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									         Autism and Asperger's Syndrome Web Links – Revised (11/20/2009)
                Listing does not imply an endorsement of these services

I. Support Groups
   a. for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum
      1. The Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership (GRASP) -

          National network of support groups run by adults on the autism spectrum.
      2. GRASP Chicago Chapter

      3. Chicago Adults with Aspergers and Friends Meetup Site –

          Events posted for autism spectrum adult groups in the Chicago area plus mixed
          autism spectrum adult and relatives group
      4. CASPAN: Chicago Autism Spectrum Adult Network Meetup Site -

          Events posted for adult and teen groups in the Chicago area
      5. Autistics Network International (ANI) -
          ANI holds a yearly retreat for adults on the autism spectrum
      6. Adults with Asperger's Support Group (Naperville),
          contact Jill Holman at 630-904-4110
          or e-mail:
   b. for Parents or mixed
      1. Autism Society of Illinois -
          2200 South Main Street, Suite 205,
          Lombard, Illinois 60148-5366
          Phone: (630) 691-1270
          Many chapters in Chicago area
      2. Chicago Southside Autism Support Group -
          Support group and information for families of children with Autism Spectrum

          3. Pay It Forward for Autism –
              836 S. Arlington Heights Rd., Suite 162
              Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
        4. PASSAGE –
              Palatine area

II. Advocacy Groups
      a. Illinois
          1. Autism Society of Illinois -
              2200 South Main Street, Suite 205,
              Lombard, Illinois 60148-5366
              Phone: (630) 691-1270
          2. Everyone Is Welcome, Inc. -
              3 South 2nd Street
              St. Charles, IL 60174
              ph: 630-584-0970
              advocacy and support in navigating special ed. services
          3. The ARC of Illinois -
              18207-A-Dixie Highway
              Homewood, IL 60430
              Phone: 708-206-1930
              Advocacy, assistance, and training for people with disabilities
          4. Council for Disability Rights -
              30 East Adams, Suite 1130,
              Chicago, IL 60603
              Phone: 312-444-9484
          5. Illinois Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities -
              Phone: 312-814-2080

         6. National Center for Latinos with Disabilities
             1921 S. Blue Island
             Chicago IL 60608
             Phone: 312-666-3393
             Fax: 312-666-1787
           7. ADAPT: Chicago Chapter -
               Grassroots advocacy for adults with disabilities
      b. Regional
         1. MAAP Services -
             P.O. Box 524
             Crown Point, IN 46308
             Phone: 219-662-1311
             Also, has a great state-by-state resource page
      c. National
         1. Autism Society of America-
             Phone: 1-800-328-8476
             Good state-by-state resource directory.
         2. Autism Speaks -
             Phone: 212-252-8584
         3. National Autism Association -
             Phone: 877-622-2884
         4. Autistic Self-Advocacy Network -
             Run by adults on the autism spectrum

III. Research Groups
      a. Asperger Foundation International -
         Phone: 212-371-7755
      b. Organization for Autism Research -
         Phone: 703-243-9710
         Focus on applied autism research.

IV. Social Groups
       a. Step Out U.S.A. -
          Phone: 847-289-4480
          P.M.B. 288
          8926 N. Greenwood Ave.
          Niles, IL 60714
          Social and Recreational group for adults over 21 with learning disabilities
       b. Center for Independent Futures -
          743 Main Street,
          Evanston, IL 60202
          Phone: 847-328-2044
          Fax: 847-328-2665
          Support services include a social group for adults with disabilities.
V. Social Skills
       a. Center for Speech and Language Disorders -
          606 N. Michigan,
          Elmhurst, IL 60126
          Phone: 630-530-8551
          One-on-one and small group therapy for children, also does treatments and parent
          support group.
       b. Cognitive Solutions Learning Center, Inc. –
          2409 N. Clybourn Ave.
          Chicago, IL 60614
          Phone: 773-755-1775

VI. Conferences
       a. MAAP Services Conference -
          P.O. Box 524
          Crown Point, IN 46308
          Phone: 219-662-1311

