Disability & Special Education Acronyms

The disability community is full of acronyms that people constantly use in writing and in conversation. NICHCY provides a list special education and disability related acronyms to help readers connect with the meaning of pivotal acronyms in the field.

EI – A Guide for Families English

EI – A Guide for Families Spanish

Do you wonder if your child’s development is on target for her age? Most delays are nothing to worry about, but in some young children, delays can signal a special need. This guide is written for families with questions about their infant or toddler’s development.

Heart of Illinois 2-1-1

The Heart of Illinois 2-1-1 provides comprehensive information and referral line to connect callers to critical health and human care programs throughout Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, Marshall, Stark and Putnam counties.

Illinois EI Clearinghouse

The EI Clearinghouse website provides families with access to an extensive early intervention library collection of books, videos, and journals.  Some materials are available in Spanish as well as English. 

Illinois EI Training Program

Provides training opportunities for early intervention professionals in Illinois.

Learn the Signs. Act Early.

Information and resources provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Learn the Signs. Act Early. program.  Track your child’s development and act early if you have a concern.

Make the First Five Count
The Make the First Five Count website provides information on key developmental milestones, and permits anyone to complete the Ages & Stages Questionnaires to determine if a child is developing appropriately.  Scoring results are available in two weeks via email.

If non-typical development is suggested by the Ages & Stages results, please call your local Child and Family Connections (CFC) office for further referral information and resources on the Early Intervention Program.

CFC 14:  1-888-482-4300  Henry, Peoria, Stark, Tazewell and Woodford counties
CFC 16:  1-800-877-1152  Champaign, Ford, Iroquois, Livingston, McLean and Vermilion counties

United Way 2-1-1

Crisis, information, and referral workers can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year by calling United Way 2-1-1 in McLean, Livingston, and DeWitt counties in Illinois.