Groups -- Disabilities

Disabilities (General)


Access UP! (2013 F,L)
This on-line group is part of the Uniting Pride (UP) Center of Champaign County. The group hopes for dialogue among individuals with disabilities and their allies. Topics of conversation are not limited. They can include accessibility, independence, community building, and sexuality (heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, and any other identity you choose). The group is open to all individuals over the age of 18. To stay connected with the group, join on Facebook at
Call: UP Center- (217) 550-4248
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Central Illinois Amputees (CIA) Support Group (2017 F,P)
This group provides support for amputees, their family members, friends and care givers. The goal is to provide peer support, interaction and encouragement to all touched by limb loss. Meets 2nd Wednesday, 6:00 p.m., Rehab Activity Room, 3rd floor Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine Unit, Carle Foundation Hospital, 611 W. Park St., Urbana. Also find us on Facebook!
Call: Nikki Grace (217) 663-8064

CU Able (2014, F, L)
This group is passionate about helping individuals with disabilities and those involved in their care by creating a safe and accepting support network within the local community. The group focuses not only on advocacy and awareness, but also on helping its members incorporate self care into their routine and by hosting social events. There are group meetings and an on-line support and resource community on Facebook at CU Able. Meeting times and locations vary. Contact via e-mail below.
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Illinois Early Intervention (EI) Clearinghouse
This clearinghouse identifies and collects research-based early-intervention best-practice information to share with families. It provides a free lending library of parenting and special needs DVDs, books, and journals related to the development of young children with special needs, including autism, Down syndrome, and speech disorders. The staff can help families and service providers find resources. The website has links to other resources in the state and nation.
Call: Sarah Isaacs (217) 333-1386 or toll free (877) 275-3227
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Write: Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse, Early Childhood and Parenting Collaborative, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Children’s Research Center, Rm. 20, 51 Gerty Dr., Champaign, IL 61820

Speak Out! (2008 F,P/L)
This group is for teens and young adults with disabilities. The group helps youth to speak up for their rights, socialize, and have a good time. It meets at the same time as the Parents of Adults with Disabilities support group. The group is sponsored by Community Choices, Inc. Bring snacks and drinks to share. Meets 2nd Thurs., 7:00-8:30 p.m., Sept.-May, St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 2200 Philo Rd., Urbana.
Call: Ryan Thompson at Community Choices (217) 621-1090
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Write: Community Choices, Inc., P.O. Box 17551, Urbana, IL 61803


Parent 2 Parent (1999 F,P)
This group is for parents of teenagers and young adults with disabilities that focuses on the transition process from school to adult life. These meetings provides an opportunity for parents to become familiar with the agencies and professionals who can ease the transition process. Newsletters and group literature are available. Meets 2nd Tues., 6:00-7:30 p.m., Lawrence Education Adult Center, 101 E. Laurel St., Springfield.
Call: Mary Wyman (217)525-3060
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Write: Carolyn Thorpe, Springfield Center for Independent Living, 330 South Grand Ave. West, Springfield, IL 62704