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February 2017

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Support Groups

Autism Support Group
Mercy Autism Center 250 Mercy Drive, Dubuque, Iowa 52001 http://www.mercydubuque.com/programs- and-treatment (563) 589-9456 
Monthly meetings for individuals who support and love a person with autism.  Usually held on Tuesday evenings.
Autism Society of the Quad-Cities
http://www.autismqc.org/

  • Young Adult Support Group –  Autism Society of the Quad-Cities

Contact Dr. Theresa Schlabach (563) 333-6279 or SchlabachTheresa@sau.edu St. Ambrose University 1320 W. Lombard St., Davenport, Iowa 52804
Social support group for young adults with autism. It is called the YES! Support Group (Young, Exuberant, Spectrumites). It meets the first Friday of each month at 6:30 p.m. with locations changing depending on the activity. There is no charge to attend.

Camp Courageous
PO Box 418 12007 190th Street, Monticello, IA 52310-0418 (319) 465-5916
A year-round respite and recreational facility in Iowa for youths and adults with disabilities. Provides week long camps and respite weekends for adults with disabilities, including autism, and opportunities for travel throughout the country.
 
Hand-in-Hand/Tessa’s Place
3860 Middle Road Bettendorf, Iowa 52722 (563) 332-8010  
Non-profit organization that assists families and children/teens/young adults with special needs through provision of respite programs and year round enrichment activities.  Social and leisure options for teens and young adults include:  Friday movie nights, Saturday overnights, bowling league, meal preparation with friends, Get Fit, Inspiration Studio (teens/young adults with art interest/talent) and summer day camp (for school-age and young adults).  Teen & Young Adult Nights are offered two Saturdays each month.   

Illinois/Iowa Center for Independent Living
www.iicil.com 3708 – 11th Street, Rock Island, Illinois 61201 (309) 793-0090
Consumer-controlled advocacy organization providing four core services: Information & referral, Peer counseling, Independent Living Skills training, and Advocacy.  Services are available for all ages and all disabilities including autism.  Services may include teaching budgeting skills, cooking skills, bus training, etc. and assistance finding resources for technology.  Support for completing forms for SSI, Title 19, etc. 
People with Purpose
Meets at Hand-In-Hand 3860 Middle Road, Bettendorf, Iowa 52722 (563) 332-8010
Provides volunteer opportunities for individuals with disabilities.  Meets weekly on Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Contact molly_handinhand@yahoo.com for more information.  There is no charge to attend.

Online Support Groups

Chicago, IL 60614 Autism Blogger: The Online Autism Support Group
Autism Blogger: The Online Autism Support Group
IL
United States
See map: Google Maps
http://www.autism-blog.com
Our mission is to allow people who have been affected by autism to share their stories and help other people to overcome. Our goal is to provide the best online autism support group possible. Please join our growing community! It only takes seconds to sign up for an account…once you do, you get your own blog, profile, access to news, and much more.

Chicago Spectrum Solutions
Armitage Ave.

United States
See map: Google Maps
(617) 835-1174Contact Name:
Cindy Johnstone
Contact Email:
info@chicagospectrumsolution.com
http://www.chicagospectrumsolutions.com
Chicago Spectrum Solutions works with families to help address their child’s specific home routine needs. We specialize in high-functioning children on the spectrum between the ages of 3 and 9 with ASD, PDD-NOS, Asperger’s, and other similar profiles. We offer completely customizable solutions to common household challenges. Let Chicago Spectrum Solutions help ease your family’s home routine and help create a better day-to-day experience for your child and your entire family.

Family Matters Parents Training
ARC Community Support System
Family Matters Parents Training
1901 S 4th
Ste 209
Effingham, IL 62401
United States
See map: Google Maps
217 347 0880
866 436 7842
http://www.fmptic.org
The mission of the Family Matters Parent Training and Information Center is to build upon families’ strengths, empower parents and professionals to achieve the strongest possible outcomes for students with disabilities, and to enhance the quality of life for children and young adults with disabilities.

Illinois Parents of Adults with Developmental Disabilities Unite (IPADD) Yahoo group
Illinois Parents of Adults with Developmental Disabilities Unite (IPADD) Yahoo group
IL
United States
See map: Google Maps
630 922 3232
Contact Name:
Laurie Jerue
Contact Email:
jeruefamily@comcast.net
http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/IPADDUnite
Online support group focused on the issues of transitioning and adults with developmental disabilities, including autism, who live in the state of Illinois. Priorities are employment, community service, housing, recreation, and advocacy.

