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Support groups

Support Groups in Illinois

On line forum  This is a new “message board” for autism dads in the mid-west. It’s free to join and this is a great way to find out some MAN-EVENTS going on. They are doing a fantasy football league and a golf outing and some meet ups at bars….. (throw in suggestions….)

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Arlington Heights

Planning Aspergers Syndrome Success and Generating Experiences
The group meets the 4th Tuesday of every month @ Harper College.
For more information please go to or contact Teri Dudasik at 1.847.923.7173 or email


Kane County Autism Information and Support Group
Aurora East Child Service Center

231 E. Indian Trail, Aurora, Illinois
Contact: Karen Loito at 1.630.299.7932 or via email
English and Spanish groups available – contact for dates and times



Aspergers’s Syndrome Support Group (SEAPCO)
6000 S. Adams, Bartonville, Illinois
Group meets the 4th Thursday of every month
Contact: Lisa Bowe at 1.309.686.7065 or via email at
Lending library, support group at Easter Seals UCP in Peoria with childcare provided.


SPEAK-Support Parents and Empower Asperger’s/Autistic Kids
Contact Christy Woosley at 1.630.980.9264 or via
Meets at St. Paul Church, 118 First Street, Bloomingdale, Illinois
Support group for parents of children with Asperger’s, PDD, ASD, ADD, ADHD.
Meetings are held from 7:30-8:30 pm the last Wednesday of each month


C-U Autism Network for Parents and Professional
Contact Sally Mustard via email or visit www.cuautismnetwork.orgChanooka 
For more information visit
Meet other families in Grundy and Will County area with autism to talk and share strategies and more.


East Central Illinois Autism Support Group
689 Castle Drive, Charleston, Illinois
Contact : Meagan Matthews at 1.217.348.3869 ext 14 or email
Meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7pm.


Sibling Support groups are forming
at UIC!

Eligible participants: Typically developing siblings of children and teens with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (must be at least 8 years of age)

Groups will focus on (but are not limited to):
¢ Education about ASD’s
¢ Problem solving skills
¢ Meeting and connecting with similar others who share your difficulties

Contact: Jessica Schultz, M.A., LCPC & Nicole Quintero, Ph.D., BCBA, at (312) 996-7457 for a telephone interview and further information.

Advocate Illinois Masonic Pediatric Developmental Center, 3040 N. Wilton, Chicago, Illinois
Peer support, educational and recreational programs for sibilings who have a brother or sister with a disability or chronic condition.

ASA Metropolitan Chicago Chapter Support Group
Contact; Grace Dyson at 1.773.233.4210

Chicagoland Autism Connection

Adult (and Teen) Network. Several different groups around the Chicago area. See their Website for Meeting Dates and locations.
Contact: Paul Eric Butler 773-329-0375


Chicago/Southside Support Groups
For more information contact Miriam McCann
Phone: (773) 726-2550
Email at:
Go to Website at: www.chicagoautism.orgMeets the 3rd Saturday of each month (except July, August and December)
10 A.M. – 2 P.M. University of Illinois at Chicago, 1747 West Roosevelt Road
(street parking on Wood Street adjacent to building)

Spanish Group-S.A.L.T.O
The group meets the 3rd Saturday of each month and have sessions in spanish.
Contact: Matie Ovalle at 1.312.996.0903Spanish Group
Contact: Tersesa Silva at 1.773.582.6222Able Kids, Inc
Contact: Anita Johnson-jackson at 1.7773.287.4290 or via email at
Assistance for parents with children on the autism spectrum- not a support group

Downtown Chicago & Suburban Parent Support Group for Autism Adult & Teens
Meets 1st Saturday of each month, 1pm-3pm
for more information:
A peer run support group for adults on the autism spectrum


Autism Society of Illinois Spanish Speaking Support Group
Meeting Location: POS Building, 5410 W. 34th Street, Cicero, Illinois
Meets the first Frisay of each month.
Contact: Margarita Perez, ASI 1.708.863.6848


ASA Southern Illinois Chapter Support Group
Contact Patrica Little at 1.618.530.7864

Crown Point

P.O. Box 524, Crown Point, Indiana 46307
This group sponsors an annual conference as well as a newsletter

Dallas City

Tri-County Autism Society
For more information you can calll 1.217.852.6308. or email


Macon County Autism and Asperger’s Support Group
Macon resources, 2121 Hubbard, Decatur, Illinois
Contact: Jan at 1.217.855.9890 or via email at or Emily at 1.217.876.8888 or via email at

Downers Grove

Communication Clubhouse
2901 Finley Road Ste. 102, Downers Grove, Illinois
Contact: Joan Burns at 1.630.495.6800 ext 277 or via email at
Parent support for birth-elementary. Autism Support Group meets Fourth Tuesday of the month, 9:30 to 11:00 am here at Communication Clubhouse. The group is led by Joan Burns, Developmental Therapist and mother of six year old with autism.

