Access Living is a cross-disability organization governed and staffed by a majority of people with disabilities.
Access Living fosters the dignity, pride and self-esteem of people with disabilities and enhances the options available to them so they may choose and maintain individualized and satisfying lifestyles.
To this end, Access Living offers peer-oriented independent living services; public education, awareness and development; individualized and systemic advocacy; and enforcement of civil rights on behalf of people with disabilities.
Serving people with disabilities, behavioral health needs, and people who are Deaf, DeafBlind, or Hard of Hearing through a variety of programs. Provides services to people with disabilities throughout the Chicago area. Employment services, day programs, residential support, audiology service, and other social services.
Best Buddies Illinois is dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment. Program links disabled and non-disabled friends at the middle school, high school, college and adult level.
Caption First serves individuals and organizations by providing high-quality communication access, converting the spoken word into the written word, any time and anywhere. Focusing on the dignity of individuals and the success of their clients.
A not-for-profit organization that helps individuals with disabilities and their families develop the "skills and opportunities to realize full lives."
Maintains Evanston Township High School's Transition House which helps students who have credits to graduate acquire life-skills.
The Center on Deafness is dedicated to serving children and adults who are deaf or hearing impaired with accompanying developmental delay and/or mental illness to reach their highest potential by providing educational, vocational, mental health, and residential services in therapeutic, community-based environments.
Offering a wide array of programs and services to the Chicago metropolitan area's Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing community: audiology clinic, hearing aid bank, amplified phone demonstration program, calendar of social and cultural events, social services, domestic violence, victim assistance, interpreter referral, and youth programs.
The Chicago Lighthouse is well regarded nationally as a model agency for the wide range of programs provided to make a comprehensive, wrap-around menu of services that address an individual's changing needs across a lifetime. Through world-class programs in rehabilitation, education, employment and independent living, we improve the quality of life for individuals of all ages every single day.
Eligibility Requirements: Persons who are blind or visually impaired.
Understanding the unique needs and challenges of each patient is at the core of our approach to low vision rehabilitation at the Forsythe Center. During your comprehensive low vision examination, a specially trained optometrist will examine your eyes and provide more information about your specific eye condition. After the evaluation, our team of experts will recommend an individualized rehabilitation plan that may include recommendations for vision devices, technology and/or supplementary Lighthouse services.
To schedule an appointment, please contact our Low Vision Clinic at (312) 997-3686. Please see our clinic locations to schedule an appointment near you.
The City of Evanston is committed to the principle that persons with disabilities enjoy full access to all public meetings, city building, program or service the City of Evanston offers. No-one can be denied access to a city activity based on their disability. Anyone needing mobility or communication access assistance should contact the Disabled Services Specialist or the Office of Facilities Management 48 hours in advance of the meeting or event; the numbers to call are 311 (from within Evanston) or 847-448-4311 (outside Evanston or cell phone).
File an ADA service request to request services such as a sign language interpreter for a program or event. The Parks, Recreation & Community Service Department has an Inclusion Specialist who will call you within 2 business days of your request for a call back.
The City Clerk attends all City Council meetings and produces the official minutes of all City sponsored meetings. All ordinances and resolutions are processed through this office and kept as permanent records in the municipal library. The municipal code is updated annually by ordinances that amend the code. The Clerk is the custodian of the City of Evanston's books, records, and papers.
The City Clerk provides many essential services to Evanston residents. Premier among the office's programs is its election services, with its primary goal to provide the most incredible convenience to voting. The Clerk's Office is responsible for all matters involving elections, and the Clerk is the local election official. Evanston residents can register to vote in the Clerk's Office. The Clerk's election duties include, but are not limited to, voter registration and re-registration, receiving nominating petitions, and supplying absentee ballot request applications.
The Clerk is the custodian of the City Seal and affixes its impression on documents when required. By state statute, the Clerk is the keeper of the City's records which includes minutes and ordinances, distributing, publishing, and providing security for legal documents such as ordinances, resolutions, proclamations, agreements, and minutes of the City Council meetings.
The Clerk is also involved in verifying and distributing temporarily accessible parking placards. All petitions and communications addressed to the City Council are received by the Clerk and communicated by the Clerk at Council meetings. The Clerk also issues notices of regular and special meetings of the City Council.
