Links to Services and Programs

Links to Services and Programs

 

GENERAL

Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS)

Illinois created DHS in 1997, to provide our state's residents with streamlined access to integrated services, especially those who are striving to move from welfare to work and economic independence, and others who face multiple challenges to self-sufficiency.

AUTISM MCLEAN

Community, connections and support for people with autism in McLean County.  This organization shares its resources with CIDSO and includes often includes CIDSO members in its activities.

 

PEDIATRIC THERAPY/EARLY INTERVENTION

EARLY INTERVENTION

Child and Family Connections (CFC).  First place families are to check in to receive Early Intervention services under a state plan.  There are CFC regions all over the state.  McLean Co is: 

Central Illinois CFC #16 103 South Country Fair Drive
Champaign, IL 61821

Phone: (217) 693-7958 
TTY: None 
Fax: (217) 693-7967 
Toll Free: (800) 877-1152 
Website: www.cicfc.org

SPICE Pediatric Therapy

Provides pediatric therapy services for families with children from birth through age fourteen, who have developmental disabilities or delays or who are at risk for delay due to environmental or medical concerns.

EMPLOYMENT

Bridgeway - Main Website -Bridgeway Employment Services for People with Disabilities link.

Bridgeway utilizes the Individual and Placement Support (IPS) model (see webpage for description) to find employment for people with disabilities. Their primary clientele are people with mental illness, but they also work with people with other disabilities.

 Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) - Division of Rehabilitation Services   (DRS- often pronounced DOORS)

DHS's Division of Rehabilitation Services is the state's lead agency serving individuals with disabilities. DRS works in partnership with people with disabilities and their families to assist them in making informed choices to achieve full community participation through employment, education, and independent living opportunities.

MARC FIRST  

Adult related services: Supported Employment Program (SEP); Day Training (DT), Residential Housing (CILA), Friends First, Home Based Support (HBS).

United Cerebral Palsy Land of Lincoln (UCP)

Vocational Skills Training and Job Supports

  • NOTE: Typically, individual funding for clients of MARC and UCP comes from DRS. Once you become a client of one of these agencies, you will be connected to DRS to apply for funding.

 RESIDENTIAL AND INDEPENDENT LIVING

Bloomington Housing Authority Congregate Housing Services Program (CHSP)

CHSP is a federally funded grant program that aims to prevent the premature institutionalization of persons with developmental disabilities.  The grant currently provides services to 21 residents at the Irvin apartments.

Homes of Hope

Homes of Hope Mission: Provide quality home and support services to promote independence, community inclusion, and personal satisfaction to adults with developmental disabilities in a manner consistent with Christian values regardless of social, racial, cultural or religious affiliation.

Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) - Division of Rehabilitation Services  (DRS- often pronounced DOORS)

DHS's Division of Rehabilitation Services is the state's lead agency serving individuals with disabilities. DRS works in partnership with people with disabilities and their families to assist them in making informed choices to achieve full community participation through employment, education, and independent living opportunities.

Life Center for Independent Living (Life-Cil)

Life Cil services include Advocacy, Information and Referral, Independent Living Skills, Peer Support and Mentoring

MARCFIRST                                                                                                                          

Adult related services: Supported Employment Program (SEP); Day Training (DT), Residential Housing (CILA), Friends First, Home Based Support (HBS).

United Cerebral Palsy Land of Lincoln (UCP)

The UCP Residential Program provides 24-hour support to individuals living in Springfield and Bloomington. Individuals live in their own homes or apartments within the community. Most people share their home with 1 or 2 roommates.

 FINANCIAL SUPPORT AND FUNDING

Central Illinois Service Access, INC. (CISA)

CISA is the eligibility, screening, and funding source for individuals/families that are seeking a supported living arrangement situation or a Development Training Program.

Social Security Administration- DHS Benefits Planning Project, Division of Rehabilitation Services- Go to Supplemental Security Income link on right side of page

Direct link for Illinois Local Offices and Supplemental Security Income application.. This link provides information about Supplemental Security Income (SSI), application processes, and Illinois Social Security Offices contact information

ESTATE PLANNING

Tuggle, Schiro & Lichtenberger, PC

Description: The attorneys of Tuggle, Schiro & Lichtenberger advocate for individuals with disabilities and their families in the process of winning social security and workers’ compensation benefits.
 510 North Vermillion Street: Danville, IL 61832  http://www.tugglelaw.com/
 

RECREATION AND LEISURE

Tennis Buddies at Evergreen Racquet Club  

A free weekly 60 minute tennis clinic for adult athletes with disabilities. This program provides an opportunity to learn basic tennis skills while having fun and building relationships. The tennis program is held at Evergreen Tennis and Racquet Club in Bloomington, Il and is supported through the CIDSO grant program.  For more information contact Michelle Newbold 309-826-4258 or email: newbol1@aol.com.

