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Lombard Resources

  • 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, teaching tools for alternatives to guardianship, 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.

  • 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)
  • Advocate Dental Center in Chicago

    Advocate Dental Center provides a wide range of dental services for adults and children with developmental disabilities through its Special Patient Dental Care Program. The program’s services include:

    • Dental exams and cleanings
    • X-rays
    • Fillings
    • Root canal treatments
    • Extractions, crowns and tooth replacements
    • IV sedation
    • Operating room dentistry

    Call (773) 871-2188 to discuss Special Patient Dental Care Program eligibility and appointment scheduling.

  • The University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) College of Dentistry Pediatric Special Needs Dentistry

    The University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) College of Dentistry Pediatric Dental Care provides comprehensive dental care for children including individuals with complex oral health needs and special developmental and behavioral care needs. Pediatric Dentistry clinics provide care for children from infancy through adolescence (under age 17), including:

    • Comprehensive oral health examinations, teeth cleaning, fluoride treatments, sealants, restorative procedures (fillings, crowns, etc.)
    • Extractions and minor surgical procedures
    • Urgent care (trauma, infection, etc.) and more

    These services can be completed using inhalation sedation (Nitrous oxide), moderate sedation and general anesthesia. Read more about pediatric services.

    Social stories are also available to help children with autism or sensory issues get ready for a dental visit:


  • St. Bernard Hospital and Health Care Center in Chicago

    St. Bernard Hospital and Health Care Center in Chicago provides dental care for children and adults with special needs. The Dental Center provides:

    • Two operating rooms specifically for oral rehabilitation
    • Dentists and surgeons trained to provide complex care, including careful and various levels of sedation
    • Services from routine exams and cleanings to advanced orthodontics, crowns, urgent root canals and more
    • Help with insurance and payment options

    Contact St. Bernard’s Dental Center at or call (773) 962-3976 for more information.

  • Equestrian Connection in Lake Forest

    Equestrian Connection provides therapy programs for children and adults with mental, emotional and physical challenges and disabilities. Programs include hippotherapy, therapeutic riding, art therapy, job training and more. Class instructors are clinically licensed occupational and physical therapists, experienced clinicians and instructors, and trained volunteers.

    Programs are available in individual and group settings. For more information, call Equestrian Connection at (847) 615 8696.

  • Disability Vote IL

    Disability Vote IL provides voting resources and information for the disability community. The site offers updated nonpartisan videos, webinars and information on elections, how to register to vote, and promoting accessibility of voting technology and polling places. The website also includes information about:

    • The Be My Eyes app that helps people who are blind or have vision impairments with voting
    • Transportation to the polls
    • In-person, nursing home and hospital voting
    • Important dates