Developmental Differences Resource Fair In Chicago

Thanks to the Neighborhood Parents Network for sponsoring this post.

As a special needs parent I feel like resources that are available for my child, or our family, are generally not promoted that well. I typically find out about things from other parents or after a lot of research. I always wished there was an easier way to learn about resources so I didn’t have to spend hours searching for them and, luckily for Chicago parents, there is! The Developmental Differences Resource Fair on March 11 will provide Chicago families with one-stop access to school programs, service providers and other resources that serve children with developmental differences.

The fair, hosted by the Neighborhood Parents Network (NPN), takes place Sunday, March 11, 2018, from 9am–1pm. Parents of children with a range of developmental differences—including, but not limited to, developmental delays, Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism, ADHD, PDD-NOS, Mixed Receptive-Expressive Language Disorder, Down Syndrome, physical disabilities, and more—are welcome to attend this free event. They will have the opportunity to connect with other special needs parents as well as with more than 80 exhibitors located in the Chicago-area, from the neighborhoods in the city to the Chicago suburbs. The fair also offers free, expert-led workshops on subjects such as bullying, Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), and how developmental pediatricians and neuropsychologists can help your child.

This Developmental Differences Resource Fair, geared towards families with children up through 8th grade, is held at DePaul College Prep, 3633 N. California Ave., Chicago. The resource fair is free and open to the public, however NPN does request that those interested in coming RSVP for the event. Also, while children are welcome in the exhibit hall, workshops are for adults only.

You can view a list of exhibitors and workshops, along with RSVP for the resource fair here.


  1. That sounds like a really informational event. I’d love to attend this.

  2. It is great to find an event that is so helpful to parents. It is so hard when you don’t know where you can get the services you need.

  3. This sounds like an event that will be a huge help to parents with developmentally challenged kids. These resources are desperately needed by so many parents.

  4. This should be an awesome fair for parents to go and learn about these developmental differences. I’m glad so many of them will be represented!

  5. I never knew this existed but that is definitely something our family is interested in. I have a niece that is autistic and I think something like this would be a wealth of information.

  6. I think having access to resources is key! There are so many great programs out there for kids.

  7. Jenna M Wood says

    What a wonderful community event and resource for anyone who interacts with youth! I would love to attend something like this near me.

  8. What an awesome idea to have an event like the Developmental Differences Fair. I’m sure SO many families will benefit from this fair.

  9. Events that are geared towards parents and families are so important. What great event to attend and benefit from.

  10. katrina m gehman says

    looks like a great event full of information. i would have loved to have gone.

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