Those interested in obtaining information from the City Clerk's office may request it by filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request via online, phone, email, fax, or in person.
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (By appointment only)
6050 N. California
Compuplay is the name of a Lekotek program that provides computer based play with assistive technology, iPads, Wii and Xbox Kinect. This program is specifically designed for children with disabilities by the National Lekotek Center. Please note that not all Lekoteks have Compuplay programs and equipment varies by site with those that do. For children with disabilities, the computer provides endless opportunities for expression, skill development and independence.
In addition to motivating software programs, Lekotek uses adapted equipment such as enlarged keypads and track balls, toys and other props.
Many Lekotek centers offer software lending libraries, which allow families to borrow pieces of interactive software for use on their home computers.
Volunteer dentists and specialists serve eligible patients who are without income or low income, and are elderly, permanently disabled or qualify as medically fragile. Application.
Equip for Equality is an independent, private, not-for-profit organization designated by the Governor in 1985 to implement the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) System in Illinois. The mission of Equip for Equality is to advance the human and civil rights of children and adults with disabilities in Illinois. It is the only statewide, cross-disability, comprehensive advocacy organization providing self-advocacy assistance, legal services, and disability rights education while also engaging in public policy and legislative advocacy and conducting abuse investigations and other oversight activities. Equip for Equality provides free legal services and self-advocacy assistance to people with disabilities in the areas of discrimination, assistive technology, special education, guardianship defense, abuse and neglect, and community integration. Equip for Equality provides self-advocacy training to people with disabilities and family members on topics including the Americans with Disabilities Act, employment, transportation, voting, Ticket to Work, special education and guardianship.
To report abuse, neglect or exploitation to authorities, click here.
If you are the parent or family member of a child with a disability, age birth to 22, our job is provide your family with information, resources, support, and training that allows you to help your child meet his or her educational goals.
• Learn about your rights and responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
• Make informed decisions about your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP)
• Obtain appropriate services for your child
• Communicate more effectively with school professionals
• Come together with other parents who share your concerns and desires to make a difference
• Learn more about Early Intervention and transition services
• Effect positive change in your child’s school
Eligibility Criteria: Parents of a child with a disability, age birth to 22
Fee Policy: No contribution is too small to help support the goals of the Family Resource Center on Disabilities and the families who we serve.
Intake Process: Call or email for more information
124-bed, sub-acute rehabilitation and skilled care facility; offers speech, physical and occupational therapies. Short term care following hospital stay.
Resource organization serving children, teens and young adults with autism. With offices in Park Ridge and Evanston, Have Dreams offers individualized after-school programs, vocational, life skills and transition to employment programs, along with diagnostic and family support services. Our continuum of services support individuals from early childhood through adulthood, and offer a broad range of programs to serve the full range of the autism spectrum. Programs for children and teens include Special Olympics, Technology Club and a nationally recognized Film & Multimedia camp. Transition to adult services include Project SEARCH Collaborates for Autism at Northwestern University and Have Dreams Academy, as well as a variety of programs that focus on developing critical soft skills for employment, internship experiences and life skills. Have Dreams also provides best-practice autism training for professionals and individual, in-home and school consultative services.
After School and Weekend Programs
Vocational and Life Skills Program
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Helps people with disabilities locate products and services to help with daily living activities; tuition assistance for qualified applicants to attend community college to obtain an an associate’s degree or a technical certificate. Home ownership support for eligible homebuyers.
State of Illinois Dept. of Human Services/Dept. of Rehabilitation Services offers programs for adults with visual impairments to enable them to work and participate fully in family and community life. Includes vocational rehabilitation, independent living skills instruction, and a business enterprise program.
Hotline:800-843-6154, V/TTY: 800-447-6404, web: http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=32305
DHS's Division of Rehabilitation Services is the state's lead agency serving individuals with disabilities. DRS works in partnership with people with disabilities and their families to assist them in making informed choices to achieve full community participation through employment, education, and independent living opportunities.
Find a list of all Chicago-area rehabilitation offices here.
Toll-free, 24-hour, statewide hotline for reporting suspected abuse, neglect or exploitation of people with disabilities ages 18-59 and seniors living in Illinois.
The Adult Protective Services Program is locally coordinated through 45 provider agencies, which are designated by the regional Area Agency on Aging and the Department on Aging. Case workers from these agencies conduct investigations and work with adults with disabilities and seniors in resolving abusive situations. All abuse caseworkers are trained and certified by the Department.
