Special Education Services

Parent Advocates

Legal or Advocacy Assistance

This listing includes many resource centers that provide legal or advocacy services to families of children with disabilities, usually free or at low cost to the client. Upon request, your school district will provide you with local information regarding free or low-cost legal services.

The Secretary of State provides a complete list of disability resource information called, Special Services Guide for Persons with Disabilities and Parents of Children with Special Needs. For more information regarding this list, you may contact 1-800-252-2904.

Local Services

Statewide Services

Illinois Parent Training/Information Centers

Region 1

includes the following counties: Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, Will

Designs for Change
29 East Madison, Suite 950
Chicago, IL 60602
312-236-7252 voice / 312-857-1013 TDD
312-236-7927 FAX

Family Resource Center on Disabilities
20 E. Jackson Blvd., Room 300
Chicago, IL 60604
312-939-3513 voice / 312-939-3519 TTY & TDY
312-939-7297 FAX
800-952-4199 IL only

Region 2

includes the remainder of the state

Family Matters (ARC Community Support System)
2502 South Veterans Drive
Effingham, IL 62401
217-347-5428 voice
217-347-5119 FAX
866-436-7842 Toll-Free
E-mail: or

Least Restrictive Environment Clearinghouse

LRE Clearinghouse
160 N. Wacker Drive, 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606
1-800 573-3383