Resource Guide

Resources

Disability Rights and Information Centers

The Arc of Illinois 

The Arc of Illinois also provides updates on a daily basis on all issues involving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In addition to this, The Arc of Illinois has many different programs that are there to provide high-quality resources to help each family member, advocate, and professional with their questions. The Arc of Illinois is committed to empowering persons with disabilities to achieve full participation in community life through informed choices.

PUNS Pathway is an excellent Arc of Illinois Fact Sheet

www.thearcofil.org 

Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission IGAC 

Created in 1979, the Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission protects the rights and promotes the welfare of persons with disabilities. Supported Decision Making, guardianship, legal advocacy, human rights authority, and services for people with ID/DD. 

www.illinois.gov/sites/gac/Pages/

PACER Center 

PACER has websites for its National Parent Center on Transition and Employment project, as well as its National Bullying Prevention Center. Through more than 30 projects, PACER provides individual assistance, workshops, publications, and other resources to help families make decisions about education and other services for their child or young adult with disabilities. PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center® provides resources designed to benefit all students, including those with disabilities. 

www.pacer.org

Family Matters 

Parent Center and Information Centers provide information, referrals, training, and advocacy services to families and educators of children with disabilities. 

www.fmptic.org

IATP

Illinois Assistive Technology Program provides Illinoisans of all ages with disabilities and health conditions greater access to assistive technology (AT) devices and services so that they may enhance their independence and participation in all aspects of life. IATP offers numerous assistive technology programs and services to learn about and try AT devices, financial loans to purchase AT, training, technical assistance, and a variety of contracted services including professional AT evaluations.

www.iltech.org/about/about-us/

General Resources for Individuals with Disabilities
www.disabilityresource.org

National Organization on Disability
The mission of the National Organization on Disability (NOD) is to expand the participation and contribution of America ’s 54 million men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life.

www.nod.org

Directory of Illinois Websites for People with Disabilities, Family Members, Service Providers, and Professionals
www.equipforequality.org/resourcecenter/illinoiswebsites.php

Division of Specialized Care for Children Resources Link
www.uic.edu/hsc/dscc/index.htm 

Spinal Cord Injury – Paraquad
www.paraquad.org

Transportation

NCAT (North Central Area Transit)
833-433-6228
www.ridencat.com
Download the Riders Guide

BPART (Bureau/Putnam Area Rural Transit)
877-874-8813
www.ridebpart.org
Princeton, IL
Serves:Bureau and Putnam Counties

Local Transportation Guide 
Download Transportation PDF

Links to Free & Low-Cost Medical Transportation Services A-Z
www.bridges4kids.org/Disabilities/Transport.html

Bureau County Senior Center

(815) 879-3981

www.bcseniorcenter.com/

Princeton

City Cab

815-224-8294

 

LaSalle

LaSalle Township Office

815-223-0807

lasallecounty.org/lasalle-county-township-lasalle/

LaSalle

Marshall-Stark-Woodford Projects (MSW)

(309) 364-3056

www.facebook.com/mswprojects/

Henry

Mendota Area Senior Services (MASS)

815-539-7700

www.mendotaareaseniorservices.org/

Mendota

Mobility Works

877-275-4907

 

Plainfield

Personal Mobility

217-241-1548

www.personalmobilityinc.com/

Springfield

Putnam County Community Center

815-339-2711

www.pcaservices.org

Standard

Rural Transit Assistance Center

309-298-2141

www.iira.org

Macomb

 

Special Education Information & Resources

 

Family Matters Parent Training and Information Center logo

Family Matters provides information and training for parents including recorded webinars, printable resources, training, telephone and email consultations, as well as, referrals regarding individual issues. 

Training & Recordings

 

Equip for Equality logoEquip for Equality is an independent agency with the primary goal of protecting the civil and human rights of people with disabilities. EFE accomplishes this through five strategies: Self-advocacy assistance, Legal services, Public policy, Monitoring, & Training. 

Special Education

 

 

The Arc of Illinois Logo

The ARC of Illinois advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, families and community organizations to ensure that people with disabilities can live, work, learn, and play in communities across the state.

Upcoming

Resources

 

 

Reading Rockets Logo

 

 

 

Reading Rockets  is a national multimedia project that offers a wealth of research-based reading strategies, lessons, and activities designed to help young children learn how to read and to read better

 

Illinois State Board of EducationThe Illinois State Board of Education partners with school districts to provide programs and services for students with specialized educational needs.

Parent Guide

 

 

 Matt Cohen & Associatesprovides legal services with an emphasis on special education and school-related issues. 

Resources

Services

 

Specializd Care for Children: UICUIC Division of Specialized Care For Children DSCC provides families with care coordination, medical advocacy, transition support, and financial support. Resources & information.

Services

Summer Camps List

 

A Day in Our Shoes

Don’t IEP Alone! Lisa at A Day in Our Shoes has spent over a decade as a Special Education Advocate and attended hundreds of IEP meetings and countless conferences and workshops. The site provides advice, templates, podcast, and more. 

 

 

Understood.orgUnderstood.org mission is to help those who learn and think differently, discover their potential, take control, find community, and stay on positive paths along each stage of life’s journey. Find information on parent advocacy and specific disabilities online or on their community app. 

Website

 

ADDitude

ADDitude Magazine focuses on the challenges of ADHD, ADDitude collaborates closely with leading medical experts to publish accurate, clear, and authoritative content that millions of readers trust and share.

Website

 

Employment Sevices

Illinois Department of Human Services: Vocational Rehabilitation

The Illinois Department of Human Services has many services for people with disabilities. 

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a federal-state program that helps people who have disabilities get or keep a job. VR is committed to helping people with disabilities find meaningful careers.

Vocational Rehabilitation Services: Vocational Rehabilitation Video

www.dhs.state.il.us

Horizon House Employment Services 

Horizon House works to meet the employment needs of individuals with disabilities and supports them to locate, obtain and retain community employment as a contractor for the State of Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Rehabilitation Services.  

www.horizonhouseperu.org

Business Employment Skills Team BEST

A partner with NCI Works, BEST provides services to help businesses thrive in today’s complex, competitive, and ever-changing economy. See how we can help you!

https://www.best-inc.org/

Streator Unlimited

Begun in 1965 by a group of community leaders and family members, Streator Unlimited has grown to offer vocational training and residential services in six locations within the Streator Area. 

www.streatorunlimited.org

Illinois Worknet

Disability Works helps people with disabilities to achieve their training and employment skills. 

www.illinoisworknet.com

Abilitilinks

Abilitilinks is a website for jobseekers with disabilities. 

www.abilitylinks.org

US Department of Labor and the Job Accommodation Network 

Find information on the Americans with Disabilities Act, employee rights, and accommodations.

www.askjan.org

Abuse & Violence

Adult Protective Services 866-800-1409
888-206-1327 (TTY)
24-Hour Illinois Hotline to report suspected abuse, exploitation or neglect of an older person, call the statewide, 
Alternatives for the Older Adult Hotline to report abuse800-798-0988
Child Help National Abuse Hotline800-422-4453
1-800-4-A-CHILD
DCFS:
Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline
Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at
1-800-25-ABUSE
 (800-252-2873) 

Online Reporting:
 dcfsonlinereporting.dcfs.illinois.gov

If you believe the abuse or neglect you are reporting
requires immediate action, you must call the hotline.

Freedom House800-474-6031440 Elm Place
Princeton, IL 61356

Serves Bureau, Henry, Marshall, Putnam and Stark Counties

www.freedomhouseillinois.org

ICASAww.icasa.orgFind a Rape Crisis Center:
www.icasa.org/crisis-centers  
ICASA is a not-for-profit corporation of 30 community-based sexual assault crisis centers working together to end sexual violence. Centers provides 24-hour crisis intervention services, counseling and advocacy for victims of sexual assault and their significant others. Each center presents prevention education programs in Illinois schools and communities.
National Domestic Violence Hotline800-799-SAFE
(800-799-7233)
www.thehotline.org24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, the National Domestic Violence Hotline provides essential tools and support to help survivors of domestic violence so they can live their lives free of abuse.
Contacts to The Hotline can expect highly-trained, expert advocates to offer free, confidential, and compassionate support, crisis intervention information, education, and referral services in over 200 languages.
Office of Inspector General800-368-1463Investigates allegations of abuse, neglect, domestic abuse, neglect, or exploitation of adults with disabilities or mental illnesses 

Safe Journeys

815-220-75222823 Fourth Street
Peru, IL 13354
Hotline:
800-892-3375
815-672-2353510 N. Bloomington Street
Streator, IL 61364
815-434-96501718 N. 2525th Road
Ottawa, IL 61350

