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Illinois Learning Disability Organizations and Schools
  • Hospitals and Universities:
    • Center for Talent Development (CTD) - Northwestern University 617 Dartmouth Pl. Evanston Illinois 60208 (847) 491-3782 www.ctd.nwu.edu (An article titled "Underachievement and Learning Disabilities in Children Who Are Gifted" By Steven G. Zecker, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Learning Disabilities Northwestern University)
    • Children's Memorial Hospital Learning Disabilities Diagnostic Clinic - 2300 Children's Plaza Attn: Child Psychiatry #10 Chicago Illinois 60614 Janet Schmidt, M.A., (773) 880-4000, (312) 880-4855, Childrens Memorial Hospital Center for Pediatric Neural Psychology, Kathleen McKenna, MD, Dr. Karen Pierce, MD, Maria Ponton MD, intake 773/880-4843, 800-KIDSDOC
    • Rush Children's Hospital/Neurobehavioral Center Rush North Shore Medical Center - 9701 Knox Avenue, Suite 102 Skokie Illinois 60076 847/933-9339 Merill Lipton MD. (sponsored the video "A Celebration of Differences" made for $12,354.30 by a small group of passionate parents who volunteer at the center including Bobbi Zabel, Ceil Rothbart, Nancy Rodin) They have a public resource library you can reach by calling Cate Gonley cgonley@rush.edu at 847/933-9339 ext 222
    • Rush Neurobehavioral Center Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center - Professional Building I, Suite 718 1653 W. Congress Parkway Chicago Illinois 60612 (312) 942-4036
    • Northwestern University Communicative Disorders Department - Anne Oehring Director (847/491-5012, fax 847/467-7141) Northwestern University Remediation Clinic - Kathleen Bradley 847/491-2446
    • Loyola University Medical Center Learning Evaluation Center - 2160 South First Avenue Building 104, Rm 5347, Maywood Illinois 60153 Michael Appleby (708) 216-3539
    • The Katherine Wright Center - The LEARN Center of Illinois Masonic Medical Center, 836 West Nelson Avenue Chicago Illinois 60657 Meg Heron, M.A. (312) 296-7065
    • The Center for Best Practices in Early Childhood - Western Illinois University 27 Horrabin Hall Macomb Illinois 61455 Patricia Hutinger (309) 298-1634 www.macombprojects.wiu.edu
    • Western Illinois University Disability Support Services - One University Circle Macomb Illinois 61455 Joan Green (309) 298-2512
    • Southern Illinois University - Achieve Program Carbondale Illinois 62901 Sally DeDecker, M.S. (618) 453-6131
    • Christ Hospital & Medical Center (CH&MC) Pediatric Rehabiltation and Development - 4440 W. 95th Street Oak Lawn Illinois 60453 Deborah A. Czupek, Ph.D (708) 346-4367
    • National-Louis University Pace Program - 2840 Sheridan Road Evanston Illinois 60201 Carol J. Burns, M.Ed. (847) 256-5150, ext 2670
    • College of Lake County - 19351 W. Washington Street Grayslake Illinois 60030 Bill Freitag (312) 223-6601
    • Illinois State University Disability Concerns - Campus Box 1290, 350 Fell Hall 350 Fell Hall Normal Illinois 61790-1290 Ann M. Caldwell (309) 438-5853 (V)/(309) 438-8620 (TT) www.ilstu.edu/depts/disabilityconcerns
    • Kankakee Community College - Box 888 River Road Kankakee Illinois 60901 (815) 933-0332; TTY: (815) 935-9600 www.kcc.cc.il.us
    • Lake Land Community College - 5001 Lake Land Blvd. Mattoon Illinois 61938 Emily Hartke (217) 235-3131, ext. 259
    • Lincoln Trail College - 11220 N. State Hwy 1 Robinson Illinois 62454 Searoba Mascher (618) 544-8657, ext. 1141
    • Truman College City Colleges of Chicago - 1145 W. Wilson Chicago Illinois 60640 Linda Ford (312) 878-1700
    • Illinois Central College - One College Drive East Peoria Illinois 61571 Pam Wilfinger (309) 694-5749
