Howard Intervention Center

An ABA therapy and developmental center for Autism
Providing Home, Center and Community Based Services

Howard Intervention Center, Inc.
18324 Ashland Ave., Homewood, IL 60430
Phone: (708) 794-6509

Social Groups and Therapy Focus On:
Fine Motor Skills
Pretend Play Skills
Arts & Crafts
Gross Motor Skills
School Readiness
Language Acquisition
Music & Dance

Services Provided Include:
Decrease in Behavior Challenges
Preschool ABA Services
Life Skils - potty training, brushing teeth, dressing, etc.

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Parent 2 Parent Autism Support Group
Monthly meeting in collaboration with Salem Lutheran Church.
Please visit or call (708) 794-6509 for more information.

iCan Dream Center

The iCan Dream Center provides quality programming for youth age12-21. We specialize in working with students with intellectual disabilities, autism, and various learning difficulties.

17512 Carriageway
Suites A, B & C
Hazel Crest, IL 60429
Phone: 708.798.4200
Fax: 708.816.8488

iCan Dream Center Transition Program Brochure
iCan Dream Center After School Brochure
STEAM Summer Camp Flyer

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Best Buddies Illinois Citizens Program

What is Best Buddies?
Best Buddies is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that serves people with and without Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (IDD). The mission of Best Buddies is to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with IDD. Best Buddies was founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver and has programs in 50 countries & all 50 United States. Best Buddies offers seven programs – Citizens, e-Buddies, Colleges, High Schools, Middle Schools, Jobs, and Ambassadors.

What is the Citizens Program?
The Best Buddies Illinois Citizens Program provides opportunities for one-to-one friendships for adults (18+) with and without IDD. Buddy Pairs commit to one year of friendship, get together 1-2 times each month, and share communication each week.

Best Buddies Illinois
101 West Grand Ave., Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60654


BBIL Citizens Program FAQ Sheet
BBIL Citizens Program Handout

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Exceptional Children's Charities

Providing Sercices for Children with Special Needs

Mission and Vision
The mission of Excptional Children's Charities is to develop and acquire resources to benefit exceptional children.

The resources shall be used to provide assistance to exceptional children with special needs.

About Us
Exceptional Children's Charities has been in existence for over 30 years. The continued support from our generous donors, and volunteer's has enabled us to continue to assist special children, and their families.

Exceptional Children's Charities
P.O. Box 366
Steger, IL 60475

708-995-7727 (phone)
708-995-7729 (fax)

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OPERATION T.A.L.K. (Tell, Ask, Listen, Keep Safe)

Operation T.A.L.K. came to be after the loss of James Walsh, son of Tim and Maureen Walsh. Jimmy was 22 years old when he lost the battle within himself. Military and Vets suffer in so many ways not only do they fight in other countries to ensure we can continue to enjoy our freedoms at home, but some come home still fighting a war we cannot see. Depression and PTSD are as real as the uniform they wear for this great country. It is time for us to help our heroes know we are here for them.

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Frankfort Police Department Driver Awareness Program

Frankfort Police Department
20602 Lincoln-Way Lane - Frankfort, IL

The Decision to Drive
Teens and young adults typically consider a driver's license an essential step towards independence. The desire to drive is no different for people with disabilities, but the decision is more complicated. A recent study revealed that two-thirds of people with high functioning autism currently drive or hope to drive someday, but the subject raises numerous concerns for the potential driver and his/her family. Common difficulties for people with autism, such as multitasking, reading cues, flexibility with rules, and sensitivity to light or sound, are frequent factors of the driving experience. Deciding to drive is a decision that should not be taken lightly by anyone, but for the person with autism, that decision requires an even deeper consideration of one's strengths and needs.

