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Special Education Resources for Families

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

Serves as a national central source of information on:

  • disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth,
  • IDEA, which is the law authorizing special education,
  • No Child Left Behind (as it relates to children with disabilities), and
  • research-based information on effective educational practices.

My Child Without Limits

Early intervention resource for families of young children ages 0-5 with developmental delays or disabilities, and professionals looking for a single ... aggregate source of information that relates to their needs and interests.

One Place for Special Needs

It is an information network and social community 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 us learn about their products, programs and services. It was started by a parent of two children with special needs in Illinois and has grown to become a statewide group.

The Advocacy Institute

a non-profit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to the development of products, projects and services that work to improve the lives of people with disabilities.

Educational Rights for Students in Special Education

Parent guide to understanding educational rights and responsibilities provided by Illinois State Board of Education Special Education and Support Services.

Financial Resource for Parents of Children with Disabilities - The Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER) Center and the National Endowment for Financial EducationĀ® (NEFEĀ®) collaborated on this publication to help you to control finances as you care for your child and prepare him or her for adulthood.

IEP Information by State

Special Education Technology Practice
- with information about student led Special Education Meetings.

Autism Transition Tool Kit created to serve as a guide to assist families on the journey from adolescence to adulthood and provided by autismspeaks.org

Midwest Support Groups

Have Dreams

Aspires to help children with autism improve their abilities to learn, function independently, and socialize so that they may realize their full potential and develop into contributing members of their communities. Serving almost twenty different communities in the metropolitan Chicago area.

Northern Illinois Center for Autism (NICA)

A non-profit organization directed by parents, guided by professionals and supported through the community by developing strategies and offering programs that meet the needs of the members.

PIFFA (Pay It Forward For Autism)

A proactive organization out of Elk Grove Village, Illinois, providing education for families, school personnel, public servants and community members in partnership with local professionals and educators.

The Parent and Educator Partnership

An organization whose goal is to improve meaningful participation of parents in their child's education across Illinois.

Special Education Forum Illinois

created for parents whose children learn differently. By hosting expert speakers and local resource providers for educational events throughout the year, they work to build a vibrant "special education community" in order to build skills and knowlege together.

Please, contact us at info@setconnections.org if you have a group you would like us to consider adding to this list.