
Description: ToyLend, a Lekotek program, is a toy lending library for children with disabilities and their families. Play is the foundation that children need to help them develop. ToyLend makes this possible by offering specially adaptive and educational toys. These toys can be very difficult for families to purchase due to their high price and lack of availability.
Phone Number: 312-433-3216
Address: 1960 W. Roosevelt Rd. Chicago, IL 60608
Website: Website:
A Big Blast Almost Home Kids
Description: Offers recreational activities for children with special needs at various locations. Classes include gymnastics classes, sports camps, martial arts, winter break camps as well as others.
Phone:(847)987-3940; Fax: (847)730-5393
Location: Multiple locations (see website for additional locations in Mundelein, Lake Forest, and Gurnee); Downers Grove classes held at Elite Sports Complex 6360 Belmont Road, Downers Grove, IL 60516
Description: 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
Phone: 630.271.9155; Fax: (630) 271-9186
Location: 7S721 State Route 53, Naperville, IL 60540-9528
Website: Website:
Assistive Technologies Inc. Autism Society of Illinois
Description: Through the use of modern technology, Assistive Technologies encourages each person's ability to its maximum in the least restrictive environment.
Phone: 800-244-4906; Fax: 630-527-0111
Location: 1437 Ambleside Circle, Naperville, IL 60540
Description: 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.
Phone: (630) 691-1270 or (888)691-1270 (hotline)
Location: 2200 S. Main St. Suite 205, Lombard, IL 60148
Website: Website:
Big Bounce Party Zone Bridge High School (Operated by Little Friends)
Description: Big Bounce Party Zone is an indoor family fun center featuring a private carpeted playground with fun inflatables and moonbouncers.
Phone: (630) 396-2400
Location: 1701 Quincy Ave. #15 Naperville IL 60564
Description: 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 (
Phone: (630) 964-1722
Location: Bridge High School 2318 Wisconsin Avenue, Downers Grove, IL 60515
Website: Website:
Bright Star Centennial Beach
Description: Provides the full continuum of homecare (including adult and elder care), childcare (including newborn care, babysitter and nanny services) and medical staffing for individuals, families and healthcare facilities.
Naperville Phone: (630) 778-2005; Schaumburg Phone: (847) 925-0818; Wheaton Phone: (630) 260-5300
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
Description: Four shaded acres, sand beach, water play features, diving complex & water depths catering to swimmers of all skill levels.
Phone: 630.848.5092
Location: 500 W. Jackson Ave., Naperville, IL 60540
Website: Website:
Childhood Stroke & Hemiplegia Connections of Illinois Cosley Zoo
Description: 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.
Phone: (630)854-4058
Location: P.O. Box 3252, Lisle, IL 60532
Description: This nationally recognized, wheelchair accessible zoo offers an intimate experience with a large variety of domestic farm animals and native Illinois wildlife.
Phone: 630.665.5534
Location: 1356 North Gary Ave., Wheaton, Illinois 60187
Website: Website:
DuPage Children's Museum DuPage County Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Parent Support Group
Description: 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.
Phone: (630) 637-8000
Location: 301 N. Washington Street, Naperville, IL 60540
Description: 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
Edward Hospital, 801 S. Washington Street, Naperville, IL 60450
Website: Website:
DuPage County Health Department Easter Seals Lee A. Daniels Center
Description: 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.
Phone: (630)682-7400
Location: 111 N County Farm Road, Wheaton, IL 60187
Description: 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.
Phone: (630) 357-9699; Fax: (630) 357-9908
Location: 1323 Bond Street, Naperville, IL 60563
Website: Website:
Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy Friends for Therapeutic Equine Activities
Description: 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.
(800) 886-1762 (US and Canada only); (847) 367-7620 (all other locations); Fax: (847) 367-7623
Mailing Address: 925 Busse Road, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
Description: Offers interaction with therapy horses for children and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities.
