The internet links and information below will help you to connect to organizations and web sites that you may find to be useful as you search for information.
- Official State of Illinois web site
- Illinois Department of Human Services: Programs, activities and employment opportunities in the Illinois Department of Human Services are open and accessible to any individual or group without regard to age, sex, race, sexual orientation, disability, ethnic origin or religion. The department is an equal opportunity employer and practices affirmative action and reasonable accommodation programs.
Illinois Department of Human Services-Family Community Resource Center (FCRC):If you have questions about any Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) program, call or visit your FCRC. We will answer your questions. If you do not know where your FCRC is or if you are unable to go there, you may call the automated helpline 24 hours a day at:
Representatives are available between: 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (except state holidays).
- The Institute on Community Integration: A University of Minnesota affiliated program dedicated to improving community services for people with developmental disabilities and their families.
- Illinois Department of Public Health
- The Arc of the United States: The Arc of the United States advocates for the rights and full participation of all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Together with a network of members and affiliated chapters, The Arc works to improve systems of supports and services; connect families; inspire communities and influence public policy.
- American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR): ANCOR is a nonprofit trade association representing private providers who provide supports and services to people with disabilities. ANCOR is distinguished in this industry by its balance of leading practices resources and advocacy for member agencies and the people and families they serve and support.
- National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP): The NADSP is a coalition of organizations and individuals committed to strengthening the quality of human service support by strengthening the direct support workforce.
- American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD): The AAIDD - formerly known as AAMR - promotes progressive policies, sound research, effective practices, and universal human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
- Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE): SABE's mission is to ensure that people with disabilities are treated as equals and that they are given the same decisions, choices, rights, responsibilities, and chances to speak up to empower themselves; opportunities to make new friends; and to learn from their mistakes.
- Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD): The Administration on Developmental Disabilities is the U.S. Government organization responsible for implementation of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000, known as the DD Act. ADD, its staff and programs, are part of the Administration for Children and Families, of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
- The Council on Quality and Leadership
- Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
- U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professionals (QIDPs) Resources and Internet Sites
The National Association of Qualified Developmental Disability Professionals: The National Association of QMRPs was formed in 1996 by Trinity Services staff as the result of a recognized need by QMRPs - Qualified Mental Retardation Professionals (also known as Case Managers) to establish a strong resource for research, networking, and addressing issues that concern QMRPs/QDDPs/QIDPs today. To establish a strong resource for research, networking, and addressing issues that concern QDDPs today. Although there were a few states that had formed groups by and for QDDPs, the need to form an organization that would address the historical, conceptual, methodological and ethical issues confronting the QDDP today on a national level was evident. The National Conference of QDDPs provides a forum to share information pertinent to the diverse interests of QDDPs. Contact information:
Other Useful Internet Sites
Materials and Publishing
Parent/Family Education & Support
Mental Health Resources
Councils on Developmental Disabilities
Rights, Protection and Advocacy
- Equip for Equality Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Please see: Abuse and Neglect webpage
- Illinois Department of Human Services, Client Assistance Program Email: email@example.com
- Highlights and access to US Supreme Court decisions concerning ADA
- National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities: Promotes national policy enabling increased choice for individuals with developmental disabilities
- Illinois Department of Human Rights
- Illinois Human Rights Commission: This site contains determinations of the commission on complaints filed under the Illinois Human Rights Act.
- Human Rights Commission Decisions
- Illinois Attorney General - Disability Rights Bureau
- Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Fair Housing Enforcement, Illinois Please see: Fair Housing Act
- Americans with Disabilities Act: The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 makes it unlawful to discriminate against people with disabilities in employment, state and local government services, public accommodations, transportation and telecommunications. The ADA defines an individual with a disability as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities; has a record of such impairment; or is regarded as having such an impairment. Please see the Summary of the Act and a list of resources you can use if you feel you are being discriminated against on account of your disability.
- Office of the Americans with Disabilities Act
- National Network of ADA Centers: The Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center (DBTAC) is a national network of 10 regional DBTAC: ADA Centers that provide the most complete and experienced services for up-to-date information, referrals, resources, and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to businesses, employers, government entities, and individuals with disabilities, as well as media and news reporters.
- Great Lakes ADA Center: Regional ADA Technical Assistance Center University of Illinois at Chicago
Resources for The Aging
State Medicare and Medicaid
Veterans Affairs Resources
Organizations Especially for Parents
Other Disability-Related Resources
Public Accommodations and State and Local Government Services
Office of the Inspector General (OIG)
OIG investigates allegations of abuse or neglect of individuals who receive mental health services or developmental disability services in programs that are operated, licensed, certified or funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services, as well as allegations of abuse, neglect and exploitation of adults with disabilities (18 - 59 years old) who live in private homes. OIG also trains people who work with adults with disabilities, conducts random checks to ensure that programs take corrective actions resulting from investigations, and makes site visits to state psychiatric hospitals and developmental centers to assist in preventing abuse and neglect.
