Statewide Information Resource & Referral for Advocacy & Service for People with Developmental Disabilities

Products and Services – ILS

AbleData – Your Source for Assistive Technology Information
AbleData provides objective information on assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources to consumers, organizations, professionals, and caregivers within the United States. We serve the nation’s disability, rehabilitation, and senior communities. AbleData’s most significant resource is the AbleData database of assistive technology, which contains objective information on almost 40,000 assistive products. For each product, we provide a detailed description of the product’s functions and features, price information (when available), and contact information for the product’s manufacturer and/or distributors.

ADA Total Access
ADA Total Access represents several major manufacturers of accessible  and mobility equipment for the workplace, home or vehicle. In addition to professional installation and service of this equipment, we have a fabrication department that has the ability to adapt equipment to different applications offering you the maximum number of benefits and comfort available.

American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.
The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) is the world’s largest nonprofit organization creating educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are visually impaired.

Angel Guard Seal Belt Release Covers – Deters children from unbuckling their seatbelt
Has your child learned how to unbuckle their seatbelt? Now you can keep your little angels safe and yourself sane with the ANGEL GUARD. Just slip it on and you’re ready to go.

Ask Away Illinois – Free Reference Service from Illinois State Library/Secretary of State Jesse White
Have a question? Need an answer? Librarians available whenever you need information 24/7/365! Ask?Away is a consortium of Illinois and Wisconsin libraries and is funded by the Illinois State Library/Secretary of State Jesse White with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Care Trak Systems, Inc
Care Trak offers a variety of products for use with those at risk. This company has developed an electronic monitoring system for use with children and others who wander.

CareCalendar
CareCalendar is a web based system to organize meals and other help for families during a time of illness or life changing event, such as the birth of a baby or death of a family member. CareCalendar can also be used for long term situations, including homebound and caregiver respite care needs.

Cherry Hill Books and Media
What began as a way to purchase books for staff development at Trinity Services, Inc. has grown into a specialized provider of resources for leadership and best practices. The books, training materials and videos we sell at Cherry Hill are the best you will find. We sell them because we use them! A primary goal of Cherry Hill Books is to positively influence the dialogue within the field, which it does in two ways. One, it does the research to make significant resources available. Two, it partners with High Tide Press to create significant works where none exist. 

ECHO Housing
Information on a unique housing idea for seniors and others who may need some support to live independently.
ECHO Homes are separate small homes added to the side or backyard of a single family home. Allows people to live near their loved ones but not with them.

Expanding Your Market – Accessible Information Exchange: Meeting on a Level Playing Field
This new publication on meeting accessibility is available from the US Department of Justice. This publication is part of their “Expanding Your Market” series and focuses. This publication focuses on planning and conducting meetings and events that are accessible to people with disabilities.

Free IEP Checklist Application for iPhone
The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) is pleased to announce the development of an Individualized Education Program (IEP) Checklist iPhone application. The IEP app is offered free of charge in both English and Spanish. To download the IEP Checklist app, visit the Apple iTunes store, and type IEP Checklist in the search box.

Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC
Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC is a full service consultancy specializing in developing communities of economic cooperation. GHA addresses this mission by providing:
*High quality training and technical consultation.
*Project development and management services.
*Inventive service delivery.
GHA specializes in community rehabilitation improvement, job creation and job site training, employer development, Social Security benefits analysis and work incentives, self employment feasibility and refinement, management-leadership mentoring, and civic entrepreneurship. Our customers are wide ranging and included business, community rehabilitation programs. state and local governments, universities, individuals, and others from the public and private sectors.

Hear Now
Hear Now is a national non-profit program committed to assisting those permanently residing in the U.S. who are deaf or hard of hearing and have no other resources to acquire hearing aids.

iAdvocate by Syracuse University
iPhone, iPod, iPad application for educational advocacy. The goal of iAdvocate is to share and develop specific strategies with parents for working collaboratively with a school team to improve their children’s education. iAdvocate uses problem-based learning strategies, simulations, and provides contextual access resources to build parental advocacy skills and knowledge.

Illinois Direct Support Professional Workforce Initiative – Free Toolkits to help you Find, Choose, and Keep Great Direct Support Professionals
The goal of this project is to develop long-lasting changes in Illinois so that people start applying for Direct Support Professional positions and those who are hired stay in positions longer. The project will assist fifteen community human service employers (14 organizations and 10 individual and family employers) of Direct Support Professionals to put into action proven methods to find and keep high quality employees. In return, the employers will contribute time and people willing to learn new skills, share their expertise, implement changes, and provide feedback to project advisory committee on how to make these changes work best across Illinois.

Illinois Relay – Call 711 for Deaf and Speech Impaired Communication by Phone
Call 711 for facilitated two way communication.

Inclusion Solutions
We launched Inclusion Solutions to offer America’s business community reasonable solutions that increase access for customers with disabilities. Our products address accessibility in a simple and economic manner, giving businesses the power to make proactive change. Our approach is based in the original spirit of the Americans With Disabilities Act – meaningful inclusion of people with disabilities without undue burden on business.

JJ’s List
jjslist.com is a communications and marketing social enterprise that helps businesses meet the needs of customers or employees with disabilities by incorporating disability-aware marketing, customer service and employment best practices into core business strategies. We provide meaningful career paths in communications, technology and digital marketing to people with disabilities at the same time.

