Social Services

For more information about the wide range of family care resources that are helpful in the Chicagoland area, you can visit the following websites:

Assistance Services

  • Solutions for Care: Adult Protective Services • Aging & Disability Resources • Caregiver Resources • Community Care Programs link
  • Aspire of Illinois link
  • Oak Park Township Public Assistance link
  • Jewish Children and Family Services link
  • Catholic Charities link

Special Education

Chicago Public Schools Website (CPS) link

  • Office of Diverse Learner Supports + Services, Link
  • For Special Education Pro cess, click on ‘Support s and Services’ tab

Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) link

  • For information on Illinois’ Response to Intervention Grant Program, link

Individuals with Disabilities Education  Act (IDEA) link

  • This site was created to provide a “one-stop-shop ” for resources related to IDEA and its implementing regulations.
  • For information on Individualized Education Program (IEP), link

Wrightslaw link

  • Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.

National Center for Learning Disabilities link

  • For Parents tab link takes you to a variety of helpful information including the warning signs of LO, the rights you and your child have, and how you can support your child on the home.
  • NCLD’s comprehensive information center on Individualized Education Program (IEP), link

Special Education Advisor link

  • How to Prepare for an IEP (updated) offers a timeline starting at 90 days before the IEP meeting, link

ComparingIEPs/504s/Rtl  link
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Social Services

Heartland Alliance link


  • CMHC – Community Mental Health Center
  • Mental Health Treatment – City of Chicago/South Side. link
  • Ecker Center Link
  • Ben Gordon Center link
  • Kenneth Young Center link
  • Metropolitan Family Services – Multiple Locations throughout Chicago Mental Health Counseling link
  • Lutheran Social Services of Illinois link
  • Larkin Center link

Other Resources

  • Equip for Equality link
  • Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services link
  • Lupus Foundation of America Illinois link


  • Shelter Locator link
  • Lazarus House link
  • FeatherFist link
  • Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for specific questions related to disability benefits.