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Autism Society of America

Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a "spectrum disorder" that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. This website describes the signs and symptoms along with helpful tools to deal with this disability.

Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks has grown into the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. 

Autism through Sesame Street

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

This website has links for information and resources on numerous disabilities (ie:ADHD, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Mental Health)

Cerebral Palsy Group

Cerebral Palsy Group provides educational information and support to those who have been affected by cerebral palsy.

Cerebral Palsy Guide

Cerebral Palsy Guide proposes resourceful tools and educational information for children and families whom are affected by this disorder. 

Child and Family Connections

Child and Family Connections is part of a statewide system responsible for ensuring that all referrals of children under the age of three to the Early Intervention Services System receive a timely response. 


A statewide system responsible for ensuring a timely response to all referrals of children under the age of 3 to the Early Intervention Services.

Children under the age of 3 who are experiencing delays in development or have been diagnosed with medical conditions that involve a high probability of developmental delay.

Kankakee Contact Information: PH:  815-937-3847


Estate planning for your child's future

At the bottom of the page there is an additional link for Estate Planning for Parents with a Special Needs Child (not Autism specific)

Illinois Parents of Adults with Developmental Disabilities (IPADD)

Offers free online support and resources specific to Illinois, on topics including:  Puberty and Health; Secondary Transition; Employment, Self-Employment or Supported Employment; Volunteerism and Community Service; Day Programming; Housing; Medicaid and Medicare; Social Security; Transportation; Advocacy and Support.  IPADD is made up of parents, self-advocates, adult siblings and others who care about adults with developmental disabilities.


Manteno CUSD No. 5 is a member of the Infinitec AT Coalition.  The Infinitec AT Coalitions provide members the benefits of a viable network that works to maximize resources and to provide programs and services.  Infinitec AT Coalition is facilitated and managed by United Cerebral Palsy of Chicago, the Infinitec Assistive Technology Coalitions permit members to share, collaborate, problem solve and create valuable and necessary assistive technology resources to better serve the mission of providing access to a quality education for all learners.

Iroquois-Kankakee Regional Office of Education

This link provides access and information regarding Iroquois and Kankakee (I-KAN) School Districts. 

ISBE Special Education & Support Services Parent Guide

The Illinois State Board of Education article on Parent Rights will help you understand the Special Education process in Illinois.  It was developed to help parents/guardians and others to learn about the educational rights of children who have disabilities and receive special education services.

ISBE Special Education and Support Services

Overview of the Illinois State Board of Education Special Education and Support Services.  ISBE partners with school districts to provide programs and service for students with specialized educational needs.

National Autism Center- Family Resources

Options Center for Independent Living

Options Center for Independent Living (Options CIL) is a non-residential, not-for-profit, community-based organization that promotes independent living for people with disabilities.  Our primary service area includes Kankakee and Iroquois counties.  Options maintains offices in both counties to provide easy access to its services.  As a center for independent living, Options is managed and controlled by people with disabilities.  Over 50% of the board and staff are people who have disabilities. 

Special Olympics Illinois

Manteno CUSD No. 5 is in the Eastern Prairie Region 8.  Our area director is Jessi Bernstein.  Special Olympics Illinois is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization that raises funds through private means, such as donations and grants. Special Olympics Illinois is accredited by Special Olympics, Inc. which operates in all 50 states and in more than 175 countries. Illinois supports more than 21,000 athletes annually from communities throughout the state.  The focus in Special Olympics is on what athletes can do. Like everyone, Special Olympics athletes like to win, but more importantly - they strive to do their best. The sportsmanship that is demonstrated on the court, in the field, or on the track serves as an inspiration to all.

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