    • William Rainey Harper College - 1200 West Algonquin Road Palatine Illinois 60067-7398 Tom Thompson (847) 925-6266 www.harper.cc.il.us
    • Oakton Community College - 1600 E. Golf Road Des Plaines Illinois 60016 Linda McCann (847) 635-1759 www.oakton.edu/resource/iss/assist.htm
    • Parkland College - 2400 W. Bradley Avenue Champaign Illinois 61821-1899 Evelyn Brown (217) 351-2200, ext. 587
    • St. Francis Hospital Comprehensive Mental Health Center - 355 Ridge Avenue Evanston Illinois 60202 (847) 316-6250
  • Noverbal Learning Disability Resources
    • Grant Hospital, Chicago IL, attn: Sheri Laaperie, PhD., 773/883-3811 Neuralpsychological Test
    • Lake Cook Behavioral Health Center, Arlington Hts. Illinois, attn: Ellen Kramer, Neuropychologist, 847/577-1501
    • Evanston Hospital, Neuropsychology, 847/570-2000 Dr O'Coon, Dr. Sweet MD, Dr. Molina, MD, Dr. Savan, MD, 500 Davis Street, Evanston, attn: Ann Hammand 847/425-6407 Barbara Trommer, MD. 847/570-2577
    • Howard Tushman, MD, Evanston 847/869-6011, Michael Grover MD, 312/704-0344
      • Northshore Family Psychiatry in Evanston 847/328-4000 Caryn Stoller MD & Jackie Hanes MD (Jackie Hanes 773/282-7800) Univ of IL Medical Center
  • Schools
    • The Cove School - The Cove School was established in 1947, to educate students with learning disabilities and to facilitate their return to their neighborhood schools in the shortest possible time. It's curriculum is designed for students who have learning disabilities that, despite average or even superior intelligence, keep them from responding well to conventional teaching techniques. An equally significant result is that each year a quarter of Cove's student body returns to their mainstream schools. The Cove School is located at 350 Lee Road, in Northbrook, Illinois. Philip Jackson pjackson@coveschool.org 847/562-2100 ext 11 (assistant is Marty)
    • Barat College - 700 Westleigh Road Lake Forest Illinois 60045 Debra Sheade (847) 604-6321 Barat.edu
    • Brehm Preparatory School - 1245 E. Grand Avenue Carbondale Illinois 62901 Richard Collins, Ph.D (618) 457-0371 www.brehm.org
    • Catholic Children's Home Special Education School - 1400 State Street Alton Illinois 62002 Candace Lumetta (618) 465-3826
    • Elim Christian School - 13020 S. Central Palos Heights Illinois 60463 Linda Kley (708) 389-0555
    • Summit School - 611 East Main Street Dundee Illinois 60118-2499 Sharon Carl (847) 428-6451
    • The Hyde Park Day School - Erna Heller Hall 1375 E. 60th Street Chicago Illinois 60637 Pamela B. Adelman, Ph.D. (877) 477-5665
    • Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart - 760 E. Westleigh Road Lake Forest Illinois 60045 Gwen Gregory-Conzelman (708) 234-4300
    • Center for Speach and Language Disorders - Headquartered at 195 W. Spangler, Suite B, Elmhurst Illinois staff (info@csld.com, 630/530-8551) Phylis Kupperman founder (630/530-8551 ext 118)
    • Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes Chicago Clinic - 137 N. Oak Park Drive Oak Park, IL 60301 Tel: 708/ 660-1860 lblpchicago@lblp.com
  • Easter Seal Rehabilitation Center-Peoria - 320 East Armstrong Avenue Peoria Illinois 61603 Carol Choutka (309) 672-6330
  • Easter Seal Rehabilitation Center-Timber Point Outdoor Center - RR 2 Box 39 Hudson Illinois 61748 Carol Choutka (309) 365-8021
  • Easter Seals - 230 West Monroe Street Chicago Illinois 60606 Sara Brewster 312/726-6200 (Voice) 312/726-4258 (TT)
  • Family T.I.E.S. Network - 830 South Spring Street Springfield Illinois 62704 Deb Kunz (217) 544-5809 / 800-865-7842 www.taalliance.org/ptis/fties