Assistive Technology

Illinois Assistive Technology217-522-79851020 South Spring Street
Springfield, IL 62704
IATP provides the following programs: Demonstrations, Device Loans, State Financing, AT Reutilization.  IATP also provides Information and Assistance, Training and Technical Assistance, as well as, collaborates with state agencies and disability organizations statewide to improve and expand policies and practices to include greater access to and funding for AT.
Illinois Assistive Technology Loan Program217-522-79851020 South Spring Street
Springfield, IL 62704
The Loan Program offers: Loans from $1001 to $30,000 to be used to purchase assistive technology. Home Modification Loans which are limited to a max of $5,000 to be used to make modifications to allow individuals to live more independently. Credit Builder Loans from $250 to $1,000 to be used to purchase assistive technology while improving credit history.
Mobility Workswww.mobilityworks.comNational chain of wheelchair accessible van providers – serving the disabled community with wheelchair accessible minivans, full-size vans with lifts and commercial fleet vehicles. Thousands of individuals and business clients each year are impacted by the products and services we provide.
Personal Mobility844-255-10102924 N Dirksen Pkwy
Springfield, IL 62702
Wheelchair, Stair Lifts, Residential Elevators, Ramp Vans and Lifts, Mobility Products, Driving Systems, Wheelchairs and scooters
Quad City Prosthetic Orthotic Centre 309-283-08804730 44th St
Rock Island, IL 61201
www.cpousa.com

Accessibility

The Access Board

The Access Board is an independent federal agency that promotes equality for people with disabilities through leadership in accessible design and the development of accessibility guidelines and standards.  

www.access-board.gov

ADA Great Lakes
Great Lakes ADA Center provides information, problem solving assistance and referrals for implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act ( ADA) and other related laws.

www.adagreatlakes.org/

Advocacy & Legal Assistance

Equip for Equality 

Equip for Equality engages in five major programs including the Legal Advocacy Program, the Training Institute on Disability Rights, the Public Policy Program, the Abuse Investigation Unit, the Special Education Clinic/Helpline. 

www.equipforequality.org/programs/

Prairie State Legal Services
Prairie State Legal Services offers free legal services for low-income persons and those over 60 who have serious civil legal problems and need legal help to solve them.

www.pslegal.org/

American Bar Association Center for Pro Bono
Links to information on free legal assistance with the SSI appeal process and other related civil matters.

www.abanet.org/legalservices/probono/home.html

Illinois Bar Association
Find the right lawyer for right purpose and legal information.

www.isba.org/public/illinoislawyerfinder

Peoria County Self-Help Center
The Peoria County Self-Help Center is a public service that provides legal information and resources to people who would like to represent themselves sin court. The Center is housed in the Peoria Courthouse Law Library.

peoria.illinoislegalaid.org

 

Adult Protective Services866-800-140924-Hour Illinois Hotline to report suspected abuse, exploitation, or neglect of an older person.
Attorney Matt Cohen

www.mattcohenandassociates.com

866-787-9270
155 N Michigan Ave #715
Chicago, IL

The law firm Matt Cohen & Associates, LLC maintains a general practice of law with an emphasis on special education and school-related issues, the legal problems of health care and human services providers and the legal needs of children and adults with substance dependency or mental, developmental and physical disabilities. Our services are provided through advocacy, informed and thoughtful consultation, representation in litigation and legislative efforts. The staff is committed to clients through advocacy work and continued education of the general public and concerned families.
Client Assistance Program

202-245-6769

The Client Assistance Program (CAP) was established to advise and inform clients, client applicants, and other individuals with disabilities of all the available services and benefits under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and of the services and benefits available to them under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Services include advising and informing individuals of their rights in direct connection with programs authorized under the Act, including advocacy services. CAP does not provide financial, housing or medical benefits directly to individuals with disabilities.
Crossroads Programs for Women

866-375-0828
3420 N Rochelle Ln
Peoria,IL

Your recovery is a top priority. With the support and advocacy from the substance abuse counselors that work with Alcohol Treatment Centers in Peoria, you are in the hands of the best recovery treatment facility available. You can receive the most effective treatment today, but you must be willing to commit yourself to recovery. Peoria Alcohol Treatment Centers, in conjunction with addiction facilities and advocacy services, are dedicated to supplying you with the best treatment, nurturing care, and positive environment for your substance abuse. Addiction is a disease that controls the spirit, body and mind. Through the help of experienced advisors, you will be able to confront the disease head-on, cure, it, and overcome it through evidence-based programs.
Epilepsy Foundation

www.epilepsyheartland.org

815-964-2689
321 W State Street #208
Rockford,IL

Epilepsy Foundation
Equip for Equality

www.equipforequality.org

800-537-2632
20 North Michigan Ave Suite 300
Chicago,IL

We are an independent agency and our primary goal is to protect the civil and human rights of people with disabilities. We accomplish this through five strategies: Self-advocacy assistance Legal services Public policy Monitoring Training We also receive funding to work on special projects that allow us to focus on specific needs in the disability community such as: Assistive technology The ADA in Illinois Social Security beneficiaries Traumatic brain injury Voting rights
IGAC: Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission

www.illinois.gov/sites/gac

1-866-274-8023
Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission
State of Illinois,IL

Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission protects the rights and promotes the welfare of persons with disabilities. A board of eleven Commissioners, who serve without compensation, govern the agency. The Commission is an executive state agency created to safeguard the rights of persons with disabilities. By providing legal representation, investigating complaints of rights violations, and providing state guardianship for Illinois’ population with disabilities, the Commission has given voice to those who have previously gone unheard.
Illinois Self-Advocacy Alliance, Inc. (The Alliance).

www.selfadvocacyalliance.org

1-866-274-8023
Illinois SelfAdvocacy Alliance, Inc. (The Alliance).
Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities,,IL

The Alliance is a statewide network of self-advocates, advocacy groups and allies in Illinois.
Marshall County Legal Self Help Center

309-246-2855
205 6th St
Lacon,IL

The Marshall County Legal Self-Help Center provides legal information to Marshall County residents about their legal rights and responsibilities, instructions on how to handle common legal problems, assistance with some legal documents and forms, and referrals to free and low-cost legal services. The Legal Self-Help Center does not provide legal advice to its patrons.
National Domestic Violence Hotline

www.thehotline.org

800-799-7233
PO Box 90249
Austin,Tx

24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, the National Domestic Violence Hotline provides essential tools and support to help survivors of domestic violence so they can live their lives free of abuse. 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, the National Domestic Violence Hotline provides essential tools and support to help survivors of domestic violence so they can live their lives free of abuse.
National Runaway Safeline

www.1800runaway.org

773-880-9860
3141B N Lincoln Ave
Chicago,IL

The mission of the National Runaway Safeline (NRS) is to keep America’s runaway, homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the streets. We envision an end to youth homelessness.
Prairie State Legal Service Ottawa Office

www.pslegal.org

(815) 434-5903
1021 Clinton St
Ottawa,IL

Prairie State Legal Services ensures equal access to justice and fair treatment under the law by providing legal advice and representation, advocacy, education, and outreach that serve to protect basic human needs and enforce or uphold rights. Prairie State envisions a community where all low-income, elderly and vulnerable people have ready access to legal services to meet their basic needs and where everyone knows, understands and can exercise their rights and be treated fairly in their pursuit of justice. Counties served: Bureau, LaSalle, Putnam
Prairie State Legal Service Peoria Office

www.pslegal.org

309-674-9831
411 Hamilton Blvd Suite 1812
Peoria,IL

Prairie State Legal Services ensures equal access to justice and fair treatment under the law by providing legal advice and representation, advocacy, education, and outreach that serve to protect basic human needs and enforce or uphold rights. Prairie State envisions a community where all low-income, elderly and vulnerable people have ready access to legal services to meet their basic needs and where everyone knows, understands and can exercise their rights and be treated fairly in their pursuit of justice.Counties served: Marshall, Stark Fulton, Peoria, Tazewell
Robbins DiMonte Attorneys at Law

www.robbinsdimonte.com

312-789-9000
180 North LaSalle St, Suite 3300
Chicago, IL

Services include Disability Rights, Elder Law & Medicaid Planning, Labor & Employment, Personal Injury & Medical Malpractice, Real Estate -Surety & Fidelity Law, Trusts & Estates
Rural Transit Assistance Center

www.iira.org

309-298-2141
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL

The Rural Transit Assistance Center’s (RTAC) mission is to promote the safe and effective delivery of public transportation in rural areas and fulfills its mission by providing the Rural Transit Assistance Program (RTAP) for the State of Illinois. RTAC provides training, technical assistance, and research to promote public and specialized transportation in rural areas. RTAC is also the clearinghouse for the Illinois Coordinating Committee on Transportation, created by Public Act 93-0185 to encourage the coordination of public and private transportation services.
Safe Journeys Peru

www.safejourneysillinois.org/

815-220-7522
2823 4th St
Peru, IL

OUR MISSION To empower survivors of domestic and sexual violence and work to end such violence in our communities. We offer: Support Line Safe Shelter Court and Medical Advocacy Supportive Counseling Case Management Education Programs Safe Journeys provides support to survivors regardless of their gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, immigration status, abilities, age, or background.
Safe Journeys Streator

www.safejourneysillinois.org/

815-672-2353
P.O. Box 593
Streator, IL

Safe Journeys empowers survivors of domestic and sexual violence and work to end such violence in our communities.
Services: Support Line Safe Shelter Court and Medical Advocacy Supportive Counseling Case Management Education Programs Safe Journeys provides support to survivors regardless of their gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, immigration status, abilities, age, or background.
The Arc of Illinois

