Resource Guide for Individuals with Special Needs in SD308

Resource Guide for Individuals with Special Needs in SD308 Chris Kirkwood Transition Teacher Resource Guide Index Government Agency Support: DayOne PACT Network 6 Association for Individual Development (AID) 7 Department of Human Services (DHS)

Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Supplemental Security Income (SSI) 8 9 10 10 Family Support Groups: Trinity Services 12 Family Voices Special Needs Alliance Law 13 14 Medical Supports:

Kendall County Health Department MedicAid Stonehill Dentistry Oswego Commons Family Dentistry 16 16 17 17 Counseling Services: Family Counseling Services of Aurora Ben Gordon Center- DeKalb Behavioral Supports- Presence Mercy Fox Bend Counseling NASW 19 20 21 22

22 2 Community Resources: United Cerebral Palsy 24 Trinity Services , reference page 12 24 Arc of Illinois 25 Easter Seals 26

Local Community Services: Lions Club 28 Optimist Club 29 Kiwanis Club 29 Vocational Supports: Department of Rehabilitation Services 31 Department of Vocational Services- Vocational Rehabilitation 32

Open Door 33 AID, reference page 7 33 Education: Waubonsee Community College 35 Joliet Junior College/ VSFS Program 36 Trade Schools 36

Residential Services: IAG 38 Hesed House 38 Open Door, reference page 33 39 AID, see page 39 Trinity Services, reference page 12 39

3 Transportation: Kendall Area Transit 41 PACE Bus 41 Uber 42 Kendall Kab 42 Oswego Limo Services

42 Recreation and Leisure: Special Olympics 44 Fox Valley Special Rec. 45 Oswegoland Park District 46 Oswego Public Library 46 4H

47 Summer Camps 47 4 Government Agency Support DayOne PACT is unique among not-for-profit agencies serving DuPage, Kane, and Kendall Counties as it is the only life-spanning (birth to death) service coordination agency for people with developmental disabilities. The maze and red tape loved ones must get through to find needed services are often overwhelming to families. Today, DayOne PACT has evolved to meet the changing needs of its clientele, providing the difficult and challenging functions of determining eligibility for services, linking people with the help they require, and assisting them in assuring their on-going satisfaction with their services. We maintain a professional and knowledgeable staff in order to effectively address the needs of the people we serve. DayOne PACT is here to assist those who are already facing extraordinary challenges in

their lives and to make connections to needed supports and services significantly easier. http://www.dayonepact.org/ For Kendall and Kane Counties, and Hanover Township of Cook County: Geneva Location 1551 East Fabyan Parkway Geneva, IL 60134 630-879-2277 (telephone and Crisis After Hours 24 Hour Accessibility) 630-879-2795 (tdd) 888-282-0997 (toll free) For DuPage County: Lisle Location 750 Warrenville Road, Suite 300 Lisle, IL 60532 630-960-9700 (telephone and Crisis After Hours 24 Hour Accessibility) 331-481-4347 (tdd)

800-637-7181 (toll free) 6 Our Mission: To empower people with physical, developmental, intellectual and mental health challenges to enjoy lives of dignity and purpose Our Vision: Recognized leader providing best quality outcomes for individuals served in areas of housing, employment, community integration, health promotion, recovery and crisis prevention Main Office & Thompson Center 309 New Indian Trail Ct. Aurora, IL 60506 Phone: 630-966-4000 Fax: 630-844-2065 [email protected]/ 7