Mobility 4 Kids
At Mobility4kids we pride ourselves in offering our customers superior quality products and complete customer service. Innovative Products, Inc. is a manufacturing company that has an extensive history of developing mobility devices to aid chidren with disabilities. Our mobility devices are custom built. We work with representatives throughout the United States.

MobilityWorks
MobilityWorks is a national chain of wheelchair accessible van providers – serving the disabled community with wheelchair accessible minivans, full-size vans with lifts and commercial fleet vehicles.

Paws With A Cause
Paws With A Cause® trains Assistance Dogs nationally for people with disabilities and provides lifetime team support which encourages independence. PAWS® promotes awareness through education.

Professional Fit Clothing – Adaptive Clothing and Accessories
Providing adaptive clothing and accessories for people with special needs.

Proloquo2Go: AAC In Your Pocket
Communication on the Go for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Proloquo2Go™ is a new product from AssistiveWare that provides a full-featured communication solution for people who have difficulty speaking. It brings natural sounding text-to-speech voices, up-to-date symbols, powerful automatic conjugations, a default vocabulary of over 7000 items, full expandability and extreme ease of use to the iPhone and iPod touch.

Provider Support Group, Inc.
Created to impact and influence service and supports provided to individuals with developmental disabilities and their providers. 

Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy
Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy is an organization that works with trained, registered therapy dogs to help people, especially children and those with special needs, to improve their health, activities of daily living and quality of life.

Ramps.Org
Ramps.org is here to help you decide what type of wheelchair ramp is right for your specific situation.

Rifton
Rifton manufactures gait trainers, standers, adaptive tricycles, special needs chairs, wheelchair desks, bath chairs, toileting aids, and other adaptive equipment designed to help children and adults achieve their goals.

SafeLink Wireless
SafeLink Wireless is a government supported program that provides a free cell phone and airtime each month for income-eligible customers.

SafetyTat – Customized Temporary Tattoos
SafetyTat is a fun and colorful kids temporary safety tattoo that’s uniquely personalized with your cell phone number. When applied to the arm of your child or loved one, SafetyTat provides an immediate, highly visible form of identification that stays in place even when wet and lasts for days. There are tattoos that inform people of food allergies, autism and more.

Service Dog Resources Directory
A resource directory for service dogs.

Speech to Speech Relay Services
Call these toll free phone numbers to access the service called Speech-To-Speech (STS) in your state. STS is a form of Relay Services that provides Communications Assistants (CAs) for people with speech disabilities who have difficulty being understood on the phone. STS CAs are trained individuals familiar with many different speech patterns and language recognition skills. The CA makes the call and repeats the words exactly. Individuals using STS include those with cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease, a laryngectomy, ALS, stuttering, muscular dystrophy, stroke, and other conditions affecting clarity of speech. Call the number in your state and ask the CA to dial the number you wish to call. STS will be available nationwide in March 2001. For inquiries or concerns about STS contact the FCC via Email at: fccinfo@fcc.gov.

START-UP USA – Self-Employment Technical Assistance, Resources, & Training
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in partnership with Griffin-Hammis and Associates, LLC has been awarded a cooperative agreement #E-9-4-6-0111 from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). A critical element of this endeavor will be the generation of data and information to validate systems capacity-building strategies and systems change models for successfully increasing self-employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. In addition, START-UP/USA will document the systems-related difficulties and challenges that may be encountered and develop and test mechanisms for addressing these challenges.

Tadpole Adaptive
We are an online retailer specializing in unique adaptive equipment to help children interact, play, participate and have fun! Our focus is “Gear to Grow On!”

The Standing Company – SuperStands Standing Wheelchair
The SuperStand Standing Wheelchair is a very unique piece of equipment. It allows someone who is normally confined to a seated position in a traditional wheelchair to STAND UP and stretch out with ease and safety, at any time, in any place.

United Access
We offer the finest products the mobility industry has to offer, including new wheelchair accessible vans, used wheelchair vans, wheelchair van rentals, scooter lifts, hand controls, mobility seats and transfer seats, wheelchair ramps, and accessible equipment for all abilities.

Verbally for iPad
Verbally is an amazing, comprehensive assisted speech solution for the iPad. Verbally is a top-selling Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) iPad app and it’s totally free. Unlike all other AAC solutions available, Verbally’s unique, simple design allows users to communicate quickly and effectively in any setting.

Voice4u – Next Generation AAC Solution for iPod and iPhone
Voice4u, is a revolutionary AAC (augmentative and alternative communication) application that helps individuals to express their feeling, thought, actions and things they need. It is a perfect solution for learning and communication for autistic individuals and people around them. Also highly recommended for SLPs, teachers, parents, children and adults with developmental disabilities, stroke, or traumatic brain injury.

We Are Lions
A community that makes art into clothing and clothing into art. Raising money for incredible artists with and without disabilities and great organizations.

ZAC Browser – Zone for Autistic Children
ZAC is the first web browser developed specifically for children with autism, and autism spectrum disorders such as Asperger syndrome, pervasive developmental disorders (PDD), and PDD-NOS. We have made this browser for the children – for their enjoyment, enrichment, and freedom. Children touch it, use it, play it, interact with it, and experience independence through ZAC. Parents may download this browser for their children and it is completely free.

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