815-464-1832
9980 190th Street Suite C
Mokena, IL

The Arc of Illinois advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, families and community organizations to ensure that people with disabilities can live, work, learn, and play in communities across the state. The Arc offers resources and information, supports families in their individual advocacy efforts and trains and educates people with disabilities, families and professionals among other things.
Veterans Crisis Line

www.veteranscrisisline.net

800-273-8255

Free, 24/7, confidential support is a call away. The Veterans Crisis Line can help even if you’re not enrolled in VA benefits or health care. If you’re a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one, call to reach caring, qualified VA responders 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Wilson Law Office

www.wilson-lawoffice.com

815-691-2604
3808 Progress Blvd, Suite A
Peru,IL

Attorney Mark M. Wilson has over 20 years experience focused on Social Security Disability, workers’ compensation, and civil litigation. 

Aging

Western Illinois Area on Aging
www.wiaaa.org/
WIAAA is a not-for-profit organization, dedicated to serving people 60 plus, helping them to remain in their own homes for as long as possible and to remain involved and active in their communities.

Alternatives for the Older Adult (serves Western Illinois)
www.alternativesforyou.org
Providing Senior Services to older adults and their family caregivers: Home care management, Advocacy, Eldercare, and Caregiver Support in Western Illinois

Independent Living Resource Locator
www.payingforseniorcare.com/
A searchable database of financial assistance resources that help pay for or reduce the cost of independent living, home modifications and assistive technology.

Children with Disabilities
Illinois Valley Transition Planning Committee
www.lease-sped.org/
(See Youth Services for more information)

Behavioral Health

Arukah Institute of Healing 815-872-2943 535 Elm Place, Suite 7, Princeton, IL 61356
Center for Youth & Family Services 309-323-6600 2610 W. Richwoods Blvd, Peoria, IL 61604 www.cyfsolutions.org
Changes Counseling Center 815-501-2088 OSF St Paul’s Mendota, IL 61342 www.changescounselingllc.com
Choices 815-434-4382 1207 Starfire Drive Ottawa, Illinois 61350 www.osfhealthcare.org/practices/37/865/behavioral-health-choices
Marshall County  Behavioral Health Task Force 309-647-1881 Crisis Line
North Central Behavioral Health Systems Focused on helping children, adults and families reach their full potential by offering a range of mental health and substance use using education, counseling, and many other types of specialty behavioral health services. Serving LaSalle, Bureau, Marshall, Putnam, and Stark Counties. NCBHS offers online services that can be provided anywhere in the State of Illinois. Accepts Insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, and self-pay
LaSalle Office (815) 224-1610 2960 Chartres St. LaSalle, IL 61301
Ottawa Office (815) 434-4727 727 East Etna Road Ottawa, IL 61350
Princeton Office (815) 875-4458 526 South Bureau Valley Parkway Princeton, IL 61356
Streator Office (815) 434-4727 111 Spring Street Streator, IL 61364
Toulon Office Stark County (309) 647-1881 Great River Health Care 120 E. Court Street Toulon, IL 61483
Lacon Office Marshall County (309) 647-1881 Marshall County Health Department 319 Sixth Street Lacon, IL 61540
Open Doors Community Counseling 815-875-4548 526 Bureau Valley Pkwy., Ste. B Princeton, IL 61356 511 School St. Henry, IL  61537 www.gateway-services.org/gateway-services-counseling-services
OSF Behavioral Health 815-434-4382 1207 Starfire Dr Ottawa, IL 61350 Anxiety & Depression Management, Behavioral/Mental Health, Medication Management, Mental Health Services
OSF Healthcare Behavioral Health Navigation Link 309-308-8150 Behavioral Health Navigators can assist in connecting to services for depression, anxiety, relationships, drug or alcohol use and problems with work or school
Youth Service Bureau 815-433-3953 424 W. Madison Ottawa, IL 61350 (815) 433-3953 www.ysbiv.org

Centers for Independent Living

The National Council on Independent Living NCIL 

The National Council on Independent Living is the longest-running national cross-disability, grassroots organization run by and for people with disabilities. Founded in 1982, NCIL represents thousands of organizations and individuals including

www.ncil.org

Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living

INCIL is the statewide association for Illinois’ 22 Centers for Independent Living (CILs). CILs are community-based, non-residential, non-profit organizations that are of, by and for persons with disabilities.

www.incil.org

Client Assistance Program

The Illinois Client Assistance Program (CAP), established as part of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, is a federally funded program designed to help persons with disabilities in understanding and using rehabilitation services.

www.dhs.state.il.us

Access Living (AL)312-640 2100 115 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60654
Achieving Independence and Mobility (AIM)630-469-23003130 Finley Road Suite 500
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Advocates for Access (AFA)309-682-35004450 N Prospect Rd Suite C8
Peoria Heights, IL 61616
Disability Resource Center (DRC)815-729-016277 N 129th Infantry Drive
Joliet, IL 60435
Illinois/Iowa CIL (IICIL)309-793-0090501 11th Street
Rock Island, IL 61201
Impact CIL 618-474-53332735 East Broadway
Alton, IL 62002
Jacksonville Area CIL (JACIL)217-245-837160 E.Central Park Plaza
Jacksonville, IL 62650
Lake County CIL (LCCIL)847-949-4440377 N. Seymour Avenue
Mundelein, IL 60060
Living Independence for Everyone (LIFE)815-844-1132 318 W Madison St
Pontiac, IL
309-663-54332201 Eastland Drive Ste 1
Bloomington, IL 61704
Living Independently Now Center of Southern Illinois (LINC)618-235-998815 Emerald Terrace Suite 200
Swansea, IL 62226
Northwestern Illinois CIL (NICIL)815-625-7860412 Locust St
 Sterling, IL 61081
Opportunities for Access CIL (OFA CIL)618-244-92124206 Williamson Place Suite 3
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
Options CIL815-936-010022 Heritage Drive Suite 107
Bourbonnais, IL 60914
Persons Assuming Control of their Environment (PACE)217-344-54331317 East Florida Road
Urbana, IL 61801
Progress CIL (PCIL)708-209-15007521 Madison St
Forest Park, IL 60130
Regional Access and Mobilization Project (RAMP)815-968-7467202 Market St
Rockford, IL 60117
Southern Illinois CIL (SICIL)217-876-88882135 W Ramanda Ln
Carbondale, IL 62901
Soyland Access for Independence (SAIL)217-876-88882449 Federal Drive
Decatur, IL 62526
Springfield CIL (SCIL)217-523-2587330 South Grand Ave West
Springfield, IL 62704
Stone-Hayes CIL309-344-130639 North Prairie St.
Galesburg, IL 61401
West Central Illinois CIL (WCICIL)217-223-0400639 York St. Suite 204
Quincy, IL 62301

Community Resources

Tri-County Opportunities Council

The Tri-County Opportunities Council (TCOC), Community Action Agency, was organized and incorporated in 1965 by a group of interested citizens from Lee, Ogle, and Whiteside counties for the purposes of investigating the frequency, location, character and cause of poverty; and coordinating efforts to prevent, alleviate and eliminate poverty through the cooperation of public agencies, private organizations, business, industry, and interested individuals.

PROGRAMS: -Community Services Block Grant -Foster Grandparents -Early Head Start -Head Start -Head Start Health -Housing -LIHEAP -Scholarships -Weatherization.

www.tcochelps.org

815-224-0028
308 N 30th Rd
LaSalle,IL

Horizon House
Horizon House provides a variety of services to adults with disabilities. Serving North Central Illinois, Horizon House has two administrative facilities in Peru, Illinois, and 10 small homes in LaSalle and eastern Bureau counties. Horizon House provides a variety of residential and day services ranging from full 24-hour residential support, to intermittent in-home and employment supports, as well as day services.

www.horizonhouseperu.org

815-223-4488
2000 Plank Road
Peru, IL

Streator Unlimited 

Streator Unlimited, Inc. is committed to enriching the lives of adults with disabilities by teaching skills that will enable them to reach their fullest potential, live as independently as possible, and become integrated into the community. Streator Unlimited provides employment services, self-direction assistance, day and residential services for adults with disabilities. 

www.streatorunlimited.org/

HALC: Housing Authority of LaSalle County

With a large portfolio of properties, including apartments, row houses, duplexes, townhouses, cottages and individual homes, the Housing Authority is able to accommodate the housing needs of a wide range of individuals and families.

