Referral Directory

Please find below a list of disability resources and organizations.

Access Living Resource Finder

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

Albany Park Community Center

Literacy Program: Helping Families Toward Self-Sufficiency

Provides adults and their families in the Albany Park community with a range of education programs, including English as a second language and basic education with language and reading development skills.Learn More

Amigas Latinas

An Amiguitas program for young queer LatinasLearn More

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

Aquinas Literacy Center

Literacy Program

Offers no-cost tutoring programs to residents of McKinley Park and surrounding areas.Learn More

Beyond Disability

The Fe Fe Stories

The Empowered Fe Fes (slang for female), a group of young women with disabilities, hit the streets of Chicago on a quest to discover the difference between how they see themselves and how others see them.Learn More

Broadway Youth Center at the Howard Brown Center

Howard Brown Health Center

The Broadway Youth Center is a program of Howard Brown and our community partners, offering comprehensive services to all youth, 24 and under.
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CHAC is a private company that has administered the CHA’s Housing Choice Voucher Program since 1995 in a unique public-private partnership.Learn More

Chicago Amplified

Access Living is a proud partner of Chicago Amplified, a program of WBEZ that records and makes available audio files of local events. Learn More

Chicago Bar Foundation

The Chicago Bar Foundation mobilizes Chicago’s legal community around to ensure that everyone in the Chicago metropolitan area has equal access to justice. Learn More

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

Organizes and advocates to prevent and end homelessness.Learn More

Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under LawLearn More

Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline

Rape Victim Advocates

RVA is an Illinois not-for-profit organization made up of many individuals with two primary goals: to assure that survivors of sexual assault are treated with dignity and compassion; and to affect changes in the way the legal system, medical institutions and society as a whole respond to survivors.
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Chicagoland Business Leadership Network

The Chicagoland Business Leadership Network is Illinois’ only business-led, business-focused organization that addresses specific needs relating to the inclusion of people with disabilities from a talent, customer, supplier diversity and community perspective. A program of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the CBLN is an approved affiliate of the U.S. Business Leadership Network.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

Connect Chicago

Connect Chicago is a loose network of more than 250 places in the city where internet and computer access, digital skills training, and online learning resources are available—for free.Learn More

Deborah’s Place

Deborah's Place works to break the cycle of homelessness for women.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

Domestic Violence and Mental Health Resources

The Domestic Violence and Mental Health Policy Initiative is a resource for professionals working in the fields of domestic violence and mental health. Please feel free to contact us to request more information about DVMHPI, or with questions about the issues, model programs, training curricula, and other resources.Learn More

F.R.I.D.A. -- Feminist Response in Disability Activism

FRIDA is a Chicago-based feminist disability rights group founded in 2005, in response to a wave of crimes against women with disabilities in Illinois. We are all about taking action and building an international network of like-minded folks who care about feminism and disability rights. Sick and tired of gender-based disability discrimination? Then FRIDA is for you.Learn More


A coalition of young women fighting for better media representations.
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HOPE Fair Housing Center

HOPE Fair Housing Center --HOPE Fair Housing Center is dedicated to eliminating housing discrimination and segregation because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, familial status, or any other characteristics protected under state or local laws.Learn More

Hotter: Health Outcomes Through Treatment Empowerment and Recovery

TPAN’s newest program is HOTTER— Healthy Outcomes through Treatment, Empowerment, and Recovery. Learn More

Housing Opportunities for Women

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Jane Addams Senior Caucus

The Jane Addams Senior Caucus challenges and transforms social injustices impacting seniors through leadership development, community organizing and grassroots policy advocacy.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

JJ’s List

Where people with disabilities review businesses and services. This is an online site for individuals to post reviews and read reviews about physical and social access to local and regional companies. Learn More

Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing (LCBH)

The Lawyer's Committee for Better Housing promotes the availability of and access to affordable, decent housing, and supports low- and moderate-income households in metropolitan Chicago.
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Literacy Chicago

Literacy Program:

Provides adults and their families programs and services ranging from free classes in reading and everyday math to GED preparation. Learn More


Latin United Community Housing Association works to stabilize the neighborhoods of the northwest side of Chicago and to fight for the interests of community residents.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

Ability Links

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

Webpage with listing of Addiction Treatment in Illinois

Addiction Center: Guiding from Rehab to Recovery. Goal is to provide the most up-to-date information on addiction as well as reviews of top treatment centers across the country. Learn More

