Special Needs

Able Play
This website has rated toys for how well they suit children with special needs, including physical, sensory, communicative, and cognitive disabilities.

Autism Resource Center at Rush University Medical Center
The medical center has put together a long list of resources for families of children with autism spectrum disorders.

Early Intervention Clearinghouse
Find out about the help available for families of young children who have developmental disabilities. The Department of Human Services has a web page with information for families who would like to apply for Early Intervention services.

Family Voices
Find resources for family-centered care for children with disabilities.

Illinois Assistive Technology Project
IATP loans assistive technology-- perfect to "test drive" products or for backup when the device you usually use is temporarily unavailable.

Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center
“We provide free library service for anyone unable to read regular print because of low vision, blindness, or a physical disability. We register your for talking books and playback equipment. Talking books are mailed free to and from library patrons, wherever they reside. There is no charge, whatsoever, to the patron. Currently, we serve approximately 12,500 active readers.”

NAMI for Parents, Caregivers & Youth
“NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.”  Their website has special sections offering support for Family Members and Caregivers and Teens and Young Adults.