  • The Illinois Branch of the International Dyslexia Association Carolyn Swallow, Ph.D. Executive Director, 751 Roosevelt Road, Suite 301, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137, 630-469-6900, email ilbranch_ida@ameritech.net
  • Illinois Easter Seal Society - 2715 South 4th Street Springfield Illinois 62705 Jim Gray (217) 525-0398
  • Larkin Center for Children & Adolescents - 1212 Larkin Avenue Elgin Illinois 60123-6098 Lynda Zielke (708) 695-5656
  • Lawrence Hall Youth Services - 4833 N. Francisco Avenue Chicago Illinois 60625 Margery Doss (773) 769-3500 www.lawrencehall.org
  • Learning Disabilities Association of Illinois - 10101 S. Roberts Rd. Suite 106 Palos Hills Illinois 60465 Sharon Schussler 708-430-7532, www.idantl.org, LDAamerica.org/Illinois/Ldail2.html, JanetLerner@juno.com, Sharon Schussler eschussler@earthlink.net, BevJohns@juno.com
  • Living with a Learning Disability, Second Edition (Book) - Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale PO Box 3697 Carbonville Illinois 62902-3697 Barbara Cordoni (618) 453-2361
  • Metropolitan Family Services Camp Algonquin - 1889 Cary Road Algonquin Illinois 60102 John P. Jarczyk (847) 658-8212
  • National Center for Latinos with Disabilities - 1915-17 South Blue Island Ave. Chicago Illinois 60608 Everdo Franco (312) 666-3393 / (312) 666-1788 / 800 532-3393
  • Neuropsychology Diagnostic Center, LLC - 16001 S. 108th Avenue Orland Park Illinois 60467 Valerie Scaramella-Nowinski (708) 403-9000
  • Professionals in Learning Disabilities - An association of local learning disability professionals and therapists Janie Seiden se@nwu.edu Nancy Carson tonicarson@aol.com
  • Special Education State Board of Education - Mail Code E-216 100 North First Street Springfield Illinois 62777-0001 Gordon Rieffel, Ed.D. (217) 782-6601
  • The International Dyslexia Association - 751 Roosevelt Rd. Bldg. 7, Suite 301 Glen Ellyn Illinois 60137 Josh Zion 630-469-6900
  • Northwestern Learning Consultants J. Abram Doane, M.A., J.D. - Offices in Lincolnwood and Northbrook, Illinois 847/679-4101 Fax 847/679-4102 consult@LDdoc.com - Call or email for a free consultation.
  • Advanced Case Management, Inc. Catherine J. Oliver, RN, C, MSN working with children (and their families) challenged with such disorders as autism, Asperger syndrome, learning disabilities, nonverbal learning disabilities, social pragmatic deficits, Tourette syndrome, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and social/emotional syndromes. Lake Forest, Illinois 847-615-9390 (Phone) 847-355-2231 (Page) cjo@interaccess.com
  • Attention Deficit Disorders Center, Marv L. Meyer, Ph.D., ABPP, 5225 Old Orchard Road
    Suite 38, Skokie, Illinois 60077, (847) 663-8550 ADHD and language processing resources recommended by Marv Meyer:
    • Family Resource Center on Disabilities 312-939-3513 - Educational meetings for parents re dealing with IEP's and other school problems. They have Pamphlets, esp. Tax Guide for Parents, e.g. Remediation is a medical expense and therefore tax deductible.
    • Illinois Section of the National Dyslexia Association, Glenn Ellyn, IL. phone 630 - 469-6900 They can provide a list of trained tutors for reading problems, esp. trained in the Wilson System, a structured, comprehensive program to enhance reading fluency.
    • Local tutor in Skokie, Marsha Weiss, phone 847 - 675-8087
  • Rush Educational and Emotional Health Evaluation Program for Children andAdolescents; Rush University Medical Center; 1720 W. Polk, Chicago, IL60612; Contact: Hollie Sobel, Ph.D. (312) 942-4450, Hollie_Sobel@rush.edu, Dr. Louis Kraus, M.D., Jean Heideman, MS, RN