Resource Directory /

Family Support Resources

  • Association for Individual Development (AID)

    The Association for Individual Development (AID) serves individuals with developmental, intellectual, physical and/or mental health challenges, those who have suffered a trauma and those at risk. Operating in the greater Fox Valley area and other western suburban counties, AID provides services to address the unique needs of individuals throughout every stage of their lives.

    Programs include:

    • Autism programs
    • Permanent supportive housing and in-home support
    • Developmental and vocational training
    • Job placement and on-the-job coaching service
    • Crisis intervention and victim services
    • Mental health treatment

    AID is also a sponsor of the Ride in Kane paratransit program in partnership with RTA, Pace, Kane County, and local municipalities and social service agencies.

  • Autism McLean Resource Directory

    Autism McLean created an autism resource directory that is available electronically and as a booklet. The directory includes:

    • Personal stories
    • Local health, education and service providers
    • Transportation contacts
    • Camps and recreation opportunities
    • State and national organizations
    • Books, magazines and newsletters

    Download the resource directory here. For a hard copy of the directory, please contact Chuck Hartseil at chuck.hartseil@comcast.net.

  • Autism Response Team

    The Autism Response Team (ART) is an information line for the autism community. Its team members are specially trained to provide personalized information and resources to people with autism and their families.

    (888) AUTISM2 (288-4762) – English
    (888) 772-9050 – Spanish

    help@autismspeaks.org

  • Autism Society of America

    The Autism Society of America provides advocacy, education, information and referral, support and community at the national, state and local levels through its nationwide network of affiliates.

  • Autism Speaks

    Autism Speaks is is dedicated to creating an inclusive world for all individuals with autism throughout their lifespan. Their website offers individuals with autism and their families information about autism, research and innovation, available resources and grants, advocacy and more.

    The Autism Speaks website includes:

    • Search features for finding information by topic, life stage, and the level of support needs (some support, moderate amount of support, intensive support) of the person with autism
    • A resource guide providing events, information and supports in your local community
    • Resources created specifically for self-advocates, parent/caregivers and professionals
    • A list of grants from national organizations offering support to families (For questions, please contact the organization listed directly)
  • Autism Support of Central Illinois

    Autism Support of Central Illinois aims to improve the lives of those affected by autism in central Illinois by providing access to resources, support, educational opportunities and recreational/social activities for families.

  • Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator

    The Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator is a confidential and anonymous source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities in the United States or U.S.  territories for substance use/addiction and/or mental health problems.

    The services locator is available through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

  • Benefits.gov

    Benefits.gov is an online resource to help you find federal benefits you may be eligible for in the United States. The Benefit Finder questionnaire can help you find benefits you may be eligible to receive – such as healthcare and medical assistance, financial assistance, loans and disaster relief –  and direct you to the agency to apply.

  • Between Friends-Domestic Violence Prevention

    Between Friends is dedicated to preventing domestic violence and ending the cycle of abuse by equipping our communities with the tools necessary for everyone to feel safe and equal in their relationships. Between Friends provides a 24-hour helpline at (800) 603-4357 and a safe, supportive environment where individuals and families in crisis can access programs including:

    • Relationship education to prevent teen dating violence
    • Counseling to empower clients to make their own decisions and choices
    • Legal assistance
    • Education and training
    • Resources for navigating conversations about an abusive relationship
    • Help for adult, teen and child survivors of domestic violence

    Programs are provided in multiple languages.

  • Bilingual Parents Video Library

    The Illinois Resource Center has put together a library of videos for bilingual parents with videos in French, Tagalog, Urdu, Arabic, Polish, Spanish and English.

    Each video showcases subjects and information relevant to parents, caretakers and community members, such as the role of Bilingual Parent Advisory Committees, financial aid for college, tenant rights, multilingual student rights and more.