MARC FIRST- Friends First                

Adult related services: Supported Employment Program (SEP); Day Training (DT), Residential Housing (CILA), Friends First, Home Based Support (HBS).

Lions Cheer Company-Lions Spirit Team

An exhibition cheerleading team for those with special needs called Spirit.  This team is comprised of males and females of all ages and performs at a few of the same competitions as competitive teams, plus a few other local performances.  Many of Lions Cheer all star athletes serve as "buddies" to the athletes on Spirit and assist with practices and performances.  The program is made possible by grant funding through the Central Illinois Down Syndrome Organization (CIDSO).

The Miracle League of Central Illinois

The Miracle League of Central Illinois provides physically and mentally challenged children a safe and spirited program in which they can play on a baseball field just like other kids. Miracle League baseball offers a unique and memorable opportunity these children would not otherwise have.

 Penguin Project of McLean County – Ages up through 24

The Penguin Project of McLean County (Illinois) provides theatrical opportunities for artists with special needs. The Project pairs artists with special needs with same age peer mentors to create an annual theatrical production that will impress!

Seedling Theatre

Seedling’s mission is provide a fun, creative and educational live theatre experience for children and young adults - special needs as well as their peers - through workshops, summer theatre camp and formal productions.

Seedling Encore

Adult actors with disabilities participate in an eight week session to develop, rehearse and perform a theatrical revue. Diane Walker, Artistic Directo:r dcwalke@ilstu.edu

SOAR (Special Opportunities Available in Recreation)

 S.O.A.R. is jointly sponsored by the City of Bloomington and Town of Normal through their Parks & Recreation Departments. The program serves individuals unable to successfully participate in traditional recreation programs. Leisure, social and developmental skills are emphasized to promote the highest level of recreation participation possible. Special Olympics programs are facilitated through SOAR

Special Olympics- Facilitated through SOAR

Since 1968, Special Olympics has been offering women, men, and children with intellectual disabilities year-round training and competitions in Olympic-style sports.

Developing Melodies

Developing Melodies is a music therapy center located in Bloomington, IL. Developing Melodies offers quality music therapy services to individuals who may better meet their cognitive, physical, emotional, adaptive and social needs through a creative and structured use of music. The music therapy center offers a wide variety of services within the community including individual services, adapted lessons, and a rotating schedule of group music therapy opportunities. For more information about current programming,

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION

College Resources for Students with Disabilities

Website sponsored by Affordable College Online offers a wealth of information and links regarding access to postsecondary education opportunities for people with disabilities.  

Heartland Community College: Disability Support Services

Equips students having documented disabilities with the resources and accommodations that may help them reach their educational goals.

 Heartland Community College: HALO Program             

The Heartland Academy for Learning Opportunities (HALO) Program at Heartland Community College provides access to higher education for students with intellectual disabilities who are interested in continuing their education in a supportive yet challenging learning environment

 Illinois State University: Disability Concerns

Illinois State University has supports for Deaf & Hard of Hearing, Visual, Physical, Medical, Psychiatric, Asperger’s, LD, ADHD, CAP, and Traumatic Brain Injury disabilities.

 Lincoln College: Disability Concerns                                

Lincoln College-Normal is committed to providing equal access to all College programs and services. The College has designated ODS as the office responsible for working with students with documented disabilities to identify and implement appropriate accommodations.

 

TRANSPORTATION

Connect Mobility                            

A service provided by the Bloomington-Normal Public Transit System, Connect Mobility buses pick-up and drop off passengers at the curb in front of their origin and destination.

 Show Bus  

Show Bus provides transportation to all rural residents of DeWitt, Ford, Iroquois, Kankakee, Livingston, Macon, and McLean Counties. See Special Service routes.

We Care 

Rural Transportation for Woodford County

 YWCA- Medivan                                             

Medivan provides safe and convenient door-to-door transportation to and from appointments, hospital stays, nursing homes, and your home for residents of McLean County who: use a wheelchair and cannot use the public city transit system or rural transportation systems due to physical or mental limitations; are ambulatory but require door-to-door assistance.

YWCA Wheels to Work

Transportation program offers rides in the Bloomington-Normal community on Sunday.

FAITH AND WORSHIP

Wings and Prayers

This ‘differently abled’ service, open to all but especially for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families and loved ones. Contact Rev. Cheree' Johnson: Coordinator for Church Relations, Advocate BroMenn Medical Center / Advocate Eureka Hospital, (309) 268-3504/ Tie Line 49-3504 cheree.johnson@advocatehealth.com

Eastview Christian Church Special Needs Services

"Helping people with special needs and their families know God in meaningful ways and experience the love of Christ." Services we offered: Sunday service "buddies", Adult Special Needs class on Sunday mornings at 9:45 a.m.,Sign Language interpreting in the 8:00 a.m. service, Parents' Night Out,Consultation and training for volunteers, Self-contained classroom/Sensory room if needed.