Access Living Resources

Tools For Finding Help

This section contains a list of all of Access Living’s resources. A complete directory of referrals used throughout the site are available. All of Access Living’s Brochures and Legal Documents which are used on the site are also listed here.

Access Living Resource Finder

Find the latest resources and businesses recommended by Access Living. Learn More

M&M Roll Model Program

The M&M “Roll “ Model Program fosters new and on going mentoring relationships between teen girls with disabilities ( 13—19 years old ) and women with disabilities. Mentees and Mentors have various disabilities and come from diverse cultural socio-economic backgrounds.
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AYLP Resource Directory

Advance Youth Leadership Power

Advance Youth Leadership Power (AYLP) members are youth with disabilities who organize campaigns for social change on behalf of young people with disabilities. Learn More

Disability Justice Mentoring Collective

DJMC provides a unique opportunity for youth with disabilities, ages 13 to 18, to receive guidance and support from a mentor who cares about disability justice.Learn More

The Empowered Fe Fes - Group for Young Women

The Empowered Fe Fes

Girls and women with disabilities campaign on disability issues through a gender perspective.

The Empowered Fe Fes is a support and action group of young women with disabilities ages 13 to 24. The Fe Fes represent all different kinds of disabilities and come from different racial and ethnic communities around Chicago.
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Stepping Stones

A peer support group for people with disabilities who have just moved out of institutions and into their own homes through the Access Living Community Reintegration program.Learn More

Cross Disability Support Group

The Cross Disability Support group at Access Living 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.Learn More
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Reaching Our Dreams

Independent Living Skills training program empowers youth to live independently

Reaching Our Dreams is a new program that helps young people with disabilities develop skills that will enable them to become independent and more active in their futureLearn More


Please find below a listing of reports published by Access Living.
2017 Annual Report Cover

2017 Access Living Annual Report

We are pleased to share with you the Access Living 2017 Annual Report. The report features Access Living highlights, including the important work we did to help over 1800 Chicagoans with disabilities live meaningful lives in the community.Learn More

2016 Access Living Annual Report

The 2016 Access Living Annual Report Learn More

2015 Access Living Annual Report

Access Living's 2015 Annual Report, a record of finances, donations and highlights for the 2015 Fiscal YearLearn More

2014 Annual Report

A downloadable version of the 2014 Access Living Annual Report Learn More

2013 Annual Report

The 2013 Annual Report, Removing Barriers, includes program highlights, donor lists, financials and messages from the Board
Chair and President. The downloadable version is a PDF File.
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2012 Annual Report

A PDF version of Access Living’s 2012 Annual Report Learn More

2011 Annual Report

Access Living’s 2011 Annual Report -- Engage. Empower. Transform. Learn More

2010 Annual Report

Past is Prologue: 30 years of pride, independent living, and social changeLearn More

Renaissance 2010 and Students with Disabilities

by Rodney Estvan, Education Outreach Coordinator

A report that examines the outcomes of students with disabilities at Renaissance 2010 Schools in Chicago. Learn More

The State of Housing for People with Disabilities

The state of housing for people with disabilities provides important historical context for some of the major policy barriers in the area of housing and disability. The past history of people with disabilities, currently the largest minority group in the United States...Learn More

Chicago Public Schools FY 09 Budget Review

Presented at the Public participation session of the Chicago Board of Education

Proposed FY09 Education Budget makes limited reductions in special education staff while capital budget increases accessibility of schoolsLearn More

Frequently Asked Questions

Each year, Access Living responds to thousands of Information and Referral calls, answering questions that range from finding accessible bus routes to accessible cooking classes.

Following are some of the most frequently asked questions, with answers:

Q: Where can I find accessible, affordable and integrated housing?
A: Go to our Housing section and click on “View Listings” to review the available housing we can assist you in finding.

Q: Where can I hire a sign language interpreter?
A: Chicago Hearing Society: 773 248 912 or 773 248 9174
Chicago Area Interpreter Referral Services: 312 895 4300

Q: Who do I call for transportation services if I don't ride mainline?
A: RTA ADA Para transit Special Services: 212 913 3200

Q: Who can fix my wheelchair or equipment?
A: National Seating & Mobility: 630 428 9350
Fitzsimmons: 773 881 8700
Metro Rehab Services: 708 361 7060
Rehab Tech: 630 420 8585

Q: Where can I rent or buy a portable ramp?
A: Handi–ramp: 847 816 7525
AM Ramp: 800 649 5215

Q: Where can I get emergency financial help?
A: City of Chicago Helpline: 311
Catholic Charities: 312 655 7502
LIHEAP (Low Income Housing Energy Assistance, grants to help pay utility bills): 312 456 4100

Q: Who can help with my landlord or my residential management company?
A: Metropolitan Tenants Organization: 773 292 4988
Center for Disability and Elder Law: 312 908 4463

Q: How can I get a copy of Access Living's 990 Report or Audited Financials?
A: Contact Jerry Rauman, CFO: 312 640 2109 or by email:

Q: How can I find a Center for Independent Living (CIL) in my area?
A: Visit the online directory of the National Council on Independent Living:

In addition to responding to thousands of questions every year, Access Living's Information and Referral Library has books, videotapes, audiotapes and DVDs. Access Living visitors are free to use these materials at Access Living.


The Life Center at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
The Life Center at RIC is a clearinghouse for many issues related to people with disabilities. Visit the Life Center Website to for information on everything from transportation to peer support services to recreation. Click on the RIC link on the right

Program Links
Information and Referral is one of Access Living's core services. Each Access Living program maintains a pool of valuable resources that may be helpful to the Access Living and disability community. Click on the links below for a listing of information and referral resources specific to Access Living programs.

Youth & Education
Community Supports

General Information & Referral

Have a question? Email your question to Access Living's Disability Resource Coordinator.