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Resources for Families

Local Organizations and Services

While all our children have different needs, there are quite a few local resources available to help. Here are some that we have used or are being used by AFFECT families or friends. If you know of additional resources that we should include here, please let us know!

Organizations and services

District 220 Student Services

Assistant Superintendent of Student Services and Support:  
Beth Jones  (847) 842-3506


Kim Lechner

Inclusion Specialists and Sites

Cheryl Jorgensen

Julie Causton

Paula Kluth

Patrick Schwarz

Financial/Legal Planning

Protected Tomorrows

Special Needs Services

Special Education District of McHenry County

NISRA  Northern Illinois Special recreation Association

NWSRA  Northwest Special Recreation Association

Resources for Down Syndrome

Gigi’s Playhouse

Ups for Downs

Resources for Autism

TACA  Talk About Curing Autism

Resources for Recreation

Facebook Group for planning trips to Disney:

We Rock the Spectrum Play Gym:


Resources for Therapies


Dream Riders (Crystal Lake)

Partners for Progress (Wauconda)

Walk On Farm

Resources for Twice Exceptional

Bright and Quirky: resource for twice exceptional kids



books and


Here are a list of recommended books and documentary films you may be interested in.


Including Samuel:  A documentary film about including his son with Cerebral Palsy.

Intelligent Lives: A documentary film following 3 adults with disabilities with an introduction on the difficult history of how people with disabilities were treated in the past.

Dakota's Pride: A documentary film of a father seeking answers to his questions about his son with Down Syndrome through interviewing influential self-advocates and their families.


It's More Than "Just Being In" by: Creating Authentic Inclusion for Students with Complex Support Needs by Cheryl M. Jorgensen

Don't We Already Do Inclusion? by Paula Kluth

The Paraprofessional's Handbook for Effective Support in Inclusive Classrooms by Julie Causton