         Yearly conference in October is usually held in Illinois or Indiana.
      b. Autism One Conference -
         Holds yearly conference in Chicago.
         Edmund Arranga - Founder, Phone: 714-680-0792
      c. Penn Autism Conference -
         University of Pennsylvania
         Adult Developmental Disorders
         3535 Market Street, 2nd Floor
         Philadelphia, PA 19104
         Phone: 215-573-1159
         Annual conference on issues of adolescents and adults on the Autism Spectrum.
VII. Diagnosis and Therapy Services
      a. UIC Center for Cognitive Medicine, Center for Learning Neurodevelopment -
             University of Illinois at Chicago
             Center for Cognitive Medicine (M/C 913)
             912 South Wood Street, Suite 235
             Chicago, IL 60612
             Phone: 312-413-7336 or 312-996-6217
             Does diagnoses for adults and children. Sometimes free.
      b. Rush NeuroBehavioral Center -
         4711 W. Golf Road Suite 1100
         Skokie, IL 60076
         Phone: 847-933-9339
         Evaluations and interventions for children with learning disabilities
      c. University of Chicago, Developmental Disorders Clinic
         5841 S. Maryland Ave, MC 3077
         Chicago, IL 60637
         Phone: 773-834-3864
         Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Diagnosis
      d. SGA Youth & Family Services, Operation Big Hug-

         3600 West Wrighwood
         Chicago, IL 60647
         Phone: (773) 772-7855
         Early diagnosis
      e. Cawn/Krantz & Assoc., Ltd. –
          650 Academy Drive
          Northbrook, IL 60062
          Phone: (847) 480-8890
          Diagnosis, developmental therapies
VIII. Government Services
      a. Illinois Department of Human Services -
         Division of Developmental Disabilities
         100 W. Randolph, Suite 6-400
         Chicago, IL 60601
         Phone: (312) 814-8327
         Fax: (312) 814-4175
         Support services for individuals with developmental disabilities.
         Division of Rehabilitation Services
         Hotline: 1-800-843-6154
         Assistance in employment, education, and independent living opportunities for
         individuals with disabilities.
         DRS Vocational Rehabilitation programs include the STEP program, which helps
         high school students who have disabilities plan for their futures after high school
      b. ReachOut Wireless –
         Government Assisted Wireless Phone Service
IX. Legal Resources
      a. School Law & Family Law
         1. The Child & Family Law Center of the North Shore, LTD. -
             1950 Sheridan Rd., Suite 106

       Highland Park, IL 60035
       Phone: 847-926-0101
   2. Monahan & Cohen
       55 West Monroe St.
       Suite 3700
       Chicago, IL 60603
       Phone: 312/419-0252
       Fax: 312/419-7428
b. School Law Issues and Legal Aid for People with Disabilities
   1. Equip for Equality -
       20 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 300
       Chicago, IL 60602
       Phone: (312) 341-0022
       Special Education Clinic. Also has legal advocates and assistance with self-
       advocacy for people with disabilities in the workplace, and inclusion in other
       public places.
c. Legal Aid for People with Disabilities
    1. Access Living –
       115 West Chicago Avenue
       Chicago, IL 60610
       Phone: (312) 640-2100
       Information, advocacy, and self-advocacy support on issues such as housing and
       civil rights
d. General Legal Aid
   1. CARPLS
       Chicago, IL - 60602
       Phone: 312-738-9200
       CARPLS is a legal aid hotline that provides legal advice, information and