Common Place Family Learning Center

Tutoring Service

This social service agency on Peoria's South Side provides academic assistance for students from kindergarten through high school, and literacy programs to help adults learn reading, writing and math skills.Learn More

Illinois Alliance for Retired Persons

The mission of the Alliance for Retired Americans is to ensure social and economic justice and full civil rights for all citizens so that they may enjoy lives of dignity, personal and family fulfillment and security.Learn More

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 Rehab Services (DORS)

Illinois Department of Human Services

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.
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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

Trust options for the disabled

Learn how to earn money while protecting your current disability benefits.Learn More

Addiction Center

Guiding you from Rehab to Recovery

A site that helps people find Inpatient Drug Rehabilitation.
The organization’s drug abuse hotline connects people with rehabs or detox centers.
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Drug Addiction Resources for Teens

Resources that teens can use to understand the dangers of addiction as well as help those who are already experiencing drug addiction. Learn More

Drug Rehab Connections

The Drug Rehab Connections community is made up of those who want to help and give back. We are here to share our stories of recovery and hope as we begin the steps together towards rehab and recovery. Learn More

Family Resource & Learning Center

Tutoring Service

Offers tutoring for children who need help in math, reading and writing, and adults who need help with math, reading, writing and study for their GED or other high school program.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

GIVE Community Services

Tutoring Service

Offers tutoring to adults and children in math, reading and writing, as well as help with the GED and other high school programs. Learn More

Health Insurance Market Place -- Spread Word about Health Exchanges

Starting in 2014, there’ll be a new way for people to buy health insurance. As you know, the Affordable Care Act created unprecedented opportunities for millions of Americans to access health insurance. This includes establishing the Health Insurance Marketplace, sometimes called “Exchanges.” 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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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

National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline

loveisrespect, National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline is a national resource that can be accessed by phone or the internet. The Helpline and offer real-time one-on-one support from trained Peer Advocates. The National Domestic Violence Hotline operates loveisrespect, National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline from their call center in Austin, TX.Learn More

Retail Savings Guide for People with Disabilities

This website provides research on special offers and discounts available to senior citizens, women, and veterans, in a series of guides to help consumers find ways to save money.Learn More

Social Security Disability Benefits Guide

A website from Simple Dollar intended to help site visitors understand how Social Security disability works and how to calculate benefitsLearn More

Success Lab Learning Centers

Tutoring Service

Programs in math, reading comprehension and study skills are designed for a range of students – from those in need of remedial instruction to school enrichment to accelerated studies for gifted learners.Learn More

The American Association of People with Disabilities(AAPD)

AAPD organizes the disability community to be a powerful force for change – politically, socially, and economically – and recognizes the value of working in broad coalitions to foster unity, leadership, and impact.Learn More

The Blue Gargoyle Adult Learning Program

Literacy Program

Serves individuals who need to improve their reading, writing, math and computer skills before they go on to a job-training program or the GED test.Learn More

The Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living

The Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living, the statewide association representing the 23 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 most critical to promote independent living for all persons with disabilities.Learn More

The National Council on Disability

NCD is an independent federal agency and is composed of 15 members appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. It provides advice to the President, Congress, and executive branch agencies to promote policies, programs, practices, and procedures that guarantee equal opportunity for all individuals with disabilities.Learn More

The National Council on Independent Living

NCIL advances independent living and the rights of people with disabilities through consumer-driven advocacy. NCIL envisions a world in which people with disabilities are valued equally and participate fully.Learn More

The National Organization on Disability

The National Organization on Disability expands the participation and contribution of America’s 54 million men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life.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

Used Handicapped Vans

Van Products Used Handicap Vans works hard to provide quality mobility products and used handicap vans to each of the customers we serve.Learn More

Promotes academic success and a desire to excel by providing elementary and high school students with one-on-one tutoring, and expands literacy for adults through free basic education, computer classes, GED preparation, English-as-a-second-language classes and family reading events.Learn More

Youth Service Project

Tutoring Service

The Foundation’s training courses focus on job-readiness skills, computer literacy and entrepreneurship. Enrichment opportunities include tutoring, after-school programs and leadership initiatives, assisting young people in a variety of subjects, including math, reading, science and GED preparation.Learn More

Rehabilitation International

RI is a global and diverse organization bringing together expertise from different sectors in the disability field, advancing and implementing the rights and inclusion of persons with disabilities.Learn More

The United States International Council on Disabilities

The United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD) is a federation of US-based non-governmental organizations, federal agencies and individuals committed to advocacy and action on behalf of the global disability rights agenda.Learn More