401 South Clinton Chicago, Illinois 60607
Illinois’ Medical Assistance Programs, consisting of Medicaid and numerous other medical programs, cover children, parents or relatives caring for children, pregnant women, veterans, seniors, persons who are blind, and persons with disabilities.
Division of Medical Programs Directory
The Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living is the statewide association representing the 22 Centers for Independent Living (CILs) in Illinois. INCIL is an authoritative source of information about the accomplishments and needs of Illinois CILs and about issues, services and legislation most critical to promote independent living for all persons with disabilities.
Secretary of State facilities are not authorized to issue Persons with Disabilities License Plates or permanent parking placards. Disability license plates and permanent placards may only be issued through the Springfield office.
The Secretary of State’s Office issues the following plates and placards: Disabled Parking Placards: four types of parking placards: Meter-exempt permanent placards; non-meter exempt permanent placards; temporary placards; organization placards; and Disability License Plates.
Eligibility Requirements: Persons with disabilities who are authorized for special parking placards or license plates by a registered physician.
Fee Policy: Call 217-782-2709 for more information.
Intake Process: Call the Springfield Secretary of State’s Office for registration and requirements.
The Illinois Spina Bifida Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to improve the quality of life of children, adults, and families living with spina bifida.
The Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center (ITBOC) provides library service to individuals who are unable to read regular print due to a visual or physical impairment. ITBOC serves all of Illinois (outside of the city of Chicago) as part of the state and national network of Talking Book and Braille Service libraries. Program features:
* Digital audio and braille books and magazines mailed to the patron's home or available for download.
* Easy to use digital players loaned to patrons to listen to talking book materials.
* Service is tax supported, so there's no out-of-pocket expense, even for postage.
* More than 84,000 titles available for adults and children, across all genres including bestsellers and non-fiction.
* Reader Advisors available to assist with ordering books and reading selection.
* BARD Mobile apps to download audio and braille books to iOS, Android, and Kindle devices.
Eligibility Criteria: People who are unable to read or use standard printed material due to a temporary or permanent visual, physical, or reading disability.
Fee Policy: There is no charge for the service.
Intake Process: Applications available upon request or via website.
Hours of Service: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm
Public information on the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission. For fee schedule information, go to the "Frequently Asked Medical Questions" web page at http://www.iwcc.il.gov/faqmed.htm.
5150 W. Golf Rd., Skokie, IL
JCFS Chicago, a non-profit social service agency, offers expert, individualized help to support people of all ages and abilities as they strive to live successfully in their community. Our services enhance social-emotional well-being for adults, children, teen and families.
Not-for-profit maintains a Disability Aware Business Directory based on community reviews, and holds Disability Awareness Training for Businesses that helps businesses incorporate disability-aware marketing, customer service and employment best practices into core business strategies.
At Legal Council, our programs serve individuals and families facing barriers due to chronic, disabling, and stigmatizing health and social conditions. All of our work combines direct representation, education, and advocacy across the city, state, and nation.
Individual Legal Representation: We provide free, expert legal assistance to low income individuals. We help clients with the following issues:
Child health | Confidentiality & testing | Debt collection | Discrimination | Education plans | Employment | Future planning | Health screenings | Immigration | Insurance | Lead poisoning | Public benefits and much more. Get help now.
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In addition to legal counsel and representation to clients in need, our multilingual staff offers free training, technical assistance, and educational programs to service providers, case managers, social workers, agency administrators, physicians, attorneys, educators, student groups, and members of the general public.
If you would like to request a training or technical assistance for your group (in English or Spanish), contact our main office at 312-427-8990 or submit a request. Our staff will be happy to work with you to develop tools that best meet the needs and interests of your group.
Services at the center and in the home are provided for enrolled families. Services include monthly play sessions for families of children with disabilities ages 0-6. Annual fee is $200 and a sliding scale is available. Also offers a toy-lending library for children with disabilities and their families.
AblePlay offers parents and educators ratings and reviews of toys for special needs children.
Provides: community care program, hot meal program, senior opportunities and services, citizenship and immigration help, computer training, outreach and interpretation, light and heat energy assistance, English as a second language, youth program, and a summer youth program.
