Special Needs Local Resource Directory
It is our hope that this directory helps you find some resources and community services that will support your family members with special needs. SEA200 does not have the ability to assess the competence of any of the following listings. It is up to each individual to question and investigate those listings that you are interested in using. Don forget to check for licensing, fees and health insurance acceptance as needed. SEA200 does not endorse any of the following. Any feedback is appreciated and kept confidential. Please email us.
Alliance Clinical Associates: 7 Blanchard Circle, Suite 201 Wheaton IL 60187 (630) 653-2300. Mental health group practice treats children, teens, adults, and the aging with a faith-sensitive perspective. Psychiatrists, psychologists and master’s-level therapists work collaboratively to address a wide spectrum of emotional and mental health problems.
Central DuPage Pastoral Counseling Center: 507 Thornhill Drive Carol Stream IL 60188 (630) 752-9750. Nonprofit organization offers comprehensive counseling services for adults and children and children with special needs in an ecumenical, Christian setting.
Children of Hope Support Group: Nondenominational support group; Catherine Anderson, (630) 260-7682, email only.
College Church: 332 E. Seminary Ave. Wheaton IL 60187 (630) 668-0878.
College Church Stars Ministry for children and adults with developmental disabilities offers full inclusion in regular programs whenever possible, as well as special classrooms designed for their learning styles. Parent support groups and social events also are offered.
Jonathon’s Kids, Glen Ellyn Evangelical Covenant Church: 277 Hawthorne Glen Ellyn IL 60137 (630) 469-5405. Started by two moms in 1998, this parent support group meets approximately once a month, and sponsors family socials, speakers, and sibling groups. The group also offers assistance for children who need extra help on Sunday mornings, allowing the kids to be successfully integrated into the Sunday school environment while their parents worship with other adults.
St. Petronille Support Group for Parents with Special Needs: 430 Glenwood Ave Glen Ellyn IL 60137 Adele Lessmeister, (630) 469-0404, ext. 2107; email only.
Wheaton Bible Church: Wheaton IL 60187 (630) 260-1600.
Wheaton Evangelical Free Church: 520 E. Roosevelt Road Wheaton IL 60187 Jonie Hosack, Parish Nurse, (630) 668-6490, ext. 113 (Voice). Sunday School Classes: Assistance is provided for those with special needs to be successfully integrated into the children’s and youth ministries. Support Groups: A support group for mothers of children with special needs meets every third Thursday of most months. For details, call Sharon Kettinger at (630) 665-9387.
Recreation and Community
Special Needs Family Fun: This Web site offers an online community for families, parents, caregivers and professionals to meet online, including a chat room, bulletin board, newsletter and e-Group forum. This site also offers extensive general family topics all in one spot.
Western DuPage Special Recreation (WDSRA): 116 N. Schmale Road Carol Stream, IL 60188; Phone: (630) 681-0962; Fax: (630) 681-1262. This association offers recreational programs, special events, and trips. Their inclusion coordinator will work with local park districts to set up an aide in a regular park district class for your child at no cost to you. They serve the communities of Carol Stream, Glen Ellyn, Naperville, Roselle, Warrenville, West Chicago, Wheaton and Winfield. Online registration available.
Six Flags Great America (and other amusement parks): If you bring a note from your doctor stating your child’s disability, you can get a disability pass to bypass the long lines for rides at Six Flags Great America. Disability passes also are available at virtually all major amusement parks around the country.
Walt Disney World: (407) 824-4321; Families of children with special needs can get a free Guest Assistance Card, which gives them special access to rides with little or no wait for six people in the party. To get the card, visit Guest Services at any park. It’s wise to bring a letter from your doctor stating diagnosis just in case.
Communication Clubhouse: 2901 Finley Road, Suite 102 Downers Grove IL 60515 (630) 495-6800.
Helping Hands Therapy, LLC: 2777 Finley Road, Suite 27 Downers Grove IL 60515, (630) 424-9100. Amy Kurtz, MOTR/L, provides occupational therapy services for children to ensure their success in both the home and school environment.
McDonald Corp. Lodge Pool: Oak Brook, (630) 420-4433. All therapy sessions are facilitated by a physical or occupational therapist. Call for information on their aquatic therapy program.