Elk Grove

Pay it Forward for Autism
Elk Grove Public Library, 1001 Wellington, Elk Grove, Illinois
Contact: Gemma Nissen at or visit


Center for Speech and Language Disorders
Contact at 1.630.530.8551 or


Evanston Autism Spectrum Adult Support Group
Meets 3rd Sunday of each month, 2pm-4pm
Evanston Hospital, Room 1711
2650 Ridge Ave, Evanston, Il 60201

for more information:
A peer-run support group for adults on the autism spectrum


Northwest Illinois Autism Support Group
1255 W. Lincoln Blvd, Freeport, Il 61032
Contact: 1.815.232.6896


Aspergers Syndrome Support and Awareness of Central Illinois
Contact: Diana Noble via email at


ASA Northeast Suburban Chapter Support Group
Meets at Warren Township SRA, 17801 W. Washington St. Gurnee, Illinois
Contact: Eric Smith or visit our website at

Hazel Crest

ASA Chicago South Suburban Chapter Support Group
17120 Locust Drive, Hazelcrest, Illinois
Contact: Vernola Thomas at 1.708.335.2910 or Via email at


Jersey County Support Group
285 Maple Street, Jerseyville, Illinois
Contact: Sharon Short at 1.618.498.2059 after 5pm


Group: Parents Raising Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders(ASD)
Organization: Easter Seals Joliet Region, Inc
Time/Date: The Second Monday of every month at 6:00p.m.
Location: Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center: 212 Barney Dr. Joliet, Il 60435
Contact: Valerie Fuller, LCSW at 1.815.927.5465. There is free childcare available Other info: Free child care, call to make arrangements

Joliet Support Group
Contact Diane Keay at 1.815.725.6677

Kane County

Kane County Autism Information and Support Group
Aurora East Child Service Center
231 E. Indian Trail, Aurora, Illinois
Contact Karen Lotito at 630-299-7932 or via email at
Meets monthly during the school year, please call or email for dates and times


Autism Society of Kankakee
318 Meadows Road N. Bourbonnais, Illinois
Contact: Julie Gindy at 1.815.933.3467 or via email at

This group meets the third Monday of each month @ Riverside Med Center at 7pm

Lake County 

Lake County Autism Support Group
More information:
Group that shares information that is important to families living with autism and related spectrum disorders. Topics include support, resources, services, interventions, treaments, and legislation.

Lake County Talking Kids Meetup Group
Contact: Ruth at
This is a group for familes with socially challenged kids, with or without a diagnosis. Purpose is to socialize, have fun, ahare ideas andshare resouces.

New York, NY – Headquarters

GRASP (Global & Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership) Chicago-Evanston Chapter
(National) 419 Lafayette Street, New York, NY  10003
Contact: Steven L., Chicago-Evanston Support Group Facilitator
Phone:  (1-888) 474-7277
Local events listing:
(Local Chapter):  Peer-run support group led by adults on autism spectrum for adults 18 & over with autism, Asperger Syndrome, and social-affecting learning disabilities.  Meets on 3rd Sunday each month from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Email facilitator at for location and details.
Group is not led by a professional therapist and no professional therapist is present at the meetings.  No charge.


East Central Illinois Autism Group
Contact: 1.217.348.7858


The Answer Inc.

Contact: Debra Vine at 1.708.296.5651 or via email at
Meetings are the 4th Monday of each month 6:30 – 8:30 at the Forest Park Community Center,7640 W. Jackson, Forest Park. They provide repite and dinner.


McHenry County Autism Group
Contact: Annette Gallaghar at
Bi-montly support group meetings and outings for children.


Autism Network of Western Illinois, Inc
Butterworth Center, 1105 8th Street, Moline, Illinois.
Contact: 1.309.797.4838 or 800-813-0392 or 309-764-0106

This group meets the 1st Tuesday of each month from 6-7 pm and provide child care.


Morris Autism Meetup Group
Contact: Karen Ferrero at
Meet other parents of children with autism and ahare stragegies, treatments and more.

