disABILITY Resource

AGE WISE CARE MANAGEMENT*
101 W. Tomaras Ave., Suite 62
Savoy, IL 61874
217- 493-3086
info@agewisecm.com
www.agewisecm.com
Age Wise Care Management, Inc. offers professional geriatric care management services to families struggling to care for an aging loved one. Other individuals with disabilities may also benefit from care management. AWCM works with clients across the lifespan. We have extensive experience with older adults, and we are well versed in the specific challenges presented by clients with special needs, such as mental illness and developmental delay. Age Wise offers professional care management services to families struggling with caring for a loved one dealing with aging or disability needs.

ARC LIGAS FAMILY ADVOCATE PROGRAM*
651 E. 159th Place
South Holland, IL 60473
708-331-7370
Missy@thearcofil.org
www.LigasFamilyAdvocateProgram.org
The purpose of the Arc Ligas Family Advocates Program is to provide family-to-family support for individuals and their families who are selected through the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities (DHS/DDD), Prioritization of Urgency of Needs (PUNS) as a result of the Ligas Consent Decree. Family advocates will address the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families by providing information about, and options for, using community based services for the Developmentally Disabled, including Home-Based Support Services (HBSS) and Community Integrated Living Arrangement (CILA) services to build full and integrated lives in their homes and communities.

CANINE COMPANIONS FOR INDEPENDENCE
North Central Training Center
4989 State Route 37 East
Delaware, Ohio 43015
740-833-3700
www.cci.org
Founded in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence® is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.

CHAMPAIGN COMMUNITY ADVOCACY AND MENTORING RESOURCES (CCAMR)*
P.O. Box 92
Champaign, IL 61824
217- 384-9591
CCAMRBoard@gmail.com
www.ccamr.wordpress.com
Champaign Community Advocacy and Mentoring Resources (CCAMR) provides grants to adults (age 18 and older) with intellectual disabilities who live in Champaign County. The purpose of the mini grants (for $100 - $2000) is to enrich an individual’s life by providing funds to support the purchase of equipment or supports that will assist the individual in maintaining or obtaining independence in his or her home or community or to support activities that will enhance the individual’s quality of life.

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY CLERK’S OFFICE*
1776 E. Washington St.
Urbana, IL 61802
217- 384-3724
sfrye@co.champaign.il.us
www.champaigncountyclerk.com
The Champaign County Clerk’s Office will distribute voter registration information.

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY NURSING HOME, ADULT DAY SERVICES
500 Art Bartell Rd
Urbana, IL 61802
217-384-3784
Direct Line: 217-693-5005
http://www.co.champaign.il.us/ccnh
Adult Day Services is a community based program operating Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. We are separate from the Nursing Home side, complete with a separate entrance. Clients enjoy a variety of activities throughout the day including outings. Staff at the Champaign County Adult Day Center can also assist with medications, health monitoring, bathing, and exercises as well. The Adult Day Center specializes in programming geared toward individuals who have cognitive impairments, and the Director is a certified dementia coordinator. We also offer programming for individuals looking to stay busy throughout the day. Adult Day Services has several options for cost. We offer an hourly rate, a half day rate and a full day rate, with a transportation rate for those who need this service. Transportation can be used at any time of the day. Adult Day Services has a contract with the VA, and if persons qualify through the Department of Aging, Cumberland Associates can assist with the cost. Private pay is also accepted.

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY ASSOCIATION*
82 E. University Ave.
Champaign, IL 61821
217-403-6912
laeisha.meaderds@champaignil.gov
Betsy.smith@champaignil.gov
www.metcad911.org
ci.champaign.il.us/departments/police
The Illinois Premise Alert Program is a program to provide first responders with vital information for people with special needs. The program provides the framework for a 911 call center to accept information about people with disabilities and share that information with police, firefighters and paramedics in an emergency. Premise Alert is designed to enhance first responder/citizen relationships and will provide first responders with important information prior to their arrival at an emergency scene.