Phone: (630)588-8543
Location: 28W051 Liberty St., Winfield, IL 60190
Website: Website:
Gateway Special Recreation Association Gigi's Playhouse
Description: 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.
Phone: (630) 325-3857
Location: 15 W 431 59th Street, Burr Ridge, IL 60521
Description: 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.
Phone: (630)778-PLAY (7529); Fax: (630)978-7455
Location: 4024 Fox Valley Center Dr., Aurora, IL 60504
Website: Website:
ICFASD: Illinois Center for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Illinois Branch of the International Dyslexia Association

Description: Offers screening, assessment and diagnostic services, consultation, individual, family, group and couples therapy, training and workshops on FASD related topics, parent educational and advocacy groups, social skill groups for children, adolescents, and adults with FASD.
Phone: 630-369-4152; Fax: 630-369-4629
Location: 1240 Iroquois, Suite 104, Naperville, IL 60540

Contact: Ajeet Charate, FASD Program Director and Educator -

Description: Provides referrals to services for those with dyslexia and their families.
Phone: (630) 469-6900
Location: 751 Roosevelt Road Suite 116, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Website: Website:
Illinois Hands and Voices Krejci Academy (Operated by Little Friends)

Description: 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
Location: P.O. Box 9366, Naperville, IL 60567

Description: 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.
Phone: (630)588-8543
Location: 619 E. Franklin Avenue, Naperville, Illinois 60540
Principal: Camille Smith (

Website: Website:
Legoland Discovery Center Lifecare Home Solutions, Inc.
Description: 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.
Phone: 847-592-9700
Location: 601 N. Martingale Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173
Description: Offers bonded, insured caregivers to people with disabilities and their families based on their needs.
Phone: (630) 953-2154, Fax: (630) 953-2155
Location: 8330 South Madison Street, Suite 90 Burr Ridge, IL 60527
Website: Website:
Lifelink Head Start and Early Head Start Lifeskills Training Center for Children with Autism (Operated by Little Friends)
Description: 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.
Phone: (630) 521-8094
Location: 329 S. York Road, Bensenville, IL 60106
Description: 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.
Phone: (630) 690-7293
Location: 851 Bloomingdale Road, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Website: Website:
Little Friends Mansion High School (Operated by Little Friends)
Description: 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.
Phone: (630) 355-6533, Fax: (630) 355-3176
Location: 140 N. Wright Street, Naperville, IL 60540
Description: 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 (
Phone: (630) 357-1226
Location: 126 N. Wright Street, Naperville, IL 60540
Website: Website:
Naperville Asperger's Parent Support Group Normal Moments Inc.
Description: 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.
Phone: (630) 904-4110
Location: 1105 Catalpa Lane, Naperville, IL 60540
Description: 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.
Phone: (630) 888-8111
Location: 1318 Baylor Ct, Naperville, IL 60565
Website: Website:
Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association Project Reach - Illinois
Description: 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.
Phone: (630) 620-4500, Fax: (630) 620-4598
1770 W. Centennial Place, Addison, IL 60101
Description: 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 for a list of program locations across the Northeast DuPage area.)
Phone: (800)771-1158, or (630) 790-2474
Location: 818 DuPage Blvd, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Website: Website:
Pump It Up Pure Compounding Pharmacy
Description: Private indoor arenas are filled with gigantic inflatable bounce houses, slides, jousting arenas and more.
(847) 885-PUMP (7867), (630)310-5700, (630)941-7867
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
Description: Makes custom prescriptions free of allergens and artificial additives.
Phone: (630) 995-4242
Location: 603 E. Diehl Road, Suite 131, Naperville, Illinois 60563
Website: Website:
Ray Graham Association Right Fit
Description: Offers array of educational, vocational, community, respite, early intervention, home-based, and residential programs for those with developmental disabilities.
