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:
Teri Ehrenhardt - 309-645-5690
Deb Fornoff - 309-444-2508
Julie Heim - 309-263-8293

Christy Sanchez - 309-339-8823





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 other …

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 …

The Learning Program

Participation in this program is for parents and children with Down syndrome age 3-9 years old


The Learning ProgramTM is an early educational literacy and math program for children with Down syndrome and is a nationally-recognized model for parent-focused intervention developed by the Down Syndrome Foundation of Orange County (CA). The program is grounded on evidence-based approaches to teaching children with Down syndrome as established by Down …

New Parent Open House


This is a very informal, relaxed social time for newer parents to meet other families and little ones with Down syndrome. Coffee, juice and snacks will be served, and there will be take home gifts for all of the kids. Parents, grandparents, and siblings are invited as well.  


Many parents who have just received a Down syndrome diagnosis enjoy meeting other babies and older children with Down syndrome …