Illinois Spectrum Connection
Illinois Spectrum Connection
Plainfield, IL 60586
United States
See map: Google Maps
630 362 4538
Contact Name:
Laura Donovan
Contact Email:
laura@ilspectrumconnection.com
http://www.ilspectrumconnection.com
Illinois Spectrum Connection is a reference site created for parents of children with ASD in the Chicago-land area.

Little Friends Center for Autism
140 N. Wright Street
Naperville, IL 60540
United States
See map: Google Maps
630 355 6533
Contact Name:
Kim Bus
Contact Email:
kbus@lilfriends.com
http://www.littlefriendsinc.org
Little Friends is a 501c3 organization that provides services to children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. Our mission is to empower children and adults with special challenges to live, learn, work and participate in the community.

Managing the Art of Living
Managing the Art of Living
887 Ridge Rd.
Highland Park, IL 60035
United States
See map: Google Maps
847 831 4540
Contact Name:
Teri Steinberg
Contact Email:
teri_steinberg@yahoo.com
http://www.managingtheartofliving.org/
llinois Association of Microboards and Cooperatives is a project of the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities. The project is aimed at helping people live the lives they want to live, with the support of family, friends, community and public resources. The project offers self-advocates, families and friends the opportunity to create Microboards and Human Service Cooperatives, consumer-governed structures that bring resources, authority and responsibility directly into the hands of the people whose lives are most affected by the way support services are organized.

SibNet on Facebook
SibNet on Facebook
IL
United States
See map: Google Maps
Contact Email:
donmeyer@siblingsupport.org
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=42996269129
SibNet on Facebook is the companion to the SibNet yahoo group, the internet’s first and largest listserv for adult brothers and sisters of people with disabilities. SibNet is also a remarkably warm, thoughtful, and informative community where young adult and adult brothers and sisters from around the world share information and discuss issues of common interest.

Special Needs Parents Meet Up
Special Needs Parents Meet Up
IL
United States
See map: Google Maps
http://spclneedsparents.meetup.com
http://autism.meetup.com

The Windy City/Chicagoland Apraxia Network
The Windy City/Chicagoland Apraxia Network
1541 Springside Place
Downers Grove, IL 60516
United States
See map: Google Maps
630 435 5845
Contact Name:
Holly Olmsted-Hickey
Contact Email:
chicagoapraxia@comcast.net
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/windycityapraxia
There seems to be an emerging overlap of children with childhood apraxia of speech and autism spectrum disorders. I would like to offer the services and resources of our Chicagoland group to the greater autism population. We have been around for about 11 years and currently have more than 400 members in the Chicagoland, northern Indiana, southern Wisconsin and eastern Iowa areas.

Wrong Planet
The Online Resource and Community for Autism and Asperger’s
Wrong Planet
IL
United States
See map: Google Maps
http://www.wrongplanet.net
Wrong Planet is the web community designed for individuals (and parents of those) with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, PDDs, and other neurological differences. We provide a discussion forum, where members communicate with each other, an article section, with exclusive articles and how-to guides, a blogging feature, and a chatroom for real-time communication with other Aspies.

Yahoo! Groups
Autism Support Groups
Yahoo! Groups
IL
United States
See map: Google Maps
http://groups.yahoo.com/search?query=autism%20aba
Online discussion forums for the Autism and Asperger communities

Education Supports

Special Education Websites
http://www.wrightslaw.com/
http://www.ncld.org/publications-a-more
http://www.frcd.org/
Pamphlets
(Available in English and Spanish)

  • Does Your Child Have Special Education Needs? (¿Necesita su hijo educación especial?)
  • How to Participate Effectively in Your Child’s IEP Meeting
  • How to Prepare for a Successful Due Process Hearing
  • Tax Guide for Parents (available in English)

Pamphlets are free in single copies.  Please contact FRCD 312-939-3513 orinfo@frcd.org to receive brochures

Resource Lists & Other Documents
Parent Coalitions and Information Groups (pdf)
Evaluation Centers (pdf)
Respite Care Service Providers (pdf) (doc)
Pamphlets and resource lists are free in single copies.
Please contact FRCD 312-939-3513 or info@frcd.org to receive brochures

Post-Secondary Education

IN IOWA
ACCESS Program
Scott, Clinton, Muscatine Community Colleges http://www.eicc.edu/highschool/highschool/aaccess/ (563) 441-4355
Helping high school students with IEPs transition into community college coursework to obtain skills for career and college readiness.

