More Programs and Services

Community Reintegration: Getting Out of Nursing Homes

We help eligible persons with disabilities plan and carry out a move from a nursing home to their own home or apartment.  We can pay for certain one-time moving expenses and household goods.  We also connect individuals with other Center services such as independent living skills, peer counseling, advocacy and information and referral.  Anyone aged 18-59 who resides in a nursing facility and meets program criteria may be eligible for this program.

“Had all that I needed when I moved back home”

Personal Assistant Program: Help at Home

We assist individuals with disabilities to hire, train, and manage personal assistants (PAs) to help with daily tasks as needed to live at home independently.  We refer PAs to be hired and employed by individuals with disabilities.  If you want to work as a PA and be on our referral list, complete our application and attend an orientation.

 “I am able to stay in my own apartment due to having PA’s that are able to help me with maintaining it and myself”

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Seniors with Vision Loss

We help seniors 55 or older with severe vision loss maintain independent lifestyles.  We give free low vision aids such as magnifiers, large print calendars, and talking clocks.  We teach sighted-guide techniques and Braille, and suggest small home adaptations for increased safety.

 “I received a large print bible and other large print items, a lighted magnifier, and  sunglasses”

Mobility Assistance for People Who Are Blind

We have restricted funds through the Cox Estate Bequest that allows us to purchase wheelchairs for persons of any age who are legally blind, and to help persons who are legally blind with certain costs associated with obtaining a guide dog or assistance dog.  The Cox Bequest purchases individualized products and services based on the consumer’s needs.

 

Advocating for Accessible Communities

We promote positive social change so that all persons will have equal access and equal opportunity to participate in community life.  We work to increase access to the built environment, transportation, housing, healthcare, communication, assistive technology, education, and employment.  We also work to increase disability awareness and to change attitudes that tend to exclude people with disabilities from full participation in community life.

 “Awareness presentation opened my eyes”

Rights and Responsibilities

We teach the knowledge and skills that allow individuals with disabilities to empower themselves by understanding their rights and responsibilities and by knowing how to protect those rights.  We teach about the Americans with Disabilities Act, Fair Housing, Illinois Human Rights Act, and other laws relating to disability.  We also teach self-advocacy skills and provide individual advocacy assistance when needed.

“Greater independence”

Community Advocacy Training

We teach class participants how to take action to advance equal opportunity for all persons with disabilities.  Participants will learn about the disability rights movement, how to find their personal power and voice, as well as practicing how to speak out and make changes that will help all persons with disabilities.  They will also learn how to get involved in the legislative process in order to create change.

“I have gained confidence and self-advocacy skills from the legislative intern class”

 

Public Awareness and Technical Support

We provide disability awareness presentations about disabilities and disability-related issues.  We also provide technical assistance to organizations, local communities, service providers and businesses about how to respond to the needs of employees and customers with disabilities and make their businesses comply with Illinois Accessibility Codes and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“Very thorough, very satisfied”

FREE Amplified Phones

We are a selection center for the Illinois Telecommunications Access Corporation (ITAC) amplified phone program.  You must complete an application and be a resident of Illinois, have a hearing loss (your physician or audiologist will need to certify your hearing loss), and provide proof of phone service (landline and/or cellular).  Call us to learn more or to get an application to begin the process.  You can also visit ITAC’s website for more information.

“I am so grateful to have a phone I can hear on!  I can talk to my children who live out of state whenever I want!  Thank you!”

Accommodations Request

If you need a Sign Language interpreter, foreign language interpreter, document translation, or alternative format of text (such as large print, braille, electronic format and/or audio tape), please let a staff member know and it will be provided at no cost to you.

 

Durable Medical Equipment Loan

We loan certain durable medical equipment free of charge for up to 90 days.  Equipment is available on a first-come, first-served basis; you can call ahead to reserve equipment for same-day pickup.  The majority of the equipment available for loan is donated to the Center. Below is a list of equipment that we will accept as donations and hopefully have available for loan when you need it. Please note: equipment available may not look exactly like what is pictured and our inventory of items varies on a daily basis.

Wheelchair with legrests

Wheelchair with legrests

Wheelchair no legrests

Wheelchair no legrests

Transport Chair

Transport Chair (with or without legrests)

Wheeled Walker

Wheeled Walker

Walker no wheels

Walker no wheels

Seated Walker

Seated Walker

Rollator

Rollator

Hemi-walker

Hemi-walker

Crutches

Crutches

Forearm Crutches

Forearm Crutches

Straight Canes

Straight Canes

Quad Canes

Quad Canes

Cane with Seat

Cane with Seat

Arm Platform for Walker

Arm Platform for Walker

Walker Tray

Walker Tray

Walker Baskets

Walker Baskets

Knee Scooter

Knee Scooter

Shower Stool (no back)

Shower Stool (no back)

Shower Chair

Shower Chair

Tub Transfer Bench

Tub Transfer Bench

Tub Grab Bar

Tub Grab Bar

Commode

Commode

Raised Toilet Seat

Raised Toilet Seat

Raised Toilet Seat with Handles

Raised Toilet Seat with Handles

Toilet Rail

Toilet Rail

Sliding Board

Sliding Board

Sock Aid

Sock Aid

Grabber

Grabber

Extended Shoe Horn

Extended Shoe Horn

Dressing Stick

Dressing Stick

Bedrail

Bedrail

Portable Ramp

Portable Ramp

“This service is so appreciated.  I didn’t have to purchase items that I would only need while recovering from surgery.”