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION/INDEPENDENT SERVICE COORDINATION PROGRAM (ISC)*
1776 E. Washington St.
Urbana, IL 61802
217-328-3313
kbowdry@ccrpc.org
www.ccrpc.org
The ISC program is designed to assist individuals with developmental disabilities effectively navigate the complex array of service options and to secure the services they desire. ISC is part of a statewide network of ISC agencies that link the Department of Human Services - Division of Developmental Disabilities, the community agencies providing developmental disability services, and the consumers needing services.

CHAMPAIGN HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION*
102 North Neil St.
Champaign, IL 61820
217-403-8830
sara.alvis@champaignil.gov
www.champaignil.gov
The mission of the Champaign Human Relations Commission is to eliminate discrimination and to establish equality and justice for all persons within the City of Champaign through civil rights enforcement and education.

CIRCLE OF FRIENDS ADULT DAY CENTER 
609 West Washington
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 359-7937
Fax: (217) 359-3884
Email: center@circleiffiriendsadc.net
www.circleoffriendsadc.net
The Circle of Friends Adult Day Center is for adults over the age of 18 who need: socialization opportunities, assistance with daily living tasks, supervision, medical monitoring, and memory treatment. Circle of Friends Adult Day Center is for caregivers who need: personal time, support groups and counseling, community geriatric referrals, lending library materials, and alternatives to institutionalization of a loved one. Hours of operation:  7:30 AM - 5:30 PM   Monday – Friday; Saturday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

COMMUNITY SERVICE CENTER OF NORTHERN CHAMPAIGN COUNTY*
520 E. Wabash Ave.
Rantoul, IL 61866
217- 893-1530
evergreen3069@yahoo.com
karenk@cscrantoul.org
www.cscrantoul.org
The Community Service Center of Northern Champaign County (CSCNCC) is a multi-agency center which provides mental health, social health and welfare services. These services include an emergency food pantry, holiday assistance, information & referral, prescription assistance, clothing center referrals and other miscellaneous services. CSCNCC also serves as a satellite site to several Champaign-Urbana based agencies. CSCNCC provides services to residents of northern Champaign County, except for the emergency food pantry which serves the entire county.

CONGRESSMAN RODNEY DAVIS
2004 Fox Drive
Champaign, IL 61802
217-403-4690
Jen.White@mail.house.gov
www.rodneydavis.house.gov
We provide assistance to individuals who have applied for Social Security Disability benefits, and need assistance checking the status of their application or cutting through government red tape in receiving a decision.

COURAGE CONNECTION
1304 E. Main
Urbana, IL 61802
217-239-2558
Cell: 217-979-0445
www.courageconnection.org
Program Manager - Marella McMurray: mmcmurray@courageconnection.org
Courage Connection provides housing and supportive services for individuals and families experiencing homelessness or who are victims of domestic violence. We believe in the right of every person to safety and the potential of every person for success.

CRIS HEALTHY-AGING CENTER*
201 W. Springfield Ave., Suite 501
Champaign, IL 61820
217-355-1543
info@agestrong.org
www.agestrong.org
In Champaign County, the CRIS Healthy-Aging Center coordinates the Money Management program and has developed the BRIDGE Transitions program in cooperation with area hospitals. The Money Management Program is for limited income senior citizens who need help managing their finances. The goal is to assist low income older adults, promote independent living and prevent unnecessary nursing home placement, guardianship or homelessness. The Bridge Transition Program provides professionals who are based in the hospital and provides tools to help clients manage their health care, eases transition from the hospital to home, which reduces hospital readmissions and emergency department visits.

DISABILITY BEAT, WEFT COMMUNITY RADIO 90.1*
113 N. Market St.
Champaign, IL 61820
217-778-1664
disabilitybeat@gmail.com
www.disabilitybeat.com
www.weft.org
Disability Beat is a public affairs radio program focusing on social justice, community supports, inclusion, and accessibility for people with disabilities. It includes national, state and local news on disability issues as well as interviews, bringing resources and information to the disability community. The program airs weekly on Mondays from 5:30-6pm from WEFT Community Radio in Champaign at 90.1FM or streaming online at www.weft.org.