   referral services over the telephone to low-income residents of Cook County,
2. Catholic Charities Legal Assistance and Resource Center
   Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago
   721 N. LaSalle St.
   Chicago, IL - 60610
   Phone: 312-948-6821
   Catholic Charities Legal Assistance and Resource Center's mission is to
   provide basic legal advice, outreach, and access to legal services to an
   economically disadvantaged population to support the dignity of the
3. Chicago Legal Clinic - Downtown Office
   205 West Monroe Street
   4th Floor
   Chicago, IL - 60606
   Phone: 312-726-2938
   The Clinic offers representation in various areas of law, including: family
   law (divorce, adoption, visitation, paternity), aid to victims of domestic
   violence, guardianships of minors and adults, social security disability
   claims, probate, real estate closings, landlord/tenant disputes,
   immigration, and environmental law.
4. John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Legal Clinic
   28 E. Jackson Blvd.
   Suite 500
   Chicago, IL - 60604
   Phone: 312-786-2267
   The Clinic provides legal services in cases of discrimination relating to
   housing, insurance, affordable housing, and lending. No income requirements -
   cases limited to housing and housing related discrimination.
5. Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago - General Office

               111 West Jackson Boulevard
               Suite 300
               Chicago, IL - 60604
               Phone: 312-341-1070
               The Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago provides free civil
               legal services to individuals and families in Chicago and suburban Cook County
               who are unable to afford an attorney. To qualify for free legal help, household
               income must be less than 125% of the federal poverty level.
         6. Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago - North Suburban Office
               828 Davis St.
               Suite 201
               Evanston, IL - 60201
               Phone: 847-475-3703
         7. Pro Bono Center for Disability and Elder Law
               710 N. Lake Shore Drive
               Suite 1027
               Chicago, IL - 60611
               Phone: 312-908-4463
               The Pro Bono Center for Disability and Elder Law (Pro Bono Center) provides
               free legal services to the elderly and persons with disabilities throughout
               the Chicagoland area.
X. Education
      a. College and High School Transition
         1. Pace Program at National Louis University -
               Transitional program focuses on professional training, independent living, and
               age-appropriate social skills.
          2. Arlyn School -
          3. Elmhurst Life Skills Academy -
          4. Harper College Career Foundations Program

       1200 W. Algonquin Rd, Building D, Room 119
       Palatine, IL 60067
       Phone: 847-925-6266
       Program for students with mild developmental disabilities
    5. College of Dupage, Glen Ellyn-.,
       Phone: Sally Field Mullan, Coordinator, at (630) 942-2941
    6. Harold Washington College -
       Office of Vocational Training & Development
       Phone: 312-553-5810
       Vocational Training
   7. Orchard Academy in Skokie:
       Tim Bobrowski
       Director of Orchard Academy
       Director of Vocational Services
       (847) 967-1800 ext. 130
   8. Bridgepoint in Evanston -
       930 1/2 Chicago Avenue
       Evanston, IL 60201
       T (847) 733-1889 F (847) 733-2609
b. Elementary, Secondary, and Transition
   1. Easter Seals Disability Services -
       Therapeutic Day School and Adult Vocational Program
       1950 W. Roosevelt Rd., 2nd Floor
       Chicago, Illinois 60608
       (312) 432-1751
       Wendy Murphy, M. Ed.
       School Administrator/Program Director
       For Ages 3 to 21
   2. Stuart G. Ferst School -

              Stuart G. Ferst School
              6050 North California Avenue
              Chicago, IL 60659
              Voice: (773)761-4651
                      Fax: (773)761-0669
              Academic instruction, vocational services, and therapeutic education for ages 3-
              Harrisburg Project List at
              List of private schools for students with disabilities kept by Illinois State Board of
XI. Educational Resources
      a.   Illinois Autism PDD Training and Technical Assistance Project –
           1590 S Fairfield Ave., Lombard, IL 60148
           Phone: 630-889-7398
           Fax: 630-620-9473
           Kathy Gould, Project Director,
           IATTAP focuses on educating and supporting children with autism spectrum
           disorders (ASD) and their families. Also, conducts autism training for schools and
XII. Employment Supports
      a. Employer Ready Reference Guide –
      b. Jobs for Youth -
           17 North State Street
           Sixth Floor
           Chicago, IL 60602
           phone : 312-499-4778
           GED prep and job placement for HS dropouts 17-24

