Equip for Equality

Equip for Equality works to advance the human and civil rights of people with disabilities.  They offer legal advice and traiing for parents and individuals to self-advocate for their rights.  There are four different sites in Illinois - Main office in Chicago, but also Springfield, Moline, and Carbondale.

Main Phone: (312) 341-0022  |  Main Office Address: 20 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60602  |  equipforequality.org

Special Recreation Associations Network of Illinois (SRANI)

The Special Recreation Assoications Network of Illinois (SRANI) is a network of therapeutic recreation agencies.  Special Recreation Associations provide community-based special recreation services to children and adults with disabilities.  With the Illinois Therapeutic Recreation section of the Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA), they advocate for special recreation services for all residents of Illinois and through these partnerships are able to proivde innovative programming for individuals with special needs.  For a Special Recreation Association near you, use their website directory of associations across the state.

Statewide Special Recreation Association Directory  |  specialrecreation.org

Statewide Resources

Please contact the Statewide Coordinator at 773.205.3627 or 630.207.8479 for more information about resources in your area.

The Arc of Illinois

The Arc of Illinois is committed to empowering persons with disabilities to achieve full participation in community life through informed choices.  They host events for families, self advocates, and professionals to education on the latest and best practices and works to provide resources.

Phone: (815) 464-1832  |  Address: 20901 LaGrange Road, Suite #209, Frankfort, IL 60423  |  thearcofil.org

Alzheimer's Association, Greater Illinois Chapter

The Alzheimer's Association, Greater Illinois Chapter serves 68 counties in Illinois with offices in Bloomington, Carbondale, Chicago, Joliet, Rockford, and Springfield.  The chapter provides reliable information and care consultation, support services for families, increased funding for dementia research, and influence on public policy changes.  They host various awareness, educational, and caregiver events across the state.  The Alzheimer's Association also offers a 24-hour helpline at (800) 272-3900.

Phone: (847) 933-2413 |  Address: 8430 West Bryn Mawr, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60631  |  Website

Brain Injury Association of Illinois

The Brain Injury Association of Illinois is a statewide membership organization comprised of people with brain injuries, family members, friends, and professionals.  BIA of IL is part of a network of brain injury associations across the country and is an affiliate of the National Brain Injury Association.  They work to assist in developing communication channels between families and professionals in a way that improves relationships and cooperation, enhances teamwork, and helps decrease potential issues that may arise.  They are dedicated to providing information, resources, advocacy, and support to people with brain injuries and their families.  They provide educational programs and an annual conference, host therapeutic recreational camps for children and adults with brain injury, offer statewide support groups, and participate in legislative advocacy.

Phone: (312) 726-5699  |  Address: P.O. Box 64420, Chicago, IL 60664-0420  |  Email: info@bial.org  |  biail.org

National Alliance on Mental Illness of Illinois (NAMI Illinois)

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Illinois is affiliated with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and has 23 local affiliates throughout Illinois.  Their members include individuals living with mental illness, family members, friends, and professionals.  Its purpose is to help improve the lives of people affected by mental illness through education, support, and advocacy.  NAMI Illinois has a variety of education and support programs directed to individuals living with mental illness, family members, friends, professionals, other stake holders, and the community at large to address the mental health needs of Illinois.  They work to inform the public about mental illness by distributing information about mental illness through every means of communication.

HelpLine: (217) 522-1403  |  Address: 218 West Lawrence, Springfield, IL 62704  |  namiillinois.org