A current Disability Parent Support Group Directory for Illinois.
Parent Coalitions and Information Groups
The Family Resource Center on Disabilities (FRCD) has made every effort to provide the most current Parent Support Group List. Your assistance in maintaining this directory would be greatly appreciated. Please review your listing in this directory. If there is an error or as time passes and changes occur, please notify FRCD at (312) 939-3513. Also, if you know of any other support groups for families of persons with disabilities please let us know.
Your assistance in this effort is greatly appreciated.
Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities in Illinois
CCDI – Springfield Office,
300 East Monroe, Suite 100, Springfield, IL 62701
Tele: (217) 522-7016; (800) 433-8848
Contact: Ruth Burgess Thompson
Disabilities Rights Advocacy organization to improve the rights of people with disabilities on the local, state or federal level. CCDI teaches, collaborates and organizes rallies with other disability organizations.
Everyone is Welcome, Inc.
712 Westfield Drive, St. Charles, IL 60174
Tele: (630) 302-0970
Contact: Mark Doyle
A consulting company providing services in educational advocacy; trust planning; self employment opportunities; training & development to schools/providers; business ownership and development for the disabled; adult supports brokering; and workshops/conferences.
1901 S. 4th Street, Suite 209, Effingham, IL 62401
Tele: (217) 347-5428
Contact: Debbie Einhorn
Parent Training and Information Center provides information, referral, and linkages to empower families, parents and professionals to improve the quality of life forchildren and young adults students with disabilities.
Family Support Network of Illinois
651 East 159th Place, South Holland, IL 60473
Tele: (708) 331-7370
Contact: Shirley Perez
Unify individuals with disabilities and their families to advocate for funding, services, and community resources.
CHOICES for Parents
P.O. Box 806045
Chicago, IL 60680-4121
Tele: (312) 523-6400 (Outside of Chicago area (866)733-8729
Contact: Coalition Director: Karen Aguilar
CHOICES for Parents is a statewide coalition of parents and professionals ensuring that children with identified hearing loss and their families receive the necessary resources, advocacy, information, services and support.
PARENT ADVOCACY BRIEF ON THE ADAAA
The National Center for Learning Disabilities has released a Parent Advocacy Brief that will help parents understand the changes brought about by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) and how these changes may impact children with disabilities, including learning disabilities.
ACCESS LIVING-PEER SUPPORT GROUPS
Access Living is a change agent committed to fostering an inclusive society that enables people with disabilities in Chicago to live fully-engaged and self-directed lives. Contact: Carleda Johnson, Independent living Skills, Coordinator 312-640-2159 115 W. Chicago. http://www.accessliving.org/
PARENTS SUPPORTING PARENTS
Our mission as Parent Mentors is to help you become more knowledgeable about special education and the importance of collaborating and building strong partnerships with your child’s educational team. http://www.sedol.us/parents-of-sedol-students/parent-mentors/
Project CHOICES, a Least Restrictive Environment initiative of the Illinois State Board of Education, has provided technical assistance to school districts in Illinois since. http://www.projectchoices.org/
THE EMPOWERED FE-FE’S
The Empowered Fe Fes is a support and action group of young women with disabilities ages 16 to 24. The Fe Fes represent all different kinds of disabilities and come from different racial and ethnic communities around Chicago.http://www.accessliving.org/index.php?tray=content&tid=top845&cid=180
BEVERLY FARM FOUNDATION
SBAILâ€™s mission is to improve the quality of life of people with Spina Bifida through direct services, information, referrals, research, and public awareness.http://www.sbail.org/home.html