STARNET, in its efforts to provide family members in Regions I & III with opportunities for encouragement and collaboration offers this list of support groups. If you would like to add your support group to the list, please email the information to Heather Griswold at firstname.lastname@example.org, fax it to (309) 298-2305 (attn: Heather Griswold), or mail it to STARNET Regions I and III, Center for Best Practices in Early Childhood, 32 Horrabin Hall, Macomb, IL 61455. If possible, please include a statement of your groups goal or mission, what counties you are based in, upcoming meeting times/locations, who to contact, and all contact information including address, phone, email, web site.
Autism Support Groups
Autism Society of Illinois - Tri Co. Chapter
510 5th St. Dallas City, IL 62330
Our goal is to provide support to everyone who deals w/ autism; to inform the public of the true nature of autism; and to find ways to educate parents, teachers, friends & family about ASD. ASI-Tri Co Chapter will host monthly meetings. For more information contact: Kelly Mason @ (217) 852-6308
Ogle County Autsim Support Group:
For more information, call Patti at (815) 965-6745, ext. 218 or email at: email@example.com
Northwest Illinois Autism Parent Group
650 N. Main Street
RSVP to Patti at (815) 965-6745, ext. 218 or email
Proud Parent Support Group:
Carla Oldham, President
Tri-State Autism Association
P.O. Box 15, Ferris, IL 62336 (217) 746-3006
Our goal is to provide support to everyone who deals with autism; to inform the public of the true nature of autism; and to find ways to educate parents, teachers, friends, and everyone interested, about autism and its many faces.
For more information contact: Tina Veale at (309) 298-1955 ext 250 or TK-Veale1@wiu.edu
Autism Society of the Quad-Cities.
The Autism Society of the Quad Cities will host monthly support and education meetings for Illinois members and other interested people on the first Tuesday of each month from 6-7 p.m. The meetings will begin in January at the Butterworth Center, 1105 8th St., Moline, Ill.
For more information, call Cheryl or Rick Ramirez at (309) 764-0106 or (800) 813-0392. Purpose of meetings: Emotional support, resource referrals and connnections for Individual Education Plans (IEP) assistance.
Kane County Autism Information and Support
Monthly during the school year - evenings in Aurora, Il (call or e-mail for information). Contact Karen Lotito 630-299-7932 or Rhonda Crowder 630-443-0368. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Becca's Karing Individuals for Disabilities, Inc (bkids)
P.O. Box 1128
Galesburg, IL 61401
Bringing Up Down Syndrome (BUDS)
P.O. Box 11
Arenzville, IL 62611
Central Illinois Down Syndrome Organization (CIDSO)
P.O. Box 595
Normal, Illinois 61761
Or visit their website at www.cidso.org for more information.
Champaign County Down Syndrome Network (DSN)
Melissa Hoerner, email@example.com
2708 Willowpark Drive
Champaign IL 61821
Down Syndrome Support Group
Blessing Hospital Broadway at 14th St.
Quincy, IL 62301
Visit their website at www.blessinghospital.org(site search "Down Syndrome") for more information.
Heart of Illinois Down Syndrome Association
c/o Bethal Lutheran Church
Morton, IL 61550
Please view the HIDSA page for more information.
Lincoln Land Down Syndrome Support Group
317 Astoria Road
Springfield, IL 62704
Livingston Area Down Syndrome Society
13298 N 3400 East Rd.
Chatsworth, IL 60921
McDonough County Down Syndrome Support and Advocacy Group
Contact Laura or Ritchie Gabbei (pronounced Go-bye)
Northern Illinois Down Syndrome Group
Meets monthly in Rockford
Child care provided by RSVP to Patti
For more information or to register for child care, call Patti at 815-965-6745, ext. 218
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Extra Steps: Support Group for Families of Children with Developmental Delays
This group meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month
First United Methodist Church
503 West Lily Creek Road
On the corner of Business Route 20
Refreshments and onsite childcare will be offered
Please RSVP to 815-297-1041, Ext.21.
Support Group for Parents of Children with Special Health Care Needs
UIC Specialized Care for Children (Division of Specialized Care for Children) assists with this parent support group's monthly meeting.
Meets from noon until 2pm on the 3rd Friday of the month at 4302 North Main St., Rockford, Il 61103.
Contact Shannon J. or Amy Cunningham at 815-987-7571.
Rochelle Parent Group:
Meets monthly in Rochelle
For more information, contact Cindy Belleque, parent mentor, at 773-726-7620 or email email@example.com
Carla Oldham, President
Kids Konnected Support Group
Please see the KKSG page for more information.
PATH Support Meeting
(Parents Available To Help)
This support group is available to any parent/caregiver whose child has a disability/IEP. We meet the first Thursday of every month at...
6:30pm in the Webster Cafeteria
310 N. Monroe St.
A light supper and childcare/homework assistance is available at no charge. For more information, please contact:
Parent Mentor for Schuyler/Industry Community District #5
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Website - www.sid5.com
A place for parents of children with special needs, birth through 5 years, to connect.
Sponsored by Baby TALK in Decatur, IL. Email email@example.com or call 217-475-2234 with questions. For additional information and resources, visit: http://specialconnections.wordpress.com