Northern Illinois        
           Center for Autism

...integrating community
      and loved ones...

 ...Integrating Community and Loved Ones...
   NICA Community Center
1300 Cunat Court, Lake in the Hills, IL 60156(847)658-5607

...Supporting families with autism in Northern Illinois.

Now the fastest growing developmental disability, autism affects 1 out of 68 children and 1 in 42 boys.

  Northern Illinois Center for Autism  

...integrating community and loved ones...

The Northern Illinois Center for Autism (NICA) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.  NICA has risen to the challenge of serving the autism population in our community. We provide recreation, resources, services, support and education to hundreds of families who live with and /or care for a loved one on the autism spectrum.  Without the generosity of those in our community, this would not be possible.

        Who do we serve?                                 

Located in and serving hundreds of residents in McHenry County, NICA also serves families in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin including:  Kane, Lake, Dupage, Winnebago,and Cook counties.
  People with autism spectrum and related disorders of all ages and functioning levels of ability are able to receive assistance from NICA including but not limited to the following diagnosis:  PDD/NOS, PDD/Autism, Autism, HFA, Aspergers, and other related disorders.

Our members require a variety of services and support, based on their developmental level.  The one constant they share is that they all need HELP to reach their fullest potential!  

NICA currently provides the following support services: 

*We offer guidance to families via mentoring, tutoring and autism technique training to help them understand "What is Autism" and "What to do"? Certified Educational Advocacy is also available.

* We offer medical support via dietary counseling and biomedical intervention information.  We also have stress and anxiety management services available as well via Therapeutic Massage, fitness and nutrition services.

*We offer vocational and life skills coaching to our teens and adults with autism spectrum disorders. 

*We offer a variety of support group and social group opportunities to our families living with ASD. 

*We offer integrative community based programs and speaker presentations. 

*We have developed a non profit collaboration to connect families with appropriate services to meet their goals, including therapy services (Speech, Occupational, Physical, Aqua) and Mental Health Counseling


*Contracted Service Providers available through NICA upon request.

In the works:

  Therapeutic Social Group activities

Local Resources:

*McHenry County Mental Health Board, Family Care ProjectAutism Services Coordination:  How to access Non-profit Autism Spectrum Disorder services in McHenry County/Wrap around service availability. 

*Alexander Leigh Center for Autism:


*Options and Advocacy:

*Pioneer Center for Human Services:


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