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Welcome to the STAR NET Region II page for links to our favorite websites. With just a single click, we hope that you can find the information that helps you answer your questions. If you can't find what you are looking for, contact one of the STAR NET Region II Resource Specialists and we will be pleased to help you in your search for information.

Parent Support Groups
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Assistive Technology

Family Center on Technology and Disability ( supports organizations and programs that work with families of children and youth with disabilities offering a range of information and services on the subject of assistive technologies. **Resources available in Spanish**

Illinois Technology ( offers information on funding, assistance, training and a newsletter on the topic of assistive technology.

Infinitec ( advances independence and promoting inclusive opportunities for children and adults with disabilities through technology.

Attention Deficit Disorder/Hyperactivity

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) ( is a clearinghouse for evidence-based information including support groups, literature and conferences on AD/HD. ** Resources available in Spanish**

National Attention Deficit Disorder Association ( provides information, resources and networking opportunities to adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) and the professionals who serve them

Autism Spectrum Disorders

The Asperger Syndrome Education Network ( provides information, support and advocacy for individuals and families affected by Asperger Syndrome, PDD-NOS, and High-functioning Autism.

Autism Community Connection ( was created for parents by parents to connect people with the community and resources they need in the state of Illinois .

The Autism Program of Illinois ( p rovides the strategy and framework for the State of Illinois to address the complex issues involved in diagnosis, treatment and research for the thousands of children in Illinois with ASDs.
**Also in Spanish**

Autism Research Institute ( ) is an information and referral clearinghouse for parents and professionals which also publishes a quarterly newsletter.

Autism Society of America ( ) offers resources for the entire autism community in education, advocacy, services, research and support. **Also in Spanish**

Autism Society of Illinois ( provides educational and practical support for parents and offers a referral network of professionals.

Autism/PDD Training and Technical Assistance Project lending library
In addition to the materials on autism that are available in the STAR NET Region II Library, STAR NET Region II also houses one of the Illinois Autism/PDD Training and Technical Assistance Project lending libraries that are located across the state. A wide variety of resources are available to parents, professionals and the community. Please contact us at (224) 366-8579 for more information about these materials and to help you select materials for autism-related loans from STAR NET. For more information on autism from the project please visit
Our library has most of the materials available at this site.


Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning ( serves as a national resource center for disseminating research and evidence-based practices about children's behavior and the development of healthy social and emotional skills to parents and professionals.

Developmental Behavioral Pediatricians ( is aimed at professionals interested in child development and behavior and it offers many handouts on young children's development and behavior for parent use.

Cerebral Palsy

United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Chicago ( provides information on learning, technology, services and support for people of all ages with disabilities and their families.


Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services ( informs practitioners, families and researchers about materials and practices that are available and the contexts in which they might select a given material or practice. *** Also in Spanish, Malay, Chinese, Swedish, French, Portuguese & Tagalog ***

Early Intervention

Illinois Early Intervention Training ( provides information regarding training opportunities for early intervention professionals in Illinois.

Provider Connections ( is contracted by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Bureau of Early Intervention to credential, enroll, and provide technical support to EI providers interested in the credentialing and enrollment process. ***Can be translated to Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French, Spanish, Italian, German and Portuguese***

Zero to Three ( offers resources, information, education and support for adults who influence the lives of infants and toddlers.

Down Syndrome

National Association for Down Syndrome NADS ( provides direct support to families through their Parent Support Program, Mentoring Program, Work Experience Program, and other individualized services primarily within the Chicago Metropolitan Area.

National Down Syndrome Society ( benefits people with Down syndrome and their families through national leadership in education, research and advocacy

Hearing Impairment

Hands and Voices ( is a parent-driven, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families that have children who are deaf and hard-of-hearing without a bias toward communication modes or methodologies which provides families with resources, networking, and information in order to improve communication access and educational outcomes for their children.

Hearing and Vision Connections ( assists service coordinators in locating appropriate services, assists in the development of Individual Family Service Plans, and provides ongoing training and technical assistance.

National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders Information Clearinghouse

( supports scientific discovery and broadly disseminates research results to the public and to medical and health professionals.


(see: Parent Training and Information Centers of Illinois )

The Arc of Illinois ( is a grassroots organization advocating for persons with developmental delays and disorders and their families.

Child Care Resource and Referral ( educates, trains and supports early childhood professionals and enhances and promotes Child Care Resource and Referral Services throughout Illinois.

Family Support Network ( unifies individuals with disabilities and their families; advocates for funding, services, and community resources that strengthen and support the individual and the family directly by responding to their individual needs and empowering them to live in their own homes.

Illinois Autism/PDD Training Grant ( provides training and technical assistance to schools in Illinois. ** Can be translated to Spanish, French or German **

Illinois Department of Human Services ( is the state office for providing information to parents and professionals on a wide variety of family needs from early intervention to housing assistance and more.

Illinois Early Childhood Intervention Clearinghouse ( provides information to parents and professionals involved in the lives of young children on topics related to health, education, development and disability through a free lending library, a parents newsletter, and extensive links.

