IAP partners with a diverse range of clients, including school districts, schools, residential homes, and police and fire departments, to provide programming for individuals with an autism spectrum disorder or other related disability.
We primarily partner with schools and school districts to provide individualized coaching, consulting, and training programs. We also provide highly engaging autism awareness trainings for first responders and medical personnel.
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Manager of Training
Sarah Smith, M.Ed, is the Manager of Training for the Illinois Autism Partnership (IAP).
Manager of Training
1939 W. 13th Street
Chicago, IL 60608
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- 10/23/2022 at 12:30 pm
PARTNER EVENT: Rise to Shine 10K/5K/1M Inclusive Run & Walk
The Chicago Lighthouse, in partnership with the Chicago Central Lions Club, is hosting an inaugural Rise to Shine 10K/5K/1M Inclusive Run & Walk.
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Episode 3: How to Turn Around a Nonprofit in Crisis
When Sara Ray Stoelinga became the new President & CEO of Easterseals Serving Chicagoland and Greater Rockford in May 2019, the organization was in financial and organizational crisis. They were more than $22 million in debt with an additional several million dollars in unpaid bills and were barely making payroll. The direction and sustainability of the agency were uncertain. This podcast delves into how Stoelinga — together with the Board of Directors, strong new senior leaders, and essential external partners — righted the ship at the non-profit and the lessons learned along the way on the journey from organizational peril to a future of growth and prosperity.
Episode 2: Training First Responders to Understand Autism
Emergency personnel are likely to have encounters with individuals with disabilities and those on the autism spectrum. For example, some law enforcement data have suggested that people with disabilities are seven times more likely to have police encounters than the general population. In this episode, you'll hear from Shannon Wess, an Autism Specialist with the Illinois Autism Partnership, about our First Responder Trainings for local police, fire, and ENT departments, as well as public service agencies. Each training focuses on strategies that emergency personnel can use to support and help individuals with autism in emergency situations. They are provided at no cost to the departments involved.
Video: Structuring the Environment
Illinois Autism Partnership at Easterseals Serving Chicagoland and Greater Rockford presents another STRIVE for Success educational best practice training video. Watch this video about STRUCTURING THE ENVIRONMENT to learn how to implement strategies and supports in your classroom.
CEO Stoelinga honors five "crucial" partners at Golf Classic
Easterseals Serving Chicagoland and Greater Rockford awarded five Partner Awards at its Annual Golf Classic.
A Teacher Appreciation Week message from our CEO
May 2-6, 2022 is Teacher Appreciation Week! This year, our President & CEO has a special message.