Resources

 
 

Illinois Department of Health and Human Services:

Information for enrolling in PUNS:

Contact the Illinois Department of Human Services' (IDHS) 24 hour automated helpline:

1-800-843-6154

You may speak with a representative between 8:00 am - 5:30 pm, Monday - Friday (except state holidays)

The following is an automated number directing the caller to local DD service information:

1-888-DDPLANS

Contact via mail at:

Illinois Department of Human Services
319 East Madison, 4N
Springfield, IL 62701

www.dhs.state.il.us

*We highly recommend you explore PUNS and enroll your child/young adult as soon as possible.

 

Special Education Attorneys and Advocacy:

Advocates for Access, Phone: 309-682-3500, http://www.advocatesforaccess.com/

The Arc of Illinois, Phone: 815-464-1832, https://www.thearcofil.org/

Equip for Equality, Phone: 312-341-0022, http://www.equipforequality.org/

JCFS Legal Advocacy Center: Sande Shamash, Phone: 312-673-2740

 

Autism Resources and Counseling:

Autism Family Center (Offices in Northbrook, Winnetka, and the West Loop) and Autism Therapies:

(phone) 312-635-8989 (email) Sydney.Cohen@autismtherapies.com 

(web) http://www.autismtherapies.com/ and http://www.autismfamilycenter.com/

 

Have Dreams, http://havedreams.org/

 

New Hope Counseling Service, phone: 630-473-8491, http://www.newhopecounselingservice.com/

 

Rush University Medical Center, Autism Assessment, Treatment, and Research Services, Phone: 312-942-0819

 

Autism Research Family Study, Northwestern’s Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Lab

Website: http://ndl.northwestern.edu/autism/

Phone: 877.275.7187

Email: familystudy@northwestern.edu

 

Fragile X Research Family Study, Northwestern’s Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Lab

Website: http://ndl.northwestern.edu/fragile-x/

Phone: 877.275.7187

Email: familystudy@northwestern.edu

 

Diagnostic and Assessment Services:

Have Dreams, http://havedreams.org/

Heritage Professional Associates, LTD. (offices in Wheaton, Hinsdale, and Chicago): P. 630-325-5300 (Hinsdale), P. 630-653-9700 (Wheaton), P. 312-787-8425 (Chicago), https://www.heritageprofessional.com/

 

Social and Recreation:

MeetUp.com, RAISE, https://www.meetup.com/Evanston-Special-Education-Meetup-for-Young-Adults/

Northwest Special Recreation Association, phone: 847-392-2848, http://www.nwsra.org/ns/

Special Olympics, http://www.specialolympics.org/

 

Articles and Blogs:

www.disabilityscoop.com

www.beyondbooksmart.com

 

Networking for adults with disabilities:

We Connect Now: https://weconnectnow.wordpress.com/

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