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Autism and Aspergers Syndrome Web Links

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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) -
          www.grasp.org
          National network of support groups run by adults on the autism spectrum.
      2. GRASP Chicago Chapter
          www.grasp.org
      3. Chicago Adults with Aspergers and Friends Meetup Site –
          http://www.meetup.com/AspergerChi
          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 -
          http://www.meetup.com/CASPAN/
          Events posted for adult and teen groups in the Chicago area
      5. Autistics Network International (ANI) - ani.autistics.org
          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: jholman@wideopenwest.com
   b. for Parents or mixed
      1. Autism Society of Illinois - www.autismillinois.org
          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 - www.chicagoautism.org
          Support group and information for families of children with Autism Spectrum
          disorders.

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


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



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         6. National Center for Latinos with Disabilities
         http://clas.uiuc.edu/special/progdesc/cl00480il/cl00480.html
             1921 S. Blue Island
             Chicago IL 60608
             Phone: 312-666-3393
             Fax: 312-666-1787
           7. ADAPT: Chicago Chapter - http://www.geocities.com/chicagoadapt/
               Grassroots advocacy for adults with disabilities
      b. Regional
         1. MAAP Services - www.maapservices.org
             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- www.autism-society.org
             Phone: 1-800-328-8476
             Good state-by-state resource directory.
         2. Autism Speaks - www.autismspeaks.org
             Phone: 212-252-8584
         3. National Autism Association - www.nationalautismassociation.org
             Phone: 877-622-2884
         4. Autistic Self-Advocacy Network - www.autisticadvocacy.org
             Run by adults on the autism spectrum


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

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IV. Social Groups
       a. Step Out U.S.A. - www.stepoutusa.org
          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 - www.independentfutures.com
          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 - www.csld.com
          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. – www.helpforld.com
          2409 N. Clybourn Ave.
          Chicago, IL 60614
          Phone: 773-755-1775
          email: info@cognitivesolutionslc.com


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

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         Yearly conference in October is usually held in Illinois or Indiana.
      b. Autism One Conference - www.autismone.com
         Holds yearly conference in Chicago.
         Edmund Arranga - Founder, Phone: 714-680-0792
      c. Penn Autism Conference - http://www.med.upenn.edu/add/conference.schedule.shtml
         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 -
      http://ccm.psych.uic.edu/NeedDoctor/NeuroDevClinic/neuroDev.aspx
             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 - www.rnbc.org
         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- www.sga-youth.org

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         3600 West Wrighwood
         Chicago, IL 60647
         Phone: (773) 772-7855
         Early diagnosis
      e. Cawn/Krantz & Assoc., Ltd. – http://www.cawn-krantz.com
          650 Academy Drive
          Northbrook, IL 60062
          Phone: (847) 480-8890
          Diagnosis, developmental therapies
VIII. Government Services
      a. Illinois Department of Human Services - http://www.dhs.state.il.us/
         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
         graduation.
      b. ReachOut Wireless – www.reachoutwireless.com
         Government Assisted Wireless Phone Service
IX. Legal Resources
      a. School Law & Family Law
         1. The Child & Family Law Center of the North Shore, LTD. -
         www.lawforchild.com
             1950 Sheridan Rd., Suite 106

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       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
       mdcspedlaw@earthlink.net
       www.monahan-cohen.com
b. School Law Issues and Legal Aid for People with Disabilities
   1. Equip for Equality - www.equipforequality.org
       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 – www.accessliving.org
       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



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   referral services over the telephone to low-income residents of Cook County,
   Illinois.
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
   individual.
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



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               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 - http://www.nl.edu/academics/PACE/
               E-mail: cburns@nl.edu
               Transitional program focuses on professional training, independent living, and
               age-appropriate social skills.
          2. Arlyn School - http://arlynschool.org/
          3. Elmhurst Life Skills Academy - http://public.elmhurst.edu/elsa/
          4. Harper College Career Foundations Program
               - http://goforward.harpercollege.edu/page.cfm?p=3645