Monday-Friday 8:00am – 12:00pm & 1:00pm – 4:00pm Site Offices are open until 4:30pm

815-434-0380

www.halc.org

Alternatives for Older Adults

alternativesforyou.org

800-798-0988
809 21st ST
Peru, IL

Alternatives for the Older Adults promotes the independence and quality of life of older adults and their families. Our Services: Care Coordination, Adult Protective Services, Ombudsman, Caregiver Support, Money Management, Bridges House Check
Arthritis Foundation of Illinois Valley

www.arthritis.org

815-224-2799
1301 Peoria St
Peru, IL

Arthritis Foundation Illinois Valley Chapter
Bridges Community Center

www.bridges.alternativesforyou.org

815-431-8034
221 W. Etna Road – Suite 9
Ottawa, IL

Peru and the lower 27 townships of LaSalle County, IL. Bridges is a senior community center that offers information, education, recreation programs and support for older adults, adults with disabilities and caregivers. It is funded in part by the United Way of Eastern LaSalle County and United Way of Illinois Valley. Mission Promote personal and improve the self image of older people Respond to the individuals needs and interests Respond to individual difference such as lifestyle, ethnicity, values, experiences, needs, interests, abilities, skills, age and health status.
Bureau County United Way

www.unitedwaybc.org

(815) 875-2631 EXT 1006
PO Box 73
Princeton, IL

United Way envisions a world where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, income stability and healthy lives.
Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging

www.eciaaa.org

309-674-2071
700 Hamilton Bvd
Peoria, IL

As provided by Central Illinois Agency on Aging, Inc.’s Board, Council, and Staff believe in the independence and dignity of persons, and that each person should, to the extent possible, be empowered to exert control over her or his own life. The Agency believes that all persons should have access to needed services of quality, but targets funding for services for older persons with the greatest economic and social needs. The efforts of the Agency are based on the needs and priorities of older persons, caregivers, and persons with disabilities as identified by them.
Central Illinois Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired

www.cicbvi.org

309-637-3693
2905 W Garden St
Peoria, IL

We imagine a future where people who are blind or visually impaired have equal opportunities to engage independently in our great Central Illinois community. The Central Illinois Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired provides programs and services meeting the emotional, educational, social, and cultural needs of those we serve.
Freedom House

www.freedomhouseillinois.org

815-872-7043
440 Elm Place
Princeton, IL

Freedom House provides compassionate, confidential, free services to victims and their dependents of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as awareness and prevention education in our community. Secure 32-bed shelter, staffed 24/7/365. Freedom House serves the residents of Bureau, Henry, Marshall, Putnam, and Stark Counties and is supported by government and corporate grants, and donations from our community.
Friendship House

www.friendshiphouseillinois.org

815-434-0737
1718 North 2525 Road
Ottawa, IL

Our mission at Friendship House is to improve the quality of life for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our Vision To be the premier trusted provider of services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, where every person has the opportunity to reach his or her fullest potential.
Gateway Services, Inc.

www.gateway-services.org

815-875-4548
PO Box 535
Princeton, IL

Gateway Services is a non-profit organization that provides services to adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. They aim to provide support tailored to individuals’ choices in order for them to live the lives they dream of. To that end, we will: ​Ensure that all individuals are healthy and safe. Support individuals to have real relationships with family and friends. Assist individuals to have a paying job if they want to work. Encourage individuals to make decisions about their lives. Facilitate opportunities for individuals to contribute to their community.
Gateway Services, Inc. Henry

www.gateway-services.org

309-364-2500
511 School St
Henry,IL

Gateway Services is a non-profit organization that provides services to adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. They aim to provide support tailored to individuals’ choices in order for them to live the lives they dream of. To that end, we will: ​Ensure that all individuals are healthy and safe. Support individuals to have real relationships with family and friends. Assist individuals to have a paying job if they want to work. Encourage individuals to make decisions about their lives. Facilitate opportunities for individuals to contribute to their community.
Heart of Illinois United Way

www.hoiunitedway.org

309-674-5181
509 West High Street
Peoria, IL

Heart of Illinois United Way brings together people from business, labor, government, health and human services to address our community’s needs. Money raised through the Heart of Illinois United Way campaign stays in our community funding programs and services in Marshall, Peoria, Putnam, Stark, Tazewell and Woodford Counties.
Horizon House

www.horizonhouseperu.org

815-223-4488
2000 Plank Road
Peru, IL

Horizon House provides a variety of services to adults with disabilities. Serving North Central Illinois, Horizon House has two administrative facilities in Peru, Illinois, and 10 small homes in LaSalle and eastern Bureau counties. Horizon House provides a variety of residential and day services ranging from full 24-hour residential support, to intermittent in-home and employment supports, as well as day services.
Horizon Industries

www.horizonhouseperu.org

815-223-2515
4140 Progress Blvd.
Peru,IL

Horizon Industries meets the employment needs of individuals with disabilities and support them to locate, obtain and retain community employment as a contractor for the State of Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Rehabilitation Services. They also work with businesses to screen and match job seekers to meet local workforce needs.
Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assult

www.icasa.org

217-753-4117
100 North 16th St
Springfield,IL

ICASA is a not-for-profit corporation of 30 community-based sexual assault crisis centers working together to end sexual violence. Each center provides 24-hour crisis intervention services, counseling and advocacy for victims of sexual assault and their significant others. Each center presents prevention education programs in Illinois schools and communities.
Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development

815-223-0227
1320 Peoria St
Peru,IL

Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development
Lily Pads Resale Boutique

815-224-7970
4471 Progress Blvd
Peru,IL

Donated items are either sold to earn revenue to support IV PADS, or donations are given directly to homeless clients
Lily Pads Too

815-313-5776
411 East Stevenson Road
Ottawa,IL

Donated items are either sold to earn revenue to support IV PADS, or donations are given directly to homeless clients
Lutheran Social Services of Illinois

www.lssi.org

847-635-4600
1001 E Touhy Ave #50
Des Plaines,IL

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) is a nonprofit social service organization of the three Illinois synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). LSSI is one of the largest statewide social service providers. The organization provides critical programs for over 50,000 Illinois residents each year, including foster care, mental health services, alcohol and drug treatment, affordable senior housing, residential programs for people with developmental disabilities, and services that help families who have been impacted by incarceration.
Mendota Area Chamber of Commerce

www.mendotachamber.com

815-539-6507
800 Washington St
Mendota,IL

Mendota Area Chamber of Commerce 
Nightengale’s Thrift Shop

815-539-6100
708 Jefferson St
Mendota,IL

Nightengale’s Thrift Shop is a non-profit store that supports the Trinity Healthcare Clinic of Mendota. We rely solely on volunteers and the support of the local community.
Northwest Central Illinois works (NCI Works)

www.nciworks.org

815-433-4550
1550 First Ave
Ottawa,IL

NCI Works is responsible for planning and coordinating the communities’ resources into a workforce development system. Established under the guidance of the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 this local workforce board’s goal is to provide leadership for a world-class workforce system.
Ottawa Area United Way

www.unitedway.org

815-434-4003
601 State St
Ottawa,IL

United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good.
Ottawa PADS Shelter

815-433-1292
1120 Canal St
Ottawa,IL

Homeless Shelter
Perfectly Flawed Foundation

www.perfectlyflawed.org

815-830-8675
240 First St
LaSalle,IL

The Perfectly Flawed Foundation is a grassroots 501(c)3 community-based harm reduction and recovery community organization that provides services and support to individuals and families in North Central Illinois related to substance use, mental health, and addiction. The Perfectly Flawed Foundation was founded and is led by a former injection drug user to reduce stigma and shift the way we view and treat people who use drugs or have struggled with mental health or addiction.
Peru PADS Shelter

www.ivpads.com

815-224-3047
1320 Menards Dr.
Peru,IL

Homeless shelter
Peru Rotary Club

(815) 252-3829
1402 Peoria St
Peru,IL

Peru Rotary Club in Peru, IL meets at 11:45AM every Friday….we are currently meeting at Lou’s LaGrotto in Peru (3001 5th Street in Peru)
Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce

www.princetonchamber-il.com

815-875-2616
435 S Main Street
Princeton,IL

The Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to promote the viability, continued growth, and quality of life in the Princeton area through economic development, historic preservation, and tourism.
Princeton Rotary Club

