Adult Programs

Access Living Cross Disability Support Group
115 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: 312-640-2159, Contact: Carleda Johnson, Independent Living Skills Coordinator
Provides a forum for mutual acceptance, understanding and self-discovery.  Through peer support, people with disabilities can find a safe place to get together to share their concerns and solve problems about everyday issues that affect their lives.

Anixter Center Adult Community Transitions
Highland Park
Phone: 847-266-0052

Esperanza Community Services Coleridge Adult Day Program
520 N. Marshfield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
Phone: 312-243-6097

Illinois Dept. of Human Services Division of Rehab Services Home Services Program
Phone: 800-843-6154
Provides services to individuals with disabilities so they can remain in their homes and be as independent as possible.    


Pediatric/Adolescent Programs and Resources

Cameron Can Foundation
P.O. Box 373
Riverside, IL 60546
This organization can provide quality of life grants to Illinois families who care for children with developmental disabilities, especially hydrocephalus. See website or contact them for more info.

Caring for Kids Program
355 E. Erie
Chicago, IL 60611
Recreational activities for kids with disabilities ages 7-17 through the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. Contact Ashley for more info.

The Center for Independence Through Conductive Education
Locations in Countryside, Chicago and Lake Zurich
The Center for Independence Through Conductive Education helps children with physical disabilities gain physical independence through programs that develop the motor functions of the child in a manner that creates positive self-esteem and self-direction.

Chicago Children's Advocacy Center
1240 S. Damen
Chicago, IL 60608
Resources for the prevention of abuse of children with disabilities. Click here for more info.

The University of Illinois at Chicago's Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC)
Locations throughout Illinois
Phone: (800) 322-3722
DSCC provides free care coordination for families of children with special healthcare needs. Care coordination is tailored to each family’s needs and can include finding specialized medical care, helping maximize insurance and All Kids/Medicaid benefits, communicating with doctors and schools, preparing youth for the transition to adulthood and paying for certain medical expenses, such as wheelchair ramps, lifts and orthotics. Children from birth to age 21 with certain chronic, treatable medical conditions, including nervous system impairments, are eligible.

Locations in Chicago, Peoria, Joliet & Villa Park

Illinois Dept of Human Services Early Intervention
1-800-447-6404 - Services to help children with disabilities ages 0-3 to learn and grow.

National Lekotek Center
2001 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60614
Phone: 773-528-5766
Services to improve the lives of children with special needs through the utilization of toys and play.

Secondary Transitional Experience Program (STEP) - Illinois Department of Human Services
Division of Rehabilitation Services
P.O. Box 19429
Springfield, Illinois 62704
A program that helps students with disabilities prepare to transition to employment and community participation during and after high school. Contact your local high school or DHS/DRS office for more information.

United Healthcare Children’s Foundation’s (UHCCF)
PO Box 41
Minneapolis, MN 55440-0041
Phone: 1 855-MY-UHCCF / 1 855-698-4223
The mission is to help fill the gap between what medical services/items a child needs and what their commercial health benefit plan will pay for. UHCCF grants provide financial help/assistance for families with children that have medical needs not covered or not fully covered by their commercial health insurance plan.

VARIETY- The Children's Charity of Illinois
1001 W. 75th St
Woodridge, Illinois 60517
Funding and services for programs that work with kids with disabilities. Grants for adaptive equipment.