SSI- The Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability programs are the largest of several Federal programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities. While these two programs are different in many ways, both are administered by the Social Security Administration and only individuals who have a disability and meet medical criteria may qualify for benefits under either program. Website Address: https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chromeinstant&rlz=1C1CAFA_enUS623US624&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF8#tbm=lcl&q=social+security+office+near+m 1325 N. LAKE STREET AURORA, IL 60506 Phone: 1-877-274-5412 TTY: 1-630-264-3739 8 Mission: The Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities provides leadership for the effective management of the design and delivery of quality outcome-based, person-centered services and supports for individuals who have developmental disabilities. These services and supports will be

appropriate to their needs, gifts, talents and strengths; accessible; life-spanning; based on informed choice; and monitored to ensure individual progress, quality of life, and safety. Services: Early Intervention - assessment of children age 0-3 for developmental delays Family Community Resource Center (Family & Community Services) - "one-stop" centers for cash & medical assistance, food stamps, and job services Mental Health - information, assessment & referral regarding mental health and mental illness Rehabilitation Services - assistance for people with disabilities looking for jobs or living independently Residential School - residential education and outreach programs for children with disabilities State Psychiatric Hospital - for children, adolescents and adults who need publiclyfunded inpatient treatment Women, Infants and Children (WIC) - provides nutritious foods, education, counseling and support for pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children up to age 5. http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=81789 The Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities 1 (888) 337-5267

1 (866) 376-8446 (TTY) 9 Mission: We help lead change in Illinois so all people with developmental disabilities exercise their right to equal opportunity and freedom. DSP Toolkit The Initiative has created two versions (family and individual) of a toolkit designed to provide easy-touse tips and strategies to help people to find, choose and keep high quality Direct Support Professionals. Anyone can download a copy of either or both versions of "Find, Choose, and Keep Great Direct Support Professionals FREE using the links below. To obtain a hard copy of either Toolkit, please click here. http://www.illinois.gov/icdd/ Reference Information available under the: Parent/ Student section on the Home page

100 N. 1st Street Springfield, IL 62777 866/262-6663 217/782-4321 http://www.isbe.net/ 10 Family Support Groups Trinity Services, founded in 1950, is a nonprofit, non-sectarian organization that provides services and supports to persons with disabilities, so that they might achieve their full potential and have the opportunity to flourish and live full and abundant lives. Services include a school, residential options, adult learning programs, in-home supports, a therapeutic horseback riding program, respite services, a drop-in center for working persons, and a wide range of therapeutic services. Trinity's Behavioral Health program offers a range of services in four areas: intensive outpatient, residential, employment and counseling. Through the support of the community we are able to assist individuals with disabilities to achieve success in their personal goals. Whether it is learning to dress or cook independently, pursue a hobby, or maintain a cherished job, each person's goals are vitally important to us. Trinity Services offers many types of programs to support people with

disabilities. Supports for adults with developmental disabilities who might be looking for residential, home-based, or day program supports. Supports for children with developmental disabilities such as autism or intellectual disabilities who might need school services, or home-based supports before/after school. Supports for persons who are recovering from mental illness and might need residential or therapeutic services. Supports for families who need individual or family counseling/therapy. 301 Veterans Parkway New Lenox, IL 60451 Main Office 815-485-6197 The website is www.trinity-services.org 12 Family Voices aims to achieve family-centered care for all children and youth with special health care needs and/or disabilities. Throughout our national grassroots network, we provide families resources and support to make informed decisions, advocate for improved public and private policies, build partnerships among families and professionals, and serve as a trusted resource on health care.

What they offer: Family-centered care, partnerships, quality, access, affordability and acceptability, health systems that work for families and children, informed families/strong communities and self-advocacy/empowerment. The Arc of Illinois F2FHIEC is the Family Voices State Affiliate Organization (SAO) and the Family-to-Family Health Information Center (F2FHIC) in Illinois. Address: West Chicago Park District 201 W National St, West Chicago, IL 60185 Phone:(630) 231-9474 https://www.google.com/#q=family+voices 13 The Special Needs Alliance (SNA) is a national, not for profit organization of attorneys dedicated to the practice of disability and public benefits law. Individuals with disabilities, their families and their advisors rely on the SNA to connect them with nearby attorneys who focus their practices in the disability law arena. The SNA is an invitation-only organization. SNA membership is based on a