DODD & MAATUKA*
303 S. Mattis Ave., Suite 201
Champaign, IL 61821-3070
217-337-0700
shayla@madelaw.net
www.doddlaw.net
Full service law firm providing solution oriented legal services in a caring and professional manner. Dodd & Maatuka is a law firm located in Champaign which provides legal consultation for families and individuals who are involved with persons with special needs. Such consultation and legal services include, but are not limited to: Special needs trusts, estate planning, wills and trusts, guardianships, powers of attorney, and direction for living arrangements. Dodd & Maatuka will work with family members or individuals to accomplish the best results possible for the individual with special needs. Dodd & Maatuka can also provide other general legal consultation in other areas of the law.

EAST CENTRAL ILLINOIS REFUGEE MUTUAL ASSISTANCE CENTER*
302 S. Birch St.
Urbana, IL 61801
217- 344-8455
ecirmac@hotmail.com
www.ecirmac.weebly.com
The Refugee Center provides refugee/immigrant families with orientation, information and referral, counseling, liaison, interpretation, and translation services. The Center provides assistance with immigration paperwork, citizenship study, and help accessing those services to which they are legally entitled. ECIRMAC provides job counseling, referrals, a bi-monthly newsletter, a Saturday Morning Tutoring Program for grades K-12, and educational workshops (i.e., Smart Money, Parenting, Healthy Eating, and Family Strengthening.)

EQUIP FOR EQUALITY*
1 West Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 816
Springfield, IL 62701
217-544-0464 or 800-758-0464 (voice)
800-610-2779 (TTY)
contactus@equipforequality.org
www.equipforequality.org
Equip for Equality provides self-advocacy and legal help for people with disabilities in Illinois with no fee for services. It is the only comprehensive, cross-disability advocacy organization serving people of all ages throughout the state. Advocates and attorneys provide information and advice to individuals to enable them to advocate on their own behalf. Projects include outreach to Spanish-speaking communities, a special education helpline, help for beneficiaries of Social Security, and self-advocacy education.

FAMILY SERVICE OF CHAMPAIGN COUNTY*
405 S. State St.
Champaign, IL 61820
217-352-0099
info@familyservicecc.org
www.famservcc.org
Family Service of Champaign County offers you caring staff and more than a century of experience. Families and people of all ages improve their ability to cope through counseling and support groups. Adults with disabilities living in a home setting experiencing abuse, neglect or financial exploitation receive protection and assistance to ensure safe living arrangements. Services for adults aged 6 include HomeCare, Meals on Wheels, Senior Transportation, and Senior Counseling & Advocacy. Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) has volunteer opportunities for all adults ages 55+. Call Family Service at 352-0099; we can help you turn your challenges into new beginnings.

GREATER CHAMPAIGN COUNTY AMBUCS*
2702 Natalie Dr.
Champaign, IL 61822
217-898-8212
denhart@illinois.edu
www.thegccambucs.org
AMBUCS is dedicated to creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities by performing community service, providing AmTryke therapeutic tricycles to children, youth, and adults with disabilities, providing scholarships for therapists, and constructing wheelchair ramps for qualified applicants. Additionally, they assist in development of Ambucs Park in Urbana, an accessible community recreational park.

GUARDIANSHIP AND ADVOCACY COMMISSION*
2125 S. First St.
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 278-5577;TTY
(866) 333-3362
www.gac.state.il.us
Created in 1979, the Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission protects the rights and promotes the welfare of persons with disabilities. The Commission is an executive state agency created to safeguard the rights of persons with disabilities. Three program Divisions in nine regions throughout the State carry out the responsibilities of the Commission. They are the Office of State Guardian (OSG), the Legal Advocacy Service (LAS), and the Human Rights Authority (HRA).

