The Illinois Center for Autism’s (ICA) Client/Family Support Program offers a wide array of services based on individual choice. The Client/Family Support Program provides advocacy, education, and support to individuals with ASD and their families. The services provided are respectful of cultural structures and values, these may include but are not limited to race, cognitive ability, ethnicity, social and/or economic status, living arrangements, sexual preferences, age, gender and/or religion.


Elise Fields-Dixon
Director, Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP)
(618) 398-7500 Ext. 203
James Morgan
Self-Directed Assistant Coordinator (SDA)/Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP)
(618) 398-7500 Ext. 211
Monica Franklin
Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP)
(618) 398-7500 Ext. 219
Brandi Jones
Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP)
(618) 398-7500 Ext. 326


Monthly Support Group Meetings are held the 3rd or 4th Wednesday of each month from 10:00-12:00pm. Topics presented are selected based on group choices. Cost – Free.

Contact: Christina Haren at 618-398-7500 ext. 304 or email at info@illinoiscenterforautism.org


Is a social, support and advocacy service facilitated by the Illinois Center for Autism serving adults aged 18 and older with Autism Spectrum Disorders Level 1 & 2, Learning Disabilities and Semantic Pragmatic Disorders. Face to Face provides planned and organized opportunities for social activities and experiences with others. Activities are held in an accommodating environment to experience successful social interactions.

Face to Face meets the 3rd Thursday of the month, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Regularly scheduled outings will be planned by members.

Member’s application packets required

Member’s Fee: $5.00 per meeting, additional fees for outings must be paid by members.

Contact: Sherri Luttrell at 618-398-7500 ext. 220 or email at info@illinoiscenterforautism.org


Self-Direction Assistance (SDA) is an optional waiver service you can purchase and is available in both the Children’s and Adult Home-Based Waivers.

The Self-Direction Assistant is an employee of a licensed community service provider who can help guide you in arranging for, directing, and managing Personal Support Worker (PSW) services. They can also provide skills training designed to help you better recruit and hire PSWs, as well as provide information on effective communication and problem-solving skills.

Other Types of Services Offered:

  • Community Outreach
  • Guardianship
  • Provides Information and linkage to resources and services for persons with ASD, families, service providers and the community
  • Referral to doctors / dentist familiar with persons with ASD
  • Assist with registration for Selective Services