Professional association of attorneys dedicated to improving the quality of legal services provided to seniors and people with special needs. Elderlaw Membership Directory can be used for referrals.
Trade association for homecare, hospice and home health agencies. Home Care/Hospice Agency Locator is a comprehensive database of more than 20,000 home care and hospice agencies, searchable by zip code.
Private non-profit organization in Chicago which provides residential support services for adults with developmental disabilities so that they may successfully live independently in their communities. Neighborhood Services provides 24-hour support for most of the individuals served, and intermittent support for those who live in their own homes.
Currently, Neighborhood Services assists individuals in northern and near west Cook County and Waukegan.
Not-for-profit organization providing recovery programs , supportive housing , supported employment and a holistic health and wellness program for people disabled by chronic mental illnesse in north and northwest metropolitan Chicago. Persons served are "members" who participate fully in their recovery.
Combining efforts of two organizations, JJslist and Search Inc., No Boundaries helps persons with disabilities learn job and workplace skills. These include basic computer skills and communication skills, negotiating public transportation and soft skills such as appropriate workplace demeanor. For businesses, No Boundaries offers disability-awareness training. No Boundaries
is a private pay, tuition-based program. Sessions last 12-13 weeks.
Juvenile Division, 2245 W. Ogden Ave., 4th floor, Chicago, IL 60612
The Office of the Cook County Public Guardian represents those persons routinely ignored by society. We have three divisions devoted to championing for the rights of children and adults. In our Juvenile Division, we act as lawyers for abused and neglected children. In our Adult Guardianship Division, we act as guardian for adults with disabilities and their estates. Our third division, the Domestic Relations Division, focuses on representing children in highly contested custody cases.
Orchard Village is a nonprofit organization that partners with families and communities to optimize personal outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities with a community integrated approach.
In Evanston maintains the Hill Arboretum Apartments for individuals with physical disabilities. In the Chicago area, maintains seven affordable barrier free apartment communities for the physically disabled. The Business Resource Center is open to residents who wish to become employable and paid positions are offered through the Workforce Development Program.
550 W. Algonquin Road
Arlington Heights, IL
Pace provides suburban bus, call-n-ride and dial-a-ride services as well as regional ADA paratransit, vanpool and rideshare matching services for the residents of 284 municipalities in Cook, Will, DuPage, Kane, Lake and McHenry counties.
Provides specialized classes, support groups, substance abuse, and mental health treatment programs. Provides specialized outpatient care for a wide range of behavioral problems, including:
- Mood disorders such as depression
- Bipolar disorder (manic depression)
- Serious and longer-term mental illness (SMI)
- Anxiety disorders, including panic attacks and post-traumatic stress
- Obsessive-compulsive disorders
- Anger management
- Eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia and overeating
- Addictive behaviors, including substance abuse and gambling
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Other comprehensive services include:
1. Outpatient mental health counseling and psychiatric treatment for adults, teens and children – including individual, couple, family and group therapy
2. Intensive outpatient program for teens to address emotional or behavioral challenges by improving their social skills, self-esteem, coping skills, communication and insight
3. Substance abuse treatment for adults and adolescents, including intensive outpatient treatment, DUI services, medication assisted treatment and HIV testing
4. Parenting classes and support groups
5. Mental health residential program for adults, including short-term, long-term and transitional housing
6. Crisis services with 24-hour crisis intervention and psychiatric pre-screening
7. Anger management programs for adults and adolescents
8. Domestic violence group for males and females
Most major insurance plans are accepted as well as Medicare and Medicaid. Discounted rates are available for those who qualify.
Not for profit community organization serving disabled persons and their families. The mission of Resources for Living, Inc. is to cultivate and promote respect for people with developmental disabilities by presenting opportunities for involvement in the community, providing support and accessibility in all cases for the person and his or her family, and creating learning environments wherein he or she may evolve and achieve full potential with dignity.
The Rice Child + Family Center provides residential care and treatment for children, ages 8-15, diagnosed with severe emotional, behavioral and mental health problems. The center's goal is to return these children to a loving family. Therapy is conducted in individual and group settings, and includes social skills training, counseling, and psychiatric intervention.
All of the services provided by the Rice Child + Family Center are administered in-house to about 50 children. The facility includes a medical clinic, group therapy classrooms, special education facilities and an art therapy area.
