Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD)

CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder)
Provides information for individuals with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and their families. Membership and advocacy organization offering support and education for individuals, parents, teachers, professionals, and others.

Children with Special Needs: ADHD
This 2-page PDF created by the Head Start Center for Inclusion offers families and professionals a brief description of ADHD, some issues that a child with ADHD could exhibit and some strategies for overcoming challenges that may be associated with ADHD.

Autism

Autism: Be Aware of the Signs
An Illinois Early Learning Project tipsheet for parents and caregivers. Also available in Polish and Spanish.

The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP)
Also in Spanish.

Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is both an advocacy and support organization. Its Web site includes a definition of autism along with family resources, science news, and local chapters. View Illinois specific information. Also in Spanish.

Autism Spectrum Institute at Illinois State University

Children with Special Needs: Autism Spectrum Disorders
This 2-page PDF created by the Head Start Center for Inclusion offers families and professionals a brief description of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders, some behavioral symptoms that a child with autism could exhibit and some strategies for overcoming challenges that may be associated with autism.

EITP: Autism Resources
The Early Intervention Training Program (EITP) website offers a variety of national and regional resources related to Autism.

First Signs, Inc.
First Signs, Inc., is an organization formed to educate both parents and professionals about autism. The Web site includes research reports and resources related to the early warning signs of autism and related disorders.

Illinois Autism/PDD Training and Technical Assistance Project

Blindness/Visual Impairments

EITP: Hearing and Vision Resources
The Early Intervention Training Program (EITP) website offers a variety of national and regional resources related to hearing and vision.

Illinois Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

Cerebral Palsy

Children with Special Needs: Cerebral Palsy
This 2-page PDF created by the Head Start Center for Inclusion offers families and professionals a brief description of cerebral palsy, some early signs of cerebral palsy that a child, usually under 3 years of age, could exhibit and some strategies for overcoming challenges that may be associated with cerebral palsy.

United Cerebral Palsy Land of Lincoln

Deaf-Blindness

EITP: Hearing and Vision Resources
The Early Intervention Training Program (EITP) website offers a variety of national and regional resources related to hearing and vision.

Project Reach: Illinois Deaf-Blind Services

Deafness/Hearing Impairments

See Hearing Impairments/Deafness

Down Syndrome

Central Illinois Down Syndrome Organization

Children with Special Needs: Down Syndrome
This 2-page PDF created by the Head Start Center for Inclusion offers families and professionals a brief description of down syndrome, some common characteristics that a child with down syndrome may exhibit and some strategies for overcoming challenges that may be associated with down syndrome.

EITP: Down Syndrome Resources
The Early Intervention Training Program (EITP) website offers a variety of national and regional resources related to down syndrome.

Heart of Illinois Down Syndrome Association, Inc.

Lincoln Land Down Syndrome Society

National Association for Down Syndrome
This Web site features information about Down syndrome, including facts about Down syndrome, links to local support groups, and links to other useful resources. The information is also available in Spanish. (serves Chicago)

UPS for DownS – United Parent Support for Down Syndrome

Early Intervention

Early Intervention Central Billing Office

Early Intervention Technical Assistance and Monitoring Program

Early Intervention Program

Early Intervention Provider Information

Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS)

Illinois Early Intervention Training Program

Provider Connections

Early Literacy

Baby Talk

Children with Special Needs: Communication Disorders – Language Disorders
This 2-page PDF created by the Head Start Center for Inclusion offers families and professionals a brief description of some language-based learning disabilities (such as Dyslexia), some behavioral symptoms that a child with a communication disorder could exhibit and some strategies for overcoming challenges that may be associated with communication disorders.

Encouraging Literacy Development in Infants and Toddlers  (IEL Resource List)

Hug-a-Book: An Early Literacy Initiative of Family Focus, Inc.

Epilepsy

Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Southern Illinois

Epilepsy Foundation North/Central Illinois

Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago

Family Support and Parenting

Family Matters Parent Training and Information Center

Family Resource Center on Disabilities (FRCD)

Family Support Network of Illinois

Fussy Baby Network
Services available from the network include parent groups, a “warmline,” and an infant specialist who will work with parents to find effective ways to care for their baby. All services are available in English and Spanish.

Illinois Fatherhood Initiative

Illinois Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs, Inc.

La Leche League of Illinois

Parenting 24/7

Supporting Illinois Brothers and Sisters

University of Illinois Extension

General Early Childhood

Early Childhood and Parenting Collaborative

Early Choices

Illinois Division of Early Childhood

Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse (EIC)
The Illinois Early Intervention (EI) Clearinghouse identifies and collects research-based and best-practice early intervention information to share with families.

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.

Lekotek (toys and play for children with special needs)

Ounce of Prevention Fund

STARNET Regional Offices
Provides training, consultation, and resources to the early childhood community in Illinois. Support and Technical Assistance Regionally.

Voices for Illinois Children

General Health and Health Care

All Kids: Healthcare for All Kids
The All Kids program offers Illinois uninsured children comprehensive healthcare that includes doctors visits, hospital stays, prescription drugs, vision care, dental care and medical devices like eyeglasses and asthma inhalers

American Academy of Pediatrics, Illinois Chapter

Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition

Hearing Impairments/Deafness

Better Speech and Hearing
May 15, 2009. Centers for Disease Control.
Hearing loss is the number one birth defect in America, affecting approximately 12,000 newborns every year. John Eichwald discusses the importance of early intervention in newborns.

EITP: Hearing and Vision Resources
The Early Intervention Training Program (EITP) website offers a variety of national and regional resources related to hearing and vision.

Hearing Loss Association of America: Illinois Chapters

Illinois Families for Hands & Voices

Illinois Sound Beginnings

Illinois Speech Language Hearing Association (ISHA)
ISHA’s Mission is to support and advocate for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and the individuals they serve with communication, hearing, and swallowing disorders.

Intellectual Disability (formerly Mental Retardation)

The Arc of Illinois

Learning Disabilities

Children with Special Needs: Communication Disorders – Language Disorders
This 2-page PDF created by the Head Start Center for Inclusion offers families and professionals a brief description of some language-based learning disabilities (such as Dyslexia), some behavioral symptoms that a child with a communication disorder could exhibit and some strategies for overcoming challenges that may be associated with communication disorders.

Illinois Branch of the International Dyslexia Association

Learning Disabilities Association of Illinois

Mental Health

Illinois Association for Infant Mental Health

Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership

Mental Health America of Illinois

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) Illinois

Speech and Language Impairments

Children with Special Needs: Communication Disorders – Speech Disorders
This 3-page PDF created by the Head Start Center for Inclusion offers families and professionals a brief description of some common speech disorders including childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) and orofacial myofunctional disorder (OMD), some behavioral symptoms that a child with with these speech disorders could exhibit and some strategies for overcoming challenges that may be associated with speech disorders.

Illinois Speech Language Hearing Association (ISHA)
ISHA’s Mission is to support and advocate for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and the individuals they serve with communication, hearing, and swallowing disorders.

Spina Bifida

Illinois Spina Bifida Association

Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal Cord Injury Association of Illinois

State Agencies

Illinois Department of Children and Family Services

Illinois Department of Healthcare & Family Services

Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS)

Illinois Department of Public Health

Illinois State Board of Education

ISBE Division of Early Childhood

State of Illinois Developmental Disabilities

Traumatic Brain Injury

Brain Injury Association of Illinois

Violence Prevention/Child Abuse Prevention

Prevent Child Abuse Illinois