Since I started writing this blog I have asked a number of people whose opinions I value to read it and let me know their objective thoughts. Further I have been spreading the word about the subject of Disabled children, Disabled Adult Children, Special Needs Trust and the need for families to plan ahead — needless to say I am startled by how many people are affected directly with these situations. Just today I met two people who are part of the Disabled Children community.
So my aside today from my step by step story is to provide resources, which I will aim to do by State and which I will update when I find a new useful resource.
State of Illinois Resources
IPADD or Illinois Parents of Adults with Developmental Disabilities is an Illinois based group of parents of Disabled Children offering a community to parents, family and friends to share information and resources.
NAMI or National Alliance of Mental Illness is a national based organization with chapters by state and by areas within the state. The Illinois chapter can be found at NAMI Illinois which has 25 affiliates based in county seats.
Aspiritech is a group based in Highland Park, Illinois which employs high functioning Asperger Syndrome people as well as Autistic people.
Illinois Healthcare Portal is the State government’s website of information regarding services, benefits, programs and more.
The Council for Disability Rights has a long list of agencies targeted to specific matters that could be very useful inclusive of support groups, attorneys, government agencies and more.
The Douglas Center in Skokie, Illinois is a day program offering employment opportunities which include manufacturing, commercial/industrial sewing, packaging, assembly, shrink wrapping, labeling, heat sealing, fulfillment services, etc. through their partnerships with local manufacturers, businesses so individuals can work contracts/projects. They offer pre-vocational skills and work training.