ILLINOIS ASSOCIATION OF MICROBOARDS AND COOPERATIVES*
104 Woodcreek Court
Mahomet, IL 61853
217- 778-5388
qualitylifeinil@gmail.com
www.iambc.org
The Illinois Association of Microboards and Cooperatives supports individuals with disabilities and their family members in creating small non-profit corporations that help them make their own decisions and control their own lives. The focus of a microboard or cooperative is community inclusion: having your own home, working a real job, and having friendships and relationships with people in their community. The IAMC provides information, training, and ongoing technical assistance, as well as facilitation of person-centered planning.

ILLINOIS OFFICE OF COMPTROLLER – LESLIE GEISSLER MUNGER*
100 W. Randolph St. Suite 15-500
Chicago, IL 60601
312-814-0034
Julie.ayres@illinoiscomptroller.gov
www.ioc.state.il.us
We will provide literature on identity theft and financial literature.

ILLINI SERVICE DOGS
1206 S. Fourth Street, Huff Hall, Room 2005
Champaign, IL 61820
708-699-8902
Email: illini.dogs@gmail.com
www.illiniservicedogs.org
The Illini Service Dog Program is a Registered Student Organization at the University
of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign that was founded in 2010 by Bridget Evans. Our mission is to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities through community education, advocacy, and service dogs. Students are provided the opportunity to foster and train a service dog for a person with a physical disability. By the time the dogs graduate from our program, they know over 40 commands. After the service dog has completed training, the dog is placed with a person with a disability free of charge. Students will have the enriching experience of training a dog for a person with a disability while gaining knowledge of disability culture and disability rights.

LAND OF LINCOLN LEGAL ASSISTANCE FOUNDATION, INC.
302 North First St.
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 356-1351
Email: jlafond@lollaf.org
www.lollaf.org
Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance provides legal assistance to low-income individuals as well as to seniors age 60 and older. Services include advice, brief service, and negotiation and litigation on selected civil matters such as welfare, medical assistance, utilities, housing, consumer debt, elder abuse, and selected family problems such as divorce and orders of protection. Income eligibility guidelines are generally 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. Toll-free line for clients is 1-800-747-5523. TTY number for deaf/hard of hearing: (217) 356-0684. Service area includes Champaign, Vermilion, Dewitt, Piatt, Effingham, Coles, Cumberland, Edgar, Moultrie, Douglas, Jasper, Crawford, and Ford Counties.

PACE, INC. CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING*
1317 E. Florida Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801-6007
217- 344-5433
info@pacecil.org
www.pacecil.org
PACE is a not-for-profit, community-based, non-residential, disability advocacy organization that assists individuals with disabilities to achieve and/or maintain independence. PACE provides the four core services of Information and Referral, Skills Training, Advocacy, and Peer Counseling. We offer programs such as Reintegration from nursing homes to community, Visual Impairment Services North of 55 yrs. Personal Assistant Services, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, Opportunities for Independence for people who have developmental disabilities, free ITAC Amplified Phones, and more. Many of our services are low cost or free to residents of Champaign, Vermilion, Douglas, Edgar, and Piatt Counties.

PAWS GIVING INDEPENDENCE
P. O. Box 9572
Peoria, IL 61602
630-531-1603
Email: business@givingindependence.org
www.givingindependence.org
Paws Giving Independence trains service dogs to assist people with a variety of different disabilities, while providing support to encourage independence. PGI educates the public to the benefits of service dogs and encourages animal rescue by obtaining many of our animals from shelters and rescue groups.

RAPE ADVOCACY, COUNSELING, & EDUCATION SERVICES
145 A Lincoln Square Urbana, IL 61821
(217) 344-6298
Email: admin@cu-races.org
www.cu-races.org
Rape Advocacy, Counseling, & Education Services provides Counseling Services, Medical Advocacy, Legal Advocacy, 24-Hour Hotline, Information & Referral, Community Education, and Professional Training. Adult, family, children’s, and group counseling are offered. Counseling services at RACES are client-centered, with the client and counselor together negotiating goals. All services offered by Rape Advocacy, Counseling, & Education Services are available free of charge to survivors of sexual violence and their significant others.