Phone: (630) 620-2222
Location: 901 Warrenville Road, Suite 500, Lisle, IL 60532
Description: Designs individualized on and off-site exercise programs for children with disabilities
Phone: (630) 850-4050, Fax: (630)850-4051
Location: 7101 S. Adams Unit #7, Willowbrook, IL 60527
Website: Website:
Rett Syndrome Association of Illinois School Association for Special Education in DuPage (SASED)
Description: An all-volunteer organization which provides support to families of those with Rett Syndrome offering resources and organizing events.
Phone: (630) 645-2280
Location: 1415 W. 22nd Street Tower floor, Oak Brook, IL 60523
Description: 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.)
Phone: (630) 778-4500
Location: 6 S 331 Cornwall Rd., Naperville, IL 60540
Website: Website:
School of Performing Arts Spectrum Program Seatcheck
Description: 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.
Phone: (630)717-6622, Fax: (630)717-6307
Location: Historic 5th Avenue Station 200 East Fifth Avenue, Suite 132, Naperville, Illinois 60563
Description: Child Safety Seat Inspection Station, Carseat Installation, Instruction Courses and Child Passenger Safety Education Services
Phone: (630) 708-SAFE
Location: Fitting Station in Naperville, Illinois, home services available in most of Chicagoland area.
Website: Website:
Soaring Eagle Academy Talk About Curing Autism (Naperville and Oak Park Chapter)
Description: 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.
Phone: 630-323-2900
Location: 8320 S. Madison Street, Burr Ridge IL 60527
Description: 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.
Location: Country Inn and Suites 1837 Centre Point Circle, Naperville. IL 60563
Website: Website: See Local Illinois Chapters Here
The Lily Garden Childcare Center Tourette Syndrome Association of Illinois Inc.
Description: Provides full and part-time children care services for children 6 weeks to 6 years of age in a nurturing environment. Services provided for children from the community, children enrolled in therapy services, and children of Easter Seals DuPage and the Fox Valley Region employees.
Phone: (630)261-6283
Location: 830 S. Addison Ave., Villa Park, IL 60181 (in the west wing of the Easter Seals Rosalie Dold Center)
Description: 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.
Phone: (630) 790-8083, Fax: (630) 790-8084
Location: 800 E. Roosevelt Road, Suite A-10, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Website: Website:
University of Illinois, Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC) Ups for Downs
Description: 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 hyporhyroidism - Eye impairments including cataract, glaucoma, strabismus and certain retinal condtions - excluding isolated refractive errors. - Urinary system impairments (kidney, ureter, bladder)
Phone: (630) 964-9887
Location: 8205 S. Cass Ave. Suite 110, Darien, IL 60561-9998
Description: Volunteer parent-run support group for parents for children with Down syndrome, providing support, education, and encouragement.
Phone: (847) 895-2100
Location: 1070 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg, IL 60193
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2e: Twice Exceptional Newsletter  
Description: 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.
Phone: (630)293-6798
Location: P.O. Box 582, Glen Ellyn, IL
Edward Hospital & Health Services University of Chicago Hospital: Comer Children’s Hospital
Description: 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.
Phone: (630) 527-3000
Address: 801 S. Washington St, Naperville
Phone: (630) 355-4885
Address: 1020 East Ogden Ave #207, Naperville
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Autism Community Connection Autism Service Provider & Beyond, LLC
Description: Provides support and advice, as well as tons of disability resources Description: Support services for Preschool through Grade 8. Services provided include behavioral intervention, marriage and family counseling, sensory integration, therapy providers and training/seminars.
Phone: (630) 639-1655
Address: P.O. Box 5311, Naperville
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Little Friends NCO Youth & Family Services
Description: 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.”
Phone: (630) 355-6533
Address: 140 N. Wright Street, Naperville
Description: 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.
Phone: (630) 961-2992
Address: 1305 W. Oswego Rd, Naperville
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The CoACH Care Center Camelot of Illinois- Naperville campus
Description: 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.
Phone: (630) 271-9155
Address: 7S721 State Route 53, Naperville
Description: 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.
