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Community Resources

Here is a list of community resources compiled by PPS parents and staff for families of children with a wide range of needs.


 Please note that neither PPS nor DPS 109 endorses any particular business, agency or resource listed below.

Families should conduct additional research into these organizations and utilize them based on their individual needs, preferences and financial resources.  

Things to Do, Places to Go

Deerfield Public Library Sensory Story Time

AMC Theaters, Sensory Friendly Films

Special Recreation/Camps

NSSRA (North Suburban Special Recreation Assn)

3105 MacArthur Blvd
Northbrook, IL 60062     (
847) 509-9400

Northshore Dojo

While North Shore Dojo teaches students of all ages and cognitive and physical capabilities, Sensei Kohn prides himself in helping students with all disabilities succeed in karate and in life through the Karate CAN-DO Program. 

2081 Johns Court
Glenview, IL 60025

Contact: Sensei Jeff Kohen at (847) 729-0001

Buddy Baseball - Keshet

Non-competitive/esteem-building baseball or T-ball experience for spring, summer and fall.

Players: contact Dean Klassman at (847) 454-0660 x106

Buddies: Leslie Klassman at (847) 913-1926

Equestrian Connection

A variety of therapeutic riding programs for individuals with special needs. Serving children and adults with physical, cognitive and/or behavioral disabilities.

600 N Bradley Rd.
Lake Forest, IL 60045     (847)615-8696

Horsefeathers Therapeutic Riding, Inc.

Providing special needs individuals the opportunity to enhance their quality of life by participating in a horsemanship program.

1181 Riverwoods Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045     (847) 234-2411

James La Vine – “Special Needs Guru”

Teaches swimming, bike riding, basketball, exercise.  Runs social groups, community outings.

Midtown Club
Bannockburn, IL
(847) 650-5287


Provides programming for children, teens, adults with intellectual/ developmental disabilities.

617 Landwehr
Northbrook, IL 60062

Abbie Weisberg, Keshet, CEO, Executive Director     (847) 205-1234

Slammers Sports

Baseball and Basketball programs for people with developmental disabilities

Dan Sabol: or Dave Palmer:


Special Gifts Theater

Providing individuals with special needs, a unique, creative drama experience enabling personal growth while breaking down stereotypes related to disabilities within the community at large.

Northbrook, IL     (847) 564.7704


Includes some classes geared toward special learners

1955 Raymond Drive, Suite 118
Northbrook, IL 60062     (847) 341-2955

Beber Camp

Overnight camp located in Mukwonago, WI


Family Support

Helping from Heaven: The Lexi Kazian Foundation

Dedicated to improving the comfort and quality of life of children with special needs.

Chicagoland Autism Speaks

2700 S. River Road
Des Plaines, IL  60018

Mary Rios:     (224) 567-8573

Chicago Walk –
North Shore –
Autism Speaks Family Services (Toolkits) –

Community Alternatives Unlimited

Community Alternatives Unlimited is the first case management agency in Illinois that provides independent case management services to individuals with a wide range of disabilities, including developmental disabilities, mental health needs, hearing, visual and physical impairments.

8765 W. Higgins Road, Suite 300
Chicago, Illinois 60631

(773) 867-4000   TTD: (773) 867-4168

National Institute of Mental Health

Reduce the Noise: Help Loved Ones with Sensory Overload Enjoy Shopping

Resources for Military Families

Academic Accommodation Resources

Worry Wise Kids

Estate Planning for Parents of Kids with Autism

Additional Services

The Sensory Kids Store

The first typical, inclusive store in the country devoted to children with developmental differences.


Soft Clothing

Addresses sensory clothing needs


Dentists for Special Needs

Dr. Nancy Hijjawi
2601 Compass, Suite 105
Glenview, IL

(847) 724-5455

Haircuts for Special Needs

655 Deerfield Rd
Deerfield, IL

(847)  374-8000 - Jill or Rowena

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