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:

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 Links

For more information about the wide range of public and private special education resources that are helpful to families in Chicago, you can visit the following websites:

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                     312.324.GPS4 (4774)     

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.