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Additional Resources

Programs & Services available in Illinois

Family Matters Parent Training & Information Center:  Information to empower parents and professionals to achieve strong outcomes for students with disabilities.

IL Application for Benefits Eligibility:  Apply for and manage healthcare, food, and cash assistance benefits for Illinois residents.

IL Assistive Technology Program:  Increase access to and acquisition of assistive technology devices for all people with a disability.

IL Benefit Access Program (formerly Circuit Breaker):  Online filing for bus pass or license plate sticker renewal.

IL Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission:  Promotes education and awareness for effective communication on behalf of people with hearing loss in Illinois.

IL Guide to Services:  Guide booklet of services for Illinois Seniors, People with Disabilities, and Veterans.

IL Network of Centers for Independent Living:  Association of the twenty-two Illinois centers for independent living.  Locate the center serving your county.

IL Online Voter Application:  Website for completing Voter Application.

IL Pantries, Soup Kitchens and Homeless Shelters:  Locate sources of food and shelter.

IL Secretary of State Forms:  Forms and applications for persons with disabilities.

IL Substance Use Disorder Programs:  Locate a provider or treatment facility for opioid and other substances.

IL Talking Book and Braille Service: Provides audio and braille library service to any Illinois resident unable to read standard print material due to visual / physical disability.

IL Telecommunications Access Corporation:  Issues free equipment for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Late-Deafened, Deaf-Blind, and Speech-Disabled communities.

IL WorkNet Center:  Locate jobs, training opportunities and resources.

Sarah Bush Lincoln Peace Meals Senior Nutrition Program:  Provides congregate and home delivered meals for seniors in a fourteen county region.

The Statewide Independent Living Council of Illinois:  Provides leadership, research, planning and education required to support independent living in Illinois.

Healthcare Related Services

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services:  Medicare, Medicaid, and Health Exchange information.

Medicare Plan Finder:  Locate Medicare plans by zip code.

Illinois Department of Human Services Programs

IL Bureau of Blind Services:  Programs for adults with visual impairments to enable them to work and participate fully in family and community life.

IL Department on Aging:  Helping older adults live independently in their home and community.  Search for local agencies by county.

IL Department of Healthcare and Family Services:  Provides healthcare coverage for adults and children on Medicaid, and Child support services.

IL Department of Human Services:  Listing of the wide range of services available to you and your family to help you become healthy and self-sufficient.

IL Department of Veterans Affairs:  Assist veterans navigating services and benefits available.

DHS Community Reintegration Program:  Reintegrate eligible individuals age 18 – 59 from a nursing setting to a community based independent living setting.

DHS Home Services Program:  Provides services to individuals with severe disabilities so they can remain in their homes and be as independent as possible.

IL Disabled Workers Program:  State of Illinois program to employ people with disabilities.

IL Division of Rehabilitation Services:  works in partnership with people with disabilities and their families to assist them in making informed choices to achieve full community participation through employment, education, and independent living opportunities.

Americans with Disabilities & Civil Rights Information

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, As Amended

Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1973, As Amended

Olmstead Supreme Court Decision

Equip for Equality:  Advancing the human and civil rights of people with disabilities in Illinois.

Great Lakes ADA Resource Center:  Addresses your concerns about the Americans with Disabilities Act.

IL Attorney General’s Office:  Disability Rights Bureau enforces state and federal laws protecting the rights of people with disabilities.

IL Guardianship & Advocacy Commission:  Protects the rights and promotes the welfare of people with disabilities.

National Association of the Deaf:  A civil rights organization for deaf and hard of hearing people in the United States.

Wrights Law:  Provides parents and professionals reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.