Upcoming Parent/ Guardian Informational Events
Check back throughout the school year for new events.
Government Support Services for Children with Disabilities
- PUNS (Prioritization for Urgency of Need for Services is a statewide database that records information about individuals with developmental disabilities who are potentially in need of services.
- Selection is based on factors including length of time on database, urgency of need, and geographic area of the state.
- If a crisis emerges while a family is enrolled in PUNS, the family should contact their ISC agent immediately for available options in the area.
- Even if your child is not immediately in need of services, you should still register on the PUNS list to assist with potential future needs and services.
See the DHS website link above for more information, or call 1-800-843-6154 Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Social Security Disability Benefits
- Children from birth up to age 18 may get Supplemental Security Income Benefits if they are disabled and have little or no income or resources.
- The family's household income, resources, and other personal information are also considered.
Click on the above links, or call 1-800-772-1213 Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m for more information.
State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)
- Children may be able to get health insurance from SCHIP even if they do not get SSI.
- SCHIP provides health insurance to children from working families with incomes too high to get Medicaid, but who cannot afford private health insurance.
Follow the Illinois CHIP link above or call 1-866-311-1119 for more information.
LWSRA and park district programs provide fantastic opportunities for your child to work on his/her social skills.
- LWSRA offers a variety of programs for all ages and abilities.
- Programs include sports, drama, art, cooking, fitness, social club, and many more!
- After school care, School Day Out (structured day of activities for students on certain days off from school), Saturday Fun Club, Saturday Drop In, and Summer Camp are offered to help provide options for children who benefit from structured days when school is not in session.
- Special activities and outings are available throughout the year (Ball Factory trip, Chicago Wolves game, dances, pajama party, Haunted Trails, etc.).
- Parent groups provide parents with support and include guest speakers presenting on topics relevant to parents/guardians of children with special needs.