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Special Needs Websites

For Individuals with Visual Impairments & Other Disabilities

  • Chicago Lighthouse In addition to being the home of CRIS radio, the Chicago Lighthouse is a not-for-profit agency committed to providing the highest quality educational, clinical, vocational and rehabilitation services for children, youth and adults who are blind or visually impaired, including deaf-blind and multi-disabled.
  • Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center provides free library service for anyone unable to read regular print because of low vision, blindness, or a physical disability, serving readers throughout Illinois.
  • DuPage Center for Independent Living The DuPage Center for Independent Living is a non-residential, community-based, not-for-profit agency which provides advocacy and services to persons with disabilities in DuPage County.

For Caregivers of Children with Special Needs

  • Illinois State Board of Education, Special Education Services This website offers information on all facets of special education within the State of Illinois. Illinois State Board of Education publications and forms are also available here.
  • Autism Society of Illinois This organization is headquartered in Lombard, IL and is part of the Autism Society of America. Their website provides information on a local level to support parents of autistic children, and promote autism education, awareness, advocacy, and research.
  • Easter Seals Dupage This site outlines the services offered by Easter Seals and provides links to information on resources, legislative action, locations, etc.  On this site you can also subscribe to a monthly e-mail newsletter from Easter Seals.
  • Chicago Special Parent The online companion to the print version of Chicago Special Parent magazine, a guide for parents of children with special needs which offers inspirational stories, the latest research, local resources and parent-to-parent advice. Subscription is not required.
  • Ray Graham Association for People with Disabilities Here you will find information on the services provided by this organization, including family support, recreational activities, employment, community learning centers, and their supported living program.
  • NEDSRA: Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association Each year Nedsra offers quality recreation programs and services for children with disabilities. This site offers a complete listing and calendar of their programs and services.
  • Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) Provides information on disabilities in children and youth, programs and services and special education laws through resources developed by NICHCY, the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities.
  • Disability Evaluation under Social Security – Children’s Listing This site from the Social Security Administration provides medical criteria for the evaluation of impairments of children under age 18 for Social Security claims.
  • Elmhurst Park District Elmhurst Park District’s Special Needs and Inclusion information is outlined here.  Inclusion is designed to provide the maximum opportunity to participate in a program.
  • Chicago Children’s Museum – Play for All Chicago Children’s Museum believes an accessible and inclusive museum must address each visitor’s experience – making the museum’s facilities, offices, exhibits, services, programs, and staff welcoming to all. Play For All, the museum’s access and inclusion initiative, is recognized as a critical component of the entire museum’s planning and development.
  • DuPage Children’s Museum Special Needs Resources This website lists DuPage Children’s Museum’s accommodations, resources, and programs for children with special needs to meet its goal of being accessible to all children and adults and making a special effort to accommodate visitors with special needs.
  • Kohl Children’s Museum – Everyone at Play Kohl Children’s Museum was specifically designed to be inclusive of all children and adults regardless of ability. The Museum also works collaboratively with community organizations to invite families with children with special needs to explore the museum’s exhibits while closed to the general public on special Everyone at Play Sundays.