Rush-Copley Healthplex: 1900 Ogden Ave. Aurora;(630) 978-6280. Follow the link to the Rush Copley Healthplex or call for Adapt-a-Splash swim lessons for kids with special needs. Warm water pool. They have a 1:1 student-teacher ratio. Also ask membership office about Therapeutic Memberships — monthly memberships offered for reduced registration and fees with caregivers allowed free entrance to pool if the swimmer requires assistance.
Western DuPage Special Recreation (WDSRA): 116 N Schmale Road Carol Stream; (630) 681-0962. WDSRA provides swim lessons for special-needs children at a number of local area facilities.
YMCA: All YMCA’s offer adaptive swim lessons. Call your local YMCA aquatic director for more information.
Sitter City: Sitter City has at least 41 sitters in Illinois who are trained in taking care of children with disabilities. There are many more who can watch a child with an autism spectrum disorder but who do not have that specifically listed in their profile. When you sign up for this monthly service use the promo code AUTISM to receive $10 off your registration fee. A few of our members have used this service, put autism in their requirements and have received pretty fast replies from area sitters.
Also consider contacting your local college for posting requests for babysitting services.
Creative Mobility: 2930 Campton Hills Road, St. Charles IL 60175, (630) 587-8100. Adaptive bikes and more.
Lose the Training Wheels/ Rainbow Trainers: email. This organization was founded by Richard and Marjorie Klein. They have a great program offering five-day clinics designed to teach kids with special needs how to ride bikes. Their Web site offers sections for parents, bike therapy, facilitators, home remedies, and bike camp locations and schedules.
BlazeSports: The U.S. Disabled Athletes Fund, Inc. is a direct legacy of the 1996 Paralympic Games held in Atlanta, Georgia and is the parent organization from which BlazeSports America was formed. BlazeSports is a community-based sports program for individuals who have physical disabilities. The Blaze symbol is a phoenix, signifying the Paralympic athlete who overcomes great odds to achieve athletic excellence, and embodies the USDAF as an enduring symbol of the Triumph of the Human Spirit. If you would like more information regarding BlazeSports America of Illinois/WDSRA or are interested in joining a Blaze team, please contact Trent Thenhaus, Adapted Sports Coordinator at (630) 681-0962 ext. 114 or email. Camps Comprehensive lists of camps can be obtained from Family Resource Center (312) 939-3513, or from the American Camping Association.
Discover Camp: A Booklet on Camps for Children with Disabilities. The National Center on Accessibility, a partner of the National Center on Physical Activity and Disability, has developed Discover Camp: Considerations for Sending your Child with a Disability to Camp for the First Time. This booklet provides information for parents who are looking for the right camp for their child. The booklet features frequently asked questions on different types of camps (i.e., specialty, inclusive, day, and residential), facilities, camp staff, camper care, and programming. It includes additional suggestions on what to consider before heading to camp, as well as other resources. To obtain a copy, contact one of NCPAD’s Information Specialists at (800) 900-8086 or email. You can access a web version of the booklet here.
- Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center Summer Camp: Aurora IL, (630) 896-1961.
- Ray Graham Association Day Camp: Elmhurst IL, (630) 325-3857.
- Shady Oaks Residential Camps: Lockport IL, (708) 301-0816.
Camps – day
Carol Stream/Warrenville/Wheaton/ Winfield Park District Camps are inclusive. If you need an aide for your child to attend these camps, contact Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA) 116 N. Schmale Road Carol Stream, IL 60188; (630) 681-0962. Fax: (630) 681-1262.
Camp Craze: Join us for an action packed summer! Camp Craze will be offered in three 3-week sessions. Join us for one or all three! Activities will include theme days, local mini-trips, swimming, crafts, games, music, and more. Please bring a sack lunch everyday. (AS) WHO: Children (ages 6-12). Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA) 116 N. Schmale Road Carol Stream IL 60188; (630) 681-0962. Fax: (630) 681-1262.
