The Autism Society of America was founded in 1965 by a small group of parents working on a volunteer basis out of their homes. The Society has developed into the leading source of information and referral on autism. ASA is dedicated to increasing public awareness about autism and the day-to-day issues faced by individuals with autism and their families. The Society and its chapters share a common mission of providing information and education, supporting research, and advocating for programs and services for the autism population.
The Learning Disabilities Association of America is a national, non-profit organization that is dedicated to identifying causes and promoting prevention of learning disabilities. LDA is committed to enhancing the quality of life for all individuals with learning disabilities by encouraging effective identification and intervention, fostering research, and protecting their rights under the law.
The Council for Exceptional Children is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities – students with disabilities and/or the gifted. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continual professional development, advocates for underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.
The Illinois State Police provides an online listing of sex offenders required to register in the State of Illinois. The database is updated daily and allows searching by name, city, county, zip code, compliance status, or any combination thereof. In addition, geographic searching can now be performed by choosing the Mapping link in the menu or the Geographic Search option on the right.
The Illinois State Board of Education’s website can keep you informed of the latest happenings in education in Illinois. Whether you are interested in issues related to funding for education, certification, assessment, learning standards, or school construction, the ISBE website can provide you with information on these topics and many more.
The Illinois Alliance of Administrators of Special Education is a non-profit corporation organized to promote quality education for all students and provide an organizational structure through which students with disabilities are represented at a local, state, and national level. The mission of IAASE is to provide members a professional forum that motivates, education, provides solutions, and inspires.
The Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders is a division of the Council for Exceptional Children dedicated to promoting and facilitating the education and general welfare of children and youth with emotional or behavioral disorders. CCBD advocates for the needs of children and youth and their families, encourages research and professional growth as vehicles for better understanding of emotional or behavioral disorders, and provides professional support for persons who are involved with and serve children and youth with emotional or behavioral disorders.
Infinitec, which stands for Infinite Potential through Assistive Technology, is a non-profit corporation formed to help people with disabilities and their families access life-enhancing assistive technology. Infinitec is a joint effort of United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Chicago and United Cerebral Palsy Association, Inc., Washington, D.C. and builds on technology-access programs offered by UCP affiliates around the nation.