Mt Vernon
Mt Vernon Autism Support Group St Mary’s Good Sam Hospital, Main Hospital Meeting Room, Mt Vernon, Illinois.Contact: Rebecca & Nathan Harper at 618-244-3315 or via email


Naperville Adult Asperger Group 
Knox Presbyterian Church, 1105 Catalpa Lane, Naperville, Illinois
Contact Jill Holman at 630-904-4110 or via email at
Meets the first Thursday of each month from 7-9 pm.

Naperville Indians Fighting Autism
1853 Golf Drive, Naperville, Illinois.
Contact: Smita Bhatt, MD at 630-783-0727 or via email at

Community Connection

Sibtime for children with siblings with special needs 
Naperville/Bolingbrook area
Contact: Stacey Stewart at 630-717-9858 ext 3(Oakhill Wellness & Counseling Center)
Ages 7-13.

Naperville Asperger Group
Contact: Jill Holman at 630-904-4110 or via email at


Bloomington/McClean County Support Group 
1816 Parkway Court, Normal, Illinois
Contact: Jacquie Mace at 309-661-9440 or via email at


Keshet Jewish Parents of Children with Special Needs 
617 Landwehr Rd, Northbrook, Illinois
Contact: 847-205-1234


Southern Illinois Chapter – Autism Society of America

P.O. Box 822, O’Fallon, IL 62269
Contact: 618-530-7894

Ogle County

Autism Parent Group
Meets 2nd Tuesday of evert month
at St. Mary’s Church in Bryon, IL
From 6-8 p.m.

Toni Rocha and Corrina Milbrandt
Autism Solutions of Northern Illinois, Inc.
Consultants/Family Support Specialists
10965 E. Barron Rd.
Kings, IL. 61068
(815) 979-6195


Fox Valley Society Support for Autism
Camelot Support Group
2nd Monday of each month 7:00 pm.
At the Fruitful Yield in Oswego
1124 S. Douglas Rd.
Oswego, 60543


Peoria Regional Chapter ASA
c/o Easter Seals
507 E Armstrong Ave, Peoria, Illinois
Contact: 309-386-7755 ext 2241

Peoria A.N.S.W.E.R.S. 
5227 W Mahark Lane, Peoria, Illinois.
Contact: Lauri Hislope at 309-697-3300 or via email at
Meetings are the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8 pm

Plainfield Autism Awareness & Support System (PAASS)

Contact: Debi Lockwood at

Quad Cities

Autism Society of the Quad Cities 


Adult Group
Free meetings are held the 1st Thursday of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the University of Illinois School of Medicine campus located at 1601 Parkview Avenue in Rockford, IL.

Northwest Illinois Autism Parent Group

Contact: Lori Davie Coordinator of The Autism Program Service Center.
1601 Parkview Ave.
Rockford, Il 61107
1.815.395.5566 Phone
1.815.670.1430 Cell
1.815.395.5573 Fax

Rockford Asperger’s/PDD-NOS Group
Contact: Amy Eckstrom at 815-399-5262

Easter Seals Child Developmental Center

650 North Main Street, Rockford, Illinois
Contact: 815-965-6745 or


A Support Group For Caretakers
Refueling Your Tank
For parents who would like to:

Have a chance to connect with other parents who feel over whelmed and share coping skills that work
Bring more energy into your own life an the life of you family
Be aware of your own issues and how they enter into your family challenges
Learn Skills to refuel your emotional tank

Place: Personal Growth Associates, 919 B. Plum Grove Road, Suite C
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Time: TBD
Fee: The parents enrolled will split the cost of the Psychologist’s time for the hour.
For additional information, please call Dr. Mark Bakal @ 1.847.413.9700 x314


South Suburbs

Contact: Amy at
This group is a play group as well as a parent support group.

ASA Central Illinois Chapter Support Group
The Autism Project, 928 S Spring, Springfield, Illinois
Contact: Ed Jankauski at 877-311-7703 or via email at
Meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month.

Asperger Syndrome Support and Awareness of Central Illinois
Contact: Diana Noble at
Meetings are the 1st Thursday of each month excluding January, June, July, and August.


Autism Society of Illinois Support Group contact with any questions

The Group meets the last Monday of each month @ 7pm – 8:30pm

Poplar Creek Streamwood Library, 1405 S. Park Avenue, Streamwood


Villa Park

PDD Parent Support Group
Contact: Sharon Pike at 630-282-2036 or via email at
Meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 7-8:30 pm at the Easter Seals located at 830 S Addison Avenue in Villa Park. Please email or call if you plan on attending.

