Information and Referral

Resources for young people with disabilities

Below are a list of resources that may be helpful for young people with disabilities. Follow the links below or contact Access Living in order to reach out to the groups.

Access Living Youth Publications

Papers Written for Youth by Access Living Youth.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

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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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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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

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

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


A coalition of young women fighting for better media representations.
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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

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

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

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

Sex Resource Guide for People with Disabilities

Sex Resource Guide for People with DisabilitiesLearn More

Street-Level Youth Media

Street-Level Youth Media educates Chicago's urban youth in media arts and emerging technologies for use in self-expression, communication, and social change.Learn 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 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

Trust options for the disabled

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

Young Women’s Empowerment Project

A center for young girls and young women who have ever traded sex for money or survival needs.Learn More

Youth Inclusion Guide


The biggest barriers that people with disabilities face don’t have to do with their disabilities at all. They have to do with other people’s assumptions about them, and an abiding and deeply conditioned paternalism.Learn More

Youth Outreach Services

Youth shelter and programsLearn 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