combination of relevant legal experience in the disability and elder law fields, direct family experience with disability, active participation with national, state and local disability advocacy organizations, and professional reputation. As a result, an SNA member will have an average of 18 years of relevant legal experience, with no member having practiced law for less than 5 years. The majority have been certified as Elder Law Attorneys (CELAs) by the National Elder Law Foundation, the certifying entity for the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). What they offer: Connection to attorneys in your area that practice disability and public benefits law, covering special needs trusts and wills, Medicare, SSI, estate and tax planning, personal injury, health care, financial planning, guardianships and conservatorships http://www.specialneedsalliance.org/find-an-attorney/illinois/ 14 Medical Supports Services: Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Immunizations, WIC and

Well Being Address: 811 John St, Yorkville, IL 60560 Phone:(630) 553-9100 Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that helps with medical costs for some people with limited income and resources. Medicaid also offers benefits not normally covered by Medicare, like nursing home care and personal care services. Mission: The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services is committed to ensuring quality healthcare coverage at sustainable costs, empowering people to make sound decisions about their wellbeing and being and maintaining the highest standards of program integrity on behalf of the citizens of Illinois. Establishing and enforcing child support obligations to make sure children and their families have the opportunities they deserve https://www.illinois.gov/hfs/About/Pages/default.aspx 16 A Beautiful Practice For All Your Dental Needs We are proud to provide a state-of-the-art facility for the highest quality dental care available.

It is one of our top priorities to protect the well-being of our valued patients. For this reason, our office meets and surpasses all OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and CDC (Center for Disease Control) standards. We are confident that you will feel right at home in our office as we welcome all patients as if they were family. Sedation dentistry available. 60 D. Main Street | Oswego, IL 60543 630-554-7725 http://www.stonehilldental.com/ Oswego Commons Family Dental welcomes patients with disabilities. If you need an accommodation to receive dental services, we would be happy to provide one. Please contact us at 630-636-6819 or [email protected] to let us know how we may be of assistance. Sedation dentistry available. Oswego Commons Family Dental 1490 Douglas Road, Oswego, Illinois 60543 630-636-6819 https://www.oswegocommonsfamilydental.com/ 17 Counseling Services

Todays individuals and families face a growing number of challenges: troubled relationships, blended families, grief, parenting children and adolescents, drug and alcohol abuse, thoughts of suicide, or domestic violence. For some, serious mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and others require professional help. 1*2*1 Mentoring Treating emotional and behavioral problems is what FCS does best. But we recognize that we can do more to help children and adolescents become successful adults. Our 1-2-1 Mentoring program offers personalized mentoring to local youth who are struggling to succeed because of emotional and/or behavioral problems. Who is eligible? Child and adolescent clients age 6-17 who are in need of additional support in these areas: independent living skills (e.g. cooking, laundry, and more) community living skills (volunteering, transportation, finding resources) social skills work/employment skills (job skills, how to apply for a job, interviewing, etc.) positive leisure activities (finding positive hobbies, etc.) money management skills

symptom management skills personal relationship skills Address: 70 S River St #2, Aurora, IL 60506 Phone: (630) 844-2662 https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chromeinstant&rlz=1C1CAFA_enUS623US624&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=family %20counseling%20services%20aurora 19 For over 40 years, The Ben Gordon Center has been the communities trusted choice for quality, confidential and comprehensive provider of mental health and substance abuse counseling for adults, teens, children, couples and families. Our staff of caring professionals includes Board Certified Psychiatrists, Licensed Clinical Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Counselors, Substance Abuse Professionals as well as entire teams of specialist for children, teen's adults and families. Our team of specialist work with Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Mood Disorders, ADHD, Trauma, Divorce, Greif and Loss, Stress, Couples issues, Marriage and Family Counseling, Divorce Medication, Psychological Testing and Evaluation, Psychiatric Evaluation and Medication

