ILLINOIS DISABILITY ASSOCIATION
Meeting a Lifetime of Needs
Simplifying Special Needs
Trusts for over 21 years
<We hope interruptions to our service due to COVID-19 will be minimal. We do appreciate your patience as we work to provide as prompt of a response as possible to your calls, emails and written requests.To create efficiencies, we ask that you please send all check requests and relevant supporting documentation to our office either 1) via fax at 312-332-4623 or 2) via email. All emails with check request attachments should be sent to all 3 of the following staff members: Howard Berk (firstname.lastname@example.org), Eileen Durkin (email@example.com) and Susie Schultz (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thank you for you cooperation.>
The Illinois Disability Association is a non-profit organization that serves as trustee for Special Needs Trusts. We are dedicated to maximizing the public and private resources available to provide the individual with disabilities the greatest dignity of all, the ability to meet their needs.
Special needs trusts exist to enhance the quality of life of the person with disabilities through trust disbursements that supplement government benefits.
Attorney Howard S. Berk, creator of the IDPT and drafter of the first court ordered self-settled special needs trust in Illinois in 1993, serves as Executive Director. Along with Susie Schultz and attorney Eileen Durkin, our team brings over 70 years of accumulated experience advocating on behalf of persons with disabilities.
“A special needs trust is a valuable tool for many of my clients who wish to preserve or qualify for public benefits for themselves or for others. I have worked with the Illinois Disability Association for over ten years in creating and funding special needs trusts. Their knowledge of the rather complex rules related to special needs trusts is critical in maintaining benefits for my clients. I also appreciate their forward thinking and in-depth analysis of each case.”
Helen Mesolaras, Attorney
Dutton Casey & Mesoloras, P.C.
“Thanks to people like you and your team, who on a day to day basis ensure the well-being of people like Michael.”
Caregiver for an IDPT client
“I have been a client of the Illinois Disability Pooled Trust for over nineteen years. I have nothing but good things to say and have never had a problem with anything. Howard Berk and Chardell Salvant have always made me feel like a person they care about and not just a number. I appreciate all of the service that they have provided me.”