Right at Home offers caregiving services for almost any family and practically any situation. Our in-home care lets loved ones enjoy healthy lives in the comfort of a familiar environment. We tailor our care to your unique situation through a Custom Care Plan.
Right at Home is a leader in the in-home senior care industry. Our trained caregivers provide quality in-home care for seniors and disabled adults who need some assistance to maintain their independence.
Rimland is the oldest agency in the State of Illinois serving the functional, vocational, and residential needs of individuals, 18 and over, with autism. Since its beginnings in 1970, Rimland has continued to pioneer Residential Living Programs , Health and Wellness Programs and a Developmental Training Center. that support adults with autism as they achieve their full potential, and actively participate in the communities of their choice. Rimland currently operates 18 group residences in the Chicago area, including one in Evanston.
165 N. Jefferson St., Chicago, IL
CTA and Pace fixed route buses, the CTA "L" trains and Metra commuter rail service accomodations allow safe and easy travel for people with disabilities. ADA Paratransit is shared-ride, origin-to-destination transportation provided in the RTA region by Pace (the suburban bus division)for eligible persons. The RTA offers travel training to individuals who are eligible for ADA Paratransit and want to learn how to use fixed route or commuter rail services.
The RTA is committed to assuring that riders in our region—regardless of income, age or physical ability—have access to and understand how to use the region’s transit system. To achieve that, the RTA offers a range of customer services.
The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a community service and work-based job training program for older Americans. Authorized by the Older Americans Act, the program provides training for low-income, unemployed seniors. Participants also have access to employment assistance through American Job Centers.
Participants work an average of 20 hours a week, and are paid the highest of federal, state or local minimum wage. This training serves as a bridge to unsubsidized employment opportunities for participants.
Participants must be at least 55, unemployed, and have a family income of no more than 125% of the federal poverty level. Enrollment priority is given to veterans and qualified spouses, then to individuals who are over 65, have a disability, have low literacy skills or limited English proficiency, reside in a rural area, are homeless or at risk of homelessness, have low employment prospects, or have failed to find employment after using services through the American Job Center system.
Provides educational, residential, vocational and a range of support services to children and adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in north Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Two residential adult homes are Shore Homes East-Buehler House, located in Evanston, an Intermediate Care Facility for the Developmentally Disabled (ICF-DD) and Shore Homes West, located in Skokie, a Community Living Facility (CLF). Several Community Integrated Living Arrangements (CILA) and Supported Living Arrangements (SLA) sites are located in Evanston and Skokie.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues (not Social Security taxes). It is designed to help aged, blind, and disabled people who have little or no income; and it provides cash to meet basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter.
Eligibility Criteria: Take the online Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool linked at www.ssa.gov to see if you are eligible for SSI. Low income adults over 65 are eligible even if not disabled. Disabled adults with substantial work experience are eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD).
Serves adults with mental illness. Agency offers psychiatric consultation, case management, housing, employment skills development, job placement physical well-being services, education and substance abuse treatment. Services not covered by insurance are offered on a sliding scale. Programs are funded in part by the Evanston Mental Health Board.
TPAN provides healthcare and empowers people affected by HIV and health disparities. Our programs and services include peer-led programming, youth services, mental health and group therapy and counseling, education, patient/client advocacy, and services for older adults. We provide care to a broad community of people affected by HIV and health challenges, including LGBTQ individuals, people of color, and vulnerable individuals from across the Chicago metropolitan area.
Hours of operation:
Monday – Thursday: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
In-Home Physicians has served patients in the comfort & safety of their own homes since 1989.
Our Mission is to provide compassionate professional healthcare in the home or in an assisted living setting.
We have been members of the American Academy of Home Care Medicine since our inception in 1989. Our team of caring professionals excels in providing comprehensive in-home care. Our providers have small patient caseloads which assure that the patients’ needs are addressed quickly and competently. We are able to act as a permanent in-home primary provider or a temporary provider to assure smooth transition from a hospital or nursing home.
In addition, we work collaboratively with ancillary service providers such as skilled nursing agencies, social workers, case managers, discharge planners and other medical professionals. Our patients avoid unnecessary, traumatic and costly transportation to outside physician offices.
In-Home Physicians is the answer to all your in-home healthcare needs. Call our trained intake staff to find out more about our program.