Camp Discovery: This camp is specifically designed for youths with a Learning Disability, Behavior Disorder, or Mental Health Challenge. This three days a week camp is action packed with adventure games, sports, crafts, swimming, and best of all, field trips! This camp will be run in cooperation with NEDSRA; what a great opportunity to make new friends. Each week Camp Discovery will make their way to forest preserves, explore different pools, and many other fun places around Northeast and Western DuPage. Sign up today before it is too late! Transportation will be provided from WPDCC and/or WDSRA. WHO: Children & Teens with a Learning Disability, Behavior Disorder, or Mental Health Challenge (ages 6-18). Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA) 116 N. Schmale Road Carol Stream IL 60188; (630) 681-0962. Fax: (630) 681-1262.
Camp TIA Summer Camp: TIA stands for Teens in Action. This camp is offered in Naperville Wheaton, and Carol Stream. TIA will run Monday through Thursday in Naperville & Carol Stream and Wheaton meets Monday through Friday. The camp activities are geared toward the active teenager and encourage group participation. Activities will include sports, crafts, games, swimming, community service work, and field trips. Participants will have input on weekly activities. WHO: Teens & Adults (ages 13-21). Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA) 116 N. Schmale Road Carol Stream IL 60188; (630) 681-0962. Fax: (630) 681-1262.
Camps – Illinois
Camp Red Leaf Jewish Council for Youth Services: 26710 W. Nippersink, Ingleside IL 60041, (847) 740-5010. Located on the grounds of Camp Henry Horner, Camp Red Leaf serves youth and adults with developmental disabilities, ranging in age from 9 to 90.
Camp SOAR (Special Outdoor Adaptive Recreation): 180 N Michigan Ave., Suite 700, Chicago IL, (312) 726-4011; email. Sponsored by Children’s Research Triangle. Camp SOAR offers children with autism, Down syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, cerebral palsy and many other disabilities the opportunity to participate in traditional outdoor and recreational activities. The camp promotes physical and emotional well-being for the children while also providing respite for parents.
Champions Day Camp Sponsored by Boy Scouts of America Three Fires Council: Call Janice Ciolino at (630) 584-5290, ext. 100, or Andi Sherman at (630) 584-5290, ext. 212. Open to boys and girls who have special needs and are developmentally between the ages of 5 and 12 and their siblings. The location changes each day, mostly in DuPage County.
Touch of Nature Environmental Center: Mail Code 6888, Southern Illinois University, 1206 Touch of Nature Road, Makanda, IL 62958; (618) 453-1121; Fax: (618) 453-1188. The following camps are offered by Touch of Nature:
Dyna Camp is a six-day camping session designed for children with ADD, ADHD, or other behavioral concerns. The camp utilizes its natural surroundings to provide a positive atmosphere conducive to learning, inclusion, cooperation, and fun
Camp Shawnee is a 6- or 12-day camping session designed for children with physical or cognitive disabilities. The camp’s natural surroundings provide a positive atmosphere conducive to learning, inclusion, cooperation, and fun.
Spectrum Wilderness: Highly challenging 30-day courses include extended wilderness expeditions designed to address and modify the behavior of at-risk youth between 13 and 18 years of age.
Camps – Out-of-State Overnight
Bradford Woods Indiana University’s Outdoor Center: 5040 State Road 67 North, Martinsville IN 46151, (765) 342-2915. Bradford Woods offers the following camps:
Camp Riley serves youths ages 8 to 18 with a variety of physical disabilities. All camps are overnight and sessions last either six or 13 days. There are six Camp Riley sessions available throughout the summer, each with a different focus and programmed with the needs of campers in mind. Financial assistance is available. For details or to request an application, contact the camp coordinator at (317) 634-4474, (877) 867-4539, or email.
Camp Hi-Lite is sponsored by the Down Syndrome Clinic at Riley Hospital for Children, The Riley Children’s Foundation, and the Indiana Down Syndrome Foundation. Camp Hi-Lite serves children and young adults ages 8 to 22 with Down syndrome. There is one session available. For more information or to request an application, contact Kathy Lowe at (317) 274-4264 or email.
Camp About Face is sponsored by the Craniofacial Clinic at Riley Hospital for Children. Camp About Face serves youth ages 8 to 18 with craniofacial anomalies. Children in this camp come from all over the United States. There is one session available. Contact Trish Severns or Carol Ritter at (317) 274-2489 or email.