Management. All insurance plans are accepted as well as Medicaid, Medicare and sliding fees are available for those that qualify. Address: 12 Health Services Dr, DeKalb, IL 60115 Phone: (815) 756-4875 https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chromeinstant&rlz=1C1CAFA_enUS623US624&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=ben %20gordon%20center 20 There is hope if you or a loved one struggles from issues relating to mental or emotional health. We provide help for those stricken with a wide range of mental health illnesses and help our patients return to the lives they desire. Presence Mercy Medical Center provides a range of inpatient and outpatient programs to help patients with problems such as depression and other mood disorders, anxiety and panic disorders, coping with grief and loss, schizophrenia, stress and other conditions. We also provide a dual diagnosis program for adults who have addiction or substance abuse issues in addition to

emotional and behavioral problems. 1325 North Highland Avenue Aurora, IL 60506 Phone: 630.859.2222 http://www.presencehealth.org/ 21 Fox Bend Counseling 123 W. Washington Street Suite 321 Oswego, IL 60543 630-383-2077 http://www.foxbendcounseling.com/ Family Counseling Services 70 S. River Street Aurora, IL 60506 (630) 844-2662

https://aurorafcs.org/ The National Association of Social Workers Foundation (NASWF) is a charitable organization created to enhance the well-being of individuals, families, and communities through the advancement of social work practice. - See more at: http://www.naswil.org/naswil/about-nasw-il/#sthash.wXk0yYzh.dpuf ARC: http://www.thearcofil.org/ Community Behavioral Health: http://www.cbha.net/ Mental Health Summit: http://mentalhealthsummit.uchicago.edu/#sthash.agsztz0K.dpuf Depression and BiPolar Alliance: http://www.dbsalliance.org/site/PageServer? pagename=home&cvridirect=true Voices fr Children: http://www.voices4kids.org/ Health and Disability Advocates: http://www.hdadvocates.org NASW Illinois 404 S. Wells St. 4th Floor Chicago, IL 60607 Phone: 312-435-2100 Fax: 312-489-2367 22 Community Resources

What they offer: My Child Without Limits, My Life Without Limits, family support, employment guides, health and wellness tips, housing help, financial assistance, international resources. UCP educates, advocates and provides support services to ensure a life without limits for people with a spectrum of disabilities. UCP works to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities through an affiliate network that has helped millions. 311 South Reed Street, Joliet, IL 60436 PHONE: (815) 744-3500 | Fax: (815) 744-3504 E-MAIL: [email protected] 301 Veterans Parkway New Lenox, IL 60451 Main Office 815-485-6197 The website is www.trinity-services.org 24

Mission Statement: The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes Core Values: People First, Public Interest, Collaboration, Self Determination, Community, Equity What they offer: Information and referral services, individual advocacy to address education, employment, health care and other concerns, self-advocacy initiatives, residential support, family support, employment programs, leisure and recreational programs. The Arc is the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. We encompass all ages and more than 100 different diagnoses including autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, and various other developmental disabilities. What they offer: Information and referral services, individual advocacy to address education, employment, health care and other concerns, self-advocacy initiatives, residential support, family support, employment programs, leisure and recreational programs. The Arc is the largest national community-based organization advocating for

and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. We encompass all ages and more than 100 different diagnoses including autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, and various other developmental disabilities. Address: West Chicago Park District, 201 W National St, West Chicago, IL 60185 Phone:(630) 231-9474 https://www.google.com/#q=The+Arc+of+Illinois 25 Easter Seals provides opportunities for people of all ages with a range of disabilities to achieve their full potential. Together, were changing the way the world defines and views disability. What they offer: Resources for autism, seniors, children, adults, military and veterans, employment and training, medical rehabilitation, camping and recreation, brain health. Children and adults with disabilities and special needs find highest-quality services designed to meet their individual needs when they come to Easter Seals. Teams of therapists, teachers and other health professionals help each person overcome obstacles to independence and reach his or her personal

