Chicago-based Keshet serves over a thousand individuals with disabilities, from its core programs for children and adults with intellectual challenges, to its international consulting work.
KGH Autism Services
KGH is an innovative, multidisciplinary therapy center located in Illinois and Wisconsin, providing individualized and evidence-based treatment, consultation, education, support, and empowerment for individuals with autism – from infancy through young adulthood – and their families.
Kids Can Do Children’s Therapy Center
Kids Can Do is an outpatient center specializing in pediatric occupational, physical, and speech/language therapy. Kids Can Do treats Greater Chicago-area children of all ages, from infants to adolescents transitioning into adulthood.
Founded in 1965, Little Friends has grown to a multi-faceted human services agency operating three schools, vocational training programs, community-based residential opportunities, and the Little Friends Center for Autism, a valued resource for diagnosis, comprehensive evaluations, therapies, and trainings for parents and professionals. Little Friends serves more than 800 people each year throughout 9 counties and 45 school districts across northern Illinois and Indiana.
Misericordia is a nonprofit currently serving more than 600 children and adults through a spectrum of residential options on its 31-acre Chicago campus and in the community, with a wide variety of programs.
National Autism Association
The National Autism Association is working to respond to the most urgent needs of the autism community, providing help and hope so that all affected can reach their full potential.
National Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks works to promote solutions to meet the needs of individuals with autism and their families, through: advocacy and support; promoting understanding and acceptance of people with autism; and advancing research into the causes of and improved interventions for autism and related conditions.
National Center for Learning Disabilities
The National Center for Learning Disabilities is working to improve the lives of the 1 in 5 children and adults nationwide with learning and attention issues – by empowering parents and young adults, transforming schools and advocating for equal rights and opportunities. They work to create a society in which every individual possesses the academic, social, and emotional skills needed to succeed in school, at work, and in life.
National Institute of Mental Health [Autism Spectrum Disorders]
The National Institute of Mental Health works to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses, through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.
The Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association [NSSRA] provides and facilitates year-round recreation programs and services for children, teens, and adults with disabilities who live in partner communities; NSSRA is an extension of ten park districts, two cities, and one village in Chicago’s northern suburbs.
Options for College Success
The Options for College Success program focuses on six areas of a student’s life – academics, career, finance, independent living skills, social activities, and social skills – and with an individualized approach, works to ensure every student can realize their full potential.
Organization for Autism Research
The Organization for Autism Research is working to apply research to the challenges of autism. They strive to use science to address the social, educational, and treatment concerns of self-advocates, parents, autism professionals, and caregivers.
RUBI Autism Network
The Research Units in Behavioral Intervention [RUBI] Autism Network consists of a team of autism experts, located at five university-based medical centers. For over a decade, this network has been dedicated to discovering evidence-based behavioral interventions and measurement tools designed to improve care for families and children affected by autism.
Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children
Sesame Workshop created Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children, a nationwide initiative offering families ways to manage common challenges, to simplify everyday activities, and to grow connections and support from family, friends, and community.
Second City Improv for Autism
Chicago’s renowned Second City improvisational comedy troupe offers a class in improv for adults with autism. Classes emphasize team building to help students with relationships and social cues, and games designed to teach skills like accessing emotions and storytelling.
Seesaw is an educational organization run wholly by Northwestern University undergraduates, working to enrich the lives of individuals with autism and other developmental differences, by opening up their access to theatre and fostering performance as a channel for expression.
The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative [SFARI] is working to improve the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of autism by funding innovative research of the highest quality and relevance. With an annual budget of about $78 million, SFARI currently supports over 250 investigators in the U.S. and abroad.
Sibling Support Project
Founded in 1990, the Sibling Support Project is the first national program dedicated to the life-long and ever-changing concerns of millions of brothers and sisters of people with special health, developmental, and mental health concerns.
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative
The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative is working to improve the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders by funding innovative research of the highest quality and relevance.
Social Security Disability Resource Center
The Social Security Disability Resource Center works to provide information about how the Social Security Disability and SSI Disability process works from start to finish – including what to expect before, during, and after a disability application has been processed, common mistakes that need to be avoided, and what to do and how to react in specific situations.
University of Iowa Center for Disabilities and Development
The Center for Disabilities and Development at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital works to improve the health and independence of people with disabilities, and to help create a life with opportunities for everyone.