Camp Buckskin: Winter address: 8100 Wayzata Blvd, Golden Valley, MN 55426, (952) 930-3544, Fax: (952) 938-6996, Email. Summer address: P.O. Box 389 Ely, MN 55731, (218) 365-2121. Helping youth with AD/HD, LD, Asperger’s, and similar needs achieve success since 1959. Camp goals include changing attitudes and the attendant habits of behavior that hinder learning and prevent success, encouraging children to realize their potential, assisting children to take increased responsibility for themselves and become more self-reliant, improving both academic and social skills, promoting the building and maintaining of peer relationships, and increasing the child’s confidence and enhancing self-esteem.
Camp Courageous of Iowa: P.O. Box 418, 12007 190th Street, Monticello IA 52310-0418, (319) 465-5916. A year-round recreational and respite care facility for individuals of all ages with disabilities.
Camp Friendship: 10509 108th St. N Annandale MN, 55302, (800) 450-8376. Educational, recreational and social opportunities for people of all ages with mental and physical developmental disabilities.
Camp Kodiak: McKellar Ontario Canada, (905) 569-7595 or (877) 569-7595, email. This camp is for youth ages 6 to 18 with and without learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder and Asperger Syndrome. Campers come from Canada, the U.S. and around the world. All camp activities are planned with a view to teaching skills, building confidence and improving self-esteem. Teaching is done by skilled instructors who break tasks down into manageable chunks and present them in a logical sequence. In this way we can be sure campers will be successful. Staff members acknowledge every accomplishment and never miss the opportunity to provide positive feedback and recognition. Athletic instructors de-emphasize competition and stress co-operation, sportsmanship, and model appropriate attitudes and behavior.
Club Kodiak Camp for Young Adults 19+: McKellar Ontario Canada, (905) 569-7595 or (877) 569-7595, email. Club Kodiak provides a safe and structured environment tailored to meet the needs of young adults 19 and over with and without learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder and Asperger Syndrome. This camp offers many of the same activities provided for younger campers, but there are more choices, less obvious supervision, more freedom and an integrated life skills program. There are subtle differences in the terminology used. For example, “counselors” are replaced with “advisers” and campers are referred to as “guests”. Guests select most of their own activities.
Camp Nuhop: 404 Hillcrest Drive Ashland, OH, (419) 289-2227. NEW HOPE for all children from 6 to 18 with learning disabilities, behavior disorders (LD/BD) or attention deficit disorders (ADD). The camp program is not appropriate for children with severe mental retardation or physical disability.
Camp SOAR: P.O. Box 388, Balsam NC 28707, (828) 456-3435. Success Oriented Achievement Realized features a success-oriented, high adventure program for preteens, teens and adults with Learning Disabilities (LD) and Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder (AD/HD). Emphasis is placed on developing self-confidence, social skills, problem-solving techniques, a willingness to attempt new challenges and the motivation that comes through successful goal orientation. Resident Camp – Travel Camp – Coed – Balsam, NC (WY, FL, CA)
Camps – family
Joni & Friends: Five-day, Christian-based family retreats for those affected by disability. Various locations throughout United States; check for other dates and locations on website.
Extreme All Starzz: 2050 Mitchell Drive, Oswego, (630) 554-5201. Offers a special-needs cheerleading class for all ages.
Illinois Cheer Extreme (ICE) Athletics: 123 Ambassador Drive, Naperville, (630) 428-4231. ICE Athletics and Special Olympics Illinois will host a team of 10- to 25-year-olds. Athletes must have an updated Application for Participation on file with Special Olympics Illinois.
A Cub Scout unit for boys with special needs in first through fifth grades is entering its second year. Membership is composed of Scouts with and without special needs. Scouts with special needs have learning and developmental disabilities such as autism, Down syndrome, auditory processing disorder, attachment disorder and dyslexia. The group meets from 6 to 7:15 p.m. on Wednesdays in Warrenville. Boys do not need to be residents of District 200 to join. Financial assistance is available to families experiencing economic hardship. For more information, call Paige Samdal at 393-0244.
4-H Will County: (815) 727-9296. 4-H Will County has been a wonderful experience. There are opportunities to practice public speech in a safe environment, projects to work on at your own speed, classes at the local extension office on many topics, recognition ribbons for individual accomplishments, opportunities to be involved in local and state fairs, and wonderful role models. Most people involved are volunteers and parents, and are very supportive and willing to help. Call the extension office to find a local club.