Metro Family Service DuPage 
Contact: Ann Zeidman at 630-784-4830
Grandmothers’ group for those who have custody or guardianship.

PEPS Meetings (Mount Prospect District 57 parent support groups)


NSSEO Autism Parent Support Group, Mt. Prospect, , and click on Services, then Autism Support.

The Holistic Moms or contact Heather Carney at 773-255-6078.

AuTeensTM (Support Group) this is a group for teenagers on the Austim Spectrum who want to connect with and learn from others who are sharing the same experience.

Northwest Special Education Forum The Northwest Special Education Forum was created for parents whose children learn differently. Meetings are held at the Barrington Area Library, 505 N. Northwest Highway (Route 14), Barrington, IL 60010. We begin at 7:00PM and most meetings last about two hours.

Self Advocacy Council of Northern Illinois: McHenry County College. For additional information and to RSVP, call or email: Nicholas Das, President; 815-354-4110;


Orchard Evangelical Free Church in Arlington Heights (formerly Arlington Height Evangelical Free Chruch): Special Needs Parent Network first Thursday of each month. Contact Liz Sutherland at 224-764-4032, 1330 N. Douglas Avenue, Arlington Heights, IL 60004 next meeting on Wednesday, January 13, 2010 from 6:30-8:00PM. Contact Wendi Serna or 847.749.4099, 1330 N. Douglas Avenue, Arlington Heights, IL 60004. Childcare will be provided if we are notified of your need ahead of time.

Chicago Adults with Aspergers & Friends Meetup Site
Contains announcements for autism spectrum adult support groups in Chicago and Evanston, as well as a mixed Asperger adult and relatives group that meets in Evanston. Downtown Chicago Autism Spectrum Adult Support Group 1st Saturday of the Month, from 1 pm to 3 pm, Location for December 5, 2009, January 2 and February 6, 2010: First United Methodist Church (in James Parlor on 2nd Floor) 77 W Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602, Downtown Chicago Autism Spectrum Adult Support Group is a peer-run support group for adults (18+) with Asperger Syndrome, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder-NOS, Nonverbal Learning Disabilities, and other similar LDs. No formal diagnosis necessary. The group will discuss a variety of topics including the challenges that adults on the autism spectrum face in work and relationships * Basic Privacy Policy: Identities of group members and any other personal information shared at support group meetings cannot be shared outside the group without their permission.

“Moms of Extraordinary Kids” monthly support group, meets for sharing and prayer at 10:30am the second Sunday of each month at Alpine Chapel, corner of Echo Lake Road & Miller Road in Lake Zurich. For additional information, call Alpine Chapel at 847-540-8280.

YEAR-ROUND MENTAL ILLNESS SUPPORT GROUP, TWO year-round ongoing monthly parent support groups offered every second Thursday evening and every third Friday morning of the month. For parents of children and adolescents with brain disorders, behavior problems or school difficulties — no formal diagnosis necessary. NAMI trained facilitators and parents Jean and Jim Jorgensen offer parents the opportunity to discuss the challenges of parenting their child, share resources and receive and offer support from fellow parents. Sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the nation’s largest grassroots organization for people with mental illness and their families. Evening Group this month on Thursday, Dec. 10, 7:30 – 9:00 PM, Kenilworth Union Church, 211 Kenilworth Ave., Kenilworth, 60043. Daytime Group this month on Friday, Dec. 18, 9:30 – 11:00 AM, Wilmette Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette, 60091. Lower level small conference room. Please park in St. John’s church lot across Wilmette Ave. For more information please call NAMI CCNS office at 847-716-2252 or visit web site at “”

16. Special Needs Support Network (SNSN) of Lake Zurich and surrounding communities. Empowering families of special needs learners to reach their full potential through support, education, networking and advocacy.” Support group for parents/caregivers of special needs children. 2nd and 4th Mondays each month. 2nd Monday (networking) 9AM-11AM at Alpine Chapel in Lake Zurich (Miller and Echo Lake Rd) – not affiliated with the church. 4th Monday (speakers) 7PM – 8:45PM at Ela Public Library in Lake Zurich (Rt. 22 and Old Rand Rd.) For more info email: or call Sue at 847.726.2113

17. SEMAH: Special Education MATTERS in Arlington Heights

Knowledge Safari is a social networking and review site catering to the special needs community. People can create profiles to connect with others navigating similiar paths in the special needs world. People can create and read reviews of restaurants, doctors, afterschool programs, etc with special needs in mind.

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