Central Office Staff

Julie Bilbrey-Smeltzer

COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

Julie holds an Interdepartmental Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Communication, and Graphic Design from Millikin University. She joined Hope/TAP in 2017 bringing with her over 15 years of leadership experience in nonprofit marketing, community engagement, grant writing/monitoring, and fundraising/development.

Julie has extensive success in strategic planning and policy/procedure implementation for nonprofits, brand management, building external communication plans, and reaching new audiences through community engagement. Her leadership experience as well as her in-depth knowledge in leveraging diverse marketing platforms will lead TAP in effectively raising awareness of the available autism supports and services throughout Illinois while effectively engaging the community.

About us

The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP) Service Network is a collaboration of 4 universities and 11 organizations that together operate 20 centers across the state. As a network, TAP is able to offer services that respond to the unique needs of different communities across Illinois.

Contact

The Autism Program of Illinois

Hope Pavilion
5220 S. 6th Street,
Suite 2300B

Springfield IL 62703

National Resources

The ArcNational community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

Autism NowNational autism resource and information center.

Autism SpeaksA leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding autism research and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

Autism SocietyA leading grassroots autism organization, working to improve the lives of all affected by autism.  Provides the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy.

Disability.govU.S. federal government website for information on disability programs and services nationwide.

Family VoicesFamily Voices is a national grassroots network, providing families of children with special needs the resources and support they need to make informed decisions, advocate for improved public and private policies, build partnerships among families and professionals, and serve as a trusted resource on health care.

The National Center of Birth Defects and Developmental DisabilitiesDedicated to helping people live to the fullest. Much of the center’s work focuses on protecting people who are especially vulnerable to health risks – babies, children, people with blood disorders, and people with disabilities. 

The U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ASD main page: CDC is committed to continuing to provide essential data on ASD, search for factors that put children at risk for ASD and possible causes, and develop resources that help identify children with ASD as early as possible.

The U. S. Department of Education’s Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) websiteIDEA is the federal law that governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.

About us

The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP) Service Network is a collaboration of 4 universities and 11 organizations that together operate 20 centers across the state. As a network, TAP is able to offer services that respond to the unique needs of different communities across Illinois.

Contact

The Autism Program of Illinois

Hope Pavilion
5220 S. 6th Street,
Suite 2300B

Springfield IL 62703