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Special Olympics of Illinois
“Special Olympics is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, every day around the world. Through programming in sports, health, education and community building, Special Olympics is changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities solving the global injustice, isolation, intolerance and inactivity they face. Special Olympics Illinois provides opportunities for more than 22,500 athletes, more than 20,000 Young Athletes, 45,000 volunteers and thousands more people statewide through 18 Area programs in all 102 counties of the state.
Special Olympics began in Illinois with the first games at Soldier Field in July 1968 thanks to the efforts of Eunice Kennedy Shriver and her peers. There are now more than 4.5 million athletes in 170 countries. Special Olympics is financially sound with diverse revenue streams, a thorough annual budget process and increasing organizational revenue streams. Special Olympics Illinois does not charge athletes or their families to participate in the program.”
Bi-County Special Olympics
Bi-County Special Olympics is offered to students who are age 8 and older.
Basketball (November through January):
- Shooting skills
- Passing skills
- Dribbling skills
Track and Field (April through May):
- 50-meter run
- Softball throw
Regional competition is offered to all athletes, and State competition is offered to athletes with qualifying scores. If you are interested in joining our team, please contact either coach for more information:
“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”
- Susan Erisman: firstname.lastname@example.org (Sterling area)
- Mandi Roggy: email@example.com (Morrison area)
“Easterseals has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families, live better lives for nearly 100 years. From child development centers to physical rehabilitation and job training for people with disabilities, Easterseals offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life's challenges and achieve personal goals.”
“Florissa is a centralized service facility for children (0-18 years of age) with developmental, behavioral, social or emotional needs. The main goal of the pediatric developmental center, located at 101 East First Street in Dixon, is to provide the opportunity locally for evaluation, diagnosis and treatment under one roof.”
“Florissa is collaborating with staff of KSB Hospital and Sinnissippi Centers to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to evaluation and treatment, while working to streamline the intake and referral process for children’s services.”
“GiGi’s Playhouse is the ONLY nationwide network of Down syndrome achievement centers; changing lives through free, results-driven programs for individuals of all ages, families and communities. GiGi’s Playhouse is an inspirational and dedicated place for families to celebrate their child and benefit from free programs that unleash joy, confidence and continuous improvement. Playhouses empower children and adults to achieve their “Best of All” and to pursue their dreams. Founded by GiGi’s Mom, Nancy Gianni, in Hoffman Estates, IL, the organization now includes 31 community Playhouses including the first global Playhouse location in Mexico. Last year, over 26,000 individuals with Down syndrome benefited from free programs and positive empowerment.”
“Provide leadership and resources to achieve excellence across all Illinois districts through engaging legislators, school administrators, teachers, students, parents, and other stakeholders in formulating and advocating for policies that enhance education, empower districts, and ensure equitable outcomes for all students.”
“The Northwestern Illinois Association (N.I.A.) is a Regional Special Education Cooperative serving children with special needs ages birth-21 years.
These students reside in our member school districts located in the 10 northwestern counties of Illinois (Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Kane, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, and Winnebago).
The personnel of the NIA and of member districts and participating special education cooperatives work together to develop comprehensive services for children with special needs. Typically school districts provide the teacher, classroom, and basic educational materials and equipment for these children. The NIA provides specialized related and supported services for these programs and organizations.”
“LD OnLine seeks to help children and adults reach their full potential by providing accurate and up-to-date information and advice about learning disabilities and ADHD. The site features hundreds of helpful articles, multimedia, monthly columns by noted experts, first person essays, children’s writing and artwork, a comprehensive resource guide, very active forums, and a Yellow Pages referral directory of professionals, schools, and products.
More than 2.9 million school-age children in the United States – approximately five percent of the student population – are diagnosed with learning disabilities. Many more struggle in school but never receive a formal diagnosis. LD OnLine provides educators with accurate, authoritative information about learning disabilities so they can obtain the help they need.
LD OnLine also serves adolescents and adults with learning disabilities. Our site offers information and resources on the transitions from school to college and from school to the workplace, and on the issues faced by adults with learning disabilities.
LD OnLine is a national educational service of WETA-TV, the PBS station in Washington, D.C. WETA also offers four other comprehensive educational sites: ReadingRockets, Start with a Book, ColorinColorado and AdLit.org.”