April was Autism Awareness Month
Visit our Resource Center for Autism and Developmental Delays (RCADD). An extensive lending library of over 700 resources including books, software, games, home teaching kits and visual supports is available to parents, caregivers, teachers, and others seeking resources for young children with autism spectrum disorders or other developmental delays. The RCADD professional staff provides consultation and guidance to discover children’s strengths and help construct a support team to encourage their growth and development. Scroll down to see RCADD's Joshua Krasne on CHICAGO TONIGHT (WTTW, Ch 11) speaking about Autism awareness.
Resource Center for Autism and Developmental Delays
The Resource Center for Autism and Developmental Delays (RCADD) is a Center for Literacy initiative established to provide resources, referral information, education, and training for parents and teachers of children with developmental disorders. The Center opened in 2010 in partnership with the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) and The Autism Program in Illinois (TAP). With our founding location in the Garfield Community Services Center on Chicago's west side, RCADD is staffed by professionals who work with families and providers to identify and prioritize current needs and select or create appropriate resources for children with disabilities. Resources include books, software, games, home teaching kits, and visual supports. The library's resources are available to check out free of charge to provide community members and professionals with access to current, innovative, supportive services and materials.
RCADD also conducts workshops that are designed to support family members of children newly diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Workshops use a curriculum developed to offer teachers and families a basic orientation to ASD, support identification of the disorder, and make appropriate referrals for children exhibiting problems with communication, social interaction or are in need of behavioral intervention.
The Resource Center for Autism and Developmental Delays
Garfield Community Services Center, Room 202
10 South Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612-2706