Phone: (630) 355-0200
Address: 1220 Bond St. Suite 136, Naperville
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Naperville Special Education Program Easter Seals
Description: 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. Description: 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.
Phone: (630) 357-9699
Address: 1323 Bond St #119, Naperville
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Naperville Park District Western DuPage Special Recreation Association
Description: 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. Description: 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.
Phone: (630) 681-0962
Address: 116 N. Shmale Rd, Carol Stream
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Centennial Beach My Gym
Description: Provides a fenced in area with a sand beach and water. Check calendar on website for special beach events and hours.
Address: 500 W. Jackson, Naperville
Description: 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.
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Edward Health and Fitness Center- Naperville Edward Health and Fitness Center- Seven Bridges
Description: 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.
Phone: (630) 646-5900
Address: 775 Brom Court, Naperville
Description: 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.
Phone: (630) 646-7900
Address: 6600 S. Route 53, Woodridge
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Universal Spirit Yoga Naperville Public Library
Description: Variety of yoga classes for kids of all ages.
Phone: (630) 416-7526
Address: 408 W. 5th Ave., Naperville
Description: 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.
Phone: (630) 961-4100
Locations: 3 locations around Naperville (95th St, Naper Blvd, and Nichols Library)
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Camp Independence(Sponsored by: St. Louis Children’s Hospital)
Description: 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.
Phone Number: 314-454-6000
Address: One Children's Place St. Louis, MO 63110
Description: This website offers a database for babysitters in the Saint Louis area with experience with special needs children.
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Center for Hearing and Speech Central Agency for Jewish Education: KULANU All of Us
Description: 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.
Phone Number: 314-968-4710
Address: 9835 Manchester Road; St. Louis, MO 63119
Description: 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
Phone Number: 314-442-3757 or 314-432-0020
Address: 12 Millstone Campus Dive St. Louis, MO 63146
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Epilepsy Foundation of Missouri & Kansas (St. Louis Office) The Fontbonne University Speech and Language Clinic
Description: This website offers information on Epilepsy as well as research information and available programs.
Phone Number: (314) 962-3900 or (800) 264-6970
Address: 164 Crestwood Court, Suite 100 St Louis, Missouri 63126
Description: 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.
Phone Number: 314-862-3456
Address: Fontbonne College 6800 Wydown St. Louis, MO 63105
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Giants Steps Healthy Start
Description: 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.
Phone Number: 314-989-7884
Address: 800 Maryville Centre Drive, Suite B St. Louis, MO 6301
Description: 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
Phone: 618-332-3509
Several locations in the East St.Louis area
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Children's Home + Aid Ohana Martial Arts
Description: 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.
Phone: 618-452-8900 X. 118
Description: 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; Phone Number: 314-486-4127; Email:
Address: 12567 Natural Bridge Rd. Bridgeton, MO 63044
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Riverbend Head Start and Family Services St. Clair County Health Department
Description: Non- profit organization specializing in child development, parenting and counseling services for those family affected by poverty.
Phone: 618-463-5946
Address: 550 Landmarks Blvd., Alton, Il. 62002
Description: Offering services such as; Wic, Family Case Management, Child/ Parent Services, Screenings, Childhood Immunizations and others.
Phone: 618-233-7703
Address: 19 Public Square, Ste 150, Belleville, IL 62220-1624
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St. Louis Black Belt Academy St. Louis EXPO- Home School Convention
Description: Our martial arts program offers an opportunity for students with challenges to be able to participate in a mainstreamed program. Here at St. Louis Black Belt Academy we strive to be able to allow each student to develop to his or her fullest potential. The staff believes in focusing on their strengths and implementing modifications in order for the student to be successful. Our programs here at St. Louis Black Belt Academy do not discriminate against students no matter what his or her diagnosed disability. Our martial arts program at St. Louis Black Belt Academy, is a leader among training for students with disabilities throughout the ATA, as a leader in teaching and training individuals with special needs. Our competitors have participated in tournaments and have taken awards over the years and shown phenomenal dedication to the sport.
