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The following information provides links to various state and federal agencies as well as to service providers and other related links. These links are intended to be a resource; by providing these links, the Council is in no manner endorsing these organizations or guaranteeing the accuracy of the information provided via these links. If your organization is not currently listed and you would like to be considered to be added, please contact Vanessa Morris at Vanessa.Morris@illinois.gov.


The publications section is broken down into specific categories. Click on any category below to go directly to it.

Federal & State Legislative Bodies
Legal Assistance
Government Agencies
Specific Disability
Advocacy Organizations
Parent & Training Information Centers
Inclusive Education
Assistive Technology
Online Resource Guides
Other Resources

FEDERAL & STATE LEGISLATIVE BODIES

Illinois General Assembly
www.ilga.gov

U.S. Congress
http://thomas.loc.gov

LEGAL ASSISTANCE

Equip for Equality
www.equipforequality.org

Legal Advocacy Service of the Illinois Guardianship & Advocacy Commission 
http://gac.state.il.us/

Prairie State Legal Services 
www.pslegal.org

United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights 
www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html

United States Department of Health and Human Services Offices for Civil Rights 
www.hhs.gov/ocr

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

Administration on Developmental Disabilities 
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/add/

City of Chicago Mayor's Office for People With Disabilities 
http://egov.cityofchicago.org/city/webportal/portalEntityHomeAction.do?entityName=Disabilities&entityNameEnumValue=11

Illinois Department on Aging 
www.state.il.us/aging

Illinois Department of Human Rights 
www.state.il.us/dhr

Illinois Department of Human Services 
www.dhs.state.il.us/

Office of Developmental Disabilities 
www.dhs.state.il.us/mhdd/dd/
Office of Inspector General 
www.dhs.state.il.us/organization/Secretary/OIG/
Office of Mental Health 
www.dhs.state.il.us/mhdd/mh/
Office of Rehabilitation Services 
www.dhs.state.il.us/ors/

IIlinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services
www.hfs.illinois.gov/

Illinois Department of Public Health 
www.idph.state.il.us

Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission 
http://gac.state.il.us/

Illinois Office of the Attorney General 
www.ag.state.il.us

Illinois State Board of Education Special Education 
www.isbe.state.il.us/spec-ed

University of Illinois, Division of Specialized Care for Children
www.uic.edu/hsc/dscc

SPECIFIC DISABILITY

Autism Society of Illinois 
www.autismillinois.org

The Brain Injury Association of Illinois 
www.biail.org/

The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who are Blind or Visually Impaired 
http://www.thechicagolighthouse.org/

Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago
http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org/local/chicago/

Illinois Center for Autism 
www.illinoiscenterforautism.org/

National Association for Downs Syndrome (NADS) 
www.nads.org

Illinois Spina Bifida Association
http://www.sbail.org/

United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Chicago 
www.ucpnet.org

ADVOCACY ORGANIZATIONS

The Arc of Illinois 
www.thearcofil.org

Illinois Lifespan Project (The Arc of Illinois)
www.illinoislifespan.org

Centers for Independent Living List of the 24 Illinois Centers from Website of Statewide Independent Living Council of Illinois 
www.silcofillinois.org/centers.htm

Chicago ADAPT 
www.geocities.com/chicagoadapt

Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities in Illinois
www.ccdionline.org/

The Council for Disability Rights 
www.disabilityrights.org

Family Support Network of Illinois 
www.familysupportnetwork.org

Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living 
www.incil.org

Illinois-TASH 
http://www.tash.org/chapters/illinois/

Illinois Voices
www.illinoisvoices.org

Health and Disability Advocates
http://www.hdadvocates.org/

Voices for Illinois Children 
www.voices4kids.org

PARENT TRAINING AND INFORMATION CENTERS

Designs for Change 
www.designsforchange.org/

Family Matters 
http://www.fmptic.org

Family Resource Center on Disabilities 
www.ameritech.net/users/frcdptiil/index.html

