Tools and Resources
From Early Intervention to Transition, we have informational materials that may help you care for children/youth with special needs.
- Office Lookup Locator by Zip Code and County: Find out which of our offices serves a county, or which of our Chicago-area offices serves a Cook County zip code.
- A Practical Guide to Implementing the National CLAS Standards: For Racial, Ethnic and Linguistic Minorities, People with Disabilities and Sexual and Gender Minorities: This toolkit aims to improve health care for minorities and at-risk populations. It is suitable for use in a healthcare setting and in community settings that are not clinical but focused on improving health.
- Pediatric to Adult Transition Toolkits: Developed by the American College of Physicians to facilitate more effective transition and transfer of young adults into health care settings.
- Health Care Transition Resources: This website is a comprehensive Transition Toolbox for health care providers to use when caring for children and youth with special health care needs.
- HealthMatters, Illinois!: The HealthMatters™ Program is a collaboration between the University of Illinois at Chicago and six states that aims to improve the health of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The HealthMatters™ Program team has partnered with the Illinois Disability and Health Program at the Illinois Department of Public Health as part of HealthMatters, Illinois! to assist provider organizations with promoting healthy lifestyles to people with I/DD while meeting the requirements of the National Core Indicators.
- Got Transition/Center for Health Care Transition Improvement: A cooperative agreement between the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and The National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health that aims to improve transition from pediatric to adult health care through the use of new and innovative strategies for health professionals and youth and families.
- Early Intervention Handbook for Providers: Provides information on the program policies, descriptions of services and billing codes for providers.
- Illinois Sound Beginnings: A parent-friendly website designed to provide information and resources to families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
- Medical Home Initiatives: Through its medical home initiatives, the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics works with individual physicians, primary care practices and community and state agencies to support the dissemination and implementation of the medical home model, with a focus on improving services for children with special health care needs.
- Shared Plan of Care: A Tool to Support Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs and Their Families: A shared plan of care can help implement key functions of the medical home model for children and youth with special health care needs. The National Center for Medical Home Implementation, in collaboration with the National Academy for State Health Policy, created a fact sheet on key components of a shared plan of care, the role of families in creating and maintaining a shared plan of care and strategies state agencies can utilize to support implementation of a shared plan of care.
- Toolkit for Primary Care Providers Caring for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: This website will give providers electronic access to best practice tools and enable them to more readily serve adults with intellectual or other developmental disabilities.
- Web-Based Curricula on Transitioning Youth to Adult Health Care: These courses focus on the transition from pediatric to adult-oriented health care for young adults. The curricula include a training for pediatric providers and a training for internists/family physicians. CME and MOC Part 4 credit for pediatricians, family physicians, and internists is offered. The courses are available to any health care provider, any time.
- Web-based Video on Communicating with Persons with Disabilities: This brief video was created by the National Service Inclusion Project and sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service.