Nonprofit Resources / National Agencies
- 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.
- 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.
- Helps families raising a child or children with special needs learn fun, creative, and healthy ways to play together.
- Provides standards, resources, and events calendar, contacts and news regarding early childhood education.
- 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.
- ASK is a non-profit organization created to support and educate families
of children with special needs or learning differences.
- CCA provides services to abused, neglected and troubled children, youth
and families of Illinois.
- 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 provides information and support
for families, free seminars, Youth Advocacy Project and Parent-To-Parent
- The Family to Family Health Information an Education Center is here
to answer your questions about health and health care.
- School Community Network provides tools and resources to engage families in student learning and build strong school communities.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- A comprehensive Parent Support Group List compiled by The Family Resource
Center on Disabilities (FRCD).
- 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 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.
- 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
- Offers individual, group, couple and family counseling and psychotherapy, professional training and supervision.
- Offers information and resources of local services and needs. Child development, adoption, child welfare, maternity/pregnancy, counseling.
- 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.
- Dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities. Respite services, family support, supported parenting.
- Advocacy and treatment agency provides information, research, and child abuse, domestic violence, and child neglect prevention and treatment.
- 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 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.