Careers & Employment Resources

Review our list of employment resources and jobs available at Access Living.
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Access Living Internship Application

Access Living often offers internship opportunities. If you are interested in pursuing an opportunity, please submit an application. This application is not for personal assistant positions, CNA positions, or other paid positions at Access Living.

Community Development Organizer for Healthcare/HCBS

Department: Advocacy

This organizing position will be responsible for supporting Access Living's community organizing on the topics of healthcare and Medicaid home/community based services (HCBS). The organizer will focus on the base–building and recruitment of grassroots disability leaders of all ages to build Access Living's capacity for advocacy mobilization.

Director of Development

Access Living is seeking a new Director of Development

Disability Inclusion Institute, Business Development Training Specialist

Department: Communications

Access Living seeks a Business Development and Training Specialist for its Disability Inclusion Institute. This role requires skills in sales, marketing, training, and project management. The Specialist will help develop, run, and grow Access Living’s Disability Inclusion Institute, a business training and consulting program. The fee-for-service program will guide Chicagoland businesses and other entities on disability-related access, accommodations, and inclusion. The Specialist will develop a sales plan to grow the program, and will be responsible for managing external requests for disability inclusion consulting. He or she will also be part of building, organizing, monitoring, evaluating, archiving, and conducting the trainings. The Specialist will work closely with, and will be supervised by, the Director of Communications.

Personal Assistant Services Coordinator

Department: Program - Community Supports

This position is responsible for the development and implementation of Access Living's Personal Assistance (PA) program to support the independent living skills of people with disabilities. Responsibilities include training individuals to be PA's, referrals to consumers who seek to employ PA's and assisting people with disabilities to improve their management of PA's. This position is also responsible for maintaining a pool of available PA's for the Access Living PA registry.

Program Director Assistant

Departments: Advocacy and Independent Living

Performs clerical and administrative support to Access Living's Director of Advocacy and Director of Independent Living, who jointly supervise more than 40 staff engaged in direct service and advocacy. Interacts with a wide range of people, including government staff, legislators, state agencies, community organizations and grassroots people with disabilities in a fast–paced environment.

The Chicago Lighthouse

The Chicago Lighthouse is hiring full and part-time Call Center Agents (Veterans or Persons with Disabilities) for their various Call Centers.

Youth Coordinator

Programs - Independent Living

The Youth Coordinator works within the READY (Realizing Education and Advancement for Disabled Youth) and the ROD (Reaching our Dreams) Program. The Youth Coordinator is responsible for assisting youth with disabilities in preparing for transition out of high school. The coordinator educates youth on Independent Living skills and preparing for employment and/or continuing education.

Ability Links

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

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: Learn More


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

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.Learn More

Get Organized Now

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

Guide for People with Disabilities Seeking Employment

Americans with Disabilities Act

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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.Learn More

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.Learn More

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.
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Illinois Lifespan - Developmental Disabilities

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

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.Learn More

Job Readiness Introduction

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

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.Learn More

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.Learn More

RIC Career Opportunities

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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

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.Learn More

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.Learn More

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.Learn More