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Community/Parent Resources

  1. Child Find - Developmental Screening
  2. Child Find - Developmental Screening Spanish
  3. Drinking Water Analysis Report
  4. Educational Rights and Responsibilities: Understand Special Education in Illinois
  5. Educational Rights and Responsibilities: Understand Special Education in Illinois (Spanish)
  6. Information regarding PUNS and Community Services can be found at "www.pactinc.net"
  7. ISBE Student Records Keeper
  8. Parents Guide to RtI
  9. Parent and Educator Resource Guide to Section 504 in Public Elementary and Secondary School
  10. NDSEC Parent Student Handbook


Transition Resources

P.U.N.S.

Description: PUNS (Prioritization for Urgency of Need for Services) is a statewide database that records information about individuals with developmental disabilities who are potentially in need of services. The State uses the data to select individuals for services as funding becomes available, to develop proposals and materials for budgeting, and to plan for future needs.

Website: Understanding PUNS (English)

Website: Entendiendo PUNS (Spanish)

Website: PACT, Inc.

GUARDIANSHIP

Description: The law presumes that an adult eighteen years of age or older is capable of handling his/her own affairs. A guardian may be appointed to serve as a substitute decision maker if a person is disabled because of (1) mental deterioration, (2) physical incapacity, (3) mental illness, or (4) developmental disability.

Website: Guardianship in Illinois

SOCIAL SECURITY

Description: The Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability programs are the largest of several Federal programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities. While these two programs are different in many ways, both are administered by the Social Security Administration and only individuals who have a disability and meet medical criteria may qualify for benefits under either program.

Website: Social Security Benefits for People with Disabilities

MEDICAID

Description: Medicaid provides health coverage to over 8.8 million non-elderly individuals with disabilities, including those who are working or who want to work. Federal statute provides for both mandatory and optional coverage for individuals with disabilities.

Federal Website: Medicaid for Individuals with Disabilities

State Website: How to apply for Medicaid

FINANCIAL PLANNING

Description: People with disabilities and their families face a unique set of challenges.  Wise financial planning (Ex: trusts, wills, S.S.I. And other money) is needed to be sure the person with a disability can be supported adequately.  Not for profit and private agencies can offer this type of service.

Website: Special Needs Alliance

The Family Support Network of Illinois

Description: The mission of the Family Support Network is to unify individuals with disabilities and their families to advocate 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. The Family Support Network further seeks to ensure the continuation of all individual supports throughout the life span of the individual see post.

Website: www.familysupportnetwork.org

DuPage County Community Services

Description: The Community Resource Information System database is continually being updated in order to provide the most current information regarding resources available to those within DuPage County.  (also includes a copy of the DuPage County HELPER Resource Guide)

Website: www.dupagecris.org

College of DuPage

Description: Post school options: College of DuPage is a two-year community college in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

Website: www.cod.edu

Special Recreation

Description:  Offers programs and services for a wide range of persons with disabilities and handicapping conditions.

Website: www.nedsra.org 

Website: www.wdsra.org 

Website: www.nwsra.org

Illinois Department of Human Services

Website: www.dhs.state.il.us

Description:  DHS can help you and your family meet your basic needs. We offer a range of services to help you become healthy and self-sufficient.

Health & Medical

DHS wants to help you and your family live a healthy and independent life.

Apply for Cash, Snap

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly Food Stamps) helps low-income people and families buy the food they need for good health.

Illinois Link Card

Anyone approved to receive cash assistance or SNAP (Food Stamps) benefits will be issued an Illinois Link card.  The Illinois Link card is a plastic card that looks and works like a debit card.  If you are eligible for cash and SNAP benefits, you will access both with the same card. Only one Illinois Link Card is issued per case.

Child Care

The Illinois Department of Human Services works hand-in-hand with local communities throughout Illinois to provide low-income, working families with access to quality, affordable child care.  DHS contracts with over 100 child care providers to give quality care for your child(ren) in a safe and healthy environment.

Food

Hungry people need food. Illinois has many programs that can help.

Disability & Rehabilitation Services

Offers assistance with Jobs, Independent Living, Education, Disability Benifits, Child Services, Etc.