I get questions all the time about resources for students with Autism from a patient and compassionate hairdresser to better in-home services, and of course, school suggestions.
I do not have a partnership, nor am I endorsing any one of these resources, but merely offering a place to collect and disperse the information.
Let me know if you have anything to add or comments about what was already listed!
Autism Speaks Resource Guide--> Offers state-by-state resources in any area you can imagine (legal, OT, speech, school recommendations)
Chicago Autism Network-->Not only does this nonprofit have a plethora of resources, but it also helps students with grants for services!
CPS--> The Chicago Public School's website is constantly changing and I am always checking links. As of today, the link here will connect you with the Diverse Learner Supports (special education team).
Equip for Equality--> This nonprofit organization does amazing work in Illinois (FOR FREE) for students with disabilities (and the adult population of people with disabilities). They regularly update their quick guides and offer representation to those who qualify.
Facebook--> I cannot undersell the value of support groups and connections you can make online. There are a million different ways, but facebook is one of the ways I like to connect with the Autism community.
Family Resource Center on Disabilities--> This is another parent connection resource with valuable information about ways to get involved and receive/offer support.
ICSPS--> ISBE (below) works with Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support (ICSPS) on developing specific resources for folks with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Their resources are designed especially for this unique group of people.
ILAO--> Illinois Legal Aid Online provides invaluable resources for people in Illinois with a legal problem. This self-help tool can provide a wealth of information about anything, including issues related to people with disabilities. All you have to do is click the search button (magnifying glass) and type away. Pro Tip: You do not HAVE to put in a zip code--if you leave it blank it will still take you to the information.
Illinois Center for Autism--> This organization has been around for a very long time and offers services for people with autism from childhood through adulthood.
Illinois School Code--> This is the text of the law, which can be harder to find than it should be online. If you are having trouble understanding, this would be a great reason to contact an attorney.
Illinois School Report Card--> This is a great tool if you are looking to move or try and transfer your student to another school. Every public school has to comply with an annual reporting, including information about students with disabilities, to the state. For example, you can dig into how many other students have disabilities which may help you gauge whether or not they have any supports or experience.
ISBE Special Education Resources (Illinois State Board of Education)--> Offers more information about procedural steps and rights for children with disabilities (including things like general disability information and helpful resources and forms for many common issues).
PUNS (Prioritization for Urgency of Need of Services)--> This is a state-wide database for students and adults to be added to a waiting list for funding and services currently unmet for that person.
SociAbility Chciago--> Range of services from individual to group work and assessment services for students in the Chicagoland area.
The Answer--> The mission of this nonprofit is to provide a range of services and support to people with Autism, as well as bring more awareness to the general public about their distinctive needs and talents.
This is an ongoing list! Please make sure to comment and let me know what I am missing!
Updated: 2/19/2019 at 11:08am
This list is not an advertisement or endorsement but merely a collection of resources.