(815) 875-4444
606 S Main Princeton
Princeton,IL

Rotary provides service to others, promotes integrity, and advances world understanding, goodwill, and peace through fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.
Servant’s Heart

www.ashottawa.org

815-434-3470
610 W Jefferson St
Ottawa,IL

A Servant’s Heart ministry was formed to provide crisis intervention to the homeless and needy of LaSalle County, with the guidance of our Lord Jesus Christ, to merge appropriate individuals and organizations to fill resource needs. The main office assists in finding housing, provides payments for deposits and rent, payments for utilities, and provides clothes, furniture, and other household items as needed, in addition to meeting any number of other individual needs.
Streator Area United Way

www.streatorunitedway.org/

815-672-6721
122 N Bloomington Street
Streator,IL

Donations support: -Alternatives for the Older Adult -ADV/SAS -CASA Court Appointed Special Advocate -The Center for Youth and Family Solution -Girl Scouts of Central Illinois -Red Cross -Salvation Army -Streator Child Development Center -Streator Family Y -Streator Unlimited -Youth Service Bureau of Illinois Valley -Illinois Brain Injury Clubhouse
Streator Chamber of Commerce

www.streatorchamber.com

815-672-2921
PO Box 360
Streator,IL

Our Mission is to lead business and community initiatives to build a robust economy. Our Vision is to create a vibrant Streator business community. Our Values include collaboration, innovation, and respect.
Streator Lions Club

www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/streator/

815-674-5916
PO Box 243
Streator,IL

Lions Club’s objective is to create and foster a spirit of understanding among the people of the world. To Promote the principles of good government and good citizenship.  Assistive Devices are Available to borrow.
Tri-County Opportunities Council

www.tcochelps.org

815-224-0028
308 N 30th Rd
LaSalle,IL

The Tri-County Opportunities Council (TCOC), Community Action Agency, was organized and incorporated in 1965 by a group of interested citizens from Lee, Ogle and Whiteside counties for the purposes of investigating the frequency, location, character and cause of poverty; and coordinating efforts to prevent, alleviate and eliminate poverty through the cooperation of public agencies, private organizations, business, industry and interested individuals. PROGRAMS: -Community Services Block Grant -Foster Grandparents -Early Head Start -Head Start -Head Start Health -Housing -LIHEAP -Scholarships -Weatherization
Tri-County Opportunities Council – Princeton

www.tcochelps.org

815-875-6064
1019 N Main St
Princeton,IL

 
United Way of Eastern LaSalle County

www.unitedwayelc.org

815-434-4003
601 State St
Ottawa,IL

United Way of Eastern LaSalle County is a recognized leader in helping solve community problems. As a volunteer-led organization, UWELC is dedicated to helping Eastern LaSalle County’s most vulnerable citizens become and remain self-sufficient. UWELC partners with a network of the most effective health and human service non-profits serving Dayton, Grand Ridge, Harding, Leland, Marseilles, Naplate, Norway, Ottawa, Seneca, Serena, Sheridan, and Wedron. By uniting service organizations, individuals, businesses, and government, United Way of Eastern LaSalle County addresses our community’s most pressing needs. United Way is governed by a local Board of experienced Volunteers and day to day operations are carried out by a modest staff of two. Programs: Labor of Love School Tools United Way 211 Bornlearning Imagination Library Familywize EFSP
United Way of Illinois Valley, Inc.

www.unitedwayiv.org

815-223-8339
2220 Marquette Road Ste. 102
Peru,IL

Our Programs United Way of the Illinois Valley supports 13 local non-profit groups through monetary donations.
Wenona Rotary

309-212-5600
205 S Walnut St
Wenona,IL

The Wenona Rotary Club is a service organization that does projects for the good of the community and for the improvement of world conditions. 
Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging

www.wiaaa.org

309-793-6800
729 34th Avenue
Rock Island,IL

WIAA’s mission is to empower and support older adults, adults with disabilities, and their caregivers by providing quality services, resources, and opportunities to maintain independence and elevate the quality of life. 
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Disability Rights and Information Centers

The Arc of Illinois 

The Arc of Illinois also provides updates on a daily basis on all issues involving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In addition to this, The Arc of Illinois has many different programs that are there to provide high-quality resources to help each family member, advocate, and professional with their questions. The Arc of Illinois is committed to empowering persons with disabilities to achieve full participation in community life through informed choices.

PUNS Pathway is an excellent Arc of Illinois Fact Sheet

www.thearcofil.org 

Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission IGAC 

Created in 1979, the Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission protects the rights and promotes the welfare of persons with disabilities. Supported Decision Making, guardianship, legal advocacy, human rights authority, and services for people with ID/DD. 

www.illinois.gov/sites/gac/Pages/

PACER Center 

PACER has websites for its National Parent Center on Transition and Employment project, as well as its National Bullying Prevention Center. Through more than 30 projects, PACER provides individual assistance, workshops, publications, and other resources to help families make decisions about education and other services for their child or young adult with disabilities. PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center® provides resources designed to benefit all students, including those with disabilities. 

www.pacer.org

Family Matters 

Parent Center and Information Centers provide information, referrals, training, and advocacy services to families and educators of children with disabilities. 

www.fmptic.org

IATP

Illinois Assistive Technology Program provides Illinoisans of all ages with disabilities and health conditions greater access to assistive technology (AT) devices and services so that they may enhance their independence and participation in all aspects of life. IATP offers numerous assistive technology programs and services to learn about and try AT devices, financial loans to purchase AT, training, technical assistance, and a variety of contracted services including professional AT evaluations.

www.iltech.org/about/about-us/

General Resources for Individuals with Disabilities
www.disabilityresource.org

National Organization on Disability
The mission of the National Organization on Disability (NOD) is to expand the participation and contribution of America ’s 54 million men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life.

www.nod.org

Directory of Illinois Websites for People with Disabilities, Family Members, Service Providers, and Professionals
www.equipforequality.org/resourcecenter/illinoiswebsites.php

Division of Specialized Care for Children Resources Link
www.uic.edu/hsc/dscc/index.htm 

Spinal Cord Injury – Paraquad
www.paraquad.org

Education

BMP TriCounty Special Education

www.bmpspeced.org

815-646-8031
400 N Galena St.
Tiskilwa, IL

The Bureau-Marshall-Putnam Special Education Cooperative is a service organization whose primary functions are to plan, advise, recommend and provide special education and related services to students (age 3-21) who have special needs in member districts and to assist district personnel with all such programs and services.  Serving Dalzell Depue Henry Kasbeer La Moille Ladd Leepertown Township Malden Manlius Marshall/Mid-County Ohio Princeton Putnam Spring Valley/Hall Township Tiskilwa Van Orin Walnut Western/Sheffield/Buda Wyanet 
Caring Hands Day Care & Midwest Center Christian Academy

www.childcarecenter.us

815-224-4077
599 Canaan Dr
LaSalle, IL

Caring Hands Day Care Center provides childcare for children ages 6 weeks through 5 years old and before and after school care. 
Champaign County Regional Planning Commission

www.ccrpc.org

217.888.0257
1776 E. Washington,
Urbana, IL

The Champaign County Regional Planning Commission is an intergovernmental membership organization that provides a variety of programming in the areas of regional, environmental and transportation planning; economic, community, and workforce development; social services; early childhood education; and technical assistance in East Central Illinois. PUNS list contact is Vaugn Wilson for Bureau, LaSalle, Livingston, Marshall, and Putnam Counties
Family Resource Center on Disabilities

www.frcd.org

312-939-3513
11 East Adams St., Suite 1002
Chicago, IL

Chicago’s Metropolitan Area Parent Training and Information Center! FRCD is here to help you: 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) Obtain appropriate services for your child Communicate more effectively with school professionals Come together with other parents who share your concerns and desires to make a difference Learn more about Early Intervention and transition services Effect positive change in your child’s school. Learn about what he or she needs to lead a productive and independent adult life
Henry/Stark Counties Special Education

www.hscsed.org

309-852-5696
PO BOX 597
Kewanee, IL

Henry-Stark Counties Special Education District is a joint special education cooperative consisting of 8 member districts in the Illinois Counties of Henry, Stark, and Bureau. The purpose of Henry-Stark Counties Special Education District #801 is to provide student educational opportunities by increasing cooperation and coordination among the member districts. Special programs include services to children from age three to age twenty-one with varying types of disabilities. Services for special needs students are provided in local district programs, inter-district programs, and regional programs. The Henry-Stark Counties Special Education District provides a variety of instructional, therapeutic, and diagnostic services to eligible students within the member districts.
IL Regional Office of Education

www.isbe.net/roe

217-782-4321
100 N 1ST ST
Springfield, IL

Each and every child is equipped to make meaningful contributions to society and live life to its fullest potential. Provide each and every child with safe and healthy learning conditions, great educators, and equitable opportunities by practicing data-informed stewardship of resources and policy development, all done in partnership with educators, families, and stakeholders.
IVCC Center for Accessibility & Neurodiversity

www.ivcc.edu/can/index.php

815-224-0284
815 N Orlando Smith Rd Room C210-211
Oglesby, IL

Services and Support Offered: Accommodations Coaching Study Skills Support
L.E.A.S.E.

