disABILITY Resource

EDUCATION & RECREATION SERVICES


ACTION TRACKCHAIR (HALF MOON OUTDOORS)
9004 W. Wheeler Rd.
Evansville, WI 53536
608-921-0960
chad@tssatcsales.net
www.tssatcsales.net
The Action Trackchair is an all-terrain wheelchair that is making the world a bigger place for anyone with mobility problems.

ALLENFORCE
PO Box 481
Plainfield, IL 60586
(847) 372-1092
donna@allenforce.org
www.allenforce.org
We bridge the gap between military and civilian life and assist with the continual transition through health, fitness, and recreation. Programs for veterans OF ALL ERAS, injured or not, and their families and specifically for females, as well.

BEST BUDDIES INTERNATIONAL at the University of Illinois
268 Illini Union
1401 Green Street
Urbana, IL 61801
(847) 890-3498 or (847) 224-6405
illinibestbuddies@gmail.com
www.bestbuddiesonline.org
At the University of Illinois, Best Buddies promotes social acceptance and friendships between people with and without disabilities. We match people in the Champaign-Urbana community with IDD with students from the University of Illinois. Buddy pairs are required to hang out twice a month and communicate once a week. We typically hold events twice a month for the whole organization. This is a great organization to get involved in whether you are a person with a disability or college student looking to make friends!

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY HEAD START/EARLY HEAD START*
(A program of Champaign County Regional Planning Commission)
1776 E. Washington St.
Urbana, IL 61802
217-328-3313
kmay@ccrpc.org
www.ccrpc.org
Head Start/Early Head Start is a federal program that provides comprehensive services for children birth to five years old who reside in Champaign County, including children with special needs. Program options include part-day, school-day, full-day, home-based and services to expectant families. Transportation is provided in some options based on availability. Head Start and Early Head Start services are free. A child care fee is charged for full-day services only. Our mission: To support diverse children and families of our community in reaching their fullest potential by providing comprehensive services and developing partnerships that enhance child and family development, health and education.

CHAMPAIGN-URBANA SPECIAL RECREATION*
1311 W. Church St.
Champaign, IL 61821
217-239-1152
CUSR@champaignparks.com
www.cuspecialrecreation.com
CUSR advocates and provides access to a full range of recreational opportunities for people with a variety of disabilities. These opportunities include, but are not limited to, inclusion within the Champaign and Urbana Park Districts, after school programs, skill building programs, special events, trips, summer day camps, adaptive programs, and Special Olympics. The staff strive to bring Therapeutic Recreation to CUSR. Come Play with Us!!

CHAMPAIGN URBANA THEATRE COMPANY’S PENGUIN PROJECT*
117 E. University Ave., Suite A
Champaign, IL 61820
217-352-4085
manager@cutc.org
www.cutc.org
The Champaign Urbana Theatre Company, a non-profit 501(c)3 community theatre organization, is pleased to offer The Penguin Project. Our inaugural production will be Disney’s Aladdin, Jr. and takes place at the Orpheum Theatre October 14-16, at 7 pm. This production is unique because all of the roles are filled by youth with developmental disabilities. By creating unrestricted access to the performing arts, The Penguin Project demonstrates that the special challenges of a disability need not handicap a child’s ability to participate in life’s experiences. For more information about CUTC visit www.cutc.org or contact Kelly Nowlin at manager@cutc.org.

C-U KIWANIS TOM JONES CHALLENGER LEAGUE*
1406 Weathervane
Champaign, IL 61821
217-352-9679
www.TomJones.com
Tom Jones Challenger League baseball will begin its 15th season next Spring. Starting with a dozen players, the league has now grown to more than 100 players and more than 100 buddies and volunteer helpers. Challenger League baseball gives youngsters with disabilities the chance to play the game of baseball. For many, this was a game only their siblings or friends took part in until Challenger offered the opportunity to compete. Challenger League is sponsored by Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation. Games are played on Tuesdays and Saturdays at AMBUCS Park in Urbana during the months of May and June. Ages of our players are 6 to 17. Our motto: Everyone is a winner in Challenger League Baseball.

