Many support groups exist to help parents cope with the challenges they face in raising a child with disabilities. Sometimes sharing your story with another parent who is dealing with the same issues can help. Often, support groups are formed around a particular disability. National Association for Down Syndrome in the Chicago area and the Autism Society of Illinois are two such groups. However, parents of children without these particular diagnoses can still find support among the parents in these support groups.
There are sibling support groups for the brothers and sisters of people with disabilities, called SibShops. SibShops help siblings cope with the issues they face as a sibling of someone with a disability. Click here to view a list of Illinois Sibshops.
Support groups are listed by County and under Statewide Resources on this website.