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The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP)

The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP) Service Network is a collaboration of five universities and 10 organizations that together operate 20 centers across the state to provide services to children, families, educators, childcare providers, and medical professionals.

Illinois residents can participate in TAP’s Advocating for Supports to Improve Service Transitions (ASSIST) Training Program. The training features twelve modules focused on helping families advocate for adult services on behalf of their child or young adult on the autism spectrum. Each module features an expert-led presentation and time for discussion.

Topics  include:

  • Guardianship and alternatives to guardianship
  • Medicaid waiver services
  • Social Security benefits
  • Health insurance
  • Special needs trusts
  • Post-secondary education and employment