IECAM’s sister project here at the Early Childhood Collective at the University of Illinois is helping families across the state obtain the equipment they need to participate in live video—or telehealth—visits with their children’s therapists. Since June, the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse has been lending digital devices such as Wi-Fi hotspots and iPads for free via its technology loan program supported by a grant from The Arc of Illinois. In November, the clearinghouse received more grant funds from the Illinois Developmental Disabilities Council to serve additional families on its waiting list.
The clearinghouse functions as a statewide lending library for the 20,000 Illinois families of children with disabilities and delays, and the 6,000 professionals across the state who provide services such as speech and physical therapy, nutrition services, and assistive technology for infants and children up to age 3.
For more information about the technology loan program, to request devices, or search the lending library for materials, visit the clearinghouse website or call 877-275-3227. You can also read more about the program and the library in this recent Illinois News Bureau article.