DISABILITY RESOURCES AND EDUCATIONAL SERVICES (DRES) – UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS*
1207 S. Oak
Champaign, IL 61820
217-333-4603
disability@illinois.edu
jstagg@illinois.edu
www.disability.illinois.edu
DRES is the disability services office at the University of Illinois campus. We are one of the leading support programs in higher education for people with disabilities and were the first in the nation to begin providing these support services. Our mission is to ensure that qualified individuals with disabilities are afforded an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from the curricular, cocurricular, and vocational opportunities available at the University of Illinois. We accomplish this through the collaborative promotion, provision, and pursuit of innovative accommodative and educational services, and interdisciplinary disability research.

DYSLEXIA INSTITUTES OF AMERICA (Champaign Office)
2903 W. Springfield Avenue
Champaign, IL 61822
(217) 355-8660  
Email: dyslexia_institute@sbcglobal.net
http://dyslexiainstitutes.com/?page=bourne
Services offered:  Initial Testing, Personal Therapy and Continued Progress
Karen Bourne, Owner and Clinical Director of Dyslexia Institute of America clinics in Champaign, Bloomington, and Springfield, IL, is a leading expert in the area of dyslexia. Ms. Bourne, a certified teacher, has taught in preschool, elementary, middle and high school classrooms. Her extensive academic training, which includes 30-plus years in the educational field as a classroom teacher, tutor, and clinical supervisor gives her a great knowledge base with which to help children, and more recently adults, achieve their highest potential despite their hidden learning problems. In addition to her DIA clinics, Ms. Bourne provides continuing education seminars across the nation on the subject of dyslexia.

EASTER SEALS TIMBER POINTE OUTDOOR CENTER
20 Timber Pointe Lane
Hudson, IL 61748
(309) 365-8021
Email: tpoc@ci.easterseals.com
www.ci.easterseals.com
Easter Seals provides exceptional services to ensure that all people with disabilities and their families have equal opportunity to live, learn, work, and play in their communities. Timber Pointe Outdoor Center, located on Lake Bloomington in Hudson, is the premier resource in the state of Illinois providing specialized and inclusive camping and respite programming for individuals with disabilities or special needs and their families in a safe, accessible, and beautiful environment. Timber Pointe also offers overnight and day rentals for corporate meetings, weddings, birthday parties, and events. Visit www.ci.easterseals.com for additional information.

FIRST GIG ROCK N ROLL CAMP FOR KIDS*
David S. Palmer Arena
100 W. Main St.
Danville, IL 61832
217-431-2424
pblackmon@palmerarena.com
www.firstgigrockcamp.com
In partnership with the Danville Chapter of AMBUCS, Danville Area Community College, and the Special Olympics of Illinois, First Gig “Super Stars” is a five-day destination camp led by area musicians that promotes fun, self-confidence and therapy through music.

FREEDOM TRAX*
3242 W. Monroe St.
Waukegan, IL 60085
847-808-0900
lpi@lpicorp.net
www.freedomtrax.com
Freedom Trax is a motorized track system designed to transform nearly any manual wheelchair into an off-road vehicle that can traverse sand, snow, gravel, and mud. Its unique design allows for a lightweight, versatile and rugged machine. Freedom Trax is the first of its type and is the most effective solution for portable and convenient off-road mobility.

HEALING HORSE STABLES*
378 County Road 700 East
Pesotum, IL 61863
217-417-7373
217-690-8775
healinghorsestables@gmail.com
www.healinghorsestables.org
Healing Horse Stables is committed to promoting the physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and spiritual health and well being of individuals, regardless of age of disability, by providing equine assisted therapies. We are a nonprofit organization offering: therapeutic riding, equine facilitated learning, and riding for relaxation. We plan soon to offer yoga, Tai Qi on horseback, equine assisted psychotherapy and hippo therapy—speech, physical, and occupational therapy utilizing horses.

