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National Agencies for Information & Resources

Center for Independent Living
Centers for independent living (CILs) are local private nonprofit corporations that provide services to maximize the independence of individuals with disabilities and the accessibility of the communities they live in. Centers are funded in part by the Dept. of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration, Independent Living Branch, to provide, among other things, several core services:

  • Advocacy
  • Information and referral
  • Independent living skills training
  • Peer counseling

Disability & Business Technical Assistance Centers
(800/949.4232)

There are ten federally funded regional centers established to provide information, training, and technical assistance to employers, people with disabilities, and other entities with responsibilities under the ADA. The centers act as a "one-stop" central, comprehensive resource on ADA issues in employment, public services, public accommodations, and communications. Each center works closely with local business, disability, governmental, rehabilitation, and other professional networks to provide ADA information and assistance, placing special emphasis on meeting the needs of small businesses. Programs vary in each region, but all centers provide the following:
  • Technical Assistance
  • Information and Referral
  • Education and Training
  • Materials Dissemination
  • Public Awareness
  • Local Capacity Building

Parent Training & Information Centers
PTICs are federally funded local nonprofit organizations that provide free training and information about special education rights of children with disabilities and special needs.
National Information for Children and Youth with Disabilities
(800/695-0285)

NICHCY, P.O. Box 1492, Washington, DC 20013
NICHCY is the national information and referral center that provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues for families, educators, and other professionals. Our special focus is children and youth (birth to age 22).

NICHCY provides information and makes referrals in areas related to:
  • Specific disabilities
  • Early intervention
  • Family issues
  • Special education and related services
  • Disability organizations
  • Individualized education programs
  • Professional associations
  • Education rights
  • Transition to adult life
NICHCY's other services include:
  • Personal responses to your specific questions : Our information specialists are available to speak with you about your area of interest or concern. Call us at 1-800-695-0285, or e-mail nichcy@aed.org.
  • NICHCY publications : NICHCY makes available a wide variety of publications, including fact sheets on specific disabilities, state resource sheets, parent guides, bibliographies, and our issue papers, "News Digest" and "Transition Summary." Most publications can be printed off the Internet. You may also request documents in print. Our publications are also available in alternative formats upon request.
  • Referrals to other organizations and sources of help : We can put you in touch with disability organizations, parent groups, and professional associations at the state and national level.
  • Information Searches of Our Databases and Library : We can provide an information search to your unique needs and concerns. Materials are also available in Spanish, on disk, and as camera-ready originals.

Illinois Assistive Technology Project
1 West Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 100, Springfield, Illinois 62701
217-522-7985 voice / 217-522-9966 tty / 217-522-8067 fax / 800-852-5110 v/tty, IL only

Let us help you find the right technology — technology that lets you learn, work and play with greater independence.
Citizens Information Service of IL
(312/939.4636)

332 South Michigan, Chicago IL 60604
CIS, a state-wide non-profit non-partisan organization, helps voters and future voters make sense of our policy and election process. In schools, community groups and neighborhoods, we share important information, develop publications, provide technical assistance, and conduct workshops. Our responsibility is to assist citizens and organizations to help them be a part of the decision-making process at every level-national, state, county, city, and community. We do this by providing non-partisan information, training, technical assistance and collaborative efforts.

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