Inclusive Activity Stipend

The purpose of the stipend is to help encourage and support the participation of persons with Down syndrome in activities within the community along with typically developing peers. Stipends are limited to persons that that reside within HOIDSA’s service area in Central Illinois (Peoria, Marshall, Tazewell, and Woodford counties). To download the form click here.

IEP Resource Advisors

Several HOIDSA moms who have experience with special education law and are knowledgeable about school issues and accommodations/modifications would like to act as resources for other parents in our group who have questions or concerns.

Feel free to contact:  Becky DeTrempe - 309-231-3302 email: [email protected]

Family Conference Stipends

The Heart of Illinois Down Syndrome Association budgets family stipend funds to enable group members to attend overnight conferences of their choice that are directly related to Down syndrome or developmental disability issues. Families may apply for up to $500 per person, with a maximum of $1000 per family each year. Stipends may be used to pay for conference registration, child care, respite care, hotel, transportation, and …

Adoption Grant

The Heart of Illinois Down Syndrome Association has established an Adoption Grant to help HOIDSA members who are planning to adopt an individual with Down syndrome. The Adoption Grant is available up to the amount of $2500 for qualifying families.  For more information and to download the application, click here HOIDSA Adoption Grant.


Student Support Stipend

The purpose of the stipend is to purchase classroom supplies that will enhance the educational experience of a PK-12 student with Down syndrome. An educator may apply for funds to purchase materials and supplies that will directly benefit the student with Down syndrome. Educator must have at least one student with Down syndrome on their classroom roster. Click here to access the form: HOIDSA student …