goals. Easter Seals also includes families as active members of any therapy program, and offers the support families need. Service provided include: early intervention, child care, adult day services, in home care, medical support and transportation Address: 1323 Bond St #119, Naperville, IL 60563 Phone:(630) 357-9699 https://www.google.com/search? q=easter+seals&rlz=1C1CAFA_enUS623US624&oq=easter&aqs=chrome.1.69i5 7j69i59.4681j0j8&sourceid=chrome&ie= 26 Local Community Supports Lions give sight. By conducting vision screenings, equipping hospitals and clinics, distributing medicine and raising awareness of eye disease, Lions work toward their mission of providing vision for all. We have extended our commitment to sight conservation through countless local efforts and through our international SightFirst Program, which works to eradicate blindness. Service Projects for Children:

Collecting food, clothes or books Organizing a vision or hearing screening Providing immunizations through a vaccination drive Starting a literacy program with a local school, library, community center or Leo club Supporting a nutritional program for undernourished children Securing wheelchairs for disabled children Sending a child with diabetes or physical challenges to a specialized camp Masonic Temple Oswego 71 Main Street Oswego, IL 60543-8592 www.oswego, il lions club 28 The Oswegoland club supports many local programs that are both recreational and educational in nature. Programs may be club sponsored, such as our annual Christmas Families Project, or sponsored by another group but financially assisted by the club, such as the Oswegoland youth sport teams. Our funds are also used for special projects and/or to assist youth groups

Oswegoland Optimist Club P.O. Box 882 Oswego, IL 60543 http://www.oswegooptimists.com/ Mission Statement: Kiwanis International is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. Kiwanis of Oswego PO Box 885 Oswego, IL 60543 29 Vocational Supports l Our Mission: DHS's Division of Rehabilitation Services is the state's lead agency serving individuals with disabilities. DRS works in partnership with people with disabilities and their families to assist them in making informed choices to achieve full

community participation through employment, education, and independent living opportunities. Goals: Independence Productivity Job Quality Service Quality Customer and Staff Experience Westchester, IL (708) 409-8800 [email protected] 31 Mission: We help people with disabilities find and keep jobs. Our goal is to help our customers find quality employment that pays a living wage and offers a chance for advancement.

We offer specialized VR services for people who are: Blind or Visually Impaired Deaf or Hard of Hearing Hispanic or Latino with disabilities We help high school students who have disabilities plan for their futures after high school graduation through our Transition and STEP programs. Our Work Incentive Planning and Assistance Program helps people who receive SSDI/SSI benefits understand how working will affect their benefits. Our Supported Employment Program (SEP) serves eligible people with significant disabilities who want to go to work and need on-going support services to succeed on the job. Who can receive these services? Many people with disabilities of working age (16-64 years old) are eligible for VR services. To be eligible, they need to have a significant physical or mental impairment that makes it difficult to go to work. Use the online Rehabilitation Services Web Referral to refer yourself or someone else for services. We provide services in 48 local offices located in communities throughout the state. Use the DHS Office Locator and search for Rehabilitation Services to find the nearest local office or call toll-free: (800) 843-6154 (Voice, English or Espaol) or (800) 447-6404 (TTY).

Local Branch: Contact- Aurora Office 888 South Edgelawn Dr. Suite 1771 Aurora, IL 60506 630-892-7417 32 Open Door Rehabilitation Center The Mission of the Open Door Rehabilitation Center is to provide vocational, residential, day and community support services to adults with developmental disabilities such as mental retardation, Down's syndrome, cerebral palsy and autism, in order to increase or maintain skills in the least restrictive environment and to help people achieve their maximum potential. PUNS funding required*. Address: 405 Wells St, Sandwich, IL 60548 Phone:(815) 786-8468 https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&rlz=1C1CAFA_enU

S623US624&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=open%20door&tbs=lf:1,lf_ui:2,lf_pqs :EAE&rflfq=1&rlha=0&rllag=41697141,88469020,14245&tbm=lcl&rldimm=12717042295794234303 309 New Indian Trail Ct. Aurora, IL 60506 Phone: 630-966-4000 Fax: 630-844-2065 33 Post High School Educational Supports Accommodations Specialists These staff members provide academic support to registered Access Center students in a number of ways: recommending academic accommodations providing assistive technology training providing disability-specific tutoring conducting college success strategy workshops advocacy services