SALVATION ARMY – SUPPORTIVE SERVICES FOR VETERAN FAMILIES*
2212 North Market Street
Champaign, IL 61821
217-373-7832 ext. 52
Christy_thompson@usc.salvationarmy.org
The Salvation Army provides financial and support services to very low income Veteran families who need housing stability focused services throughout Central Illinois. The goal is to stabilize these families in housing, while providing on-going support as needed to sustain independent living.

SENATOR SCOTT BENNETT*
45 E. University, Suite 206
Champaign, IL 61820
217-355-5252
michelle@senatorbennett.com
Public service contact information, Senior Health Record, State government information, Child identification card.

SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
101 S Country Fair Dr.
Champaign IL 61821
800-772-1213
877-819-2593
www.socialsecurity.gov
Social Security delivers a broad range of services online and in over 1200 field offices nationwide. Social Security touches almost everyone’s life, whether it be applying for a new or replacement Social Security card, applying for Retirement, Disability, Medicare or Survivor benefits, or applying for Supplemental Security Income and Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Costs.

SPECIAL TOUCH MINISTRY - CHAMBANA FRIENDS OF GOD
1202 Nofftz Drive
Champaign, IL
217-637-1340
Email: ellbee@att.net
We are an interdenominational group whose purpose is to address the spiritual needs of people with disabilities. Our services vary depending on the individual, but can include
mentoring, Bible study, worship, prayer pals, home visits, and assisting those who want
to attend the annual Special Touch Camp. Other social gatherings may also be planned. We have ongoing recruitment for group members and leaders.

THRIVENT FINANCIAL*
201 W. Springfield Ave., Suite 103
Champaign, IL 61820
217-819-4646
dean.hull@thrivent.com
www.thrivent.com
Thrivent Financial provides sound financial guidance with value-based financial strategies. Our experienced financial representatives can help you create a strategy that reflects your values. We provide a wide range of products and services to help you meet your financial goals and needs. We offer tools such as insurance, annuities and mutual funds. We’re a not-for-profit financial services organization dedicated to helping our nearly 2.4 million Christian members reach their financial goals. We are a Fortune 500 company with the strength of $105.4 billion in assets under management (as of Dec. 31, 2014).

TUMMELSON, BRYAN & KNOX, LLP
115 N. Broadway Ave,
P.O. Box 99
Urbana, IL 61803-0099
217-367-2500 (voice)
217-367-2555 (fax)
www.tbklaw.com
We are a full service law firm offering legal counsel in many areas including estate planning (Special Needs Trusts) and guardianship.

UIC – SPECIALIZED CARE FOR CHILDREN*
510 Devonshire, Suite A
Champaign, IL 61820
217- 333-6528
beagles2@uic.edu
http://dscc.uic.edu/
University of Illinois at Chicago’s Division of Specialized Care for Children provides free care coordination for families of children with special health care needs. Additionally, we are able to provide some financial support to families who meet our financial eligibility guidelines. As a division of UIC, we have unique access to resources and research to assist Illinois families and children with special healthcare needs. We have 12 regional offices throughout the state of Illinois. The Champaign Regional Office provides care to children and families in the following counties: Champaign, Douglas, Ford, Iroquois, Kankakee, McLean, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt and Vermilion.

URBANA HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION*
400 S. Vine St.
Urbana, IL 61801
217-384-2455
hro@urbanaillinois.us
www.urbanaillinois.us/hro
The Urbana Human Relations Commission (HRC) works to end unlawful discrimination within the city of Urbana through education and enforcement of the Urbana Human Rights Ordinance. Working closely with the Urbana Human Relation Office (HRO), the HRC and HRO promote and protect human rights, civil rights, and optimal community relations within the City. If you feel you have been unlawfully discriminated against in housing, employment, credit, or access to public accommodation, please email us at hro@urbanaillinois.us or call 217-384-2455. Service is free of charge and calls are confidential.

WEST POINT FINANCIAL GROUP*
401 SW Water St.
Peoria, IL 61602
309-495-8063
jsthompson@financialguide.com
www.westpointfinancialgroup.com
Financial planning seminars on basic life plan, guardianship, special needs trusts, etc. Comprehensive individualized family plans.

 

 

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