Employment Resources

Access Living offers a variety of skills building and asset building programs that are helpful for people with disabilities eager to enter the workforce. In addition to programs at Access Living, there are a variety of other programs available in the city that may be helpful. Below is information about several services and organizations that may help your employment search.
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Job Readiness Introduction

A site with helpful information, tips and resources on Job Readiness

Ticket to Work

The Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program is an employment program for people with disabilities who are interested in going to work.

Illinois Department of Vocational Rehabilitation

The Illinois Department of Vocational Rehabilitation assists people find a job or get ready to go to work and makes sure that people have the supports they need to stay on the job.

The site says that we still need information for links to Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities and to Equip for Equality on the CED Team. That can be the same link information used in the referral directory.


An initiative from the Chicago Chamber of Commerce that works to increase economic opportunities for people with disabilities.

Guide for People with Disabilities Seeking Employment

Americans with Disabilities Act

The Job Accommodation Network

JAN's mission is to facilitate the employment and retention of workers with disabilities by providing employers, employment providers, people with disabilities, their family members and other interested parties with information on job accommodations, self-employment and small business opportunities.

Ability Links

A Job Opportunity Website for Persons with Disabilities and Leading Employers.

Anixter Center - Professional Placement Program

The mission of Anixter Center is to enhance the ability of individuals living with or at risk of disabilities to live, learn, work, and play in the community. Having merged with three nonprofits (CALOR, Chicago Hearing Society, and the National Lekotek Center), Anixter Center is now the 13th largest nonprofit in Chicago.

City of Chicago Office of Workforce Development

The Mayor's Office of Workforce Development (MOWD) helps Chicago businesses find qualified workers and assists Chicago residents to train for, get, maintain, and advance in their jobs. MOWD works through Mayor Daley’s WorkNet Chicago, its network of over 100 community-based and citywide organizations, to:

Disabled Youth Peer Development Initiative (DYPDI)

Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities

DYPDI encourages independent living, nurtures leadership skills through mentoring and expands the horizons of young people with disabilities.

Get Organized Now

This website offers many tips and ideas to help you organize your home, organize your office and organize your life!

UMKC Institute for Human Development

Guide to real person centered planning

Person-Centered Planning empowers people with disabilities by focusing on the desires and abilities of the individual.

Illinois Career Path - disabilities Services

Illinois CareerPath Institute provides supportive services to students with disabilities in order to enable them become independent and successful in their training and workplace. This is not a free service, but it can be funded by Voc Rehab.

Illinois Lifespan - Developmental Disabilities

Illinois Life Span is the statewide information and advocacy coordination system for people with developmental disabilities.

Jewish Vocational Services of Chicago -Disability Program

JVS provides individualized job development, resume preparation, vocational planning, application procedures, sign language interpreting, job placement and follow-up services.

Marriot Foundation - Bridges to Work job training program

Bridges develops and supports mutually beneficial job placements to meet the workforce needs of local employers and the vocational goals of young people.

Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities

MOPD provides a variety of employment services for people with disabilities and employers including training resources, job search assistance and workshops on disability awareness and workplace accommodations.

RIC Career Opportunities

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

A listing of employment opportunities from RIC, a strong supporter of, and collaborator with Access Living.

Illinois Department of Human Services

Rehabilitation Services

The Illinois Department of Rehabilitation Services 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.