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Monthly Webinar Series


  • PUNS stands for Prioritization for Urgency of Need for Services. PUNS is a statewide database that registers individuals with developmental disabilities (inclusive of students with ASD). When you enroll your child in PUNS, Illinois places your child’s name on a priority list for various support services and allows the state to track how many individuals are in need of services. If the individual's name is pulled while on the registry, the family is invited to apply for services. The funds go directly to the family for the child and include services such as adaptive equipment, in-home support, respite care, and job coaches (not an exhaustive list). There is no age or income requirement to apply. It is recommended to apply now, even if you may believe your child is not in need of services at this time. The PUNS list is very long, and by the time your child moves up in priority, he or she may need services. It is not recommended to delay your application when it could mean that your child misses out in a future time of need. Each year, you will need to renew your information on the registry to remain eligible for services. ICSPS and ATTA do recommend enrolling in PUNS. Please see the attached brochure for more information on PUNS or visit: Department of Human Services