www.lease-sped.org

815-433-6433
1009 Boyce Memorial Drive
Ottawa, IL

LaSalle/Putnam Educational Alliance for Special Education “The Mission of L.E.A.S.E. is to promote quality educational programming for the benefit of students with disabilities by providing support services to all schools in LaSalle and Putnam Counties.”
Lighted Way

www.lway1.org

815-224-1345
941 6th Street
LaSalle, IL

It is the mission of Lighted Way to value each child as an individual, capable of personal growth and development in reaching his/ her highest potential cognitively, emotionally, physically, and socially. Lighted Way strives to improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities. Quality of life is improved by empowering students to make choices, thereby giving them some control over their environment. Lighted Way strives to integrate students into their community and to help students form social relationships. All students are treated with dignity, regardless of their ability level.
Sign language interpreters inc.

www.slii.us

630-239-2388
960 McDole Dr,
Sugar Grove, IL

Our mission It is our mission to provide intent, focused, and specific support to educational institutions and non-profit organizations in Illinois. We offer sign language interpreter referral services, training, and mentoring programs.
Streator Unlimited

www.streatorunlimited.org/

815-673-5574
305 North Sterling Street
Streator, IL

Our Mission Streator Unlimited, Inc. is committed to enriching the lives of adults with disabilities by teaching skills that will enable them to reach their fullest potential, live as independently as possible, and become integrated into the community. SUCCESS is a service to both businesses and people with disabilities. True success arises from familiarity. We get to know the people we serve thoroughly–their skills, talents, interests, and ideal working conditions. We get to know businesses well by spending time in the environment. Then we match them up together in a way that is beneficial for both the person and the business.
TCOC Head Start

www.tcochelps.org/head-start/

815-322-7537 Ext 123/134/135
3691 Cougar Drive
Peru, IL

The Tri-County Opportunities Council (TCOC) Head Start Program serves 517 children and their families in the nine Illinois Counties of Bureau, Carroll, LaSalle, Lee, Marshall, Ogle, Putnam, Stark, and Whiteside. The Head Start Program is a comprehensive child and family development program for preschool-aged children with a diagnosed disability and/or from families experiencing low income. The program goal is to work in partnership with parents to promote self-esteem, self-confidence, and school readiness for children. Components included within the comprehensive programming are educational services, medical health, dental health, and mental health services, nutritional services, services to children with disabilities or special needs; family education and development services; social services support and referrals; transportation. variety of programming options is available to meet the needs of the children and families served.
The Chicago Lighthouse

www.chicagolighthouse.org/

312-666-1331
1850 W Roosevelt Rd
Chicago, IL

The Chicago Lighthouse is a world-renowned social service organization serving the blind, visually impaired, disabled and Veteran communities. Recognized as a pioneer in innovation since 1906, The Chicago Lighthouse provides vision rehabilitation services, education, employment opportunities and assistive technology for people of all ages. The Chicago Lighthouse provides education, employment, independent-living, and specialized services for people who are blind, visually impaired, disabled and Veterans throughout Chicagoland.
U of I Extension Marshall-Putnam Office

www.extension.illinois.edu

309-364-2356
509 Front St Suite 4
Henry, IL

As part of the Land Grant system, the University of Illinois was established not only to provide world class education and pioneer research and discovery, but to put learning and discovery into practice, to benefit the health and wellbeing of residents and communities in every part of Illinois. Extension is the university’s statewide network of educators, faculty experts, and staff dedicated to that mission. We believe in Illinois: its people, its diverse neighborhoods and communities, and our shared future. We believe that health and wellness are the foundation for individuals, families, and communities reaching their full potential. We believe in and promote a culture of service as fundamental to strong and healthy families, neighborhoods, and state. We believe that the long term sustainability of the environment and agricultural productivity requires stewardship and care. We believe in and respect youth’s potential to change the world, and work to support nurturing communities and opportunities to learn and grow.
U of I Extension Oglesby Office815-224-0889
815 North Orlando Smith Road Room C223
Oglesby, IL
 
U of I Extension Ottawa Office815-433-0707
1689 North 31st Road Suite 2
Ottawa, IL
 
Woodford County Special Education Association

www.wcsea.us

309-367-4901
205 South Englewood Drive
Metamora, IL

Woodford County Special Education Association, WCSEA, is a joint agreement that provides a full continuum of special education services to eight school districts in Woodford County, Illinois. We offer an array of coordinated special education programs and services to students from the age of three to twenty-one. WCSEA has a rich tradition of providing high quality educational services that are innovative and researched-based. We are extremely proud of our highly qualified faculty, staff and Executive Board members who are dedicated to ensure all students with disabilities receive prompt and appropriate responses to their educational needs. ​WCSEA employs 95 full-time and many part-time education-related professionals, including teachers, school psychologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists and aides. Part-time and full-time, as well as substitute positions, are available.

 

Family Matters Parent Training and Information Center logo

Family Matters provides information and training for parents including recorded webinars, printable resources, training, telephone and email consultations, as well as, referrals regarding individual issues. 

Upcoming

Recordings

Equip for Equality logoEquip for Equality is an independent agency with the primary goal of protecting the civil and human rights of people with disabilities. EFE accomplishes this through five strategies: Self-advocacy assistance, Legal services, Public policy, Monitoring, & Training. 

Special Education

 

 

The Arc of Illinois Logo

The ARC of Illinois advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, families and community organizations to ensure that people with disabilities can live, work, learn, and play in communities across the state.

Upcoming

Resources

 

Reading Rockets Logo

Reading Rockets  is a national multimedia project that offers a wealth of research-based reading strategies, lessons, and activities designed to help young children learn how to read and to read better

 

 

Illinois State Board of Education

The Illinois State Board of Education partners with school districts to provide programs and services for students with specialized educational needs.

Parent Guide

Matt Cohen & Associates

 

Matt Cohen & Associates provides legal services with an emphasis on special education and school-related issues. 

Resources

Services

 

A Day in Our Shoes

Don’t IEP Alone! Lisa at A Day in Our Shoes has spent over a decade as a Special Education Advocate and attended hundreds of IEP meetings and countless conferences and workshops. The site provides advice, templates, podcast, and more. 

 

Understood.org

Understood.org mission is to help those who learn and think differently, discover their potential, take control, find community, and stay on positive paths along each stage of life’s journey. Find information on parent advocacy and specific disabilities online or on their community app. 

Website

ADDitude

ADDitude Magazine focuses on the challenges of ADHD, ADDitude collaborates closely with leading medical experts to publish accurate, clear, and authoritative content that millions of readers trust and share.

Website

 

Youth and Family Services

Specializd Care for Children: UICUIC Division of Specialized Care For Children DSCC provides families with care coordination, medical advocacy, transition support, and financial support. Resources & information.

Services

Summer Camps List

 

UIC Resource Center for Autism and Developmental Disability  

Cultivate Behavioral Health and Education with a location in Peru, IL provides behavioral therapy, parent training and support groups, and social groups. 

Easterseals Illinois provides many services, some of them include diagnosis, autism services, training, respite care, and support for families with The Autism Collective

Erickson Institute312-755-2250451 N LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Educates, inspires and promotes leadership to serve the needs of children and families so all can achieve optimal education, social, emotional and physical wellbeing 
Family Matters
Parent Training & Information Center
866-436-78421901 S. 4th St., Ste. 209
Effingham, IL 62401
State wide network for parents of children with disabilities 
www.fmptic.org
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services815-433-43715415 1550 1st Ave
Ottawa, IL 61350
www2.illinois.gov/dcfs
Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago – Pediatric Medicine312-227-4000225 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
Professional Services
Children’s Psychiatry, Counseling and Evaluation
National Runaway Safeline773-880-98603141 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
Toll free Hotline 800-786-2929
SAL Child Care Connection309-686-37503425 N Dries Ln
Peoria, IL 61604
Child Care Assistance and Training
Cultivate815-200-67514401 Progress Blvd,
Peru, IL 61354
Behavioral Interventions, ABA Therapy
Formerly IV Autism Center
www.cbitherapy.com
The Center for Youth and Family Solutions815-223-4007815 2nd St
LaSalle, IL 61301
Not-for-profit Social Service Agency
Youth Service Bureau  815-223-415112 Gunia Dr #3
LaSalle, IL 61301
Counseling and Family Support
815-433-3953424 West Madison St
Ottawa, IL 61350
815-872-21191702 1/2 W Peru St
Princeton, IL 61356

Bullying 

What to do if your child is being bullied: 

Document and report the issue. Do not wait to notify the school. You can use the Template Letter from Pacer.org. Be aware of the federal and state law on bullying. Review the school and district policies on bullying. Your school may have a bullying hotline or designated liaison. Not sure of the policy? Ask your administrator or school social worker.

