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  • The Shannon Foundation

    This non-profit organization helps pay for medical care for children whose families need financial assistance.

  • The Superhero Project

    The Superhero Project matches children facing serious illnesses, disabilities and complex medical needs with artists to create their superhero alter egos.

    The nonprofit interviews kids and teens about their superhero alter egos. Artists then design the characters the children have described, creating a visual representation of their strength, courage and resilience. Families then receive an inspiring poster of their superheroes.

    The Superhero Project is free and open to families around the world.

  • The Trevor Project

    The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.

    This flyer provides information about the TrevorLifeline, TrevorText, TrevorChat and its other crisis support services.

  • Thumbuddy Special

    Thumbuddy Special is a non-profit organization that was started by a group of special education teachers and therapists to raise money to provide adaptive equipment for children with special needs.

    Thumbuddy Special supplies equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, bath chairs, adapted bikes, ramps and computers. In addition, the nonprofit offers scholarships to children to attend local special recreation camps in the summer.

  • UIC The Resource Center for Autism and Developmental Delays

    UIC The Resource Center for Autism and Developmental Delays (RCADD) provides support for those who care for, teach and serve children with an autism spectrum disorder or other developmental delays. RCADD serves families currently enrolled in an Early Head Start or Head Start program as well as others throughout the Chicagoland area.

  • Understanding Inclusion Online Series for Parents of Young Children With Disabilities

    Early CHOICES  offers a free, online series for parents of young children with disabilities, practitioners, educators and administrators in Early Intervention or early childhood programs. The Understanding Inclusion series covers everything from defining inclusion to dreaming big for your child and includes:

    • Short videos
    • Activities to promote inclusion
    • Topic guides to support you in reflection and resource gathering

    Flyers outlining the series’ details are available in English and Spanish.

  • United Cerebral Palsysun-icon

    United Cerebral Palsy (UCP)  educates, advocates and provides support services for people with a spectrum of disabilities.  From home ownership to health care reform, inclusive education to competitive employment, UCP works to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities.

  • United Cerebral Palsy – Center for Disability Services’ Respite Program

    United Cerebral Palsy – Center for Disability Services in Joliet provides in-home respite for families of individuals with developmental disabilities.  Participants enrolled in the In-Home Respite Program may receive up to 360 hours per year.

    The participant cannot be enrolled in a state waiver program. The family must find their own respite provider and be located in Will or Grundy counties.

    For more information, contact Kassandra Farley at (815) 744-3500, extension 202.

  • United Cerebral Palsy of Land of Lincoln Respitesun-icon

    United Cerebral Palsy of Land of Lincoln can provide free respite care for children between 0 and 22 years of age.

  • Variety – The Children’s Charity of Illinois

    Variety of Illinois’ mission is to improve the quality of life for children with disabilities by providing the equipment and experiences needed to reach their highest potential.

    Its programs include Variety at Play, which offers inclusive, accessible activities for the whole family; Kids on the Go that provides mobility equipment not covered by insurance for children with disabilities; and Live to Achieve that encourages participation and excellence in adaptive sports.