Sunshine Course: Midwest Golf House; 11855 Archer Avenue, Lemont IL 60439. Three hole golf course for people with special needs and their families.
Sunshine through Golf Foundation: Alex Nolly, (630) 685-2351 or email. Lessons and clinics for people with special needs. Visit their website or check the WDSRA brochure for dates, time and locations.
Gymquest: 4995 Varsity Drive Unit C, Lisle, (630) 969-1449. All Gymquests have noncompetitive tumbling and cheerleading classes for ages 6 to 17.
Tomahawks: Contact Amy LaPoe at (630) 416-7686 or email. Tomahawks Special Hockey is a program for people with developmental disabilities sponsored by the Amateur Hockey Association Illinois (AHAI). The program is for male and female athletes ages 5 to 44. Ice hockey (September -May) is played at The Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville. Inline hockey practices (June and July) are played at the Sportsplex in Darien.
Blazing Prairie Stars, Inc.: 47W635 Beith Road, Maple Park IL 60151, (630)365-5550, email. BPS provides hippotherapy and equine-assisted growth, learning and enrichment programs to individuals and groups of all ages and abilities. Staff include physical, occupational, speech/language and music therapists, a master’s-level educator, a horse professional with a degree in equine sciences, and many dedicated volunteers. Please call Chris for more information.
Cowboy Dreams of Illinois: NARHA Premier Accredited Center. 112 Wool St., Barrington IL 60010, (847) 381-9323.
Friends for Therapeutic Equine Activities: 28W051 Liberty St., Winfield, IL 60190; (630) 588-8543.
Ray Graham Association Hanson Riding Center, Petting Zoo and Accessible Playground: NARHA Premier Accredited Center. 15W431 59th St., Burr Ridge IL 60521, (630) 325-5330, Cathy LeBeau.
Ready, Set, Ride: 13056 S. 224th Ave., Plainfield IL 60544, (815) 439-3659, Robin Conway.
Karate, Martial Arts
Communication Clubhouse: 2901 Finley Road, Suite 102 Downers Grove; (630) 495-6800. An occupational therapist and martial arts specialist (who is also the mother of an ASD child) provide an entertaining way to build coordination, focus and teamwork.
Easter Seals DuPage and Fox Valley Region: Villa Park; (630) 620-4433. Martial arts therapy program designed for children ages 6 through 12. Uses concepts and activities from shotokan style karate to work toward strengthening, balance and flexibility.
Nova 8 Cinema: 352 S. Route 59, Naperville, (630) 428-7671. Nova 8 lets Autism Community Connection hold special movie screenings of rated G and PG films for children with autism and their families. Movies are usually at 10 a.m. Nova 8 keeps the lights on during the previews and lowers the sound. See our Yahoo group and Web site for upcoming movie events. Nova 8 also has areas in the back of each theater that are good for kids who need to get up and pace.
Cantigny Park: 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton IL 60187. Cantigny has beautiful grounds and gardens, tanks to climb on and an impressive interactive military museum. (Can be scary for children under 6.) Also, Colonel McCormick’s home can be toured and there are fascinating facts about his life and his newspaper, the Chicago Tribune.
DuPage Children’s Museum: 301 N. Washington St. Naperville, IL 60540, (630) 637-8000. Autism Family Day, or the Third Thursday, is a special time once a month allowing families of children with autism to enjoy the museum. Families are invited to come play from 5 to 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month. A resource table is available with community services. Regular admission prices apply.
Morton Arboretum: 4100 Route 53, Lisle IL 60532-1293, (630) 968-0074. If you haven’t checked out the new Children’s Garden, put it on your list. Weekdays are much quieter than weekends and you can bring food in for a picnic or eat at the cafeteria.
Music and Music therapy
Music therapists plan, organize, and direct music activities that will produce behavior changes in persons who have mental, emotional, and physical disabilities. Most music therapists have undergraduate degrees in music, education, music therapy, psychology, or special education. In addition, completion of an approved music therapy program is a requirement in many school systems.
Beth Zielinski, MTBC, DT Community Therapy Services: 40W310 LaFox Road Suite 1A, St. Charles IL 60175 (630) 444-0077.