Notifying the School About Bullying — Using a Template Letter

National Bullying Prevention Center: “What You Can Do” resource kit from The PACER Center
PACER also offers the Kids Against Bullying and Teens Against Bullying websites. 

Kids Against Bullying

Teens Against Bullying

StopBullying.gov  Provides resources and data for pevention: Learn how to identify bullying and stand up to it safely

Visit Bullying Resource Center at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Find videos, resources, and much more.

Cyberbullying Research Center
Information about the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of cyberbullying among adolescents. 

Stop bullying now! concentrates on presenting research-based strategies to reduce bullying in our schools.

DoSomething: Bullying includes articles, games on the phone, campaigns, and videos featuring young people themselves speaking out.

Employment Sevices

Illinois Department of Human Services: Vocational Rehabilitation

The Illinois Department of Human Services has many services for people with disabilities. 

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a federal-state program that helps people who have disabilities get or keep a job. VR is committed to helping people with disabilities find meaningful careers.

Vocational Rehabilitation Services: Vocational Rehabilitation Video

www.dhs.state.il.us

Horizon House Employment Services 

Horizon House works to meet the employment needs of individuals with disabilities and supports them to locate, obtain and retain community employment as a contractor for the State of Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Rehabilitation Services.  

www.horizonhouseperu.org

Business Employment Skills Team BEST

A partner with NCI Works, BEST provides services to help businesses thrive in today’s complex, competitive, and ever-changing economy. See how we can help you!

https://www.best-inc.org/

Streator Unlimited

Begun in 1965 by a group of community leaders and family members, Streator Unlimited has grown to offer vocational training and residential services in six locations within the Streator Area. 

www.streatorunlimited.org

Illinois Worknet

Disability Works helps people with disabilities to achieve their training and employment skills. 

www.illinoisworknet.com

Abilitilinks

Abilitilinks is a website for jobseekers with disabilities. 

www.abilitylinks.org

US Department of Labor and the Job Accommodation Network 

Find information on the Americans with Disabilities Act, employee rights, and accommodations.

www.askjan.org

Energy Assistance Programs

Ameren Illinois Fresh Start800-755-5000www.ameren.com/account/customer-service/covid-19If income eligible, may be able to receive financial assistance that will be applied directly to account. Amounts vary based on household income level, electric and/or gas service and amount owed. The Fresh Start Program is scheduled through May 31, 2021 or until funding is exhausted.
LIHEAP877-411-9276www.acf.hhs.gov/ocs/programs/liheapState of IL Program –  Eligibility is based on household sixe and past 30 days household income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level
Residential: Ameren Illinois Hardship Grants800-755-5000Ameren Illinois Hardship Grants for families who are experiencing financial hardship due to job loss, illness, disability or senior citizen. Eligibility is based on household size and past 30 days household income between 0%-200% the federal poverty level. This program is administered by the local community action agencies, often the same agencies that administers the LIHEAP Program. Completed application, proof of income and copy of most recent energy bill. Applications are accepted until funds are exhausted.
Residential: Ameren Illinois Military Support Grants800-755-5000www.ameren.com/illinois/account/customer-service/payment-options/payment-assistance/militaryThe Ameren Illinois Military Suppport Program provides energy grants up to $150 per household per year to help pay electric bills for qualifying active members of the military and disabled veterans.
Warm Neighbors Cool Friends (WNCF)Bureau LaSalle Township Office 815-223-0807www.ameren.com/illinois/company/community/warm-neighbors-cool-friendsEnergy assistance program designed to help moderate income seniors and families who have temporarily experienced a hardship and yet may not meet the guidelines of goverment programs. Eligibility is based on household income between 200% – 350% the federal poverty level. WNCF works with a statewide network of social service agencies, church groups and community organizations to determine applicant eligibility at the local level. Completed application along with proof of income and a copy of most recent energy bill. 

 

Nutrition

Body and Soul Food Ministry
(Victory Baptist Church) 
815-539-9081505 W 7th Ave
Mendota, IL 61342
Open every 1st and 3rd WED of the month from 5-7 pm
Bureau County DHS Community Resource Center Food Stamp Office815-875-1134225 Backbone Road East
Princeton, IL 61356
 
Bureau County Food Pantry815-875-60641019 North Main St
Princeton, IL 61356
 
Community Food Basket815-431-0155519 WMadison St
Ottawa, IL 61350
LaSalle County 
First Baptist Church Amboy Pantry815-857-268224 N Mason
Amboy, IL 61310
 
Five loaves and Two Fish815-786-4822235 E Lundy Lane
Leland, IL 60531
LaSalle County 
Grace Community Church Food Pantry815-672-77001634 N Illinois Rte 23
treator, IL 61364
 
Illinois Valley Food Pantry815-224-3658122 Wright St
LaSalle, IL 61301
LaSalle County 
Koinonia Food Pantry309-238-1246405 N Washington St
Lacon, IL 61540
Marshall County
Mendota Area
Christian Pantry
815-538-2211918 Main St
Mendota, IL 61342
Earlville, LaMoille, Mendota, Meridan, Sublette, Troy Grove, Triumph
MSW Projects309-364-22871013 Western Ave
PO Box 140
Henry, IL 61537
Marshall, Stark and Woodford County Senior Citizen Nutrition(Meals on Wheels) and Marshall and Stark Senior Public Transportation 
Project Success/Hall Township 815-663-2085500 North Terry St
Spring Valley, IL 61362
Serves residents of Arlington, Bureau, Cherry, Ladd, Dalzell, Depue, Hollowayville, Seatonville and Ladd
Putnam County 815-339-2305103 N Church
PO Box 96
Granville, IL 61326
Located in the basement of United Church of Christ
Streatorland Community 815-673-3688210 N Wasson Street
Streator, IL 61364
LaSalle County 

Government

Illinois Department of Human Services
www.dhs.state.il.us
DHS can help you and your families meet your basic needs. They offer a range of services to help you become healthy and self-sufficient.

Illinois General Assembly & State Legislation
www.ilga.gov

Congress
rs9.loc.gov/home/thomas.html

Office of Disability Rights Bureau- Attorney General’s Office
www.ag.state.il.us/rights/disabilityrights.html
People with disabilities are entitled, as a matter of law, to fair and equal opportunities in all aspects of life. The Disability Rights Bureau enforces State and Federal laws that protect the rights of people with disabilities to equal access to buildings, housing, and services. The Bureau resolves accessibility and discrimination violations impacting the people of the state of Illinois through negotiation and litigation.

Healthcare Bureau of the Attorney General’s Office
www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/consumers/healthcare.html
As the business of medicine has become more complex, consumers have experienced more confusion and difficulty obtaining the care and benefits to which they are entitled. To assist the consumers of Illinois with these problems the Attorney General opened the Health Care Bureau in October 1998. Since then our staff has helped to clear up more than 8,000 complaints relating to health care issues.

Illinois Attorney General’s Office 
www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/index.html
Offers many services and advice to Illinois citizens including information and safety tips on identity theft, consumer fraud, protecting women and citizens with disabilities and seniors, crime victims, etc.

Illinois Department of Human Rights
www.state.il.us/dhr/
The Department of Human Rights administers the Illinois Human Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status (with regard to employment), familial status (with regard to real estate transactions), age, marital status, physical or mental disability, military status, unfavorable military discharge, and sexual orientation.