EICC (Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, including Scott, Clinton and Muscatine) www.eicc.edu  (563) 441-4000
Academic/Accommodation support for students with disabilities, plus services for all students such as tutoring, financial aid assistance, counseling.  Disability Resource Offices available on all campuses – Scott, Clinton and Muscatine.

Kirkwood Community College
6301 Kirkwood Boulevard. SW  Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404 www.kirkwood.edu/learningservices
The Focused Skill Training (FST) program at Kirkwood offers assistance on an individual basis to help students with high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder be successful in all aspects of college life.

University of Iowa Student Disability Services
3015 Burge Hall Iowa City, Iowa 52242 www.uiowa.edu 
Programs that offer assistance to students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are shared between the University Of Iowa College Of Education, Student Disability Services and the University Counseling Service. The University does not offer living space designated for individuals with ASD.  Each semester a Student Disabilities Services advisor meets with each eligible student to develop an accommodations plan per class.  The Council on Disability Awareness composed of staff/faculty/students/citizens meets monthly to promote inclusion of individuals with disabilities in all aspects of university life.  Student Disability Services maintains a Facebook page with social and academic support information and conducts regular meetings to examine and improve student services. 

REACH Program (Realizing Educational and Career Hopes) University of Iowa
S229 Lindquist Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242 http://www2.education.uiowa.edu/service s/reach
The REACH program is a 2 year certificated transition program for individuals with multiple disabilities with post-graduation employment support.  Students live in dormitories and participate in campus life.  The goals of the program include: readiness for entry into sustained employment, improvement of learning, social and life skills to support self-advocacy and determination and provision of person-centered education and supports. 
St. Ambrose University
518 W. Locust Street, Davenport, IA 52803 www.sau.edu/disabilityservices/ (563) 333-6275
Student Disability Services (through the Disability Services Office) are available to students who qualify under 504.  Students meet regularly with a disability coordinator and receive reasonable 504 accommodations such as a note taker, extended exam time, quiet room to take exams, reduced course load and single room living arrangements (charged at the double room rate).  An on campus club (called ADAPT), for individuals with and without disabilities, advocates for persons with disabilities.  Students with disabilities are encouraged to seek internships.  SAU also offers a summer transition program for students to experience college in the summer, living in a residence hall, and completing one general education course.

Youth Corps
http://www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/department/division.php?fDD=50-508  City of Davenport  (563) 888-2217   
Davenport Youth Corps is an AmeriCorps program designed specifically for youth ages 16-25. Youth are selected on various risk factors which can include a disability.  They participate in leadership and soft or social skills training sessions during the month of May. Successful completion of the training program will enable students to be eligible for the Summer Service Experience which involves 300 hours in a chosen career field with one of several City of Davenport departments.  Stipends of $2,000, as well as an educational award of $1,175 towards a qualified post-secondary educational institution, are awarded upon finishing summer service. 
 
IN ILLINOIS
College Living Experience
United States
See map: Google Maps
847 674 0881
Contact Name:
Shoshana Axler Chicago
College Living Experience
7337 N. Lincoln Avenue
Lincolnwood, IL 60712

http://www.experiencecle.com
College Living Experience (CLE) is a post-secondary program for students who require additional support with academic, social and independent living skills. CLE provides intensive assistance to students with varying abilities. They all receive the support they need to become functional, independent adults. CLE was established in 1989 and is a division of Educational Services of America (ESA), the nation’s leading provider of special and alternative education

Elmhurst Learning and Success Academy
190 S. Prospect Avenue
Cureton Hall
Elmhurst, IL60126
United States
See map: Google Maps
(630) 617-3752
Contact Email:
elsa@elmhurst.edu
http://public.elmhurst.edu/elsa
The Elmhurst Learning and Success Academy (ELSA) is a four-year program that offers a full-time, post-secondary educational experience to young adults with developmental disabilities. The program emphasizes three key areas: Academics and Career Exploration; Independent Living Skills; and Social and Recreational Skills. Personal responsibility and advocacy, decision-making, time management and organizational skills are integrated across the curriculum.

