Home & Community Support Services
There are a variety of options for individual and family support for both home and community. This includes respite care funding, special recreation, transportation, Division of Human Services, private therapies, and more.
Home/Community Support Groups
Applied Behavior Analysis
Support for Families & Siblings
It is important that family members also seek support when needed. There are many resources available to family members of individuals with disabilities.
- Arc of Illinois Family Support Resources
- The Northwest Suburban Autism and Special Needs Parent Support and Information Email Group and Local Support Groups
- The M.O.R.G.A.N. Project (Making Opportunities Reality Granting Assistance Nationwide) was established by parents to support families in their journey of raising a child with special needs. This site has a large library of resources and information, and assists families with travel expenses for medical treatments and gifts of medical equipment that aren’t covered by insurance. It also works to create support groups of parents.
- Parent to Parent USA is a group that matches each parent with a fellow parent who has a child with the same special healthcare need, disability, or mental health concern, allowing each parent or family to have a contact for sharing information, receiving support, and creating new friendships. “Parent to Parent USA has local groups in almost all states, and is great for connecting families with each other for emotional support,” notes Smith.
- Coping Partners is an organization that supports and treats children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of challenges including but not limited to anxiety, work-life balance, family relationships, and more.
- Parent/Sibling Resources -Disabilityinfo.org
- Sibsnetwork.org - S.I.B.S. (Supporting Illinois Brothers & Sisters) is the official Illinois chapter of the national Sibling Leadership Network (SLN). Its mission is to provide support to siblings of people with disabilities in Illinois by connecting them with information, networking opportunities, and resources to enhance their family's quality of life.
- Sibling Support Project (Sibshops)
- JCFS Sibshops - Northbrook, IL