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.
The Catholic Office of the Deaf is an agency of the Archdiocese of Chicago. The Office provides for the pastoral, spiritual,religious education, and social justice issues of Deaf and Hard of Hearing people in metropolitan Chicago. It is also the site of the official listing of signed/interpreted masses in the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Since 1990, CAIRS has been professionally serving the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community in greater Chicago. Founded by one Deaf and Hard of Hearing person and one hearing interpreter, CAIRS is one of the largest and oldest agencies serving the metropolitan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community. In addition to the provision of interpreter services, CAIRS engages in vital resource development, community building and extensive charitable giving activities. CAIRS is proud to serve the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community and is grateful for this very important privilege!
CAIRS ONGOING MISSION OF SERVICE – ALL THAT WE DO
- CAIRS provides Interpreting Services on a 24-hour basis, seven days a week.
- CAIRS Mission, Vision and Values statements prioritizes service excellence.
- CAIRS serves and supports the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community in the areas of focused charitable giving, education and community networking.
- CAIRS serves and supports the interpreter community by funding educational workshop throughout the year, managing the CMP Sponsor Program and collaborating with the Illinois Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (IRID) and the Indiana Interpreter Certification Program.
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.
Chicago Methodist Senior Services provides a continuum of services and residences to support the needs of older adults at every step of life.
Wesley Place: Short-term rehabilitation and Long-term skilled nursing
Call 7 days a week - (773) 769-5500
1415 W. Foster Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640
Hartwell Place: Memory care assisted living
5520 N. Paulina St.
Chicago, IL 60640
Covenant Home of Chicago: Assisted/Supportive living
2720 W. Foster Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
Computer Services: Computer and digital skills classes
1415 W. Foster
Chicago, IL 60640
Winwood Apartments: Affordable senior housing
1406 W. Winona St.
Chicago, IL 60640
Glenwood Apartments: Affordable senior housing
5021-5027 N. Glenwood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640
MOPD promotes total access, full participation and equal opportunity for people with disabilities of all ages in all aspects of life. It seeks to accomplish this mission through a multi-faceted approach that includes systemic change, education and training, advocacy and direct services.
The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) works to meet the diverse needs of the more than 600,000 individuals with disabilities who live and work in Chicago. MOPD’s goal is to make Chicago the most accessible city in the nation.
MOPD offers services and information related to accessibility compliance; accessible housing; deaf and hard of hearing services; disability resources; employment services for people with disabilities; public policy and public affairs; training services; transportation and parking; and youth employment services.
MOPD Field Office: 2102 W. Ogden Avenue Chicago, IL 60612 (312-744-6673)
Eligibility Requirements: Any Chicago resident living with a disability.
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)
Responsible for disabled person’s reserved spaces.
Community Alternatives Unlimited is a private not-for-profit organization providing independent case management services to individuals with a wide range of disabilities, including development disabilities, mental health needs, hearing, visual, and physical impairments. Our mission is to provide services to those with short or long term disabilities and for persons to have alternatives in their community.
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.
Eye Can See Clearly, founded in 2003, stocks over 300 products to help the visually impaired customer with over 70 different magnification solutions. Customers are helped by Richard who is visually impaired and tests all products sold for quality and value. No appointment necessary.
Great Lakes ADA Center, The DBTAC- Department of Disability and Human Development under the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago
Great Lakes ADA Center’s mission is to increase awareness and knowledge with the ultimate goal of achieving voluntary compliance with the American with Disabilities Act. This is accomplished within targeted audiences through provision of customized training, expert assistance, and dissemination of information developed by various sources, including the federal agencies responsible for enforcement of the ADA.
We are not an enforcement or regulatory agency, but a helpful resource supporting the ADA’s mission to “make it possible for everyone with a disability to live a life of freedom and equality.”
Services: Online learning opportunities; training; programs and services; publications; ADA audio conference; ADA legal webinar series; accessible technology webinar series.
Eligibility Criteria: For everyone with a disability who wants to live a life of freedom and equality.
Handi-Ramp employees are dedicated to providing exceptional customer service by delivering personalized, high-quality, and cost efficient solutions to meet the needs of clients. Provides portable ramps, boarding ramps, galvanized steel ramps with handrails, aluminum ramps, handi-tracks, threshold ramps, deck ramps, suitcase ramps, and window-well covers. Information about accessibility and referrals.