Options for College Success
Options for College Success
820 Davis St Suite 455
Evanston, IL60201
See map: Google Maps
847 425 4797
Contact Email:
info@optionsforcollegesuccess.org
http://optionsforcollegesuccess.org/app/
We are an organization located in Evanston, IL, whose purpose is to encourage learning-challenged post secondary students to develop the skills, the confidence, and the courage necessary to transition into living independently and working productively.

Prairie State College Disability Services
Prairie State College Disability Services
202 S. Halsted
Chicago Heights, IL60411
See map: Google Maps
708 709 3500
Contact Name:
Diane Janowiak, Director
Contact Email:
djanowiak@prairiestate.edu
http://www.prairie.cc.il.us/ss/ss-disasvcs.html
The Office seeks to maintain academic standards while providing equal access and support services to students who are able to benefit from college-level course work, have the commitment to succeed, and have a documented disability.

Self-Advocacy Social Skills Group
Self-Advocacy Social Skills Group
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL
See map: Google Maps
312 413 4624
Contact Name:
Jennifer Gorski, Ph.D. & Lana Roth, LCS
Eligible participants: Chicago area University and Community College students with ASD. 

South Suburban College Office of Services for Students with Disabilities
South Suburban College Office of Services for Students with Disabilities
15800 South State Street
South Holland, IL60473
708 596 2000 X2649
http://www.southsuburbancollege.edu/en_US/Services/Student_Services/Services_for…

Think College Illinois
1640 W. Roosevelt Road, Room 405
Chicago, IL60608
See map: Google Maps
877-232-1990
312-413-1407
http://www.thinkcollegeillinois.org
This website introduces inclusive postsecondary education (PSE) for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in Illinois. You will find this website helpful if you are a representative from a postsecondary education institution and/or a student, self-advocate, parent, administrator, service provider, or policy-maker. Think College is a national initiative to create inclusive PSE opportunities for students with I/DD.

Triton College Center for Students with Disabilities
dford@triton.edu
2000 Fifth Ave
River Grove, IL60171
See map: Google Maps
708 456 0300 X3854
Contact Name:
Deborah M Ford
Contact Email: http://www.triton.edu
Our mission is to provide academic accessibility for students with disabilities and to empower them to become independent, successful students at Triton College.

University of Illinois at Chicago Disability Resource Center
1200 W. Harrison St Room 1190 SSB (MC 321)
Chicago, IL60607
See map: Google Maps
312 413 2183
Contact Name:
Roxana Stupp, Director
Contact Email:
drc@uic.edu
http://www.uic.edu/depts/oaa/disability_resources/contact.html

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign The Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services
1207 S. Oak St
Champaign, IL61820
See map: Google Maps
217 333 1970
Contact Email:
disability@uiuc.edu
http://www.disability.uiuc.edu

Employment Supports

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services
(IVRS) 3827 W. Locust Street Davenport, Iowa 52804 www.ivrs.iowa.gov  (563) 386-1200 
IVRS is a State-Federal agency whose mission it is to work for and with individuals who have disabilities to achieve their employment, independence and economic goals.  This includes activities such as helping individuals identify career goals, obtain and utilize assistive technologies, develop employment readiness and work related skills, supports for post-secondary education with financial aid packages, guiding students to utilize appropriate accommodations for their disabilities and finding/keeping employment by working with community employers.

IowaWORKS
www.iowaworkforce.org (563) 441-4020
Employment and training services for youth including skills assessment, career exploration, short term training, work experience, and college training.  National Career Readiness assessment and Computer Literacy workshops available on-site.
 
IJAG Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates Davenport Community Schools Central, North and West High Schools
IJAG is a career readiness course, helping students get to the next level, whatever their goals may be. IJAG covers aptitudes, teamwork, leadership, goal setting, resumes, cover letters, etc.  Guest speakers from local business and postsecondary schools come weekly.  All enrollees are assessed on a need/want/benefit system.  The program has worked well for students with disabilities.  It helps them think about life after high school and prepares them for work and postsecondary education.