Accommodations and Assistive Technology Each student's Verified Individualized Services Accommodations and Academic Adjustments (VISA3) form will list the accommodations for which they qualify. Students then work with faculty members and/or the Access Center to secure the appropriate accommodations when they need them. Assistive technology is housed in the Access Center. Testing Accommodations (scribe/voice recognition, reader/audio format, alternative site, enlarged text, extended time, etc.) Note Takers Audio/Electronic Book Sign Language Interpreters Large Computer Monitors Voice Activated Software Dragon Naturally Speaking FM System Access Center for Disability Resources Sugar Grove Campus Student Center, Room 201 (630) 466-7900, ext. 2564 (630) 405-6110 Video Phone Fax: (630) 466-4649 [email protected]

35 Student Accommodations and Resources (StAR) Student Accommodations and Resources (StAR) is committed to providing academic support to students with documented disabilities. StAR is the office designated by Joliet Junior College to provide ADA/504 accommodations based on the students' educational needs as demonstrated by appropriate documentation. StAR encourages individuals to become self-advocates and independent learners by assisting students to understand their abilities, to utilize their strengths in order to maximize their learning, and to take responsibility for their learning. Student Accommodations and Resources (StAR) Office : 815 280-2941 Address: 1125 W 135th St, Romeoville, IL 60446 Phone:(630) 759-8852 Vocational Skills Food Service Program: Mission: In cooperation with local high schools and other support agencies, this program is designed to teach entry level employability skills and enhance independent living for this special needs population in the communities we serve.

Contact: Federick Ferrera @ [email protected] Trade Schools Guide | Find a College or Vocational School Quickly discover trade schools and vocational colleges near you or online. Find career and technical programs that are fast, convenient, and relevant today! www.trade-schools.net/ 36 Residential Supports l IAG provides a myriad of programs and services to assist individuals with disabilities and their families Employment support such as our Ticket to Work program and CILA, which includes 24-hour support and family support. We also offer Intermittent CILA and Home Based Services. 1289 Windham Parkway, Romeoville, Il 60446 | 630.759.0201 | [email protected]

Hesed House's mission is to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless and give people the chance to hope again. Hesed House is a national model for ending homelessness - one person, one family at a time. It is the culmination of nearly three decades of strategic evolution from a formerly acceptable model of "eats and sheets" to a Comprehensive Homeless Resource Center - a campus of centralized highly skilled professionals collaborating to provide the tools necessary to help individuals and families break free of the shackles binding them to homelessness. Address: 659 S River St # 2, Aurora, IL 60506 Phone: (630) 897-2156 http://www.hesedhouse.org/ 38 Open Door Rehabilitation Center Address: 405 Wells St, Sandwich, IL 60548 Phone:(815) 786-8468 https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chromeinstant&rlz=1C1CAFA_enUS623US624&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=open %20door&tbs=lf:1,lf_ui:2,lf_pqs:EAE&rflfq=1&rlha=0&rllag=41697141,88469020,14245&tbm=lcl&rldimm=12717042295794234303

Main Office & Thompson Center 309 New Indian Trail Ct. Aurora, IL 60506 Phone: 630-966-4000 Fax: 630-844-2065 [email protected] 301 Veterans Parkway New Lenox, IL 60451 Main Office: 815-485-6197 Development: 815-717-3750 39 Transportation Supports KAT will implement transit service in the Kendall County area that is reliable, flexible, and financially sustainable, while satisfying the various mobility needs of the general public and individuals unable to access or operate a private automobile. Current Rate: $3.00 per ride within the county limits

