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14.5. Additional Programs or Resources

Access Living Youth Center
Phone: (312) 640-2100
We've got REAL information for your REAL life with a disability: stuff about dating, activism, getting news, disability pride, participating in Chicago events.

Adaptive Adventures
Phone: 303.679.2770
Adaptive Adventures has something for everyone. We offer progressive programs for children, teens, adults, as well as service members (active duty and veteran) who have been severely injured in Iraq and Afghanistan or other conflicts. We offer programs that cover a wide-range of physical disabilities including people with spinal cord injuries, amputations, Cerebral Palsy, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), spina bifida, and visual impairment.

AgrAbility Unlimited
Phone: (800) 500-7325
AgrAbility Unlimited offers education and assistance in identifying ways to accommodate disabilities, eliminate barriers, and create a favorable climate among rural service providers for people with disabilities.

Anixter Center
Phone: (773) 973-7900
Anixter Center is a leading provider of high-quality vocational, residential and educational options, substance abuse prevention and treatment, and health care. Anixter Center is an advocate for the rights of people with disabilities to be full and equal members of the community.

Assistive Technology Exchange Network
ATEN - the Assistive Technology Exchange Network - since 1995 has been accepting used technology items from private donors for transfer to Illinois schools, which serve children with disabilities. In partnership with the Illinois Office of Rehabilitative Services (ORS), ATEN provides computers to adults with disabilities.

BACKBONES exists to provide free support for people with spinal cord injury and their families. Through our network we facilitate telephone, in-person, or web-based connections and encourage growth by the sharing of experiences and ideas. As a host to events, BACKBONES creates an inviting atmosphere where people can ask questions, learn from each other informally, and make lasting friendships. BACKBONES is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Chicago ADAPT
Contact via email
Grassroots activists who advocate the rights of people w/disabilities

Chicago Disability Transit
Phone: 1-888-968-7282
Chicago Disability Transit provides a critically needed service to the disability, health care, senior and business communities. Founded by people with disabilities, Chicago Disability Transit is dedicated to providing specialized transportation services.

Deer Path of Huntley
Phone: 847-515-1800
Deer Path of Huntley is the only affordable assisted living community for adults 22 to 64 with physical disabilities in the northwest Chicago suburban area. Deer Path will combine the opportunity to enjoy residential apartment home living with the availability of personal assistance, help with medications, and a variety of convenience and support services.

Durable Medical Equipment Exchange
The mission of Infinitec's DME project is to provide a durable medical equipment resource to benefit children and adults with permanent or temporary disabilities, and to provide an outlet for individuals to donate or sell durable medical equipment. The Durable Medical Equipment Exchange is a service that connects people with disabilities to organizations, companies and individuals who have available durable medical equipment they can use.

Eden Supportive Living
Phone: (217) 903-5900
Eden Supportive Living offers an innovative approach to assistive living housing by focusing its services for physically disabled individuals ages 22-64. By combining apartment-style housing with customized personal care and other services, residents can live independently while enjoying the freedom of a 24-hour support staff.

El Valor
Phone: (312) 666-4511
El Valor is a non-profit community-based organization that has two Children & Family Centers, a Technology Center, a Vocational Rehabilitation Center, and six Community Residence Homes for adults with disabilities. Over 200 staff and hundreds of volunteers help provide services to children, families, and adults with disabilities through programs that support adults with disabilities, promote early child development, enrich youth, strengthen families and encourage leadership.

Equip for Equality
Phone: (800) 537-2632
The mission of Equip for Equality is to advance the human and civil rights of children and adults with physical and mental disabilities in Illinois. Se Habla Español

Family Support Network of Illinois
Phone: (309) 693-8981
The mission of the Family Support Network is to unify individuals with disabilities and their families to advocate for funding, services, and community resources that strengthen and support the individual and the family directly by responding to their individual needs and empowering them to live in their own homes.

Illinois Assistive Technology Program
Phone: (800) 852-5110
Contact: IL only
Phone: (217) 522-7985
Illinois Assistive Technology Program (IATP) is a not-for-profit agency that promotes the availability of assistive technology (AT) services and programs for people with disabilities.

Illinois Independent Living Center and Katharine Manor Apartments (IILC/KM)
Phone: (630) 357-0077
Naperville, Illinois
Illinois Independent Living Center and Katharine Manor Apartments (IILC/KIM) is a 501(c)3 organization located in Naperville, Illinois.  IILC/KM is an affordable, barrier-free housing alternative specifically designed for persons with mobility disabilities who are able to live independently and direct their own care.  IILC/KM also offers homemaker services through an in-house Homemaker Program.

Chicagoland Funding Sources
Funding sources for various needs in the Chicagoland area.

Midwest Special Needs Trust
Phone: (888) 671-1069
Midwest Special Needs Trust (MSNT) provides trust services for persons with disabilities. Special needs trusts are a type of trust specifically designed for individuals with disabilities. If properly structured and administered, special needs trusts do not affect an individual's eligibility for benefits such as SSI or Medicaid. In addition, MSNT administers the Charitable Trust. Funds of the Charitable Trust are used to provide assistance to individuals with disabilities who meet eligibility and income criteria.

NextSteps Chicago Spinal Cord Injury Rehab Center
Phone: (708) 467-0657
NextSteps Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Rehabilitation Center is the first non-profit exercise facility devoted to the rehabilitation and overall wellness of Chicagoland SCI victims. NextSteps' mission is to provide the Chicagoland SCI community with affordable, dynamic, and progressive spinal cord injury rehabilitation while utilizing technologically advanced equipment and personalized functional exercise therapy and training methods.

Seguin Services
Phone: (708) 863-3803
Seguin Services is a not-for-profit agency that offers programs that enable children and adults with disabilities from around the country to fulfill their dreams of happiness, productivity and independence.

Special Needs Chicago, Inc.
Phone (630) 668-9999
Offer non-emergency transit for people with disabilities and seniors in wheelchair accessible vehicles throughout Chicago and the suburbs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year..

Specialized Care for Children
(800) 322-3722
University of Illinois at Chicago's Division of Specialized Care for Children provides FREE care coordination for families of children with special health care needs.

The LIFE Center
Phone: (312) 238-1000
The LIFE Center strives to help you live life fully! Our growing collection of books, videos, magazines, and multimedia learning resources is geared toward people with disabilities and their families.

Variety of Illinois
Phone: (312) 822-0660
Variety – The Children's Charity's mission is to provide life-saving and life-enriching assistance to children challenged by physical and mental disabilities, poverty, abuse and neglect.

Winning Wheels
Phone: (815) 537-5168
Winning Wheels is one of the few rehabilitation facilities in the nation to combine the treatment regime typically associated with a rehabilitation hospital and the daily personal care provided by a residential facility. Winning Wheels strives to decrease dependency on institutional care through comprehensive rehabilitation services tailored to individual circumstances.


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