Advocates for Access

HOIDSA partners with Advocates for Access to bring monthly workshops the 3rd Monday of the month.

Formerly the Central Illinois Center for Independent Living, Advocates for Access is an organization managed by and for people with disabilities.

College for Students with Disabilities
A Guide for Students, Families, and Educators

The guide called "College for Students with Disabilities: A Guide for Students, Families, and Educators" was created by Maryville University Online and offers information for students with disabilities and their families to find resources to help with their dream of a college education. There are many pathways to achieve independence through higher education, and Maryville University has created this helpful “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQ) to give you an idea of what to expect as you research your options.

College Support for Students with Disabilities

The Center for Online Education published a guide for students with disabilities that:

  • Outlines legal rights
  • Shows where and how to find assistance on campus
  • Provides an extensive list of websites, apps and software resources designed for students with disabilities.
Disability Care Center
Helping Disabled Americans Receive Benefits

Disabiltiy benefits for Down syndrome

Down Syndrome: A Preventative Checklist

Helping Individuals with Developmental Disorders and Injuries Unlock Their Potential.  Preventive Medical Checklist from birth to 18 years - Kennedy Krieger Institute

EP!C empowering people. inspiring capabilities

EP!C is a human service agency based in Peoria serving adults with developmental disabilities.  Programs include early intervention, community-based residential, rehabilitation, vocational training transitional employment, supported employment & respite.

Family Matters Parent Training & Information Center

The mission of the Family Matters Parent Training and Information Center is to build upon families' strengths, empower parents and professionals to achieve the strongest possible outcomes for students with disabilities, and to enhance the quality of life for children and young adults with disabilities.

Global Down Syndrome Foundation

Dedicated to significantly improving the lives of people with Down syndrome through RESEARCH, MEDICAL CARE, EDUCATION AND ADVOCACTY.

Global Prenatal Testing Pamphlet

The pamphlet is for pregnant women who are considering, or who have had, prenatal testing for Down syndrome.  It provides important information about prenatal testing and facts about Down syndrome.

Illinois Life Span

Statewide Information Resource & Referral for Advocacy 

& Services for People with Developmental Disabilities

Illinois State Board of Education

The Illinois State Board of Education will provide leadership, assistance, resources and advocacy so  that every student is prepared to succeed in careers and postsecondary education, and share accountability  for doing so with districts and schools.

Institute on Disability and Human Development
UIC Department of Disability and Human Development

The Institute on Disability and Human Development, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDD) is dedicated to promoting the independence, productivity and inclusion of people with disabilities.

National Association for Down Syndrome

Primarily serving the Chicago Metropolitan area, NADS is the oldest organization in the country serving individuals with Down syndrome and their families.

National Down Syndrome Adoption Network

The National Down Syndrome Adoption Network provides information to birth families who may be seeking alternatives to parenting as they prepare for the arrival of their child and makes connections with adoptive families.

National Down Syndrome Congress

The mission of the NDSC is to provide information, advocacy and support concerning all aspects of life for individuals with Down syndrome.

National Down Syndrome Society

The mission of the National Down Syndrome Society is to benefit people with Down syndrome and their families through national leadership in education, research and advocacy.


Project CHOICES is a "least restrictive environment" initiative funded by the Illinois State Board of Education.


Find your federal and state legislators here!

Social Security and Disability Resource Center

The Social Security and Disability Resource Center website provides answers to questions concerning how to apply for SSD or SSI benefits.

Social Security Disability Benefits Guide

Understand how Social Security Disability works and how to calculate your benefits.

How to Plan (and Provide ) for a Child with Special Needs

What you can do now to prepare for your child's financial future.

With planning and preparation, you can help to ensure your child has the help they need, now and for the future. 


TUCK Advancing Better Sleep

Tuck Sleep Foundation is a community devoted to improving sleep hygiene, health and wellness through the creation and dissemination of comprehensive, unbiased, free web-based resources. 

Our guide covers everything from a comprehensive overview of ASD, how it affects sleep, expert sleep management information for people with ASD and much more.

Check out our guide

Caring for a Loved One with Special Needs Entails Special Care

When caring for a loved one with special needs, you want to provide them with the best quality of life possible.  You can get the help you need by coordinating with our specially trained professionals to create a holistic life care plan, while balancing your own needs and those of other family members.  Through proper planning, you can protect your lvoed ones, even when you're no longer there.