The Northwestern Illinois Association

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Services for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
The NIA and the Special Education Directors sponsor a variety of projects to increase awareness, information, and services for students identified with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). This includes students who may be identified with PDD, PDD/NOS, Autism, and Aspergers Syndrome.

NIA Regional Autism Team

Autism Technical Assistance

  • NIA Regional Autism Team
  • Consultation with local team including parent
  • Answer specific questions, provide resources, develop action plan
  • Resource library materials available for check out
  • Visual supports, work system and other display items available to browse

Autism Resource Library

  • Over 800 books, videos, journals and curriculum materials
  • 2 week check out period

Please click the link below to view the material that is available for
you to check out. The link below requires Adobe Reader, which is free software.
If you do not have Adobe Reader you can download it for free here.

The NIA Autism Resource Library Page 1
The NIA Autism Resource Library Page 2

The above items can be checked out from the E. State Street Office by:

     Phone: (779) 423-6910

     Fax: (815) 316-0640
Items returned should be clearly labeled and returned to one of the following:

     Mary K. Brennan
     245 W. Exchange, Suite 4
     Sycamore, IL 60178

     Tammy Boyer, NIA Autism Resource Library
     4920 East State Street, Unit #6
     Rockford, IL 61108

     Route through Staff
     2422 W. Main Street, Suite #3A
     St. Charles, IL 60175

Items may be returned via interoffice mail to any of the NIA offices as long as they are clearly marked for the Autism Resource Library at the Rockford E. State Street Office.

  • Items checked out by teachers in Rockford #205 can be returned by "board mail to NIA, E. State Street
  • Items sent by U.S. mail or UPS should be insured.
  • We have various other methods of getting materials back, via the various school systems. If you have questions, please contact Tammy Boyer (779) 423-6910 or via email at

    Please help us keep these resources in circulation by promptly returning the items you have checked out.

Autism Resources
click here to access the document.  
(Requires Adobe Reader- download it for free here).

Autism Make-n-Take Workshops

NIA Make-n-Take workshops provide an opportunity for district and cooperative staff, parents, and community agencies a chance to design and make individualized visual supports for students with autism spectrum disorder and other disabilities. The visual supports provide students who are visual learners with an additional strategy for receptive and expressive communication, social skills, activities of daily living, for developing independence in a variety of settings and so much more!

Workshop participants can browse the resource library, use Boardmaker and other software programs, make visual supports, write social stories, create work systems, and take photographs of the many visual support samples.

The NIA Autism Team hopes that additional Make-n-Takes can be hosted in the satellite offices.

TEACCH Training
Click here to access photos from our past TEACCH trainings.

Contact Information

Problem Solving Opportunities with the NIA Autism/PDD Training Team

Do you work with a student with Autism/PDD?

Would you like to problem solve with the NIA Autism/PDD Training Team?

Call (815) 964-0937 x210 today, to find out how you and your team can meet with the NIA Regional Autism Training and Technical Assistance Team.

We can share ideas, brainstorm a specific need, develop an adaptation, identify relevant teaching strategies, materials, and resources for a particular student.

For more information:
Contact your local special education director regarding the referral process and cost.

Call Tammy Boyer at (815) 964-0937 X210

Would you like to receive e-mail notices of selected autism spectrum disorder-related workshops in the area and other pertinent information? Please contact us!

     NIA Autism Team