To report abuse or neglect, call: (800) 368-1463 (V/TTY)
Additional phone numbers and addresses for OIG:
901 Southwind RoadSpringfield, IL 62703Phone: (217) 786-6865Fax: (217) 786-7694 100 W. Randolph, Suite 4-750Chicago, IL 60601Phone: (312) 814-2718Fax: (312) 814-6508
OIG Main Contact Numbers
- OIG Intake Hotline: (800) 368-1463
- Administration-Chicago: (312) 814-2718
- Administration-Springfield: (217) 786-6040
- North Investigations: (708) 338-7191
- North Investigations: (708) 338-7191
- Metro Investigations: (708) 338-7191
- Central Investigations: (217) 786-6865
- South Investigations: (618) 833-5161, extension 2277
- Domestic Abuse Program: (708) 338-7191
- Compliance & Evaluation: (217) 786-6394
The Department of Human Services Office of the Inspector General's 2010 Rule 50 trainings are now available online through the DHS NetLearning system. See instructions for accessing the Rule 50 Training CBLs.
Illinois Website, Archives and Related Resources
- Resource Guide to Illinois Government Documents
- Illinois State Library
- Secretary of State: Maintained by the Illinois Secretary of State. This website includes the current Illinois Blue Book. The Blue Book is a good source for biographical information on elected officials as well as general information about Illinois government, such as the constitution of Illinois, as well as information about politicians, government officials, and governing bodies in the state.
- Find-It! Illinois: This site, created and maintained by the Illinois State Library, is a portal/digital library to significant current and historic Illinois state government documents, and Illinois library collections. Search for Illinois information by subject or by type of information. Find-It! Illinois is the Illinois State Library's statewide digital library. Find-It! Illinois brings Illinois information into one convenient web site by bringing all of the Illinois State Library's online services together in one Web page.
- Illinois Atlas: "is an ongoing project of the Data & Mapping Services Division of the Center for Governmental Studies at Northern Illinois University. The Data & Mapping Services Division has been creating computer generated maps since the early 1990's." Includes maps of Illinois showing voting for presidential elections, income, housing, population, education, etc.
- Illinois Quick Facts
- Illinois State Senators
- Illinois House Representatives
- Illinois Voting Information
- Illinois Department of Revenue
- Illinois Legislative Information
- Illinois Constitution: Full text of the Illinois Constitution of 1970.
- Illinois General Assembly:This site provides legislation & laws, legislative reports, Illinois Register, Illinois Compiled Statutes, Illinois Constitution, senate and house information, and additional resources.
- Illinois Compiled Statues: Covers current legislation and provides the full text of the Illinois Compiled Statutes, bills and Public Acts from the 90th and subsequent General Assemblies.
- Illinois Register
- Illinois Comptroller
- US Census Bureau
- Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission
- Illinois Department of Employment Security
- Illinois Administrative Code: Information on General Assembly action.
- Office of the Governor: This site provides access (via an alphabetical agency listing) to Illinois executive agencies' websites. The Governor, as the chief executive of the State of Illinois, accessible at the State of Illinois site, find information on the Governor's announcements, initiatives, bill signings and Governor's press releases online.
- The Attorney General's Office: Offers a description of the Attorney General's Office, a biography of current Attorney General, recent opinions by current Attorney General, a directory, and resources for crime victims, persons with disabilities, and senior citizens, press releases, a directory of the Office, information on services, consumer fact sheets and information dealing with criminal justice.
- Official Site of the Illinois Courts:Contains the Supreme Court docket, oral argument calendars, recent opinions and Supreme Court rules and policies. Links to official sites and opinions for the Illinois Supreme, Appellate, and Circuit Courts. Includes opinions from 1996 to the present. Available in html and WordPerfect format, however, with the warning that the html "may not contain appendices used by the courts and cannot always show matter emphasized by the courts." For that you need to view the WordPerfect version.
- Illinois Judicial Branch
- Illinois Office of Appellate Defender
- Illinois Judicial Circuit Court Rules: This site is operated by Southern Illinois University School of Law Library and has links to the Illinois judicial circuit court rules available online.
- Illinois Department of Children and Family Services: Provides a "policy and rules" section which includes administrative rules, notices, emergency rules, policy interpretations and guides, laws administered by the agency, and statistics related to Illinois child welfare reform.
- Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunities: Provides information on starting a small business, as well as, statistical and demographic profiles of Illinois communities.
- Ready Illinois: The site offers information ranging from guidelines for county and municipal governments, to emergency checklists, and links to state and federal websites, making it a key component of state preparedness.
- Illinois Vital Statistics: Illinois Department of Public Health information on population, birth, death records, adoption registry, health statistics and other health information, communicable disease, marriage and divorce statistics on the state and county levels.
- Illinois Department of Corrections