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What is ARC?

ARC provides support to McHenry County residents who identify as being on the autism spectrum and to their families. Nearly all services are provided at no cost to families.


Services include:

  • Free autism screenings

  • Provide resources and referrals to local providers

  • Build a family's understanding of autism through direct family education services

  • Support a family in understanding special education law and processes

  • Provide classroom observations and school team consultations to support the learning of students who are on the autism spectrum

  • Provide autism-related training to McHenry County residents, providers, and business owners to build a more inclusive community

  • Facilitate a variety of group experiences



The ARC is hosting two drop-in times each month for clients and families to have an opportunity to have questions answered without having to set up an appointment. There is an option to Zoom in or come to the office in person. The first two dates are August 11 from 12-2pm and August 25 from

5-7pm. The ARC Program Manager and an ARC team member will be available during each session. For any questions, please reach out to Susan Perkins, ARC PM at or 815-477-4720 ext. 255.

How do I get started?

In order to be eligible for ARC services, a person must live in McHenry County and have a diagnosis of autism or be suspected to have undiagnosed autism. Use the button below to make a referral for yourself, your child, or your client!

Dear ARC Families,


As some of you may already be aware, the Autism Resource Center has had several people leave in order to pursue other career/educational opportunities. Each of you has personal connections with one or more of them and we understand that you will feel a loss as a result of their departure as will Options and Advocacy. The purpose of this letter is to let you know about these changes and the ways they may impact the way you receive services from the ARC over the coming weeks. For a copy of the full letter click here.

Where can I find more information about ARC?