Advocacy Organizations and Groups


AAPD (American Association of People with Disabilities)

The American Association of People with Disabilities is the nation's largest disability rights organization. We promote equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation for people with disabilities. Our members, including people with disabilities and our family, friends, and supporters, represent a powerful force for change.


AARP (American Assoc. of Retired Persons)

Advocacy and membership organization for individuals 55 and over.


ALDA (Association of Late-Deafened Adults)

ALDA Chicago's mission is to provide support, education and camaraderie for adults with hearing loss. For more information, please check out their website at


Asperger's/Autism Adult Support and Self-Advocacy Group

Held 3rd Tuesday of each month 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Memorial Medical Center, Room D-228

Our support and self-advocacy group is open to anyone 18 and older who has any autism spectrum diagnosis, or who suspects they may be on autism spectrum, has not been diagnosed, and wants to learn more about it. No formal diagnosis is necessary.

New members may invite a family member or friend to accompany them to the meetings if they wish to do so. There is no charge for participation in this group.

For more information, call facilitator, 217 793-2587. Email:


TASC (The Autism Support Connection)

TASC Mission Statement: "Bringing together families and individuals affected by Autism and other related disorders by offering support and collaboration, the sharing of resources, linkage and education and to raise Autism awareness, advocacy and understanding within our school systems and local communities."

Contact information:
Call 217-556-9535 or 217-710-3598
On Facebook at TASC (The Autism Support Connection)


Bipolar Support Alliance of Central Illinois

Weekly support group open to people interested in, or affected by depression or bipolar disorder. Call (217) 414-7368 or e-mail for more information.

Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
First Christian Church, 700 S. 6th. Street, Springfield (downstairs Fellowship Hall)


Bipolar support groups


Cancer Support Groups
For information click here


Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities maintains a substantial presence in ten communities throughout the twenty-eight counties of central Illinois. Area Offices operate in the communities of Alton, Carlinville, Decatur, Effingham, Granite City, Mattoon, Quincy, and Springfield. In addition, Catholic Charities manages facilities in Alton (Catholic Children's Home) and Beardstown (The St. Anne Residence). The agency has earned national reaccreditation through COA, the Council on Accreditation for Children and Family Services, which certifies that all programs meet best practice social service standards. This certification is the result of a monumental effort by Catholic Charities staff throughout the Diocese working together to modify and improve the delivery of services to our deserving clients.

St. Clare's Health Clinic, 217-523-1474

Legal Services, 1-800-745-5194

Crisis & Advocacy Office, 217-523-4551

Holy Family Food Pantry, 217-523-2450

St. John's Breadline, 217-528-6098

MedAssist Program, 217-241-0214 or 1-866-606-9692

For more information go to:


Equip for Equality

Equip for Equality works to advance the human and civil rights of children and adults with physical and mental disabilities in Illinois. Equip for Equality provides assistance, legal services, and disability rights education while also engaging in public policy and legislative advocacy and conducting abuse investigations and other oversight activities.


Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Support and Education Group

Name: Terri Crowder
Phone Number: 217-483-2224


HIV Care Connect

The Central Illinois HIV Care Connect provides confidential medical case management services to all HIV-positive individuals, as well as health care and support services to those who meet eligibility requirement. Based in Springfield, at SIU School of Medicine, the program's goal is to improve the health and well-being of individuals living with HIV/AIDS in our eighteen county service region. Support group meets third Thursday of the month in Springfield.


Illinois Attorney General

The Attorney General provides services that cover a broad range of issues, reaching every corner of Illinois.

217-782-1090 or 1-877-844-5461v/tty

Lupus Foundation of America (LFA)

The Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. is the foremost national nonprofit health organization dedicated to finding the causes of and cure for lupus and providing support, services and hope to all people affected by lupus. 

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National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Janine Toman, NAMI Springfield President
NAMI Cell: 1 217-891-5570
NAMI email:



Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault

To see brochure click side one and side two
Sexual Assault 24-hour Hotline: 217 753-8081

Post Polio groups
Scil support group lists


Salvation Army

Transitional Shelter; adult rehabilitation; services and programs to assist with food, employment, daily living skills.
530 N. 6th Street


Springfield SPARC

Provides advocacy and services to individuals with developmental disabilities.  Sparc programs include 24-Hour Residential Support, Developmental Training, Supported Living, Respite, Supported Employment, Family Support and the Epilepsy Resource Center.
232 Bruns Lane
Springfield, IL  62702


Stroke/head injury information and groups
See SCIL support group lists


UCP Land of Lincoln (United Cerebral Palsy of Land of Lincoln)

United Cerebral Palsy Land of Lincoln is a nonprofit agency dedicated to providing quality services, programs and advocacy to individuals with all types of disabilities. UCP is an affiliate of United Cerebral Palsy Associations and has been accredited from the Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Services include therapies, job training and placement, assistive technology, summer camps, residential support, day services, respite, case management, and advocacy.


Veterans Assistance Commission of Sangamon County

The Veterans Assistance Commission serves to coordinate veterans' assistance programs with various agencies for Sangamon County veterans. Each of the 19 veteran organizations in the county elects a delegate and an alternate to the Commission, which elects the Superintendent of the Veterans Assistance Commission.


Visually Impaired - Mary Bryant Home

Residential services for the blind or visually impaired, and supported living. Payment: Residents pay rent. Some are private pay and some are on public aid. Population Served: The visually impaired, ages 22 and older.
2960 Stanton Street
Springfield, IL 62703

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