Handi-Ramp offers the following products:
Wheel chair ramp systems: in aluminum, galvanized Steel, and concrete.
Van Ramps: including high mounted, rear door, side door, and universal van ramps.
Portable Wheel Chair Ramps: multifold portable ramps, suitcase ramps, track ramps, and threshold ramps.
Wheel Chair Lifts: stair glides, platform, and portable wheel chair lifts.
Eden Prairie, MN
Starkey Hearing Foundation has provided more hearing help to people in the United States than to any other country. Hear Now is our application-based program that provides hearing help to low-income Americans. Each person we help is fit with new, top-of-the-line digital hearing aids that are customized to their hearing loss.
The HLAA provides a monthly educational presentation for anyone experiencing or interested in learning about hearing loss. HLAA opens the world of communication to people with hearing loss. Meetings are the second Monday of the month at 10:00 a.m. There is a requested donation of $15 per year.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
Progress Center directly assists persons with disabilities to establish lives in the community. We serve and support people with disabilities of all ages to increase and maintain independence. We also assist families and communities.
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.
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.
Through the Illinois Department on Aging, the state long term care ombudsman protects and promotes the rights and quality of life for people who reside in long term care facilities (nursing homes). This is done through regional ombudsmen who have a hands–on working relationship with the residents and staff of the facilities within their program areas.
For more information on the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, contact...
the Illinois Department on Aging Senior HelpLine;
a Regional Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program;
a Regional Home and Community Ombudsman Program.
For more information on the Pioneer Approach to Long Term Care and the Illinois Long Term Care Ombudsman program, see also:
Publications related to the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program
Working within the medical community, our facility provides a variety of hearing healthcare services including hearing assessments and habilitation, education, and counseling. Our office also fits and dispenses sophisticated hearing aids and related devices to suit all types of hearing loss and life styles. Assessments regarding the level of amplification that would be best suited to our patients are generally completed following a comprehensive hearing evaluation by a qualified licensed audiologist.
We also actively participate in the prevention of hearing loss through the provision and fitting of hearing protective devices, consultation on the effects of noise on hearing, and consumer education.
See www.suburbanhearing.com/digital-hearing-aid-loss-impaired-5002 for list of services. Free online hearing test available.
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).
The ARK provides free comprehensive care and support to Chicagoland Jews facing adversity. Dignified, quality wrap-around services help clients return to self-reliance.
Hours: Mon. and Weds., 9-7:30; Tues. and Thurs., 9-5; Fri., 9-2
The Medical Clinic of the Goldie Bachmann Luftig Health Center is open five days per week, including two evenings. Medical treatment is provided by volunteer physicians and The ARK’s professional medical staff. Patients make appointments to see internists, as well as cardiologists, gynecologists and other specialists. X-rays and other tests and procedures are performed at area hospitals at no charge to clients, through special arrangements. In addition to a food pantry and meal service, The ARK offers free optical, pharmacy, financial and employment counseling, social services, mental health day-programming and interim housing.
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.
This group meets monthly and offers individuals the opportunity to discuss their insights and challenges of living with vision loss. Additionally, participants have accessed resources that could help them understand their vision impairments and develop skills to manage daily living tasks successfully. The group meets the first Tuesday of the month from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. at the Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Avenue, in Evanston, Illinois.
To learn more, please contact Nicole Compiani at 847.424.5676 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This weekly support program provides information and encouragement in dealing with common concerns and issues related to Parkinson's disease. People with Parkinson's disease and their families/caregivers meet in separate groups at the start of each session. Then, all the participants come together for light refreshments and conversation. Groups meet at North Shore Senior Center's Northfield location every Wednesday from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Suggested monthly donation is $20 per family.
Advance registration is preferred but not required. For more information, please contact Tierney Wilson at 847.242.6241 or email@example.com, or Heather Resnick at 847.784.6041 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Share solutions and successes with others who are dealing with hearing loss. Express the frustrations of hearing loss. Learn ideas about how to accommodate changes in your lives, and for activities that work for hearing-impaired people. Discuss coping and stress-reducing strategies, assertiveness and self-advocacy, and about new assistive technologies. This group meets every Monday (except the second Monday of the month) from 11:00 a.m. to noon.