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Special Education

• Illinois State Board of Education – Special Education Services assures that special education programs and services meet state and federal requirements. http://www.isbe.state.il.us/spec-ed/
• U.S. Department of Education – Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts.http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/osep/index.html
• Wrightslaw – Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities. http://www.wrightslaw.com/
• Family Resource Center on Disabilities (Chicago, IL) Provides Parents of Children with Disabilities with Information, training and assistance. http://frcd.org

Specific Disorders

Down Syndrome

•The mission of the National Down Syndrome Society is to be the national advocate for the value, acceptance, and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. Links to local organizations and chapters. http://www.ndss.org/

•The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA) is the number one authority on all things apraxia. It is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit publicly funded charity whose mission is to strengthen the support systems in the lives of children with apraxia so that each child is afforded their best opportunity to develop speech and communication. CASANA is the only national nonprofit dedicated exclusively to children with apraxia and their families. http://www.apraxia-kids.org/
•The Apraxia Connection (TAC) is a 501 (c) 3 local nonprofit dedicated to providing resources and education to families affected by apraxia. TAC provides informational events, monthly parent support meetings as well as a grant program to offset the high cost of therapy and therapeutic tools. http://www.theapraxiaconnection.org/
Sensory processing

•SPD Foundation’s mission is to improve the lives of children and adults with SPD and their families through research, education and increased global awareness. http://spdfoundation.net/
•Lemon Lime Adventures – blog that has many unique resources and straightforward information about Sensory Processing Disorder

•The International Dyslexia Association promotes literacy through research, education and advocacy. http://www.interdys.org/
•Learning Ally is a national nonprofit that aims to make reading accessible to all. https://www.learningally.org/
•Everyone Reading Illinois is a not-for-profit organization committed to the advancement of research on and treatment of dyslexia and related language learning disabilities.http://www.everyonereadingillinois.org/
Learning disabilities

•LD Online seeks to help children and adults reach their full potential by providing accurate and up to date information and advice about learning disabilities and ADHD http://www.ldonline.org/
•ADDitude Magazine provides strategies and support for ADHD and LD http://www.additudemag.com/
•CHADD improves the lives of people affected by ADHD http://www.chadd.org/
•National Center for Learning Disabilities improves the lives of all people with learning difficulties and disabilities by empowering parents, enabling young adults, and creating policy and advocacy impact. http://www.ncld.org/
•Understood is an online resource with the goal to help millions of parents whose children, ages 3-20, are struggling with learning and attention issues. https://www.understood.org/en
Nonverbal learning disorder

•Specific information on NLD – http://www.nldontheweb.org/

•Autism Society of Illinois (Lombard, IL) is the Illinois chapter of the Autism Society of America http://www.autismillinois.org/
•The goal of Autism Speaks is to change to future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorder
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

•Cure SMA is dedicated to the treatment and cure of SMA, the number one genetic cause of death for infants. They fund groundbreaking research and provide families with the support they need for today. http://www.curesma.org/
Social Challenges

Social Thinking is a treatment framework and curriculum developed by Michelle Garcia Winner targets improving individual social thinking abilities, regardless of diagnostic labels. https://www.socialthinking.com/index.php

Local Resources

•Mothers on a Mission, Inc. (Berwyn, IL) is a 501 (c) 3 dedicated to providing families or children with support and resources as they navigate their way through the Special System http://www.mothersonamission.net/

•Chicago Special Parent Magazine provides local resources and articles. http://www.chicagoparent.com/magazines/special-parent

•Friendship Circle of Michigan is a nonprofit organization with a mission to provide every child with special needs the support friendship and inclusion that they deserve. http://www.friendshipcircle.org/

•One Place for Special Needs (Naperville, IL) is an information network that allows the disability community to share resources and make connections in their own neighborhood. And a place where those who actively work with those who have disabilities can let families learn about their products, programs and services http://www.oneplaceforspecialneeds.com/

•Illinois Assistive Technology Program (Springfield, IL) is a nonprofit with a mission is to increase access to and the acquisition of Assistive Technology (AT) devices and services for individuals of all ages with disabilities. IATP provides AT information and services in the areas of education, employment, community living, and IT/telecommunications. http://www.iltech.org/