United States Department of Justice
www.usdoj.gov/
Mission: To enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic; to provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

Bureau County Department of Human Services(815) 875-1134www.dhs.state.il.usPrincetonIL
Bureau of Blind Services800-843-6154 SpringfieldIL
Bureau/Putnam Co. Crime Stoppers800-939-6929www.bureauputnamcountycrimestoppers.org/PrincetonIL
Department of Rehab Services815-224-1314www.illinois.govLaSalleIL
Division of Rehab Services309-343-2193 GalesburgIL
Family Violence Coordinating Council309-672-6992www.www.icjia.state.il.us/ifvccPeoriaIL
IL Dept of Revenue217-782-3336www.illinois.gov00
IL Deptartment of Human Rights217-785-5100www.illinois.gov/dhr/Pages/default.aspxSpringfieldIL
Illinois Attorney General217-782-1090www.illinoisattorneygeneral.govSpringfieldIL
Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs217-782-6641www2.illinois.gov/veteransSpringfieldIL
LaSalle Co. Dept. of Human Services815-433-1572 OttawaIL
LaSalle DRS Office815-224-1314www.dhs.state.il.usLaSalleIL
Peoria DRS309-671-8580 PeoriaIL
Rock Island DRS Office309-786-6468 Rock IslandIL
Social Security Administration855-245-0640 PeruIL
Subcommittee on the Constitution202-224-6361 WashingtonDC

Healthcare

Get Covered Illinois
www.getcoveredillinois.gov/

ACES of Streator(815) 830-2817www.acesofstreator.com/StreatorIL
Addus HomeCare815-434-4275www.addus.comPeruIL
Aetna Better Health866-329-4701 Downers GroveIL
Blue Cross Blue Shield877-860-2837 NAIL
Bureau County Health Department(815) 872-5091www.bpmhd.org/PrincetonIL
Butler Concierge Services815-878-9006www.letyourbutlerdoit.comPrincetonIL
CountyCare  NAIL
Home Instead815-223-7970www.homeinstead.comPeruIL
Hygienic Institute Community Health Center815-223-0196www.npino.comLaSalleIL
Illinois Disability & Health Program217-782-3300www.dph.illinois.govSpringfieldIL
LaSalle County Health Department815-433-3366www.lasallecounty.orgOttawaIL
Liberty Village of Peru815-224-2200www.libertyvillageofperu.comPeruIL
Liberty Village of Princeton(815) 875-6600www.libertyvillageofprinceton.comPrincetonIL
Marshall County Health Department(309) 246-8074www.bpmhd.org/LaconIL
Meridian Health Plan  NAIL
Molina HealthCare  NAIL
OSF Center for Health – Streator815-673-4528www.osfhealthcare.org/practices/streator/StreatorIL
OSF HealthCare815-433-6090www.osfhomecare.orgOttawaIL
OSF St Claire815-875-2811www.osfhealthcare.org/saint-clare/PrinctonIL
Oswalds630-355-2500www.oswaldspharmacy.comNapervilleIL
Ottawa Regional Hospital & Healthcare Center815-433-3100 OttawaIL
Putnam County Health Department(815) 872-2324www.bpmhd.orgHennepinIL
Radiation Oncology of Northern Illinois815-434-9999 OttawaIL
Shriner’s Hospital773-622-5400 ChicagoIL
St Margaret’s Health815-664-5311www.aboutsmh.orgSpring ValleyIL
St Mary’s Cancer Treatment Center(815) 672-5870www.hshs.orgStreatorIL
UnityPoint Health309-779-5000www.unitypoint.orgMolineIL
VITAS Healthcare815-220-0021 LaSalleIL

Hearing Centers

Administration of Hearing Department217-782-7065

Springfield Office: 501 S 2nd St Suite 275 Springfield , IL 62756

Chicago Office: 17 N. State Ste 1200 Chicago, IL 60602

 
CapTel Captioned Phones847-226-7779www.captel.com 
Hammers Hearing Care Center815-224-2445645 First Street LaSalle and 747 Etna Rd Ottawa  
ITAC 800-841-6167www.itactty.orgITAC is a Not-for-Profit serving the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Late-Deafened, Deaf-Blind, and Speech-Disabled communities.
ITAC Exchanges888-515-8120  

Homeless Shelter

IV PADS:
Illinois Valley Public Action to Deliver Shelter

www.ivpads.com

815-224-79704471 Progress BLVD
Peru, IL 61354
IV PADS815-433-12921120 Canal St
Ottawa, IL 61350
National Call Center for Homeless Veterans1-877-4AID VET
 (877-424-3838)

Resale Shops

Finders Keepers815-879-7387956 N Main St Princeton 61356 
Furniture Sellers815-434-9344201 West Stevenson Rd Ottawa 
Goodwill815-220-10031307 N 38th St Peru 
815-434-4680501 W Stevenson Rd Ottawa 61350 
815-756-42001037 S Annie Glidden Rd DeKalb 60115 
Lily Pads815-224-30471320 Menards Dr Peru 
Ottawa Community Thrift Store Madison Street OttawaLeslie Mulderink Owner
Salvation Army815-220-07661608 36th St Peru 
815-433-0798700 Chestnut St Ottawa 
Servants Heart 815-434-48492735 Columbus St Ottawa 61350 
The Closet815-875-31452026 N Main St Princeton  
Upscale Resale815-664-2414214 W St Paul St Spring Valley 

Recreation

Bureau County Metro Center

(815) 872-0840

www.princetonparkdistrict.org

Special Recreation Association Network of Illinois (SRANI)

www.specialrecreation.org/

This website is designed to bring community-based recreation programs to all the residents of Illinois who have a disability.

Special Connections of Grundy County

815-545-3397

www.specialconnections.org

Special Olympics Illinois

815-220-8128

www.soill.org

YMCA – Streator

815-672-2148

www.streatorymca.org

YMCA-Peru

815-223-7904

www.ivymca.com

 

Veteran Resources

Veterans Crisis Line

800-273-8255 Press 1

www.VeteransCrisisLine.net

Text 838255 to receive support 24/7

National Call Center for Homeless Veterans

 

1-877-4AID VET

(877-424-3838)

 

Veterans Dental Health

866-387-3513

www.newmouth.com/oral-health/effects/military

NewMouth was created to keep the public, including veterans, educated about current dental care practices, oral health basics, and how to find the best treatment possible. The team of medical writers and dentists provide the most up-to-date dental information in every aspect of dentistry. Their goal is to be a one-stop-shop for all of your dental and oral health needs!  

Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs

217-782-6641

www.illinois.gov/veterans/Pages

 

Residential: Ameren Illinois Military Support Grants

800-755-5000

www.ameren.com

The Ameren Illinois Military Suppport Program provides energy grants up to $150 per household per year to help pay electric bills for qualifying active members of the military and disabled veterans.

LaSalle VA Clinic



Main phone: 815-223-9678

Mental health care: 708-202-2002

4461 North Progress Village

Peru, IL 61354-1109

Directions



VA Hines Healthcare System offers a wide range of health, support, and facility services for Veterans at 7 locations in northeastern Illinois. Click on a service below for more details like which clinic or medical center offers that service.

Support Groups

Cultivate Behavioral Health and Education

Cultivate provides behavioral services, and parent support groups and peer play groups.

https://cultivatebhe.com

St Margarets Health Support Groups

St Margaret’s offers support groups for Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Grief, the Illinois Valley Cancer Support Group, Pre- & Post-Transplant Support Group, Parkinson’s, Breast Cancer, Depression & Bipolar, and HIV-AIDS 

www.aboutsmh.org/support-groups

Brain Injury Club House 

BICH empowers those afflicted by brain injury and stroke through active engagement, work, and purpose.

www.mbiclubhouse.org/clubhouse-model 

Epilepsy Foundation of Northcentral Illinois

Peru Epilepsy Support Group
When: 2nd Thursday of the month March 2018 – November 2018
No meeting in January February and December
Where: Peru YMCA – 300 Walnut Street Peru IL 61354

Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Find more groups: www.epilepsyheartland.org/support-groups/ 

OSF Healthcare Grief Support Groups

Groups meet in Ottawa, Mendota, Princeton, and Streator

Grief Groups Guide PDF

 

Substance Abuse and Addiction Resources

Alcoholics Anonymous aa.org
Al-Anon Family Groups
& Alateen
al-anon.org
Narcotics Anonymous www.na.org
Perfectly Flawed Foundation815-830-8675240 1st St
LaSalle, IL 61301
www.perfectlyflawed.org

 

Transportation

NCAT (North Central Area Transit)
833-433-6228
www.ridencat.com
Download the Riders Guide

BPART (Bureau/Putnam Area Rural Transit)
877-874-8813
www.ridebpart.org
Princeton, IL
Serves:Bureau and Putnam Counties

Local Transportation Guide 
Download Transportation PDF

Links to Free & Low-Cost Medical Transportation Services A-Z
www.bridges4kids.org/Disabilities/Transport.html

Bureau County Senior Center

(815) 879-3981

www.bcseniorcenter.com/

Princeton

City Cab

815-224-8294

 

LaSalle

LaSalle Township Office

815-223-0807

lasallecounty.org/lasalle-county-township-lasalle/

LaSalle

Marshall-Stark-Woodford Projects (MSW)

(309) 364-3056

www.facebook.com/mswprojects/

Henry

Mendota Area Senior Services (MASS)

815-539-7700

www.mendotaareaseniorservices.org/

Mendota

Mobility Works

877-275-4907

 

Plainfield

Personal Mobility

217-241-1548

www.personalmobilityinc.com/

Springfield

Putnam County Community Center

815-339-2711

www.pcaservices.org

Standard

Rural Transit Assistance Center

309-298-2141

www.iira.org

Macomb