Creative Exchange Music Therapy: 1527 Westchester Blvd., Suite 1S Westchester, (708) 345-6100.
Communication Clubhouse: 2901 Finley Road, Suite 102 Downers Grove IL 60515, (630) 495-6800.
Gwen Marzano: (630) 863-4936. Music therapist who works with Giant Steps, Little Friends and the Rainbow Center will provide private piano instruction in your home.
Noteable Notes Piano Studio: Wheaton; (630) 260-9544. Teacher has experience with special-needs children.
Stepping Stones Giant Steps: 8320 S. Madison, Burr Ridge, (630) 455-5730.
Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA): 116 N. Schmale Road Carol Stream, IL 60188, (630) 681-0962, Fax: (630) 681-1262. WDSRA has individual voice, piano and guitar lessons. Other instruments considered. Contact Becca Bogenschutz.
Wheaton College Community School of the Arts: (630) 752-5567. Special-needs children are invited to join one of two new music programs at Wheaton College’s Community School of the Arts. The programs offer children with mild to profound physical and cognitive challenges a music education with individualized attention and activities tailored to meet each student’s need. An early childhood music class will allow 4- to 6-year-olds with a parent or caregiver to participate in a musical experience of rhythm, songs and movement that facilitates cognitive learning and life-skill attainment. Private piano lessons will be available for children ages 7 to 12. Call for class schedule.
Dinah Kotthoff Photography: Downers Grove; (630) 776-8736. Dinah works at Little Friends Center for Autism and is familiar with the needs of those on the autism spectrum. Her portraits reflect a natural style that will bring out the unique characteristics of your family and child.
Randall Studio: Bolingbrook; (630) 226-5596. The Randalls have experience taking photos of children with special needs. They are really wonderful with the kids. Extended family is welcome for different ‘break out’ photos of grandparents and grandkids, siblings, etc. They have an inside studio and also take photos along the Riverwalk on nice days.
DuPage-West Cook Lekotek Center: 1590 S. Fairfield Ave, Lombard IL 60148.
Indoor Summits: 1707 Quincy Ave., Naperville, (630) 357-3633. 9,000-square-foot public gym open seven days a week. Private 3,700-square-foot gym available for parties. Beginner to advanced instruction offered.
Vertical Endeavors: 28141 Diehl Road, Warrenville, (630) 836-0122. Offers family nights every month.
Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing Program: Burnham Harbor, Chicago IL, (312) 747-7684 or (312) 747-0737. Classroom and on-water instruction to the disabled community, racing clinic, and two-hour leisure cruises.
Easter Seals DuPage and the Fox Valley Region: Contact Gwen Upshaw, (630) 282-2039. Easter Seals DuPage applies for grants and other funding for scholarships throughout the year. Their ability to offer scholarship opportunities is contingent on the timing and magnitude of specific grants received and on any restrictions an individual donor may define. Call for a standard application form to be completed by a prospective applicant family. Completed basic applications will be maintained on file in their finance office for the period May 1 through April 30 of each year. New applications must be filed by May 1 each year and current applications must be on file to be eligible for new scholarship opportunities.
4 Paws for Ability: Xenia OH, (937) 374-0385.
Working Class Dogs: McHenry, (815) 759-3962, email.
Just looking for a companion for your child, rather than a service dog? Try these shelters:
Naperville Humane Society: 1620 W. Diehl Road, Naperville, (630) 420-8989.
A.D.O.P.T.: 420 Industrial Drive, Naperville, (630) 355-2299.
SibShops are classes for the siblings of children with special needs. It is a chance for children to talk about their feelings and have fun with others in similar family situations.
AdultSibsNet: Adults Sibs Net is a listserv for Illinois adult brothers and sisters of a sibling with a disability.
Communication Clubhouse: 2901 Finley Road, Suite 102 Downers Grove, (630) 495-6800. Siblings R Special 2 program
Community Support Services: 9021 Ogden Ave, Brookfield; Contact Tara Kosieniak, SibShop Coordinator, (708) 354-4547, ext. 128.
Oakhill Wellness and Counseling Center: 1112 S. Washington St., Suite 112, Naperville, (630) 717-9858. Provides sibling support groups for children who have a brother or sister with a disability.
