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
Inclusion Specialists and Sites
Special Needs Services
Special Education District of McHenry County
NISRA Northern Illinois Special recreation Association
NWSRA Northwest Special Recreation Association
Resources for Down Syndrome
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
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