The Resource Center for Autism & Developmental Delays (RCADD) was established in partnership with the Chicago Department of Family & Support Services, and The Autism Program in Illinois (TAP). This initiative was developed to share resources, referral information, and training for families and educators of children with Autism and/or Developmental Delays.
RCADD’s lending library maintains a categorical selection of both functional and educational resources relating to Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD’s) and various other Developmental Delays. Resources include: books for both professionals and parents, audio and video resources, children’s books, games and activities with adaptation instructions, take-home packs, and a range of informational/referral handouts. RCADD also has software programs, materials, and lamination for parents and teachers to make customized support material to meet the needs of specific children. Upon completing an RCADD application, patrons receive free access to all RCADD resources and can check out two items for a two week period.
RCADD provides training opportunities specific to the needs of those teaching, serving, or caring for a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder or other Developmental Delays. Trainings are designed in light of evidence-based treatments and interventions as well as current promising practices. By participating in interactive activities, participants increase their knowledge and develop a real-life understanding of the characteristics of autism and other developmental delays. RCADD’s professional staff customizes training to meet the needs and requests of Head Start and other organizations. In addition, the staff also offers one-on-one consultations for all patrons and provides ongoing support to develop patrons’ ability to independently access RCADD resources. Innovative training sessions include: Understanding Autism and Tips and Tools for Homes and Schools.
*Autism Resource Center at Rush University Medical Center*
Provides an online list of information and resources for families who have a child with
an autism spectrum Disorder.
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center/The Autism Treatment Program
Our program for children with autism stresses early diagnosis, intensive treatment, and support for parents and caregivers. Utilizing our approach, children with autism face a better prognosis than ever before.
Family Resource Center of Disabilities (FRCD)
Learn about your Rights and Responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Make informed decisions about your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) Learn more about Early Intervention and transition services.
Equip for Equality
Provides direct representation in negotiations, administrative hearings and federal and state court. Priority is given to systematic and high-impact cases that will benefit the larger disability community. The self-advocacy assistance program provides information and advice to individuals to enable them to advocate on their own behalf or on behalf of a family member. Referrals to other resources are also provided. Accessible formats, ASL, and services in other languages are available.
Autism Society of Illinois (ASI)
Mission is to improve the lives of Illinois individuals & families affected by autism spectrum disorders.
The Autism Program of Illinois
The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP) offers many tools, resources, and services to help parents, educators, childcare providers, first responders, service providers, and anyone with an interest in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Autism Speaks is the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
The Institute on Disability and Human Development @UIC
The Institute on Disability and Human Development (IDHD), a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDD) is dedicated to promoting the independence, productivity and inclusion of people with disabilities into all aspects of society.
Child & Family Connections (CFC) Office Locator
Search for a DHS Office or Service Provider by selecting your county, and, for Cook County, your ZIP Code. Early Intervention eligibility services are conducted through your local CFC office.
We provide a variety of opportunities for personal and professional growth for those who touch the lives of young children, age’s birth through eight, with an emphasis on the preschool years and children with special needs.
BoardmakerShare is the perfect community for finding thousands of Boardmaker activities on hundreds of topics. Now, the redesigned BoardmakerShare makes it easier than ever to share Boardmaker activities, and find the groups who are using them along with you.
Have Dreams aspires to help individuals with autism improve their abilities to learn, function independently and socialize so that they may realize their full potential and develop into contributing members of their communities.
Enlaces en Español
Información de salud para usted. Un servicio de la Biblioteca Nacional de Medicina de EE.UU. Desde los Institutos Nacionales de la Salud Autismo.
Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades
Trastornos del espectro autista (TEA)
Materiales en Español.
Family Resource Center on Disabilities
¿Necesita su hijo educación especial?
Una organización sin fines de lucro dedicada a familias que tienen hijos dentro del espectro del autismo y cuyo lenguaje primario es el Español.
Brinda servicios, programas educativos y programas de extensión y defensa de los derechos de las personas con autismo y otras discapacidades para que puedan vivir, aprender, trabajar y jugar en sus comunidades.
The Autism Society of America
Información general sobre el autismo.