HOME AND COMMUNITY EDUCATION–PROJECT LINUS*
1209 East Jeffery Dr.
Mahomet, IL 61853
217-586-4256 or 217-621-3189
We make Project Linus weighted blankets for children with autism. They are free to children.


ILLINOIS ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM*
1020 S. Spring
Springfield, IL 62704
217-522-7985
rrichard@iltech.org
www.ILTech.org
IATP is a non-profit organization whose mission is to increase access to AT devices and services for individuals of all ages with disabilities.

ILLINOIS EARLY INTERVENTION CLEARINGHOUSE
51 Gerty Dr.
Children’s Research Center, UIUC
Champaign, IL 61820
(217)333-1386
Email: isaacs@illinois.edu
www.eiclearinghouse.org
The Illinois Intervention (EI) Clearinghouse is a lending library and information resource for families and professionals in Illinois. Our free lending library consists of books, journals, and DVDs related to early childhood, parenting, and young children with special needs. The EI Clearinghouse is one component of the Illinois Early Intervention (EI) Program. The state’s program provides a collection of services for families of children from birth to age 3 who have disabilities or developmental delays or who are at risk of having developmental delays. Families are the key to successful early intervention. Our mission is to provide families with the information they need to support their children’s growth and development.

ILLINOIS RADIO READER*
300 N. Goodwin Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801
217- 333-6503
spegal@illinois.edu
will.illinois.edu/illinoisradioreader
The free Illinois Radio Reader service offers audio news and information from newspapers, magazines and more—and it’s not just for those who are blind or visually impaired. It’s for anyone who is considered print impaired—including individuals who have a medical condition or disability that makes it difficult to hold and/or read traditional books and magazines. It’s also for people who are home bound. The service is also offered via web streaming and a smart phone app in addition to the traditional reader radios.

ILLINOIS TALKING BOOK OUTREACH CENTER*
125 Tower Drive
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
800-426-0709
info@illinoistalkingbooks.org
www.illinoistalkingbooks.org
Opening the world of reading for the people of Illinois who cannot read print due to a physical or visual limitation. We provide players, digital books, app for Android and IOS devices, and access to Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD). These services are tax supported with no out of pocket expenses.

IL WHEELIN SPORTSMAN - NWTF
P.O. Box 83
Fithian, IL 61844
217-260-7036
Email: illinoisws@gmail.com
www.illinoisnwtf.org
We are an outreach program of the National Wild Turkey Federation. Our main goal is
to provide outdoor recreational opportunities to people with disabilities in Illinois.

LINKING EDUCATORS AND PARENTS (LEAP)
607 W. Nevada St.
Urbana, IL 61801
217-367-0398
mfkay@sbcglobal.net
The east-central Illinois LEAP group (Linking Educators and Parents), organized with assistance from the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) in June of 2006. During the past 10 years LEAP has provided over 70 free workshops for teachers and parents. We are on Facebook at Linking Educators and Parents.

PARKLAND COLLEGE – OFFICE OF DISABILITY SERVICES*
2400 W. Bradley Ave.
Champaign, IL 61822
217-353-2002
disabilityservices@parkland.edu
www.parkland.edu/disabilityservices
Our Goals:
Help students determine, access, & use accommodations. Equip students with the technical resources necessary to attain their goals. Foster an inclusive environment which encourages personal & academic growth and facilitates independence. Help students understand their abilities and needs and available resources. Serve as an educational resource on disability-related concerns for our students, faculty, staff, and community.

PSALMERS MUSIC ACADEMY*
500 E. Michigan Ave., #15
Urbana, IL 61801
217-766-0759
borahkang@gmail.com
We offer piano lessons in group or individual. We also have rhythm class, and music appreciation class for the students with special needs.