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       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-. http://www.cod.edu/vocational/,
       Phone: Sally Field Mullan, Coordinator, at (630) 942-2941
    6. Harold Washington College - www.haroldwashingtoncollege.edu
       Office of Vocational Training & Development
       Chicago
       Phone: 312-553-5810
       Vocational Training
   7. Orchard Academy in Skokie: http://www.orchardacademy.org/curriculum/
       Tim Bobrowski
       Director of Orchard Academy
       Director of Vocational Services
       (847) 967-1800 ext. 130
   8. Bridgepoint in Evanston -
       http://www.independentfutures.com/Default.aspx?tabid=273
       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 - http://chicago.easterseals.com/
       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 - http://www.anixter.org/EDUCATIO.HTM

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              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-
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              Harrisburg Project List at www.isbe.net
              List of private schools for students with disabilities kept by Illinois State Board of
              Education
XI. Educational Resources
      a.   Illinois Autism PDD Training and Technical Assistance Project –
           http://www.illinoisautismproject.org
           1590 S Fairfield Ave., Lombard, IL 60148
           Phone: 630-889-7398
           Fax: 630-620-9473
           Kathy Gould, Project Director, gouldkl@comcast.net
           IATTAP focuses on educating and supporting children with autism spectrum
           disorders (ASD) and their families. Also, conducts autism training for schools and
           professionals.
XII. Employment Supports
      a. Employer Ready Reference Guide –
           http://www.silcofillinois.org/pwd-employment-workplace.htm
      b. Jobs for Youth - www.jfychicago.org
           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

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a. Anixter Center - www.anixter.org
       6610 N. Clark Street,
       Chicago, IL 60626-4062
       Phone: (773) 973-7900
b. Little Friends Center for Autism - www.littlefriendsinc.org
   Little Friends, Inc.
   140 N. Wright Street
   Naperville, IL 60540
   Phone: (630) 355-6533
   E-mail: chamilton@lilfriends.com
   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 - www.independentfutures.com
   743 Main Street,
   Evanston, IL 60202
   Phone: 847-328-2044
   Fax: 847-328-2665
d. Turning Point - www.tpoint.org
   8324 Skokie Blvd.
   Skokie, IL, 60077
   Phone: (847) 933-0051
   Fax: (847) 933-0057
   E-mail: info@tpoint.org
   Mental health, crisis intervention, outpatient treatment, and transitional housing
   programs.
e. Thresholds- www.thresholds.org
   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.

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         Therapeutic support, case management, education, job training and placement, and
         housing.
      f. Charlie’s Gift - www.charliesgiftautismcenter.org
         415 W. 8th Street
         Hinsdale, IL 60521
         1.630.323.7500, ext. 230
         1048 W. Ogden Ave., Suite 130
         Downers Grove, IL 60515
         1.630.810.1200
         Therapy, social skills, parent and siblings support groups.
XIV. Publishers and Book Sites
      a. Autism-Asperger Publishing Company - www.asperger.net
         Phone: 877-277-8254
      b. Future Horizons - www.futurehorizons-autism.com
         Phone: 1-800-489-0727
      c. Jessica Kingsley Publishers - www.jkp.com
         Phone: 866-416-1078
      d. The Autism Bookstore - www.autismbookstore.com
      e. Starfish Press - www.starfishpress.com
         Phone: 1-877-782-7347
XV. Resource Web Sites
      a. O.A.S.I.S., Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support -
      http://www.udel.edu/bkirby/aspserger/
         Excellent collections of articles, resources, and chat sites for people on the autism
         spectrum.
      b. MAAP Services
         www.maapservices.org
         Excellent state-by-state resources page
      c. Schafer Autism Report - www.Sarnet.org
         Has a state-by-state events calendar
      d. NLD Line - www.nldline.com

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



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        Developmental Disabilities services -
     http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=29733
        Rehabilitation Services: Home Services Program
     http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=29738


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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