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The ARC of the United States

The Arc is the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

Autism Society of America

The Autism Society, the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism.

Brain Injury Association

Founded in 1980, the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is the leading national organization serving and representing individuals, families and professionals who are touched by a life-altering, often devastating, traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Cerebral Palsy Group

The Cerebral Palsy Group is dedicated to providing information, material and resources that are available to both families as well as those who have been diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

Cerebral Palsy Guide

Cerebral Palsy Guide was written with parents of children recently diagnosed with CP in mind. We hope to answer any of the initial questions parents might have about their child’s condition in a way that is easy to comprehend.

Cerebral Palsy Guidance

A thorough resource that provides vital guidance and assistance to parents of a child with cerebral palsy.  The chief-editor has cerebral palsy and understands how critical it is to have easy access to the most comprehensive and accurate informaiton available.  

Children & Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity (CHADD)

CHADD was founded in 1987 in response to the frustration and sense of isolation experienced by parents and their children with ADHD.

Choices for Parents (Hearing Loss Resource)

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.

Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) *

CADRE, the National Center on Dispute Resolution, encourages the use of mediation and other collaborative strategies to resolve disagreements about special education and early intervention programs.

US Department of Education

The primary functions of the Department of Education are to "establish policy for, administer and coordinate most federal assistance to education, collect data on US schools, and to enforce federal educational laws regarding privacy and civil rights."

District 186 Student Support

Springfield Public School District 186 offers a full continuum of services for students with disabilities, ages 3-21 years old. Our services are based on five key principles that clearly define our mission to improve achievement of students with disabilities.

Division of Specialized Care for Children

DSCC's mission focuses on public service, education and research as a basis to provide, promote and coordinate family-centered, community-based, culturally competent care for eligible children with special health care needs in Illinois

Easter Seals UCP

Easter Seals provides exceptional services, education, outreach, and advocacy so that people living with autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities.

Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago

The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago is a not-for-profit, incorporated in Illinois, serving 43 counties, offering counseling, advocacy and educational services to people with epilepsy, their families, and the communities in which they live.

Families and Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE)

The Families and Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE) project is a partnership that aims to improve the educational outcomes for children with disabilities.

Families for Early Autism Treatment

The FEAT website makes information available about FEAT, its goals, organization, how FEAT can help families and individuals directly, as well as to provide information about other helpful resources.

Families for Hands and Voices National

Hands & Voices is a nationwide non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families and their children who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as the professionals who serve them.

Federal Resource Center for Special Education

Dssc.org is your gateway to sites on the Internet for Disabilty! Browse our resources or just try the search.

Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health

Through a family and youth driven approach, children and youth with emotional, behavioral and mental health challenges and their families obtain needed supports and services so that children grow up healthy and able to maximize their potential.

Girls Health Matters

Girlshealth.gov was created in 2002 by the Office on Women’s Health, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. They regularly update their information based on the latest scientific research.

Illinois Assistive Technology Program

The Illinois Assistive Technology Program (IATP) is a not-for-profit agency that promotes the availability of assistive technology services and programs for people with disabilities.

Illinois Early Learning Project

The Illinois Early Learning Project Web site is a source of evidence-based, reliable information on early care and education for parents, caregivers, and teachers of young children in Illinois.

Illinois State Board of Education

The Illinois State Board of Education will provide leadership, assistance, resources and advocacy so that every student is prepared to succeed in careers and postsecondary education, and share accountability for doing so with districts and schools.

Illinois Service Resource Center

The Illinois Service Resource Center provides behavior support for students who are deaf or hard of hearing in Illinois.

The International Dyslexia Association

The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with dyslexia, their families and the communities that support them.

Learning Disabilities Association of Illinois

The LDA provides support to people with learning disabilities, their parents, teachers and other professionals.

Learning Disabilities Field Guide

Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation has created an interactive inventory of the LD field, including books, documentaries, organizations and web initiatives.

National Association of the Deaf

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is the nation's premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America.

National Association for Down Syndrome

Our mission is to ensure that all persons with Down syndrome have the opportunity to achieve their potential in all aspects of community life. We offer information, support, and advocacy.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) is a unique collaboration of academic and community-based service centers whose mission is to raise the standard of care and increase access to services for traumatized children and their families across the United States.

National Council on Disability

NCD is an independent federal agency charged with advising the President, Congress, and other federal agencies regarding policies, programs, practices, and procedures that affect people with disabilities.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

We are the center that provides information to the nation on:
disabilities in children and youth;
programs and services for infants, children, and youth with disabilities;
IDEA, the nation's special education law;
No Child Left Behind, the nation's general education law; and
research-based information on effective practices for children with disabilities.

National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

The ultimate purpose of the National Federation of the Blind is the complete integration of the blind into society on a basis of equality.

National Institute of Mental Health

The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.

Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights

The mission of PACER Center (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights) is to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents.

Parent & Educator Partnership

Our mission is to facilitate partnerships, equipping parents and educators to be equal partners in the success of each child.

ParentMagic, Inc.

ParentMagic, Inc. is the leading resource for parenting solutions that are easy-to-learn and proven to work.

Resources for the Blind and Vision Impaired

A library of resources for blind and vision impaired individuals. 

Sangamon County Dept of Public Health

Sangamon County Department of Public Health's mission is to provide personal and environmental health services which emphasize health promotion and the prevention of illness and disease.

Springfield Moms

Springfield Moms is now an extensive online resource network for families with kids of all ages (from birth to college-bound) and serves as the areas go-to website for What's Happening.

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Admin

SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

Spina Bifida Association of America*

Over 250,000 Americans are in the Spina Bifida Community. An estimated 70,000 people in the United States are currently living with Spina Bifida, the most common permanently disabling birth defect.

Special Olympics of Illinois

Special Olympics is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, every day around the world. Through programming in sports, health, education and community building, Special Olympics is changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities solving the global injustice, isolation, intolerance and inactivity they face.

Stuttering Foundation

The Stuttering Foundation provides free online resources, services and support to those who stutter and their families, as well as support for research into the causes of stuttering.

The Parent Institiute

The mission of The Parent Institute is to encourage parent involvement in the education of their children.

The Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports Component of the Illinois Statewide Technical Assistance Center

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a proactive systems approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture and needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional, and academic success.

Tourette Syndrome Association

Founded in 1972 in Bayside New York, the Tourette Association of America is the only national voluntary non-profit membership organization in this field. The Tourette association is dedicated to making life better for all people affected by Tourette and Tic Disorders.

United Cerebral Palsy Association

UCP educates, advocates and provides support services to ensure a life without limits for people with a spectrum of disabilities.

Wrightslaw (special education information)

Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.