Get to Know Our ABC 8 Exhibitors

Thank you to our exhibitors for participating in our 8th Annual ABC Conference. Due to their support, the conference is made possible. Please take some time to learn more about our exhibitors by reading the information provided below, as well as visiting their booths at the 8th Annual ABC Conference on Friday, November 17th! More information about the conference can be found on the ABC Conference homepage.

8th Annual ABC Conference Exhibitors

The Arc of Illinois

The Arc of Illinois truly believes that they are all people first and because of that, regardless of any developmental or intellectual differences, everyone deserves the same rights and opportunities.

In order to do this, The Arc of Illinois regularly hosts events that bring in family members, self-advocates, and professionals in the field to educate them on the latest and best practices. The Arc of Illinois also provides updates on a daily basis on all issues involving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In addition to this, The Arc of Illinois has many different programs that are there to provide a plethora of resources to help each family member, advocate, and professional with their questions.

The Arc of Illinois is committed to empowering persons with disabilities to achieve full participation in community life through informed choices.

Autism Home Support Services

Autism Home Support Services believe that by using qualified professionals trained in the evidence-based practices of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy, they can create a positive difference in a child’s overall development and long-term success. From day one, they work tirelessly with patients to assemble the Care Team™ and tools that best match the needs of every individual child and family. With patience, time, the right approach, and a lot of hard work, they believe that every child can reach their full potential.


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BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.

BioMarin is a global biotechnology company that develops and commercializes innovative therapies for people with serious and life-threatening rare disorders.

Caravel Autism Health

Caravel Autism Health provides Intensive In-home Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy & Diagnosis for Autism Spectrum Disorder.

“We change lives! Caravel provides the continuity of services from diagnostic evaluations to ABA-based intensive autism treatment in the cities and surrounding areas of Deerfield, Schaumburg, Naperville, and Chicago. Individualized and evidence-based in-home treatment that that makes true differences in children and families’ lives!”

Child and Family Connections (CFC)


Illinois’ Early Intervention program’s mission is to assure that families who have infants and toddlers, birth to three, with diagnosed disabilities, developmental delays or substantial risk of significant delays receive resources and supports that assist them in maximizing their child’s development, while respecting the diversity of families and communities.

 What is the purpose of this service?

To help children between the ages of birth to 3 with disabilities or delays, to learn and grow.

Who can receive these services?

Families with an eligible infant or toddler from birth to 3 years old.

What services are offered?

Infants and toddlers are evaluated to see if there is a delay in:

  • movement,
  • learning,
  • dealing with others,
  • behavior, and/or
  • self-help skills.

If services are needed, an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) will be written to set goals and identify needs.

Families, with the support of Early Intervention Providers, help their infants and toddlers reach their goals.

Children’s Health Resource Center, Advocate Children’s Hospital

The Children’s Health Resource Center at Advocate Children’s Hospital provides families with the information they need to make well-informed health care decisions. The center offers access to reliable health information perfect for parents, teenagers and children. Information is available online and in person. It is free and open to the public.

With locations across Chicagoland and central Illinois, Advocate Children’s Hospital is one of the largest network providers of pediatric services in Illinois and among the top 10 in the country. Patients come from around the world to our internationally recognized Advocate Children’s Heart Institute, one of the largest pediatric cardiovascular programs in the Midwest.

Everything Advocate Children’s Hospital does is designed to make children and their families feel supported and at home, from the highest level of specialized pediatric critical care to our kid-focused Advocate Children’s Medical Group.

CHOICES for Parents

CHOICES for Parents is a statewide coalition of parents and professionals ensuring that children with identified hearing loss and their families receive the necessary resources, advocacy, information, services and support. CHOICES for Parents is committed to providing unbiased information.

Communication Clubhouse

The Clubhouse is a multi-disciplinary, integrated team of professionals who empower parents to enhance the lives of their family members.  By integrating the professions of ABA, Clinical Counseling, Social Work, Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy, we “Connect the Pieces” of the complex puzzle for the families in our care.  Contact us about our Connections program and our unique cohesive approach to autism and other developmental challenges.


Cornerstones Autism Services 

Cornerstones Autism Services include in-home ABA Therapy, in school and daycare program supports. They believe in a collaborative approach, working closely with other service providers such as Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Teachers, Social Workers, Speech and Language Pathologists and caregivers as well as providing direct parent training. Cornerstones Autism Services believes it is important to create a team that is communicative and effective. By working together, they can advocate for your family and child.

CI Pediatric Therapy Centers

CI is committed to providing a comprehensive support system for individuals with special needs and their families through the highest quality services available. CI believes that all individuals should have access to tools that help enable and empower them to reach their greatest potential in all areas and that compassion shared with each family member is an essential component of a meaningful experience and maximal therapeutic gains.