XIII. Other Support Services

a. Anixter Center -
       6610 N. Clark Street,
       Chicago, IL 60626-4062
       Phone: (773) 973-7900
b. Little Friends Center for Autism -
   Little Friends, Inc.
   140 N. Wright Street
   Naperville, IL 60540
   Phone: (630) 355-6533
   Services for adults and children with Autism and vocational training.
   Also, evaluations - contact Dinah Kotthoff at 630-305-4196 x3
c. Center For Independent Futures -
   743 Main Street,
   Evanston, IL 60202
   Phone: 847-328-2044
   Fax: 847-328-2665
d. Turning Point -
   8324 Skokie Blvd.
   Skokie, IL, 60077
   Phone: (847) 933-0051
   Fax: (847) 933-0057
   Mental health, crisis intervention, outpatient treatment, and transitional housing
e. Thresholds-
   4101 North Ravenswood Avenue,
   Chicago, IL 60613,
   Phone: 888-99-REHAB
   Fax: 773-880-6279
   30 Service location and 75 developments in the Chicago area.

         Therapeutic support, case management, education, job training and placement, and
      f. Charlie’s Gift -
         415 W. 8th Street
         Hinsdale, IL 60521
         1.630.323.7500, ext. 230
         1048 W. Ogden Ave., Suite 130
         Downers Grove, IL 60515
         Therapy, social skills, parent and siblings support groups.
XIV. Publishers and Book Sites
      a. Autism-Asperger Publishing Company -
         Phone: 877-277-8254
      b. Future Horizons -
         Phone: 1-800-489-0727
      c. Jessica Kingsley Publishers -
         Phone: 866-416-1078
      d. The Autism Bookstore -
      e. Starfish Press -
         Phone: 1-877-782-7347
XV. Resource Web Sites
      a. O.A.S.I.S., Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support -
         Excellent collections of articles, resources, and chat sites for people on the autism
      b. MAAP Services
         Excellent state-by-state resources page
      c. Schafer Autism Report -
         Has a state-by-state events calendar
      d. NLD Line -

         for Nonverbal Learning Disorders
      e. Aspie Newsletter
XVI. Individual Web Sites
         Web site of Brian King, L. C. S. W. from Naperville, a social worker with Asperger
         Web site of mother-son team from the Northwest suburbs that gives lectures on
         Asperger's issues.
         Includes an Asperger's reading list.
         Web site of Tony Attwood, expert on Asperger Syndrome and speaker.
         Web site of author Stephen Shore.
      e. Dennis Debbaudt's Autism Safety & Risk Management -
         Public safety and law enforcement issues with emphasis on interactions between
         police and autistic individuals.
      f. Accepting Asperger Syndrome-
         With a great reading list of 40 books on Asperger Syndrome
XVII. Chat Sites
      a. Wrongplanet -
         Online Community for those with Asperger Syndrome
XIII. Housing and Living Supports
      a. Center for Independent Futures -
      b. Centers for Independent Living in Illinois–
         listing at
         Centers for Independent Living provide non-residential supports.
      c. Illinois Department of Human Services

        Developmental Disabilities services -
        Rehabilitation Services: Home Services Program

XX. More Resources
     a. Dr. Frederika Theus
            is a clinical psychologist at UIC at the Institute on Disability and Human
            Development which is located at 1640 West Roosevelt Road in Chicago. She is
            part of the family clinic. She diagnoses both children and adults that suspect they
            are on the spectrum, and she teaches a social skills class for adults with
            Asperger's. She may still be teaching social skills classes. Her phone number is
            (312) 355-4233. BTW the social skills class was free.
     b. Rush Neurobehavioral Center, Skokie: # 847/933-9339--
     Nadine Wengrof is in charge of groups
     c. Joselyn Mental Health Center, Northfield: #847/441-5600—
     d. Josh Mark, Private Practice, Winnetka: #847/441-8323.
     e. Dr. Paul Nevin, Psy.D., licensed clinical psychologist
        Heart Light Psychological Services
        747 Lake Cook Road, Suite 105W
        Deerfield, IL 60015
        Phone: 847/205-5698
     f. Brian King, LCSW
       1601 Bond St., Suite 300
       Naperville, IL 60563
       Phone: 630-778-3447


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