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The Illinois Early Intervention (EI) Clearinghouse offers a collection of resources for families in Early Intervention as well as a lending library with books, journals, and DVDs related to early childhood, parenting, and young children with special needs. http://www.eiclearinghouse.org/

Early Intervention Central Billing Office (CBO) Frequently asked questions from families https://eicbo.info/families/families-question-answers/

CFC Parent to Parent Support Program – Do you ever wish that you could talk with a parent who has already navigated through the Early Intervention System? Several of the Service Coordinators in our office are also parents who have had a child in the Early Intervention Program. They are available to share their experiences and offer support. You may contact Kelli or Karen in our Joliet office by calling 815-730-2617 or Melissa in our Kankakee office by calling 815-937-3847 and ask to speak to one of the parent supports

Special Parents for Special Kids is a parent led support group – meets periodically at agreed upon locations in the Joliet area www.specialparentsforspecialkids.com or contact the group founder Machelle Klee at specialkiddomom@gmail.com.

Down in the Southland is a group created by parents of children with Down Syndrome ages newborn to 18yrs, devoted to fostering education, social and life skills among individuals with Down syndrome and their families in the southern suburbs of Chicago. For more information contact Juliette DeNova at 708-743-1699 or check out their website at www.downinthesouthland.org or email them at info@downinthesouthland.org

Parents Raising Children with ASDs – Autism Parent Support Group – Easter Seals hosts a FREE parent support group that meets monthly. This program is a wonderful way to meet other parents, get information and get connected to resources in your community. Childcare will be provided by Easter Seals staff for those who sign up ahead of time. Call Valerie Lenz with any questions or to register 815-927-5465. http://www.easterseals.com/joliet/our-programs/autism-asd-services/

The Answer Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, provides support, resources, education, recreation, and advocacy for families in the greater Chicago area supporting family members with Autism & Developmental Differences. They offer several family support groups, a Men’s support Group for fathers of children with Austim and other mental impairments as well as a monthly family support group. For more information call 708-296-5651 http://theanswerinc.org/support-services/

Fussy Baby Warmline offers FREE telephone support for parents with a baby who is fussy, crying excessively or has difficulties with sleeping or feeding. Call 1.888.431.BABY (2229) http://www.erikson.edu/fussybaby/

Shield Healthcare is a medical supply company that delivers to your home products for incontinence, enteral nutrition, ostomy, urological, diabetes, and wound care. To learn more about what they offer go to www.shieldhealthcare.com. They also offer a newsletter for families and webinars on many topics for families and clinicians. To view articles and resources from their newsletter go to http://www.shieldhealthcare.com/community/grow/2016/02/26/introducing-grow-with-shield-healthcare/

SIBSHOPS is a FUN program just for kids who have a sibling with special needs. Participants will have a chance to meet other kids whose sibling have special needs, have fun, and talk about having a sibling with a disability or medical condition. Meetings are held at Lafayette School in Kankakee. This event is free of charge and open to all siblings ages 7-13 and lunch is included. For more information or to register please contact Debra Tamez at 815-802-7787 For information on Sibshops go to https://www.siblingsupport.org/


Good Shepherd for Exceptional Children 708-335-0020 http://www.gscenter.org/programs/respite-services

Center for Disability Services 815-744-3500 http://www.cdsil.org/programs/family-supportrespite/


Illinois Hands and Voices & Guide By Your Side is a free program that offers parent-to-parent emotional support for families who have a child who has a hearing loss or who you suspect has a hearing loss. To request free support from a trained Parent Guide, please call 224-343-1873 or e-mail GBYS@choicesforparents.org. For more information contact the GBYS Program Coordinator, Carrie Balian at (866) 655-4588. To see all the Illinois Hands and Voices upcoming events go to https://ilhandsandvoices.wordpress.com/

Illinois School for the Visually Impaired located in Jacksonville provides accredited educational and related services for children from birth to twenty-two years of age. For more information on their programs go to http://www.isvi.net/

The Illinois Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments provides support, information, and services to parents of children with visual impairments, including those with additional disabilities. To view their website and see upcoming events they have planned go to http://www.ipvi.org/

CHOICES for Parents is a statewide coalition serving children with identified hearing loss and their families www.choicesforparents.org


Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive, Child Health and Development Information from the Administration for Children and families https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ecd/child-health-development/watch-me-thrive/families ZERO TO THREE Little Kids, Big Questions podcasts http://www.zerotothree.org/about-us/funded-projects/parenting-resources/podcast/ Day to Day Parenting Early Intervention support http://www.earlyinterventionsupport.com/

Parents Page, an online resource for parents sponsored by Success by Six in Kankakee County http://www.parentspage.org/parent_tools_basics.htm

Make the First Five Count, an online developmental screening tool. www.makethefirstfivecount.org


DSCC – Specialized Care for Children provides free Care Coordination for families of children with special health care needs in Illinois. https://dscc.uic.edu/

Ability Path, online special needs community for parents and professionals http://www.abilitypath.org

Friendship Circle, an online blog to support individuals with special needs and their families http://www.friendshipcircle.org/blog/

One Place for Special Needs, an online community for disability resources www.oneplaceforspecialneeds.com

The Special Recreation Association Network of Illinois http://www.specialrecreation.org/find-my-services

FREE National Park Passes for children and adults with permanent disabilities in the United States http://store.usgs.gov/pass/access_pass_application.pdf

Gigi’s Playhouse, a one-of-a-kind achievement center for individuals with Down syndrome http://gigisplayhouse.org

National Down Syndrome Society www.ndss.org

Autism Speaks https://www.autismspeaks.org/

Autism Navigator is a collection of web based autism tools and information http://autismnavigator.com/resources-and-tools/

My Child at www.cerebralpalsy.org Cerebral Palsy informational website

Journal and Resources for Parents and Caregivers of Children with Cerebral Palsy http://cpdailyliving.com/disability-information-by-state/

Sensory Processing Disorder Network www.sinetwork.org

Mended Little Hearts support for families affected by congenital heart disease http://mendedlittlehearts.org

Muscular Dystrophy Association www.mdausa.org


Share: Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support is a community for anyone who experiences the tragic death of a baby. Share is a national organization with over 75 chapters in 29 states. Their services include bed-side companions, phone support, face-to-face support group meetings, resource packets, private online communities, memorial events, and training for caregivers. http://nationalshare.org/

https://www.compassionatefriends.org/home.aspx This site offers support to families after the loss of a child. They have online information and resources as well as information on local support groups and an online support community.

Joliet Area Hospice http://www.joliethospice.org/index.html

In light of the current public health crisis facing all communities, Service Inc. of Illinois will continue to follow guidance from the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) and adhere to any local, county or city ordinances and regulations regarding COVID-19. As of July 1, 2020, Service Inc. of Illinois will be opening all office buildings with limited staff and limited hours to mitigate the risk of exposure. Independent Service Coordinators and Service Coordinators are available to support clients and families via phone, email and video platforms.

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