DuPage Federation on Human Services Reform

MISSION:  The Federation’s mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people in DuPage County by leveraging relationships and knowledge to build an effective and efficient health and human service system.

Who Are We?

The DuPage Federation on Human Services Reform is a collaboration of government and key community organizations that identify ways a local community can address its human services needs using its own resources and resourcefulness.

The Federation serves as an organizer and catalyst, bringing together responsible organizations and advocating for development of real solutions. The work that is uniquely The Federation to do involves expanding resources for cross-cutting issues that are the foundations of self-sufficiency. It is the only organization focused on human services issues, leading policy analysis, and systems change in DuPage County.



1 IN 4 Mental Health: Campaign for mental health awareness throughout the Cook and DuPage community, serving as an online resource to increase awareness of the signs and symptoms of mental illness and providing valuable links to community resources.
  • Cultural Competency
  • Interpreter Classes & Training
  • Mental Health First Aid Training
  • Public Benefits
Community Planning: Planning effort is to identify those emerging issues & trends affecting vulnerable people that need collaborative approaches and organization of the appropriate coalitions to address them.
DuPage Early Childhood Collaboration: Ensures that each and every child in DuPage County enters kindergarten safe, healthy ready to succeed and eager to learn.
LARC-Language Access Resource Center:Interpretation, translation, interpreter training and consultation with health and human services organizations
OPEN DOOR: Support to individuals and families who are facing a crisis or emergency
Public Benefits: Policy & Benefit Resources
SOAR: SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery

Early Intervention Research Group

The overall mission of the Early Intervention Research Group (EIRG) is to support and enhance early development of infants and toddlers. The following goals guide this mission: to empower families to implement effective early intervention strategies, to increase implementation of evidence-based and family-centered practices in early intervention, and to understand the best ways to adapt and customize intervention strategies based on child and family characteristics.


Easterseals changes the way the world defines and views disabilities by making profound, positive differences in people’s lives every day. Easterseals serves 33,000 clients annual in programs across Chicagoland and Rockford Region in Illinois and Northwest, Indiana, proudly employing over 600 dedicated professionals since 1936.

Equip for Equality

Equip for Equality (EFE) is an independent, not-for-profit advocacy organization that administers the federally mandated Protection & Advocacy system for the State of Illinois.  EFE’s mission is to advance the human and civil rights of people with physical, mental and cognitive disabilities in Illinois.  More specifically, EFE seeks to ensure equal access to justice for people with disabilities; to empower people with disabilities and their families to advocate for their own rights; and to promote legal and social changes that will enable people with disabilities to participate fully in all aspects of society.

The Special Education Clinic at EFE operates a statewide toll-free Helpline (1-866-KIDS-046) to respond to requests from parents and students about special education needs. In negotiating with schools, parents are often best served with brief, specific legal advice and strategies to solve conflicts. The Helpline, supervised and staffed by well-trained Clinic attorneys, advocates, and volunteers, provides that advice. The Helpline also serves as a portal to more in-depth individual services, legal representation, and referral to other resources, including skills training seminars and peer support groups.

Eyas Landing 

Eyas Landing’s mission is to provide family-centered and evidence-based pediatric therapy services specializing in children diagnosed with autism, sensory processing disorders, apraxia and ADHD. Our dedicated and highly trained therapists and staff deliver relationship-based interventions within the most natural environments and empower families to reach their full potential.

Genesee Lake School

Genesee Lake School is a nationally recognized treatment center and school dedicated to improving the lives of children, children, adolescents, and young adults with developmental disabilities, mental health disorders, neurological disorders, and emotional disturbances. Genesee Lake School has specific expertise in Autism Spectrum Disorders, anxiety and mood disorders, and behavioral disorders. They follow an individualized, person-centered, and integrated team approach, emphasizing positive behavioral support, therapeutic relationships, and developmentally appropriate practices. The goal at Genesee Lake School is to provide an innovative and enriching environment for their students to learn and experience all that life can offer.

HealthCare Associates Credit Union

HealthCare Associates Credit Union’s mission is to help their members achieve their financial goals by providing superior financial solutions to Bank Healthy.

IL Association of School Nurses

IASN promotes wellness and educational success of school communities by supporting, developing, and advocating for professional school nursing leaders.

Its purposes are to:

  • Promote comprehensive school health programs
  • Promote and advance the quality of health education and services in the school community
  • Improve and maintain standards of preparation for school nurses
  • Provide educational programs to advance the specialty of school nursing
  • Promote and advance the specialty practice of school nursing through continuing education
  • Encourage membership in and collaboration with related professional organizations
  • Provide a network of support for school nurses

Illinois DocAssist

Illinois DocAssist is a free statewide program focusing on the mental health needs of young Medicaid recipients.