INCLUSIVE EDUCATION 

InFinitec News Group for Exploring Inclusive Education 
www.infinitec.org/all-learners

Least Restrictive Environment Clearinghouse 
www.leastrestrictive.org

Project CHOICES (a "least restrictive environment" initiative) 
www.projectchoices.org/


ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY

Illinois Assistive Technology Project 
www.iltech.org

Illinois Telecommunications Access Corporation (ITAC) 
www.itactty.org

InFinitec Inc. 
www.infinitec.org

National Lekotek Center (Family play centers and toy lending libraries for children with special needs)
www.lekotek.org

ON-LINE RESOURCE GUIDES

Resource Guide for Persons with Disabilities (From Website of Chicago Bar Association)
https://www.chicagobar.org/AM/NavigationMenu/Public/GeneralLegalInformation/PublicInformationBrochures/GuideforPersonswithDisabilities.pdf

National Information Center for Children and Youth With Disabilities/Illinois State Resources
www.nichcy.org/stateshe/il.htm

OTHER RESOURCES

AAMR
www.aamr.org

ABLEDATA
www.abledata.com

Accessible Traveler’s Database 
http://projectaction.easterseals.com/site/PageServer?pagename=ESPA_travelers_database

The Arc of the United States
www.thearc.org

All Kids
http://www.allkids.com/

The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
www.bazelon.org

Center for Research on Women with Disabilities
www.bcm.edu/crowd

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
www.cms.hhs.gov/

Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
www.copaa.org/index.html

The Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/add/ddact/DDACT2.html

Disability Research Institute University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign 
www.dri.uiuc.edu

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Inc.
www.dredf.org

Families USA
www.familiesusa.org

Great Lakes ADA & IT Center
www.adagreatlakes.org

Guide to Disability Resources on the Internet
www.disabilityresources.org

Health Benefits for Workers wtih Disabilities
http://www.hbwdillinois.com/ 

IDEA Regulations
http://idea.ed.gov/

Illinois Direct Support Professional Workforce Initiative
http://www.rtc.umn.edu/ildspworkforce/index.asp

Illinois Governor's Office
www.illinois.gov/gov

Inclusion Press
www.inclusion.com

Information on Federal Grant Opportunities
www.grants.gov

International TASH
www.tash.org

Internet Resources for Special Children
http://orsaminore.dreamhosters.com/handy/links/uk_various.html

Job Accommodation Network
http://janweb.icdi.wvu.edu/

LaRabida Children's Hospital
www.larabida.org

Lowtech Disability Resources
www.disabilityresources.org/LOWTECH.html

National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities
(Links to other State and Territorial Councils on Developmental Disabilities)

www.nacdd.org

National Council on Disability
www.ncd.gov

National Information Center for Children & Youth with Disabilities 
www.nichcy.org

National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research 
http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/nidrr/index.html

National School Board Attorneys 
www.nsba.org/cosa

Not Dead Yet
www.notdeadyet.org/

The Pacer Center 
www.pacer.org/index.htm

Paul Simon Public Policy Institute
www.paulsimoninstitute.org

Protection and Advocacy
http://www.equipforequality.org/

Special Format Library

http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/who_we_are/talking_book_and_braille_service/bph_materials.html#materials

The Self-Determination Bulletin, Information for Parents and Families
www.self-determination.org

Training Resource Network, Inc.
www.trninc.com/

UCP Organizations
www.ucp.org

United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Chicago, All Learners Home Page
www.infinitec.org/all-learners

University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Disability and Human Development/University Affiliated Program in Developmental Disabilities for Illinois 
www.uic.edu/depts/idhd

U.S. Department of Education
www.ed.gov/index.html

U.S. Department of Justice ADA Information Site
www.usdoj.gov

Virtual Assistive Technology Center
http://vatc.freeservers.com/

West Suburban Access News Association
http://wsana.org/blog/

The White House
www.whitehouse.gov

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
www.rwjf.org/main.html

World Institute on Disability
www.wid.org