Handicapped Development Center (HDC)
www.handicappeddevelopment.org  Employment Services 3402 Hickory Grove Road Davenport, IA 52806 (563) 391-4834
Employment Services assist individuals in developing interpersonal, behavioral, and work skills needed to become productive members of a working environment and the community. A comprehensive evaluation determines the person’s skill level and job interests. These skills can be further developed at the Center or community employment may be sought. Community Employment offers individuals the opportunity to obtain employment in the community with the support of job coaches, as needed.  Employment Services also offers a DayHab Program to assist individuals with daily living skills, community access and leisure activities.

Handicapped Development Center (HDC)
.handicappeddevelopment.org  Personal Independence Services 4201 N. Brady Street Davenport, IA 52803  (563) 823-0121
Personal Independence Services assist people with severe and multiple disabilities who need support in all areas of daily life. The PI program includes classrooms designed to benefit individuals on the Autism Spectrum. Persons in this program receive instruction and participate in activities which develop communication, grooming, personal, social, recreational, leisure, community access, and other abilities for daily living. When recommended by a doctor, Physical Therapy Services are provided to anyone in either Personal Independence or Employment Services.

Youth Corps City of Davenport
http://www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/department/division.php?fDD=50-508 (563) 888-2217  
Davenport Youth Corps is an AmeriCorps program designed specifically for youth ages 16-25. Youth are selected on various risk factors which can include a disability.  They participate in leadership and soft or social skills training sessions during the month of May. Successful completion of the training program will enable students to be eligible for the Summer Service Experience which involves 300 hours in a chosen career field with one of several City of Davenport departments.  Stipends of $2,000, as well as an educational award of $1,175 towards a qualified post-secondary educational institution, are awarded upon finishing summer service. 

Goodwill of the Heartland
www.goodwillheartland.org  Supported Employment 805 W 35th St., Davenport, Iowa 52806 (866) 466-7881 (563) 484-3706 
Job Coaching and Job Development Services: Assisting individuals age 16-63 to find jobs in the community.  Helping evaluate skills, explore interests and search for places to put these skills to work.  Support individuals in job seeking, interview preparation, transportation to job fairs and interviews.  Job Coaching supports ease the transition to work for new employees.  This is individualized, but typically structured to provide more intensive supports at the start of a new job, and faded supports within the first month.  For both Job Development and Job Coaching, a funding source must be identified, such as IVRS or ID Waiver.

Goodwill of the Heartland Pre-Vocational Training and Enclaves
805 W. 35th Street, Davenport, Iowa 52806 (866) 466-7881 (563) 484-3706 
Individualized services to help develop skills such as following directions, staying on task, safety awareness, understanding social and production expectations of the workplace, communication, accepting feedback, developing self-confidence, time management and flexibility/adaptability in the workplace.   Client pay is based on individual productivity as determined by periodic timings.

Goodwill of the Heartland DayHab Program
805 W. 35th St., Davenport, Iowa 52806 563-466-7881 563-484-3737
Programming 8:00-3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, for participants to increase their independence through integration in the community, development and maintenance of independent living skills, selection of social and leisure activities, as well as maintenance of physical and emotional health.  Low staff-to-client ratio (1:3).  Variety of community activities.  Fully functioning kitchen for life skills practice.  Funding is available through ID Waiver, County Funding and HAB Services.  Private pay is also an option.

Living Supports in the Community

REM Iowa
4711 N. Brady St., Davenport, IA 52807 (563) 424-4600
Supported Living services build on each person’s strengths and help them become increasingly independent. We are a 24-hour/day provider in a residential setting providing support based on each person's needs in areas including access to transportation, shopping, cooking, cleaning, managing money, getting involved in the community, maintaining health and wellness, and scheduling appointments.  24- hour on call system with supervisors responding to all calls.

Handicapped Development Center (HDC)
www.handicappeddevelopment.org  Community Residential Services 3402 Hickory Grove Road Davenport, IA 52806 (563) 391-4834 
Community Residential Services are available to meet varying needs. Individuals may choose to live in a group home where staff are always present to help develop living skills. Others may choose to live in an apartment or home with family or roommates. Assistance is individualized to the person’s needs. For those individuals living at home with family, HDC also offers respite recreation and in-home respite.