Our mission is to help primary care clinicians screen, diagnose, and treat the mental health and substance use problems of children, adolescents, and perinatal women through consultation, training and referral assistance.

Illinois Respite Coalition

The Illinois Respite Coalition (IRC) is a not-for-profit organization of caregivers and respite providers dedicated to advocating support for families by ensuring access to quality respite services for the residents of Illinois. The IRC is dedicated to spreading the awareness of lifespan respite for caregivers of individuals with special needs.  The IRC is able to assist caregivers by connecting them to resources in their area, provide training on respite topics, and have funding available for emergency respite.

Infant Welfare Society

For more than a century, Angel Family Health has pioneered innovative medical and behavioral health practices to serve some of Chicago’s most vulnerable populations.

The Angel Harvey Family Health Center of the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago (Angel Family Health) puts the community into ‘community health’ at a time when those in their neighborhoods need them.  Their full-service community health center serves more than 13,000 patients annually with a continuum of medical care, dental care, optometry, and behavioral health services in a single central location. This “one-stop-shop” ensures barrier-free access and provides a multi-service healthcare home for children and families in Chicago and the surrounding areas.



Kaplan’s Customers

Kaplan Early Learning Company has a central and intense focus on creating positive customer outcomes, and a continued drive across the organization to deliver excellence. From order inception to delivery Kaplan Early Learning Company must strive for distinction to retain and build market share.

Kaplan’s People

Kaplan Early Learning Company possesses a keen organizational focus on diversity and teamwork. Objectives are achieved through united and collaborative efforts. Integrity and respect govern every facet of their engagement.

Kaplan’s Communication

Kaplan Early Learning Company champions communication and demonstrate a shared appreciation for every role. They exhibit a relentless focus toward individual performance and problem resolution.

Kaplan’s Performance

Kaplan Early Learning Company jointly recognizes customer retention is an outcome of their collective performance. Customers have the golden opportunity of choice and they are equally aware of the competition.

La Rabida Children’s Hospital

La Rabida serves children with chronic illness, developmental disabilities and those who have experienced abuse and trauma. Patients receive comprehensive, interdisciplinary care to enhance their quality of life and enable a lifetime of possibilities.

When illness or disability strikes an individual child, it touches the entire family. At La Rabida, they understand the impact on both the patient and family. That’s why they take a beyond medicine approach to a child’s treatment plan. They embrace a family-centered philosophy of care, empowering families to manage their child’s needs and opportunities, both inside and outside of the hospital. La Rabida invite parents and caregivers as members of their child’s care team. Working together, they nurture the well-being of the child’s body, mind and spirit.

LIH Healthcare

LIH Healthcare (LIH) is a dynamic healthcare organization specializing in rehabilitation medical services. They have three clinics specializing in developmental pediatrics and therapy under the brand “LIH Olivia’s Place” and a hospital providing inpatient and outpatient rehabilitative care to both adults and children. Their facilities are currently located in Beijing, Kunming, Shanghai and Shenzhen but will be expanding to other major cities in China in the future. Their mission is to become the leading China rehabilitation services provider over the next 5~10 years and our vision is to enable all people of China to access high-quality, evidence-based, inter-disciplinary rehabilitation services.

National Louis University

National Louis University provides access to quality higher education that nurtures opportunity for students through innovative teaching, scholarship, community engagement, and service excellence.

North Shore Pediatric Therapy

With nine locations conveniently located throughout the Chicagoland and Milwaukee area, North Shore Pediatric Therapy is dedicated to helping children blossom with experience and innovation to maximize your child’s potential. Their team is comprised of neuropsychology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, applied behavior analysis (ABA), social work, school advocacy services, dietitians, and academic specialists (tutoring) — all motivated by their respect and love for kids.

OSF HealthCare

OSF HealthCare is a faith-based, 11 hospital health care system serving Illinois and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Since 1877, OSF has kept their Mission strong – to serve people with the greatest care and love.

With over 150 primary care and specialist offices and neuroscience, pediatric, cardiovascular and home care services, OSF patients have access to a variety of medical services.

As health care continues to change, OSF remains at the forefront of innovation and technology while always providing compassionate care to every patient, every day.

Positive Behavioral Connections, Inc

Positive Behavioral Connections is dedicated to serving children with autism spectrum disorders and their families in areas that have the most influence on day-to-day living – specifically, learning, language and behavior. They focus exclusively on scientifically-validated applied behavior analysis (ABA) techniques delivered by highly-trained Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs).