Signing Smart of Naperville FasTrac Kids: 24117 103rd St., Naperville, (630) 355-8555. For hearing infants and toddlers. Signing Smart classes created by ASL certified developmental psychologists to help your toddler communicate with you.
Illinois Tops Soccer: (630) 305-8332. Batavia, Naperville, Oswego and Wheaton special-needs soccer clubs.
Circle of Friends: This club meets once a month. Each program is planned so that you will have a great time while establishing lasting friendships, building self-esteem, and gaining social independence. A schedule of activities will be mailed a week before the first outing and some activities may require extra money. Transportation is provided from the Girl Scout Cabin in Wheaton. There are two sections of this program because it is so popular. Please register for only one section. (BB) WHO: Children & Teens (ages 10-16). Western DuPage Special Recreation 116 N Schmale Road, Carol Stream, (630) 681-0962.
The Place To Be: Calling all teens! This fun Friday night social club is just for you. We will do an exciting activity every week; some will require you to bring extra money. A detailed schedule of activities will be mailed a week before the first outing. Please note that participants and staff will be meeting at the location of the activity in the Wheaton or Naperville areas. WHO: Teens (ages 12-21). Western DuPage Special Recreation 116 N Schmale Road, Carol Stream, (630) 681-0962.
In Home Support 72D Association for Individual Development: Contact Carolyn Sharp, (630) 844-5040.
Coach Care Center: 7S721 S. Route 53, Naperville, (630) 271-9155. Private duty nursing, medical day care, overnight camps, transitional care, respite retreats and Sibshops.
Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitative Services: 2901 Finley Ave., Suite 109 Downers Grove, (630) 495-0500. Families can register for respite and 72D.
Little Friends: 140 N. Wright St. Naperville, (630) 355-0061. Respite: They do not need to work with Service Inc. to obtain eligibility and DHS funding approval. They can contact agency for intake. In Home Support 72D: They need to work with Service Inc. for eligibility and DHS funding approval.
PACT, Inc.: 555 E Butterfield Road, Suite 301, Lombard, (630) 970-9600. The DuPage PAS Agency through which families can register for respite and 72D.
Ray Graham Association Intake Coordinator: (630) 628-7173. This voucher program reimburses you up to $7/hour or 120 hours/year. Families hire their own workers. There are no income restrictions, but you need a diagnosis of developmental disability (autism or PDD qualify). DuPage families are given priority, but residents of adjacent counties may apply.
Booty Camp: Wendy Sweeney, RN, West Chicago, (630) 762-9612. Potty train your child in a day. Note: This information came from a special needs advertising directory; is not specific to disabilities.
Little Friends Center for Autism: 140 N. Wright St., Naperville, (630) 305-6039.
Discovery Educational Center: 17W697 F Roosevelt Road, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181, (630) 424-0833.
Educational Services of Glen Ellyn: 364 Pennsylvania Ave., Glen Ellyn, IL 60137, (630) 469-1479.
Jill Russo, M.Ed, Educational Therapist: (630) 769-1342, email. Has a masters in reading and learning disabilities. She schedules her students in May and tutors in her home near Ogden and I-355. She has training in Orton Gillingham methodologies, multi-sensory teacher, multiple intelligences and is a TESA instructor.
VISIONS Math and Reading Club for Children with Autism and other Learning Disabilities: Naperville. Contact Janel (630) 898-0600 (has an adult son on the autism spectrum); Will accommodate children who are nonverbal and children who can or cannot write. Ages 4 to 12, but older students are welcome. An array of learning materials are available including math, reading comprehension and grammar skills workbooks for children who cannot write. Covers basic math, reading and everyday English grammar skills.
Secretary of State’s Office – Handicapped Parking Placards: (217) 782-2709. Children with ASD qualify for handicapped parking under “neurological condition” on the application. You need to have your child’s physician approve and sign off on the form. Once you get a Handicapped Placard, you may wonder how you ever navigated the community without it. Click on services for motorists and then look for Persons with Disabilities Plates or Placards. You also can call Springfield and request a form. Remember, you can only use the placard with your child in the car. You will be ticketed if you abuse it and your placard can be taken away.