Four Oaks Cedar Rapids
Iowa  http://www.fouroaks.org/ 
Emergency services in some areas.
Prevention Services: Social programs for out of school time. Asperger Program: Designed to serve middle school children and high school youth ages 11-18. This program incorporates a variety of treatment options specially designed for each child in an accommodating setting, away from school. The goal is to have a significant and positive impact on the quality of each child's life by teaching self-advocacy, communication skills, social skills and anxiety management.  Residential Services: Comprehensive residential treatment services, designed for youth with a variety of needs. Family-based approach, partnering with families in teaching cognitive self- control, personal coping skills, behavioral interventions, living skills, accountability and self- responsibility.
 
The Homestead
www.TheHomestead.org  1625 Adventureland Drive, Suite B Altoona, IA 50009 (515) 957-3344 
Adult residential and vocational supports within a working farming community in Pleasant Hill, IA (six homes, each supporting 4 adults).  Also, individualized home & community-based supports for adults living on their own in the Des Moines area.  Although Homestead is expanding Children’s Services in several other Iowa communities, adult services are only offered in Des Moines currently (Fall 2013).

Allen Autism Consulting
2039 Grand Avenue Davenport, IA 52803 (563) 343-9874 
In addition to consulting, Allen Consulting offers 2 residential houses and are now providing hourly services for supported community living.

Other (many!) HCBS waiver providers 
List available through Targeted Case Managers 563-388-1098

Medical Supports and Treatment

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Adult Psychiatry Clinic/The Autism Center 200 Hawkins Drive, Pappajohn Pavilion Iowa City, IA 52246  
The Adult Psychiatry Clinic provides evaluation and treatment of adults with autism spectrum disorders.

Vera French Community Mental Health Center
1441 W. Central Park Davenport, Iowa 52804 (563) 383-1900
Vera French provides outpatient services for adults in the following areas - psychiatric, therapy, case management and residential services. For children, they provide outpatient services including psychiatric and therapy services.
 
Mercy in Dubuque
http://www.mercy-autism.com/autism- center 
Provides diagnostic, therapeutic and behavioral services to people with Autism Spectrum Disorders across the lifespan. Treatment, training and resources are available to individuals, families, caregivers, and health care professionals to promote the growth, independence and success of people with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The Mercy Service Club Autism Center offers transition (special education) workshops in conjunction with the ASK Resource Center.

Recreation Opportunities

ACOUSTICS MUSIC GROUP
Acoustics is for young adults interested in music. Meetings are Tuesdays from 4:40 p.m.-5:30 p.m. at River Music Experience, 129 N. Main Street, Davenport. The website is www.rivermusicexperience.org
Participants share music they like, play musical games, play musical instruments, and have performers attend to play concerts for them. West Music, which formed the group, has specially trained personnel who will teach music lessons to those with disabilities. For more information call West music at (309)764-9300.

YOUNG ADULT BOWLING LEAGUE
 League members bowl on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. at the Quad City Entertainment Center, 4401 44th Avenue, Moline. Call (309)517-1158 for more information. The bowlers have a variety of mental and physical disabilities. 

DAVENPORT CHALLENGER LEAGUE:
Challenger League is a separate division of Little League Baseball enabling boys and girls with physical and mental disabilities, beginning at age 5 and up, to enjoy the game of baseball regardless of their ability.
Contact: Curt Locey (563)449-0057
Email: davenportchallengerleague@gmail.com

MOLINE CHALLENGER LEAGUE
A division of Little League the Challenger Division offers girls and boys, beginning at age 5 and up with physical and mental disabilities, the opportunity to play unrestricted baseball regardless of their ability. 
Contact Information:  Pam Swim (309)786-3097 or Jan Garlock (309)786-8319
Email: rpswim@mchsi.com  or jgarlock55@hotmail.com
Website: www.molinechallengerleague.com

IA/IL SPECIAL OLYMPICS
To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. 
Contact Information:  Iowa-Nancy Shannon 563-285-8185 or nsshannon@aol.com
Illinois-Cathy Betar 309-734-5903 or cbetar@soill.org
Website: www.soill.org

NEW KINGDOM TRAIL RIDERS
Provides therapeutic horseback riding program known as “Mounted Achievers” this is an alternative type of physical therapy and rehabilitation to the mentally and physically handicapped of the Greater Quad Cities and surrounding communities.  NKT provides affordable riding lessons to people representing ages ranging between three and adult with a variety of disabilities.
Contact Information: 309-787-0627 or 309-764-4220   Website: www.nktriders.org                                    Email: nktriders@infonktriders.org