READING GROUP, THE*
3011A Village Office Place
Champaign, IL 61822
217- 351-9144
wcrowder@readinggroup.org
www.readinggroup.org
The Reading Group is a non-profit learning center that has been helping students improve their reading and study skills for over 40 years. Programs are offered year-round for both gifted and learning disabled (including dyslexic) students with high quality, individualized one-on-one instruction. The Reading Group staff includes educational specialists in reading, writing, early childhood development, ESL (English as a Second Language), and Speech and Language pathology, among other areas. Scholarships are also available and awarded on the basis of financial need and severity of the student’s learning disability.

SKILL SPROUT*
706 Oglesby, Ste. 200
Normal, IL 61761
800-773-1682
info@skillsprout.com
www.skillsprout.com
Skill Sprout provides educational and therapeutic services throughout the states of Illinois and Texas. Within the state of Illinois, we are a premier provider of home-based Applied Behavioral Analysis services to children with developmental disabilities. In addition we offer 6 therapy centers that provide premier clinic-based educational, behavioral, and rehabilitation services in the communities of Lombard, Bloomington-Normal, Peoria, Washington, and Springfield. Along with direct service, we also provide parent and professional trainings. With a family-centered focus, we aim to improve the quality of life for every family and child we serve.

SOCIAL CHAMPAIGN*
510 S. Staley Road, STE. A
Champaign, IL 61822
217-766-8807
j.s.gorsuch@gmail.com
www.socialchampaign.com
Social Champaign provides individual and group therapy services that address the social and
organizational issues of children and adults with high functioning autism, PDD-NOS, Asperger
Syndrome, non-verbal learning disorder (NVLD), ADHD, and other related social learning disabilities. Group therapy is limited to a maximum of four clients per group.

STARNET REGIONS I & III*
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455
800-227-7537 Toll free
815-222-0659 Cell
r-slaght@wiu.edu
www.starnet.org
Illinois STARnet is a Support and Technical Assistance Regional Network that provides training, consultation and resources to the early childhood community. STARnet is divided into six regions in Illinois, Regions I & III serve the Northwest and Central part of the state. The STARnet system assists the State Board of Education in meeting local needs by providing services to professionals and families of young children with special needs throughout Illinois. STARnet supports family-centered, research-based and effective practices in early childhood education and care. STARnet is committed to Helping Illinois’ Young Children Reach for the Stars.

STEPHENS FAMILY YMCA – LARKIN’S PLACE PROGRAMMING*
2501 Fields South Dr.
Champaign, IL 61822
217-239-2849
Stacie@sf-ymca.net
www.sf-ymca.net
The Stephens Family YMCA is specifically designed to support and integrate children and families at all developmental levels, encouraging acceptance, play and growth for everyone. While the philosophy and spirit of Larkin’s Place permeates every aspect of the Y from design to programming, classes designated as “Larkin’s Place Programming” incorporate additional therapeutic developmental and social goals–actively seeking to bring together typically and atypically developing participants in an effort to cross social barriers and enact positive personal and societal change.

TRINITY HORSEMANSHIP FOUNDATION, NFP*
1802 McDonald Dr.
Champaign, IL 61821
TrinityHorsemanshipFoundationNFP@outlook.com
217-372-7827
At Trinity Horsemanship Foundation we will bring horsemanship to all willing students in the Central Illinois area. With doors open to all riding disciplines and handicap/therapeutic riding students of all ages, we will do this through ground work and riding horses. We strive to increase our clients’ quality of life, their self-confidence and their self-reliance as well as to strengthen their body, mind and spirit.

URBANA FREE LIBRARY*
210 W. Green Street
Urbana, IL 61801
217-367-4405
mtowner@urbanafree.org
urbanafreelibrary.org
Located in the heart of downtown Urbana at the corner of Race and Green, all are welcome to use the resources within our building.
• FREE WiFi and public workstations with Internet access, MS office applications, special keyboards and trackball mice, adjustable height computer tables.
• Aladdin Genie Document magnifier.
• Large print books, DVDs and audiobooks on CD.
• Notary public service all hours the library is open. Public fax and copy machines.
• Home delivery service for the physically disabled.
• Programs for all ages.
• Space for meetings.
• Cooling & heating station during uncomfortable weather.
• And, more!