Adolescent Suicide Postvention Resources Hub

The Adolescent Suicide Postvention Resources Hub provides articles, books and other comprehensive resources to support adolescents and their communities as they navigate the grieving process and find a path towards healing. Resources are available for individuals, communities and school districts.

“Postvention” is a term to describe best practices after a suicide. The Adolescent Suicide Postvention Resources Hub offers information on topics including:

  • Communicating and understanding postvention
  • Parent resources and support groups
  • 24/7 support

The Center on Youth Voice, Youth Choice

The Center on Youth Voice, Youth Choice is a national resource center for youth with disabilities. Youth Voice, Youth Choice provides self-advocates, their families and supporters with advocacy, alternatives to guardianship teaching tools, plain language resources and more. It offers:

  • Videos and youth stories
  • Alternatives to guardianship tools with stories and resources to help make tough decisions
  • A plain language series featuring a wide variety of important topics
  • The Youth Ambassador Curriculum for building leadership and advocacy skills

Normal Moments

Normal Moments supports Chicagoland families with critically ill/medically complex children up to age 17 by providing help with many household and outdoor tasks.  The organization matches volunteers based on the families’ needs, volunteer location and interests. Support includes:

  • In-home help with necessary chores such as house cleaning, laundry, pet care and other errands
  • Outdoor services such as lawn maintenance and snow removal
  • Annual holiday programs

Note that Normal Moments volunteers may not provide care for dependents. A responsible adult over 18 must be in the house while a volunteer is in the house with children.

Touch of Nature Outdoor Education Center in Makanda

Touch of Nature Outdoor Education Center in the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois offers a diverse range of camps, retreats, programs and activities for children and adults of all abilities. Touch of Nature Outdoor Education Center programs include:

QuestBridge

QuestBridge is a nonprofit that connects high-achieving students from low-income backgrounds to scholarships, financial aid and other learning opportunities to help them attend top colleges nationwide. QuestBridge also provides a Student Resource Center featuring a student workbook, checklists and tips for preparing, applying and paying for college. Its programs include:

  • The College Prep Scholars Program helps high school juniors become strong applicants to top colleges.
  • Quest for Excellence Awards provide high school juniors opportunities to receive scholarships, laptops and funding for partner college visits.
  • The National College Match is the next step for high school seniors. College Match participants can apply for free to colleges and be considered for early admission and a full four-year scholarship.
  • The QuestBridge Regular Decision program provides finalists who do not match an opportunity to be considered for admission and financial aid through a partnering college.

Visit the QuestBridge website for up-to-date program information, application deadlines and information about other programs.

Ladder Up

Ladder Up provides free programs to eligible Chicagoland residents to help move up the economic ladder. Individuals can receive guidance in financial education, tax help and preparation, and turning the dream of college into reality. Ladder Up programs and services include:

  • The Tax Assistance Program
  • The Legal Tax Clinic
  • Financial aid for college workshops
  • Financial education workshops
  • Tax tips for self-employed/small business owners

The Guthrie-Koch Scholarship for Individuals with Certain Metabolic Disorders

The Guthrie-Koch Scholarship from flok is for individuals with one of several metabolic disorders. The scholarship is for students demonstrating character, academic achievement and engagement with their community, and who are pursuing post-secondary educational or vocational opportunities. Students from any country can apply. Scholarship applications open by mid-December each year. Applications are due in mid-March.

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must have one of these metabolic disorders:

  • Classical HCU
  • Maple Syrup Urine Disease (MSUD)
  • An Organic Acidemia
  • Phenylketonuria (PKU)
  • Tyrosinemia
  • Urea Cycle Disorder (UCD)

The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP) Service Center at CTF Illinois

The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP) Service Center at CTF Illinois provides services and support to individuals with autism and developmental disabilities and their families. CTF Illinois family and community resource rooms are located in in both Charleston and Olney.

TAP at CTF serves Coles, Cumberland, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Clark, Moultrie, Douglas, Shelby, Clay, Richland, Crawford and Lawrence counties. Services include:

  • Family nights and new diagnosis family orientation
  • Play groups for children under 3
  • Social skills and monthly support groups
  • Food and nutrition-related consultations

Illinois Center for Autism

The Illinois Center for Autism (ICA) is a not-for-profit, community-based, mental health treatment and educational agency dedicated to serving people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). ICA offers a variety of programs designed to support families and help individuals from 3 years old to adulthood achieve their highest level of independence at home, school and in the community.

ICA supports and services include:

  • Monthly support group meetings
  • Face to Face monthly group providing social activities and support for adults with autism ages 18 to 35 years
  • Supported Employment Program (SEP)
  • Community employment and partnerships

SIU School of Dental Medicine Special Needs Patient Care Clinic in Alton

The Southern Illinois University (SIU Edwardsville) School of Dental Medicine offers comprehensive dentistry for patients with physical, intellectual and emotional disabilities, and other special healthcare needs. Children and adults in central and southern Illinois with special needs can receive dental care at their Special Needs Patient Care Clinic in Alton.

Dental services are available at a reduced cost. The clinic accepts Medicaid and most dental insurance plans.