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 …

Young Athletes

Come be a part of this exciting program through Special Olympics Illinois. The Young Athletes program is an innovative sports play program for children ages 2-9 with and without intellectual disabilities, designed to introduce them into the world of sports.


This program will prove enormously beneficial on multiple levels for your child including helping the children improve physically, cognitively and socially. This program is designed to address two specific …

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.