Interaction with Police
People desiring a driver's license ought to consider that at some point in their driving they will have an interaction with a police officer. Officers are increasingly being trained to understand autism, but there is no guarantee that an officer encountered in a traffic pullover or an accident has received such training or truly understands behaviors exhibited by people on the autism spectrum. Miscommunications and misinterpretations in that circumstance can have a disastrous outcome. While considering such scenarios, a potential driver who has autism must evaluate their ability to cope and communicate under stress.

The Frankfort Police Department program:
The FPD program aims to provide an interactive and educational experience that enables people with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome (or other disabilities) to have positive interactions with law enforcement should the situation arise. The department hopes to accomplish this goal in three parts:
- Safe Interactions Class
- Traffic Pullover Simulations
- ID card

Please note that space is limited. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to attend.

For more information about the program, please click here.

Sojourn Therapeutic Riding Center

Enhancing lives through the power of the horse.

We, at Sojourn use equine assisted activities to proactively contribute to an individual's cognitive, physical, emotional, and social well being.

Therapeutic riding benefits individuals in the areas of therapy, education, sport, and leisure. We hope you will enjoy your journey to Sojourn and find pleasure in your experiences with our highly trained equines and staff.

Serving the South Suburbs

GiGi's Playhouse, Tinley Park

GiGi’s Playhouse is a one-of-a-kind achievement center for individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and the community. GiGi’s Playhouse offers more than 25 therapeutic and educational programs that advance literacy, math skills, motor skills and more; all of which are free of charge.

Programs are created by professional therapists and teachers who generously donate their time and expertise. All programs are based on best practices for Down syndrome learning styles, and customized to ensure individual success. GiGi’s Playhouse actually serves infants through adults. GiGi’s Playhouse is headquartered in Hoffman Estates, IL; with 15 locations throughout the United States and Mexico, with more opening soon.

GiGi’s Playhouse makes a difference every day. Our unique points of difference empower individuals and their parents to achieve their greatest potential with confidence, independence, and joy. We have a “place”: we will never let location be a barrier to success. We have “programs”: we will never let curriculum be a boundary to achievement. Most importantly, programs are free. We will never let cost deter our families from participation or impede the achievement of our children and adults.

Center for Law & Social Work

The Center for Law & Social Work's (CLSW) mission is to create, preserve, and protect families. CLSW believes all families, regardless of financial circumstances, should have equal access to legal and social work services in order to remain stable and secure. Lawyers and Social Workers work together to help families in Cook County, IL with adoption, guardianship, and legal back up planning for children and disabled adults in their care.

4753 N. Broadway
Suite 632
Chicago, IL 60640
773-728-7800 is a leading senior care resource for family caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones. We have been featured on the Administration for Community Living, AARP, Forbes, and is referenced by many governmental agencies and organizations across the internet.

Special Needs Movie Screenings

Reel Movies for Real Needs
A Special Showing for Families and Individuals with Special Needs

Marcus Theatres
Click here for participating theatres and showtimes.

Emagine Accessible Screenings
Click here for participating theatres and showtimes.

AMC Sensory Friendly Films
AMC and the Autism Society
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Special Education Private Tutor

Ms. Stuesse is an experienced special education private tutor with a special education degree. She tutors preschool through adult ages, is a long time piano teacher, and has taught special needs piano. References are available.

Ms. Stuesse offers a quiet, clean, well organized, and allergy free home with an open door policy where parents are always welcomed. There is a walking/bike trail that tutoring/piano families often enjoy. Located 30 minutes from Park Forest, 25 minutes from Richton Park and Matteson, and 15 minutes from Frankfort and Monee.

Free initial phone consultation for interested parents that can be arranged through texting or email.

Suzanne Stuesse

Special Needs Chicago, Inc - Wheelchair Accessible Transportation

Our mission is to provide physically and cognitively challenged individuals throughout Chicago and the suburbs with the freedom to enjoy safe, reliable, comfortable and courteous wheelchair accessible transportation at an affordable cost.

Michelle Dacy


Life Planning for Children and Adults with Special Needs