Nonprofit Resources / National Agencies

National Center for Latinos with Disabilities

  • Only state-wide-not-for-profit organization in Illinois focusing on Latinos with disabilities and their families. The Advocacy Program provides direct services to families of children and adults with disabilities to ensure they receive appropriate services in the most inclusive setting possible. Encompasses three components: advocacy, deaf and hard of hearing services and information and referral. Provides parent workshops.

National Association for the Education of Young Children Of Young Children

  • Dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8. Public policy and advocacy.

National Lekotek Center

  • Helps families raising a child or children with special needs learn fun, creative, and healthy ways to play together.

Illinois Early Learning Project

  • Provides standards, resources, and events calendar, contacts and news regarding early childhood education.

Council for Exceptional Children - The Division for Early Childhood

  • Largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides professional development, advocates for individuals with exceptionalities.

Answers for Special Kids

  • ASK is a non-profit organization created to support and educate families of children with special needs or learning differences.

Child Care Association of Illinois

  • CCA provides services to abused, neglected and troubled children, youth and families of Illinois.

Family Matters

  • Family Matters was funded as a Family Support Program, in 1989, by the Illinois Department of Human Services in order to assist families to keep their children with disabilities living at home by providing, locating, or creating the needed supports.

Family Resource Center on Disabilities

  • Family Resource Center on Disabilities provides information and support for families, free seminars, Youth Advocacy Project and Parent-To-Parent Training Project.

Family to Family Statewide Health Information Resource For Families of Children and Youth with Special Needs

  • The Family to Family Health Information an Education Center is here to answer your questions about health and health care.

School Community Network

  • School Community Network provides tools and resources to engage families in student learning and build strong school communities.

The Illinois Provider Directory for Children with Disabilities

  • The directory includes general pediatricians, family physicians, pediatric specialists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech pathologists, audiologists, mental health specialists, pediatric dentists and other health care providers who serve Illinois children with special health care needs.

National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center

  • The National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center supports the implementation of the early childhood provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Our mission is to strengthen service systems to ensure that children with disabilities (birth through 5) and their families receive and benefit from high quality, culturally appropriate, and family-centered supports and services.

NPN Parents serving the Parent Community

  • The Northside Parents Network — a not-for-profit organization of neighborhood networks whose members are parents that provide support for each other and share resources and experiences that will better enable them to manage the common daily challenges faced by families everywhere.

Parent Coalitions and Information Groups

  • A comprehensive Parent Support Group List compiled by The Family Resource Center on Disabilities (FRCD).

Technical Assistance Alliance for Parents

  • The Technical Assistance Alliance for Parent Centers is an innovative project that supports a unified technical assistance system for the purpose of developing, assisting and coordinating Parent Training and Information Projects and Community Parent Resource Centers under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Voices for Illinois Children

  • Voices for Illinois Children champions the full development of every child in Illinois to assure the future well-being of everyone in the state. We work with families, communities and policymakers on all issues to help children grow up happy, healthy, nurtured, safe and well-educated.

Zero to Three

  • We are a national nonprofit multidisciplinary organization that advances our mission by informing, educating and supporting adults who influence the lives of infants and toddlers. ZERO TO THREE's mission is to support the healthy development and well-being of infants, toddlers and their families.

Women's Counseling Center

  • Offers individual, group, couple and family counseling and psychotherapy, professional training and supervision.

Catholic Charities

  • Offers information and resources of local services and needs. Child development, adoption, child welfare, maternity/pregnancy, counseling.

Rainbow Families of Illinois

  • For lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender parents and their children and those considering parenthood. Sponsors social, educational and advocacy programs for adults and kids of all ages.

Community Support Services-Brookfield

  • Dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities. Respite services, family support, supported parenting.

Juvenile Protective Association

  • Advocacy and treatment agency provides information, research, and child abuse, domestic violence, and child neglect prevention and treatment.

Illinois Action for Children

  • Nonprofit Organization for low-income children; “A catalyst for organizing, developing and supporting strong families and powerful communities where children matter most.”

The Arc of Illinois

  • The Arc of Illinois is the largest statewide advocacy organization for people with developmental disabilities. The Arc has developed a new Assistive Technology Program. This program will fund, or partially fund, the purchase of assistive technology for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities who have received an evaluation/assessment from a qualified provider but the purchase is not subsidized by Medicaid, Medicare or Private Insurance.

One Hope United

American Academy of Pediatrics / Healthy Children