Phone Number: 314-306-3374
Address: 9723 Grandview Dr. Olivette, MO 63132
Desription: Each spring area home school support groups come together and host an area wide conference. Included are speakers and resources for the specials need's group. They even host a special needs section at the convention with numerous booths dedicated to providers of services to the special needs community.
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St. Louis Home Schoolers St. Louis Society for the Blind & Visually Impaired
Description: This site contains a list of resources, some listed here and others that are not, in the St. Louis area for gifted or special needs children. Description: Provides a full range of vision rehabilitation services including a Low Vision Clinic, counseling & group support training in independent living skills, independent travel skills and use of low vision aids.
Phone Number: 314-968-9000
Address: 8770 Manchester Rd., St. Louis, MO 63144
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St. Louis Spirits Gymnastics Club St. Louis Zoo- Programs for Students with Special Needs
This gymnastics club offers classes for children with special needs that were developed by Physical and Occupational Therapists. They also have a team that competes in the Special Olympics.
Phone Number: 314-843-3322
Address: 12975 Maurer Industrial Dr. Sunset Hills, MO 63127
Description: Saint Louis Zoo docents have been trained to adapt educational programs to meet your group’s specific educational needs. The following programs have been developed specifically for participants with special needs. No minimum number of students is required. However, we recommend a maximum of 15 students per program. You are responsible for managing the behavior of your group. We request that you provide the necessary supervision so that our staff and/or docents can provide a meaningful and quality experience. Teachers may request on-site classes from our offerings that would be appropriate for students with special needs. If the needs of the students will be better met with programs for students in younger grades (i.e., more developmentally appropriate), please let us know when scheduling. To schedule a program, call the Education Department at 314-646-4544
Phone Number: 314-781-0900; Toll free: (800) 966-8877
Address: One Government Drive St. Louis, MO 63110

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Support Dogs, Inc  
Provides service dogs to individuals who need help with mobility related tasks, as well as signal dogs to those who are deaf or hearing impaired. Support Dogs, Inc. provides services to ages six and above.
Phone Number: 314-997-2325
Address: 11645 Lilburn Park Rd. St. Louis, MO 63146
Arc of Indiana About Special Kids (ASK)
A statewide organization that advocates on behalf of people with mental retardation and related disabilities and their families. The organization supports local chapters providing early intervention programs, services to adults, advocacy, information and referral. An organization of parents and professionals that supports children with special needs and their families by providing information, peer support and education.
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Children’s Special Health Care Services Child’s Turn: Directory for Special Needs Children
Program provides financial assistance to qualified individuals for medical treatment for children, ages newborn to 21 years, with serious and chronic medical conditions. Description: Search engine for children’s resources.
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Disability Resources Family to Family
Description: Provides information and resources in Indiana to help support independent living. Links to organizations are available on a variety of topics including advocacy, legal rights, aging, financial assistance, health insurance and specific disabilities. Description: Connects families to parent volunteers in their community, newsletters, training opportunities and Indiana resources beginning from early intervention.
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Indiana Department of Education Division of Special Education Indiana Family and Social Services Administration
Description: Information on special education. Description: Provides comprehensive services to help the families of children with disabilities live, work, and remain healthy and safe in their communities
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Indiana First Steps Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services
Description: Early intervention for families who have infants and toddlers with developmental delays or who show signs of being at risk to have certain delays in the future. Description: Assists citizens of Indiana who have a disability and are either being denied a right or are being discriminated against because of that disability. They provide advocacy, information and referral, and legal representation.
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Indiana Resource Center for Families with Special Needs National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
Description: Indiana's federally funded Parent Training and Information Program, provides parents, families and service providers with the information and training necessary to assure effective educational programs and appropriate services for children and young adults with disabilities. They address a variety of challenges including special education, transition from school to adult life, assistive technology, and surrogate parenting. Description: Provides information and assistance about disability issues in Indiana, as well as assistance with letter writing and other legislative concerns.
