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CHILDREN’S SERVICES

Children’s Services and PUNS Services for children with developmental disabilities are accessed primarily through the special education services provided by local school districts.  New services for children can now be accessed through the Independent ...

EARLY INTERVENTION

Early Intervention services are available in Illinois for children from birth to age three who demonstrate a developmental delay or who are diagnosed with a developmental disability. These services are accessed through Child & Family Connections agenc...

SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES

Special Education Services are available to students with disabilities from age 3 until they graduate or until the day before their 22nd birthday, as long as the need for services is indicated in the Individualized Education Plan or IEP. Many families nee...

EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION

Early Childhood Special Education serves children ages three to five who have developmental delays or disabilities. These programs are part of the special education continuum operated by the public schools of Illinois. Children who received services throu...

Transition

Before a family looks into any pre-designed program of transition for their child, it is important to have a vision of the child’s future. Create that vision with input from the child, keeping in mind gifts, talents and skills your child possesses. Wher...

ADULT SERVICES

Services for adults with developmental disabilities are accessed through Independent Service Coordination (ISC) agencies. These are also known as Pre-Admission Screening (PAS) agencies. Independent Service Coordinators or Pre-Admission Screening agents de...

GOVERNMENT BENEFIT PROGRAMS

Government Benefit Programs are an integral part of the service system for people with disabilities. Although they can be complicated, it is important to understand how to access and utilize these benefits. Social Security Depending on the nature of the d...

ADVOCACY GROUPS

Advocacy is a very broad category that includes organizations that support people with disabilities and their families in a variety of different ways. Organizations such as The Arc of Illinois provide advocacy at the national, state, and local level. Memb...

RECREATION AND LEISURE PROVIDERS/PROGRAMS

Recreation is an important part of life for people of every age. Children need opportunities to meet and play with their peers and adults need opportunities to participate in activities they enjoy to lead full lives. Sometimes, people with disabilities ne...

ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY

“Any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities is considered to be assistive...

ABUSE AND NEGLECT

From the Illinois Department on Aging website at www.illinois.gov/aging ​Effective July 1, 2013, the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) will handle all reports of alleged abuse against persons with disabilities aged 18-59 who live in domestic (non-inst...

RESPITE SERVICES

The National Respite Locator Services of ARCH National Respite Network describes respite as follows: “Respite, a break for caregivers and families, is a service in which temporary care is provided to a child or adult with disabilities, or chronic or ter...

SPECIAL NEEDS FUTURE PLANNING FOR BENEFITS, LEGAL & FINANCIAL ISSUES

People with disabilities and their families need to understand government benefits that may be available and how those benefits are impacted by other financial circumstances, such as work. They must also prepare for the future of their loved one with a di...