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Autism Resource Center

  • Welcome to the Autism Resource Center!

    The mission of the Autism Resource Center is to provide access to resources, consultation and training for caregivers and educators supporting students receiving special education services in School District 54.

    Child care is not available

    A very small children’s area is available for young children who require minimal supervision to wait while you visit the center. We encourage you to access the center when your child is in school or with child care support so that you can meet with a professional at the Autism Resource Center.



  • Now Open!






    The District 54 Autism Resource Center is open! Please note that hours are subject to change. Please call the center to verify hours !

    Monday: Walk-in 11:30-6 PM

    Appointments: 12-6 PM

    Tuesday:  Walk-in 7 AM-7PM

    Appointments:  7AM-1:30 PM

    Wednesday: Walk-in  9:30-6 PM

    Appointments: 11:30-6 PM

    Thursday: Walk-in 8:30-5:30 PM

    Appointments:  8:30-3:00 PM

    Friday: Walk-in Services Only

    7-1:30 PM


  • Location & Contact Information

    The Autism Resource Center is housed at:

    Nathan Hale School
    Room 108
    1300 W. Wise Road
    Schaumburg, IL 60193

    For more information:

    Apryl Cano
    Autism Resource Center Specialist

    (847) 357-5055

  • November Holiday Hours at the Autism Resource Center

    November 20th- 7am – 4pm

    November 21-23rd – CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING

    Thank You Amazon

    Amazon Super Partner Recognition








    Thank you Amazon for your generous donation to the Autism Resource Center ! We appreciate your partnership! Our students have already benefited from the amazing items contributed to the new center!  Stop by the SD54 ARC to check out the items in our lending library!

    Special Hours for Upcoming Dates

    The Autism Resource Center  will have SPECIAL HOURS on the following dates:
    11/13- 9 AM-7 PM


    10/9 Hours

    The Autism Resource Center will be closing at 12:00 PM on 10/9. We will re-open on Wednesday 10/10 at 11:30 AM! Please call the center at 847-357-5055 if you have any questions!


    Apryl Cano

    Meet the District 54 Autism Resource Center Staff!







    We can’t wait to see you at the District 54 Autism Resource Center!

    Apryl Cano serves as the Autism Resource Center Specialist in the center. She provides consultations, coaching, and training out of the center.  Parents and Caregivers can schedule appointments to receive support on:

     Problem-solving challenging behaviors
    in the home and community
     Preparing your child for changes in the
    home or school environment
     Developing personal care routines
     Understanding your child’s IEP or 504
     Connecting you to community and
    school resources

    Staff are also welcome to make an appointment for instructional coaching support  or to receive assistance during planning times in the center. You can meet with Apryl to receive support with:

     Developing the IEP
     Planning meaningful instruction
     Creating systems of support
     Managing student behavior at school
     Creating classroom activities
     Low incidence assessment training

    Walk-In Services at the Autism Resource Center:

    Meet our Autism Resource Center Clerk, Liz Frusti!  Liz assists patrons in the center with gathering free resources, touring the center, and scheduling appointments. Liz comes to us with a wealth of knowledge in Therapeutic Recreation. She has worked with many of our students in District 54 through Special Olympics and the Young Athletes Program! Liz is looking forward to working with parents and staff out of the the new Autism Resource Center!

    We hope to see you at the center soon!

    SD54 Autism Resource Center- Coming Soon!

    We are working hard preparing for the new center! We can’t wait to open! Check back for more updates!

    • Over 2000 items have been barcoded and packaged for our new lending library
    • Over 150 of each visual support has been made to distribute to patrons in the center
    • Over 60 Helpful Handouts have been chosen and prepared for patrons to gather at the center
    • The hardworking folks in buildings and grounds  have been preparing the space for our new center at Hale School! We are grateful to the D54 Warehouse staff for all of their support in helping us prepare 13 Pallets for Delivery and Set Up later this month!