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Wrightslaw Yellow Pages for Kids  
Description: Search engine for children’s resources.  
C.A.L. Reading Clinic (Center to Advance Literacy) Cooperative Special Recreation Initiative Events
Description: Certified Reading Therapist offering one-on-one reading instruction for individuals of all ages and abilities (including dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, Autism, Aspperger's Syndrome, Down's Syndrome, learning disabilities, and gifted individuals).
Phone: (219) 838-2539; (630) 880-0750; (219) 838-2539 (fax)
Location: 1432 Greenlawn Drive Munster, IN 46321
Description: The Cooperative Special Recreation Initiative is a partnership between Community Hospital, Crown Point Parks & Recreation, Dyer Parks & Recreation, Highland Parks & Recreation, Lake County Parks & Recreation, Merrillville Parks & Recreation, Munster Parks & Recreation, Schererville Parks & Recreation, St. John Parks & Recreation, and several volunteers. CSRI is a cooperative venture seeking ways to increase recreational opportunities for individuals of all ages who have special needs and abilities.
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Lake County Public Library Children’s Department Marcia's Music & Tutoring
Description: A great child’s reading programs for all ages!
Phone: 219.836.8450; 219.756.9356
Location: 8701 Calumet Ave Munster, IN 46321
Description: Tutor for Computer web sites, finger placement for dysgraphic students, also teach:dyslexics, AD/HD, Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, most kinds of LD,Tutor/small Piano/keybd., Advocacy.
Phone: (219) 923-5323
Location: 8125 White Oak Ave. Munster, IN 46321
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Westminster Presbyterian Church “Special Needs Mentor”  
Description: Children with “special needs” participate as the entire class learns about individual differences and how Christ loves each one of us. Mentoring is on Sundays from 10:30 to 11:30 am.
Phone: (219) 838-3131
Address: 8955 Columbia Avenue, Munster, Indiana 46321
Website: Learn about their program here  
Deaf Services Inc. Everybody Counts
Description: Deaf Services, Inc. (DSI) recognizes the need and right of Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals to have equal access to services in their communities. The barriers to receiving services from federal, state, local and private agencies are often insurmountable for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Services include: Interpreting, Case Management Services, Video Phone Room, Advocacy, Sale of Assistive Listening Devices, and Employment Education Program.
Phone: (219) 769-6506
Location: 6 East 67th Avenue Merrillville, IN 46410
Description: We are a non-profit agency dedicated to the empowerment and independence of people with disabilities, serving Lake and Porter counties as well as the rest of Indiana! The U.S. Department of Education funds Everybody Counts Center for Independent Living, based in Merrillville, as well as Indiana F.A.C.E.S. (Freedom, Access, Community, Empowerment and Support), whose staff targets unserved and underserved populations of people with disabilities throughout the state.
Phone: (219) 769-5055
Location: 9111 Broadway Suite A, Merrillville, IN, 46410
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Geminus Head Start Indiana MENTOR
Description: A federally funded preschool education program that prepares children ages 3-5 for kindergarten. Head Start offers social services for enrolled families such as health, dental, nutritional, behavioral healthcare services and welcomes children with disabilities as well.
Phone: (888) 893-6891
Location: 8400 Louisiana Merrillville, IN 46410
Description: Provide a variety of services to children and adults including: Therapeutic Foster Care for at-risk youth, Residential Services including ICF/MR Group Home, Adult Foster Care (AFC) and Supported Living Services for adults and children with developmental disabilities
Phone : 219-769-8821
Location : 8409 Virginia Street Merrillville, IN 46410
Website: Website: Check out their Site Here
Talking Books Services Local listservs for parents of kids with special needs
Description: The Lake County (IN) Public Library Talking Books Service is one of three Indiana subregional libraries that offer talking books through the Indiana Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.
Phone: (219) 769-3541
Location: 1919 W 81st Avenue, Merrillville, IN, 46410
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