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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  bjones@barrington220.org


Advocates


Kim Lechner
https://kidsfirstcollaborative.com/

Inclusion Specialists and Sites

Cheryl Jorgensen

https://www.cherylmjorgensen.com/

Julie Causton

https://www.inclusiveschooling.com/

Paula Kluth
https://www.paulakluth.com/

Patrick Schwarz

http://www.patrickschwarz.com/


Financial/Legal Planning


Protected Tomorrows

https://protectedtomorrows.com/
 

Special Needs Services


Special Education District of McHenry County

http://www.sedom.org/

NISRA  Northern Illinois Special recreation Association  

http://www.nisra.org/

NWSRA  Northwest Special Recreation Association  

http://www.nwsra.org/

Resources for Down Syndrome

Gigi’s Playhouse

http://www.gigisplayhouse.org/

Ups for Downs

http://www.upsfordowns.org/
 

Resources for Autism


TACA  Talk About Curing Autism

https://tacanow.org/family-resources/

Resources for Recreation


Facebook Group for planning trips to Disney:  

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Tipsforspecialneedsatdisney/

We Rock the Spectrum Play Gym:

https://www.werockthespectrumchicagopalatine.com/

 

Resources for Therapies

Hippotherapy:

Dream Riders (Crystal Lake)

http://www.dreamriderstlc.com/

Partners for Progress (Wauconda)

http://www.partnersforprogressnfp.org/

Walk On Farm  

http://walkonfarm.org/

Resources for Twice Exceptional

Bright and Quirky: resource for twice exceptional kids
https://brightandquirky.com/


 

Recommended

books and

Films

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

FILMS

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.

BOOKS

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

Barrington, IL 60010, USA

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