$6.00 per ride outside of the county limits Address: 109 W Ridge St #002, Yorkville, IL 60560 Phone: (877) 446-4528 Pace is the suburban bus division of the Regional Transportation Authority in the Chicago metropolitan area Address: 400 Overland Dr, North Aurora, IL 60542 Phone:(630) 892-8444 41 You can register and calculate estimated cost of a trip on the website. Customer has economy, premium, carpooling or accessibility choices for vehicles. Use an app on your phone for setting up rides. https://www.uber.com/drive/ Kendall Kab Taxi Service 1.0 mi minimum Address: Oswego, IL Phone:(630) 546-1290

Oswego Limo Service Limousine Service 1.5 hour minimum rental Address: Oswego, IL Phone:(630) 364-1954 42 Recreation and Leisure Supports What they offer: Real sports, building communities, youth activation, healthy lifestyle promotion, leadership, research. Through the power of sports, people with intellectual disabilities discover new strengths and abilities, skills and success. Our athletes find joy, confidence and fulfillment on the playing field and in life. They also inspire people in their communities and elsewhere to open their hearts to a wider world of human talents and potential. Heres a slideshow showing the full spectrum of our activities. Local Chapter : School age students. Special Olympics through SD308 [email protected] Contact Person: Jessica Wade

Local Chapter: Friends and Family Special Olympics for Adults Contacts: Website: wwwkcsofamilyandfriends.org Email: [email protected] 605 E. Willow St. Normal, IL 61761 Phone: 309-888-2551 Illinois State Office: https://www.soill.org/ 44 The mission of FVSRA is to enrich the lives of people with disabilities. Working collaboratively with member agencies and community partners, we pledge to put PEOPLE FIRST. The Fox Valley Special Recreation Association (FVSRA) was formed in 1976 and is an extension of the Batavia, Fox Valley, Geneva, Oswegoland, St. Charles, Sugar Grove Park Districts, and South Elgin Parks and Recreation Department to provide a diverse range of year round

recreational activities to enable residents with disabilities to experience active, healthy and playful lifestyles. Programs are designed to include opportunities that will enhance skill development and socialization, encourage self-awareness and community exploration, promote independence through personal choice of least restrictive environments, and provide a sense of enjoyment, satisfaction and fulfillment. Any individual with a disability may register for FVSRA programs. Residents of the seven Member Agencies are eligible to register for programs at the resident fee. Non-residents may also register but pay a higher non-resident registration fee. Certain programs also accept registration of siblings within the same program. Programs are offered for all age groups and ability levels. Address: 2121 W Indian Trail, Aurora, IL 60506 Phone: (630) 907-1114 https://fvsra.org/ 46 Creating Opportunities for a Healthy Community! It is the mission of the Oswegoland Park District to effectively and responsively:

plan, acquire, develop, maintain, and preserve parks, facilities, and natural and historic areas. provide diverse, accessible, high-quality services and programs. provide our community with opportunities to play, gather, celebrate, learn, and enjoy nature. provide the leadership, staff, and volunteers with the resources and environment to create a park district that reflects the spirit of our community. Address: 313 E Washington St, Oswego, IL 60543 Phone: (630) 554-1010 http://www.oswegolandparkdistrict.org/ Oswego Public Library Address: 32 Jefferson St, Oswego, IL 60543 Phone: (630) 978-1205 Website: https://www.oswego.lib.il.us/ 47 The organization has over 6.5 million members in the United States, from ages

5 to 21, in approximately 90,000 clubs. The goal of 4-H is to develop citizenship, leadership, responsibility and life skills of youth through experiential learning programs and a positive youth development approach. 7775-B Illinois Route 47 Yorkville, Illinois 60560 https://4-h.org/find/ Some summer camp website: -http:// www.veryspecialcamps.com/Illinois/Special-Needs-Summer-Camps.shtml -https://www.campresource.com/summer-camps/special-needs - http://www.needymeds.org/camps/list_aos_camps/IL -http ://www.veryspecialcamps.com/Illinois/Special-Needs-Summer-Camps.shtml 48

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