Sequel Youth and Family Services (NIA)

The diversity of Sequel Youth and Family Services’ clients and locations complements the commonality of their mission and their practice:

  1. They strive to ensure that all of those they serve are safe and that they help them lead independent, fulfilling lives;
  2. They believe that all of those they serve have the capacity for success, both in their personal lives and as a part of Sequel Youth and Family Services’ larger society;
  3. They strive to provide their staff with a rich, rewarding, dynamic work experience so that the staff might not only help their clients succeed but so that the staff, too, can be fulfilled while involved in a mission greater than themselves;
  4. They work in close partnership with their customers so that, together, they can help those they serve; and
  5. They seek to keep getting better at what they do in order to make better the lives of their clients, their staff, and their customers.

Shriners Hospitals for Children

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago is a nationally recognized pediatric specialty hospital providing the highest quality orthopaedic surgery, plastic surgery, rehabilitation services and spinal cord injury care in a friendly, family-centered environment.

Located near historic Oak Park, Illinois, the Chicago Shriners Hospital is part of a network of 22 care facilities with locations in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The mission is to provide innovative pediatric specialty care, cutting-edge research and outstanding medical education. Any child up to age 18, within the scope of care of the hospital is eligible for treatment. Every surgical admission, procedure, rehabilitation and clinic visit is provided regardless of the patient or family’s ability to pay. The list of accepted insurance providers continues to grow, and includes Medicaid.

South Suburban Family Shelter
South Suburban Family Shelter (SSFS) provides caring and confidential help to victims of domestic violence. Their professional counselors and advocates understand the dynamics of domestic violence and help clients identify and choose options in their life situations.

South Suburban Family Shelter provides comprehensive services to families who experience domestic violence. These services include:

24-Hour Hotline
Emergency Shelter
Counseling for adult victims and their children
Court Advocacy
Medical Advocacy
Prevention Program
Partner Abuse Intervention Program

Special Recreation Association

The Special Recreation Association Network of Illinois (SRANI) is a network of therapeutic recreation agencies. Special Recreation Associations provide community-based special recreation services to children and adults with disabilities.

Sudden Infant Death Services

Mission Statement

Sudden Infant Death Services of Illinois, Inc., is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of sudden unexplained death in infancy by providing educational programs to consumers, professionals in healthcare, the law enforcement community, childcare providers and the public in general and by collaborating with others who have similar concerns, as well as by providing bereavement services to family members and others who have experienced the tragedy of a sudden, unexplained death in infancy.

Vision Statement

Sudden Infant Death Services of Illinois, Inc. is a statewide not-for-profit organization dedicated to:

  1. Supporting family members and others who have been touched by the tragedy of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) or other infant deaths,
  2. Educating both the public and professionals about bereavement services and methods to reduce infant mortality,
  3. Creating community awareness on the subject of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other infant deaths, and
  4. Eliminating SIDS and other infant deaths through the support and implementation of appropriate research.

Total Spectrum Care

Total Spectrum specializes in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services and is dedicated to providing high quality services for families and children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  With over 30 years of healthcare background, Total Spectrum knows what it takes to achieve success.

Total Spectrum believes every child deserves individualized attention in order to achieve their maximum level of independence.  Total Spectrum’s services work to reduce behavior challenges and increase skills important to the child’s daily life.  Overall, Total Spectrum’s goal is to use Applied Behavior Analysis to set  up an environment where your family can be comfortable and successful.

Tuesday’s Child

Tuesday’s Child helps families address behavioral issues through individualized training for both parents and children. Their evidence-based program centers on an individualized approach that enables their team to address each family’s specific situation. Tuesday’s Child enables families to thrive through positive parent training, inclusive behavioral classrooms and support services. Their proven model impacts home, school, and the community.

University of Illinois at Chicago – Division of Specialized Care for Children 

The University of Illinois at Chicago’s Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC) is a statewide program that partners with Illinois families and their local communities to connect children with special healthcare needs to the services and resources they need to reach their full potential. We draw on the relationships and expertise our staff has built over the last 80 years to develop a plan of care that meets each child’s medical, social, behavioral, educational and financial needs. This care coordination is free for all children who have eligible medical conditions, regardless of their family’s income level.

DSCC’s assistance empowers families to feel more confident and organized in the care of their child and become well-prepared for their transition to adulthood. Our care coordination also helps strengthen the physician-family partnership and makes it easier for families to keep their appointments, follow providers’ treatment plans and communicate more effectively with everyone involved in their child’s care.



For more information about exhibit and sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

José Muñoz
Project Coordinator, Child Development Initiatives
1400 W Hubbard, Suite 100
Chicago, IL 60642
312/733-1026, ext. 211
Fax: 312/733-1791