Developmental Differences

Meet other families with similar interests while exploring great things to do around the city.  Make new friends, find playdates for your little ones, and discover new resources!

The Developmental Differences group is for parents of kids with all types of developmental differences (sensory processing disorder, autism, ADD/ADHD, PDD-NOS, mixed receptive-expressive language disorder, Down Syndrome, physical disabilities, etc.)  All are welcome to attend our monthly meetings to support each other, to ask questions and share resources, while connecting with other parents who get what it’s like to deal with special challenges for their kids.

Next Event

  Developmental Differences Resource Fairâ„¢ @ Online
Location: Online
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM · Oct 25, 2020
Who: Members & Non-members - Adults only
Parking: N/A
Cost: Free
Coordinator: Amy Johnson

Due to the pandemic, NPN's 9th annual Developmental Differences Resource Fair will be VIRTUAL this year!

Our 9th annual fair is dedicated to providing Chicago families with school options, service providers and other resources that focus on serving families with children with developmental differences! Whether you have a diagnosis for your child and need comprehensive care or you are looking for services that can treat specific delays or behavioral issues, DDRF is your one-stop-shop for solutions. RSVP below. 

See CBS2 Chicago's coverage of last year's fair here!

Watch this video to see how it will work!

Exhibitor List: See it here.

In our virtual fair, you can:

  • - Chat live with business and provider representatives in a virtual exhibit hall
  • - Download supplemental information, watch videos, click over to exhibitors' websites
  • - Find exhibitors offering the resources you need using search terms related to area of need, specialty, summer programming, insurance, and more
  • - Attend recorded breakout sessions



How To Support Your Child’s Success During COVID-19: Presenters Pamela Epley, PhD, and Jena Valdez, MS, Adjunct Professor, both of the Erikson Institute, offer practical guidance and strategies you can use to support social interactions, learning and development for young children with developmental differences during Covid-19. They will also cover the roles and responsibilities of the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs in supporting students with IEPs during remote and hybrid learning.

IEP 101: Mo Buti of AiepA takes you through the process of getting an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) in a public or private school and how to ensure it’s appropriate for your child. Get tips on what to say during an IEP meeting and what to look for within an IEP—and what to do when you disagree with your child’s plan. 


What Parents Say:

  • "Felt more empowered as a mom--thank you so much!"
  • "I felt supported. I felt like I wasn't alone."
  • "...everyone I met at a booth was very kind and went above and beyond providing resources, ideas and follow-up info."

Please note: All registrants' email addresses will be provided to our presenting sponsor. Recipients will be provided with the option to opt out of receiving those emails, if desired.


Businesses: Exhibitor registration is open. Please click here.


    • October
    • 25
    • Sunday

Meet the Co-Chairs

Kandalyn Hahn

Kandalyn lives in Avondale with her husband Richard and eleven-year-old son Julian. She is a historic preservationist by training and works for the City ofChicago.

Laura Baginski

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