Trainings and Workshops

Autism Services Provider and Beyond
800 W. Fifth Ave Ste. 106F/G
Naperville, IL 60563
www.autismserviceprovider.com
kiya.olson@gmail.com
1.630.639.1655

Chicago Education Project 
chicagoeducationproject@comcast.net
1375 Remington Rd. Ste. A
Schaumburg, IL 60173
1.847.884.7030
http://www.chicagoeducationproject.org

Little Friends Center For Autism 
140 N. Wright Street
Naperville, Il 60540
1.630.355.6533
http://www.littlefriendsinc.org

Designs for Change
info@designsforchange.org
29 E. Madison Ste. 950
Chicago, Il 60602
1.312.236.7944
http://www.designsforchange.org

Easter Seals Joliet Region 
gvalentine@joliet.easterseals.com
212 Barney Drive
Joliet, Il 60345
1.815.725.2194
http://www.easterseals.com

El Valor
info@elvalor.net
1850 W. 21st St.
Chicago, Il 60608
1.312.666.4511
http://www.elvalor.org

Family Resource Center on Disabilities
frcdtiil@ameritech.com
20 E. Jackson Blvd Rm. 300
Chicago, Il 60604 1.312.939.3515
http://www.frcd.org

Have Dreams 
kjohnsen@havedreams.org 
515 Busse Hwy Suite
150 Park Ridge, Il 60058
1.847.685.0250
http://www.havedreams.org

Jewish Children’s Bureau of Chicago 
Chicago, Il 60606
1.312.444.3090
http://www.jcbchicago.org

Keshet abbie@keshet.org 
617 Landwehr
Northbrook, Il 60062
1.847.205.1234
http://www.keshet.org

Oak/Leyden Developmental Services 
Oak Park, Il 60302 1.708.524.1050
http://www.oakleyden.org

Chicago Childrens Clinic
1333 N. Kingsbury, Suite 100
Chicago, IL 60642
1.312.587.1742
Chicago, North Shore, Northwest suburbs
Insurance not accepted.
www.chicagochildrensclinic.com

Skill Sprout, LLC
508 N. Main St.
Washington, IL 61571
1.800.773.1682
http://www.skillsprout.com/

Autism Society of Illinois 
info@autismillinois.org
2200 S. Main St Ste. 205
Lombard, Il 60148
1.630.691.1270
http://www.autismillinois.org
Counties Served: Statewide

Support & Tech Assist. Southern Region (STARNET) 
sgage@stclair.k12.il.us
500 Wilshire Dr.
Belleville, Il 62223
1.618.397.8930
http://www.stclair.k12.il.us/starnet/

Tap Training Center at Southern Illinois University
rtrammel@siu.edu 625 Wham Drive RM 124
Carbondale, Il 62901 1.618.536.2122
http://www.siu.edu/~rehabbat/autism
SIUC Center for Autism

Charleston Transitional Facility (CTF)
markklaus@stfillinois.org
521 7th St. Charleston, Il 61920
1.217.352.1557
http://www.ctfilllinois.org
Counties Served: Statewide

The Family Clinic at UIC
mlgra@uic.edu
1640 W. Roosevelt Rd.
Chicago, Il 60608
1.312.413.1490
http://www.uic.edu/orgs/idhd/familyclinic.htm
Counties Served: Statewide

Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics 
1358 W. Randolph
Chicago, Il 60607
1.800.843.6154
http://www.illinoisaap.org
Counties Served: Statewide

The Illinois Autism Project 
LaGrange Area Dept of Special Education
1500 S. Grace St.
Lombard, Il 60148
1.630.889.7398
Counties Served: Statewide

Project Choices
info@projectchoices.org
1500 S. Grace St.
Lombard, Il 60148 1.630.629.0551
http://www.projectchoices.org
Counties Served: Statewide

Law Enforcement and Other First Responder Training
Workshop addresses growing concern among first responders and families of individuals with an autism spectrum disorder regarding special issues related to this disability. Information on the characteristics of ASD and basis response techniques are provided. Curriculum also includes “critical communication” cards which contain the pictures for common words and phrases that will be necessary for communication between first responders and individuals who are nonverbal or who lose communication skills when under stress.
Training offered twice per quarter.
For more information, contact Katie Hench at (312) 564-4060.

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