Posted by on Nov 18, 2013 in Advocacy, Education, Resources-Education | 0 comments

Autism Society of Illinois Special Education Advocacy Program

The Autism Society of Illinois provides  to all  Families in Illinois-Special Education Advocacy Services.   – Please call our office at 1.888.691.1270 for additional information.

The Autism Society of Illinois (ASI) is a 501 (C) 3 not-for- profit organization and a statewide affiliate of the Autism Society of America.  We serve individuals with autism and their parents, family members, friends, and the community through support, information and referral, advocacy, legislative activities, autism education and more.  As the number of individuals diagnosed with autism continues to increase, so does the demand for programs and services designed to meet the unique needs of people with autism spectrum disorder.  In our special education advocacy program, we assist families with individual education plan (IEP) creation and checkup to make sure their child is receiving a free and appropriate education and attend IEP meetings with families having difficulty obtaining services for their child with autism.  Hiring a private attorney or advocate can cost a family from $5,000.00 to $30,000.  However, because we are committed to providing this service to our children at a reduced rate we asking for a donation of $1500.00.

Your donation of $1500.00 for ASI special education advocacy program will provide your family with:

  • Initial consultation phone, E-mail or face-to-face (Estimated 1-2 hours)
  • Reviewing educational records, school documents and testing (Estimated 3-5 hours)
  • Research (Estimated 2-3 hours)
  • Writing/reviewing letters (Estimated 1 hour)
  • Review IEP’s, make recommendations and follow through with parents and school administrators to ensure the IEP is being implemented (Estimated 2-5 hours)
  • *Travel to IEP (Estimated 3 hours)
  • Written report of meeting outcomes and recommend proposed strategies (Estimated 1 hour)
  • Follow up meetings with school for 1 year

*The Autism Society of Illinois will travel up to 50 miles one way. Mileage is based on MapQuest from The Autism Society of Illinois, 2200 S. Main Street, Ste. 203 Lombard, Il 60148 to IEP location.  Any location over 50 miles is an additional $0.56 per mile round trip.

“Contribution of $1,500 ($1,075 eligible for charitable contribution)

 To set up an initial meeting to discuss your child’s needs please call us at 1.630.691.1270

There is a cost for our advocacy program.

For immediate service please contact Myki Romano at 630.691.1270 or  


  • We will review your child’s current IEP
  • We will help resolve issues with school districts
  • We will attend all meeting with parents
  • We will help write letters and instruct parent on the proper people to call
  • We will teach parents about IDEIA and FAPE so that they are understanding all that is going during the IEP process
  • We will help with transition from Early Intervention to School
  • We will make sure that goals and benchmarks are made measurable so that we are able to track progress
  • We can help through the mediation process
    If you are need of Special Education Attorney the Autism Society of Illinois will refer you to one.

Special Education Websites


(available in English and Spanish)

  • Does Your Child Have Special Education Needs? (¿Necesita su hijo educación especial?)
  • How to Participate Effectively in Your Child’s IEP Meeting
  • How to Prepare for a Successful Due Process Hearing
  • Tax Guide for Parents (available in English)

Pamphlets are free in single copies.  Please contact FRCD 312-939-3513 or to receive brochures

Resource Lists & Other Documents

Parent Coalitions and Information Groups (pdf)

Evaluation Centers (pdf)

Respite Care Service Providers (pdf) (doc)

Pamphlets and resource lists are free in single copies.

Please contact FRCD 312-939-3513 or to receive brochures


The information provided by Autism Society of Illinois on this website is subject to change based upon the availability of new laws, caselaw, interpretations, research, and other developments in the field.

The Autism Society of Illinois does not endorse, recommend, or make representations with respect to any legal interpretations, research, services, programs, medications, products, or treatments that may be referenced on the website.

The material provided here is designed for educational and informational purposes only. The Autism Society of  is not rendering legal or other advice or recommendations. You should not rely on any information on the website to replace consultations with qualified legal, educational, health care or other professionals to meet your individual needs.

Reference to any program, service, treatment or therapy option is not an official endorsement by The Autism Society of Illinois

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