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Family Support Resources

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  • Self-Care Inventory Tool

    A self-care assessment tool from the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

  • Sesame Street in Communities

    Sesame Street in Communities is an online community that provides multimedia tools in both English and Spanish for parents, caregivers and providers to support children from birth to age 6.

    The site covers a wide range of topics, from school readiness to building healthy habits to touch issues such as divorce and hunger. It features videos, activities, printables and digital interactives fearing Sesame Street characters.

  • Share Our Spare

    Share Our Spare collects new and gently-used items for children ages 0-5 and donates them to low-income families living in Metropolitan Chicago. Items are not available directly: instead, Share our Spare reaches families in need by partnering with local social services organizations that provide their clients with needed social services such as parenting classes, early childhood education, housing referrals, job readiness training, and behavioral health services.

  • Sibling Leadership Network

    The Sibling Leadership Network provides siblings of individuals with disabilities the information, support and tools to advocate with their brothers and sisters. Their website offers ways to get involved, policy and advocacy information, and family-specific resources including resources for teenage/young adult siblings, resources for adult siblings and resources for parents and family members.

  • Sibling Resources: A Bibliography of Selected Resources for Siblings of Children with Disabilities

    PACER Center has a list of Sibling Resources for families to explore that offer support, resources and stories about siblings of children with disabilities. The annotated bibliography includes articles and books written for adults, books for children, newsletters, videos and organizations.

  • Sibling Support Project

    The Sibling Support Project is a  national program dedicated to the lifelong and ever-changing concerns of millions of brothers and sisters of people with special health, developmental and mental health needs.

    The project offers support, resources, opportunities to connect with other siblings and “Sibshops” for school-age brothers and sisters of kids with special needs.

  • Sibling Support Toolkit

    The Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition (PPCC) and Courageous Parents Network (CPN) provide resources to help parents, caregivers and medical professionals focus on giving special attention to siblings who are living and sharing their lives with a brother or sister with medical complexities.

    Their Sibling Support Toolkit provides videos, activities, podcasts, a guided pathway and other resources to support parents and siblings as they navigate the ups, downs, setbacks and joys that make up their day-to-day lives.





  • SNAP Online Purchasing Program

    The Illinois Department of Human Services is offering online purchasing for more than 1.8 million Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) customers across a million households.

    Online SNAP will give families easier access to food during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. Busy parents will no longer have to stress about how they can pick their kids up from school and make it to the grocery store before dinner. And those working multiple jobs or the late shift won’t have to rush to make it before the store closes. All families will have another option to independently secure the food they need.

  • Social Security Administration

    Provides information about the Disability Determination process and Social Security Disability publications and information.

  • Spanish Language Resources for Families & Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

    Hands & Voices (Manos y Voces): Unbiased parent-to-parent support and Spanish-language resources for families and children who are Deaf or hard of hearing.

    American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (La Asociación del Habla, Lenguaje y Audición):  The organization provides Spanish-language information for the public and families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

    Gallaudet University (Resources for Hispanic Deaf and Hard of Hearing Population): Resources providing contacts, publishers/distributors, and online links to assist Spanish-speaking individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.