Illinois Early Intervention Training ( provides training opportunities for early intervention professionals in Illinois.

Illinois Early Learning Project ( is a source of evidence-based, reliable information on early care and education for parents, caregivers, and teachers of young children in Illinois . The Web site offers printable Tip Sheets for caregivers and parents, Frequently Asked Questions (and their answers), a customized question-answering service, a statewide calendar of events for parents and caregivers, an easy-to-use database of links to "the best of the Web" on topics related to early care and education, and periodic Online Chats.

Illinois Parents ( helps link parents directly to local programs, services, and community agencies to support them in their roles as primary caregivers of their children and as major contributors to their children's growth, development, and learning.

Illinois State Board of Education ( is the state office for providing information to parents and professionals regarding the provision of education to all children in Illinois.

Project CHOICES/Early CHOICES ( provides collaborative support to schools, families, children, and youth to ensure that all learn in general education and community settings, and address and show progress toward the Illinois Learning Standards.


Circle of Inclusion ( offers demonstrations of and information about the effective practices of inclusive educational programs for children from birth through age eight. ** Also in Spanish, Korean, Japanese and Chinese **

Learning Disabilities

All Kinds of Minds ( is a non-profit Institute that helps students who struggle with learning measurably improve their success in school and life by providing programs that integrate educational, scientific, and clinical expertise.

Early Identification ( supports a new systemic approach that can help early educators and parents ensure early school success for all children, including those at risk for learning difficulties.

Learning Disabilities Association of Illinois ( provides information and offers resources for people with learning disabilities and the people in their lives.

Learning Disabilities Online ( is the world's leading web site on learning disabilities and ADHD. ** Also in Spanish **

Schwab Learning ( is a guide for helping kids with learning difficulties that emphasizes useful information and practical strategies for parents and professionals. ** Also in Spanish **


Colorin Colorado ( is a bilingual site for the parents and educators of English Language Learners.
** Also in Spanish **

Parent Training and Information Centers of Illinois

Designs for Change ( provides information and resources regarding school policy reform.

Family Matters ( is a project of ARC of Illinois providing family support through information, a lending library and trainings.

Family Resource Center on Disabilities ( offers various resources for parents and professionals involved in the lives of children and young adults with disabilities. ** Some resources available in Spanish **


Exceptional Parent ( is a site full of information and resources for families and professionals of the special needs community.

Family Village ( is a global community that integrates information, resources, and communication opportunities on the Internet for persons with cognitive and other disabilities, for their families, and for those that provide them services and support.

Financial Planning ( provides professional financial planning for families of people with special needs.

MUMS National Parent to Parent ( is a not-for-profit agency which specializes in providing support networks for parents of children with all kinds of medical conditions and disorders. This site also provides much research and information about hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT.)

National Father's Network ( celebrates and supports fathers and families of children with special health care needs by providing news, resources and event information.

Our Kids ( is a site dedicated to fostering a community for parents of children with all kinds of special needs.

Parent Guide: Educational Rights and Responsibilities - Understanding Special Education in Illinois.

PBS Parents ( includes advice, games, program and parenting information and interactive learning opportunities for all parents and children. ** Also in Spanish **

The Sibling Support Project ( offers information and resources on support for the brothers and sisters of those who have health, developmental or mental health concerns.

Rett Syndrome

International Rett Syndrome Association ( is full of information and resources about Rett Syndrome for parents and professionals.

Sensory Integration

Sensory Integration Network (, the primary internet portal for information about these commonly misunderstood disorders helps parents, professionals and others understand Sensory Processing Disorder. It has since become the primary Internet portal for information about these commonly misunderstood disorders.

Special Education Advocacy and Information

Also see Parent Training and Information Centers of Illinois

Council of Parents' Attorneys and Advocates ( is a non-profit organization of parent advocates and attorneys.

Illinois State Board of Education Parent's Page ( contains information for parents on topics including early childhood special education, Project CHOICES, parent training, and links to the document A Parent's Guide - The Educational Rights of Students with Disabilities. ** Some Resources available in Spanish **

Family Support Network ( serves to unify families of children with disabilities to advocate for legislation, funding, services, and community resources.

The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) ( is the national dissemination center for information on disabilities in infants, toddlers, children and youth; IDEA 2004; and research-based information on effective practices. ** Also in Spanish **

Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational rights (PACER) ( provides information, support, workshops and referrals to both families and professionals. ** Also in Hmong, Spanish and Somali **

Parent Guide: Educational Rights and Responsibilities - Understanding Special Education in Illinois.

Wrights Law ( offers information on federal laws that effect children with special needs and their families as well as advocacy skills and strategies for parents.
** Also in Spanish **

Tourette Syndrome

Tourette Syndrome Association ( offers extensive information for individuals, families and professionals.

Tourette Syndrome Plus ( offers information on Tourette's and many other neurobehavioral conditions in a user-friendly environment.

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